Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for October 2009


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Announcements

It's coming up to that time of the year again!

That's right -- the staff elections are right around the corner on Saturday, November 7nd, 2009, so it's time now to start thinking about running if you're interested, and voting regardless. Some quick answers to questions you may have:
Who is eligible to vote? Anyone who is a paid member and is recognized by at least one member of the Staff and one member of the Board can vote. There will be absentee ballots (but not proxy ballots--this is to follow the Bylaws), but they won't be anonymous--we need to verify you are a current member, so your name will have to be on it. Better still, attend the Quarterly members meeting and vote in person!
What am I voting for? We will be electing a Captain, Head Camp Follower, and Staff. The Captain, like the Head Campfollower, reports directly to the Chief of Staff, and with the HCF is responsible for making sure that shows run smoothly--scheduling the demos, scheduling guard duty, making sure weapons and powder are on hand, and many other duties. The HCF works with the Captain to plan the camp and the activities, and plans meals and sees to it that the food is purchased and the meals cooked and kitchen cleaned up. The final positions are staff--they report directly to the Captain and HCF, and perform the duties assigned to them. We don't have a set number of these--it depends on who is interested.
How do I find out more information? There are a few ways -- the manual is one of them, the best way is to talk to a current or former staff person and find out what is involved. All your staff members are listed in the newsletter.
How do I get nominated? There are a few ways:
• Have a friend of yours nominate you by sending information to Heidi Johnson, the Secretary, or to any other Board Member (e-mail addresses below) or to the Board as a whole (e-mail board@clanntartan.org)
• Nominate yourself the same way, show up at the meeting and toss your ring into the hat, or don't show up have your friends nominate you--Just kidding--you have to agree to run to be voted in.
How much time is involved? There are monthly staff meetings of 1-2 hours duration, plus all the prep time getting ready for shows. With everyone helping, your time commitment can be smaller. The CoS, HCF, and Captain usually also attend the Board meetings monthly which are usually about 2 hours long. As always, everyone is welcome to attend the meetings!
What if I have a question you didn't answer? Call, email or write, or show up at the meeting and ask - that's the best way! Please mark your calendars now for the November members' meeting and elections, Saturday, November 7, at the Yoder's house at noon. Even more important, please consider running for one of the open positions. Any of the incumbents will be happy to fill you in on what the position entails. We really need people who are able to put in some time and effort to keep our organization running. If you think that what we do is worthwhile or fun, please consider helping out!

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Upcoming events

We have two events in October. Please let Julie know if you plan to attend.

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September 30-October 4, Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN http://www.bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/ We will again set up early, but the date has not yet been decided -- watch your email for the date. We are committed to 9 demo stations on Thursday and Friday. This is usually a very well attended event, so if you wish to use a Clann tent, let Julie know early! We have outdoor privs and can take showers at the school early in the mornings. Cars are not allowed on the grounds during the event, so if you plan to arrive late or leave early you will have to carry all your gear in or out on the shuttle busses, which run from the remote parking lot to the site during certain hours. Please also go to this page http://www.bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/participate.htm and click on Application/Information for Big Island Rendezvous and go to page two for the rules. Albert Lea is about 100 miles South of Minneapolis.

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October 8-10, Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN http://www.historyfest.com/sections/history.php This is a very fun event! We will set up Wednesday evening. Thursday and Friday are school days and Saturday is open to the public. We will tear down Saturday evening, but individuals can camp Saturday night if they wish, and return home on Sunday. Please note that we, as a group, are not doing the White Oak Rendezvous in Deer River this year. Clann Tartan individuals who wish to participate may camp for free, however.

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Gaffneyis Got Talent

When I first joined Gaffneyis, every year or so the newsletter came with a list of what different members make - clothing, leather goods, whatever.

We are putting together such a list of in-house talent. If you wish take advantage of this free advertising, please let David know that you want to be on the list, along with what you make or can help others make.

Thanks.

David
baethan1630@yahoo.com or 612-378-1973

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Road Trip

Clann has an on-again, off-again tradition of biennial major trips. Two years ago, the planned trip to Philadelphia got cancelled. But four years ago, ten members went to Philadelphia for a Seige of Stralsund reenactment. They participated with many other groups from up and down the east coast. The event was staged in Fort Mifflin, a French and Indian era fort that is walled similarly to a 17th c European town. The participants also took in some sightseeing in historic Philadelphia. In prior years the group has gone to Maryland and Virginia for other battle reenactments.

One proposal for a future trip was to head south to meet with a group from Texas. Lisa Gillstrom McCanna has the details on the Texas group. This is only one possibility, if you know of other likely events that should be considered, please get the details, including dates and location to staff. staff@clanntartan.org Staff needs to get any proposals so they can decide on feasibility and worth before bringing it to the board. The board then needs to decide on the financial aspect. Please get any ideas to staff as soon as possible, be sure to include as much pertinent information as is available.

