Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: April – June

The spring calendar is packed with local and nearby events and activities!  Please check the provincial calendar or the provided links for more details.

With the warming weather, outdoor practices are starting up again for armored combat, fencing, and dance — the schedules and locations for those are still being adjusted but should be ironed out in the next week or two.

Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm — Ostgardr Commons in Brokenbridge

Saturday, April 21 at 10:00am — Lions Awaken in Lions End

Saturday, April 21 — Balfar’s Challenge in Dragonship Haven (Meriden, CT)

Sunday, April 22 at 11:00am — BrokenBridge Commons and A&S: Needle Lace

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm — Lions End Bardic Circle

Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 — Central Park Fencing Practice

Saturday, April 28 — Tournament of the Daffodils in Midland Vale (Goshen, NY)

Sunday, April 29 at 2:00pm — Picnic in the Ruins in Brokenbridge

Sunday, April 29 at 3:30pm — Northpass Embroidery Circle & Game Day

Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 — Central Park Fencing Practice

Friday, May 4 at 7:00pm — Northern Østgarðr A&S

Sunday, May 6 at 11:00am — Northpass Archery Practice

Monday, May 7 at 7:30pm — Lions End Commons

Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30pm — Northpass Commons

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 — Central Park Fencing Practice

Thursday, May 10 at 7:30pm — Whyt Whey Evening in the Solar: Project Management for A&S Projects

Friday, May 11 at 6:00pm — Northern Northpass A&S Gathering

Saturday, May 12 — An Dubh Baronial Challenge (Middle Island)

Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 — Central Park Fencing Practice

Friday, May 18 at 7:30pm — Ostgardr Commons in Northpass

Saturday, May 19 — Viking Day Demo (Brokenbridge)

Saturday, May 19 — Baronial Investiture (Beyond The Mountain)

Sunday, May 20 at 11:00am — Northpass Archery Practice

Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 — Central Park Fencing Practice

Saturday, May 26 at 11:00am — BrokenBridge Commons and Pennsic 101

Saturday–Monday, May 26–28 — War of the Roses (Concordia)

Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 — Central Park Fencing Practice

Friday, June 1 at 7:00pm — Northern Østgarðr A&S

Saturday, June 2 — Farmingdale Demo (Farmingdale, NY)

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Commons Minutes for March 2018

The March commons meeting was held March 16 at the home of Wilhelm and Conandil in Northpass. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

Attending

  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal, Webminister
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Exchequer
  • Beatrice della Rocca, Chatelaine
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Minister of Arts & Sciences
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Combat, Deputy Webminister
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Richard the Poor of Ely, Historian, Deputy Exchequer
  • Wilhelm Larsson, Northpass Seneschal
  • Brekke Franksdottir, Lions End Seneschal
  • Seònaid inghean Mhic Aoidh, Deputy Chatelaine, Deputy Book Herald
  • John Elys, Deputy Chronicler
  • Conandil, Northpass Minister of Arts & Science, Northpass Chronicler
  • Apollodora of Delphi, Brokenbridge Minister of Arts & Science, Brokenbridge Webminister, Northpass Chamberlain, Northpass Deputy Minister of Arts & Science
  • Marion of York, Lions End Lieutenant of Fence
  • Francisco de Braga, Northpass Chatelaine, Brokenbridge Chronicler
  • Oliver De Bainbrig, Northpass Constable, Northpass Brew Master
  • Ben of Brokenbridge
  • Christiana Sunshine
  • Cameron Sunshine
  • Suuder Saran, Viceroy — Delayed upon the road
  • Lada Monguligin, Vicereine — Likewise

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Queen Caoilfhionn is in need of favors!

We’ve uploaded directions for creating the favors as well as a digitized format for embroidery machines. All interpretations on this design are welcome and encouraged. Favors can be done with embroidery, fabric paint, appliqué  beadwork, and any other techniques that showcase your own creativity

Favors can be given to Her Majesty’s Favor Coordinator, Dona Anastasia da Monte, myself,  any member of the Royal Staff or they can be mailed to Anastasia: Whitney Sternberg, 54 Shea Dr, Marlborough, MA, 01752.

Please be sure to include a note with your SCA name, modern name, mailing address and email with your completed favors.

