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Announcements

Olde World Renaissance Faire in Twig, Minnesota

Our June show is the Olde World Renaissance Faire in Twig, Minnesota. Twig is just north of Cloquet, about 145 miles from the Twin Cities. The Faire has an excellent web site, http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/Default.htm. The dates this year are Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days. This is a very nice fair; the owners want to keep it as accurate to the period as possible, it's a beautiful site, and we've always had pleasant weather for the weekend. The site has cool breezes and tons of dragonflies, so there are very few mosquitos. There are privies a few yards from our camp, but no showers ( all water must be brought in in jugs). We can dig fire pits, but cannot fire weapons -- the site is next to a field full of bison, who tend to stampede if startled! There is no electricity. We are supposed to be set up by 7:00 p.m. Friday, but in the past this has not been enforced. We cannot tear down til after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, but individuals may stay over and tear down on Monday if they wish. I'm not sure if we are allowed a sutler's table; this is a question to ask Maeve. All weapons must be peace tied. There are motels nearby; a list is on the fair web site for those who don't want to camp. My experience with weather at the fair has been that it tends to be slightly chilly, especially in the evening and at night, with daytimes being pleasant to slightly warm, so bring plenty of bedding, but lighter clothing for daytime, a hat to keep the sun off, and sunscreen. The only problem with the site is that the bison have had the run of it in the past, so the ground is well trodden and therefore lumpy. There will be excellent musicians there, and jousting, and several very good vendors. All in all, this is one of our nicest shows.

Please let your staff know as soon as possible if you plan to attend this show. If you want to reserve a Clann tent, remember, it's first ask first get, and last year this show was VERY well attended, so email Mia early. We must have your reply before May 26 to be sure we can feed you. Also, we need to let the show know how many we expect because last year we barely had room for all the tents, and if we need more room this year, we have to give them time to rearrange space. Hope to see you there!

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Gaffneyis Regiment is going to be at the Olde World Renaissance Fair in Twig, MN the weekend of June 9 and 10. It is 19 miles northwest of Duluth, a 2 & 1/2 to 3 hour drive.

This is a neat event! Its focus is historic crafts, so it appreciates living history more than most renaissance festivals. Highlights include several period music performers (Richard Griffith specializes in music from 17th century Scottish lute manuscripts, Istanpita plays medieval and renaissance dance music on period instruments - they even have played some Playford for our dancers) and the bestest bookseller - Pigasus Books - ever to grace a living history event.

Drive-on time technically ends at 7:30pm Friday evening, but in the past they have allowed us to drive on and unload much later.

From the Twin Cities: 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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COME TO MUSTER!

Once again, Col. Gaffney's is having a muster weekend. This is a time just for us; for new members to learn new skills, for older members to brush up and work on their demo skills, and for all of us to hang out and have a good time.

The location is Jack McGowan's farm in Mankato. This beautiful land, at a river confluence, offers a wonderful site to camp, drill, shoot, and forage. There is a wonderful log house to play games and make merry in--it even has a piano! (Anybody play piano?)

We will setup on Friday, June 22nd, right at the Solstice. We will teach and learn all Saturday and part of Sunday and tear down Sunday afternoon.

As usual, Clann is cooking. Come one, come all to Muster! Email mia_mcdavid@comcast.net or phone 651-490-1842 to register.

Your staff thanks you!

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Tenth Annual Dun Gowan Tactical, July 12-14

The Dun Gowan Tactical is one of a very few events in which members of Col. Gaffneyis Regiment can fully immerse themselves in the time we are trying to recreate. With a period fort, complete with palisades and earth fortifications and several acres of woods which include a small creek, bridge, and swamp, the site is secluded and perfect for practicing the military techniques we tell the public about. Telling patrons about what battle in the Thirty Years' War is like is much easier after trying to reload while being shot at yourself.

