Court Report, Blood and Axes

On the seventh day of July, Anno Societatis LIII, their Excellencies of Østgarðr did progress to the canton of Northpass to attend the martial exhibition called Blood and Axes, and at the conclusion of the day’s activities they held court in the the shade of the wooden pavilion to address the crowd therein assembled.

As their first order of business, their excellencies asked any newcomers, being those for whom this was their first, second, or third event, to step forward, and presented them each with a pair of seahorse candles in the colors of the province, and all assembled did cheer the newcomers and their future participation in the society.

Then their excellencies asked for everyone to stand who had helped with the running of the event, during site setup or any of the day’s activities, and his excellency Suuder did make the rounds of the hall, presenting them each with the award of the Sea Star.

Next they did call for the event steward, Lord Wilhelm, to come forward, and thanked him for organizing a successful event, and invited him to address the crowd, which he did most graciously, and the populace did cheer for his efforts.

Finally their excellencies requested that the gentles who had supervised each of the day’s martial activities stand forth and report on the days’ results.

Lord Ervald the Optimistic told of the rattan tourney, describing at length how the three fighters had been evenly matched, with the score tied after the initial round of fighting, and then tied again after a tie-breaker round, and then nearly tied again until at the end Lord Gawain won the day, and their excellencies presented said victor with a forged cloak pin.

Lord Alec MacLachlan then described the rapier tourney, which was well fought, and called forward the winner, who was Lord Buenaventura, and did present him with a fine short sword in recognition of his accomplishment.

Next Lord Ruan Shi Tian came forward to report on the archery tourney, featuring a variety of novelty targets, and congratulated Lord Omelan for having scored the highest of all of the competitors.

Lord Leon the Navigator spoke of the thrown weapons tourney, which was well attended with many throwers, and recognized as its winner the same Lord Omelan, who received a gift from their excellencies.

Boaire Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin told of the youth armored combat, which had seen a handful of first-time fighters take the field. Given the many newcomers who were training for the first time, a tourney was not held, but Mathghamhain praised all of the new fighters and asked them to return to the field in future events, and did recognize one new fighter, Gabriel, as being particularly enthusiastic, and his excellency Suuder did present said Gabriel with an arm band and words of encouragement to mark the day.

There being no other business before their excellencies, court was therefore closed with good wishes to all assembled.

These are the events of the day as recalled by their herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

Symposium on the Basics of Book Heraldry

Are you interested in strengthening your skills as a branch or consulting herald? Or would you like to learn the trade so you can join the College of Arms?

Meet a small group of heralds in Østgarðr for a mini-schola on March 31, 2018, where you can review the consultation and submission process, and strengthen your armory design and name research skills.

We’ll gather on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in the space Whyt Whey uses for its A&S evenings: http://bit.ly/whytwheysolar

We’ll begin with a light lunch at noon and continue until around 5:00.

We’ll have talks on designing and checking arms and badges, researching names, working with consultation clients, and dealing with submissions paperwork.

Talks will alternate with Q&A periods and hands-on sessions in which you’ll have the opportunity to work on real or imaginary submissions, so please bring any incomplete registrations or other projects you’re currently working on.

If you have heraldry reference books or other materials you’d like to share with the group, we’d love to have a bit of show-and-tell time.

No fee; casual attire; feel free to bring a snack to share with the group.

Please repost this as appropriate; folks from neighboring groups would be welcome.

RSVP to herald@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org so we know to expect you and have enough handouts.

Schedule for King’s and Queen’s A&S and Bardic Championships

On February 10, Østgarđr will host the Their Majesties of the East Kingdom for the occasion of selection of their new Arts and Sciences and Bardic Arts Champions.

The event will follow the schedule set forth below:

9:00am: Site and Troll open to all
Breakfast is served
10:30am: Morning Court
A&S and Bardic judges and competitors meetings (after court)
1st round of Dayboard is served
11am: Competitions Start
1pm: 2nd round of Dayboard is served
4pm: Bardic Competition ends
Closing A&S and Bardic judges and competitors meetings
Troll Closes
3rd round of Dayboard is served
4:30pm: Final Round of A&S competition
6pm: Evening Court
9pm: Site closes

Court Report, Deck The Halls of Valhalla

On the thirteenth day of January, Anno Societatis 52, their excellencies Suuder Saran and Lada Monguligin, Il-Kha’an and Il-Khatun of the Il-Khanate of Østgarđr, did progress to Deck The Halls of Valhalla, held in the Old Stone House in their canton of Brokenbridge, and therein did they hold court.

