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Announcements

The Staff has asked me to remind members that you must sign up IN ADVANCE for all events at which you are being fed. We ask that you make up your minds and notify the Head Camp Follower, julieyoder@juno.com, at least TEN DAYS before the start of an event if you expect to attend and eat. Failure to do so may compromise our ability to feed you . . .

Your staff thanks you.

Mia

A Note from the Chief of Staff, Rob Johnson

I thought I would add a little back ground to this.

The reason there is a 10 day cutoff is more than just an issue of having food for you. That is the time frame we have put in place to allow us to decide if we have enough members to fulfill our obligations to an event.

The cut off for it being an official Clann event is 6 people This minimum is not arbitrary but rather based on the needs of a typical day in camp. We need to be able to do demos, cook food, haul water, and keep a fire going. Anything less than 6 members trying to do that and life just becomes miserable. If we don't have 6 by ten days out then the event is not sponsored by Clann. This doesn't mean the Clann will not support members that are committed to going but it does mean that Clann will not pay for food or reimburse gas costs.

As you can see with only ten days we would be hard pressed to work out the logistics of this so lets avoid this and get those notices in to Julie.

I want to personally state that this is not to say that Staff doesn't understand that it is hard to commit to events when you don't know your work schedule. What we are asking is that when you know for sure what your will be let Julie know right away. If you don't know or their may be complications and the dead line is approaching let Julie know this. We can be a vary flexible group and do a lot with a small amount of people. We can do that much better if we know what it is we have to work with.

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Clann Tartan is pleased to announce Colonel Gaffneis Official Sutlery!

Currently we offer tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, mugs, mouse pads, bumper stickers, bibs, infant creepers, steins and totes with a variety of designs.

The online store can be found at www.cafepress.com/clanntartan.

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Drill

Clann's monthly drill will be held on the third Saturday of the month, unless there is a scheduled Clann Event that weekend. For directions, Eric can be contacted at: 612-726-6364.
The time is NOON.


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


Minutes of Clann Tartan Board and Membership Meeting on May 6, 2006

In attendance:  (Board) Mary McKinley, Sean McCanna,
Glenn McDavid, Diana Steben, Bruce Yoder 

Staff: Julie Yoder, Marty Byers, Mia McDavid, Rob Johnson, David Vavreck

Mark Hansen, Sally Marciniak, Stu Marciniak, Laurie Ford, Larry Herbison
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The President said that two people present were in arrears on their dues
and needed to pay before they could participate in Clann events.

Minutes of the April Board Meeting were accepted as corrected.


REPORTS
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VICE-PRESIDENT - No report

TREASURER -- The fiscal year ended a little better than planned.  We had
a significant unexpected expense (a rental van while we could not tow
the trailer), but saved some money on food.

The April report includes our payment from Ramble (carried from last
year) and Charles City.

We are projecting a deficit in the upcoming year.

QUARTERMASTER -- The QM was absent, but reported that the trailer
repairs were good and that Staff was happy with the results. 

COMPANY REP, CAMP REP -- No reports.

MUSIC GUILD -- No report

DANCE GUILD -- Doing well.  Having fun, bringing in new members.

DANCE MUSIC GUILD -- No report.

FIBER GUILD -- New spinner (Sally)

HISTORIC SITE -- Build first house this summers.  Work dates have not
yet been set.

SWORD GUILD  -- Moving to Marty's House for the summer.  May need to
reschedule or cancel the May meeting.  The students are doing well.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Muster (May 12-14)

Memorial Day at Fort Snelling, per Eric's e-mail.  We need more
information.

Twig (June 9-11)

Dun Gowan Tactical, Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games (both on
the weekend of July 15)

Deer River (Aug. 4-6)

Wisconsin Highland Games -- Labor Day Weekend (?)

Des Moines Ren Faire (Sept. 8-10).  We are being paid well for this
event and a strong turnout is desirable.
MN Ren Faire (with MN Coalition of Scottish Clans) same weekend.

The usual October events.  We would like to have more people at Mankato
and Winona.  Historically attendance at those events has been low
compared to Big Island.

