Commons meeting

The next Commons meeting is this Friday (January 16th) at office of Congressman Eliot Engel, 3655 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463 at 8:00pm.

February Commons will be held on Friday, February 20th – location to be announced.

Dance Practice information

We will not be holding practice tonight in the park since my family is still recovering. Next week we will have an indoor practice in the Bronx, and the following week (9/24) we hope to be back in the park. Also, Rye dates should be available soon, as well as dates for once a month indoor Manhattan practices .

Next week we will be inside (I have arranged for at least one dance practice a month to be inside in case the weather is unkind this fall.) Evelyn has graciously offered her rehearsal space (The Green.Door 225 E134th St. Apt 3A, Bronx NY) for our use.

Everyone is welcome to join us for practice, no prior dance experience required… We practice in street clothes, as many are coming from work.

Feel free to bring snacks or goodies to share if you are so inclined. Water will be available, and likely other beverages as well.

The Green.Door has two cats in residence for those who may be allergic, depending on your allergy sensitivity the cats can be quarantined if that is enough to keep the receptors at bay.

Practices will be held from 6:30-9:30 PM.

The following are tentative dates for the Green.Door Practices
Wed., Oct. 29
Mon., Nov. 17
Wed., Dec. 10
Dates subject to change/cancellation due to bad weather, emergencies, etc.

For more info or questions, please email

Details for The Green.Door
address: 225 E134th st apt 3A, Bronx NY
Directions and info from Evelyn-
Directions from Subway:
Take the 6 train to the 138th st stop. Cross to the far side of 3rd Ave (the near side is Lincoln) (where the gas station- Shell is toward the left) & Walk towards the gas station, river, and bridges down 3rd Ave. Pass under the bridge on the RIGHT hand side of the street, & look for a white building with red lettering that says “Bridge Building Supplies”. Pass that building, & make the first right onto 134th into an industrial cul-de-sac.

225 will be on the right hand side (before the auto repair shop), and there will be a glass door. Buzz 151 to be let in or call Wilhelm, Conandil, or Evelyn (248-709-0258) and we’ll send a runner to let you in. Take either the stairs or the elevator up to the 3rd floor, and apt 3A will be the first apartment you come to with the green door.

If you take the 4/5 train to 138th st/Grand Concourse: Simply walk the extra short 3 blocks down 138th st to 3rd ave, make a right onto 3rd, and follow the directions above.

You can also take the 2 train to 149th st/Grand Concourse, transfer to the 4/5, and take it one stop south to 138th st/Grand Concourse. Or you can walk it, but it’s a good 15 blocks or so.

Driving Directions from the North:
Take I87 south to the 138th st/Madison Ave Bridge exit. Merge onto Exterior St (stay on the right hand side, or what could be called the Service Drive). Make a Right onto 134th st- BEFORE the entrance to the bridge. You can park either on the street on 3rd ave, pretty much anywhere in the cul-de-sac (it gets pretty creative in there), or make a left under the bridge and park along the left hand side of the bridge entrance. All these parking areas are safe, we have never had any problems.

The area might look sketchy in parts, but it is perfectly safe. There is a 24/hr gas station on the corner and plenty of businesses that are open. I have never had a problem walking to/from the train at any hour of the night. Unfortunately, the walk from the trains to The Green.Door feels the most sketchy. Along the road to the bridge are a lot of really nice restaurants/art galleries, and people of all types are living in the area.


Dance Practice Wed., Aug. 27th 6:30 PM Belvedere Castle

The next dance practice will be on Wed., August 27 at 6:30 PM at Belvedere Castle in Central Park.
Everyone is welcome to join us for practice; no prior dance experience required… Practices are held in street clothes, as many are traveling after work.

We’ll meet in the grassy area of Shakespeare’s garden if it is open.  If you follow the “From the West Side” directions (please note that the tree mentioned in the directions shortly after you enter the park is no longer there, so take the path on the right) the grassy area is the “little clearing” before you reach the castle steps.  We are typically near the bench on the left side.  Once it gets dark OR if the grass isn’t open we move atop the castle.  

To find us atop the castle… If you are coming from the west side, once you climb the steps you can find us congregated by the wall slightly to the left of the little covered alcove in front of you.  From the east side once you go up the steps at the back of the castle we’ll be to the left near the wall before the little covered alcove.
If it’s raining we meet under the overhang up top.  If severe weather is in the forecast please check your email or call us on dance practice days; we’ll make a decision by 2 PM if we’re going to cancel practice.


For more info or questions, please email.

Amazon Smile Program

The SCA is now (as of May 25, 2014) one of the organizations which can benefit from the Amazon Smile program.

Many of us shop at Amazon for a wide range of products.  Did you know that the SCA can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you?

Here’s how:  Go to  Sign into your account and a “pop up” page will appear. On the right side of the page, at the bottom is a “search” window.  Type in: Society for Creative Anachronism and click the search button.  Click on the top one and you are done.  Your donations will be automatic for any purchase within the Amazon Smile program (which is most merchandise).

