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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Scottish Heritage Festival

On September 22 we have a show at the First Presbyterian church in Hudson Wisconsin. They have been a curious audience with well thought out questions. They are a group of people who like to learn. We need to give them the best opportunity to learn that they can get. It's a pleasant one-day family-friendly event, an easy drive from the Cities.  The church is in the suburbs of Hudson and has grounds to match.  The organizers have generally placed  us along one side of the driveway that leads to the acres of parking, patrons cross to see our civilian and military displays, and we cross the road in turn to dance for them.  We set our own schedule, so interactions with patrons can be extensive. We need to give them the best opportunity to learn that they can get. The fun stuff that has been at this show in the past includes:

This year the festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22.  We will be setting up starting at 7:30 AM. Driving directions are at the church's Web site, http://fpchudson.com.

The Big Island Rendezvous and the Mankato History Fair

When you can’t make it to two in a row, it can be difficult to choose between the final outdoor events of the Clann Tartan season. If you can make it to two in a row, the first half of October 2012 will be your cup of tea. The Big Island Rendezvous in Albert Lea, on October 4–7, draws a large public, and features many and varied re-enactment groups, not to mention the vendors catering to them and to the interested public, plus entertainers. "Home-grown" is a good way to describe the History Festival, held on October 7–10 in rural Mankato. Owing to changes at both events for 2012, Big Island (as Mia observes) needs less of us, but Mankato needs more.

The Big Island Rendezvous, http://www.bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/, opens with school days on Thursday and Friday and concludes with public days on Saturday and Sunday. The Rendezvous is said to be shifting its emphasis specifically to Minnesota's past; as a result, Gaffneyis will have fewer responsibilities than in past years—potentially giving participants more opportunity than heretofore to take in the rest of the rendezvous. Only four stations are required of our group during the two school days, although multiple members will be needed to direct traffic, assist with meals, and give the principal demonstrators a break. We usually set up the camp during the preceding weekend.

School days have proved so popular at Jack McGowan's History Festival, that he has added another to the schedule for 2012. The History Festival opens with the new school day on Wednesday and closes with a public day on Saturday. It’s a charming event laid out in a big open field with woods all around, a pretty riverfront, enough birds of prey that people are cautioned not to bring small pets, a new (modern) structure of some sort every few years, and an enthusiastic staff. We set our own schedule for all four days of the History Festival and handle groups and families arriving in camp ad libitum. All sorts of demonstrations and general hands-on help are both welcome.

Please watch your email for information on the arrangements for both events, and of course ask questions of staff and board at any time.


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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 at 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 may be broken in multiple parts.

Deadline for articles to go in the October newsletter will be the 15th of September.


Board and Staff Minutes

Clann Tartan Board Meeting, July 17, 2012

Minutes of Board meeting 7/17/12

Present were Marty, Karen, David, Bruce, Anthea, Mary and Mia.

Minutes were accepted as corrected.

Vice President:  No report.

Treasurer:  The year is breaking even at this point.

Quartermaster:  The lost musket is not lost.  Don Chesney still has the 
musket with the bad serpentine.  The lost worm is not lost.

Representatives:  Nothing to report.

Music:  There is interest in music at the hexecentennial of the 
Spaniards in North America.

Dance:  We discussed whether to continue attempting to meet on 
Wednesdays in the fall.  We have not met on Wednesdays during the summer 
and were having trouble getting enough dancers the previous spring.

Fiber:  Sander Musikant is interested in a tartan.

Scottish fair siting and logistics:  A representative is going to meet 
with us as part of an on-going effort to check in with all participants.

At Dun Gowan, the roof for the blockhouse has been installed.  We may be 
getting a donation for a timber frame structure (150 years old).  If so 
we will need a work crew to dismantle it and set it up.

The secretary needs to send out dates on Hudson and check Stillwater.

Old business:

The flyer is still pending

There will be a repair party at Marty's house July 29 at 1:00 PM.  Stuff 
from Canada needs to get to Marty by then.  We will be working on tents, 
rope upgrades, armor straps, leather grommets, etc.