COMMUNICATIONS
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Making some progress on the Web Site.  A LiveJournal group has been set
up for MN Tartan Day.

MUSTER COMMITTEE
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Considering updates to the 2nd and 3rd level quizzes.


PUB NIGHT
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Friday nights are working better than expected.  Only once have we found
our site too crowded.  This is just as well since 3rd Tuesdays are no
longer available.

There was some talk about having a specific topic to be discussed at
each meeting.

Lake Street Garage (in the back room) is working well as a site.  We
will stay there until further notice.

OTHER BUSINESS
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The set up for Charles City took only 4 hours.  Marty thanked everybody
for helping.

Mia is planning a waulking demonstration, with singing, for one of the
summer events.

Next Board Meeting:  Tuesday, June 20, at Bruce and Julie's.

A proposal to skip the August members meeting was moved, seconded, and
passed.

There was some discussion of appropriate clothing for the Memorial Day
event at Ft. Snelling (17th century, but nothing specifically Scottish).

Meeting adjourned.

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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 Mary McKinley 651-699-6853 mairi2@juno.com
Vice President Cate Hesser -651-917-2327   -bear@cybervalkyrie.com 
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 651-698-8375 bruceyoder@juno.com
Quarter Master Herb Lindorff 612-827-4440 deeptinker@hotmail.com
Camp Rep. Diana Steben 612-728-1189 Rillaspins@aol.com
Company Rep. Sean McCanna  952-926-1279   macbaird@lycos.com  

Staff

Chief of Staff Rob Johnson 612.702.4274  roguerpj@mn.rr.com
Head Campfollower Julie Yoder 651.698.8375 julieyoder@juno.com
Captain Marty Byers 651.483.1173 twolodge@yahoo.com
Henchman Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Henchman David Vavreck 612-378-1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com
Henchwoman Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net 
Henchwoman Maeve Kane 952.461.4666 mollmccaine@aol.com 
Henchwoman Betsy Bolton 612-359-1089  basil80@hotmail.com 

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

The Sword Guild is currently meeting at the Byers' house at 2821 Churchill Ave in Roseville. We have ample room to work about and not worry about getting too close to one another. We meet at 7:00, on the 3rd Thursday of the month (in August, it will be on the 17th). If interested, contact Marty Byers, 651-483-1173 / 651-261-5815 / twolodge@yahoo.com. I would be happy to bring new people into the Guild and hope that our numbers will soon swell.
P.S. Don't worry if you do not have a sword yet, some are available for classes.

Marty L. Byers
twolodge@yahoo.com
651-483-1173



Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Lake Hiawatha Community Center at 2701 E 44th St in Minneapolis.
Because there are one-way streets in the area, you must approach from the east on 44th St. Questions? call Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 651-698-8375

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 651-698-8375

It's a great place to meet people!

Other Guilds

Want to learn about wool spinning, weaving, or dying? Diana Steben (651-489-2881) and Kali Pederson (651-730-5437 ) organize the Fiber Guild.

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

Baethan at the Moon

At the request of the Board of Directors, this column addresses members' questions about, well, anything related to what we in Gaffneyis Regiment do. What is event X like? Are thingamajigs period? How do you make a whatzahoozits? Where do you get a fribber-frabber? Members are requested to send questions about anything pertinent to Baethan (David Vavreck) who can be reached at 612-378-1973, baethan1630@yahoo.com, or 1036 24th Avenue SE, Mpls. MN 55414

Baethan apologises for not having had this in the last newsletter - he has been galavanting around far too often, and hasn't been home much of late...

Mary asks - "So, Baethan, you've been around for a while. What tricks have you learned to stay cool at a hot event?"

Drink plenty of water and gatorade-like beverages. Avoid alcohol (you should during show hours, anyway) and caffeine as both of these substances dry you out. Sugar and carbonated beverages aren't so good for you in the heat, either.

Wear wool. Because it is such a great insulator, wool keeps you cooler than many fabrics on a real hot day. That's why Bedouins and other desert nomads wear wool.

