Commons minutes for July 2021

July 2021 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The July commons meeting was held July 21. Here are the minutes/notes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin and edited by Alienor Salton. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.



  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Drasma Dragomira, Herald
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine 
  • Kunigunde Wedemann, Chancellor Minor 
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Youth Marshal, Webminister, Whyt Whey Seneschal
  • Marion of York, Minister of Lists
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Deputy Exchequer
  • Albrecht Anker
  • Friderich Grimme
  • Gibbs Moryss
  • Hanya Vladimirovna Polotskaya
  • Edwin de la Torre
  • Iola Wulfsdotter
  • Jenna Childslayer
  • Morwenna Penrose
  • Oliver de Bainbrig
  • Perez ben Meir Gershon
  • Richard the Poor of Ely
  • Aurora ffolkes
  • Belle-Assez bat Samson 
  • Winfield Jai
  • Berakha bat Mira v’Shlomo
  • Brekke Franksdottir
  • Ibrahim al-Rashid
  • Ástríðr Knarrarbringa

Absent Officers

  • Randve L’il Hammar, MoAS
  • Arnbiorg Helga Niálsdóttir, Archery Marshal
  • Ian of Clan Mitchell, Chamberlain
  • Ragnarr bláskegg, Brokenbridge Seneschal


  • Called to order at 7:33pm.
  • Seneschal: Thanks & vivat! to Mistress Vika Grigina z Prahy for her leadership as the seneschal of the Canton of Whyt Whey, to Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya for her service as Østgarðr Chatelaine, and to Berakha bat Mira v’Shlomo for her continuing efforts scheduling the Whyt Whey solars (A&S classes online).  Vivat to Ryouko’jin of the Iron Skies, who received the Sovereign’s Cypher in June Ethereal Court.  Vivant to our new Heirs to the throne of the East Kingdom, Prince Ioannes and Princess Honig of Tir Mara!

Officer Report Items For Discussion

  • Seneschal: Thanks to the officers for preparing their reports in advance!
  • Award recommendations:  See links to kingdom & provincial award descriptions in the Viceregal report below.  Polling order deadline for 1st polling of Ioannes & Honig is July 25th.  Award recommendations for provincial awards are requested by July 31, for presentation at Barleycorn.  Please reach out to Lada for advice on how to write an award recommendation.
  • Re-opening guidelines reminder: *no food sharing*.  Think packed lunch, not potluck.  On-site sign-in with COVID tracing form.  *Posted* Harassment Policy and Infectious Disease Disclaimer.
  • Volunteer opportunities upcoming or available *now*: open or soon-to-be-open positions include Viceroy & Vicereine, Seneschal, Chatelaine, Webminister, and Whyt Whey Seneschal.  Positions with an incumbent who may choose to run again at the end of their term (Dec. 31, 2021)  include Herald, Minister of Arts & Sciences, Fencing Marshal, Minister of Lists, and Historian.
  • Social media: needs content and also volunteers who are comfortable with the platforms we have available to us (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, LinkTree, Discord).

– Albrecht and a number of people are working on Discord.  Albrecht says please join us, they will share a link.

– Lada is the point person for LinkTree. She will also continue as the primary driver of our Instagram account.  She has been our main social media coordinator, and has excellent hashtags.  

– Edwin volunteered to be the point person for Twitter.

– Catelin was elected for TikTok via universal acclaim.

– Albrecht volunteered to cover both YouTube and Twitch streaming.

– Facebook seems well saturated and needs no additional stewards.

– The newly formed social committee (comprising everyone who volunteered above, plus the existing members of the committee) will set up a meeting to coordinate.

  • e-Horse: next issue Sept. 1st, please submit content!!  Art, articles, pictures, shout-outs, all welcome.  Email
  • Postal address for heraldic submissions has changed.  See link in Drasma’s report, below.

