Thanks for the Barleycorn Sunday Kitchen Crew

On the first Sunday of September, many volunteers from across the East came together to help put on the Sunday dayboard at the Feast of John Barleycorn. These people worked tirelessly, in less than optimal conditions, and without their service, the dayboard would not have come out on time and with the quality offered.

My deepest thanks to all the following people. If I have omitted anyone from this list, please accept my apologies and let me know so I can correct the oversight.

Friderich Grimme
Trygve Daimonikos
Charity Dale
Master Galfedus
Mistress Alys MacIntosh
Anastasia Bathory
Eyja of the Islands
Ivarr Valsson
Rose (youth)
Iddo (youth)
Vicerein Sofya Gianetta di Trieste
Rosa (Chinua’s wife)
Albrecht Anker
Arnora Kelsdottir
Ragnarr Blasskegg
Drasma Dragomirra
Marion of York
Michele the Ubiquitous
Perez Ben Meir Gershon
Miranda Berger
Guinevere Berger

Alasdair Campbell
Piers Campbell
Wilhelm Campbell
Ciaran Macloud
Marcus MacPhárlain

Jenna Childslayer

Reuben the Curious

With Great Thanks & In Service to the Dream,

Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi

長島 一路 宇治道


Østgarðr Seneschal

Charter Proposal: Default Event Refund Policy

Based on the results of a discussion of the Financial Committee, I am proposing an amendment to Section XI of the provincial charter to add a default event refund policy.

In accordance with our bylaws, I am publicly announcing this proposal in draft format and allowing twenty-eight days for discussion before I call for a vote by the Provincial Officers’ Council.

— Nagashima Ichirō Ujimichi, October 2022


P. Default Event Refund Policy

1. No refunds will be issued if the event does not make a profit, except when the refund request is made at least a week before the event.

2. When refunds are available, they must be requested via email, text message or letter postmarked to the Event Steward and/or Reservations Clerk at least 48 hours before the event.

3. If payment was made using PayPal, PayPal fees will be deducted from any refund issued.

4. Extenuating circumstances of a late refund request will be viewed on a case by case basis by the Event Steward.

5. The Event Steward has the option to have a refund policy that differs from this one. It must be posted to the event announcement at least a week before the event.

In Service to the Dream,

Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi

長島 一路 宇治道


Østgarðr Seneschal

Ostgardr Provincial Commons Notes from September 2022

Below are the commons notes/minutes from the September Provincial commons meeting.

Wednesday, September 21st Commons Meeting
Ceandra of Ostgardr
Edwin Latorre
Gibbs Moryss
Ilia Aleksandrovich
Marion of York
Vitasha Ivanova Doch’
Richard the Poor
Alexander MacLachlan

Call to order at 7:32 pm

Harassment and Bully Policy shared and read.

Seneschal: Welcomed all and requested Vicereines start.
 Thank you to all!
 Please read their detailed officer report outlining awards given at Barleycorn and other
important information!
 Apple picking: join Ostgardr on our 2nd apple picking outing. Dates are in our office
reports. The location will be determined later.
 Princess Favor: Make some for Her Highness. Sofya will create kits for those interested.
 Are all items out of Lada and Suuder’s storage? Not yet, which led to the Seneschal
leading the discussion on storage.

The Green and white tent is in his car, but he doesn’t have anywhere to put it. The
financial committee needs to meet to discuss this. The question was asked if there was room in
the Westchester facility. Not a lot. Baron Ian is stepping down as Chamberlain, but we can still
keep stuff in storage. An in-depth discussion began about what we have as Provincial property,
where it is being stored, whether we can throw anything out and how much storage would cost.
The question was asked do we need a chamberlain position? Sounds like we do. If we don’t, we
should at least put items on a shared list. A suggestion was made to put a list together of
everything that’s needed and where it is. Can we afford storage? Long island city was found to be central in the past.

Can the finance committee consider paying for the storage? We generally maintain the same
income yearly, so can we afford the added expense? The idea of a trailer was mentioned. Pros
and cons. One outright cost would be cost-effective in the long run, but where do we store it?
Do we have anyone? Registration issues. Safety issues (locks need to be purchased).
Albrecht volunteered to serve as committee head to look into what we have and take inventory.

Brandr: New A&S Minister
Deputy Minister of List: Marion has spoken to Misha
Eleonor: Deputy Exchequer of Ostgardr
Deputies needed: Social Media and Chatelaine

Marketing and training for chatelaines would be nice: cards have been purchased for demos
Change Ostgardr charter:

A policy change will be posted and will be voted on next month.⅔ of officers must vote
for the charter change to pass.

Brandr: discussed A&S and marketing in a way newcomers can find workshops going on.
What can we call it that will be familiar to people and understand what it means? I.e.
crafts, Brandr will work on putting together wording, marketing, etc.