Firstly his excellency Suuder addressed the populace and thanked them for their attendance in that hall.

Then the newcomers were called into court, being those for whom this was their first, second, or third event, and their excellencies did gift them each with candles in the form of the province’s badge, and bid them return again soon.

Their excellencies next did hear from the stewards of the event, Brandr Aronsson and Arnora Ketilsdottir, who thanked those who had taught classes, granting them tokens of the canton’s leporine emblem, and did give two bottles of mead to Cedar the Barefoot in appreciation of their entertainment on that day.

Lady Arnora was then seated but their excellencies did demand Lord Brandr return to their presence, speaking highly of all he had done there in Brokenbridge, teaching at his forge, laboring in the kitchens, and assisting all those who needed aid. In recognition of this work, they did summon the members of their Order of the Sea-Dog and bid they welcome Brandr into their ranks. A scroll was read and presented which did attest to his skills and generosity, written and illuminated with signs of meat and metal by Lady Beatrice della Rocca, who served the court that day as her Excellency’s retainer.

Their excellencies opined that the order was not yet complete and did call before them Lady Godiva de la Mer, thanking her for her service as Minister of Arts and Sciences in their canton of Whyt Whey, and bid her also join the Order there assembled. The flowery scroll which documented her success in arranging monthly classes in the canton had been prepared by Hlæfdige Alienor Salton, lately the Seneschal of said canton and well acquainted with those efforts.

The populace did then give cheer for Lord Brandr and Lady Godiva as they were welcomed by the members of the order they had joined.

Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste then addressed the populace, asking for their assistance with preparations for the kingdom’s upcoming bardic and arts championships, and for the kingdom’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

Next Cedar the bard approached, bare of foot and fleet of tongue, and did graciously swear fealty to their excellencies, remembering days past spent together in Østgarđr’s feast halls, and bravely binding themself to stand ready at all times to taste for poison in their mead-cups. Lada and Suuder accepted their oath, promising that in Østgarđr they would always find a roof over their head and plenty of drink in need of testing.

Finally, their excellencies invited Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir to return to their court, which she did though burdened by her cherubic offspring. Suuder spoke of her years of service to Østgarđr, including her recent service as webminister of the province, and her willingness to increment their populace by the most miraculous of means, and for all of these reasons did induct her into the Order of the Seahorse. The order was called forth and Lord Brandr did present Lady Arnora with a medalion of of storied lineage. A beautiful scroll was presented with illumination and words by Anneke Walmarsdottir featuring calligraphy by Brian Smiley, and the populace did cheer thrice for Lady Arnora.

As the hour grew late, their Excellencies did thereupon declare their court to be closed, and passed thence with the approbation of all.

These were the events of the day as recorded by their servant,

— Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
Seahorse Pursuivant

Declaration of fealty by Cedar the Barefoot.
Sea Dog scroll for Lord Brandr Aronsson. Words, calligraphy, and illumination by Lady Beatrice della Rocca.
Sea Dog scroll for Lady Godiva de la Mer. Words, calligraphy, and illumination by Hlæfdige Alienor Salton.
Seahorse scroll for Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir. Words and illumination by Lady Anneke Walmarsdottir; calligraphy by Brian Smiley.

A fundraiser in aid of the Royal travel fund

At the Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences and Bardic Championships there will be an auction by raffle to add to the Royal Travel fund.

A call for donation of prizes

We are asking gentles of the Kingdom to donate items that can be auctioned by raffle at the Championships.