Event Planning

  • New site development!  Winfield Jai has found a potential indoor space, with an accompanying demo opportunity.  The GLO Community Center [] in Flushing, 133-29 41st Ave., next to the Queens Library, is near the 7 train and LIRR and has adjacent parking. He has connected with an organizer there looking for activities.  They can rent us space of about 3500 sq. ft., essentially a dance floor with a stage, that could be used for court or feast but not fighting.  They put on a cultural festival in the fall in which we would be invited to participate.  Belle-Assez and Albrecht will join Winfield to investigate the site further.
  • Belated reading of Harassment and Bullying Policy (because your seneschal is a dumbass and forgot to open the meeting with it).
  • McCarren Park practice is attracting bystander interest, and is also hella fun.  Chatelaines & A&S folks, especially *instrumental* bards, please consider joining us!  Approx. 7-10pm each Tuesday with good weather.   Ice cream truck guaranteed!  Anyone for dancing?  Drumming!!?  Ervald & Alec are the marshals for the fighting and fencing practices.  We had 2 visitors from An Dubh last night.  Possible excursion to Southern Region War Practice, Aug 15?  Albrecht reports that a bunch of us from the city are going, including Ryou, maybe Ragnarr. Might be able to find a ride. If you’re a fighter, come, it’s nice to get some melee time as a change from single combat. Their organizer is also working on ranged weapons.  There are fencers and combat archers. 
  • EternalCon demo at Hofstra, Hempstead Long Island, August 7 and 8, needs fighters, fencers, chatelaines, A&S demonstrators.  There is plenty of room for fighting outside.  We are being offered the opportunity to hold a panel at the con.  Ervald is our event steward for this demo.  He reports that we could have a table inside, with maybe eight people. Topics of interest for the panel would be costuming, persona development. We will be sharing space outside with the Brooklyn Black Company Armored Combat Team.  Sofya adds that we did this event a couple of years ago and there was a lot of interest in the SCA.  Edwin has volunteered to serve as a chatelaine for this demo. Marion is available Sunday, but not Saturday, as is Zahra. Albrecht suggested inviting Ryouko’jin.  Angelica reminds everyone to BRING BUSINESS CARDS to events (including demos & activities)
  • Feast of Fireflies is Aug. 14, 6pm, online.  Pre-register for a goody bag!  Pennsic potluck theme.  Randve Litl Hammar is in charge.
  • Barleycorn will be held September 11 (Saturday), with setup on Friday the 10th, in Veteran Memorial Park, Putnam County (Carmel), and is on the EK calendar [].  Needs insurance certificate, has youth activities, Provincial court.  Aurora is the event steward.  She has reached out to organizers of A&S, combat and bardic activities.  She reports that we will not be doing Fight for a Cause, putting that off til next year.  We’re taking health protection seriously. All the spaces are outdoors , with some covered areas. We have protective gear and pre-packaged food. [Jenna reminded us that funds are available from the kingdom for sanitary budget; Ibrahim confirmed $50.] We’re investigating caterers for pre-packaged food, but need to figure out cost and rules. We expect attendance to be limited, maybe 50-100 people.  Iola asked about vendors; Aurora will confirm with the parks dept. whether vendors with valid tax IDs are permitted.  Albrecht asked about running Sir Edward’s tournament at Barleycorn, and streaming it.  Ervald has the paperwork from past Sir Edward challenges, to continue in his honor. There was great approbation. Francisco inquired if lampworking would be possible.  Aurora believes so and will double-check with the parks dept. There are cement-paved, roofed areas. Angelica suggested we invite Pia Maletesta, if merchanting is allowed, and possibly for a lampwork class.
  • Fort Tryon Medieval Festival is not being held this year, so there will be no Cloisters Demo.

Committees and Projects

  • Østgarðr Trim: Lada is collecting designs for us to vote on.  Submit your pre-order at the link supplied in her report below.
  • How To Pronounce Østgarðr (and An Dubhaigheann!).  Zahra, our topmost local linguist, led us through the Old Norse ø (‘e’ as in ‘get’ but with your lips ROUNDED) and ð (like English ‘th’, voiced as in ‘then’), and addressed the final ´r´, which is optional.  It fell out of pronunciation sooner than it fell out of orthography, and indicates the accusative or nominative case.  Østgarðr assonates with ‘used garb’. Much hilarity ensued as we all turned on sound and practiced together.   Angelica suggested we put an audio file on the Østgarðr website.  From Old Norse, we turned to Irish to discover that there is no B in An Dubhaigeainn.  ‘bh’ is one consonant, pronounced ‘v’.  Say ‘an doov’, not ‘an dub’.  Richard points out that the Baron of An Dubh is the Baron OF OF the Dark Abyss.

