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Announcements

Dues are due, nay overdue. Send over your dues.

Last years memberships expired as of March 31, 2006. As of 4/12/06, Here are the members paid through 2007 and beyond: M&B Beers, B. Bolton /J Ring, M&J Byers, A Cross, L Ford, D Gaetke, L Gillstrom, M Hansen/ D Steben, S Hermes, C Hesser, L Horton, J Jayne, M Kane, M Kirkpatrick, E LeClair, H Lindorff, S&S Marciniak, S McCanna, G&M McDavid, M McKenzie, M McKinley, S Shaftman, M Steere, A Struck, S&H Viar, and B&J Yoder.

If you have sent your payment recently, thank you, If you think you sent your payment well before 4-12-06 and your name is not listed above, contact Glenn and me. If your name is not listed and you haven't sent your check, please send or deliver your payment to Glenn or me soon. If there is an issue, please contact Mary or me privately. We will be updating the roster and delisting inactives within the next couple of months.

Dues are $18 per adult or family, $10 for student. The membership year is from April through March.

Contact Bruce Yoder with questions

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Reimbursements for hauling the trailer, transporting Clann equipment or traveling to and from Clann events.

If you use your personal vehicle to haul the Clann trailer to and from Clann events, you are eligible for reimbursement at $0.28 per mile. This is the IRS charitable miles rate times two.

If you use your personal vehicle to carry significant Clann equipment to and from Clann events, you are eligible for reimbursement at $0.14 per mile.

If you travel to an out of town event in your personal vehicle, you can request reimbursement of the fuel used. For this fuel reimbursement, you need to fill your tank before departing and again upon your return, record both your beginning and ending odometer readings and submit both fuel receipts to the treasurer. You will be reimbursed for the end of trip refueling.

In all cases requests for reimbursement must be made within thirty days of the trip. Mileage requests must include your starting mileage, mileage upon arrival at the event departure mileage and your return home reading. You can also use a mapquest type printout showing distance.

These reimbursements are available to any member incurring expenses. Attendance at events should not cause hardships. On the other hand, we are grateful to those who decide to not ask for reimbursement because it can be a major budget expenditure. Requesting or not requesting reimbursement for one event does not lock you in for future events. Remember, if you itemize your deductions for Federal Income taxes, non reimbursed miles driven for charitable purposes are deductable at the $0.14 per mile rate. The IRS rate is subject to change, contact your tax advisor with question regarding tax deductions.

Bruce Yoder

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MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK

This is a reminder to all who attend an event that the Brownies have left Minnesota and there's nobody left but thee and me to do setup and teardown. We do realize that not everybody can get away from home in time, but the more hands we have to help with setup the easier it will be. If you cannot help with setup, please, if possible, stick around to help with teardown. If you can't do either, please volunteer for extra kitchen duty or something else so that you do a fair share of the work. Team effort, folks! OK?

Your Staff thanks you.

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Come one, come all, to Summer Muster on the weekend of May 12-14. We will be camping down at Jack McGowans.

For those who do not know, muster is a private Clann event where we can teach and learn our period skills, and just camp and hang out and have a good time together. It's a good way to get into gear for the busy season. We have an excellent venue at Jack McGowan's place down in Mankato.

We will be setting up Friday evening and tearing down Sunday. If you can't come for the whole event, please do come to as much as you can.

Please inform the Head Camp Follower (julieyoder@juno.com) if you are planning on coming.

Your Staff thanks you.

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BUSY TIME IN JULY

Colonel Gaffneyis Regiment has two events on the weekend of July 15 this year. The Minnesota Scottish Fair and Tactical are both on the same day. While nobody can be in two places at once, Clann will do its best to support both events.

Because we need to allocate resources appropriately, please let Julie (julieyoder@juno.com) know at once if you are planning to attend either event, so we can parcel out equipment appropriately.

Unfortunately, the trailer cannot be in two places at once, either, and the Trailer is required for the Scottish Fair. Any and all equipment that is destined for Tactical must be hauled by attendees.

