Letters of Intent for Provincial Offices

We have received letters of intent for all our open Provincial offices whose incumbent is stepping down at the end of their term (or who has already stepped down), namely Chronicler, Chatelaine, Minister of Lists and Minister of Arts & Sciences.  Those 4 letters are presented herein for your perusal.

Commons Minutes for November 2018

The November commons meeting was held November 16 at the Greenvale Townhouse diner in Lions End. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Rhuadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

November 2018 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons



Suuder Saran, Viceroy
Lada Monguligin, Vicereine
Alienor Salton, Seneschal
Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal, Deputy Webminister
Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
Esnede O Murrin, Northpass Seneschal
Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
Marian of York, Lions End Lieutenant of Fence
Francesco Gaetano Greco d’Edessa, Lions End Herald
Jenna Childslayer
Titus Aurelius Magnus, An Dubhaigeainn Prefect
Monkey Makgee, An Dubhaigeainn Deputy Webminister


Angelica di Nova Lipa, Exchequer
Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal
John Elys, Deputy Chronicler
Friedrich Grimme
Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha
Donnchadh mac Eóin
Rakkurai of Kamakura
Richard the Poor
John Xavier Boullier, An Dubhaigeainn Seneschal

Commons Nov. 16th 2018

Our next commons is this coming Friday, November 16th, at the Greenvale Townhouse diner, in Lions End, 49 Glen Cove Rd, Greenvale, NY. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! The diner is a 5 min walk (on sidewalks with no street crossings) from the Greenvale station on the Oyster Bay LIRR. There is plenty of parking.

We have a reservation under “Ostgardr” for 16 people at 7pm. We need to start clearing out by 9:30 so they can reset the room for a larger party. Please RSVP if you think you would like to attend, so we can adjust the reservation numbers higher if necessary. Thank you!

We will order dinner beginning at 7pm. I would like to start the meeting at 7:45pm (15 minutes earlier than our usual start time), to accommodate the restaurant’s need for us to clear the room at 9:30 and to provide an opportunity to socialize post-meeting.

Our Google Hangout for the evening can be joined using this link: https://hangouts.google.com/group/7guedUia6oxVxit63

If you RSVP that you will be joining remotely, I will add you to the hangout so that you are notified when the call starts. You may also simply join the call in progress if you prefer. If you are unfamiliar with Google Hangouts, please contact me (seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org) or Anne (webminister@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org) for technical support.

Among other topics, we will read into the record letters of intent submitted by candidates for provincial office, and continue our discussion about provincial storage options. Candidates for provincial office are urged to join the meeting, either in person or remotely. Officers, please submit your reports, preferably by Wednesday (Nov. 14th), so we can add your concerns to the agenda!

Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: November – December 2018

Recurring practices

Outdoor weekly practices will probably start wrapping up until spring in November, as the weather gets colder and snow begins to fall – keep an eye on our mailing list or Facebook page for the latest news!

Outdoor weekly practices include:

  • Central Park dance practice, Tuesdays 6:30pm (already ended for winter)
  • Brooklyn Armored Fighting Practice at McCarren Park, Tuesdays 7:30pm
  • Central Park rapier practice and bardic circle, Wednesdays 7pm (bardic has ended for winter, rapier has not yet as of November 10)
  • Lions End archery practice, Sundays 9am, Cedar Creek Park (already ended for winter)
  • Staten Island archery practice, Sundays 12pm, Willowbrook Park (already ended for winter)

Note also that Northpass is starting a monthly indoor dance practice in Port Chester. Email dance@northpass.eastkingdom.org to be added to the mailing list for Northpass dance practices. There was a practice last Sunday the 11th, and there will be another on Tuesday the 27th (see below for link).

As always, weekly events in Østgarðr can be found at our provincial calendar.

The rest of November

Sunday, November 11: BrokenBridge Commons & Lucet (Facebook link)

Friday, November 16 at 7:30pm: Ostgardr Commons, at Greenvale Diner in Lions End.

Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18: we are hosting Musicians’ Day in Peekskill, NY

Saturday, November 17: our neighbors in the Shire of Rusted Woodlands are hosting 100 Minutes War in Sparta, NJ

Sunday, November 18: Ostgardr Scribal – Gold leaf (Facebook link)

Saturday, November 24: Metropolitan Museum Trip (Facebook link)

Tuesday, November 27: Indoor dance practice in Northpass (Facebook link)


Sunday, December 2: Garb workshop for Day of the Decameron, 12-6pm, Mistress Sofya’s place (Astoria, NY) (contact moas@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org for more info)

Saturday, December 8: our neighbors in the Barony of Bhakail are hosting Bhakail Yule Revel XL in Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday December 11: Northpass dance practice, 6:30-8:30pm, for information contact dance@northpass.eastkingdom.org

Saturday December 15: Yule Revel in Østgarðr (Facebook link)

Sunday December 16: Northpass dance practice, 1-4pm, for information contact dance@northpass.eastkingdom.org

Happy holidays! Hope to see you around at one of these events!


edited, November 12 and December 7, to add Northpass dance information

Commons Minutes for October 2018

October 2018 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The October commons meeting was held October 19 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.


Total of 19 attendees, including 5 via video conference.

  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Exchequer (video)
  • Beatrice della Roca, Chatelaine
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Erich Guter Muth, Minister of Lists
  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
  • Esnede O Murrin, Northpass Seneschal (video)
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal (video)
  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal (vide0)
  • Francisco de Braga, Deputy Exchequer
  • Mongu Chinua, Deputy Court Herald
  • Donnchadh, Deputy Herald Lions End
  • Rakkurai
  • Richard the Poor
  • Branimira of the Isles
  • Tom Terry
  • Jibril (video)

Provincial Officer Opportunities

We have a number of officers whose terms are ending this coming December.  Some of them are opting to run for a 2nd term, while others are not.  Our most urgent needs are for MoAS, Chatelaine, MoL and Chronicler.

Please take a moment to read the job descriptions, below, and review the links provided for more information on any jobs that interest you.  Also consider who you know who might be interested in serving the province in these roles, then reach out to them to encourage them to run.

We are accepting letters of intent for all of the below positions from now through the November Commons.  The letters of intent will be read at that Commons, and published along with the meeting minutes.  Candidates are urged to attend the meeting, to answer any questions people may have.

We will hold an online vote of the officers council on these positions, voting to end at midnight Eastern on the 3rd Friday of December (the usual night for our Commons, which will not meet that month).  If you are not a voting officer, and you have feedback on any candidates who are running, please provide that information to me and/or to the viceregents.

Here are the positions opening up:

Chamberlain: Baron Ian will be running again.  Our chamberlain keeps an inventory of provincially-owned stuff, and maintains a storage space containing it.  He also coordinates transporting said stuff to and from events and demos as needed.

Knight Marshal (https://marshal.eastkingdom.org/marshals.html): Lord Ervald will be running for a second term.  You don’t have to be a fighter to become authorized as a marshal, but it helps.  Armored combat marshals must know and understand the rules of the lists and the conventions of combat, so that they can inspect armor and weapons, authorize fighters, and oversee combat.

Youth Combat Marshal (https://youthfighters.eastkingdom.org/marshallate.html): Mathghamhain will be running again.  He would like to train a deputy for future replacement, as he is currently the only person in our province warranted to hold the position.  Youth marshal must know and understand the rules of youth combat, to inspect armor and weapons, authorize fighters, and oversee combat, as with armored combat.

Archery Marshal (https://archery.eastkingdom.org/): Arnbjorg is eagerly looking forward to running for a second term, and hopes to devote more time to the role in the coming 2 years.

Minister of Arts & Sciences (https://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/EK-MoAS-handbook.pdf): Mistress Sofya will not be running again.  The job of an MoAS is to encourage and promote Arts & Sciences within the group, and to submit quarterly reports on A&S activities engaged in by the group.  You do not have to be a skilled practitioner for this job, though those who are tend to be drawn to this position.  What matters is that you are interested in what other people are doing, and can encourage them to teach, to display, maybe even to compete.  Finding out who is doing what, and putting them together with other people who want to learn how to do what they are doing, is a core skill for this position.

Chatelaine (https://chatelaine.eastkingdom.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/EK-Chatelaine-Handbook.pdf): Lady Beatrice will not be running again.  To be a successful chatelaine, you have to like talking to people, both newcomers and people who have been playing for a while.  You are the bridge between the modern world and the SCA.  You tell people what we do, you find out what people are interested in, and you hook them up with other people who share their interests.  We have a large collection of Gold Key (loaner garb) in the province, which you are responsible for circulating and maintaining.  You also provide contact information suitable for distribution at demos.  Lady Beatrice’s latest innovation was business cards, which were highly successful at our most recent demo in Fort Tryon Park.  Chatelaines report quarterly on newcomer contacts and new members.  Being responsive to email is an important facet of this job.