Dates for events:
Arts crafts night at Brandr’s
Having monthly A&S meetings online
A robust conversation was had on how to make Arts & Crafts accessible for newcomers. What
works and what needs to improve? Need to look into locations to have standing events.
Lada: Scribal workshop 10/16
Ragnarr: 11/17 Online A&S workshop to capitalize on demos.
Kunigunde: Concern about A&S in public space as being on display
Mathghamhain: Monthly arts and crafts night starting in November
Brandr: Arts & Crafts nights for hanging out and doing A&S together in person.
Misha: Sunday solar once a month, class sometimes offered
Brandr and Mathghamhain: A&S following business meetings
Angelica: Marketing Arts & Crafts in public spaces to attract newcomers
Uji: Marketing videos for arts & crafts that we do
Friderich: Brandr access to Ostgardr Calendar? Friderich will look into access for officers.
Mathghamhain: Reminder about Cloisters

Provincial Court Report from the Cloisters Demo – Oct. 2022

Among the spectacle of the Fort Tyron Medieval Festival, Their Excellencies Angelica and Sofya did hold court. First, they attended to the matter of the selection of Østgarðr’s new Armored Combat champion, calling in their previous champion Padraig O’Bradaig, called Samson, to announce the results of the contest. Samson completed his duties by passing on the honor to Albrecht Anker, who had showed great prowess in besting the many competitors in the day’s tournament.

Their Excellencies then invited up Ervald LeCoudre Edwardson the Optimistic to pass on the honors granted for two previously awarded awards: the scroll for his Silver Tyger that was previously granted during one of the Kingdom’s Ethereal courts and his scroll and medallion for his Silver Lantern, granted two Viceregencies ago for his skills in the bardic realm.

Completing their award business, Their Excellencies called up Pia Maletestra d’Rimini, called Erlan, to be inducted into the Order of the Seahorse for her continuous service to the Province; business that this time was only previously slated for two courts ago.

Continuing onto resolving previous business, Their Excellencies did request that the populace in attendance be awarded two Sea Stars: one for their role in today’s event and one for the populace’s service in making The Feast of John Barleycorn and Østgarðr Investiture a success.

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadhain was also invited up to speak as the event steward and was given many thanks for his continued work in making the Cloisters Demo a success for many years.

And this concludes all the business conducted during Their Excellencies court, held during the Cloisters Demo in the Canton of Whyt Whey on the second of October A.S. 57.

Østgarðr Provincial Court at Pennsic

At the 49th Pennsic War, Their Excellences did hold their Pennsic Provincial Court.

After words of greeting, Their Excellencies gave thanks to all who make their Pennsic camp possible: Arnora Ketilsdottir for her role as Pennsic camp coordinator, Brandr Aronsson for his role as Pennsic land agent, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin for planning the organization of the camp, and Alienor Salton for her help in keeping the camp running.

Then Østgarðr favors were spread amongst the populace that had yet to receive one, and once that was done all Østgarðr fighters were asked to enter court to accept the praise of the Vicereine for inspiring her reentry into their craft. One of these fighters, Perez ben Meir Gershorn, was subsequently called back into court to be presented with his Silver Tyger medallion due upon him, as it had been granted in the ethereal realm (the scroll unfortunately still within the ethereal realm that is the postal service).

Their Excellencies also were able to induct Jacqueline Helene Loisel into their Order of the Silver Lantern, a task started in AS 54, for her work in the creation and teaching of garb making.  As for other bestowal of awards, They added Berakha bat Mira v’Shlomo to their Order of the Sea Dog for her studious work of promoting the learning of arts and sciences within Whyt Whey, Ragnarr bliskegg to the Order of the Silver Sea-Lion for his martial prowess, and Drasma Dragomira to the Order of the Seahorse for her work as provincial herald.

Several members of the populace also presented business within the court.  Ragnarr bliskegg presented Their Excellences with a knife he made, topped with the image of one of their yaks and the handle comprised of the bamboo battled with to hold the coronation banners.  Alienor Salton, along with a few others, conducted a ceremony tying the lands, water, and air of Østgarðr to their home at Pennsic, and Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin petitioned for the completion his years long quest in finding Their Excellencies’ yaks by ensuring their and their caretaker’s future needs via a donation to The Kamzang Fund in the name of the Province, of which Their Excellencies, upon consultation with the wronged party, granted.

And thus concludes the second to last court of Their Excellencies Suuder Il-Khan and Lada Il-Khatun, held the 11th of August, AS 57.

Drasma Seahorse
Østgarðr Herald

Come Read the Summer E-Horse

The latest issue of the Østgarðr E-Horse, the Crown Provinces quarterly electronic newsletter is available to download a read at your leisure.

This issue, Volume 14 – Summer 2022, includes:

  • Recipe: Dong Po Rou (Red Braised Pork Belly)
  • Viceregal Acceptance Letter
  • Update to COVID Policies

Download the E-Horse in PDF format here.

Thanks from the Scandinavian East Coast Museum

May 19, 2022

On behalf of the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, I would like to thank each of you for participating in Viking Fest 2022.  Last year, we could only have performers, due to Covid.  This year we were able to add food, rides and re-enactors.  Incrementally, we are getting back to what our event had been.

