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COLONEL GAFFNEYIS REGIMENT MARCHES NORTH

*First Footing/Airing of the Tartans*

Once again we will celebrate Hogmanay with a progressive dinner on New Years Day. For our newer members, on New Years Day, which is a major holiday in Scotland, we adapt the Scottish traditions of Airing of the Tartans and First Footing. We gather at noon in Augsburg Park in Richfield to lay out our plaids for airing (a tradition that predates polyester blends that can go in the washing machine) and a bit of marching to show how impervious we are to cold weather. This is followed by a progressive dinner, in which each course is at a different house.

We do have volunteers to host the four courses. They are:

Appetizers at 2:00 at our noble Captain's house Maeve Kane
26586 Woodcrest Circle
Elko, MN

This is about 25 minutes South of the Cities, and the rest of the day we will journey back North.

Soups and salads at 4:00 at our capable HCF Renee's house.
86 Riverwoods Lane
Burnsville MN

Main course at 6:00 at the Yoders' house, because it's NEW!!!
4736 12th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

Dessert at 8:00 at the McDavids, because they CAN!!!
340 Brooks Ave
Roseville, MN

We will also be asking members to sign up to bring dishes so that we get them distributed among courses. Please let us know what you are planning to bring--our hosts can't feed us all without our help!.

Also, this year we are asking that persons bring an index card listing ingredients for the dishes they bring. Some people have food allergies or sensitivities or for other reasons have to be careful what they eat; providing such a card can prevent any amount of asking "Who made this? What's in it? I hate to bother you but I can't eat . . ." For some of us this is life and death, so please help out here.

Maps to the locations WILL be in the next newsletter. Please RSVP (That means "say if you are coming and for which courses") and indicate what are you bringing; send e-mail to Mia, mia_mcdavid@comcast.net.

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Tartan Day

There was a Tartan Day planning meeting on November 18, and there was a change of date and time for 2007. Because the Saturday closest to April 6 is Easter Weekend, the date got moved to Saturday March 31. The time will also be different from prior years, with the capitol portion starting at 4 to move it closer to other events. One other change from usual is that as part of the effort to shorten the outdoor portion, our musket firing will be done by the capitol instead of moving back to the other end of the mall.

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A WEIGHTY MATTER

In the wake of the trailer failure in October, the Board has begun collecting information so that it may make a decision about a new trailer or other options for hauling our equipment. As part of that effort, the contents of the garage have been weighed.

On a recent Saturday Laurie Ford, Herb Lindorff as Quartermaster and owner of a Big Damn Truck, and I loaded Clann's belongings into the repaired trailer and onto Herb's truck. We then hauled them to Leitner's Nursery on Randolph St. in St. Paul. Leitner's graciously permitted us to weigh the truck and trailer, both full and empty, so that we could determine the weight of the contents. If you are in southeast St. Paul, and need to visit a nursery, it might be nice to remember them.

The three of us then took the goods back to the garage and weighed them, object by object, down to stacks of bowls and plates. We wanted this information in order to be able to estimate the weight of various subsets of Clann goods--how much will a load weigh if we take the cook's tent and fly and four troopers, but leave behind the tavern, two tables, and four benches--that sort of thing.

Not counting one mortar, three pikes, three benches and a table, and assorted odds and ends that had gone down to the Veteran's Day event, and also not counting whatever was still at Marty Byers' house awaiting transportation to Maeve Kane's custody, Clann owns 2600 lb worth of equipment. We will add in weights for whatever equipment was out and arrive, as closely as possible, at an accurate weight for all equipment that a trailer might be asked to transport. We also have to allow some slack for any new equipment purchased, and for the possibility of hauling wet canvas.

Laurie, who logged all the weights, and Herb, who had the expertise to identify all the stuff, figure out what might be missing, and store everything correctly when we got back, were both invaluable and have my deepest thanks.

We do not have an answer yet, but we are closer understanding exactly what we need.

Respectfully submitted,

Mia McDavid
Chief of Staff

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Greetings and salutations all!

My name is Renee Petersen and I am half of your Head Campfollower team for this upcoming season. Betsy Bolton is the other half of Team Food. My character name is Nora MacDougal and my history is long and sordid.

I know I have been conspicuously absent from Clann events for the last three years, but I love this group no less. I started with Clann in 1988 or so by soundly dousing the fire at Mac Fair with haggis juice. Needless to say, I have come a long way. I did not attain the size I am by eating junk.

