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The Crown Province of Østgarðr is the greater New York City chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a not-for-profit educational and social organization dedicated to re-creating aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture. You can read more about the SCA at “About Us.”

If you have any questions or want to get started with us, email our newcomers’ officer. You can find links to our Facebook group, mailing list, and local sub-chapters at “Getting Involved.”

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Candidates for Officer Positions

Thank you to the folks who have stepped up to fill the upcoming terms of the officer positions listed below.

For Seneschal — Three Candidates

Alexander MacLachlan

I am submitting myself as a candidate for Seneschal of Ostgardr.

Alienor Salton

I submit myself as a candidate for the position of seneschal of Østgarðr. I believe by now you all know me and what I am prepared to do for the province.

From my letter of intent when I ran for my first term as seneschal:

“My goal as provincial Seneschal will be to increase participation at all levels, by […] facilitating communication, supporting provincial officers in doing their jobs, and making local activities more transparent & accessible and welcoming to new & old members alike. I will also work to encourage participation out-of-province, seeking out nearby & further events relevant to our local members’ interest, and publicizing and facilitating group excursions thereto.”

To accomplish these goals in my first term, I streamlined our commons meetings and recruited new talent to invigorate our officer corps. I brought transparency and efficiency to our provincial communications by introducing pre-Commons written officer reports, published along with full minutes after each meeting. I expanded our event listing, also published after each meeting, to highlight out-of-province events of interest to our populace.

I also urged on the work of the bylaws committee, which concluded with a successful ratification of our new provincial bylaws — a milestone in provincial history.

I would like to carry on this work in a second term with the following four initiatives:

  1. Continue to diversify the officer corps by recruiting new talent so we have the breadth and depth to share the labor across officer volunteers.
  2. Encourage activity within and beyond the province so our new & old members alike are more involved at home and “abroad” and better connected with each other and our neighbors. Facilitate more casual, regular, social cross-interest gatherings (like the Whyt Whey solars, the Brokenbridge Commons, the Northpass A&S/gaming days, and the bardic/fencing evening) to enhance provincial community. Arrange road trips to events further afield to connect with our neighbors and fellow citizens of the East.
  3. Sort out a less ad-hoc provincial storage solution, easing the burden of storing, maintaining and deploying our gold key, kitchen gear, loaner armor (iron key), etc. (pavilions, list ropes, banners…).
  4. Encourage new & different events, with more immersion and other thematic activities, broadening the pool of successful event stewards, and finishing a provincial event steward handbook and an event site database.

From me, the job of provincial seneschal has included attending canton commons, preparing for & following up on provincial commons, communicating with kingdom officers, supporting local officers, and making things run smoothly for the populace. Over the last two years as your provincial seneschal, I have spent 40-60 hours a month in your service. I am committed to doing so again for the next 2 years, if you will have me.

Brandr Aronsson

I officially submit my name for the office of Ostgardr Seneschal.

I am Brandr Aronsson and I am running for Seneschal of Ostgardr. I have been active member of Ostgardr for over twenty years. I have seen this province prosper and I have seen it diminish. I believe we are on an upswing right now and it’s important that Ostgardr have a strong leader to push us forward in the coming years.

One of my goals as Seneschal would be to take steps to bring in more new people. I know we always say that but I think we can find more opportunities for outreach and demos. There has been a decrease of demos in recent years though it was an effective recruiting tool. There is still a “Cool” factor that we can draw on, we just need to find some venues where that will be appealing. For instance, I would like us to seek outmore living history venues and try to arrange demos, like the one we do at the Cloisters, where we show off the best of what we do. There is a built in audience of potential members at these places.

Another goal of mine is to increase the new people stepping up as volunteers. You don’t have to have any skills to serve. The SCA is built on service and that is where you also learn what the SCA is really about.

Additionally, I would want us to take steps to bring more Ostgardians to Pennsic. I know it is only two weeks, but it is a time when all get to share each other’s company away from Mundania.

I have served as the BrokenBridge Seneschal since 2016, Ostgardr Camp Master for twelve years, and Ostgardr Knight Marshall from 2002- 2003. I believe my many years in Ostgardr and the SCA, as well as my years as Broken Bridge Seneschal, have equipped me to look at the future of Ostgardr and help move us forward.

