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:

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!

Fencing Practice Joins Armored Combat

With the coming of summer, Østgarðr’s fencers and rattan fighters have joined forces for a combined weekly practice in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park.

Practice is generally held every Tuesday starting at 7:00 PM, but may be cancelled due to weather or schedule conflicts; for confirmation, check our Facebook group or email the armored combat marshal or fencing marshal to be sure the practice is on.

We generally meet by the cluster of trees on the right foul line of the third ballfield, close to the center entrance from Driggs Avenue; visit the McCarren directions page for a map.

Known World Heraldic & Scribal Symposium is This Weekend

The Known World Heraldic & Scribal Symposium starts Friday evening and runs through the weekend, with dozens of classes on calligraphy, illumination, pigments, names, armory, courts, administration, and more.

It’s all online and no pre-registration is required; just check the schedule, pick the classes that interest you, make sure you’ve got a copy of Zoom installed, and return to a bit before the class begins to find the necessary links.

Take a few minutes to browse the class list and find something that interests you!

Visting the Medicis at the Met

Join members of the Crown Province of Østgarðr for a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to examine the sixteenth-century Italian fashions of Florence on display in the exhibit “The Medici: Portraits & Politics, 1512-1570”.

We will meet on Sunday July 11, gathering on the museum steps at 11:30am and will enter the museum at 12pm.

Demo Stream with IndieCade’s “Beyond Screens”

Twitch streamers IndieCade visited with a dozen members of Østgarðr’s populace today in our Canton of Brokenbridge, getting a glimpse of some of the activities we enjoy, including historical research, music, fiber work and costuming, crafting, and sword fighting.

The virtual demonstration was streamed live to Internet viewers, and also captured for later playback — you can watch a recording of the two-hour segment below:

Our sincere thanks to Debra Everett-Lane and Greg Trefry of “Beyond Screens,” as well as the members of our populace who made this event possible.

Provincial Commons — June 16

Our monthly Commons gathering is Wednesday, June 16th — tomorrow!

This online gathering will combine a business meeting with socializing. We’ll be discussing guidelines for in-person gatherings, among many other topics of interest to the populace.

The call starts at 7pm, Wednesday, June 16th.  The business meeting convenes at 7:30pm.  Call remains open for socializing after the meeting adjourns.  All are welcome!

Join us online: or dial in (audio only): ‪(US) +1 402-364-0138‬ PIN: ‪616 864 602#‬

Upcoming Solar, June 19 — Seahorse Origami

[Crossposting Berakha bat Mira v’Shlomo’s announcement on the Whyt Whey site.]

Michele the Ubiquitous of the Canton of Hawkes Reache joins us to teach us how to make an Origami seahorse and hippocampus! Origami is a period art of folding paper to make three-dimensional models.

Michele created the hippocampus model for Alexandre and Eularia’s investiture since she couldn’t find a seahorse model that captured the look of a seahorse from a medieval bestiary.


You can find the class handout here:

Please join us here at 8PM on Saturday June 19:

Michele the Ubiquitous lives in the Canton of Hawkes Reache in the Barony of An Dubhaigheainn with her lord Robert d’Whitmont, and Smoky the murder bunny (the Vicereine’s lepus defensorem).  She has served as Canton A&S Minister & Seneschal.  Before moving to Hawkes Reache, Michele lived in Unclaimed Crown Lands (Jersey City) and Whyte Whey.  She is known for her enthusiasm for the textile arts and her ability to convince people to join in her wild and woolly IDEAS!  Notably entering the Fleece to Shawl Competition at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival with a team composed of other textile artists from East Kingdom in GARB and hosting a Pennsic U Pity workshop, where she convinced a group of friends to help her conduct a study of how cochineal reacts to various mordants and after baths for just a couple of examples.

Michele has leveraged her experience teaching origami in the mundane world into the SCA, by teaching origami at events and gatherings within the SCA.  These include, but are not limited to, A&S nights in Brokenbridge & Hawkes Reache, Hrim Schola, Pennsic, and various demos. 

You can read more about Michele’s origami in the SCA here:

The Saturday Night Solar occurs every other Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. The Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr hosts teachers and topics from all over the Known World so that even when we are apart, we can learn together.

Tuesday Night Armored Combat Practice

As a reminder, our weekly armored combat practice takes place on Tuesdays at 7 PM, weather permitting, at the McCarren Park ballfields in the north end of Brooklyn.

Pre-registration is required; this week’s signup sheet is located here:

For additional details, visit the Fighter Practice in New York City Facebook group, or email the marshal of armored combat.