I cook. I really like to cook. I like being in the kitchen all day doing the food thing. It really is my idea of fun! My whole plan for this season's food very basically revolves around the Clann cook book. It is an excellent resource for our meals. Not only that, but it's handy, too. See, my geek is hanging out. I also want to really explore the vegetarian aspect of our historical diet. Don't groan, I didn't say NO meat.

One of the other things I want to remind you of is this is a learning experience for us all. If you have something you want to try, teach or experiment with, let Team Food know and please support your argument (documentation, documentation, documentation, it's a mantra).

January Drill: Drill is on the fourth Saturday of every month, that makes it 27 Jan. My wonderful co-HCF and I both agreed it would be good to do a foodie thi ng. The Joy of Dairy. This includes butters (sweet, sour & salted) and handmade cheeses. I was also thinking of having some baking if we can swing it, weather & space permitting. Bread and butter, what's not to love? I have the Clann oven Herb Lindorff made for us a while ago. I know how to assemble and use it. I don't know if it's period or not, but as a teaching tool it is stunning.

Persons interested in participating on either side, teaching or learning, are invited to come. Please (x 10^16) RSVP so we know how much recipe type stuff and tools to bring. We will need to know a week in advance for the whole shopping-for-materials thing. Donations always welcome. As always, RSVP with your staff, contact info available in EVERY newsletter.

I do have a personal request: I need an evilskivver pan. This is a round, handled cast iron pan with 5 or 6 half spheres in it. Since we are going to Germany, I thought some Scandinavian treats might be in order, but I need the pan. I found my Granny's recipe for these, direct from the old country. They are spiced, fried little cakes loaded with raisins or other dried fruit and rolled in heavily spiced sugar. If anyone has one, please let me know. mydogharpo@juno.com

Never underestimate the power of a dumpling.

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My name is Betsy Bolton, I play Lizbit MacDougal (dunno if Nora and I are related, it's a big Clan) and I've been helping in the kitchen for a few years now. I am especially excited to be part of Team Food with Renee and I'm sure we will have a great year. I hope that we can focus on Camp Drills that everyone is interested in, so if you have ideas and want to see them happen, just let a body know! There are also some reorganization goals for the cooks tent and a hope to focus on really tasty, accurate foods for our time period. I expect that this year will be exciting and I hope that we can bring to the table food that everyone will like to eat (vegetarian and omnivore alike).

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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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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 Meeting on September 19, 2006

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

Staff: Julie Yoder, Maeve Kane, Mia McDavid, Marty Byers, Eric Ferguson

Members: Hellen Ferguson
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Minutes of the August Board Meeting were accepted.


REPORTS
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VP - No report

Quartermaster - Trailer handled fine.  Mia mentioned a problem with the
taillights and will email Herb.

Camp Rep - No report

Company Rep - No report

Dance - Sept. 20 will be at the McDavids.

Fibre - Mia has a spinning wheel now.

Historic Site - The foundation for the first house is almost done.
There were 4 people in the August work party.  Hope for more in
September.

Sword Guild - September meeting cancelled (Swordmaster was ill).
Trying to contact Corcoran about fall and winter meetings.  October
meeting will be in Winona.

TREASURER:  The new water cooler has been completed and will be
delivered at Big Island.  August show income and expenses were
reported.  No special financial problems expected for the rest of the
year.

SHOW REPORTS:  Still have not been paid for Des Moines.  We were
contracted at $400/day for two days.  Weather was a big problem Sunday,
and we also had trouble with their inexperienced management.  The Board
settle on a bargaining position and Maeve was authorized to negotiate
a settlement.

PAPER DOLLS: No Report.

MANUAL:  Not all the reviews have been completed, but time is passed.
It was moved/seconded/passed to approve the new manual with the
corrections that have been submitted.  The Fergusons will burn some
CD's.

LIBRARY:  Mary and Maeve will follow up with the Fergusons, but not
until late November.

NEW BUSINESS:  Marty and Mia are planning an expedition to buy a lamb.
Marty asked for reimbursement for Des Moines mileage.  This was
considered routine, and approved by the Board.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Cooking Drill - Sept. 23.  Five people signed up

Big Island:  7 or 8 members signed up for Thursday.  This is tight.  12
for Friday.

Mankato so far has 2 for Thursday, 1 for Friday.

Diana will check on Halloween at Corcoran.

