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.

Best,

Victoria Hofmo, President

Scandinavian East Coast Museum

Posted at the request of

Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi
長島 一路 宇治道
He/Him/His
Østgarðr Seneschal

Upcoming in Østgarðr: May 9th – May 22nd

There is a lot going on in Østgarðr. Join us for…

Tue.
5/10
7:00 p.m.

10:00 p.m.
Østgarðr Fencing & Fighting Practice
Canton of Brokenbridge
(Brooklyn, NY)
Details
Thu.
5/12
7:30 p.m.

9:00 p.m.
Class: Writing you First Award Recommendation – A Virtual Workshop
Crown Province of Østgarðr
(online)
Details
Fri.
5/13
7:30 p.m.

9:00 p.m.
Lions End Virtual Commons & Social
Canton of Lions End
(online)
Details
Sat.
5/14
10:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.
Event: Lions End Spring Schola
Canton of Lions End
(Levittown, NY)
Details
Sat. 5/1410:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.
Demonstration at Viking Festival
Canton of Brokenbridge
(Brooklyn, NY)
Details

and next week…

Tue.
5/17
7:00 p.m.

10:00 p.m.
Østgarðr Fencing & Fighting Practice
Canton of Brokenbridge
(Brooklyn, NY)
Details
Wed.
5/18
7:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.
Østgarðr Provincial Commons & Social
Crown Province of Østgarðr
(online)
Details
Thu.
5/19
7:30 p.m.

9:00 p.m.
Østgarðr Pennsic Camp Meeting
Crown Province of Østgarðr
(online)
Details
Sun.
5/22
1:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m.
Northern Østgarðr Archery Practice
Crown Province of Østgarðr
(Cortlandt, NY)
Details

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Masking Requirements. All attendees at indoor events are required to wear masks in compliance with the East Kingdom COVID policy.

COVID Event check-in process. All attendees who are eligible to be vaccinated still need to show either proof of full vaccination or a medically-supervised negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the in-person gathering. Event staff will continue to check this documentation. Attendees over the age of 18 also still need to show a gov’t-issued photo ID or SCA blue card with the same name as the vaccination card/negative test results.

Host/event staff no longer need to collect contact tracing information.
As part of the check-in process for attending an in-person gathering, the ATTENDEE will sign a form attesting to the following: “By signing below, you are confirming that you have presented proper identification, along with either proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to the start of the event. (If you present proof of a negative COVID test it must comply with the current SCA COVIDSafe rules)”.

Come Help at the Viking Fest Demo

Hey folks!

If you’re not committed to the Lion’s End Spring Schola, Armiger Catelin Straquhin is organizing an Østgarðr demonstration/presence at the Viking Festival in Owl Head’s Park this weekend.

Where: Owl’s Head Park Colonial Road & 68 St Brooklyn, NY 11220

When: Saturday May 14, 2022 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (setup begins at 9 a.m.)

This year’s festival is “multi-cultural Viking” themed, so the demo will be focusing on how multiple cultures impact the Nordic world and vice versa. 

If you plan on going, please let Catelin know when you plan to be there and what you plan to bring with you for the demonstration! Armiger Catelin can be reached via email: 245476@members.eastkingdom.org

Parking: There is no parking allowed in the park; attendees must park on the street. Bring hand carts if needed.

Amenities: Since this is an NYC park, if you can please bring chairs, tables, and pop-ups. For accommodations, email the SCA Demo Organizer 245476@members.eastkingdom.org and we will do our best to help.

The NYC Marathon is also happening that same day, so plan accordingly.

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From the East Coast Scandinavian Museum Website:”It will feature: a half size replica Viking ship The Norseman, and its crew;three re-enactment organizations – Historic Arms, the Society for Creative Anachronism and Medieval Scenarios and Recreations.

From 10 – 12 visit our Viking Village. Children can participate in a Viking Scavenger Hunt by answering questions about Viking life while exploring the displays of our re-enactment organizations. Music and dance performances from countries that have a connection to the Vikings from 12:00 – 5:00..

Games, prizes and other Scandinavian delights.

For further info please call 718-748-5950.”

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Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Our Chatelaine’s Call to Action

Hey everyone!

This is Catelin, your local newcomer’s officer. I wanted to announce that with the help of our populace our official TikTok account has reached over 1000 followers! I want to thank everyone that has participated in making this number happen.

I want to keep reaching out to the public using TikTok as one of our platforms, but I am in need of help! Specifically I am in need of people who are comfortable being in front of a camera and showcasing what we do best: being part of the SCA through short form video clips.

If you are interested in being part of the filming process, or would like to send ideas/scripts/feedback for our TikTok feed, please send an email! I can be reached by email at chatelaine@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

One of my goals as part of the outreach committee is to show just how welcoming, diverse, and colorful we are as a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. One of the ways we can do that is by showcasing as many members of the populace as we can.

If you’re interested, please send me an email and I am happy to walk through with you on every step of the video creation process and show off the most Medieval-y version of you!

Yours in Service,

Catelin Straquhin
Ostgardr Chatelaine (Newcomer’s Officer)

Join the SCA Demonstration at Eternal Con! August 7th & 8th

The Crown Province of Østgarðr will host a public demonstration at Eternal Con on August 7-8, 2021 at Hofstra University in Nassau County in Long Island. Interested in the SCA? Attending Eternal Con? Come to the demo to find out more about us and to meet some of the members of the Crown Province.

Information about the convention can be found at https://eternalcon.com/

Interested in Being an SCA Demonstrator/Participant?

SCA members and participants from Østgarðr and the surrounding area are welcome and encouraged to come demonstrate their skills and arts for the public.

The demo organizer is Østgarðr’s knight marshal, Lord Ervald LaCoudre Edwardson the Optimistic. If you are interested in being a demonstrator on either or both days of the demo, please reach out to him via email at knightmarshal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

Demonstrators may arrive as early as 8:30 AM to help set up. The SCA outdoor demo will be in sight of the entrance cue for the convention, so we want to be ready early. We can entertain and promote to that line. Details about passes, parking, etc. are being resolved this week.

Lord Ervald will be there both days as a heavy-list fight marshal and will run a fighter practice on both days. The outdoor fighting field will be shared with The Brooklyn Black Company (one of the independent steel fighting teams in NYC).