A tactical is basically a live chess game. One member of Col. Gaffneyis will be chosen to lead each side, and will funciton as a captain of their own company against the other. Because there are no scripts, or a battle to recreate, everyone involved, from commanders to soldiers to civilians, can make the decisions and take the actions they think best benefit them and their side.

Members who do not have an interest in portraying military characters are encouraged to attend. We always need impartial messangers, hostages, and civilians to protect and capture, and the long weekend is good for practicing new recipies, visiting, and trying out new demo items to see how they work in camp without the public there to see if it doesn't.

Set up begins Wednesday the 11th and goes through Thursday the 12th, all day both days. Friday is a training day, to be sure that everyone is comfortable using and firing all weapons we will be using. The entire event is closed the to the public, but a period camp is expected as soon as you set up.

Directions:

From Duluth, Minnesota- Take US Highway 53 northwest out of town - take a right turn on the Ugstad Rd./Lavaque Rd. Bypass, and travel north about ten miles. Take a left turn on the Fish Lake Road, and travel west about 3/4 miles. At this point I am the only house on the right hand (north)side of the road.

From Mineapolis/St.Paul, MN- Travel north on Interstate 35 out of the Cities for about two hours or so. After you pass the Esko/ Thompson exit, but before you get to Duluth, take the Midway Road exit. Turn left on the Midway road, which will head you north. Continue north on the Midway Road for about 12 miles or so; crossing three stoplight intersections, and then you will come to a stop sign. Turn right there onto County Road 9, the Martin Road. Travel east on the Martin road for three miles and take a left turn onto the Lavaque Road. Travel north on the Lavaque Road, for about 7 1/2 miles until you come to the Fish Lake Road. Make a left turn there, and travel west about 3/4 miles. At this point I am the only house on the right hand (north) side of the road.

5261 Fish Lake Road. Large grey garage, small grey house.

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White Oak Rendezvous at Deer River, MN is Aug 1 - 5.

White Oak Rendezvous occurs at the beautifully reconstructed North West Company fur post originally built in 1798. This is a great event, with much to offer, including a family s'more bonfire Tuesday evening, a potluck dinner Wednesday followed by a cribbage tournement, a formal colonial dinner fundraiser Thursday (a wonderful and tasty experience!), and Dad's Tavern on site serving beer and wine. There is an on-site research library, as well. And then there's the best rendezvous dance ever Saturday night, featuring NorthWinds crossing.

Although we are contracted only for the three public days (Friday the 3rd - Sunday the 5th) the 1st and 2nd are well worth attending. In addition to the above, various workshops are provided by and for living historians with a nominal fee at most. Some that have been done in the past are birch bark canoe making, glass bead making, various weaving techniques, fur trapping workshops, and blacksmithing. Check White Oak's website (see below) to check what workshops are scheduled for this year - more will be added as the event draws nearer.

Drive on hours are Monday and Thursday 7 am - 10 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 7am - 10 am and 7pm - 10 pm, and Friday and Saturday 7am - 9:30am.

The site opens to the public at 10am all three public days and closes Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm.

This event takes historical accuracy more seriously than most events we do, so please be extra careful in keeping modern items out of sight.

To keep abreast of additions to the workshop listings, or find out more details about the rendezvous, go to http://www.whiteoak.org/index.shtml

Please let Staff know that you are coming to this super event (mia_mcdavid@comcast.net), and we'll see you there!

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Captain's Authoris Award

To encourage the publication of new articles in the newsletter, I would like to announce a contest with three categories.

Best Research Article

The award for Best Research Article will be awarded to a research article on any topic in Clann's period related to Scotland or the Thirty Years' War. Topics can include social, military, religious, or any other subject. See the members' manual or past newsletters for ideasóresearch articles can be on very narrow topics like the history of the fork or very broad topics like religion in the Highlands. Articles in this category should use a minimum of three primary sources and can have an unlimited number of secondary sources. (A primary source is one produced in our period, like a song, picture, or document, and a secondary source is one produced by a modern writer analyzing our period.)