Minister of Lists (https://mol.eastkingdom.org): Lord Erich will not be running for a second term.  The Minister of Lists supports combat by assisting marshals in running tournaments and keeping track of authorizations.  The primary skill of an MoL is dealing with paperwork.

Chronicler (https://chronicler.eastkingdom.org): Mistress Rufina would like to step down immediately. She is willing to stay on through December, if necessary.  The chronicler’s job is to produce a newsletter useful to the group on a regular schedule, at least quarterly.  The newsletter may be electronic, and may be emailed to a subscription list and/or published on the group website (our webminister can assist with the publication thereof).  Courtesy copies must be shared with the Kingdom Chronicler, current royalty, seneschal, historian and archivist.  A paper copy must be printed and kept with our provincial archives, retained by our historian.

If you have any questions about the responsibilities or time commitments for any of the above jobs, please ask me, the viceregents, the current officer, or the kingdom (or regional deputy) in charge of that office.

Thank you!

Hlæfdige Alienor Salton, known as Piglet
Canton of Whyt Whey, Province of Østgarðr, East Kingdom
Seneschal Østgarðr, seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org

Commons Oct. 19th 2018

Our next provincial commons is this coming Friday, Oct. 19th.  All are invited to attend.  There will be food.  You are welcome to bring something to share.  In the spirit of the season, our activity will be turnip carving (tools and materials will be provided).  Please RSVP so we have enough turnips for everyone.
The location is 255 W. 105th St., #21.  Directions and parking information are available here: https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/directions-to-our-as-gathering-an-evening-in-the-solar/
Doors open at 7pm, meeting convenes at 8pm and should last no more than 1 hr.  Socializing will continue after the meeting.
Hlæfdige Alienor Salton, known as Piglet
Canton of Whyt Whey, Province of Østgarðr, East Kingdom
Seneschal Østgarðr, seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org

Commons Minutes for September 2018

The September commons meeting was held September 16th in Staten Island at Willowbrook Park, after Staten Island archery practice & picnic.  (We moved it from our usual 3rd Friday to avoid conflicting with Queens Farm demo preparations.)  Here are the minutes as recorded by Alienor Salton. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.


Total of 15 people; only four officers. No quorum.

  • Suuder Saran, Viceroy
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Minister of Arts & Sciences, Historian
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal, Deputy Webminister
  • Francisco de Braga, Deputy Exchequer
  • Apollodora of Delphi, Deputy Chatelaine, Deputy MoAS
  • Mongu Chinua, Deputy Court Herald
  • Oliver de Bainbrig, Northpass Brew Master
  • Alaxandair Morda, Youth Champion
  • Duke Akbar
  • Lilie Dubh
  • Friderich Grimme
  • Gibbs Morrys
  • Ophilia of Ostgardr
  • Rosa

Barleycorn Court Report

On the eighth day of September, in year fifty three of our society, their Excellencies Østgarðr, Suuder Il Kha’an and Lada Il-Khatun, returning home from their recent victories in the summer’s war, did progress to their canton of Northpass for the Feast of John Barleycorn, and therein did hold court.

Their Excellencies began by inviting all newcomers, who had attended no more than three events, to present themselves, and they expressed their pleasure to see the great number of gentles who stepped forward. Each of the newcomers was given a seahorse candle as a token of the province’s welcome and was invited to return again soon, and the populace cheered for their continuing participation.

Next their Excellencies requested to speak with a representative of the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn, and Lady Fiona the Volatile did make herself known, being Seneschal of that Barony’s Canton of Hawkes Reache. Their Excellencies described a request that had reached them from their noble neighbors to the east, who wished to hunt the wild rock doves which are found in the parklands of Østgarðr, in order that they might nurture their populace at the upcoming Feast of Saint Andrews. Being filled with love for their cousins, their Excellencies did grant this boon, delivering unto said Lady Fiona a decree allowing Prefect Titus and his representative Vetra trys Kaukoles to capture said poultry within their borders.

(Scroll by Onora inghean Ui Ruairc.)

