Dance Practice Information

Practice will not be held Tues., June 23rd.
Beginning on Tues., June 30th we will aim for weekly practices for the summer in the hopes of getting to dance around the frequent rain. (There will be a break for Pennsic.)

Viceregal succession

By unanimous vote at Commons, the deadline for submission of letters of intent for the Viceregency has been extended to August Commons, August 21. Procedures for the polling process will be discussed at that meeting.

See The Viceregal Succession, 2015 for more details.

Demo at Riverdale Riverfest 06/14/2015

It’s that time of year again, to celebrate life on the Hudson River and the Greenway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx at the Riverdale Riverfest demo on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Calling all fighters, fencers, weavers, calligraphers, dancers, musicians et. al. Expected attendance is over 5,000 mostly families and students. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent and brute strength of the Society. We have a great location on the main field with views of the event and the river. This is a fun event with lots of children to keep entertained and a very appreciative crowd.
Site Opens: 9am, event to begin at noon
Site Closes: 6pm
Event Website:

College of Mount St. Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471

The college is located in the Northwest section of the Bronx just South of the Yonkers border. Easily accessible from the Henry Hudson Parkway/Saw Mill Parkway. Go to and click on directions tab. Plenty of parking is available.

Travel by Car
From the West (New Jersey, Pennsylvania):
Take the George Washington Bridge. Exit for Henry Hudson Parkway North. Northbound, take Exit 22, West 253rd Street. Turn right at the stop sign and bear right over the parkway to Riverdale Avenue. Follow Riverdale Avenue to 263rd Street. Turn left into the campus.

From the South (Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan):
Head north on Manhattan’s West Side Highway to the Henry Hudson Parkway North. Northbound, take Exit 22, West 253rd Street. Turn right at the stop sign and bear right over the parkway to Riverdale Avenue. Follow Riverdale Avenue to 263rd Street. Turn left into the campus.

From the East (Long Island, Queens):
Take the Throgs Neck or Whitestone Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway. Exit at Rosedale Ave/Bronx River Parkway. Take the Bronx River Parkway North to the Mosholu Parkway. Turn right at the light and take the Mosholu to the Henry Hudson Parkway South. Take Exit 22, West 254th Street. Turn left at the stop sign and go one block to Riverdale Avenue. Turn right and follow Riverdale Avenue to 263rd Street. Turn left into the campus.

OR take the Triboro Bridge to Major Deegan Expressway to Exit 11, Van Cortlandt Park South. Bear right off the expressway to Broadway. Turn right on Broadway to 261st Street. Turn left on 261st Street to Riverdale Avenue. Turn right and follow Riverdale Avenue to 263rd Street. Turn left into the campus.

From the North (Upstate NY, New England):
Take the NY State Thruway, the Taconic State Parkway, Sprain Brook Parkway, Bronx River, or Hutchinson River Parkway South to the Cross County Parkway West. Continue to the Saw Mill River Parkway South to the Henry Hudson Parkway South. Take Exit 22, West 254th Street. Turn left at the stop sign and go one block to Riverdale Avenue. Turn right and proceed north on Riverdale Avenue to 263rd Street. Turn left into the campus.

Travel by Public Transportation
Take the Independent (Eighth Avenue “A”) train to West 207th Street. Leave the station via the 211th Street exit. Take City Line bus #7 to the campus gate on Riverdale Avenue at 263rd Street.

IRT #1/9 (#1 train—Van Cortlandt and 242nd Street) to 231st Street. Take City Line bus #7 or #10 to the campus gate.

Bus (from Manhattan):
There are Riverdale Express buses from midtown and lower Manhattan, east and west sides. For information and schedules, please refer to the MTA bus schedules.

Bus (from the Bronx):
Several buses connect with the City Line buses at Broadway and 231st Street. The #7 and #10 stop at the campus gate.

Bus (from Westchester):
Change at Getty Square in Yonkers for the Mount Saint Vincent #8 bus.

Dance Practice moved to Tues., June 16th

It looks like it is going to rain tomorrow, and since we don’t know exactly when it is going to stop or if the stray thundershowers will catch practice, we are going to err on the side of dry dancing. Hopefully next week will have clear and pleasant weather!

The next dance practice is scheduled for Tues., June 16th in Central Park. A reminder email with full information will go out next week.

Archery Practice today (Sunday) 6/7/2015

Greetings unto the Populace,

We will be holding our weekly archery practice in Willowbrook Park today (Sunday). Loaner gear will be available.

Practice will be beginning promptly at 1pm until 3pm. This will be the regular time for practices, hence forth. Targets will remain out after 3pm for people to continue shooting if they wish. This beginning time is scheduled for SCAdians who wish to shoot. i.e. people who are, or are very interested in becoming SCAdians. There has been an issue of people coming out just to shoot and not have any interest in the society and have been monopolizing the marshal’s time and equipment. This is why we are leaving the targets up after 3pm. If the mundanes want to shoot, we will welcome them to shoot after 3pm.

If you have any questions feel free to contact myself or the other Marshal’s, Chinua or Conor.