Best How-to Article

The award for Best How-to Article will be awarded to a non-research article that clarifies how to do or make something, or how some part of our organization works. Topics can include anything from how to cook a period dish, documentation of a personal project, how to belt and wear a plaid, or anything else. Articles in this category may use primary and secondary sources, but the primary purpose of these articles should be original writing of the how-to sort.

Best New Writer

As I mentioned above, we've had a number of good articles in the past few years. To encourage newer members or older members who've never written for the newsletter before to put out new work, this category will give an award to a writer who has never before been published in the newsletter. The winning article can be about anything, and be research or how-to, so long as the author has never before published an article in the Clann newsletter.

To be eligible to win, the article must be submitted to the Clann newsletter editors by October 15, 2007, so that they may appear in the November newsletter. Articles may be submitted at any time between now and then. At the heading of each competing article, the author should state whether they are submitting it for the Research Article category or the How-to Article category. All articles by new writers will be automatically considered for that category.

After all articles have been submitted, everyone who submitted an article will be invited to the Captain's Award Banquet, which our VP Cate Hesser has graciously volunteered to be in charge of cooking for. Date, time and location to be determined, but good food, good company and good conversation are guaranteed. All winners will be announced at the banquet.

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GAFFNEY'S SUTLER SEEKS WARES

Our sutler, Heidi Viar, is looking for items made by members to sell at her table. We hope that, by offering a variety of interesting wares, we can encourage the public to stop, peruse, and purchase. If you are interesting in selling your spinning, knit caps or stockings, beadwork, bonework, woodwork, we will display them, watch them, accept money for them, and accept a 10% cut for Clann.

You can either bring your goods to Heidi at events, or entrust them to her beforehand. We ask that items be small and not terribly fragile if Heidi is to transport them.

Thank you for your support of Clann Tartan.

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Staff Announcements

We have an idea for producing the canvass bags we've talked about over the years for holding bundling tent stakes with their tent. The legs off old jeans will work. Most of us have such old jeans laying around and their already partly sewn. The staff is asking for members to give us a leg up. Or over. Whatever.

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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

Clann Tartan Board Meeting.  April 17, 2007

Board Members Present: Marty Byers, Glenn McDavid, Bruce Yoder, Mary
McKinley

Staff Present: Julie Yoder, Mia McDavid

Minutes of the March meeting were accepted as posted.

TRAILER:  Now has 5000 lb axle with bigger tires.  Will need
maintenance after 500 miles.  We will do this after Chas. City.  We will
give the old axle and wheels to Herb--trying to sell them is far more
trouble than it is worth.

VP:  Marty will assemble new member packets.  He will check with 
Cate and Mia about what has already been done.

TREASURER:  Our fiscal year has just ended.  Income was under budget by
$1000, due to non-payment by Winona.  Expenses were about $500 under
budget--The amount budgeted for musket repairs was never spent.  Were
those repairs done?   All told, expenses were about $1000 over
income--we had a deficit budget to start with.

The CD will be replaced by an account at ING Direct.

The budget for the new year is nearly complete and will be the basis for
upcoming financial reports.

Paper Dolls:  The Treasurer proposed, and the Board agreed, that if we do
not sell any this year (through the October shows), that we not make the
next payment to Maeve, and instead let the rights to the Paper Dolls
revert to her.

CAMP REP -- No report
COMPANY REP -- No report
MUSIC GUILD -- No report

DANCE GUILD -- Wednesday dance will be at the Yoders.

FIBER GUILD -- Mia has successfully dyed wool with indigo and urine.
She has finished weaving the Ulster tartan to be waulked at Farmington,
but is reserving a small piece so we can show what the fabric is like
before and after waulking.  She also working on an arisaid starting with
spinning the wool (sheep to shawl).

CAMP DRILL -- Might be good to have another session on clothing.  We
want our new members to have clothing.

HISTORIC SITE -- No report

SWORD GUILD -- Moving outside in May.  Might try to have two sessions a
month, meeting on different days to deal with scheduling issues.

