New? Start here!

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, contact our newcomer outreach officer at chatelaine@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org. You can find links to our Facebook group, mailing list, and local sub-chapters at “Getting Involved.”

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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

July 2019 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

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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Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: June, July, August 2019

The summer is the busiest time for combat-focused events – I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Weekly/monthly reoccurrences

Armored combat is running, weather permitting, in McCarren Park in Brooklyn, 7pm Tuesday nights; for updates, see the Facebook group “Fighter Practice in New York City.”

Rapier fencing is also running, weather permitting, in Central Park (the corner of the park by 59 – Columbus Circle), 7pm Wednesday nights; for updates, see the Facebook group “Historical Arts Rapier Training.” When the weather is good, bardic circle is at the same place/time.

Updates to both armored combat practice and rapier practice, as well as possibly other practices and events, may be found at the Facebook group “SCA NYC: Crown Province of Østgarðr“.

Northpass dance practice information may also be found at the Facebook group for the Canton of Northpass.

Østgarðr Commons meetings, which are open to the populace, are always on the third Friday of the month, and rotate location through the province — check the prior Commons agenda for the latest on locations, or Facebook! For those in Manhattan, Whyt Whey Commons tend to be on the first Thursday, colocated with their monthly arts&sciences Evening in the Solar (note that this is pushed back a week on July 4 week). In Brooklyn, Brokenbridge Commons are on weekends to be announced.

June

Friday, June 21: Østgarðr Commons, Astoria Park, north side

June 21-23: Meridies: KW Costume & Fiber Arts Symposium (Carrollton, GA, 14 hrs SW)
Activities: classes
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3476

Sunday, June 23: Brokenbridge Commons, Brandr’s place – see Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/86917178171/permalink/10156761776728172/

Sunday, June 23: Armored combat practice: https://www.facebook.com/events/455258328382064/

Saturday, June 29: Blood & Axes the Third
Host: Canton of Northpass
Location: Putnam County Veteran Memorial Park
Focus activity(s): armored combat, fencing, thrown weapons, archery, youth combat
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3488
Event Steward: Wilhelm Larrson

July

July 5-8: Glenn Linn: Great Northern Thyng (Greenwich NY, 3 hours N)
Activities: melees, tournaments
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3446

July 5-7: Calontir: KW Heraldic & Scribal (Urbandale, IA, 17 hrs. W)
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3502

Thursday, July 11: Whyt Whey Commons, at Solar location https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/directions-to-our-as-gathering-an-evening-in-the-solar/

Saturday, July 20: Rusted Woodlands: EK Novice Day (Tappan NY, 30 min. N)
Activities: good place to authorize for Pennsic
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=345S

July 26-August 11: Æthelmarc: Pennsic (Coopers Lake PA, 6 hours W)
Activities: Peace, War
Link: http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn48/

August

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: Anglespur: Harper’s Retreat (Richmond, NH, 4.5 hrs. N)
Activities: bardic
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3465

Aug. 29 – Sept. 2: Middle: KW Cooks & Bards (Wood River, IL, 15 hrs. W)
Activities: camping, classes
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3477

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: Atlantia: KW Ag. & Forestry (Booneville, NC, 9.5 hrs. SW)
Activities: classes & exhibits on period agriculture, land use, livestock.
EK Calendar Link: https://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3478

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Commons Minutes for May 2019

May 2019 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The May commons meeting was held May 17 in Whyt Whey at their Evening in the Solar location. 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
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine
  • Arnora Ketilsdottir, Chancellor Minor
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal
  • Rakkurai of Kamakura, Minister of Lists
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Brandr Aronsson, Brokenbridge Seneschal
  • Bahja al-Azraq
  • Jibril al-Ghazal
  • Oliver de Bainbrig
  • Bruno Bruni
  • Catelin Straquhin

Online

  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Ian of Clan Mitchell, Chamberlain
  • Esnede O Murrin, Northpass Seneschal
  • Friderich Grimme
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Commons May 17th 2019

Provincial Commons (business meeting and social gathering) is tomorrow, Friday May 17th! All are welcome. 7pm, assemble. 8pm, meeting begins. This month’s meeting may be longer than usual, given the bylaws vote, but we still expect to have time to socialize and sidebar after the meeting. Directions are here: https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/directions-to-our-as-gathering-an-evening-in-the-solar/

Agenda (subject to additions):

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Provincial Archery Championship

Hear ye, populace of the Crown Province of Østgarðr!

As we come ever closer to the changing of season so must we, your provincial champions, also make way for change. As your archery champion, I hereby announce this year’s tournament to decide the next provincial champion.

This year we will be hosting the provincial archery championship at The Feast of John Barleycorn. The theme will be “An Archer’s Coming of Age”. With the aid of Lord Friderich Grimme and Lord Francisco de Braga, we anticipate this year’s tournament to be a great one.

I implore all Archers of the populace, regardless of skill, to participate in this year’s tournament. For those who are not of the province we also encourage you to participate so that we may recognize the best Archer from far off lands.

Yours in service, Catelin Straquhin, Crown Province of Østgarðr Archery Champion

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Commons Minutes for April 2019

The April commons meeting was held on April 19 at the Greenvale Townhouse Diner in Lions End. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

Attendance

Present — 4 members of the officers’ council, 2 members of the populace

  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Richard the Poor
  • Jenna Childslayer

Online — 5 members of the council

  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal

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Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: May 2019

Update your calendars — this month is going to be busy!

An Evening in the Solar, Canton of Whyt Whey (Manhattan)
Date: Thursday, May 2, 7:30
Activities: Class and hands-on cooking of the food of al-Andalus, medieval Muslim Spain.

Return of the Lions, Canton of Lions End (Locust Valley, NY)
Date: Saturday, May 4th
Focus activity(s): provincial bardic championship, classes

Spring Crown Tourney, Shire of Caer Adamant (Harrington, DE, 3.5 hours S)
Date: Saturday, May 4
Activities: crown tournament

Northpass Commons, Canton of Northpass (Westchester)
Date: Thursday, May 9, 7:00
Activities: Canton commons meeting

Lions End Commons, Canton of Lions End (Nassau)
Date: Friday, May 10, 7:00
Activities: Canton commons meeting

Siege of Granada, Crown Province of Østgarðr (Carmel, NY)
Date: Saturday, May 11
Focus activity(s): provincial A&S championship, armored combat, fencing, A&SM

Broken Bridge Commons, Canton of Brokenbridge (Brooklyn)
Date: Sunday, May 12, 11:00 AM
Activities: Canton commons meeting and bread-making class

Provincial Commons, Crown Province of Østgarðr (Manhattan)
Date: Friday, May 17 7:30
Activities: Monthly provincial commons meeting

Viking Day Demo, Crown Province of Østgarðr (Brooklyn)
Date: Saturday, May 18
Activities: engage newcomers with displays of A&S, armored combat, fencing, and more

Quest for Wit and Wisdom, Barony of Settmour Swamp (Pittstown, NJ, 1 hour W)
Date: Friday-Monday, May 24-27
Activities: quest (scavenger hunt, obstacle course, mystery adventure), baronial championships, brewing competition, bardic circle, artisan’s row

(Note that the travel times shown for events outside of the Crown Province are given as approximate driving times from Central Park; your milage may vary.)

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