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UNCLE GUS WANTS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Col. Gaffney's cannot do what it does without a Staff to oversee equipment maintenance, take responsibility for logistics and supply, and most of all feed us! Staff elections are coming up Saturday, November 1st 2008. They will be held at the Quarterly Members Meeting at the Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center at 1 PM, not at Corcoran (Corcoran is now closed on Saturdays). Persons interested in helping Clann to do what it does should please talk to any member of the Staff about running for office. Staff names and numbers are listed elsewhere in this Newsletter.

Our gallant Captain has deserted to graduate school; the position of Captain is open at this election. The Captain needs to be well versed in military matters: pike drill, musket drill, and the care and firing of mortars.

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The Chief of Staff is at the end of her two-year term. This relatively new position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of both camp and company. Persons interested in running for Chief of Staff should contact Mia McDavid; mia_mcdavid@comcast.net.

Uncle Gus wants YOU! Gaffney's needs you to help make it go.

BIG ISLAND SETUP

Our usual procedure is to set up the weekend before; this will be Sunday, September 28, starting at 1 PM. Please join us for Corporate setup; individuals with their own tents are encouraged to set up at the same time so that we can have a coherent camp plan. Remember, if you are sleeping in a trooper, eating our meals, or sitting in the tavern, you should be helping with setup and teardown. Many hands make light work; this won't take long if we all pitch in.

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Big Island and Mankato History Fair coming in October
Big Island Rendezvous, October 2-5

Big Island Rendezvous is the crown of our show year and always well worth attending. It is a large rendezvous with historical re-enactors from our period through early America and all the way to the Civil War. There are always wonderful re-enactors and craftspersons, including blacksmiths, flint knappers, and beadmakers. The vendors are also a paradise; though many of the wares are targeted towards the 18th century, leather and fur are always in period, as are basics like firestarting kits and other everyday items. More information on the show is at http://www.bigislandfestival.org/

The 2nd and 3rd are school days, and the weekend is public. We need enough of us during the school days to run about eight demos simultaneously. Organization and scheduling is tight, so even those who don't feel ready to give demonstrations are needed to act as traffic cops and prepare meals. We put on presentations of roughly 20 minutes on some aspect of 17th century Scottish life. On the weekend, we normally have some scheduled presentations like dance and drill, and we may be asked to participate in other event activities, such as the parade. Saturday night is usually a big party near the main stage.

We are allowed to set up the weekend before the event; please check Staff announcements for Corporate setup time. As we did last year, we have the prime real estate right inside the gate; we will be the first group that people see!

For a fee you will be able to park at the private residence on the road to the park entrance. Free participant parking is available at Snyder field (not the athletic field, but a lot on the North side of the high school.). Shuttles run from the parking area to the park on a regular schedule. Shuttles run to shower facilities at high school. Showers are free for show participants. Personal vehicles are prohibited from event grounds during show hours.

Location

Big Island Rendezvous is located in Albert Lea, MN - just off Interstate 35 about 98 miles south of the Twin Cities.

Drive Time

Allow about 2 hours from the Twin Cities.

Directions

From Minneapolis or Saint Paul, take I35 South to I90 in Albert Lea.
Take I90 West to the 90 west take exit 157 (one mile)
Turn Left and head South on Bridge Avenue to Hammer Road (about 1 mile).
Turn Right and head East on Hammer Road to the park entrance.
You will be able to drive on-site before and after show hours. Our
camp will be located inside the park area.

Mankato History Fair, October 9-11

This is a smaller, lower-key event, but always pleasant and charming. We will set up on the evening of Wednesday, October 8th. The 9th and 10th are school days. It’s unstructured, which means groups come when they come and may be together or breaking into smaller groups, with no set amount of time for presentations. Friday night is always a pot luck among all the groups participating.

Saturday is a public day. We are allowed to remain in camp Saturday night and leave Sunday. Clann equipment will be packed after closing Saturday. Mankato is within day-trip range, but vehicles have to removed before opening.

Directions

From the Twin Cities, follow 169 through Mankato.
Left at the Hillcrest Health Care Center ( if you go past the flashing lights at Co Road 68 you've gone too far);
Left onto Shamrock Lane, which is the second left after crossing the Blue Earth River;
follow this to its end (Jack McGowan's on the map)

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A proposed procedure for disputes of historical fact

The Board feels the need to stipulate a procedure for resolving disputes of historical fact. A possible outline for this procedure is as follows:

In the event of dispute, invite the person you disagree with to get together and study the evidence; this is the civilized thing to do. Possibly copy the camp and company reps at this time. The other person has ten days to respond and schedule a date. At this point, *both* parties are to refrain from discussing the issue with the public, as it is officially disputed.