NEWSLETTER -- Need timeliness.  Glenn will e-mail Hellen about this and
cc Mary.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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Charles City 4/27-4/29
Montgomery 4/28 for those not in Chas. City 

SCOTTISH FAIR 5/19.  Mary  will try to get some payment for Clann.
There will be two waulking sessions, at 10:30 and at 2:30.  We
will fire a mortar for the opening, noon, and closing guns.

Twig (6/9-6/10) is confirmed.

Tactical -- July

Deer River -- August
Perham (new show) -- August

OLD BUSINESS
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Still waiting on the payment for Scottish Ramble.  This would have
confused our year end accounting, except that last year's payment was
also delayed into the following fiscal year.

Bruce has cancelled the truck reservation he made during the discussions
about the trailer.  It is no longer necessary.

Glenn will make a reservation at Corcoran for the May Members Meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS
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Mia got quotes for reprinting 25, 50, and 100 copies of the Cookbook
from Instyprint.  For 25 it comes to $10 per book.  Bruce and Marty will
look for cheaper printers.  It would be nice to have these by the
Scottish Fair, so the Board authorized 25 copies to be printed at the
lowest cost we can find in time for the event.

The Sutlery has period playing cards and rules for period games from
Chas. Knutson.

Marty is working on some period bonnets to sell.  They might be a good
item to have at the Scottish Fair.


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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 Marty Byers 651-483-1173 / 651-261-5815. orthodoxdruid@gmail.com
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder@juno.com
Quarter Master Sean McCanna 952-926-1279 macbaird@lycos.com
Camp Rep. Diana Steben 612-728-1189 Rillaspins@aol.com
Company Rep.   Cate Hesser 612-803-8432   bear@cybervalkyrie.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:

Meeting and time TBA

Contact:
Marty L. Byers
orthodoxdruid@gmail.com
651-483-1173



Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Dance will meet at.... BRUCE & JULIE'S YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Located at 4736 12th Av S, Minneapolis, 55407 :-D

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!

Other Guilds

Want to learn about wool spinning, weaving, or dying? Diana Steben (651-489-2881) and Kali Pederson (651-385-9006 ) 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



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Captains Corner

Although many people in our organization never pick up a pike or a musket after they pass the muster requirements, everyone in our group should know about the proper care and feeding of Company equipment. All members should really know about the care and feeding of all the equipment Clann Tartan owns and Col. Gaffneyis uses, but the Company equipment is some of our more expensive and difficult to replace.

Maintaining equipment well goes hand in hand with safety. A musket which is seldom cleaned will be more dangerous to use and break more often, the same with pikes and mortars.

The pikes are fairly simple to maintain, but require attention. Many of you may have noticed that the metal of the pike heads is a dull rusty color rather than gleaming metal. Polishing the pike heads is a very period activity for anyone without another demo, and very easy to do. (The metal butt caps at the end of the pikes do not need to be polished). A rag or a leather scrap with cooled ashes from the fire pit can be used to polish the rust off. It takes a while, but is meditative, and is gentle on the metal, making it last longer. Filing creates pitting and invites further rust, and should only be done to pikes at the request of the Captain or Quartermaster. At the end of each show, and especially at the end of our last show for the season, each pike head should be given a light coat of vaseline with a rag before being put on the trailer. This keeps moisture and air off the pike head, and keeps us from having to do any more polishing than necessary. The vaseline is kept in the gun cleaning box along with all of the other Company maintenance supplies.

Maintenance of Company muskets and the grenade launcher, like any other gun, is absolutely essential for their safe use. Gunpowder, even our modernized, cleaner version, is very dirty. Every firing leaves residue on the musket which can block the touch hole, causing hangfires and other mishaps. At the end of every show, every musket needs to be cleaned before it is taken back to the garage. The best way to learn how to clean the musket is to watch someone else do it, but the general idea is to use the scouring stick and accessories found in the gun cleaning box, along with hot water, to scour the inside of the barrel and flush out the touch hole and pan, use a rag and the scouring stick to dry the inside of the barrel, and the scouring stick and another of the accessories to oil the inside of the barrel with the gun oil found in the gun cleaning box. The outside of the barrel and the wood of the stock should be oiled as well, to prevent rusting of the metal and drying or cracking of the wood.