Their Excellencies next wished to hear the results of the day’s fencing tourney, and called for their champion Brendan Firebow, who had organized that trial. Lord Brendan spoke of the many fencers who had taken the field that day, recognizing Aesa Sturludottir as the winner of the day’s duels. There had also been a tournament to select Lord Brendan’s successor, and Alexander MacLachlan was named as the victor and new Provincial Fencing Champion. Their Excellencies bade Lord Alec join their entourage, and gave Brendan a necklace of green stones as thanks for his service over the previous year.

For a report on the archery contest, their Excellencies called for Conor Ó Ceallaigh, but that gentle demurred, stating that that the day’s challenge had been run by Arnbiorg Niálsdóttir, called Helga, and that lady did stand forth. She asked two archers to present themselves for acknowledgment, beginning with Lady Elizabeth Hawkwood, whose excellence had impressed all on the range that day, and their Excellencies presented her with a tassel to use in cleaning her arrows. Then Helga did announce Catelin Straquhin as the winner of the Provincial Archery Championship. Their Excellencies thanked Lord Conor for his service as their previous champion, and he delivered the regalia of that position to Lady Catelin, and their Excellencies invited her to join their company.

(Scroll by Lada Monguligin.)

Next their Excellencies called for the results of the day’s youth armored combat, and heard from Eikaterine tin Elliniki, the East Kingdom’s Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat. She told of the number of children who had fought that day, including several newcomers who donned armor for the first time. Following a closely-fought series of bouts, Alaxandair Morda, called the Mountain, had won the Province’s Championship for a second year, and her Excellency Lada asked him to hold her great hammer in court and stand ready should it be needed.

Then Sir Edward Zifran of Gendy was invited into court. He presented the Viceregals with a gift of sweets from the far-off lands of Ealdormere, which all assembled agreed would make a nice light snack. He did then call up two combatants who had braved the challenge he set before the fighters that day, Lord Robert and Lord Ronan FitzRobert. He praised the knowledge, chivalry, and fighting skills of both, presenting them with Ealdormerean treats, and naming Lord Ronan the day’s victor.

Richard the Poor of Ely then presented the results of the brewing challenge that had been held that day. He summoned two gentles before the court, naming as winners Fiona the Volatile for the quality of her historical documentation, and Oliver de Bainbrig for the variety and excellence of his brews.

Their Excellencies next recognized the event stewards who had labored diligently to make the day possible, being Wilhelm Larsson, as well as Archubeas Grimoire, speaking highly of their efforts. Their Excellencies proceeded to read a roll of many names, enumerating those gentles who had assisted with various facets of the weekend’s activities, and recognizing them each with the Award of the Sea Star, at which the populace did give cheer.

The Il-Khanate did then speak about of their desire to recognize the work of younger members of the province who had contributed much to the vibrancy of the Province, and did announce a new award, the Order of the Sea-Urchin of Østgarðr.

To initiate the ranks of the new order, their Excellencies did first call forth young Benjamin of Northpass, praising his tutelage of the populace in period gaming, as well as his participation in dance and many other aspects of local events. He was presented with an embroidered hood as the regalia of the order, and an illuminated manuscript to mark the occasion.

(Scroll by Lada Monguligin)

Next their Excellencies called for Lord Alaxandair Morda, and inducted him into the same order, acknowledging his prowess in battle, his labors lugging heavy burdens at events, and his service in their court, presenting him likewise with a hood and warrant.

(Words and illumination by Lada Monguligin; calligraphy by Suuder Saran.)

Then the Viceregals asked Mongu Chinua to step forward, and spoke of his great skill with a bow, and his leadership and years of teaching within the Province’s archery community. They felt this excellence deserved to be recognized, and so they called forth their Order of the Silver Sea-Lion and made him a member, and he was greeted by his counterparts in the order, receiving a tippet from the last member so inducted, and cheered by the populace.

Lastly, their Excellencies recognized Lord Conor, who had begged their indulgence for a presentation to the province. Said gentle did proceed to unveil a stained glass panel decorated with the sea-horse insignia of the province, made by his hand and enclosed in a wood frame by Mongu Chinua. Lord Conor explained that he knew the province was moving towards commissioning viceregal coronets and offered the stained glass panel to be auctioned off at a future date with the proceeds being used to fund that commission. Their Excellencies thanked him for his gift, and all assembled did admire his handiwork.

Their being no other business before them, their Excellencies did thereupon close their court and retire in anticipation of the evening feast.

These were the events of the day as recorded by their Excellencies’ Herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.