If the challenged party does not respond or they the meeting cannot be scheduled, issue a formal challenge. At a time X days from the challenge, papers are due from both parties, each stating their position *and giving references and citations.* The issue is still disputed and still must not be discussed with the public.

If a member misses the deadline for the papers, the *other* member is held to prevail and that side of the issue will be presented to Clann and the public. If the late person presents good reason a later filing can be negotiated.

The judges will consist of the camp rep, the company rep, and a qualified person not associated with Col. Gaffney's. After the panel has judged, the prevailing position shall be taught or, if the evidence is not strong enough for either position to prevail, we shall teach that the evidence is unclear and we are not sure of the facts.

We are an educational organization. We strive to continually improve our grasp of historical fact as supported by the best available evidence. Often, we don't have enough evidence, but when we do, evidence must prevail.

Members are encouraged to think about this issue; we will discuss it at the Members' Meeting.

Mia McDavid

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FOR SALE

Janome Embroidery Machine and Janome Sewing Machine for sale. The Embroidery Machine is 2 years old and has about 20 hours on it (I paid $1100 new). The Sewing Machine is about 6 years old and has about 200 hours on it. Both are clean and run perfectly. I've had the sewing machine serviced every couple years whether it was used or not. I'm asking $600 or best offer for both together (I'll throw in a sewing cart as well). Contact name and number is Robin Mavis, 763-647-4839 or 763-786-5026.

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GAFFNEY'S SUTLER SEEKS WARES

Our sutler, Heidi Viar, is looking for items made by members to sell at her table. We hope that, by offering a variety of interesting wares, we can encourage the public to stop, peruse, and purchase. If you are interesting in selling your spinning, knit caps or stockings, beadwork, bonework, woodwork, we will display them, watch them, accept money for them, and accept a 10% cut for Clann.

You can either bring your goods to Heidi at events, or entrust them to her beforehand. We ask that items be small and not terribly fragile if Heidi is to transport them.

Thank you for your support of Clann Tartan.

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Wanted!

Submissions for the Newsletter!
Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter@clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.
Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions are NOT edited for spelling or grammar, but may be broken in multiple parts.

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Board Minutes

Clann Tartan Board Meeting, August 19, 2008

Board Members Present: Julie Yoder, Bruce Yoder, Glenn McDavid, Betsy Bolton, Cate Hesser, Marty Byers

Staff Present: Mia McDavid

Also Present: David Vavreck

Minutes from the July meeting were accepted as presented.

REPORTS:

Vice President:

Not much happening. Laura has the recruiting flyers.

Treasurer:

Financially, Almost nothing happened in July. We still have not heard from the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games. Apparently our contact there was out of the country. Mary will try to reach somebody else. (check received in September)

Deer River: They say that they handed out the checks. Nobody in Clann seems to have ours. We will ask around. (they found the check and mailed it in September)

Bruce presented a new report, giving revenue and expense by show. It still needs more information, e.g. headcounts, but already looks like a very useful planning tool. E.g. it indicates that for some long distance shows we may need to limit attendance to keep food costs down.

Secretary

We will probably need to renew our ISP contract with DotServant. John D's website is not yet ready, and in any case does not include e-mail, which is an absolute necessity for us. We can look at Yahoo, Gmail, etc., to see what they offer.

The Board agreed that we should renew our contract with DotServant and authorized payment. Financially this is close to a wash since one way or another we will have to pay an ISP.

Quartermaster

Absent. However, at Perham we encountered somebody who can make pike heads for us. We lent him one our current ones as a prototype. David V says he is good. We asked him for a quote for four.

Company and Camp Reps

There are reports of unrest.

Music Guild

Going well, learning stuff.

Dance Guild

Going well, learning stuff.

Sword Guild

Nobody showed for the August meeting. There was considerable enthusiasm at Perham. Some safety concerns came up, but they were managed.

Fiber Guild

Mia is planning a dying demo for the Ren Faire show. Rilla will probably bring her great wheel to it. Jen has offered to host meetings at her house. Judy Byers has a wheel she might sell.

Historic Site

Nothing lately, but the last work weekend (July 12-13) went very well.

Garden Guild

No update. Some produce has been donated. Not meeting.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Minnesota Renaissance Festival, August 23-24.

Church event in Hudson, September 7.

Muster (Second weekend in September)

At Jack McGowan's in Mankato. The Muster Committee has met.

Big Island

A list of 10 demos has been sent to Perry. We may need shelter for some of them if the weather is bad.

Mankato

We have still not yet heard from them, but that is not a surprise.

Fargo (November)

Nothing yet. It is a long way. Accomodations are an issue--this is not a camping event

Others

Anything else is tentative. Lisa has several possibilities for 2009 that are close to the cities.

OLD BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

Glenn said that it is very unlikely that he will run for Secretary again at the February Board elections, or to serve as Clann computer resource past that date.

