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Announcements

Huzzah! Clann will be attending the Olde World Renaissance Faire in Twig, Minnesota, June 11 and 12. The fair is about 145 miles northwest of the twin cities, and hours are 10 am til 7 pm both days.
We are allowed to camp Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The website for the fair is http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com, and it describes the fair site a "wooded", which means shade! It has maps and driving directions (Also below. Thanks Maeve!).
We can have a fire, and there will be privies but no showers. This is a paid event and we are featured reenactors (not entertainers) so we're hoping for a good turnout.
Please email julieyoder@juno.com or call 651-698-8375 to R.s.v.p for this event. If you need to reserve a tent, email the quartermaster at deeptinker@yahoo.com.
Hope to see you there!

Still looking for thoughts on Why We Do What We Do

—and what will make it more fun for you.

What are you looking for in Clann? What can we do better? What are we doing well? Please let us know—we all want this to be a fun, fulfilling experience for everyone.

Send info to Mary McKinley at the previously posted info—snail mail:
Mary McKinley
1363 Jefferson Ave
St Paul, MN 55105-2410

Drill

Clann's monthly drill will be held on the third Saturday of the month at Bossen Field by Lievtenant Eric and Hellen's home (5732 Bossen Terrace Apt#2), unless there is a scheduled Clann Event that weekend.
The time is NOON.
For directions, Lievtenant Eric can be contacted at: 612-726-6364 or eric@celticfringe.net

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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Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Dear Clann Tartan Newsletter and Readers,

Upon attending the May 7th Board, Staff, and Members meeting at the
Corcoran Coummunity Center, I was elated to find Clann Tartan as
open-mined, gracious, and fine-spirited as any new member could wish!
I felt welcome to be myself--that is, free to express my ignorance as
well as my knowledge of Scottish clan matters, and so I submit a
summary of the ideas I spoke of then regarding the salient theme of
the era we reenact in camp and in our contemporary lives.

During the Hundred Years War, enough soldiers found under warring
monarchs to the point of their remaining free-standing "free lance"
mercenaries by the time of the Thirty Years War.  With Henry VIII of
England, the issue of the supremacy of sovereignty over church authority
escalated definition of power.  In the reign of James I of Great
Britain, Scottish sovereignty was subsumed, and when his son Charles I
took the throne, the balance of power between the people, as
represented by Parliament, and the "Divine Right" of the king led to
the English Civil War and to the ongoing development of
republican/democratic self-rule.

When I was a boy, I asked my father what is meant to be a MacKenzie.
The initial pregnancy of his silence at that moment has resonated ever
since.  He showed me on a map of Scotland how the MacKenzies spread
prominently across the Highland territory of Ross and Cromarty from
Kintail on the west to the Black Isle on the east.  He gave me books
that accounted the story of the clan's Norman Irish claimants, nobles,
and chiefs, its war cry, mottos, tartans and marches.  He showed me by
his own appearance and hereditary history how individual it made him
feel to belong to a particular clan, but I don't think he could have
fully answered my question.  In 1994 the _Collins Encyclopedia of
Scotland_ was published, edited by John Keay and Julia Keay, and I
checked it out from the library.  The entry for the MacKenzie Clan
revealed the oldest mythological origins of M'hic Coinneach, the
children of the "Bright One", Cerunnos, the Celtic God of Nature.
"Kenneth" wasn't a founder's name, but the English name that sounded
closest to Coinneach, hence MacKenzie.  Its Pictish beginning
connected to the European Celts before the Roman conquests.  This new
awareness of clan faith linked to a shared pagan spirituality and a
pre-feudal, pre-hierarchical tribalism where the equality of a clan's
children defined its identity gave me the real answer I sould, the
long route back to individual sovereignty.

Like the tensions between crown and church, lord and vassal,
congressperson and constituent, the relationship between clan chief,
tanist, captain, cadet, and clan member continues to beg fundamental
questions about tribal authority, equality, and identity pertaining to
clan life everywhere.  In the present era of a renaissance in global
mercenarism and the struggles between a one government "new world
order" and the decentralized national devolutions, including
Scotland's, following the collapse of empires and superpowers, I was
delighted to find belonging in membership with a self-made clann of
smart, curious, and knowledgeable individualists with whom I could
explore such issues.  I hope the newsletter will print this reply to
my previous letter that it was kind enough to publish in the May issue
of the Clann Tartan Newsletter.