Again, we need to plan ahead to make this work. Please call (or preferably email) Julie Yoder at 651-698-8375 or julieyoder@juno.com.

Your Staff thanks you.

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CAMP DRILL

Don't forget Camp Drill! This is an occasion to gather and work on camp-type projects—clothes, characters, brogue, camp crafts. Even if you don't have a project of your own to work on, please come and help. We have a number of projects under way for the benefit of Camp as a whole. A number of members have also expressed an interest in a fabric swap—trade your old, boring bits of stash for somebody else's new, exciting bits of stash. We encourage those who wish to participate to bring their fabric, and themselves, to Corcoran every fourth Saturday at 12:00. It's always a fun gathering—see you there!

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Saturday, March 18th, we had the Winter Muster, which was well attended by new and not-so-new members. We want to congratulate Glenn and Mia McDavid for completing 2nd level, and making great inroads into 3rd level! Please look over the Muster list (http://www.clanntartan.org/forms/Muster%203-18-06.xls), and let us know if you have mustered in an area that has been missed. Please send any updates/corrections to Mary at Mairi2@juno.com, or mail to Mary McKinley, 1363 Jefferson Ave, St Paul, MN 55105. Please do not call - I'll never remember to get it to the list! Another choice is to catch me at an event and we can update it there. You will also see a date preceding your name - that's when you membership expires - as of March 31 of the year printed. So if it says 2006, your membership has expired and you need to reup your dues, which $18 for an individual or single, or $10 for a student. Please send your renewals to Glenn McDavid, Secretary, 340 Brooks Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113

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*Desperately Seeking Sheep* . . .skin

No, get your minds out of the pasture! The Clann Staff is looking for shearling remnants (skin with fleece on) to use for hotpads and mortar swabs. If you have any scraps you can share, please advise Rob Johnson; otherwise, we will have to see to buying a sheepskin.

Your staff thanks you.

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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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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, unless there is a scheduled Clann Event that weekend.
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 Meeting on March 21, 2006

In attendance:  (Board) Cate Hesser, Mary McKinley, Sean McCanna,
Glenn McDavid, Herb Lindorff, Diana Steben (Everybody!)

Staff: Marty Byers
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Minutes of the February Meeting were accepted as corrected.

OLD BUSINESS
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PAPER DOLLS:  These can be a useful teaching tool for new members.  It was
proposed that members be allowed to buy a set at a discount ($5.00 as
opposed to $10.00 retail).  There was some concern about the potential
loss of revenue to Clann.  However, the sense of the Board is that the
value to new members is more important:  The proopsal was moved,
seconded, and approved unanimously.

REPORTS
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VICE-PRESIDENT - no report.

TREASURER -- Per our contract with Maeve we owe her $990.  $360 of that
goes toward her dues for 20 years.  The remainder is payable over three
years.  It was moved/seconded/passed unanimously that we make three
payments of $210 on April 1, 2006/2007/2008.

Our payment from Ramble has not yet arrived, but we are sufficiently
confident of it to consider it a receivable.

Our insurance payment is due in mid-May.  We need to make a new list of
what is to be insured.  We also need to get the replacement cost of each
item to value the equipment.  This appears to be doable.

What happened to the records from the inventory last spring (2005)?
Nobody present knew.

We will need to make a new inventory at the trailer load for Charles
City.

There is another insurance issue:  We need higher liability coverage for
the St. Paul Winter Carnival Parades.  Bruce will get quotes for our
current and double ($1,000,000) coverage.  The higher coverage is needed
only for the parades.  Since we do no make any money from them there is
some question of whether we should participate next year.

SECRETARY -- We are getting occasional requests for additional
information from the Web Site, which, however, badly needs to be redone.
Cate and Mary know some web designers and will look into getting us some
help with this.

QUARTERMASTER -- Nothing new.  Need three warm days to do the trailer
repairs.  The deadline for this, the load for Charles City on April 22,
is getting close, but it still should be doable.