The muskets are old and tough, but they should be treated with care. They should never, ever ride in the trailer--only in the cab of a vehicle. They have been with Clann Tartan/Col. Gaffneyis for a number of years, and will stay with us for many more if treated well. This means they are not to be thrown, dropped, or mistreated in any way, and should be wrapped in their sleeves at the end of the day and put to bed in a tent, and wiped down with a dry cloth at the end of an especially wet day. They should also never be left unguarded during public hours or when they are on display in camp. They are some of the more expensive pieces Clann Tartan owns and we frankly can't afford to replace them right now if they were to be broken or stolen.

The mortars need to be cleaned and maintained similarly to the muskets, being just a very simplified version of the same thing. While everyone knows to worm and swab the mortars between firings, they should also be wormed and swabed after the final firing. The principle with maintenance of all Camp and Company equipment is that you do not want to leave a suprise for the next person using that item. Besides a simple worm and swab after the final firing, the mortars should also be cleaned before they are loaded on the trailer and taken home. They should be fired one last time to get the barrel hot, then flushed with (preferably hot) water, and swabbed with a dry swab and left to dry. Being cast iron, rusting is not as much of a concern with them, so they don't need to be oiled. On rainy or damp nights, though, they should be pointed down and turned so that the touch hole is pointing down as well so that rain and dew doesn't collect in the barrel.

Other Company equipment should be similarly treated well. Bandoliers should be emptied of powder after every show, and packed either in the powder box or in a vehicle in a way to produce the least tangles. When unpacking the bandoliers, they should be handled gently and not pulled on if stuck or tangled so we don't lose any more bottles off them than we already have.

Care and maintenance of Company equipment also involves care and maintenance of your body and muscles. Much of the Company equipment and maintenance boxes are heavy, like the mortars and the powder and gun cleaning box, and shuld not be lifted by one person. If you don't think you can lift it safely, don't. If you don't think you can safely help lift it, don't. If you find you've hurt or pulled something while lifting anything, sit down and tell someone, and don't keep making it worse. We will almost never be in such a rush or so short of people that we can't help each other to move equipment safely.

They best way to learn how to handle Company or other equipment is to watch others do it and do it yourself. Maintenance is also faster and more fun when done in groups.

Your Captain,

Maeve Kane

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With Kith and Kin Playing Nice in Clann Tartan

Clann Tartan is an educational organization dedicated to presenting, to the public, an accurate portrayal of a recruiting camp in the Scottish Highlands. This involves a great deal of hard work, before, during, and after events. Though we all enjoy it, we owe it to the public, and to each other, to remember that good deportment, cheerful cooperation, and common politeness are essential as we carry on our mission.

As the camping season gets under way, then, some reminders:

PITCH IN! It is not somebody else's job to load the trailer, set up canvas, haul wood and water, or wash dishes. It is YOUR job. Please come early for setup. Do not leave the campsite until everything is loaded. Look for helpful things to do. If you want to help and do not know what to do, ASK.

In Col. Gaffney's Regiment of Pike and Shotte, the men may not cook, but be assured that in Clann Tartan they do. Please see to it that you either cook or wash dishes at least once a day. (Hint; if the cooks have to wash the dishes too, you're not doing this right.)

Keep things neat. It is dismaying to come into the cook's tent, or into the garage, and find stuff piled all over the ground Put things away when you are done with them. It is never OK to leave Clann's belongings piled in the middle of the garage. We have shelves; use them. In the cook's tent there are plastic bins for staples and coolers for perishables; please put things away, and in the correct places. Do not put staples in the cooler or perishables in the staples tubs.