In 2016, I was asked to take over Broken Bridge as Seneschal, by our Viceroy. The Canton had lapsed into inactivity and was on the verge of going away for the second time during my time here in Ostgardr. At our first commons in September of 2016, there were three people in attendance. Now, we regularly have 20+ attendees at our Commons meetings.

We worked on updating the bylaws, making a financial policy and reaching out to local members to get involved again. We streamlined our Commons meetings and paired them with A&S classes to increase attendance. We have several new active members of the populace whose first SCA event was a Broken Bridge Commons meeting and A&S day. We identified several event gaps unique to our area – such as were easily accessible by public transportation and a lack of winter events, and established a regular local event, Deck the Halls of Valhalla, which is about to run its 4th year. It has been a great draw for newcomers within the BrokenBridge and Ostgardr populace due, in large part, to its ease of access via public transportation. It has been so well attended, that we actually reached site capacity for one of the years.

I am proud of how active Broken Bridge has become and I believe that is partly due to my encouraging our new people to step up into leadership roles they may have never envisioned themselves in or even thought about taking on. This has brought new energy and new ideas into the Canton which has, in turn, brought more new people and more new people stepping up and getting involved. And I believe that I can have similar results for the Crown Province of Ostgardr.

For Herald — Two Candidates

Drasma Dragomira

I, Drasma Dragomira, wish to declare my intent to be considered for the office of Seahorse Herald of the Crown Province of Østgarðr.

While my active participation in this great Province has just started, I have been a participant of the Society for 6 years and actively participating as a herald-at-large for one and a half years, both within the East Kingdom and at the Pennsic Herald’s Point. I have reviewed the requirements of the position and have spoken to Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, the current holder, and believe I can meet the requirements. I am willing to utilize and expand my knowledge of book heraldry as well as coordinate and participate in the court heraldry aspects as needed to serve the Province.

Thank you for your consideration of my letter. No matter the outcome, I commit to continuing my support for the heraldic needs of the Province, the East Kingdom, and the Society.

Ragnarr Bláskegg

I, Lord Ragnarr Bláskegg of Brokenbridge, wish to put forth my intent to run for Ostgardr Herald.  In my time as Brokenbridge herald, I found that I enjoyed the court aspects of heraldry and want to expand on my abilities as a court herald.  My intentions if elected would be focus on the court and voice aspects of heraldry since research for arms and names is not my forte.   If someone is willing to be a deputy for me to help with research, I would greatly appreciate it. 

Arts & Sciences — Þorfinnr Hróðgeirsson

It has come to my attention that there is a vacancy in the MoAS position.  I’d like to put myself forward for consideration if there is no other claimant for it.

I think I can do a reasonable job: I view the position as largely organizing A&S activities within the province, drumming up more interest and advancing the A&S skills of the populace.  I have a large network of local and regional A&S contacts, and can definitely bring them to teach locally.  I myself have taught a number of classes and can continue to do so.  I’ve been personally very successful with A&S and would be happy to share that knowledge with the province.

Webminister — Anne of Østgarðr

I have been the Østgarðr webminister since I was elected to the position in the July 2018 commons. Unfortunately, mundane work takes me away from the Province for the next commons meeting, so I am writing this note so that all in Østgarðr can have the opportunity to find out more about me in this role.

I took most of my first term (2018-2019) to get onboarded and in the rhythm of making updates, I plan to use my second term to continue smooth operation and look for small improvements.

The webministry role largely consists of managing our web presence. Some sample tasks for that would include: renewing our ostgardr.org web domain, creating new mailing lists for event staff for local events, and making posts of upcoming events to our website at ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

Some of the things I’ve done in my first term are:

  • Set up Google Analytics to measure traffic to our site around demos
  • Switched to Trello to internally manage webministry tasks in progress
  • Built personal ties with East Kingdom Webministry

If elected, I plan to continue this work.