A trailer committee was formed.  Current members are Herb (chair) and
Sean.

COMPANY REP -- No report.

CAMP REP -- Generally everybody is fine.  There was one complaint about
Winter Muster, which is being dealt with.  Mary asked that the Roster
and Muster list go out in the next newsletter [which the newsletter
staff was unable to accomplish, due to the size and complexity of that
newsletter].  Cate indicated that she and Laurie should now get the
electronic version, reducing the paper flow.

DANCE GUILD -- We are continuing to attract new members.  The Wednesday
site in South Minneapolis is working well.

DANCE MUSIC GUILD -- Jen will be joining.  More musicians are welcome.
We are looking for more "country", as opposed to "court", period music.
Of course the latter is much better documented.

The Charity event on Sunday, March 19, went well.

SWORD GUILD -- The notice for the newsletter has been updated.

FIBER GUILD -- Due to scheduling issues one member missed an opportunity
to do spinning at muster.  This will be rescheduled.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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This was a little uncertain, since our Contracts coordinator was not
present.

Tartan Day -- 4/8

Charles City

Wisconsin Ren Fest? [Subsequently settled that we will not participate]

Twig

Culloden -- Eastern Pennsylvania(?)  Not planning a big trip this year.
Think ahead to Jamestown in 2007.

NEW BUSINESS
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SUTLERY -- We need to have a properly staffed and equipped Sutler's
table, with clear pricing and a lockable money box.  Staff was directed
to find someone to be responsible for this.  That person will arrange
for the management of the Sutler's table at events.

SKITS -- Marty suggested doing period style recruitment, with a drum,
coin, an officer, and a clerk.

MUSTER LEVEL:  Currently we do not have anything to signify 3rd level.
Marty suggested an ornament to wear on top of the cockade [Sort of like
the clan badge on a modern Scottish bonnet].  He produced a prototype
which was well received.

MANUAL REVISION:  Maeve has completed the text, but for ease of use it
should be broken into sections, similar to the current version.

Next Board Meeting Tuesday, April 18.  Then there will be the Quarterly
Membership Meeting on May 6 at Corcoran.

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 Corcoran Community Center in Minneapolis. 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 May, it will be on the 18th).
Comming soon, with the good weather, we will be meeting at my house, 2121 Churchill St. Roseville, where we can work outside, in our normal show conditions.
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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AFFORDABLE PERIOD INSTRUMENTS

David Vavreck

Period correct instruments are nice, but many of them are a bit pricey. Playable lutes start at about $800. A decent harpsichord runs from $10,000 to $40,000, but you probably wouldn’t want to take one camping anyway.

On the other hand, price is a matter of perception. Although $800 for a lute might sound expensive, there are plenty of musicians who have spent $1000 or $2000 on a modern guitar. And correct, open-holed flutes, although they start at about $200, are much cheaper than their modern counterparts.

There are ways to get correct instruments affordably. In addition to used instrument dealers (who, incidentally, will often haggle), it is worth checking antique stores for old instruments. I got my bowl-back mandolin at a good price; most antique stores have at least a couple instruments laying around. And my 19th century German Guarneri copy violin was purchased from a want ad at a very reasonable price. Goodwill-type stores sometimes have instruments, too.

Avoid instruments with plastic or chrome parts. Older instruments usually don’t have either.

Below is a partial list of inexpensive instruments that are readily available new.

Violin - cheap models can found for as little as $50. To make it more period-correct, remove the chin rest (not added until the mid 1800s) and replace the wire strings with gut (wires only began to be used on violins in the 1940s; many professionals still prefer gut).

Bombard - starts around $40.

Recorder - wooden soprano/descant recorders start at about $20, altos start at about $80. Whistle/Flageolet - wooden models start at about $85.

Fife - wooden fifes start at about $20.

Pipes (tabor pipes) - wooden models start at around $100.

Tabor - available for around $50.