Please care for Gaffney's property as though it were your own. Clean and season the pots thoroughly. Do your part to keep the arms in good order. As an organization we spent money for this stuff; we can't afford to replace it because somebody was careless or lazy.

BE SAFE! The fire is hot, the axe is sharp. The PrezzyWezzy will put you on the board or staff for life if we have to take you to the emergency room. Be aware of your surroundings, your physical limitations, and your skills. The above strictures about pitching in are not intended to suggest that people should work until they injure themselves or keel over from exhaustion.

Drink plenty of water every day, all day, when in camp. If somebody tells you you look too hot, sit in the shade. We camp in all circumstances and heat can be very dangerous.

Let the cook know if you have food issues. Let someone on senior staff know if you are not feeling well. We need everybody to be safe and well.

BE POLITE! Not everyone is called to the sacrificial dury of breakfast cook, but everyone in camp is expected to attend breakfast and cast call. If you can carouse all night and get up cheerfully in the morning, well and good. If not, please go to bed at such a time that you can get up for breakfast. We owe it to each other and to the Bourgeois to be functional in the morning. Nobody is excused from cast call unless they are sick. Hung over is not sick.

No harsh cussing (no cussing at all at each other!), because the public and even other campers may find it offensive. For the same reasons, keep the content of your conversations PG-13. During show hours, please also do everything in your power to keep your conversations in period. Do not discuss the latest episode of your favorite TV show or how much you want a hot shower. Much better to discuss the harshness of the Captain's discipline or the state of the cattle and crops.

Do not interrupt another person's demo; if you believe them to be in error of fact, please discuss it with them later in private. Share your knowledge cheerfully and without condescension; the more we all know the better we will all do.

Speaking of carousing, please keep it down in the tavern after 11:00 or so. Some people go to bed with the chickens, and since they usually are the breakfast cooks, it behooves us to be gentle with them.

We are teammates and family; Gaffney's needs us all; let's all work together for the good of what we do.

Your staff thanks you.

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My name is Jane Campbell

Charactor sketch by Mia McDavid

My name is Jane Campbell. My father, Robert, was a minor member of the clan, being a tenant of the laird in a small holding between Loch Awe and the sea. My father was crippled in the battle of Glenlivit fighting for the laird; he had already sired me, a daughter, but was not able to get a son to succeed him. Confined as he was to the house he became fond of me, and taught me my letters, and came to depend on me in the management of his holdings. My mother died when I was in my teens, but my father, crippled though he was, clung to life until he was an old man. I looked after our holdings in all matters, and was accustomed to ruling over both the women and the men in their tasks.

Alas, my father died, and the lands, as they could not pass to me, passed to my father's brother's eldest son. William was not a man I loved, and I found it grieved my heart sore to see management of all I had held pass to him and to his wife. I was reduced to a dependent. In time, I found that I turned more and more to the company of one of the household men, but this only created new problems. I could not stay in my home and be comfortable, and I could not marry David McBride at all, so eventually, when Col. Gaffney's Regiment came through our area, we agreed to leave together, my man to follow the drum, myself to stay with him until we reached port. I have a distant cousin that I have always valued in that town, and I hope to stay and make myself useful to her while Master McBride is overseas, may God keep him.

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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 2007

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
 
2
 
3
Staff Meeting
4PM @ Yoder's Home 
4
 
5
 
6
 Dance
at Yoders 
7
 
8
 
9
Olde World
Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/  
10
Olde World
Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/  
11
 
12
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
13
 
14
 
15
Night at the Pub 
16
Drill 
17
 
18
 
19
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
20
 Dance
at Yoders 
21
 
22
 
23
Col. Gaffneyis Muster 
24
Col. Gaffneyis Muster 
25
 
26
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 

JULY 2007

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1
Staff Meeting
4PM @ Yoder's Home 
2
 
3
 
4
Dance
at Yoders 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
11
 
12
DunGowan Tactical 
13
DunGowan Tactical 
14
DunGowan Tactical 
15
 
16
 
17
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
18
Dance
at Yoders  
19
 
20
Night at the Pub 
21
Drill 
22
 
23
 
24
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 

 

Event Schedule for the 2007 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,
Maeve Kane.