No October meeting because of Winona.  Next meeting Sat. 11/4 at
Corcoran (also members meeting).

Meeting adjourned 8:07 PM.
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Minutes of Emergency Clann Tartan Board Meeting, October 10,
2006.

Board: Glenn McDavid, Herb Lindorff, Bruce Yoder, Sean McCanna, Mary
McKinley, Diana Steben, Cate Hesser

Staff:  Maeve Kane, Betsy Bolton, Marty Byyers, Julie Yoder, Eric
Ferguson, Mia McDavid

Members: Jen McDermott, Mark Hansen, Lisa Gillstrom, Hellen Ferguson,
Jaimie Zaugg

Marty and Jaimie gave their accounts of the accident with the trailer
on Sunday, Oct. 8, while returning from Big Island.  Marty was hauling
the trailer, with Jaimie following behind in case of trouble.  The
trailer lost its left wheel on 35W just north of 62.  Marty was able to
pull over to the shoulder without jackknifing.  Jaimie's truck was hit
by the flying wheel, but he was also able to pull over.  They called
Bruce and Julie, who in turn called a tow truck.

The tow truck driver said that it was a miracle Marty did not
jackknife.  He also said the trailer was badly overloaded.

The consensus of the knowledgable members was that our current
trailer cannot be repaired to the point of being able to safely carry
our gear.  In the long term Clann will have to replace it.  The
question for the evening was how to cope with the Mankato and Winona
shows.

Mia had a lead on a truck from Penske at a good price.  It was
suggested that she rent it for both shows and the week between.  This was
approved and the necessary expenditures authorized.  Mia will proceed
to rent this truck.

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 Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net 
Head Campfollower Betsy Bolton / Renee Petersen 763-561-4368 Betsy /
952-895-5487 Renee
basil80@hotmail.com / mydogharpo@juno.com
Captain Maeve Kane 651-696-7498 or 952-461-4666 mollmccaine@aol.com 
Henchman Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Henchman David Vavreck 612-378-1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com
Henchman Tony Rogers   anthony.j.rogers@gmail.com
Henchman Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Henchwoman Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 Julieyoder@juno.com
Henchwoman Heidi Vair 715-379-9055 Mapleaf11@yahoo.com
Henchwoman Laurie Ford 952-924-9128 laurie.ford@gmail.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. 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
Dance will meet at Minneapolis Community and Technical College - 1501 Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis. We will meet in room T (for technical building, the big main building,) 5500. this is also the PSOM and ENDT lab. It's on the 5th floor - follow the signs to the room. There is free on street parking after 6 PM, but it's interesting to find spots due to evening classes. There is a parking ramp that (I believe) is $5 to park in. We back onto Loring Park, so there may be parking over there too - I don't recommend walking thru the park alone in the dark, however. http://www.minneapolis.edu/directions.cfm will get you to the campus, http://www.minneapolis.edu/campusmaps/index.html will get you to the right building. I'll be in my office - 612-659-6000 x 4090 until at least 5 PM.


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.

Drill

Company Drill for the next two months will be Saturday, December 16, and Saturday, January 20. Both will be at Mattocks Park, 451 Macalester Street in Saint Paul at 11 am. Food and hot drinks provided, bring your own mug.



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Captains Corner

I would like to start this, my first Captain s Corner, with a few requests, demands, suggestions, and general haranguing.

When reading this and in our interpretations to the public, I would like everyone to keep one important distinction in mind: that between the 21st century, corporate entity known as Clann Tartan, and the 17th century military organization known as Colonel Gaffneyis Regiment. This is an important distinction for many reasons. While many of us participate in functions of both organizations, and both are dependant on the other, they perform very different functions.

The corporate entity Clann Tartan has the power to contract appearances of Col. Gaffneyis Regiment and receive payment for the services of Col. Gaffneyis Regiment but does not render those services for one very simple reason: Clann Tartan does not exist in the 17th century. When we perform at a show, we are appearing as Captain Kane s Company of Col. Gaffneyis Regiment. When interpreting to the public, we are telling them about the members of Col. Gaffneyis Regiment. When we call the rest of the group to a meal, we are calling Col. Gaffneyis Regiment to eat. Clann Tartan does not exist in my camp except when 21st century people have a question about the 21st century function of our group like how to join, why our members do this crazy stuff, or how to get Col. Gaffneyis to appear at another event. I d ask that we all keep this distinction in mind when interpreting to the public.