Stay in the shade if practical to do so. We don't want to have our dear public see us only laying around in the shade panting, but it is okay to take a shade break every now and again.

Avoid synthetic and knitted fabrics (which you should for authenticity's sake, anyway). Neither allow your skin to breath much.

The looser your clothing, the cooler you'll stay. Avoid tailored clothing (which only mucky-mucks could afford anyway).

Wear a head covering to keep the sun off your brain. Even better, get said covering wet. A dripping wool bonnet, for example, is an air conditioner for your head.

Put a little ice in your cap or down your bodice, if you can stand to do so.

I usually wear my kilt down in back. On a hot day, I get the inside of the tail wet, which cools my calves with every step.

Eat some spicy food. The reason spicy food is so popular in tropical areas is that it lowers your body temperature - really.

Breath through your nose, not your mouth. This naturally lowers heart rate and body temp, as well as not drying you out as fast as breathing through your mouth.

Don't obsess about the weather. It will only make you more uncomfortable.

Stay calm. An over-abundance of joy, irritability or whatever raises heart rate and body temp. Stay calm. Think calm. Be calm. Serenity good.

You can will yourself to be calm, lower your heart rate, and lower your body temp. Simply think it, and make it happen. Mind over matter works. If you think this sounds crazy, just ask a health care person.

Always bring something you can swim in for after hours. This is Minnesota, by gar; there is usually a swimming hole near enough.

I hope this helps.

p.s. Don't forget your sunscreen!

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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.

AUGUST 2006

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
30
July
Deer River
Members may camp beginning Sunday, July 30.
Workshops July 31-August 3. 
31
July
Deer River
Members may camp beginning Sunday, July 30.
Workshops July 31-August 3. 
1
Deer River
Members may camp beginning Sunday, July 30.
Workshops July 31-August 3. 
2
Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center
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Deer River
Members may camp beginning Sunday, July 30.
Workshops July 31-August 3. 
3 

Deer River
Members may camp beginning Sunday, July 30.
Workshops July 31-August 3.
4
Deer River Rendezvous/White Oak
www.whiteoak.org
 
Public Days 
5
Deer River Rendezvous/White Oak
www.whiteoak.org
 
Public Days
6
Deer River Rendezvous/White Oak
www.whiteoak.org
Public Days
7
 
8
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
9 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
Board Mtg—Yoders' 7:00 
16
Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center 
 
17
Sword Drill
7PM at the Home of Marty and Judy Byers
Call Marty 651.483.1173
twolodge@yahoo.com
 
 
18
Pub Night—Lake St. Garage 
19
Company Drill
VA Centre park off of 54th st.
in Minneapolis. 
20
 
21
 
22
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
 
23 24 25
 
26
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
27
This space for rent 
28
 
29 30
 
31
 

 

SEPTEMBER 2006

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
  1 
2 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center 
7
 
8
 
9
Des Moines Renaissance Fair 
10
Des Moines Renaissance Fair 
11
 
12
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
13
 
14
Sword Drill
7PM at the Home of Marty and Judy Byers
Call Marty 651.483.1173
twolodge@yahoo.com
 
 
15
Night at the Pub 
16
Company Drill
VA Centre park off of 54th st.
in Minneapolis. 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center
21
 
22
 
23
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
24
 
25
 
26
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 

Event Schedule for the 2006 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 Maeve 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 wether 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,
Rob Johnson.

