Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: February & March 2020

A reminder: Armored combat has moved to an indoor location, usually Tuesday nights on 133rd St. Fencing practice is also meeting at that location, Wednesday nights, and hopefully bardic circle will soon join them. Updates to these practices, as well as other practices and events, may be found at the Facebook group “SCA NYC: Crown Province of Østgarðr“.

Events, (the rest of) February 2020

  • February 15, Æthelmarc: Æ Swim — big fighting event in central Pennsylvania
  • February 15, Buckland Cross: Al-Hafla — Middle Eastern party, poetry, dancing
  • February 21, Østgarðr Commons at New Rochelle Public Library – transit accessible on Metro North
  • February 22, Caer Adamant: EK Bardic Champs — also fiber, scribal, bardic classes
  • February 23 (Sunday), Brokenbridge: Commons — Russian knitting class
  • February 29, Dragonship Haven: EK A&S Champs — also youth display, consultation

Events, March 2020

  • March 7, Østgarðr: Bear’s Tavern — food, drink, games, and adult fun
  • March 14, Bergental: Novice Schola — learn something new
  • March 14, Iron Bog: Mitzvah — baronial birthday, bardic championship, #13 dessert competition, Jewish-inspired feast
  • March 14-21, Gleann Abhann: Gulf Wars — war between Ansteorra & Trimaris hosted by Gleann Abhann & Meridies, March 18-21: Known World Italian Salon & Symposium
  • March 20, Østgarðr Commons in Whyt Whey (103 St)
  • March 21, An Dubhaigeainn: Schola — classes
  • March 28, Settmour Swamp: Mudthaw — tournaments

Deck the Halls of Valhalla

On January 11th, A.S. LIV (2020) at Deck the Halls of Valhalla in the Canton of BrokenBridge, Our Excellencies, Suuder Il Kha’an and Lada Il-Khatun after a day of classes and entertainment, delivered to Brandr nefsbrjotr Aronsson the Award of the Burdened Tyger awarded by their previous Majesties Ozurr and Fortune. Ragnarr blaskegg was also recognized for his continuing efforts as event steward of the event by being inducted into the Order of the Sea Dog.

Their being no other business before them, their Excellencies did thereupon close their court.

East Kingdom Twelfth Night

On January 4th, A.S. LIV (2020) our Viceroy and Viceriene invited Her Majesty Queen Margarita to celebrate Twelfth Night in the Crown Province of Ostgardr. Her Majesty graciously accepted and traveled to Her lands in Ostgardr bearing gifts for all. The day was full of much merriment, music, dancing and delicious food.

After a full day of joyous entertainment, Our Excellencies, Suuder Il Kha’an and Lada Il-Khatun, held Court and recognized the following citizens of Ostgardr for their service to the Province with beautiful words and scrolls:

  • Vika Grigina z Prahy was inducted into the Order of the Sea Dog.
  • Ervald La Coudre was inducted into the Order of the Silver Sea Lion.
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste was inducted into the Order of the Silver Lantern.
  • Alienor Salton was inducted into the Order of the Seahorse. 
  • Rufina Cambrensis was awarded a certificate for her William Blackfox Award nomination. 

Shortly after, Her Majesty Queen Margarita also held Court and called forth many good gentles bestowing the following awards to citizens of Ostgardr:

  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya was awarded Arms.
  • Duggmore Dougles was awarded the Silver Wheel.
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi known as Uji was awarded the Silver Wheel, and also was awarded Arms.
  • Alienor Salton was awarded the Silver Brooch.
  • Friderich Grimm inducted into the order of the Maunche.
  • Marion of York was inducted into the order of the Silver Crescent.

After concluding all business Her Majesty needed to conduct, Court was closed, that all might retire to feast. 

December 2019 Election Results

From the Viceregents:

Greetings to the populace of Ostgardr,

The votes for new officers have been tallied and the results are in. Out of the two officers positions that had more than one candidate are as follows and will take their office as of January 1st:

  • Provincial Seneschal: Alienor Salton
  • Provincial Herald: Drasma Dragomira

Results of the other offices that only had one candidate have been posted by our acting seneschal [ed. note: see below]. Welcome one and all officers, we look forward to working with all our them in the coming year.

Thanks to all who raised their hands to offer themselves up and to all who are staying, without you guys this wouldn’t work. We love you all. Also thank you to our outgoing officers, we really appreciate the service and work you’ve done.

Happy holidays and a Happy New Year to all!!

In Service,
Suuder and Lada

From the Acting Seneschal:

Greetings All,

As I’ve mentioned, there was an on-line vote held among the officers for those positions for which there was only one candidate. These being:

  • Fencing Marshal: Alexander MacLachlan
  • Historian: Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste
  • Minister of Arts and Sciences: Thorfinn Hrothgeirsson
  • Minister of Lists: Marion of York
  • Webminister: Anne of Ostgardr

This vote ended this past Saturday night, and all of these people have been approved by the officers.

Three of these people were running for re-election, and two were running for the first time. Mistress Sofya, Anne, and I will continue in our roles (listed above). Thorfinn and Marion are scheduled to assume their positions as of this coming January 1st. As the position of MOL is currently vacant, I have asked Marion to take on the role immediately as an appointment for the remainder of the year.

I would like to thank all of these people for their past and continuing service. Everyone looks forward to working with them.

In Service,

Alexander MacLachlan
Acting Seneschal

Minutes for November 2019 Østgarðr Commons

The November commons meeting was held November 15 at the Greenvale Diner in Lions End. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.



  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alec MacLachlan, Acting Seneschal, Fencing Marshal
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal, Deputy Webminister
  • Arnbiorg Helga Niálsdóttir, Archery Marshal
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Ian of Clan Mitchell, Chamberlain
  • Brandr Aronsson, Brokenbridge Seneschal
  • Katherine Gilliesfleur, Deputy Chamberlain
  • Duggmore Dougles, Lions End Castellan
  • Marion of York, Lions End Lieutenant of Fence
  • Alienor Salton
  • Oliver de Bainbrig
  • Jenna Childslayer
  • Drasma Dragomira
  • Monkey Makgee
  • Ronan FitzRobert

Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: December 2019 & January 2020

Some of our practices have ended now that the cold weather is coming, but some are still running indoors. In particular, it seems that armored combat has moved to an indoor location, usually Tuesday nights on 133rd St. Updates to armored combat practice location, as well as possibly other practices and events, may be found at the Facebook group “SCA NYC: Crown Province of Østgarðr“.

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. In Brooklyn, Brokenbridge Commons are on weekends to be announced.
Note that there will be no December Østgarðr Commons – instead, we will be voting in new provincial officers online. The link to vote will be posted December 1 in the Seahorse newsletter, and you must have a non-expired SCA Membership (“blue card”) on December 1 to vote.

(edited 2019-11-24 to correct date for Bhakail Yule and add BBM/Bergental Yule)

Nearby East Kingdom Events

December 2019

December 7: Barony Beyond the Mountain/Bergental Yule: New Britain, CT (Barony Beyond the Mountain)

December 14: Bhakail Yule/Baronial Investiture: Philadelphia, PA (Barony of Bhakail)

January 2020

January 4: East Kingdom Twelfth Night: Glen Head, NY (Crown Province of Østgarðr)
Find out more at https://ostgardr.eastkingdom.org/twelfth-night/
Volunteer to help at the event at https://forms.gle/kFAgvVwkv3go3Mtg6

January 11: Deck the Halls of Valhalla: Brooklyn, NY (Canton of Brokenbridge)

January 11: Southern Region Service Schola: Moorestown, NJ (Barony of Iron Bog)

January 11: CENA MEMINISSE: A Culinary Exploration of the Great Roman Empire : Edison, NJ (Canton of Gryphonwald)

January 24-26: A Market Day at Birka: Manchester, NH (Barony of Stonemarche)

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

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 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 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 

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.


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 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/


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