Another possibliity is a trip to St Augustine Florida in either January for a muster type event with a local reinactor group http://www.floridalivinghistory.org/ or in early March to participate in a battle reinactment of Searls raid. http://www.getaway4florida.com/events/calendar/moreinfo.php?Event_ID=23117 The reinactment is a brief Saturday afternoon event so we would have lots of time to study the rich historical past of the area. If this sound interesting and you want to consider going, please contact David Vavreck.

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Discover the Manual

A lot of valuable information is in the current Clann Tartan Manual.

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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.

Deadline for articles to go in November's newsletter will be the 15th of October.

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Board Minutes

Board meeting, August 18, 2009
Yoder's house, 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis

Board members attending:  Betsy Bolton, Bruce Yoder, David Vavreck, Mike Eastling, Julie Yoder, Heidi Johnson

The minutes, which had been sent to the board e-mail list, were discussed, and approved as corrected.

Officer Reports
The Vice-President reports that he has ordered Clann business cards. They have not been received yet, but are expected soon.
The Treasurer reports that there were not many expenses, and no income in July.  Because of the loss of some paying shows, income for the year is projected to be below budget.
The Secretary has assembled a cookbook revision committee, which will be meeting and working after the main show season.
The Quartermaster reports that the tent repaired with leather grommets is "slick" -- very satisfactory.  He is working on repairing the bandoleers with the hemp lucet cord members are making.  the smaller tampions are made, but he needs a piece of 4x4 for the larger ones. Bruce offered some of his scraps, which were delivered to David at the next Dance practice.
The Camp Rep had nothing to report.
The Company Rep was not present.

Guild Reports Music - nothing new
Music - nothing new
Both are being well attended and are having lots of fun – members are urged to attend
Fiber - members are invited to practice on Mia's new Great Wheel to familiarize themselves with it. Members are working on lucet cord to be used in repairing the bandoleers.
Sword - Still no word on singlesticks.  David is still trying to contact Jackie.  The book on period sword approved for purchase at the last meeting has been ordered but not yet received.
Historic Site - Much progress has been made this summer.  There will be one more work weekend this October.
Garden - The HCF would like to extend thanks to Laurie for all the great produce we had for Perham, and to Margaret for picking it!

Events A. Drill
Glenn will be giving a lecture at the August drill.
B. Aberdeen
Sean will be going. Julie will be sending out a call for RSVPs soon.
C. Hudson
Julie is collecting RSVPs.
D Big Island
We are not sure when we will be setting up yet.
E. Mankato
Lisa sent paperwork to Bruce including an invoice to send requesting payment.
H. Melton Bridge
Will be happening.
I. Next May we may have a “trek,” as there is no more time left in the year.

Old Business
A. Garage
Bruce found another garage space at 44th and Nicollet and put a deposit down on it. It will be available to us starting August 29th. Staff will figure out how and when to move the trailer and shelves.
B. Web site
No news.

New business
None.

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STAFF MINUTES

Staff meeting, September 15, 2009 at Yoders' house
Present: Betsy Bolton, Mia McDavid, Laura Swenson. David Vavreck, Julie Yoder

Big Island - We will load the trailer on Saturday after drill. Marty will pull the trailer down on Sunday, Sept. 26 to arrive at noon. Mia will email members to solicit help for set up. Perry has given permission for us to set up on Sunday. Marty will obtain the lamb and Marty and Jaimie will cook it on Saturday. We need men. Julie will check with Phil and Elean about Joe.

Melton Bridge - Mary has agreed to be in charge. So far we have 4 people doing it. Julie will check with Mary about what equipment she needs.

Mankato - We do not have arrangements for getting the trailer from Big Island to Mankato. Mia will check with Marty. Laura's van will not be fixed, and the other van does not have a hitch. David has a hitch of the correct size. Laura will check with her husband as to whether we can put that hitch on the other van and use it. David is willing to stay at Jack's between B.I. and the History Festival.

Items for the next meeting - First Footing, show season post mortem, member meeting. Next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 at the Yoders' house, before the board meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Julie Yoder, HCF

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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 Mike Eastling 763-439-9084 & 763-218-0556 Kentairi@gmail.com 2-09 thru 2-11 
Secretary Heidi Johnson 612-600-4768  kassia1213@yahoo.com  2-09 thru 2-11 
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder@juno.com 2/08 - 2/10
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com 2-09 thru 2-11 
Camp Rep. Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com 2/08-2/10
Company Rep. Anthea Cross 763-257-7038   2-09 thru 2-11 

Staff

Chief of Staff Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net   
Assistant Chief of Staff Lisa Gilstrom 612-986-8511 anstice_demalkuth@yahoo.com  
Captain Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com   
Lieutenant Sean McCanna 952-926-1279 macbaird@lycos.com  
Corporal David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com  
Corporal Bryce Eno (715)410-5347 riescenu-golanodel@Hotmail.com  
Corporal Mike Eastling 763-439-9084 & 763-218-0556 Kentairi@gmail.com  
Head Camp Follower Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com  
Assistant HCF Laura Swenson 715-684-4221 mommyco@baldwin-telecom.net  
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 AnnEdyth@aol.com  
Goodwife Margaret Kirkpatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatric@earthlink.net  
Goodwife Anthea Cross 763-257-7038    

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

Contact:
David Vavreck
baethan1630@yahoo.com
612-378-1973



Music

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.