Marty announced that he will definitely not be available to serve on Board or Staff next year, and would decline any such nomination at the upcoming elections.

There have been some disagreements among members about what is historically accurate that they have not been able to resolve privately. Julie suggested a mechanism for dealing with this and adopting an "official" Clann position on such issues. This was tabled for the next meeting. Any ideas?--Send them to the Board List.

David pointed out that 2009 is odd numbered year, and that historically Clann has made long distance trips in such years. He was told (see July minutes) that such plans are already being considered. He suggested St. Mary's muster for this event. It will be the 3rd weekend of October, which used to be the weekend of Winona but is not now scheduled for Clann.

There was a complaint about an incident at Perham. Julie responded that the Board has a mechanism in place for dealing with such issues and is prepared to take all necessary measures to deal with them, including expulsion of the problem party from the organization.

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Board & Staff

If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info@clanntartan.org

Board Members

President Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com 2/08-2/10
Vice President Marty Byers 651-483-1173 / 651-261-5815. orthodoxdruid@gmail.com 2/07 - 2/09
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net 2/06 - 2/09
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder@juno.com 2/08 - 2/10
Quarter Master Sean McCanna 612-532-6984 macbaird@gmail.com 2/07 - 2/09
Camp Rep. Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com 2/08-2/10
Company Rep.   Cate Hesser 612-803-8432   bear@cybervalkyrie.com  2/07 - 2/09 

Staff

Chief of Staff Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net  11/06 - 11/08 
Head Campfollower Lisa Gilstrom 612-986-8511 anstice_demalkuth@yahoo.com 11/07 - 11/09 
Captain Maeve Kane 651-696-7498 or 952-461-4666 mollmccaine@aol.com  11/07 - 11/09 
Henchman Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net 11/07 - 11/08 
Henchwoman Laura Swenson 715-684-4221 mommyco@baldwin-telecom.net 11/07 - 11/08 
Henchman Tony Rogers 339-331-0085  anthony.j.rogers@gmail.com 11/07 - 11/08 
Henchman John Debnam 952-492-5536 Mage_ironwolf@yahoo.com 11/07 - 11/08 
Henchwoman Heidi Viar 715-379-9055 Mapleaf11@yahoo.com 11/07 - 11/08 
Henchwoman Laurie Ford 952-924-9128 laurie.ford@gmail.com 11/07 - 11/08 

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

Contact:
Marty L. Byers
orthodoxdruid@gmail.com
651-483-1173



MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!

At the request of the multitudes, Gaffneyis is holding music meetings again.

We will sing and play music of many styles and places from our period. Bring your voice and/or your instrument(s). Neither need be period correct.

The Yoders have graciously offered to host music once a month. We will meet at their house at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, from 7 - 9pm the 4th Monday of each month.

To contact the Yoders, call 612-825-4519 or email to Julieyoder@juno.com.

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-378-1973 or email to baethan1630@yahoo.com

Thanks, and I look forward to making some noise with y'all!

David

We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder@juno.com.

Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Dance will meet at Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center, 2701 E 44th St Minneapolis.

It is at the corner of 27th Av S and E 44th Street. Both streets are one way. That block of 44th between 28th and 27th Avenues is one way westbound and that block of 27th Av between 44th and 43rd Streets is one way northbound. You must enter turning west onto 44th St from 28th Av and exit from 27th Av onto 43rd St.

Questions? call Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 612-825-4519

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in St. Paul.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp.
The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.
For more information call:

Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 612-825-4519

It's a great place to meet people!

We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder@juno.com.

Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play are welcome at the McDavids' on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Mia McDavid (651-490-1842 ) or Diana Steben (651-489-2881) for more information about Fiber Guild activities, including woo spinning, weaving, and dying.

Historic Site

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in July. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-378-1973 or baethan1630@yahoo.com for further information, or to volunteer to help.



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Articles

Historical Background for Clann Tartan

by Glenn McDavid

Introduction

These are notes from the presentation I gave at Clann Tartan's muster on September 14, 2008. I have used an outline format and tried to keep the text very brief, but I have provided a lot of web links and hard copy references. All members are encouraged to follow up on any of these and I will be happy to discuss them. Comments, suggestions, and corrections (with verifiable references) are welcome.

The Thirty Years' War: 1618-1648

General European Historical Background, c. 1618

Outbreak and first parts of the War

King Gustavus in the war: 1630-1632

Later developments

Scotland

The Scottish Highlands

Scottish involvement in the war.


References

Notation:
(B) Book, linked to Amazon or other source.
(W) Web reference.

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Calendar of Events

Be sure to contact your staff
if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a ten day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.
You can call any of the staff members listed, or send an email to staff@clanntartan.org.

