Commons April 19th 2019

Our provincial commons this month is coming up next Friday, April 19th. As several of us have noted, it is Passover. We may have a smaller than usual turnout. Officers, please submit your reports and read the minutes.

As always, all are welcome to attend. We will meet in Lions End, at the Greenvale Townhouse diner, in the small area to the right as you enter, between the cashier and our usual back room. We will assemble at 7pm. Business portion of the evening should start at 8pm, with socializing afterwards.

I expect the meeting to be relatively short. Topics include Coronation post-event report, and Day of the Decameron pre-event report. Officer reports are requested by Wednesday evening, April 17th, with any additional agenda items you would like to discuss.

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Thank You, Coronation Team!

One week has passed since the Coronation of Ôzurr and Fortune as King and Queen of the East Kingdom, and I wanted to take some time to thank the huge team that made this event possible.

Dozens of people from Østgarðr and our neighboring barony of An Dubhaigeainn came together to assist me and my co-event-steward, Jean Xavier Boullier. Dozens of others came from further away, traveling from distant corners of the kingdom and giving up part of their day to ensure that the event was a success.

Over a hundred names appear on the list of volunteers below, and that’s without trying to catalog everyone in the two royal staffs, the retainers, the heralds, the Queens’ Guards, the champions, the kingdom officers, and everyone else who played a role.

If I’ve omitted your name, I sincerely apologize — I tried to make notes on the day of the event, but quickly lost count of everyone who jumped in to help.

Thank you all — we truly couldn’t have done it without you.