Gaffneyis Glee Club

Good People
We are in the process of forming a more advanced song gathering. The focus will be on catches, rounds, and freeman's songs. These types of part songs were tremendously popular across class lines in our period.

Please contact your music chair, me, to express your interest, and to let me know what evenings would work best for you. And if you can host.

I am thinking maybe twice a month, but you can vote on that, too.

I will set it up for the day(s) with the most votes.

And if you have a better name for it than Gaffneyis Glee Club, I am all ears. It does have a nice ring to it, though.

David Vavreck
612-378-1973
baethan1630@yahoo.com

Gaffneyis Recorder Consort

We hereby announce that Gaffneyis recorder consort has started meeting again, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month.

We have seven members already, and are working on a bit more refined style of music than we do in our regular music meetings.

Contact your music chair (David) if you are interested in joining up.

baethan1630@yahoo.com or 612-378-1973

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 Jen O'Rourke's on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Jen (651-238-5427 ), Diana Steben (651-489-2881), and Mia McDavid (651-490-1842) for more information about Fiber Guild activities, including wool spinning, weaving, and dying. Cloth, clothing and sewing as well as things like tatting, lace, knitting and embroidery will also be discussed and worked on. Feel free to bring your projects!
Please RSVP 24 hours or more in advance, to allow for planning, thanks!

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.

Drill

Drill location is Minnehaha parkway green, 12th Av S at Minnehaha Parkway.

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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 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
1
Big Island
Rendezvous
http://www.bigisland
festival.org/
 
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/
 
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7
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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Mankato History Fest  
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Mankato History Fest  
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Mankato History Fest  
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Fiber Guild
@ Jen O'Rourke's
2:00PM
 
12
 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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15
Recorder consort/
Deadline for articles
for November's newsletter 
16

Night at the Pub
7 PM@ Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
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19
 
20
Board Meeting
Tuesday, 7:00
at Yoders' 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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Drill 
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26
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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29
 
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31
 

NOVEMBER 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
5
 
6
 
7
Members Meeting & Staff Elections
 
8
Fiber Guild
@ Jen O'Rourke's
2:00PM 
9
 
10
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
Deadline for articles
for December's newsletter 
16
 
17
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
18
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center  
19
Recorder consort 
20
Night at the Pub
7 PM@ Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
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22
 
23
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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26
 
27
 
28
Drill 
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30
 

 

Event Schedule:

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
Jan 1/2009 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 14-15/2009 Albert Lea Historical Faire Finished
Feb 14-15/2009 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
Mar 4 14/2009 Fargo Parks Celtic Festival, Moorhead MN Finished
April 4th 2009 Tartan Day, MN State Capitol, St. Paul Finished
April or May 2009 Charles City Military Hist. Days Cancelled
April 24th-26th 2009 Muster at Jack McGowan's Finished
May 1-2 2009 Siege of Woodville Finished
May 9 2009 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Finished
May 16-17 2009 Dun Gowan Immersion weekend Finished
May 23-25 2009 second annual Johndezvous Finished
June 13-14 2009 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Finished
June 19-21 2009 Dun Gowan Immersion Weekend Finished
July 17-19 2009 Dun Gowan Tactical http://www.dungowan.com/ Finished
July 31 thru Aug 2 2009 White Oak Rendezvous, Deer River MN Cancelled
Aug 15-16 2009 Perham Heritage Festival, Perham MN Finished
Aug 29-30 2009 MN Renaissance Festival Cancelled
Sep 12 2009 Scottish Day at Hudson Presbyterian Church Finished
Sep 19-20 2009 Northeast South Dakota Celtic Fair, Aberdeen SD Cancelled
not enough members
able to go
Oct 1-4 2009 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Scheduled
Oct 8-10 2009 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Scheduled

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Maps

1st and 3rd Wednesday Dance
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center
2701 E 44th St., Minneapolis
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
 
Map to Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music and Board & Staff Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Hosts for staff meetings

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 
 
Jen O'Rourke
Host for Fiber Guild

1638 Arlington Ave Saint Paul, MN 55106 

Event Maps and Notification

September 30-October 4, Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN

We are committed to 9 demo stations on Thursday and Friday. This is usually a very well attended event, so if you wish to use a Clann tent, let Julie know early! We have outdoor privs and can take showers at the school early in the mornings. Cars are not allowed on the grounds during the event, so if you plan to arrive late or leave early you will have to carry all your gear in or out on the shuttle busses, which run from the remote parking lot to the site during certain hours. Please also go to this page http://www.bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/participate.htm and click on Application/Information for Big Island Rendezvous and go to page two for the rules. Albert Lea is about 100 miles South of Minneapolis.

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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    October 8-10, Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN

    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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