Special thanks to Lady Apollodora of Delphi for digitizing the design. If you have any questions, please message me an email to: moas@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org

Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste
Minister of Arts & Science
Crown Province of Ostgardr

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The SCA: a view from middle school

What if we learned physics through weapons and armour? What if our physical education was through practice fighting with models of the same weapons and armour? What if we learned history from emulating history? I do many activities that other kids don’t do, including a more “full time” renaissance fair. The Society of Creative Anachronism(SCA) is dedicated to informing and teaching others about the world during the medieval era.

One thing I do is Youth combat, which is made to emulate Joust, which was not just about horseback riding and lances, but also just practice fighting in general. The way the base idea works is if you get hit on the head or the body, you’re dead. If you get hit on the arm, you lose that arm, and if you get hit above the knee, you lose that leg. I learned trough that, overtime, as people developed better armour and weapons, people would be given less and less mercy, as if you didn’t kill the other person first, then they would kill you. I also learned about a different way of fighting, hand to hand sarong fighting from indonesia and the philippines which relies on a scarf, belt, or other flexible piece of cloth. My mom learned how to make fabric and cord using 7 medieval techniques. My dad learned how to make a medieval “bender” tent. There are things for anyone who wants to join, if you want to learn how to cook food, fight, build, play games, or more. it’s also a good way to spend time with friends and family, as you can make some cool art, or weapon, or banner, or ring, or whatever you make, if there’s two or more people working on the same thing, together.

I also learned about physics from learning about weapons and armour. Celtic swords were heavy and unbalanced, not very useful for stabbing, but could swing strongly. From Celtic swords, Norman swords were lighter, more balanced, better at stabbing. Katanas were the bane of anyone foolish enough to get close – or not fast enough to get very far away to a samurai when unarmored, due to spreading out the force over the cut, and not one spot. Made as an stop all, end all solution to blades of all kinds, Plate armour was heavy, but good luck trying to kill the person in the armour with a bladed weapon. Due to the plates, you didn’t need a shield, and from that came the greatsword. To stop plates, there were the peasants, wielding mauls – giant hammers for wheat crops, useful for denting the armour. From that came double sided war hammers, half pick, half spiked hammer. It was an arms race, full of science the people using the weapons might not have fully understood, nor the builders. But it worked – and made some of the scariest weapons people had at that time, excluding war chariots. We don’t talk about the chariot, and definitely not the mongolian horses. Those are in their own category of weapons.

There are so many ways that people could use history to learn, not just about the past, but also about physics, languages, architecture, government, the arts, and even medicine.

Alaxandair wearing his shiny helmet.

Alaxandair helmed.

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Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: March & April

Here are some upcoming local and nearby notable events & activities you might enjoy!  Please check the provincial calendar or the provided links for more details.

Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm — Whyt Whey Evening in the Solar: Pysanky

Friday, March 9 at 7:00pm — Northern Ostgardr A&S: Garb

Friday–Sunday, March 9–11 — Known World A&S Symposium in Hartshorn-dale (Philadelphia)

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm — Lions End Bardic Circle

Friday, March 16 at 7:30pm — Ostgardr Commons in Northpass

Saturday, March 17 — Hrim Schola in Dragonship Haven (Middlefield, CT)

Saturday, March 17 at 11:00am — BrokenBridge Commons followed by A&S: Embroidery class

Sunday, March 18 at 1:00pm — A&S Workshop in Northpass

Friday, March 23 at 6:00pm — Archery Practice in Northpass

Saturday, March 24 — Mudthaw in Settmour Swamp (Roseland, NJ)

Saturday, March 31 at 12:00pm — Heraldic Symposium in Whyt Whey

Monday, April 2 at 7:30pm — Lions End Commons Meeting

Friday, April 6 at 7:00pm — Northern Østgarðr A&S

Saturday, April 7 — Coronation in Quintavia (Worcester, MA)

Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30pm — Northpass Commons

Thursday, April 12 at 7:00pm — Whyt Whey Commons followed by Evening in the Solar

Friday–Sunday, April 13–15 — Brew U in Northpass

Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm — Ostgardr Commons in Brokenbridge

Saturday, April 21 at 10:00am — Lions Awaken in Lions End

Saturday, April 21 — Balfar’s Challenge in Dragonship Haven (Meriden, CT)

Sunday, April 29 at 1:00pm — Picnic in the Ruins in Brokenbridge

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Commons Minutes for February 2018