  • Adela W.: Kitchen Cleanup
  • Æthelstan Saint Maur: Gate Desk
  • Ageirr the Lucky: Site Tokens
  • Ajir Tsagaan: Solo Vocalist, Site Breakdown
  • Alaxandair Morda mac Matha: Kitchen Cleanup, Site Breakdown
  • Alexander MacLachlan: Hall Changeover, Feast Table Service, Site Breakdown
  • Alienor Salton: Coordination, Decoration, Choral Vocalist, Site Breakdown
  • Amanda B.: Kitchen Cleanup
  • Anastasia Antonello: Site Breakdown
  • Anastasia “Mouse”: Kitchen Cleanup
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa: Royal Room Decor, Coronation Garb
  • Anne of Ostgardr: Hall Changeover
  • Arnbiorg Helga Niálsdóttir: Site Cleanup, Dayboard Kitchen, Feast Kitchen
  • Astrid the Minion: Parking Assistance, Site Breakdown
  • Ástríðr Sægeirsdottir: Choral Vocalist
  • Ateno of Annun Ridge: Site Setup, Site Breakdown Lead
  • Aurelia Stellari: Coronation Garb
  • Aurora ffolkes: Feast Kitchen
  • Bahja al-Azraq: Feast Table Service, Kitchen Cleanup
  • Brandr Aronsson: Feast Chef
  • Branimira of the Isles: Hall Changeover, Kitchen Cleanup, Site Breakdown
  • Caell Crusadene Robertson: High Table Feast Service
  • Caoilfhionn ingen Ceallachain of House Three Skulls: Site Cleanup, Site Breakdown
  • Casa Basa: Feast Kitchen
  • Cat C.: Shuttle Driver
  • Catelin Straquhin: Royal Room Attendant
  • Caterina Lombardi: Dayboard Kitchen, Youth Point A&S, Site Breakdown
  • Conrad Järnhand: Hall Changeover, Site Breakdown
  • Cormac nan Eilean a’ Cheo: Solo Vocalist, Choral Vocalist
  • Duggmore Dougles: Parking Assistance, Site Cleanup
  • Ealusaid ingehean Un Phaidin: Royal Room Attendant
  • Eanraig the Bonesetter: Hall Changeover
  • Eithne inghean Mael Duin: Choral Vocalist
  • Elissa R.: Gate Desk
  • Ellsbeth: Site Breakdown
  • Ervald the Optimistic: Parking Assistance, Site Breakdown
  • Esnede O Murrin: Site Setup, Feast Table Service Lead
  • Fiona The Volatile: Youth Point Lead, Site Cleanup, Site Breakdown
  • Fiore Leonetta Bardi: Youth Point A&S
  • Francisco de Braga: Gate Desk, Feast Kitchen, Site Breakdown
  • Friderich Grimme: Dessert Chef
  • Gianetta Lucia Allegretta: Royal Room Attendant, Site Setup, Site Cleanup
  • Gibbs Moryss: Parking Assistance
  • Goerijs Goriszoon: Stagecraft Lead, Gondola Master
  • Gowain macAoidh: Hall Changeover, Feast Table Service, Site Breakdown
  • Hawkes Reach A&S Squad: Youth Point Craft Kits
  • Heather Straquhin: Hall Changeover
  • Hrefna Aronsson: Feast Coordinator
  • Hrothgar of An Dubhaigeainn: Dayboard Kitchen
  • Hugoline the Delicate: Youth Point Lead, Solo Vocalist, Choral Vocalist, Dayboard Kitchen, Site Breakdown
  • Ian of Clan Mitchell: Feast Kitchen
  • Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov: Royal Room Attendant
  • Jacqueline Helene Loisel: Coronation Garb
  • Jason R.: Gate Facilitator
  • Jean Xavier Boullier: Event Steward
  • Jibril al-Ghazal: Choral Vocalist, Site Breakdown
  • Johanna Brandrsdottir: Feast Kitchen
  • John Carpenter: Feast Kitchen
  • Jordan R.: Shuttle Driver
  • Kristie C.: Kitchen Cleanup
  • Kunigunde Wedeman: Kitchen Cleanup
  • Kythe Szubielka: Dayboard Kitchen
  • Lada Monguligin: Coordination, Site Setup, Kitchen Cleanup, Site Breakdown
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya: Entertainment Lead, Solo Vocalist, Choral Vocalist
  • Laurie C.: Dayboard Kitchen
  • Leda Zipyos: Choral Vocalist
  • Leo MacCullan: Parking Assistance
  • Leona P.: Kitchen Cleanup
  • Liam The Last: Site Breakdown
  • Lily Anlaith Faa: Event Booklet
  • Logan: Site Cleanup, Site Breakdown
  • Luigj Vascili: Site Breakdown
  • Magnus Morte: Feast Kitchen
  • Magnus deLondres: Site Breakdown Lead, Site Setup
  • Margaret Sevensterre: Feast Kitchen
  • Margreþa la Fauvelle: Instrumentalist, Choral Vocalist
  • Mari Straquhin: Hall Changeover
  • Marion of York: Hall Changeover, Site Breakdown
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin: Event Steward
  • Matilde DeCadenet: Royal Room Attendant
  • Medb of O’Donnchada: Kitchen Cleanup, Hall Changeover, Site Breakdown
  • Michael R.: Gate Facilitator
  • Monkey Makgee: Dayboard Chef
  • Muirdach Ua Daly: Hall Changeover
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi: Dayboard Kitchen, Feast Kitchen
  • Nelson S.: Shuttle Driver, Hall Changeover, Site Breakdown
  • Oda Lally: Silent Herald, Dayboard Kitchen
  • Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc: Site Breakdown
  • Oswyn Northwode: Pre-Registration, Gate Finance, Site Breakdown
  • Padraig: Dayboard Kitchen
  • Peter of Hawkwoods: Site Setup, Site Breakdown
  • Peter the Red: Gondola Woodwork, Choral Vocalist
  • Ragnarr Bliskeg: Feast Kitchen, Site Breakdown
  • Ragnarr Ivanson: Royal Room Attendant, Dayboard Kitchen
  • Randve Litil Hamar: Feast Kitchen, Site Breakdown
  • Richard the Poor: Parking Assistance
  • Ronoko: Site Breakdown
  • Sabine de Kerbriant: Instrumentalist
  • Sammie J.: Kitchen Cleanup
  • Sandrine de Berry: Stagecraft
  • Saravit of House Three Skulls: Shuttle Driver, Site Cleanup, Site Breakdown
  • Sláine Baen Ronáin: Site Breakdown
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste: Coronation Garb Lead, Royal Room Attendant, Site Breakdown
  • Sólveig Bjarnardóttir: Site Tokens, Choral Conductor
  • Sorcha of Stonegrave: Coordination, Site Breakdown, Site Setup
  • Suuder Saran: Site Setup, Site Breakdown
  • Suzanne Nueber de Londres: Dayboard Kitchen
  • Sven Ivanson: Royal Room Attendant
  • Thomas of Northpass: Feast Kitchen
  • Titus Aurelius Magnus: Site Breakdown, Site Setup, Parking Assistance, Bartender
  • Vetra Trys Kaukoles: Coordination, Site Breakdown
  • Vettorio Antonello: Scribal Art Display, Site Breakdown
  • Victor Maximus: Site Setup, Parking Assistance
  • Violet “Purple” Hughes: Shuttle Driver, Site Breakdown
  • Wulfsige i Jorvik: Parking Assistance
  • Zachary R.: Gate Facilitator
  • Zoya the Orphan: Dayboard Kitchen

