Now at the Met

I think many in our area will be interested in this special exhibit on
art from 11th and 12th century Spain, which is now open the Cloisters branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

“The exhibition’s chronology, 1000 to 1200, corresponds to a pivotal
era in the history of the Spanish Middle Ages—one that saw significant
shifts in the balance of power between Christian and Muslim rulers,
destabilizing long-standing social relationships and introducing new
tensions among religious communities. Yet the visual arts make it
clear that this was not a purely divisive age. In exploring how
artists and patrons of the day drew from many sources of inspiration,
negotiating the visual traditions of different religions, Spain,
1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith will showcase the richness
and complexity of interfaith interaction. In so doing, the exhibition
draws upon the concept of the frontier—a boundary that simultaneously
separates and connects—as a metaphor for Spain as a place of artistic

  • Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid

Commons Minutes for August 2021

August 2021 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The August commons meeting was held August 18. Here are the minutes as recorded by Sofya Gianetta di Trieste and edited by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.



  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan (not on camera)
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Drasma Dragomira, Herald
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Acting Chatelaine, Deputy Exchequer
  • Randve L’il Hammar, Minister of Arts & Sciences
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal
  • Zahra al-Andalusiyya, Chronicler
  • Kunigunde Wedemann, Chancellor Minor 
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Whyt Whey Seneschal, Youth Marshal, Acting Webminister
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Ragnarr bláskegg, Brokenbridge Seneschal
  • Catelin Straquhin, Deputy Seneschal
  • Aurora ffolkes
  • Brekke Franksdottir
  • Richard the Poor
  • Gibbs Moryss
  • Morwenna Penrose
  • Berakha bat Mira v’Shlomo
  • Perez ben Meir Gershon
  • Ablrecht Anker
  • Belle-Assez Bat Samson

Class: Creating Your East Kingdom Wiki Page (redux)

Not sure how to make a personal page on the East Kingdom Wiki (or even just wondering what the East Kingdom Wiki is?). Have a wiki page but are not sure how to fill it out? Missed this class the first time around?

Join Friderich Grimme and Lady Zahra al-Andalusiyya for a walk through of how to make a basic personal page for yourself on the EK Wiki.

When: Wednesday 9/1/2021 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST

Where: Google Meet joining info
Video call link:

Please join from a computer, as participants will have the chance to create their page in the class. Breakout rooms will be available for small group coaching.

Upcoming in Østgarðr: Aug. 30th – Sep. 5th

Check out this weeks practices, classes and meetings. Come join us.

Tue. 8/317 p.m. – 9 p.m. (weather permitting)McCarren Park Fighting & Fencing Practice
Canton of Brokenbridge
(Brooklyn, NY)
Wed. 9/17:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Class: Creating your EK Wiki Page
Crown Province of Østgarðr

And get ready for next week’s activities.

Tue. 9/7 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (weather permitting) McCarren Park Fighting & Fencing Practice
Canton of Brokenbridge
(Brooklyn, NY)
Wed. 9/87 p.m. – 9 p.m.Østgarðr Bardic Circle
(online via Google Meet)
Fri. 9/108 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Lion’s End Virtual Happy Hour Social
Canton of Lions End
(online via Google Meet)
Sat. 9/1110 a.m. – 6 p.m.Event: John Barleycorn Returns
Østgarðr’s return to in person events, with a myriad of activities in a lovely outdoor setting.
(Carmel, NY)

Upcoming in Østgarðr: Aug. 23rd – 29th

See how to get medieval this week in the NYC area.

Tue. 8/247 p.m. – 9 p.m. (weather permitting)McCarren Park Fighting Practice
Canton of Brokenbridge
(Brooklyn, NY)
**Note: Fencing Practice will not happen this week.
Sat. 8/288 p.m. – 11 p.m.Whyt Whey Saturday Night SolarChristianity & Astronomy in the Medieval Period
Canton of Whyt Whey
Activities for this week, 8/23/2021 – 8/29/2021

And get ready for next week’s activities.