Thanks for the clann,
Michael McKenzie
Apollo M'hicCoinneach



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Board Minutes

Minutes of Clann Tartan Board and Meeting
April 4, 2005

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

(Staff) Rob Johnson, Maeve Kane, Julie Yoder, Marty Byers

(Members) David Vavreck

The minutes from the March Board  meeting were approved.
 
OLD BUSINESS
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NEW MEMBERS LETTER
Mary has lost her copy of the letter.  Mia and Glenn will get her another
copy.

MAEVE'S PAPER DOLLS
Limited sales (up to 24 days) can be made without paying Minnesota State
Sales.  This should be plenty for us.  However, we will have to track
all of these sales.

Maeve will draw up a new contract for this.

CONTACTS
It would be good to have an "official" e-mail for Maeve, e.g.
maeve@clanntartan.org.  Rob Portinga would have to arrange this.

INSURANCE/VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT
Bruce Yoder rechecked our current policy and discovered we do have
fire coverage.  

COMPANY REP
This Board position is still open.  We are still looking for someone to
fill it.

VOTING BY-LAW CHANGES
The age clause will be removed.  We will need to examine the By-Laws to
find all implications of removing the distinction between Active and
Supporting Members.

The "recognition" by a Staff or Board Member may be in writing.

Tabled until June meeting.

TREASURER -- Absent.  No report.  However, Marty said that he and Judy
will be donating their expenses for hauling the trailer.  

SECRETARY -- Mia and Glenn are taking responsibility for the hard copy
edition of the Newsletter.  The Online Newsletter will be posted on the
Clann Web site.

QUARTERMASTER -- The trailer is waiting to be repaired.
                 Garage work days are scheduled for 4/9 and 4/16.
                 Maeve has passed her 4th level muster.

CAMP REP -- There was some discussion about alternative sites for camp
drill and dance.

DANCE GUILD  -- 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at St. Christopher's Episcopal
Church.  The Dance Guild will pay the Church $15/month.  

SWORD GUILD -- Planning to use Corcoran, but need to schedule around
youth groups that meet there.

HISTORIC SITE -- No new information.

DRUM -- Still need to convert wav files to mp3.

CAMP -- A lot was done at Camp Drill.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE -- Maeve will grant Clann copyright as needed
for her work.  She and Rob Johnson will work on revising the Manual.

UPCOMING EVENTS
===============

TARTAN DAY - Meet at 11:30.  Eric will bring the muskets.

CHARLES CITY -- May 13-15.  This is definite.

WISCONSIN REN FAIRE -- June weekends -- iffy.

OLD WORLD REN FAIRE (TWIG) -- June 11-12 -- Definite

Minnesota Scottish Faire & Highland Games -- July 9 -- Definite.

Dun Gowan Tactical -- July 14-17

Deer River -- 7/31-8/7 -- No respones.

Shooters' Roundup -- 8/27-8/28 -- Waiting for more information.

MN Ren Faire -- 8/27-8/28?  Highland Fling Weekend?

Wisconsin Highland Games -- 9/2-9/4 -- Pending

Big Island -- Demos in 1/2 hour "pods".

Big Muddy -- No information yet.
Mankato -- No information yet.

Stralsund -- November -- Looking at travel by Amtrak rather than van.
More people are expected than in 2003, possibly including some German
reenactors.  We need to settle plans, get the train deposit, and set a
cut-off date for signing up.

NEW BUSINESS -- None.

OTHER -- Perry Vining will be retiring from Big Island after this year.
Scott Reinhold will take over.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:53 PM.




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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 Bruce Yoder 651-698-8375 bruceyoder@juno.com
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer David Vavreck 612-378-1973 baethan1630@yahoo.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 952-922-7408   macbaird@lycos.com  

Staff

Captain Marty Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Lieutenant Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Head Campfollower Rob Johnson 612.702.4274  roguerpj@mn.rr.com
Assistant Head Campfollower Julie Yoder 651.698.8375 julieyoder@juno.com
Goodwife Judy Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Goodwife Maeve Kane 952.461.4666  

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

I am now taking names of MEMBERS, who are interested in learning the period correct way to wield the blades we would have used. The methods will be totally Scottish and /or common to the Scottish Island.

But, first I need your name, mailing address, phone number and what type of sword you are interested in...and, do you have such a sword. When I have this information, we will set up a date and time to get together for our first exercise.

I hope to use some of what we learn in a skit or two during the coming years. The more blades we have to be used correctly the better we will be for the public.

So, get me this information soon and let's get started.

Marty L. Byers
651-483-1173


Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
One Grenoble Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

The community center for Skyline Village, on the east side of Concord St. at 75th St in Inver Grove Heights. About 2.5 miles south of I494

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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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.

JUNE 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Dance 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
Board Meeting
7PM @Bruce and Julie's 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
Old World Ren Fair
Twig MN. 
12
Old World Ren Fair
Twig MN. 
13
 
14
Dance 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
Drill 
19
 
20
 
21
Night at the Pub
7PM Molly Quinn's
Minneapolis  
22
Dance 
23
 
24
 
25
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
26
 
27
 
28
Dance 
29
 
30
 
 

JULY 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
Board Meeting
7PM @Bruce and Julie's  
5
 
6
Dance 
7
 
8
 
9
Minnesota Scottish Fair
and Highland Games

Dakota Co. Fairgrounds
Farmington, MN 
10
 
11
 
12
Dance 
13
Dance 
14
 
15
 
16
Drill 
17
 
18
 
19
Night at the Pub
7PM Molly Quinn's
Minneapolis 
20
Dance 
21
 
22
 
23
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
24
 
25
 
26
Dance 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
 

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Maps

Map to Inver Grove Heights location- Dance Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
Map to Board Meetings
Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Map to Board/Quarterly/Annual Meetings
Corcoran Park, Minneapolis

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Event Maps and Notification

Old World Ren Fair in Twig MN, June 11th and 12th 2005

Olde World Renaissance Faire is a small renaissance festival in their second outdoor year. They are committed to education, history, small artisans and a family experience. We will be the first thing their public sees when they come in the gate and we will be their biggest attraction this year. The site is several acres of natural woods that has been cleared for camping and we will have room for drill grounds and dance space. http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/

~ From Duluth: From Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 53. Take U.S. Highway 53 North to County Highway 7 (also known as Industrial Road). Turn left on County Highway 7 and continue on to McGregor Road. At McGregor Road turn right and proceed to the Olde World Renaissance Faire entrance on your right. Distance is approximately 19 miles.

~ From Grand Rapids: From U.S. Highway 169 and U.S. Highway 2. Take U.S. Highway 2 South to State Highway 33. Turn left on State Highway 33 and continue on to County Highway 7 (also known as Industrial Road). Turn right on County Highway 7 and continue on to McGregor Road. At McGregor Road turn left and proceed to the Olde World Renaissance Faire entrance on your right. Distance is approximately 69 miles.

~ From Virginia: From U.S. Highway 169 and U.S. Highway 53. Take U.S. Highway 53 South to County Highway 7 (also known as Industrial Road). Turn right on County Highway 7 and continue on to McGregor Road. At McGregor Road turn right and proceed to the Olde World Renaissance Faire entrance on your right. Distance is approximately 50 miles.

~ From Minneapolis/Saint Paul Area: From Interstate 694 and Interstate 35. Take Interstate 35 North to the State Highway 33 exit going to Cloquet. Follow State Highway 33 thru Cloquet and continue on to County Highway 7. Turn right on County Highway 7 (also known as Industrial Road) and continue on to McGregor Road. At McGregor Road turn left and proceed to the Olde World Renaissance Faire entrance on your right. Distance is approximately 145 miles.

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Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games - Dakota County fairgrounds, Farmington, MN, July 9th 2005

Mark your calendars! Saturday, July 9, Clann will be participating in the second annual Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games. Here's the website: http://mnscottishfair.org.
We can camp Friday and Saturday nights, although the fair is at the Dakota County fairgrounds in Farmington, only about a half-hour drive from the center of the cities, so it's also very easy to day-trip. There are flush toilets and showers on the grounds and lots of free parking. This was a really great event last year, and this year promises to be even better!
R.s.v.p. as soon as possible to julieyoder@juno.com or call 651-698-8375. Remember, if you don't R.s.v.p., you don't eat!
If you would like to reserve a tent, email the quartermaster at deeptinker@yahoo.com.
If you would like more information about any event, call Julie at 651-698-8375 and I'll try to get you answers.

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