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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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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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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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September Provincial Commons

Please join us for our monthly commons, the Province’s combined business meeting and social gathering, to be held tonight in the canton of Northpass.

We will be at the New Rochelle Library on Friday September 20th, starting at 7pm.  Business portion of the meeting begins at 8pm. 

The New Rochelle Library is one block from the New Rochelle train station on the MetroNorth New Haven line. I-95 runs right past the station.

You may join the meeting remotely via Google Meet at meet.google.com/cof-yths-rww using Chrome or Firefox browsers, iOS or Android apps, or traditional telephone dial-in.

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Awards from Summer Provincial Courts

At Pennsic, the Viceregents delivered an Award of the Golden Lyre to Godiva de la Mer on behalf of Ozurr and Fortune. Young Johanna Brandrsdottir was inducted into the Province’s Order of the Sea-Urchin in appreciation for her service at local events and the lovely jewelry she has created. Friderich Grimme was recognized for his skill in archery, and for his efforts training so many of the province’s archers, by making him a member of the Order of the Silver Sea-Lion. And the Viceregents rewarded Angelica di Nova Lipa for her many years of service to the Province — at events, in artistry, and behind the scenes — by inducting her into the Order of the Seahorse.

At Barleycorn, the Viceregents delivered an Award of Arms ordered by their Majesties East for Meadhbh O’Gairbhith. Buenaventura Miguel Rivera and Galen Mac Byrne were inducted into the Order of the Sea Dog for their years of service in the Canton of Northpass. Conandil ingen Donngaile was made a member of the Order of the Silver Lantern in recognition of her artistry and her service to the Province’s dance community. And Catelin Straquhin stepped down as Provincial Archery Champion, passing that title on to Mongu Chinua, who had won the day’s tournament.

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Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: September and October 2019

September is one of our busiest months! In addition to our ongoing weekly practices (detailed in our last quarterly post), we have many demos and events. The main difference between the two is that demos are focused on outreach and educating non-SCA people about the SCA and the middle ages, and events don’t have that expectation of outreach and may have an entry fee or require that you wear an attempt at time-period-appropriate clothing (“garb” – if you need help with this, the chatelaine can help you).

Updated 2019-08-18: Added some events. More corrections, and more information on August events, may be found on Facebook.

September

September 5: Whyt Whey Commons (Manhattan, NY)

Location: https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/directions-to-our-as-gathering-an-evening-in-the-solar/

September 6-8: The Feast Of John Barleycorn (Canton of Northpass: North Salem, NY)

Focus activity(s): provincial archery championship, armored combat, fencing, A&S, dance, many other activities

EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3487 

September 7: Ducal Challenge (Barony of Settmour Swamp: Pittstown, NJ, 1.5 hrs. W)

Activities: armored combat, rapier, A&S prizes

EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3496 

September 20: Østgarðr Commons (Canton of Northpass: New Rochelle Library, New Rochelle, NY)

September 21: Keepers of the Central Flame II (Concordia of the Snows: Scotia, NY, 3 hrs. N)

Activities: artisans (textile, culinary, costuming, research, scribal, smithing, science, etc.), A&S triathlon

EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3503 

September 21-22: Queens Farm County Fair Demo (Crown Province of Østgarðr: Queens, NY)

September 28: Benedicta Vita Arma (Shire of Caer Adamant: Wilmington, DE, 2 hrs. SW)

Activities: 14th C tournament with full heraldic display, needs inspirations for champions

EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3494 

September 28: St. Andrew Crosses the Alps (Barony of An Dubhaigeainn: Middle Island, NY, 1.5 hrs. E)

Activities: baronial armored combat championship, photo booth, classes, youth activities, Alpine feast

EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3528 z

September 29: Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival Demo (Canton of Whyt Whey: Manhattan, NY)

Focus activity(s): provincial armored combat competition, provincial fencing championship competition

October

October 5: Coronation (Shire of Montevale: York, PA)

Activities: court

EK Calendar Link: https://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3542

October 11-13: Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins (Barony of Carillion: Manalapan, NJ, 2 hrs. S)

Activities: archery shoot, baronial championships

EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3517 

October 18: Østgarðr Commons (Manhattan, NY)

Location: https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/directions-to-our-as-gathering-an-evening-in-the-solar/

October 18-20: River War X (Barony of Iron Bog: Mullica Hill, NJ, 2.5 hrs. S)

Activities: war games between Iron Bog & Bhakail

EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3511 

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Commons Minutes for July 2019

The July commons meeting was held July 19 at the home of Brandr and Hrefna in Brokenbridge. 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
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine 
  • Rakkurai of Kamakura, Minister of Lists
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Arnora Ketilsdottir, Chancellor Minor 
  • Brandr Aronsson, Brokenbridge Seneschal
  • Oliver de Bainbrig, Interim Northpass Seneschal
  • Brekke Franksdottir
  • Ajir Tsagaan
  • Jibril al Ghazal
  • Thomas of Northpass
  • Apollodora of Delphi
  • Catelin Straquhin
  • Hrefna Aronsson
  • Johanna Brandrsdottir

Online

  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
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Commons minutes for June 2019

June 2019 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The June commons meeting was held June 19th at Mistress Sofya’s home in Queens. Here are the minutes as recorded by Alienor Salton. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

Attendance

Present

  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
  • Ian of Clan Mitchell, Chamberlain
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Katherine Gilliesfleur, Deputy Chamberlain
  • Isabel of Østgarðr
  • Jibril al Ghazal
  • Ajir Tsagaan
  • Apollodora of Delphi
  • Bruno Bruni
  • Richard the Poor

Online

  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal
  • Catelin Straquhin
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