Tambourine - available from $9 to $75

Bodhran - easily found from $40 on up.

Bones - bone bones range from $30 to $40, wooden bones range from $10 to $65, depending on the type of wood.

Jew’s Harp/Trump - cost around $5, often available from rendezvous traders and catalogs, also at Historic Fort Snelling. Avoid anodized (chemically colored) ones.

Trumpet (modern bugle) - many available in the $50 to $100 range.

Triangle - $20 to $40. Or ask a blacksmith to make one.

Also, kits are available for many period instruments, which lowers the cost immensely. Kits are often half to two-thirds the price of a finished instrument. For example, a psaltery kit can be had for about $55, whereas a completed psaltery costs $120 on up; a rebec kit can be bought for about $220, but complete rebecs cannot be found under $320.

Or you may consider building an instrument from scratch. If you have access to appropriate tools, a rebec can be made for under $100, and a small portative organ for under $300 (portative organ kits cost from $1600 to $6000 depending on size). There are plans for many instruments available for a small fee.

Whether from kits or from scratch, some instruments are quite difficult to build, but some are really rather simple. Libraries and the internet have plans, and kits can be found on the latter. Clann’s Music Chair can likely help steer you in the right direction.

Sound files can be found for many of these instruments on the internet, so you can hear what they sound like. Do a web search.

SOURCES FOR INSTRUMENTS

Again, most any music shop will have any number of instrument that work for 17th century living history, and antique stores are worth checking as well..

The Early Music Shop in the UK produces a huge variety of period instruments and kits. www.e-m-s.com

Lark in the Morning is a California-based firm that specializes in ethnic and historic instruments. They also sell kits. They are something of a clearing house; you can often find a better price by buying direct from their suppliers/manufacturers. www.larkinam.com

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Etiquette, Rules, and Laws

by Maeve Kane

This is the second in a set of two articles, “So You’ve Turned to the Plaid Side.” The first, “How to Avoid Culture Shock at Your First Event,” about what to expect at your first Clann Tartan event, can be found here. Staff has asked me to follow up with an article on common courtesy and camp rules during events.

The events which Clann Tartan attends and participates in are both business ventures and recreational activities, for us, our site hosts, the public, and other reenactors in attendance. Clann as an organization is engaged to provide a service to our hosts and the public, namely, to show as accurate a representation of Scottish life during the seventeenth century as possible, in an educational and engaging manner. Clann members and other reenactors participate because it’s an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable way to spend time.

The events we participate in have rules to insure the best balance of participant enjoyment and professionalism in camp. While rule specific differ from event to event, there are some general guidelines Clann follows as an organization. Among these are rules about how you dress, how your camp looks, when you come and go, alcohol and tobacco consumption, pets, noise, and light rules. Rule specifics are announced at cast call at every event--which is one of the reasons it is very important for all members to attend.

One of the touchiest subjects among serious reenactors is the after-hours dress code. The majority of reenactors, both in Clann and in other organizations, stay in their period dress after the public leaves. Staying ‘in period’ for the whole run of the show is part of the allure of what we do. It’s not just putting on a show for the public during the day and then going back to jeans and tennis shoes at night, it’s getting into the mindset and creating an atmosphere. At many events, including all of the rendezvous shows Clann participates in, going non-period after hours is a major faux pas--it’s like showing up in torn jeans and a dirty sweatshirt for a black tie dinner. It ruins the illusion for those who do stay in their period clothes for the whole run of the event.

There are various reasons people change clothes after hours. One is medical concerns, which is absolutely appropriate. If, for some reason, you can’t stay in a bodice for more than a few hours, no one will look at you askance if you take it off after show hours. Another reason for wearing non-period clothes after hours is cold. An easy remedy for that is layering of non-period clothes like long underwear and thermal socks under your period clothes (if no one sees it, it doesn’t count). Always, always, though, the safety and health of our members is our top priority. If you need extra clothes during or after show hours to stay warm, or if you don’t have enough bedding to stay warm at night, ask around. Many members have extra clothes and blankets which they can lend, so you can be both warm and fashionably period correct.

