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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 involved, email our newcomers’ officer. You can find links to our Facebook group, mailing list, and local sub-chapters at “Getting Involved.”

Join the SCA Demonstration at Eternal Con! August 7th & 8th

The Crown Province of Østgarðr will host a public demonstration at Eternal Con on August 7-8, 2021 at Hofstra University in Nassau County in Long Island. Interested in the SCA? Attending Eternal Con? Come to the demo to find out more about us and to meet some of the members of the Crown Province.

Information about the convention can be found at https://eternalcon.com/

Interested in Being an SCA Demonstrator/Participant?

SCA members and participants from Østgarðr and the surrounding area are welcome and encouraged to come demonstrate their skills and arts for the public.

The demo organizer is Østgarðr’s knight marshal, Lord Ervald LaCoudre Edwardson the Optimistic. If you are interested in being a demonstrator on either or both days of the demo, please reach out to him via email at knightmarshal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

Demonstrators may arrive as early as 8:30 AM to help set up. The SCA outdoor demo will be in sight of the entrance cue for the convention, so we want to be ready early. We can entertain and promote to that line. Details about passes, parking, etc. are being resolved this week.

Lord Ervald will be there both days as a heavy-list fight marshal and will run a fighter practice on both days. The outdoor fighting field will be shared with The Brooklyn Black Company (one of the independent steel fighting teams in NYC).

Upcoming in Østgarðr: This week, August 1st – 8th

As always, there is a lot going on this week in the Crown Province and its cantons. Take a look and find the best way for you to get medieval!

Sun 8/12:00 p.m. – 5: p.m. (weather permitting)Denizens of Whyt Whey and the surrounding lands, join us for a park picnic to celebrate the summer and spend time in good company after so long apart!Details
Tue 8/37:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting)Join Østgarðr’s rattan fighters and fencers for for a combined weekly practice in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park. Artisans, dancers and onlookers are welcome as well.Details to follow
Sat 8/7 & 8/810:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Join Østgarðr for a public demonstration of SCA activities at the Eternal Con comic book and media convention at Hofstra University on Long IslandDetails

For more details about activities and events in future weeks, check the Østgarðr web calendar.

Tuesday Night Practice — July 27

The weekly Provincial practice sessions continue this Tuesday starting at 7:00 PM in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park; a map is available here.

In addition to armored combat and fencing practitioners, it’d be great to have some musicians — and there’s often a crowd of onlookers so if you’re up for talking about the Society we’d love to have you as a chatelaine.

The weather should be clear and warm, so bring something to drink and we’ll see you on the field!

Photograph by Lord Ervald LaCoudre Edwardson the Optimistic

Solar, July 31 — Humanism in Italian Renaissance Art

[Crossposted from Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: Humanism in Italian Renaissance Art During the Quattrocento Period]

Come join Lady Maude Louisiana d’Orleans in a seminar discussion on the effects of humanism in Italian Renaissance art during the Quattrocento period. Together, we will explore the influence of the Medici family in conjunction with Rome’s greatest benefactor, the papacy, and how they promoted art that reflected both human and religious qualities.

We will see how the idea that man was created in the image of God was an ideology that flourished in Italy during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Moreover, for the purposes of understanding Renaissance painting in Florence, we will survey Florentine painters, ranging from Masolino to Botticelli, and their works for their trends of humanism in art.

Please join us here: https://meet.google.com/otq-vnjr-qfk

Commons minutes for July 2021

July 2021 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The July commons meeting was held July 21. Here are the minutes/notes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin and edited by Alienor Salton. 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
  • Drasma Dragomira, Herald
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine 
  • Kunigunde Wedemann, Chancellor Minor 
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Youth Marshal, Webminister, Whyt Whey Seneschal
  • Marion of York, Minister of Lists
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Deputy Exchequer
  • Albrecht Anker
  • Friderich Grimme
  • Gibbs Moryss
  • Hanya Vladimirovna Polotskaya
  • Edwin de la Torre
  • Iola Wulfsdotter
  • Jenna Childslayer
  • Morwenna Penrose
  • Oliver de Bainbrig
  • Perez ben Meir Gershon
  • Richard the Poor of Ely
  • Aurora ffolkes
  • Belle-Assez bat Samson 
  • Winfield Jai
  • Berakha bat Mira v’Shlomo
  • Brekke Franksdottir
  • Ibrahim al-Rashid
  • Ástríðr Knarrarbringa

Central Park Picnic — Sunday, August 1

Denizens of Whyt Whey and the surrounding lands, join us for a park picnic to celebrate the summer and spend time in good company after so long apart!

We will gather on Sunday, July 25, starting at 2:00 PM — unless the weather is inclement, in which case we will announce a postponement to the following Sunday, August 1.

[UPDATE, July 25: the weather forecast for this afternoon has been downgraded to “scattered thunderstorms,” so it looks like we need to push our picnic back to the rain date, next Sunday, August 1. The long-range forecast suggests next Sunday will be dry and pleasant — I look forward to seeing you all then!]

[UPDATE, August 1: Today’s weather is looking pleasant — comfortable temperatures and no rain until late in the day — so we’re moving ahead with our picnic plans for this afternoon. Pack your lunch and join us at 2:00 on the Great Hill!]

Volunteer Opportunity: Provincial Webminister

I was appointed as Provincial Webminister on an acting basis when the previous office holder moved away earlier this summer, and although I enjoy doing this work, I already have too many things on my plate, so I am recruiting volunteers to take on the role.

If you’re interested in the position, please speak up at Commons this evening, or reach out to me directly.

I’d love to take on one or two people as deputies as soon as possible, and then turn the office over to one of them as of the August meeting. Of course, I’ll still be around, and am glad to provide ongoing support and assistance as needed.

Attached below are a job description and some notes about the tools and tasks involved — and of course, if you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to ask me!