Medieval Game Night

Come join your fellow Ostgardrians in a medieval game night! We will be meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10th at 255 W. 105th St., #21, from 7-10pm, to play medieval boardgames in preparation for The Resurrection of Mangia Borgia in April of next year in a neighboring group, the Shire of Coill Tuar (Kingston, NY)

We will have multiple kits for Nine Men’s Morris and Alquerques. As the evening devolves, there will be Munchkin.

Bring your favorite munchies! We will also order some family-style dinner (pizza, Chinese, Indian?).

An Evening in the Solar, Nov. 2016

At our next Arts & Sciences social gathering, Lady Alienor Salton (i.e., me) will be teaching a class on hemstitching, as learned from Mistress Genoveva von Lübeck at Pennsic University this summer, following her fabulous handout.

We will be making small linen handkerchiefs, using evenweave and silk thread. The resulting product will be both beautiful and useful.

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Dinner will be lasagne. Salad, bread or wine would be useful contributions, should you feel so moved.

Please RSVP (email seneschal@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org or comment here) so I can prepare enough kits.

We will meet on the third Thursday, November 17th, at 7pm, in the usual place.

Please bring your songbook! You can print a new one for yourself here.

Feast for Whyt Whey Solar, October 2016

Original redactions are found here: Iron Age Recipes. I made some changes — for one, the butter allotted to the oatcakes seemed woefully insufficient.

Oatcakes:

500g McCanns steel cut oats
250g spelt grains
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon sea salt
~1 cup water

Process oats & spelt until flour-like in consistency, with some graininess left for texture. Stir in salt. Pastry cut in butter until cornmeal-like-texture. Stir in water to make a stiff dough. Form flat cakes, cook on griddle until done. Cool. Serve with Irish cheddar. Yield: approx. 30.

Pork & barley stew:

2lbs. stew pork
6 colored carrots, chopped
1 box shredded red cabbage
2 scallions, chopped
~2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
~2 tbsp fresh parsley
3 bayleaves
~15 juniper berries, crushed
olive oil (or animal dripping)
2 bottles mead
~2 tbsp honey
1 cup pearl barley

Marinate pork overnight in mead, thyme, parsley, bay, juniper berries. Remove pork from marinade, strain out herbs & berries. In a dutch oven, heat up olive oil, brown pork, carrots, scallions, cabbage. Add marinade mead, honey, pearl barley. Simmer for 2.5 hours, partly covered & then fully covered, until tender.

Bean fritters:

3.5 oz. chopped, roasted, hazelnuts
1 box chopped rainbow chard
2 tablespoons horseradish
1 can black-eyed peas
2 cans fava beans
1 egg
~3 tablespoons salt
~1/2 cup bread flour
~1.5 sticks butter

Sauté hazelnuts & chard in butter until wilted. Move to bowl. Mix in peas, beans & horseradish. Beat in 1 egg, salt to taste, then enough bread flour to form a soft dough. Form into sausage link shapes (cylinders about 5 inches long). Fry in plenty of butter until done / browned. Yield: about 16.

Fruit in cream:

6 oz. blackberries
4.5 oz. blueberries
3.5 oz. hazelnuts, chopped
~1 cup heavy cream
honey
mint

Mix berries & nuts. Pour over cream. Drizzle with honey. Top with mint.

An Evening in the Solar, Oct. 2016

At our A&S gathering next month, Thursday, October 20th, at 7pm, please join us for a penanular brooch making demonstration & workshop, taught by Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson. Supplies will be provided. You may also wish to bring a personal project to work on, as we will be taking turns with the anvils and hammers.

Penanular brooch by Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson
Penanular brooch by Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson

Please also pack your songbook, if you have one (or print a new one if you can). As we resolved earlier, we will rehearse at least one number from the songbook at each gathering.

Dinner will be selections from an Iron Age feast, namely oatcakes, bean fritters and boar stew, followed by fruit w/ cream & honey. Bring to share anything that pleases you, or simply show up. Mead will be especially appreciated!! No contribution is required beyond your excellent company.

We are meeting in the usual place, 255 W. 105th St., #21. [Directions]

An Evening in the Solar, Sept. 2016

Our next A&S gathering will be Thursday, September 15th, at 7pm, in the Usual Place: 255 W. 105th St., #21

You are invited to bring any projects you have in progress to work on & share with the other attendees.

We will review our preparations for the upcoming demo at the Cloisters for the Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival, Sunday, Sept. 18th.

If you have a copy of the songbook, please bring it with you! Lady Godiva d’Mer will print extra copies for those who do not have a printer handy. We will rehearse for our concert at the demo.

I am little too overwhelmed with planning to properly execute the Iron Age feast I mentioned on Facebook earlier, so dinner will be a light repast as with our last few summer meetings: cheese, bread, fruit, etc. Bring to share anything that pleases you, or simply show up. No contribution is required beyond your excellent company.

