A Brief Intro to the Lenape People

Today is #indigenouspeoplesday so we’re sharing a little about the original inhabitants of the New York City area in our period of study, the Lenape people.

Here are some resources you can use to learn more about the Lenape people:

Fall in Østgarðr

The turning of the year has brought cooler weather and the first signs of autumn color to our fair Crown Province!

Thank you to our Chronicler, Lady Zahra al-Andalusiyya, for the seasonal illustration.

Events Will Require Proof of Covid Vaccination or Test Result

On September 27, the Board of Directors announced that Kingdoms of the SCA would now have the option to require proof of Covid vaccination or negative test results to attend events, and the East Kingdom announced that they would be implementing this policy as of October 12.

This policy will apply to all in-person events, including local practices, A&S evenings, and other official gatherings. If you attend any of our full-day events or informal get-togethers here in the Crown Province or in the neighboring branches of the East Kingdom, you will need to show identification at the gate and either proof of a completed Covid vaccination or a negative result on a Covid test that was professionally administered in the previous 72 hours.

The details of how this policy will be implemented are still being ironed out, as in the regularly-updated Society FAQ and the East Kingdom workflow. The Kingdom seneschal is holding information sessions to discuss this via Zoom on Sunday 10/3 and Monday 10/4 at 7:00 Eastern; if you would like to attend, contact your seneschal for a link.

Come to the McCarren Park Fighting, Fencing and Dance Practice – every Tuesday

The weekly Østgarðr heavy Weapons Fighting, Fencing and Dance practice happens every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. (weather permitting) in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park (in the Williamsburg neighborhood). Newcomers and spectators are welcome!

In addition to armored combat and fencing practitioners, artisans and musicians are welcome to join us for a relaxing evening in the park doing medieval stuff with medieval friends.

Where: McCarren Park – 776 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, near the baseball diamonds

When: Every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Detailed Directions and maps can be found here.

If you have additional questions or want to confirm that practice is on, check our Facebook group or email the armored combat marshal or fencing marshal.

COVID related details:

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Masking Requirements – Effective August 9, all attendees over the age of 2, including vaccinated individuals, at indoor activities will be required to to be masked at all times. At outdoor activities masks will be required for all non-fighting activities. If an individual is not actively involved in combat at an outdoor venue, they are required to wear a mask. Masks may be lowered briefly when eating or drinking. The mask must be worn properly over the nose and mouth and be recognizable as an effective mask.

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

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!