The ethos informing many of my decisions as webminister is that I want to make maintainable and sustainable choices. In part, this means that everything I do should be able to be easily passed on to someone else when the time comes. As a software engineer, it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking at the next new and exciting thing to work with, and I try to consciously choose stable, low-maintenance tools, while also working with Kingdom Webministry as I’m able to ensure we all remain modern throughout the East.

Please feel free to reach out via email at 238825@members.eastkingdom.org for questions about my candidacy, and at webminister@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org for questions about the current role of the webministry.

Historian — Sofya Gianetta di Trieste

Be it known to all that I would like to continue as Ostgardr’s Historian and consider this my letter of intent.

Fencing Marshal — Alexander MacLachlan

I am also seeking re-election as the Provincial Fencing Marshal.

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Twelfth Night Is Coming!

The Crown Province of Østgarðr is pleased to be hosting East Kingdom Twelfth Night on January 4.

Please visit our Twelfth Night pages for event information and registration options.

We are continuing to build out our event staff team, so if you’d like to volunteer, please contact the event stewards.

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Northpass Suspension

Greetings All,

By now many of you have heard that our Canton of Northpass has been suspended for 1 year. There are still some details that have to be hammered out regarding the stewardship of the Canton’s funds and property. We are working to make sure it’s all done properly thru kingdom and society.

During this suspension period any and all activities that were happening under the Canton will now be sponsored by the Province. This includes events, classes, demos etc. If anyone from the Canton was planning any other events they will need to be approved by the Province. I’d like to ask the autocrats to reach out to me so I can get the events onto the next Provincial Commons Agenda.

I would encourage those who were a part of the Canton to become more active with the Province itself. I know that the Canton of Northpass has over the years developed a sense of being isolated, especially with drive times and distances. But you are all still residents of Ostgardr. Please come to activities and events that are held throughout the Province. I encourage all residents of the Crown Province to travel to the activities held in our northern reaches to support our populace there. I would also encourage anyone who is willing to volunteer at local events and for officer and deputy positions. Ostgardr wants Northpass to become a stable and active canton again. Myself, Their Excellencies, the Provincial Officers and the rest of the Province look forward to working with everyone towards that goal.

In Service,
Alexander MacLachlan
Acting Seneschal of Ostgardr

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Ostgardr Officer Elections

Greetings All,

The following Provincial Officer positions are up for election: Seneschal, Herald, Minister of Lists (MOL – currently vacant), Webminister, Historian, Fencing Marshal, and Minister of Arts & Sciences (MOAS). Each officer is elected for a two year term. This time, MOL and MOAS are only one year, as these are to fill out the remainder of the current terms.

Letters of Intent should be sent to the Viceroy and Vicereine, and myself, by October 31st. We would then post these to the officer Gmail list and ask the candidates to speak to the officers and populace at the Provincial Commons in November, with the elections in December. The details of the election process are in the Provincial bylaws. Below are some brief descriptions of the offices that Her Excellency has prepared. If you have any questions about these positions, please speak with the current officer, their Excellencies, or me.

In Service,
Alexander MacLachlan
Acting Seneschal of Ostgardr

From the Vicereine:
I’d like to share brief descriptions of each office and who the current office holder is. Please feel free to reach out to them and ask questions about the office.

Seneschal: Chief administrative officer of a branch, responsible for day-to-day overall smooth running of the Province. Current office holder Lord Alexander MacLachlan.

Herald: The office of the herald is two parts: 1. voice herald responsible for running Provincial Court and filing reports after each court, and 2. helping members of the populace submit names and heraldic devices. You do not have to be able to do both and can have a deputy to help with one or the other. Current office holder Bóaire Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

Historian: Keeping and maintaining detailed records of the history of the Crown Province of Ostgardr. Current office holder Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste.

Webminister: Maintain and update the Provincial website and email lists. Current office holder Noble Anne of Østgarðr.

Fencing Marshal: Oversee fencing activity in the Province. Current office holder Lord Alexander MacLachlan.

Arts and Sciences: Responsible for overseeing A&S activity in the Province. Think of this as a booking agent for the arts and sciences in the Province. Current office holder Lord Donnchadh mac Eoin.

Minister of Lists: Oversees running of tournaments in the Province. This can easily come with on the job training as there are some really great MoLs to learn from locally in the Southern Region. Office is currently vacant.