DATE EVENT STATUS
1/1/2007 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 10-11 2007 Scottish Ramble Finished
Apr 28-29 2007 Charles City Military History Days http://ccmhd.org/ Finished
May 3rd, 2007 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Finished
May 19 2007 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Finished
June 9-10 2007 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Scheduled
Jun 23-24 2007 Col. Gaffneyis Muster Scheduled
July 12-14, 2007 Dun Gowan Tactical www.dungowan.com Scheduled
Aug 3-5 2007 White Oak Rendezvous Deer River www.whiteoak.org Pending
August 18-19 2007 Perham Pioneer Festival Scheduled
Sept 1-2 2007 WI Scottish Fair and HG Tentative
Sept 8-9 2007 Des Moines Ren Faire Pending
Oct 4-7 2007 Big Island Rendezvous Scheduled
Oct 11-13 2007 Mankato History Fest Scheduled
Oct 17-21 2007 Big Muddy River Rendezvous Tentative

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Maps

Map to Board Meetings
&1st and 3rd Wednesday Dance

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 Marty & Judy Byers home
2821 Churchill, Roseville MN  

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Event Maps and Notification

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Olde World Renaissance Fair in Twig, MN, June 9 and 10, 2007

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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Muster , Mankato, MN, June 23-24 2007

Hwy 169 into 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;
follow this to it's end (Jack McGowan's on the map)

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DunGowan Tactical - Fredenburg MN, July 12-14 2007

DIRECTIONS:

From Duluth, Minnesota- Take US Highway 53 northwest out of town - take a right turn on the Ugstad Rd./Lavaque Rd. Bypass, and travel north about ten miles. Take a left turn on the Fish Lake Road, and travel west about 3/4 miles. At this point I am the only house on the right hand (north)side of the road.

From Mineapolis/St.Paul, MN- Travel north on Interstate 35 out of the Cities for about two hours or so. After you pass the Esko/ Thompson exit, but before you get to Duluth, take the Midway Road exit. Turn left on the Midway road, which will head you north. Continue north on the Midway Road for about 12 miles or so; crossing three stoplight intersections, and then you will come to a stop sign. Turn right there onto County Road 9, the Martin Road. Travel east on the Martin road for three miles and take a left turn onto the Lavaque Road. Travel north on the Lavaque Road, for about 7 1/2 miles until you come to the Fish Lake Road. Make a left turn there, and travel west about 3/4 miles. At this point I am the only house on the right hand (north) side of the road.
5261 Fish Lake Road. Large grey garage, small grey house.

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Perham Pioneer Festival Perham, MN- August 18 and 19 2007
Saturday 10-5, 19 Sunday 10-4

Col. Gaffneyis Regiment will be at the Perham Pioneer Festival August 18 and 19 this year. The Pioneer Festival is located in Perham, MN, about a three and a half hour drive from the Twin Cities. We will be setting up on Friday, August 17. I have not yet received information from them about public hours or drive on times, but I will make that information available as soon as I have it. Please contact staff if you have any questions closer to the date.

Our purpose at this American history/Minnesota heritage festival is to provide a background for why people left Europe for the Americas, and the culture they both left and took with them. In your interpretations, you don't need to worry about addressing American history directly, but think about how and why what we as Col. Gaffneyis Regiment do is relevant or important to German, Scottish, and other immigrants to Minnesota. The festival can be found online at www.perhampioneerfestival.com

Directions from the Twin Cities:

Take I-94 West to Exit 167B, MN15 N, toward Saint Cloud.

After about 10 miles, merge onto MN10 West. Follow for about 30 miles, and stay with MN 10 W toward Motley for about another 80 miles.

Turn right on CR 80 and follow for 2 miles.

Turn right on N 1st Ave/CR 8.

End at 230 1st Avenue North.

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