Other Business

  • Jenna will be teaching her popular Pennsic 101 this Sunday 25th, 1pm. She is looking for other people to join who have input on things like parties, parenting, combat. Also willing to do this again on request. See her post in the Østgarðr Facebook group for the meeting link.
  • Zahra inquired if people are interested in an International Phonetic Alphabet class.  General acclamation says YES!  IPA with IPA.
  • Jenna has 2 LaZBoy recliners in search of a good home.
  • Edwin has cut yew branches to give away.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Østgarðr

  • Brokenbridge Commons, 11am-1pm July 25 (online)
  • Whyt Whey picnic [pack your own lunch!], 2pm July 25 (Central Park Great Hill)
  • McCarren Park practice, 7-10pm July 27 (Driggs Ave.)
  • Whyt Whey solar, 8pm July 31 (online)
  • demo at EternalCon, Aug. 7-8 (Hempstead, LI)
  • Østgarðr bardic circle, 7-9pm Aug. 11 (online)
  • Feast of Fireflies, 6pm Aug. 14 (online)
  • Barleycorn, Sept. 11 (Veteran Memorial Park, Putnam)

Upcoming Events of Interest

  • Southern Army Sunday, Aug 15 (
  • Arrows, Axes & Ales, Oct. 23 (An Dubh, Middle Village) is lots of fun, they are looking for volunteers.  Please reach out to them if you are interested.

Upcoming Commons Meetings

  • August 18
  • September 15
  • October 20


  • Meeting closed at 8:34 PM.

Links Contributed in Chat

July 2021 Reports • Østgarðr Commons 

Viceregents • Suuder Saran & Lada Monguligin

As SCA returns to in person events, please look around and consider if any of your friends and SCA family are deserving of recognition, both Kingdom and local levels.  If you need help and/or advice on how to do an award recommendation please let us know and we will be happy to help.

The next deadline for Kingdom polling orders for the first polling of Ioannes and Honig is Sunday 7/25. All other Kingdom award recommendations do not have a specific deadline. Kingdom award list can be found here: 

We will be holding Provincial Court at Barleycorn. If you have award recommendations for Provincial awards please get them to us by July 31st. Provincial awards and orders can be found here:

With upcoming Viceregal selection, if you are considering throwing your hat into the ring please reach out to us. We will be happy to have a private meeting / chat with you to discuss any questions you may have. 

Seneschal • Alienor Salton

Join us live to listen to how to pronounce Østgarðr, and practice saying it together!  We will also practice our ducky neighbors’ name… There’s no B in An Dubhaigheainn!!

Food handling at events is challenging for our hospitality culture.  You may review the current re-opening guideines for East Kingdom activities here:  Key points include *no shared food* sponsored by the branch, pre-reg or on-site (for small, regular practices, etc.) sign-in, and a posted infectious disease disclaimer.  The infection disease disclaimer pdf may be found on Google Drive, in the shared Østgarðr officers folder, along with the Harassment Policy pdf, which must also be posted.

Bardic circle continues online, the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  

Fighters and fencers meet Tuesday evenings in McCarren park, approx. 7-10pm. Chatelaines and A&S demonstrators, please consider joining them!

Ervald is working on a demo opportunity and needs volunteers (fighters, chatelaines, A&S demonstrators).  Aug 7-8 at Hofstra (in Hempstead, Long Island) for Eternalcon.  We have been offered the opportunity to do a panel to appeal to a cosplay audience.

Our social media presence needs your support!  We need content, and we need people pushing said content on the platforms with which they are comfortable.  Current platforms include Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, LinkTree, Discord.

Job opportunities!  Jobs with open or soon-to-be-open positions include Viceroy & Vicereine, Seneschal, Chatelaine, Webminister, and Whyt Whey Seneschal.  Positions with an incumbent who may choose to run again at the end of their term (Dec. 31, 2021)  include Herald, Minister of Arts & Sciences, Fencing Marshal, Minister of Lists, and Historian.

Upcoming events/demos sponsored by Østgarðr:

• EternalCon, Aug. 7-8

• Feast of Fireflies, Aug. 14

• Barleycorn, Sept. 11

Upcoming events of interest to the populace:

• Arrows, Axes & Ales, Oct. 23

Upcoming Commons:

• August 18

• September 15

• October 20

Exchequer • Francisco de Braga

Q2 reporting is due at the end of the month.  Nothing else to report.

Herald • Drasma Dragomira

If you are sitting on submission forms that still need to be mailed in, please note that there is a new address to send U.S. East Kingdom submissions to.  The how to submit page has been updated (

Q3 reports for heralds are due August 1st.

And as always, you have an idea for a name or armory you want to register, I’m here to help. Just reach out to get started.

Chatelaine • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya

Greetings! It has been a great pleasure serving the fine people of Østgarðr as Chatelaine these last couple of years, but it is time for me to move on and for some other gentle to bring new joy and passion to the role. I remain yours in service, Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya’

Chancellor Minor • Kunigunde Wedemann

Now that things are starting up again, I’m looking forward to planning some youth activities at local events. I made an offer to the autocrat of the Feast of John Barleycorn to provide activities for any youth who might attend the event. Planning for youth activities at the event have begun.

Arts & Sciences • Randve L’il Hammar

No report submitted.