In Service,
Lord Suuder Saran
Captain of Archer of Ostgardr

A&S Night – Friday 6/5/15

Please join us for A&S night Friday, June 5th at 7:30 PM.

Bring your sewing, cooking, C&I or anything else you fancy, and join us for a night of creativity and fun! We’ll have dinner, bring desserts if you like.

Come on out! We look forward to seeing you there!

Address for the gathering: 4291 Napier Avenue, Bronx NY 10470, the home of Luigi
and Jackie Kapaj (Baron Luigj and Baroness Jacqueline Helene Loisel)

Directions: Public transportation: # 4 train to the end of the line – Woodlawn
station. When you go downstairs go across the street to the bus shelter and take
either the number 34 or 16 it is only a short ride the bus follows along the
Woodlawn Cemetery and turns on the corner of East 233rd street. As soon as you
see the BP Gas Station on the left at the first light one block up) ring the
bell the next stop is Napier Avenue. Cross the street and walk 3 short blocks
Our house is the one on the corner of E236th street entrance on Napier.

Driving: From the south Take your best route to the Major Deegan (87) and use
exit 13 EAST 233rd Street, at the end of the exit ramp is a light go straight
**at the next light make a left onto Van Cortland Park East (The BP Station is
on the corner) go three blocks to Napier avenue our house is on the corner on
the right.

From the north take your best route to the Major Deegan (87) take exit 13 EAST
233rd street at the end of the ramp make a left at the light onto East 233rd
street follow directions from ** above



Dance Practice Tues., May 26 Central Park

The next dance practice will be on Tues., May 26th from 6:30-9:00 PM at Belvedere Castle in Central Park.

Everyone is welcome to join us for practice; no prior dance experience required… Practices are held in street clothes, as many are traveling after work.

We’ll meet in the grassy area of Shakespeare’s garden if it is open. If you follow the “From the West Side” the grassy area is the “little clearing” before you reach the castle steps. We are typically near the bench on the left side. Once it gets dark OR if the grass isn’t open we move atop the castle. If you cannot find us, please phone (sometimes there is traffic, sometimes we are on the castle if the grass is soggy, etc.). If you will be arriving after 7:30 phoning is also advised (however, if we are mid-dance we may miss your call, please leave a message).

To find us atop the castle… If you are coming from the west side, once you climb the steps you can find us congregated by the wall slightly to the left of the little covered alcove in front of you. From the east side once you go up the steps at the back of the castle we’ll be to the left near the wall before the little covered alcove.

If it’s raining we meet under the overhang up top. If severe weather is in the forecast please check your email or call us on dance practice days; we’ll make a decision by 2 PM if we’re going to cancel practice.

Upcoming practice:
Tues., June 9 Central Park (weather permitting)

For more info or questions, please email.

Vicereine/Viceroy Polling

Unto the Populace of the Crown Province of Ostgardr:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that their Excellencies Vicereine Baroness Johanna i Visby and Viceroy Gui avec Cheval will be stepping down within the next few months. As such, a polling of the populace will take place for a new Vicereine and Viceroy. Potential candidates must submit letters of intent to me, the Seneschal by June 19th, 2015. They may be emailed to with Letter of Intent in the subject line or hardcopy to Lori Copland, Attn: SCA, 3655 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463. Hardcopy letters must be postmarked by the aforementioned date.

Before sending letters of intent, I suggest potential candidates speak to the current Viceroy and/or Vicereine to discuss the duties, time and cost that this office incurs. I do not wish to keep anyone from seeking office, however, for full disclosure; it does take its toll which is why I feel a real in depth conversation should take place by any who chose to do so. While it does offer certain perks, it does also carry with it a special burden to represent the people of Ostgardr at many and varied events.

After the candidates list has been finalized, we will do our best to host an Ostgardr Candidates Forum in each of the Cantons. Of course, these will begin after everyone is home from Pennsic. Following this, a polling ballot will be sent out to all paid up members. Ballots of members 14 and up will be tallied toward the preference. Ballots received by those under 14 will be added to the count as at least 50% of the polled members must respond for the polling to be considered valid. A minimum of 30 days to the maximum of 45 days is given for return of the ballot.

After that, ballots will be tallied by the Branch Polling Deputy, a Regional Seneschal, and the Kingdom Seneschal (or designate). Talliers must not reside in the branch conducting the polling or have any other conflict of interest regarding the polling. Returned ballots may only be viewed by the talliers, the Kingdom Seneschal and/or the Kingdom Seneschal’s designates, and The Crown. The outcome of the polling will be determined by a simple majority of valid returned ballots. If a polling fails to result in a simple majority, the disposition of the polling falls to The Crown.

I truly wish to give my most heartfelt thanks to their Excellencies for their guidance, service and dedication not only to Ostgardr but to the SCA as a whole. They are exemplary examples of that which is the heart of the SCA. A love of the world we chose to create, a place to enjoy others who have that same special love of history, art, glory and chivalry of that era which we call home. They have gone above and beyond and have set a standard that we only hope to reach for.

For Vicereine Johanna and Viceroy Gui, Vivat, Vivat, Vivat!