We envisage two kinds of donations:

  • Goods of interest to the populace: mundane books, pictures, or other media that speak to our Society and its Arts and Sciences
  • Works by the artisans, artists and artificers of the East

Handling of the prizes

We would ask that any donor who will also be present at the Championship kindly bring their donation to the auction on the day (or, if not attending, send it via someone who is attending). Please indicate:

  • What the item is, if otherwise unclear
  • The name of the donor / creator
  • Whether it should be classified as Goods or Works

Forms with the headings above and a space for personal words will be available

The raffle

Event attendees may purchase tickets for the two kinds of prize, one eligible for Goods ($2 mundane) , the other, at a somewhat higher price, for Works. It shall be fruitless to use a Goods ticket for Works, and folly to do the reverse.
Some Goods and some Works will require a minimum of two, three, or even more tickets.

The tickets will be placed in cups before the items. Any gentle may place as many tickets as they desire in any cup (but heed the minimum where in force).

Drawing

At the close of the day, just before Court, the draw will be cried. The draw will then be made by a gentle of good standing and impeccable renown and the winners announced.

The event attendees are invited to attend the drawing, and each winner to claim their prize.

Should the winner not attend the draw, their ticket will be affixed to the prize for the remainder of the event. Winners are cordially invited to repair to the auction house and claim their prize by forfeit of the matching ticket to the steward of the auction.

At the end of the event, unclaimed prizes will return to the keep of the Kingdom to increase the store of largesse and gifts Their Royal Majesties may at their pleasure bestow.

Questions or comments?

Please contact Simon Talbot at Simon Talbot

New Dorp Comic Con Demo – Saturday, May 21st

New Dorp comic con demo!

When: Saturday, May 21st
Time: 10am- 11:30am set up 12pm-5pm comic con
Where: New Dorp High School of Staten Island
465 New Dorp Ln, Staten Island, NY 10306

Details:
We have a unique opportunity to recruit at a high school organized comic con, attended by students and their families.

http://www.newdorphs.org/apps/news/article/553600

We are given outdoor area 50×150 do display including fighting and fencing. We want to showcase what the SCA is all about!
Please bring your craft your projects to display.
I am looking for marshals and a couple of heavy fighters, fencers.

Please let me know if you can make it and what you are bringing. I need to get a list of our participants to the organizers by Wednesday evening.

Please RSVP via email or call me.

Hope to see you guys there.

In service,

Lada

Cloisters Demo – October 4th, 2015

Please join us to demo to an audience of approximately 60,000 at the 2015 Medieval Festival outside the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park. From 11:30am to 6pm, we hang out on the south lawn as part of a medieval village, under shady tents w/ tables, demonstrating medieval arts, crafts, sciences, combat, dancing and singing.

Email the autocrat (piglet@panix.com) if you can help out with demonstrations, including the activity you would like to demo, how much table or open space you will need, and whether you can bring tents & tables to the event.

In addition to our demo, there are dozens of other artisans, re-enactors & performers, as well as an enthusiastic audience fully dressed for the occasion. Come and enjoy the largest & most audience-participatory celebration of medieval & Renaissance culture on the Eastern seaboard, in its 31st year. See the festival’s website for full details on the fun: http://www.whidc.org/festival/home.html
Site Opens: 11:30am
Site Closes: 6pm
Event Website: http://www.whidc.org/festival/home.html

Fort Tryon Park
799 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY 10040
Google Map

The event site is accessible per the East Kingdom Accessibility Porter’s Checklist
Directions:
By subway: take the A train to W 190. Take the elevator & then the stairs up to the front gate of the park.

By bus: take the M4 bus north to its last stop. (This route has no stairs.)

By car: park elsewhere and use public transportation as above. A limited number of parking passes are available by pre-arrangement with the festival for people who are bringing large amounts of equipment & setting up before the festival begins. You MUST email the autocrat to arrange for this parking. Consult the festival’s directions (http://www.whidc.org/festival/directions.html ) or email the autocrat (piglet@panix.com) if you need further advice on parking.

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: www.riverdaleriverfest.org

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

Directions:
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 www.riverdaleriverfest.org and click on directions tab. Plenty of parking is available.

TO MOUNT SAINT VINCENT CAMPUS
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
Subway:
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.

Riverdale Riverfest

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.

When: Sunday, June 14th, 2015 from 9am-6pm
Where: College of Mount St. Vincent, 6301 Riverdale Avenue, Bx, Ny 10471

https://www.facebook.com/events/1747541418805869/