Another reason people sometimes change after hours is because they don’t have enough period clothing and want to keep it clean, or it isn’t comfortable for them. If you’re going to your first event and you only have one outfit, A. wear it all weekend and stink. It’s highly period correct. B. If stinking doesn’t appeal to you, borrow from other members, both those at an event and those not in attendance. If you’re new and don’t know many people, ask staff and they’ll ask around for you. Our second priority after keeping members warm and safe is keeping them fashionably period correct.

And if you’re thinking of changing because you’re not comfortable in your period clothes, you’re doing something wrong. Your clothes you wear for Clann should fit well and be comfortable--that means if they rub in the wrong places, are too tight or too big, you should get them altered or trade with someone who they would fit better. Or borrow someone else’s clothes until you can get something that fits better. Borrowing is the best short term solution to many problems you’ll run into with clothing and gear.

(And if you’re changing after hours because you feel goofy or weird or out of place hanging out in your period clothes after hours, look around. It’s the public who’s dressed weird, and not you. Everyone after hours will be dressed just like you, so you have no reason to feel goofy in your nice period clothes. Staying in period clothes is a very easy way of blending in and ‘going native’ when you’re new.)

So now that you know to stay in period dress, make sure that your period clothes really are period. The best rule of thumb here is to check with staff if you’re not absolutely sure (and check even if you are absolutely sure. Styles change geographically, so what you have documentation for in Portugal in 1630 may not be alright for Scotland in 1630. And in all likelihood, your first outfit won’t be that period correct anyway. Just give it your best shot.) Making sure your period clothes are period means no metal grommets, no zippers, no Velcro, no eyelet lace, no printed-design quilting cotton, no white white white cotton, no sneakers, no moccasins, and dressing appropriately for your station (keeping in mind that the majority of the population in Scotland at the time had never seen cash money in their entire lives. Most recruits join because they get a pair of shoes for the first time in their lives.) When in doubt, do your research and check with staff.

The above goes for your camp as well. Many sites have strict rules about what can and cannot be visible at your camp during show hours, and these rules should be followed after show hours as well. This includes using period correct eating and drinking ware, whether it be ceramic, metal, or wood (tin and enamelware are not okay! Pewter-look is okay), keeping coolers covered, and keeping gas, electric, or battery-powered lights out of sight. This means keep it in your tent, keep your tent doors closed during show hours if you have anything non-period visible, keep the doors of the Clann Kitchen Tent closed during show hours, and use candle lanterns whenever possible (if you have children or it’s a windy night, flashlights are okay for midnight potty runs--safety first).

This applies to food as well. Highlanders in the 1600s didn’t have coffee, and especially not soda. If you absolutely can’t go without, put it in an appropriate drinking vessel (if you usually drink from a leather or copper cup, make sure that the copper is tin-lined, as coffee and soda can corrode it, and don’t put hot liquids in a leather cup.)

And if someone challenges the period-correctness of your clothing or camp, don’t take it personally. Most people mean to be helpful, and don’t intend it as a personal attack. If you honestly believe what you’re doing is period correct, explain that. If you’re not sure, ask them about specifics, so you know exactly what they object to. And if you get someone who is trying to be hurtful or offering a personal attack, whether they are a member of Clann or not, don’t let it get to you. Some people are just mean and picky, and you don’t have to put up with that if they’re not being helpful. Please do try to take constructive criticism in the spirit in which it’s offered, though.

More than staying period correct, you should keep your camp safe. If you dig your own fire pit, you--and not Clann--are responsible for watching it or putting it to bed when you’re away. Do NOT leave your fire pit burning and unattended, and always have a bucket of water handy for emergencies. It doesn’t matter if it rained the night before or if it’s raining right then--things can still catch on fire, and a tent fire is something no one wants to see. You are also responsible for filling in your fire pit at the end of the event, so keep your grass plug handy when you dig it. If you’re setting up your own tent and it has ropes, make sure the ropes are out of roads, your neighbor’s camp, and any designated paths between tents or camps staff points out to you. This will keep people from driving over your stakes, tripping on your ropes, and school children from climbing under your ropes (haha, just kidding. Nothing keeps school children from climbing around ropes.)