Long live the people of the East!

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Draft Bylaws For Review

The Crown Province of Østgarðr appears to have first formulated a set of bylaws in 1998, setting forth guidelines under which this branch of the organization would operate. There have been various efforts to update this document in the intervening decades, but several of those fizzled out before the new version was properly ratified, and the overall structure of the document remained largely the same.

Recently a new round of effort was undertaken to bring the bylaws up to date with our current practices, make them clearer and easier to modify in the future, and eliminate a few provisions which had proved to be problematic.

In recent months, a draft of the proposed new bylaws has been circulated for review by the provincial and canton officers, and while there are a few areas in which questions remain to be resolved, we’re now far enough along that we’re ready to gather feedback from the populace at large.

You are invited to review the draft proposal attached below and let us know what you think by sending your comments to

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Commons Minutes for March 2019

March 2019 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The March commons meeting was held March 15 at the American Legion Hall in Mount Kisco, NY.  Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.


Present — 5 members of the officers council, 8 other members of the populace

  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal, Coronation Event Steward
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Sarah of Whyt Whey, Chronicler
  • Esnede O Murrin, Northpass Seneschal
  • Apollodora of Delphi, Deputy Chatelaine, Deputy Webminister
  • Lilie Dubh, Day of Decameron event steward
  • Friderich Grimme
  • Thomas of Northpass
  • Aurora ffolkes
  • Richard the Poor of Ely
  • Colin
  • Dennis

Online — 4 members of the officers council

  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
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Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: March, April, May 2019

Spring is here and our outdoor practices and events are beginning!

Armored combat has already begun in McCarren Park in Brooklyn, 7pm Tuesday nights; for updates, see the Facebook group “Fighter Practice in New York City.”

Rapier fencing will likely begin in mid-April in Central Park (the corner of the park by 59 – Columbus Circle), 7pm Wednesday nights; for updates, see the Facebook group “Historical Arts Rapier Training.”

Updates to both armored combat practice and rapier practice, as well as possibly other practices and events (for example, bardic circle is colocated with rapier fencing every other Wednesday), may be found at the Facebook group “SCA NYC: Crown Province of Østgarðr“.

Northpass dance practice information may also be found at the Facebook group for the Canton of Northpass.

Commons meetings, which are open to the populace, are always on the third Friday of the month, and rotate location through the province — check the prior Commons agenda for the latest on locations, or Facebook!

For information on upcoming nearby East Kingdom events, read on!