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The Knives Will Come Out at Østgarðr Commons

You are hereby invited to bring your choice of blade to this Friday’s provincial commons meeting — knives, axes, scissors, chisels, and the like — and then hone it to a razor-sharp edge as part of our informal blade-sharpening workshop!

(As a reminder, Commons will be on October 18 starting at 7:00 at our usual location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.)

I am not a master sharpener, just an enthusiastic amateur — if someone shows up who knows more than I do, I’d love to learn more from them — but I have had decent success in sharpening our kitchen knives, household scissors, and wood-working tools.

I will be bringing my wet stone grinding wheel, a flat polishing stone, a couple of kinds of sharpening steels, and a leather strop. (If anyone has any sharpening gear of their own they’d like to show off, bring it along!)

TL/DR: Bring some dull knives or scissors to Commons on Friday and let’s see if we can’t get ‘em sharpened up for you!

(* Please do not deploy live steel during the business meeting.)

— Mathghamhain

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October Provincial Commons

Greetings All,

The next Provincial Commons will be this coming Friday, October 18, in Manhattan.

Directions can be be found on the Whyt Whey web site.

We have some important things to discuss: the upcoming Provincial officer elections and Twelfth Night. All officers are encouraged to attend and the general populace is welcome as well. 

For the new people we’ve met at the recent demos, this is a good way to meet the provincial and local officers.

Socializing will start at 7pm, with the meeting being called to order at 8pm. Pizza will be available, and participants may bring drinks or desserts.  

Meeting URL: https://meet.google.com/zgy-oadv-wgz
Phone: ‪+1 252-574-6099‬ PIN: ‪448 974 723#‬

The following Provincial Officer positions are up for election:  Seneschal, Herald, Minister of Lists (currently vacant), Webminister, Historian, and Fencing Marshal.  Letters of Intent are due in as soon as possible to the Viceroy and Vicereine, and myself.  We would then post these to officer mailing list and ask the candidates to speak to the officers and populace at the Provincial Commons in November.   If you have any questions about these positions, please speak with the current officer, the Viceregents, or me. 

In Service,
Alexander (Alec) MacLachlan
Acting Provincial Seneschal

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Commons Minutes for September 2019

The September commons meeting was held September 20 at the New Rochelle Public Library in Northpass. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

Attendance

Present

  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
  • Oliver de Bainbrig, Northpass Seneschal
  • Esnede O Murrin
  • Victor Maximus
  • Richard the Poor
  • Aurora ffolkes
  • Thomas of Northpass
  • Al of Northpass
  • Gibbs Moryss
  • Isabel of Ostgardr
  • Buenaventura Miguel Rivera
  • Apollodora of Delphi

Online

  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal
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New Armored Combat Champion Selected at Cloisters

Vivat to Muiredach Ua Dálaigh, winner of today’s rattan tournament, recognized as Østgarðr’s new Provincial Armored Combat Champion!

Vivat to Alienor Salton, whom Muiredach named as his inspiration this day, now Østgarðr’s Provincial Queen of Love and Beauty!

Thanks to Gowain MacAoidh for running today’s championship tournament, and for his valiant service as their Excellencies’ former rattan champion over the last year. 

And thanks to Ervald LaCoudre for his service on the field earlier in the day, entertaining and educating the large crowd that gathered to watch our many fine fighters.

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New Fencing Champion Selected at Cloisters

Vivat to Engle der Pfau, victorious in today’s rapier tournament and selected as Østgarðr’s new Provincial Fencing Champion!

Thank you to Alexander MacLachlan for running the championship tournament and for his diligent service as their Excellencies’ previous champion over the last year. 

And thank you to Anne of Østgarðr for running the early tournament, which greatly amused the audience by allowing them to toss a giant die to select the combatants’ weapons forms.

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Fall Issue of The E-Horse

Attached below is the September 1 issue of the E-Horse, Østgarðr’s quarterly newsletter.

Click to view in PDF format.

You can subscribe to receive future copies of the newsletter directly via Google Groups or by sending a blank email to ostgardrnyc+subscribe@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

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