They’re back.  It is so nice to have the SCA –   Østgarðr join us again this year for their exciting and educational displays and demos under the leadership of Catelin.  Also, the trial was such a big hit with the kids and adults – Tusen takk – a thousand thanks.

A shout out to our Rune Reader – Eileen aka Randgrithr. She also had connected me with a botanist who had planned to come, but got ill that day. Sorry she was unable to do the interactive Traditional Dance from the Harz Mountains that is connected to Norse mythology. The rain prevented it. Tusen takk!

And our wonderful performers were a big hit. Ellen Lindstrom our favorite Swedish meatball on accordion, Clann Eireann Pipers from Bay Ridge and Redhawk Council even though the weather washed out their performance, they showed up, I am looking forward to seeing them next year. And I would be remiss not to include Crazy Carlsen on games. Tusen takk to all!

It was so special to have Scandinavian food from Sporting Club Gjoa ( the oldest independent soccer club in the U.S.) made by the talented Hege and served with her crew. It was delicious, a real treat. Tusen takk!

So great to Norwegian Baked with Hedvig and company back providing her delicious Norwegian flatbread made in Brooklyn at BAT, about 8 blocks from the event. What a nice addition to have those beautiful blue and yellow cookies. All proceeds raised for the latter will be donated to benefit Ukraine. Tusen takk!

The Rosemaling Society has been part of our event I think from the start for about 20 years. I am sad they will be disbanding, but hope the individual artists continue to practice and share their craft. Tusen takk!

The Owl’s Head Horticulture Group who keep the lovely park in which our event is held lush and lovely and offered a display of historic photos for the day. Tusen takk!

Unfortunately, we had some rain towards the end of the event, but we were able to salvage most of the day. Best of all, the community came back and we could share our Scandinavian history with them through our positive synergistic efforts.


Victoria Hofmo, President

Scandinavian East Coast Museum

Posted at the request of

Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi
長島 一路 宇治道
Østgarðr Seneschal

East Kingdom lifts Masking Requirement for Outdoor activities

On March 1, 2022, the East Kingdom’s masking requirement has been lifted for outdoor activities only. All indoor activities still require people to follow the East Kingdom’s Masking Policy and the SCA, Inc. COVIDsafe policy.

Below is the text of the announcement sent to the Østgarðr seneschal.

“Good evening to the Populace of the East Kingdom,

March brings renewal and anticipation of warmer weather and outdoor gatherings. Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, and the Office of the Kingdom Seneschal note with relief that COVID rates continue to trend favorably downward.

Yet, we must proceed with great care for our youngest Tygers and those of the Kingdom who are immunocompromised or otherwise cannot be vaccinated.

Accordingly, we feel that it is appropriate at this time to lift the Kingdom’s mask requirement for outdoor gatherings only, as of today, March 1st, including martial activities. We remind everyone to continue safety practices such as social distancing, frequent handwashing, etc.

Please note: folks gathering in a public tent / pop-up / pavilion with 3 or 4 walls up must continue to wear masks. The air flow with 3 or 4 walls up is insufficient to be safely unmasked. Masks may be lowered briefly while actively eating or drinking.

Of course, many will wish to continue to wear masks, and we respect that choice. Everyone must take the steps necessary for their own sense of safety at our activities.

The mask requirement remains in place for all indoor gatherings of any size/activity, for everyone over the age of 2.

The Kingdom continues to follow the COVIDSafe policy, which requires that all attendees of in-person gatherings who are eligible to be vaccinated either show evidence of full vaccination or show negative test results of a medically-supervised COVID test taken within 72 hours of the in-person gathering. Attendees 18 years old and up must also show either a government-issued photo ID or their current SCA membership card; the name on the identification must match the name on the vaccination card/negative test results.

As always, if state/provincial/local ordinances are more restrictive than these directives, we must follow those government ordinances. We will review this directive at the beginning of April.

Reminders: there are currently no restrictions on the size of gatherings, food may be served (but think through how to do so with the least amount of contact), and pre-registration is not required for an in-person gathering, but if there’s no pre-reg, the person in charge of the gathering needs to get contact tracing information (legal name and either a phone number or email address).

Continue to take good care of yourselves, Tyger populace. We’ll see you in person soon.

In service to the Kingdom,

Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh, Kingdom Seneschal

Audrye Beneyt, Kingdom Seneschal-Elect

Ioannes II and Honig II, Emperor and Empress
Ryouko’jin and Indrakshi, Heirs to the Tyger Throne”

You may also view this announcement at the East Kingdom Gazette.

Read the Viceregal Candidates’ Letters of Intent

In case you missed them on the SCA NYC: Crown Province of Østgarðr Facebook Group, here are the letters of intent for all the candidate slates for the Viceregal polling in progress:

Additionally, two Meet the Candidates Nights were held online in January. Recordings of those sessions are being posted to Youtube and may be accessed at the links below.

Complete information about the current Viceregal Polling process may be found on the Østgarðr website here.