Armored Combat • Ervald LaCoudre

No report submitted.

Archery • Arnbiorg Helga Niálsdóttir

No report submitted.

Fencing • Alec MacLachlan

In person fencing practice resumed at McCarren Park in Brooklyn on July 6th.  We’ve had two fencers and myself out there both times.  We’ve been sharing the heavy weapons fighters spot.  This past week we had several people come over and ask what we were doing.  

Practice will continue on Tuesdays from 7-9 at this location until we are able to move indoors, or it gets too cold.

Youth Combat • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin

No activity to report.

Minister of Lists • Marion of York

Nothing to report.

Webminister • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin 

I’m continuing to post occasional announcements to the web site. 

I’m still looking for someone who might be interested in taking over this office.

Chronicler • Zahra al-Andalusiyya

No E-Horse this month; the next will be published September 1. Please send me your art, your articles, your semi-finished projects yearning to be seen. Especially hoping for some origami seahorses! 👀 Photos of activities in progress are also welcome (lookin’ at you, fighters) as are shoutouts, stories, memes, music, and all other kinds of art. If you have something you’re thinking about but not quite sure whether to share, send it to me anyway so I can convince you to publish it we can decide together!

Chamberlain • Ian of Clan Mitchell

Nothing to report.

Historian • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste

July 2021 

July 11, 2021, AS LVI

Being the Court of Their Majesties Consul Alberic and Consul Tindal held on July 11, 2021, AS LVI in the East Kingdom at The Eleventh Ethereal Court of the Eastern Consules, the following good citizen of Østgarðr was recognized in Court:

Ryouko’jin of the Iron Skies received the Sovereign’s Cypher

July 17, 2021, AS LVI

The East Kingdom has heirs!

On Saturday, July 17, the sixteen combatants who advanced from the Feeder Tournament lists vied to become the heirs of Consuls Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock. Count Ioannes Aurilius Serpentius emerged victorious!

Count Ioannes Aurelius Serpentius and Countess Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt have been invested as the new Prince and Princess of Tir Mara and therefore heirs to the Eastern throne. Vivant to our Heirs, Prince Ioannes and Princess Honig!

Whyt Whey • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin

Mistress Vika Grigina z Prahy moved across the river to Settmour earlier this month, and thus had to step down from her position as Seneschal as she no longer resided within the Canton’s borders. Please join me in thanking her for her years of service to the Canton of Whyt Why.

I’ve taken up the office of Seneschal, although as noted elsewhere I already wear a number of other hats, so as things get back to normal over the coming year I would love to recruit a successor and hand over the position when that becomes practical.

We’ve recently received official confirmation that this year’s Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival has been cancelled due to Covid, so we’ll have to wait until next autumn to hold our Cloisters Demo.

Our exchequer, Ibrahim, is working towards getting our bank account updated with new signatories as required.

Thanks to Berakha’s efforts, our A&S online classes are a continuing success, and we’re starting to discuss how these might transition to in-person or hybrid events later this year.

Everyone is invited to join us for a picnic in Central Park this Sunday (or if it rains, next Sunday) on the Great Hill starting at 2:00.

Lions End • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi

No report submitted.

Brokenbridge • Ragnarr bláskegg

Brokenbridge will be hosting a virtual event called Feast of the Fireflies, August 14th at 6pm.  It will be run by Randve Litle Hammer.  This event will be to invoke the feeling of going to the Pennsic potluck, which we all miss.  We are planning games, a cookbook and just having a good time.  We hope you all can join.  

Brokenbridge commons will be this Sunday, June 25th.  It will be virtual but I am encouraging everyone to go to Whyt Whey’s picnic afterwards if they feel up for a journey to the centralest of parks. 

Committees & Projects

Østgarðr Trim • Lada Monguligin 

Here is some of the info from Andrixos of Calontir Trim

Trim is 1.5 inches wide, similar in feel and construction to the East Kingdom Tyger.

Repeats are 3 inches between center of design. 

Once we are happy with the design, I will submit it for a sample to be made.  That takes 6-8 weeks. When we are ready to order, it takes another 6-8 weeks for production.  It is not unlikely that I would have it ready for delivery at Birka.

Minimum order is 300 yards.  At that amount the price is $3.00 a yard.

If your order is at least 500 yards, the price drops to $2.50/yard.  

I will end up with some extra that I will have available online or in my shop.

There are multiple ways that we can handle orders.  I will lay that out next week.

I think we need the seahorse populace badge on white background.

I will work on getting a couple of designs of the seahorse together for us to vote on it.

In the meantime you are welcome to submit your pre-orders here: