Pride Month Presentation

Pride Month draws to a close, we want to go out with a bang.

We are pleased to present a very special video from Mok O’Keeffe of The Gay Aristo about Edward II of England, perhaps one of the most well know LGBTQ+ Royals of Europe.

And please join us for our first Ostgardr History Chat – LGBTQ+ heroes on Thu. 7/21 at 8pm EST

in service,

Lada Monguligin

Il Khatun

pronouns: she/her/hers

Østgarðr is Seeking Officers

The Crown Province of Østgarðr is officially seeking officers and deputies for the following positions…

  • Chatelaine/Castellan (newcomers’ officer)
  • Youth Combat Marshal

Please send letters of intent if interested in taking the office to Uji at seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org. A letter of intent should include any information that could make you stand out in the event of an election.

Announcement of candidates for these positions would take place at June commons. If there are no competing bids for the positions, then confirmation by the populace will also occur at June commons.

If there is more than one candidate for a position, a meet the candidates session will be scheduled and an election will take place online with the elected candidates being announced at July commons. All non-elected candidates would be asked to volunteer as deputies for those positions.

In Service to the Dream,

Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi

長島 一路 宇治道

He/Him/His

Østgarðr Seneschal

Vivat for the Viceregal Heirs!

We have Heirs!

Their Majesties Ryouko’jin and Indrakshi have announced Maestra Sofya Gianetta di Trieste Maria Dedvukaj and Lady Angelica Di Nova Lipa to be Our successors and the next Viceregents of the Crown Province of Østgarðr.

We want to thank everyone who raised their hand to volunteer for this position. Your care for the future of the Province warms Our Heart.

Lada and Suuder
Il Khanate

Positive COVID Case at Brooklyn Banner Workshop

Greetings,

We have learned that an attendee at the Coronation decor workshop held on March 19, 2022 in Brooklyn has tested positive for COVID. Attendees at this event may have been exposed and should take appropriate precautions.

In Service to the Dream,
Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi
長島 一路 宇治道
He/Him/His
Østgarðr Seneschal

Please Return Your Viceregal Polling Ballots

Please return your Viceregal Polling Ballots A.S.A.P. Reminder: All ballots must be received by the EK polling deputy by March 15, 2022.

If you are a registered SCA member living in the Crown Province of Ostgardr (including its Cantons) and you have not received your ballot, please email the Provincial Seneschal immediately.

More information about the Viceregal Polling and the candidates may be found here.

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.

East Kingdom Re-Opening for In Person Activities and Events

On February 11th, the Kingdom Seneschal announced that in person activities and events may resume, as long as they follow all current National & Local Governmental, SCA and East Kingdom rules and regulations. Your may read the full announcement on the East Kingdom Website. The Kingdom Seneschal’s announcement includes a summary of and links to the current SCA and East Kingdom policies regarding COVID related measures currently in effect in the SCA.

The Viceregal Polling is Underway

In the coming months, Their Highnesses of the East will be selecting successors to Suuder and Lada, the current Viceregents of Østgarðr. To advise Their Highnesses East on this weighty decision, a polling of the populace of Østgarðr is being held. The polling officially begins on Feb. 8, 2022 and lasts until Mar. 15, 2022.

The pairs of candidates who have stepped forward are (by Order of Precedence)…

  • Maestra Sofya Gianetta di Trieste & Lady Angelica di Nova Lipa
  • Hlafdige Alienor Salton & Boaire Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
  • Lord Ragnarr Blaskegg & Lord Albrecht Anker

Over the following week or two, all registered members of the SCA living in Østgarðr, will be receiving the Viceregal Polling in the mail. On this polling they may indicate their preference for which candidate pair they wish to succeed Suuder and Lada.

Instructions for completion and return will be included with the ballot, along with a postage-paid return envelope. Completed ballots must be received by Mar. 15, 2022 in order to be counted.

It is imperative that you return any ballot you receive, even if you have no preference, as at least 50% of the paid SCA members living in Østgarðr must return their ballots for the polling to be valid.

If you do not receive your ballot by Feb. 21, 2022 or if you have any questions regarding the polling process, please contact the Provincial Seneschal, Lord Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi by email at seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

Below you can find some answer to common questions:

What are the rules governing this polling?
The rules governing the polling come from East Kingdom Law (sections VII.C and VII.G) and the Østgarðr Charter (section IV.D).

When will the results of the polling be released?
The results of the polling will not be released publicly. The results of the polling will be reported to the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal within three weeks of the closing date of the polling. Their Highnesses East will consider the results of the polling when making their selection.

When will we know who the next Viceregents will be?
By East Kingdom Law, results of the polling must be tallied and transmitted to the Kingdom Seneschal and the Crown within three weeks of the end date of the polling. The Crown must announce their selection for the new Viceregents within four weeks of receiving the results of the polling. This means the successors to the Viceregency will be known by May 3, 2022.

What if I don’t receive a ballot?
If you are a registered SCA member living in the Crown Province of Østgarðr, and you have not received your ballot by February 21, 2022, please contact the Provincial Seneschal, Lord Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi by email at seneschal@ostgardr.eastkingdom.org.

I have children who are SCA members. Do they get a say in this polling?
By East Kingdom Law (section VII.C.e.i&ii) ballots from members less than 14 years old count toward establishing the validity of the polling, but not count towards the preference tally that is transmitted to the Crown and the Kingdom Seneschal. Ballots from members 14 years and older are counted in the preference tally.

Where can I learn more about the Viceregal Candidates
The Letters of intent for the Viceregal Candidate slates may be found here.

Additionally, all of the Viceregal candidate pairs have posted their letters of intent on the SCA NYC: Crown Province of Østgarðr Facebook Group. These letters will be posted to the Ostgardr website shortly.

Meet the Candidates Night #1
Meet the Candidates Night #2

Upcoming in Østgarðr: Feb 7th – Feb 20th

This week in the Province…

Wed.
2/9
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Østgarðr Winter Fighting Practice
Canton of Whyt Whey
(Manhattan – New York, NY)
Details
Fri.
2/11
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Lions End Virtual Social & Happy Hour
Canton of Lions End
(online)
Details
Sat.
2/12
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.Whyt Whey Saturday Night Solar: Cheese Making with Joshua
Canton of Whyt Whey
(online)
Details

and next week…

Wed.
2/14
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Østgarðr Winter Fighting Practice
Canton of Whyt Whey
(Manhattan – New York, NY)
Details
Wed.
2/14
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Østgarðr Commons
Crown Province of Østgarðr
(online)
Details to Follow
Sun.
2/20
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Brokenbridge Commons & A&S Evening – Japanese Cooking
Canton of Brokenbridge
(online)
Details