Tue. 8/317 p.m. – 9 p.m. (weather permitting)McCarren Park Fighting & Fencing Practice
Canton of Brokenbridge
(Brooklyn, NY)
Wed. 9/17 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Class: Creating your EK Wiki Page
Crown Province of Østgarðr
Details to Follow
Actvities for next week, 8/30/2021 – 9/5/2021

No Fencing at McCarren Park Practice this week.

From the Provincial Fencing Marshal

“Greetings All,

I won’t be able to make it this week, so there will be no fencing practice this coming Tuesday.I’ve already e-mailed her Excellency, and she will take videos of us at a future practice.Practice will resume on Tuesday, September 7th.

In service,

Alexander MacLachlan”

Chatelaine position available!

Chatelaine, always a crucial role for our province, has even greater relevance in these After Times, connecting people, new and old, to each other through their shared interests in our recreational hobby. Defender Against the Lonely Arts, this champion of conviviality forges the bonds of our community. Do you have what it takes? Nominate yourself at or before our Wednesday August 18th Commons.

To be a successful chatelaine, you have to like talking to people, both newcomers and people who have been playing for a while. You are the bridge between the modern world and the SCA. You tell people what we do, you find out what people are interested in, and you hook them up with other people who share their interests. We have a large collection of Gold Key (loaner garb) in the province, which you are responsible for circulating and maintaining. You also provide contact information and flyers suitable for distribution at demos. Being responsive to email is an important facet of this job. Reports to the kingdom four times per year on newcomer contacts and new members. Kingdom policies are posted at

Come with Us to John Barleycorn Returns

Oyez!!! Oyez!!! Pray attend our most recent missive from our Lord John Barleycorn!!!

Join us in a beautiful outdoor space with spacious picnic pavilions to gather and celebrate the return of John Barleycorn.

Greetings Dear Gentles,

As We prepare for our Lord John Barleycorn’s return a day long Celebration with activities and entertainments await you!

For Youth and Families

Lady Kunigunde and Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir bringing you a great slate of youth activities for both older and younger children to enjoy! Please come join us! A & S youth activities, including Bardic, Illumination, Coloring, Basketmaking, Storytelling, and Hula dancing.

Martial Tournaments

We will have Our Provincial Heavy Weapons Tournament, Our Provincial Archery Champions Tournament, and Our Provincial Fencing Champions Tournament. The schedule is forthcoming.

On our Roster is “Sir Edward’s Memorial Challenge” for those Brave enough to take it on!

Other Diverse Activities

In addition, our roster of activities includes most wonderous Demonstration by Lady Astridr Knarrarbringa who will show us her Lampworking skills. This art began in the fifth century B.C.E. and became widely practiced in Murano, Italy in the Fourteenth Century is truly delightful candy for the eyes! Also A number of Surprise Demonstrations to delight the eye and palate.

We have a new addition to our day, our first annual “Bartertown,” for those who like the thrill of the hunt without weapons! For those looking to trade their SCA related goods, this is a excellent swap-meet style opportunity. Carry In, Carry Out. There will be NO money exchange for items, only trade. Items must be all SCA related. Tables are limited, First come-First serve. All others must set up on a blanket or personal table. For additional details, please contact the Bartertown Coordinator, Lady Raymonda the Second by email at

We are sorry that no feast will be available, but fear not, as there will be pre-packeged snacks and drinks (both nutritious and not) for we would not want you to expire before the Court Of Viceroy Il-Kha’an Suuder Saran and Vicerine Il-Khatun Lada Monguligin!

Reservations & Fees:
SCA Member Discount Adult/Youth reservation fee of $10.00
Non- SCA Members Adult/Youth reservation fee of $15.00
Children under 5 are free
reservation deadline September 1, 2021

Send Reservations to:

Lord AEthelstan St.Maur
Stan Cohen
85 Pomona Road
Suffern, N.Y. 10901-1919
Email for Lord AEthelstan St.Maur is below :

For Further Information, please contact the Event Steward Lady Aurora ffolkes via cell phone: (914)960-0810( text first) email Phone/text is best.

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try 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.

There is limited electricity at this site. There are handicap bathrooms. There are shaded areas with picnic tables. Set on top of a hill, there is almost always a breeze. In the event of rain , there is an indoor structure.

The official announcement of this event may be found on the East Kingdom Website here.