DATE EVENT STATUS
1/1/2006 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
1/28/2006 Grand Day Parade Finished
2/4/2006 Torchlight Parade Finished
2/18-19/2006 Scottish Ramble Finished
4/28-30/2006 Charles City Military History Days Finished
6/3-5/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Finished
6/10-12/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Finished
6/10-11/2006 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Finished
6/17-19/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Finished
6/24-26/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com Finished
7/15/2006 MN Scottish Fair and Highland Games http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Finished
7/14- 7/16/2006 Dun Gowan Tactical Finished
8/5-6/2005 Deer River Rendezvous/White Oak www.whiteoak.org Scheduled
9/9/2006-9/10/2006 MN Renaissance Festival (This fair runs weekends typically we only do one of them) Tentative
9/2-4/2006 Wisconsin Scottish Highland Games http://www.wisconsinscottish.org/ Cancelled
9/9-9/10 2006 Des Moines Renaissance Fair Scheduled
10/5-6/2006 Big Island Rendezvous (education days) Scheduled
10/7-8/2006 Big Island Rendezvous (public days) Scheduled
10/12-14/2006 Mankato History Fest Scheduled
10/17-22/2006 Big Muddy River Rendezvous Scheduled

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Maps

 
Map to Board Meetings
Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home 
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
Map to Board/Quarterly/Annual Meetings
Corcoran Neighborhood Center,
3334 20th Av South, Minneapolis, MN 
Map to Lake Hiawatha Community Center
2701 E 44th St in Minneapolis

1st & 3rd Wednesdays dance location
Helleand Building
Map to Marty & Judy Byers home
Location for for Sword Drill

2821 Churchill, Roseville MN 

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Event Maps and Notification

Deer River Rendezvous Deer River, MN Aug July 28th-August 6th 2006

Deer River The White Oak Society Rendezvous in Deer River, MN is a week-long event from Monday, July 28 to Sunday, August 6. The site is open to the public Friday, August 4 through Sunday August 6, and Clann is contracted to be there for those days. However, for those who wish to, Clann members are allowed to set up and camp any time from Sunday, July 27 onward. During the days that the site is closed to the public, the White Oak Society hosts a number of workshops and classes, including birch bark canoe making, outdoor bread oven baking, glass bead making, shoe making, weaving, and blacksmithing at the fort’s reconstructed fur trade era fort. On Friday night, there is a formal 18th century dinner ($20 per plate, but in four courses and well worth it) and Saturday night, there is one a very large dance, sometimes with a caller for 18th century dances. Public hours are 9 to 5 Friday-Sunday, drive ons allowed up to Thursday night. Showers are available Monday-Thursday at the local highschool, but not during the weekend.

www.whiteoak.org

Directions:

Take I-35 north to exit 237--MN 33 N toward Cloquet/Iron Range, and follow that for 11 miles. Take the US 2 ramp towards Grand Rapids/Duluth and make a left onto US 2 West. Follow US 2 for 60 miles approx. and turn left onto US 169/NE 4th St/US 2, and follow US 2 for another 15 miles. Turn right onto MN 6/Division St and follow MN 6 for a mile and a half to 33155 Hwy 6.

Des Moines Renaissance Festival Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10 2006

Clann will be participating in the Des Moines Renaissance Festival Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10, during their Scottish weekend. Their show hours are 10-7. This will be the first year Clann has participated in this event. The site has permanent structures, including showers for participants. http://dmrenfaire.com/index.shtml

Directions:

From: Saint Paul, MN US
To: 4051 Dean Ave Des Moines, IA 50317-1662 US

1. Start out going NORTHWEST on WABASHA ST N toward 4TH ST E. (0.59 miles)
2. Merge onto I-35E S via the ramp on the LEFT. (18.75 miles)
3. Merge onto I-35 S (Crossing into IOWA). (220.44 miles)
4. Keep LEFT to take I-235 W toward DES MOINES. (3.44 miles)
5. Take the EASTON BLVD exit toward IA-163 E/E UNIVERSITY AVE EASTBOUND/US-65 N. (0.13 miles)
6. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto EASTON BLVD. (0.07 miles)
7. Turn LEFT onto E 21ST ST. (0.23 miles)
8. Turn LEFT onto IA-163 E/E UNIVERSITY AVE. (1.15 miles)
9. Turn RIGHT onto E 30TH ST/IA-46. (0.62 miles)
10. Turn LEFT onto DEAN AVE. (1.20 miles)
11. End at 4051 Dean Ave Des Moines, IA 50317-1662 US
Total Estimated Time: 3 hours, 54 minutes
Total Distance: 246.62 miles

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