The contracts rep is to get in touch with Bristol Faire about 
rescheduling Celtic weekend, also to contact the Great River Shakespeare 
festival about a period presence.

New business:  Muster is scheduled for August 17-19.  Muster committee 
will meet immediately following Board meeting.

Member meeting scheduled for August 4.  Next Board meeting August 22 at 
7:00 in Mary's office.


Respectfully Submitted,

Mia McDavid
Secretary

Clann Tartan Members' Meeting, August 4, 2012

Minutes of Members' Meeting August 4 2012

Present were Betsy, Mike, Elizabeth, Marty, Margaret, Anthea, Bruce, 
Julie, Sarah, James, Glenn, and Mia.

Anthea announced that she will not be running for Company Rep.  If 
someone wants to volunteer to take her place she would be glad to bow 
out early.

Staff is uncertain about the location and fate of Trooper 5; does 
anybody know where it is?

Policies were articulated regarding Clann equipment:  if you want to 
borrow it, ask the Board and Staff. If Staff thinks that equipment is 
superfluous, please do not dispose of it without checking with the Board.

We discussed the shared responsibility for equipment between Staff and 
Quartermaster.  The Quartermaster is responsible for the care and 
feeding of equipment when it is in the Garage.  When it is out and 
about, it is the Staff's responsibility.

We will be singing in September but not October.

We discussed the possibility of waulking at Big Island.  It may be 
chilly, and the weekend tends to be very full of other activities.

Dance will be going to twice a month at St. Christopher's.

Fiber:  Mia is working on a new tartan, but not very fast.

Sword:  Marty is trying to find an indoor facility.  Maybe an old 
warehouse or on Geek Partnership property.

No report on Historic Site.

Scottish Heritage will go as it did last year.

Mia is to ask Perry about which stations Big Island would like; they 
have only requested four.

Mankato:  trailer haulage is an open question.

We want to have two rope bags; one for tavern ropes and one for the 
Cook's fly.  This will make setup run smoother.

We will use milk paint to identify rope sliders and designated rope bags.

Marty will ask Don Chesney how the serpentine repair is going on the musket.

The other musket:  nothing new.  Bruce will take photos of the stock to 
pass along to gunsmiths; he has two possibilities.

The cannon contract will expire at the end of this fiscal year if no 
cannon is forthcoming.

New Business:

Anthea requested links to two articles:  "Does Clann Tartan Have a 
Future," by Mary McKinley (See http://clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-march2012.html)
and "Dos and Don'ts of Non-period Chatter During Events", by Eric 
Ferguson (See http://clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-june2004.html).

Possible new events:  A renaissance fair in Glenwood WI (Ren in the 
Glen). and the German Fest in New Ulm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Glenn and Mia McDavid

Clann Tartan Staff Meeting, August 9, 2012

Present: Sarah Shaftman, Marty Byers, Anthea Potter, Glenn McDavid, Rich Mueller

  1. Events

  2. Equipment

    We should establish a regular maintenance schedule for equipment. The pikes should all be labelled (inconspicuously) so the maintenance on them can be tracked.

    The Tavern has 22 ropes.

  3. Next Staff Meetings

    Thursday, September 13. 7 PM. Also Thursday, September 27. Location for both TBA. We need the extra meeting because of the October shows. In return there will be no October meeting, since the show season will be over before we can schedule one.


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 at clanntartan dot org

Board Members

President Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Vice President Karen Bastien 651-399-3505 kybastien at gmail dot com 2/11 - 2/13
Secretary Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 miamcdavid at gmail dot com 2/11 - 2/13
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 2/11 - 2/13
Camp Rep. Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 or on my cell at 715-497-9792 mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net 2/12 - 2/14
Mary McKinley 651-307-2977 mairi2 at juno dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Company Rep. Anthea Potter 763-257-7038 anthea at winternet dot com  2/11 - 2/13