Another matter of safety concerns weapons. Never, NEVER, carry a loaded weapon around camp--one of Clann’s or your own. A loaded weapon is A. A firearm with charge and bullet. B. A firearm with only a charge and no bullet--it can still hurt someone. C. An unsheathed sword. D. A pike or halberd you have not been given permission to use. Never fire weapons in undesignated areas or at undesignated times. Many sites have target shooting ranges, which you are welcome to use, but they also have open hours and range masters who must be present when you do so. Most sites will allow us to use powder weapons in our camp for demonstration purposes, but occasionally a site will ask us to not use powder in our firearm and artillery demonstrations. If you are informed of that, do not fire a powder weapon under any circumstances. At one such event which Clann does (Twig Renaissance Festival), it could upset the neighbors--who are very large and very skittish bison.

When you’re coming into or leaving camp, be courteous. Staff will publish to the newsletter and the email list what hours the site is open to vehicles before the start of the event, so please respect these hours. If you get to a site after dark, even if vehicles are still allowed on site, the polite thing to do is cut your headlights and have someone walk you into camp (it’s a good idea to have someone walk you into camp during the day, as someone walking is more likely to see stakes and ropes, which you don’t want to drive over).

If you absolutely must leave before an event is over and the site isn’t open to vehicles--too bad for you. You’ll have to walk all your stuff out to your car. Please try to stay as period as possible in doing this if the show is still open to the public. Many sites also have noise rules, so if you get to a site very late at night or very early in the morning, it’s better to crash in a friend’s tent or in your car than to wake up the entire site by banging on your tent stakes at two in the morning. Most sites have specific rules, but a good general rule of thumb is not after midnight and not before six in the morning.

Many of the events which Clann participates in are held at city and state parks. It is illegal to consume alcohol at city and state parks. This is not a site rule, but a state law, violation of which could result in having the police called. Consumption of alcohol during public hours is also a violation of site rules, and could result in you getting kicked out of the event, whether you’re drunk or not. Please don’t do it. If in doubt about whether it is okay to drink or bring alcohol to an event, please ask your staff.

And while tobacco consumption is not illegal, you should apply the same rules to it as to your dress, camp, and beverage consumption. Either keep it period-correct, or do it where no one can see you. (This rule, unlike other period-correct rules, does not apply after hours. Go ahead and pull out your pack of cigarettes.)

Violation of any other state or federal laws at an event, whether in Clann’s camp or not, will result in you being asked to leave the event, and depending on the infraction, involvement of the police. Please don’t make that necessary.

All events Clann attends have rules for the sale of items at their event. Most events allow us to sell historic wares without paying a vendor’s fee. This is limited to historic wares, and historic wares only. This also does not mean that you have permission to set up your own sutlery in Clann’s camp--it is a courtesy events extend to us so our members can sell wares from their demos. Don’t abuse it. Clann also does not allow use of its name, the name “Colonel Gaffneyis Regiment of Pike and Shotte,” any variation of that spelling, or the use of Gaffney’s crest on any items made by members. Clann does not endorse the products of any private member.

Clann Tartan does not allow pets in camp. If you have them, leave them at home. It is a violation of our insurance policy for any participating member of Clann to bring a pet into camp--even if that member is not camping with us. The presence of a pet in our camp is a huge liability and could make us uninsurable. Without insurance, we legally cannot do what we do. All of the events which we do have rules about leashing animals, so if someone else’s pet is off leash and bothering you, you are well within your rights to have event staff ask that the animal be leashed.