Amazon donates 0.5% of each purchase to the non-profit organizations of your choice and the Society for Creative Anachronism is one of those organizations.   This is a painless way to support the SCA.


Here are other tools which can be used:



Annal for A.S. XLVIII (5/13 – 4/14)

The Viking Day Demo was held on May 18. At the Feast of John Barleycorn in Northpass on September 7, Ibrahim al-Rashid became the Fencing Champion; Helga Nielsdottir became the Archery Champion; and Wolfgang der Sucher became the Thrown Weapons Champion. Also at that event, John the Bear was named a Silver Sea Lion for his contributions and skill in thrown weapons.

On June 1, Subotai Cinoa became the seneschal of Whyt Whey, and on September 1, Richard the Poor of Ely took over as exchequer.

A demo was held at the Queens County Fair on September 21 and 22. Season’s Beatings was held on February 1.

At Mudthaw on March 22, Lada Mongguligan was honored with a Silver Crescent and Luis de Castilla was honored with a Knighthood.

At some point during this year, Eilionora inghen ui Ruairc took over as Seneschal.

Regularly Schedule Practices: Archery


  • Archery Practices: All archery practices listed below require traditional bows without modern accessories, and wooden shaft arrows. Loaner gear is available for newcomers on a first-come-first-serve basis.
    Staten Island, Willowbrook Park
    Run by Lord Suuder of Silver Horde. These practices are posted on the local email lists, with cancellations the morning of the practice if weather interferes. Practices generally start between 1-1:30, and end whenever people get tired. There are barbeque pits and picnic areas near the range, so there can be other activities at this practice, including heavy weapons practice. There is ample parking. This is a free practice. No crossbows are allowed per NYS law. Directionshere.
    Nassau County, Long Island, Cedar Creek Park
    Run by Lady Arnbjorg Nilsdottir. These practices are posted on the local email lists, with cancelations the morning of the practice if weather interferes. There is ample parking, and after Memorial Day, if you are not a Nassau County resident, the park charges a $10 parking fee. The practice itself is free. No crossbows per NYS law.

Officer Positions

  • Seeking event steward and other crew chiefs for the “Test of An Dubhaigeainn and Østgarðr”, to take place in early June 2014. If you’re interested, please contact, and
  • A number of Østgarðr officer positions will expire at the end of December; see list of openings and procedures for nomination below.

The following positions on the Ostgardr Officer Council will have their terms end on December 31, 2013:

  • Exchequer,
  • Minister of Lists,
  • Herald,,
  • Chronicler,
  • Marshal of Fence,
  • Thrown Weapons Captain,
  • Chamberlain, and
  • Historian

Descriptions of the requirements for being a provincial officer may be found in the Ostgardr bylaws.

All those gentles interested in serving in one of these positions, including all current officers seeking to renew for an additional two year term must submit a letter of intent to the Viceregents and the seneschal by November 15, 2013. The letter of intent must include:

      Position you are seeking


      Legal Name


      Sca name


      Sca member number and expiration date


      Home address (with zip code and county)


      Phone number




      Length of activity in the crown province


      List of current/prior offices in the Sca, if any


    Additional information

If any of the officers current serving in the above positions do not wish to serve an additional term, but are willing to serve if no other suitable candidates arise, please say so in your letter of intent.

Letters of intent should be sent by e-mail to, and

The list of candidates for each position will be posted by November 20, 2013. Approval of candidates will happen after that date with officers being selected by and beginning their new terms on January 1, 2014.

Many thanks to those who volunteer.

Annal for A.S. XLVII (5/12 – 4/13)

It was another busy summer for demos: Viking Day on May 12, Riverdale Riverfest on June 24, Queens County Fair on September 22 and 23, and the Cloisters on September 30. At the Cloisters, M. Antonius Scaevola became the Champion of Armored Combat.

In the autumn, a new procedure for officer terms and elections was put in place. All offices would be on two-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The major Provincial offices were put on a schedule to change over at the beginning of the calendar year, with the offices divided on alternate years so that there would never be a huge changeover of key offices in any one year. At the start of 2013, several offices changed hands. The new officers were:

Seneschal: Friderich Grimme
Minister of A&S: Lada Mongguligan
Chatelaine: Sirhan al-Cyani ibn Atai akarel Diablu
Knight Marshal: Valgard Stonecleaver
Seneschal – Lions End: Francesco Greco de Edessa
Seneschal – Whyt Whey: Eularia Trewe

A “Musician’s Day” event was held on January 23, after having been postponed from the previous November.

The Province hosted Crown Tournament on April 27. During Viceregal court, Lord Suuder was made a Sea Lion, Melanie de la Tour and Ysenda MacBeth were inducted into the Order of the Seahorse, and Þòrmundr inn Iandverski was made a Sea Dog.