The rest of March

Mudthaw, Barony of Settmour Swamp (Roseland NJ, <1 hour W)
Date: March 30
Activities: K&Q A&S Championship


Coronation of Ôzurr & Fortune, Crown Province of Østgarðr and Barony of An Dubhaigeainn (Wantagh NY)
Date: April 6
Focus activity(s): court, court, court

Resurrection of Mangia Borgia, Shire of Coill Tuar (Poughkeepsie NY, 1.5 hours N)
Date: April 13
Activities: Italian Renaissance, gaming, assassinations

Festival of Passing of Ice Dragon, Kingdom of Æthelmearc (Hamburg, NY, 6.5 hours NW)
Date: April 13
Activities: A&S Pentathlon

East Kingdom Brewers Collegium, Barony of Stonemarche (Plymouth, NH, 5.5 hours N)
Date: April 19-21
Activities: classes, brewing guild panels

A Day of the Decameron, Crown Province of Østgarðr (Mount Kisco, NY)
Date: April 27th
Focus activity(s): Period bardic, music, and food.

Balfar’s Challenge, Barony of Dragonship Haven (Southwestern CT, 2 hours NE)
Date: April 27th
Activities: fighting


Return of the Lions, Canton of Lions End (Locust Valley, NY)
Date: May 4th
Focus activity(s): provincial bardic championship

Spring Crown, Shire of Caer Adamant (Harrington, DE, 3.5 hours S)
Date: May 4
Activities: crown tournament

Siege of Granada, Crown Province of Østgarðr (Carmel, NY)
Date: May 11
Focus activity(s): rattan, fencing, A&S, provincial A&S championship

May-Be (I’ll Try Something New), Barony of Iron Bog (Moorestown, NJ, 2 hours SW)
Date: May 11
Activities: classes, baronial heavy fighting & fencing championship tourneys

Quest for Wit and Wisdom, Barony of Settmour Swamp (Pittstown, NJ, 1 hour W)
Date: May 24-27
Activities: quest (scavenger hunt, obstacle course, mystery adventure), baronial championships, brewing competition, bardic circle, artisan’s row

(Note that the travel times shown for events outside of the Crown Province are given as approximate driving times from Central Park; your milage may vary.)

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Commons Minutes for February 2019

February 2019 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons

The February commons meeting was held February 15 at the workplace of Ervald the Optimistic in Queens. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.


Present — 12 Council members, 5 Additional populace members

  • Suuder Saran, Il-Khan
  • Lada Monguligin, Il-Khatun
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine
  • Donnchadh mac Eoin, MoAS
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Sarah of Whyt Whey, Chronicler
  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
  • Esnede O Murrin, Northpass Seneschal
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Badr al-Abyari
  • Bruno Bruni
  • Jibril al-Ghazal
  • Bahja al-Azraq
  • Richard the Poor

Online — 1

  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer

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Commons Feb. 15th 2019

Because this month started on a Friday, our Commons is sooner than you might have anticipated — i.e., the day after tomorrow!!!  Please do not panic.
Officers, please DO submit your report for the meeting to by this evening if you possibly can, so everyone can be prepared to discuss whatever needs discussing on Friday.
Our meeting will be held at Sussman Automatic (Ervald’s workplace) in Long Island City.  The closest transit stops on Queens Blvd. at 33rd St., both the 7 train and the Q32 & Q60 trains.

Google View of Sussman Automatic Location & Transit

Google View of Sussman Automatic Location & Transit

Street parking is available.
Doors open at 7pm, meeting will be convened at 8pm.  Meeting is expected to end before 9pm.  Socializing and post-meeting sidebars may continue until 10pm.  Telecommuting link will be posted before the meeting.  We are switching to Google Meet instead of Hangouts because Google is transitioning away from Hangouts.
As always, some food will be provided, and you are invited (not required!) to bring snacks to share.
*ALL* are welcome.  Our monthly business meetings are a great opportunity to get to know your local SCA volunteers.
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Commons Minutes for January 2019

The January commons meeting was held January 18 at the Kings Plaza Mall Community Room in Brokenbridge. Here are the minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Rhuadháin. The officers’ reports are attached at the end.