The reason this is important is that I would like our 17th century organization to portray the religion of the 17th century. The important distinction between our 21st century group Clann Tartan and our 17th century group Col. Gaffneyis is this: Clann Tartan encompasses people of many faiths, while Col. Gaffneyis is part of a society which believes that a universal church is important for the functioning of society. During our period, religion played a much more public role in everyone s lives than it does now. Religion was not only a personal concern, but a political and social concern. In 17th century parlance, state religion held together the great chain of being, in which the authority stemmed from God to the king to civil and military officials, down into the patriarchal family unit. A wonderful overview of 17th century religion by Glenn McDavid can be found in the December 2005 newsletter (http://www.clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-december2005.html).

What I would like to focus on in this next year is how that official religion was manifested in daily life. And while I realize many people are interested in non-Calvinist or non-Christian religion of the 17th century, I don t believe the primary documentation exists right now for us to accurately portray subversive religious practices relating to paganism or Catholicism. I would like to hold abbreviated versions of period services on Sundays and short devotions as part of military drill. There will, however, be no skits of witches being burned or Catholics being harassed. I leave it to each individual to practice good taste when interpreting religion with others in our group or to the public.

I want to emphasize above all that no one will be required to participate in this. I would, however, ask that everyone at least consider participating. What I want to present is the 17th Calvinism as it was practiced, not an official statement of faith on the part of our organization. However, I will never require anyone to participate against their conscience. Anyone with concerns, questions or input is welcome to contact me. Any discussion we have on this matter can only improve our portrayal.

Not really related to the issue of religion, but related to the function of both our 21st century and our 17th century organizations, I would like to announce that Staff has decided to retire our company ensign this year. We will be producing a larger version of the ensign with the same design as the original. Those who knew Sean Gaffney or were members of Clann when we lost him know that a number of years ago, our group offered to give his family the ensign he had created. Because we had no other company ensign at the time, they graciously allowed us to continue using his ensign. Through the years, Gaffney's ensign has been used in many parades and battles, and is beginning to show its age. To show our respect for Sean Gaffney and his family, and avoid damaging the flag any further, we will be returning the ensign to the family at the end of this year's season. Again, if anyone has any concerns or questions about this, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Lastly, I am going to attempt to nag everyone into attending Company Drill more often. Drill has always been notoriously poorly attended, through no fault of any one person, but it is beginning to show in our public presentation. While it is amusing on occasion to have one person turn the wrong way during drill, it should not be a common occurrence. I realize that all of us know our left from our right, so I will not candy coat this: the sloppiness of our drill and presentation is unacceptable. The military groups of our time period were professional organizations, not citizen militias. We may recruit farmers and apprentices, but we turn them in to professional soldiers. We cannot be a company entirely composed of new recruits. And the only way we polish is by drilling.

Next month at drill, we will be working on unit cohesion, marching in step and following commands given by drum. For any questions about marching in step, please refer to to the article by David Vavreck in your September 2005 newsletter (http://www.clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-september2005.html). I would also like all soldiers to learn our regimental marching song, When Cannons are Roaring, by heart. The lyrics can be found in any edition of the manual or at http://www.clanntartan.org/music/cannons.html. To learn the tune, come to drill. When we are marching at a show, only one person will sing verses at a time, while the others sing chorus, but I want everyone to have the ability to lead, so we are not dependant on one person s attendance to be able to march.

I look forward to an exciting new season with you all. One of the most exciting things about our organization is the enormous potential our diverse backgrounds bring us; the trick is to channel that potential and give a wow presentation, which I have no doubt we are capable of.

Your Captain,
Maeve Kane

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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.

DECEMBER 2006

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
Dance
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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14
 
15
Night at the Pub 
16
Company Drill 
17
 
18
 
19
20
 Dance
 
21
Sword Drill 
22
 
23
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
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25
 
26
 
Dance
Saint Christopher's
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30
 
31
 

 

JANUARY 2007

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
1
Airing of the Tartans/First Footing 
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3
 Dance
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5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
Dance
 
18
Sword Drill 
19
Night at the Pub 
20
Company Drill 
21
 
22
 
23
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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25
 
26
 
27
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
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29
 
30
 
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Maps

 
Map to Board Meetings
Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
4736 12th Av S, Minneapolis, 55407 
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
Map to /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 
Map to the Mpls Comm & Tech College
1st & 3rd Wednesdays dance location

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