Staff

Chief of Staff Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com   
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
Captain Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com  
Lieutenant Rich Mueller (651) 583-4264   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com   
Head Camp Follower Anthea Potter 763-257-7038 anthea at winternet dot com  
Assistant HCF Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com  
Other Staff Ann Peters 612-333-0605 AnnEdyth at aol dot com  
Other Staff Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid at comcast dot net  
Other Staff Mike McCarty 612-619-6406 (cell) mccartym149 at gmail dot com  
Other Staff Judy Byers 651-261-3933  
Other Staff John Debnam 952-492-5536 mage_ironwolf at yahoo dot com  

Our garage is located at 4352 Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis. Access is in the alley on the west side of Nicollet. South bay of the double garage. Minor problems or issues should be reported to Bruce. In the event of an emergency, the landlord is Brad at 763-670-9200


Guilds

Sword Guild:

Come out and learn the ways of Highland defense.

Join the Sword Guild and feel the raw power of the sword.

If you are interested, contact Marty Byers (Email orthodoxdruid@gmail.com), with days of the week and times that work for you. I will then get back to you.


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 1st Thursday of each month.

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

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-353-1237 or email to baethan1630 at yahoo dot 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 at juno dot com.



Dance

The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Because the Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center is closed, Dance Guild will not meet on Wednesdays during the summer.

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in Roseville.

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. You may have heard of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Think of this as St. Christopher's-in-the-Cloverleaf :-)>

Because of poor attendance in the first half of the year, Dance Guild will not meet on Wednesdays until further notice.

For more information call:

Julie at 612-825-4519.

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 at juno dot com.



Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play should contact Mia McDavid, 651-490-1842. email miamcdavid at gmail dot com .

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 June. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-353-1237 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

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 at clanntartan.org.

SEPTEMBER 2012

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
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Music
7PM
Yoders' Home
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Dance
St. Christopher's
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Board Meeting
7PM
Mary McKinley's office
1053 Grand Avenue, Suite 104
St. Paul.
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Scottish Heritage Festival
First Presbyterian Church
Hudson, WI
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Dance
St. Christopher's
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OCTOBER 2012

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
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Big Island Festival
Albert Lea, MN
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Big Island Festival
Albert Lea, MN
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Big Island Festival
Albert Lea, MN
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Big Island Festival
Albert Lea, MN
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Dance
St. Christopher's
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Mankato History Festival
Mankato, MN
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Mankato History Festival
Mankato, MN
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Mankato History Festival
Mankato, MN
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Mankato History Festival
Mankato, MN
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Board Meeting
7PM
Mary McKinley's office
1053 Grand Avenue, Suite 104
St. Paul.
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Dance
St. Christopher's
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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 the HCF 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 staff regarding this matter

Thanks,
Your Staff

DATE EVENT STATUS
Jan 1-2012 1st Footing Finished
Feb 11-12, 2012 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
Feb 18-19, 2012 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
March 17, 2012 Fargo Celtic Festival www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html Finished
March 31, 2012 MN Tartan Day http://www.mntartanday.org/2801.html Finished
May 4, 2012 Siege of Woodville Finished
May 19, 2012 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Finished
June 14-17, 2012 DunGowan Tactical Finished
July 21-22, 2012 Fort William Celtic Festival
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Finished
August 17-19, 2012 Muster
DunGowan
Duluth, MN
Cancelled
September 22, 2012 Scottish Heritage Festival
First Presbyterian Church
Hudson, WI
Scheduled
October 4-7, 2012 Big Island Festival
Albert Lea, MN
Tentative
October 10-13, 2012 Mankato History Festival
Mankato, MN
Tentative
Note extra day


Maps

1st and 3rd Wednesday Dance
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center
2701 E 44th St., Minneapolis
2nd and 4th Tuesday Dance
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113
Map to Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407

Event Maps and Directions

SCOTTISH HERITAGE DAY

September 22, Scottish Heritage Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, WI. http://fpchudson.com/. A day trip event. We will set up starting at 7:30 AM. The event begins at 10. Hudson is 30 miles east of Minneapolis.


Big Island Rendezvous, October 4-7

We are allowed to set up the weekend before the event; please check Staff announcements for Corporate setup time.

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 10-13

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)