The February commons meeting was held February 16 at the workplace of Ervald LaCoudre in Ostgardr. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

Attending

  • Suuder Saran, Viceroy
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Exchequer
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Combat, Deputy Webminister
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Richard the Poor of Ely, Historian, Deputy Exchequer
  • Wilhelm Larsson, Northpass Seneschal
  • Brekke Franksdottir, Lions End Seneschal
  • Brandr Aronsson, Brokenbridge Seneschal
  • Jacqueline
  • Thorfinnr Hrothgeirsson, Whyt Whey Deputy MoAS
  • Arnora Ketilsdottir, Brokenbridge Exchequer
  • Marion of York, Lions End Lieutenant of Fence
  • Ozurr the Bootgiver, Armored Combat Champion

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Symposium on the Basics of Book Heraldry

Are you interested in strengthening your skills as a branch or consulting herald? Or would you like to learn the trade so you can join the College of Arms?

Meet a small group of heralds in Østgarðr for a mini-schola on March 31, 2018, where you can review the consultation and submission process, and strengthen your armory design and name research skills.

We’ll gather on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in the space Whyt Whey uses for its A&S evenings: http://bit.ly/whytwheysolar

We’ll begin with a light lunch at noon and continue until around 5:00.

We’ll have talks on designing and checking arms and badges, researching names, working with consultation clients, and dealing with submissions paperwork.

Talks will alternate with Q&A periods and hands-on sessions in which you’ll have the opportunity to work on real or imaginary submissions, so please bring any incomplete registrations or other projects you’re currently working on.

If you have heraldry reference books or other materials you’d like to share with the group, we’d love to have a bit of show-and-tell time.

No fee; casual attire; feel free to bring a snack to share with the group.

Please repost this as appropriate; folks from neighboring groups would be welcome.

RSVP to herald@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org so we know to expect you and have enough handouts.

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Unclaimed Raffle Prizes from King’s and Queen’s A&S and Bardic competition

Three prizes went unclaimed from the raffle at the King’s and Queen’s A&S and Bardic competition on Saturday, February 10 2018 (AS 52). They are:

Lot Red 21 – Ticket Red ending -033: A Royal blue needle and sewing roll

Lot Red 4 (?) – Ticket Red ending -071: A dragon-head wrought-iron paper-knife

Lot Blue 17 – Ticket Blue ending -013: A body painting kit

Please contact the raffle organizer to arrange collection. After February 28, 2018, unclaimed prizes will return to the keep of the Kingdom to increase the store of largesse and gifts Their Royal Majesties may at their pleasure bestow.

 

 

 

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Commons Minutes for January 2018

The January commons meeting was held January 19 in Whyt Whey at the home of the seneschal’s father in law. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers reports are attached at the end.

Attending

  • Suuder Saran, Viceroy
  • Lada Monguligin, Vicereine
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal, Webminister
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Exchequer
  • Beatrice della Rocca, Chatelaine
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Minister of Arts & Sciences
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Combat, Deputy Webminister
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Knight Marshal
  • Erich Guter Muth, Minister of Lists
  • Rufina Cambrensis, Chronicler
  • John Elys, Deputy Chronicler
  • Richard the Poor of Ely, Historian, Deputy Exchequer
  • Francesco Gaetano Greco d’Edessa, Deputy Historian
  • Wilhelm Larsson, Northpass Seneschal
  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal
  • Philip White, East Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences
  • Adam Trent
  • Simon Talbot
  • Branimira of the Isles
  • Seonaid inghean Mhic Aoidh

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Schedule for King’s and Queen’s A&S and Bardic Championships

On February 10, Østgarđr will host the Their Majesties of the East Kingdom for the occasion of selection of their new Arts and Sciences and Bardic Arts Champions.

The event will follow the schedule set forth below:

9:00am: Site and Troll open to all
Breakfast is served
10:30am: Morning Court
A&S and Bardic judges and competitors meetings (after court)
1st round of Dayboard is served
11am: Competitions Start
1pm: 2nd round of Dayboard is served
4pm: Bardic Competition ends
Closing A&S and Bardic judges and competitors meetings
Troll Closes
3rd round of Dayboard is served
4:30pm: Final Round of A&S competition
6pm: Evening Court
9pm: Site closes
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