January 2019 Minutes • Østgarðr Commons


Present — 15

  • Lada Monguligin, Vicereine
  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, Chatelaine
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald, Youth Marshal, Deputy Webminister
  • Ervald LaCoudre, Armored Combat Marshal
  • Alec MacLachlan, Fencing Marshal, Deputy Seneschal
  • Rakkurai of Kamakura, Minister of Lists
  • Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Historian
  • Esnede O Murrin, Northpass Seneschal
  • Nagashima Ichiro Ujimichi, Lions End Seneschal
  • Caitlin Straquin, Brokenbridge Minister of Arts & Sciences
  • Gui Avec Cheval
  • Adela of Brokenbridge
  • Jibril al-Ghazal
  • Ajir Tsagaan

Online — 5

  • Suuder Saran, Viceroy
  • Francisco de Braga, Exchequer
  • Anne of Østgarðr, Webminister
  • Vika Grigina z Prahy, Whyt Whey Seneschal
  • Richard the Poor
  • Marion of York, Lions End Lieutenant of Fence
        — was unable to connect to video session due to technical problems

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Upcoming In & Around Østgarðr: January – February 2019

Most of our outdoor practices are canceled until spring, but there’s still plenty to do this winter!

The rest of January

Garb workshop for Day of the Decameron, January 20 (Astoria, NY; contact Mistress Sofya for information)

Knight Fight Screening, January 23 (Brooklyn, NY)

Stonemarche: Birka (Manchester NH, 5 hours NE)
Date: January 25-27
Activities: shopping, fashion show
EK Calendar Link:

Northpass Dance Practice, January 27 (Port Chester, NY)


Nordenhalle: Sign of the Dancing Fox (Kingston NY, 2 hours N)
Date: February 2
Activities: dancing
EK Calendar Link:

Evening in the Solar, February 7 in Canton of Whyt Whey (Manhattan, NY)

Lions End Commons, February 8 in Lions End (Greenvale, NY)

Østgarðr Commons, February 15 in Østgarðr proper (Long Island City, NY)

Æthelmarc: Æ Swim (Milton PA, 3 hours W)
Date: February 16-17
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Dragonship Haven: Baronial Investiture (New Haven CT, 1.5 hours NE)
Date: February 23
Activities: K&Q Bardic Championship
EK Calendar Link:

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Commons Jan. 18th 2019

Please join us at our next provincial commons (a monthly meeting of the populace and provincial officers), this coming Friday, January 18th.  We have reserved the community room at the Kings Plaza Mall Management Office, Brooklyn, from 7-10pm.  All are welcome!

  • 7-8pm: gather & socialize
  • 8pm: call to order, start google hangout
  • close of meeting (8:45-ish)-9:45pm: conduct one-on-one business & socialize
  • 9:45-10pm: clean up & go home

Our Google Hangout for the evening can be joined using this link:

Among our business, we will welcome our new officers, and discuss preparations for our exciting spring of Holy Cow How Many Events!?!?  To add something to our agenda, please include it in your provincial officer report for the meeting, or email

You are welcome (but not required!) to bring a food or drink to share.  There will be snacks.

Kings Plaza Mall has ample parking in its garage, entered via Flatbush Ave. just south of Ave. V.  The garage costs a flat-rate of $3 for the day.  To get there via public transit, you will mostly likely need a subway / bus combination, such as the 2 train to Flatbush Ave., followed by the B41 or Q35 along Flatbush Ave. to Ave. U.

The community room is located on the ground floor of the parking garage, in the management office.  You enter via a set of glass doors, facing Flatbush Ave. between Aves. V and U.

Entrance to management office, Kings Plaza Mall.

Entrance to management office, Kings Plaza Mall.

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