OCTOBER 2008

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
2
Big Island
Rendezvous
http://www.bigisland
festival.org/
 
3
Big Island
Rendezvous http://www.bigisland
festival.org/

 
4
Big Island
Rendezvous
http://www.bigisland
festival.org/
 
5
Big Island
Rendezvous
http://www.bigisland
festival.org/
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
Mankato History Fest  
10
Mankato History Fest  
11
Mankato History Fest  
12
 
13
 
14
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
15
 
16
 
17
Night at the Pub 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
22
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
23
 
24
 
25
Camp Drill 
26
 
27
Music
7PM @
Yoder's home 
28
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
29
 
30
 
31
 

 

NOVEMBER 2008

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Members Meeting/
Staff Elections
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center
Minneapolis. 1 PM 
2
Staff Meeting 4PM
@ McDavid's Home  
3
 
4
 
5
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
Fiber Guild
@ McDavids
2:00PM 
10
 
11
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
20
 
21
Night at the Pub 
22

Camp Drill 
23
 
24
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
25
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
 

Event Schedule for the 2008 Season:

Hello all,

The following is a list of the dates of the events that are currently on the schedule for this year. The staff has met and decided to keep this running list of events in the newsletter to give you a chance to get an idea of what is going on this season as well as keep you updated to changes in the schedule.

The column titled status will include the following information.

Tentative- this means that an event organizer or Clann has expressed a strong enough interest in doing this event that it warrants reserving space on the calendar for the event.

Pending- this is the next stage of an event. This means that the Contracts Administrator has entered serious discussion about Clann doing an event but we are still not committed to the event. You should however if possible think about whether or not you may be able to attend this event.

Scheduled- this level means that the board and staff have approve the event and we are committed to providing manpower to making the event happen. When an event is assigned this level please let Julie know as soon as possible if you can or can not attend this event.

Canceled- This means that for various reasons an scheduled event has been removed from the current season. We will try and give as much notice as we can prior to canceling an event.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me regarding this matter

Thanks,
Lisa Gillstrom McCanna

DATE EVENT STATUS
1/1/2008 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 9-10 2008 Albert Lea Historical Faire Finished
Feb 16-17 2008 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
3/15/2008 Celtic Festival 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Hjemkomst Center 202 1st Avenue North Moorhead Finished
Apr 5th 2008 MN Tartan Day, State Capitol, St. Paul, MN Finished
Apr 25-26 2008 Charles City Military History Days Finished
May 2-3, 2008 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Finished
May 17 2008 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Finished
June 14-15 2008 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Finished
Jun 21 & 22 2008 Pioneer Village Finished
July 18-20, 2008 Dun Gowan Tactical http://www.dungowan.com/ Finished
Aug 1-3 2008 White Oak Rendezvous Deer River http://www.whiteoak.org/ Finished
Aug 16-17 2008 Perham Pioneer Festival http://www.historymuseumeot.com Finished
Sep 13-14 2008 Col. Gaffneyis Muster Finished
Oct 2-5 2008 Big Island Rendezvous http://www.bigislandfestival.org/ Scheduled
Oct 9-11 2008 Mankato History Fest Scheduled

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Maps

1st and 3rd Wednesday Dance
and November members’ meeting

Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center
2701 E 44th St., Minneapolis
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
 
Corcoran Neighborhood Center,
3334 20th Av South, Minneapolis, MN  
Map to Marty & Judy Byers home
2821 Churchill, Roseville MN  
 
Map to Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music and Board & Staff Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Hosts for staff meetings and Fiber Guild

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 

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Event Maps and Notification

Big Island Albert Lea, MN October 2-5, 2008

Location
Big Island Rendevous is located in Albert Lea, MN - just off Interstate 35 about 98 miles south of the Twin Cities.
Drive Time
Allow about 2 hours from the Twin Cities.
Directions
  • From Minneapolis or Saint Paul, take I35 South to I90 in Albert Lea.
  • Take I90 West to the 90 west take exit 157 (one mile)
  • Turn Left and head South on Bridge Avenue to Hammer Road (about 1 mile).
  • Turn Right and head East on Hammer Road to the park entrance.
  • You will be able to drive on-site before and after show hours. Our camp will be located inside the park area.
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    Mankato History Fair, October 9-11

    This is a smaller, lower-key event, but always pleasant and charming. We will set up on the evening of Wednesday, October 8th. The 9th and 10th are school days. It's unstructured, which means groups come when they come and may be together or breaking into smaller groups, with no set amount of time for presentations. Friday night is always a pot luck among all the groups participating.

    Saturday is a public day. We are allowed to remain in camp Saturday night and leave Sunday. Clann equipment will be packed after closing Saturday. Mankato is within day-trip range, but vehicles have to removed before opening.

    Directions

    The McGowan Farm is located off of Highway 33 South from Highway 90 in Mankato.
    Turn South on Highway 33 and follow to Hawkeye/Old Shamrock Lane and follow until the road ends.

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