Do not under any circumstances feed public, school children, or non-Clann members without asking staff. Our insurance doesn’t allow us to feed the public or school kids, and we could get into major trouble if they get sick from eating something we give them. If you have a non-Clann reenactor friend at the event that you’d like to invite to dinner with Clann, ask staff first. They have to buy food and budget for the number of people they’re feeding, and their first priority is feeding members.

You are also within your rights to ask a noisy neighbor to quiet down, whether they are a member of Clann or not. Quiet hours at most events are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday-Friday, and midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday nights. If someone next door or across the site is keeping you awake, it is perfectly appropriate to either ask them yourself to quiet down, or ask event staff to do it for you. Please respect these rules yourself, and always observe courtesy hours. If the next camp over asks Clann not to fire artillery because their baby is taking a nap, we respect that. Any other noise-related request should be respected in the same way.

The above is a good set of general guidelines to follow. Not all events will have all of these rules, especially the alcohol one, but if you follow these you will most likely never be in violation of a site rule. Because specifics of noise rules, alcohol use and other things differ from event to event, please make sure to read your newsletter, attend cast call once at the event, and always, always ask staff if you’re not sure about something or unclear. If staff asks you to remove or conceal something at a show, their word is the final say. If you later have documentation for it, or want to make an argument for its medical necessity, or whatever, bring it up with your Camp Representative--that’s what the Camp Rep is for. Staff’s word is final at events.

And remember that the above is meant to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, stays safe, and Clann fulfills its contracts. They are not arbitrary rules set down to be mean, single anyone out, or exclude anyone. Many of them are based on legal and safety concerns, and some are just plain courtesy. Extend to others the same kind of courtesy you wish to be shown. The more everyone cooperates, the smoother all events run, and the more everyone will enjoy the experience.

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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.

MAY 2006

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
  1 
2 
3
Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center 
4 
5 
6
Quarterly membership meeting
12PM at Corcoran Park Hall 
7
 
8
 
9

Dance-St. Christopher's 7:00 
10
 
11
 
12
Muster
Jack McGowan's, Mankato 
13
Muster
Jack McGowan's, Mankato 
14
Muster
Jack McGowan's, Mankato 
15
 
16
 
17
Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center 
18
Sword Drill
7PM at Corcoran Park Hall
(where we hold our annual meetings)
Call Marty 651.483.1173
twolodge@yahoo.com
 
19
 
20
Weapons (pike and musket) Drill—11:00 
21
 
22
 
23
Dance-St. Christopher's 7:00 
24
 
25

 
26
Pub Night—Location TBA 
27
Camp Drill—Corcoran 12:00 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 

 

JUNE 2006

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
  1 
2 
3 
4
 
5
 
6

 
7

Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center 
8
 
9
 
10
Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig)
http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ 
11
Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig)
http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ 
12
 
13
Dance 
14  15
Sword Drill
7PM at Corcoran Park Hall
(where we hold our annual meetings)
Call Marty 651.483.1173
twolodge@yahoo.com
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21

Dance
Lake Hiawatha Community Center 
22

 
23
 
24
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
25
 
26
 
27
Dance 
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 Scheduled
6/3-5/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com CANCELLED
6/10-12/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com CANCELLED
6/10-11/2006 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Scheduled
6/17-19/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com CANCELLED
6/24-26/2006 Wisconsin Renaissance Fair (This fair runs all weekends in June) www.wirenfaire.com CANCELLED
7/15/2006 MN Scottish Fair and Highland Games http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
7/15/2005 Dun Gowan Tactical www.dungowan.com Scheduled
8/5-6/2005 Deer River Rendezvous www.whiteoak.org Scheduled
8/19/2006-10/1/2006 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/ Tentative
9/9-9/10 2006 Des Moines Renaissance Fair Scheduled
10/5-6/2006 Big Island Rendezvous (education days) Pending
10/7-8/2006 Big Island Rendezvous (public days) Pending
10/12-14/2006 Mankato History Fest Pending
10/17-22/2006 Big Muddy River Rendezvous Pending

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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

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