Planning for Cloisters Demo

Schedule:

Check-in (drivers): 9am.
Unload & setup: 9am – 11am.
Assemble for opening procession (front gate): 11:15am.
Opening Procession: 11:30am.
*Sprang class (Lady Alienor): noon.
Music & Dance demo: noon.
Combat demo, armored & rapier: 12:30am.
Metalwork demo (in unicorn forum!): 1pm.
*Calligraphy class (Lady Lada): 1pm.
*Nålbinding class (Lady Beatrice): 2pm.
Fashion show: 2pm.
Dance demo: 2:30pm.
Combat demo, armored & rapier: 3pm.
*Finger-loop braiding class (Ladies Arnora & Vika): 3pm.
Fiber Arts demos: 3:30pm.
Concert: 4pm.
Court: 5pm.
Pack up: 6pm (until done).

Most demos are ongoing, but have been highlighted in the printed schedule at the times given above.

Parking passes: The parking pass list has been submitted. Thank you to those who volunteered to park elsewhere! Parking passes have been requested for these 12 drivers: Suuder, Gui, Ronan, Sofya, Mungo, Magdalena, Vincenzo, Duggmore, Alienor, Brandr, Matilda & Elizabeth. All drivers are welcome to drive onsite between 9am and 11am to setup, and again after 6pm to break down. If you are on the parking pass list, you may collect your pass at 9:30am from the festival volunteers at the front gate of Fort Tryon park.

Infrastructure: Against the walkway at the top of the hill, we will have the large provincial green & white tent with private space in the back for our potluck, for resting & for armor storage. The front area of the green & white will be dedicated to demo tables, with room under the tent for visitors to step under cover. Between the green & white & the fighting list (shared among combat participants including youth combat) we will have a changing popup, divided into separate halves. In front of the green & white will be a classes tent. On either side of the classes tent we will have a chatelaine’s tent, a kid’s tent, and a number of other popups dedicated to demos. Please bring banners for color!!!

Demos: Here are the people who have told me what they are demo-ing. I assume we also have fighters & fencers who have not explicitly mentioned their demo as they do not need table space.
Arnora: inkle loom. Finger-loop braiding class.
Beatrice: nålbinding class.
Brandr: metalworking.
Mungo: either weapons or leaded glass.
Conor: stained glass demo.
Matilda: helping w/ fashion show, water bearing for ACL combat.
Arnbjorg: chain mail jewelry & Viking wire weaving.
Duggmore: chain mail jewelry & woodworking.
Vika: kirtle sewing. Finger-loop braiding class.
Judith: masks & noisemakers.
Lada: calligraphy. Calligraphy class.
Suuder: archery.
Alienor: tablet weaving. Sprang class.
Angelica: card stock paper dolls for kids table.
Sofya & Magdalena: chatelaine’s table. Brass rubbings for kids table.
Dala: helping at kids table.
Mathghamhain: youth combat.
Branimira: binder w/ embroidered favors.
Benjamin: period board games.
Wilhelm & Conandil: dancing.

Classes: we are offering 4 classes, in a central popup with tables & chairs. There will be sign-up sheets for each class available with a class limit of 10 participants.
Sprang (Lady Alienor): noon.
Calligraphy (Lady Lada): 1pm.
Nålbinding (Lady Beatrice): 2pm.
Finger-loop braiding (Ladies Arnora & Vika): 3pm.

Potluck:
Arnora: bagels & cream cheese
Angelica: ice, water, 2 large orange water dispensers, cups, flatware, plates, paper towels, garbage bags.
Vika & Simon: salami, cheese, grapes.
Judith: Scotch eggs.
Godiva: ham.
Sofya: watermelon.

As usual, the festival will be providing lunch via volunteers. Instead of providing meal tickets this year, you are asked to supply your group name (SCA) to the lunch volunteers. I can’t tell you where the food is because I have never managed to get away from the demo in prior years. We will find someone who does know on the day.

Fashion show, 2pm: To participate in the fashion show (all in garb are welcome!!), please collect an entry card from Lady Godiva. We will be asking for your geographic location, your time period, and any relevant (short!) details of your garb to which you would like to draw attention. Our voice herald will call the show, for which participants will walk a short circle on the grass to display their garb. Nothing fancy required.

Concert, 4pm: To participate in the concert, please print & bring with you or collect at the concert a songbook. All the songs are simple & most are well known to the populace. Emphasis is on social rather than professional singing.

Whyt Whey & Ostgardr Heraldry

Devices for all Whyt Whey members (and those who asked to be included in our site banner) and relevant Ostgardr arms have been re-drawn by our (proposed new) herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. You are welcome to use the included images for your own purposes. They are presented here as 2 PDFs. Please let the webminister know if you need assistance selecting, cropping or re-sizing your own device from the material provided herein.

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Ostgardr-Heraldry

Commons meeting & Evening in the Solar, Aug. 2016

Please join us for a commons meeting & an evening in the solar Thursday, Aug. 18th, from 7-10pm at 255 W 105th St. #21.

Conversations at Pennsic regarding our canton device & the upcoming Cloisters demo need to be shared with canton members & officers. Thank you!

Proposed agenda: WhytWheyCommonsAug.2016

The Evening in the Solar will be a post-Pennsic recap. What classes did you take or teach; what did you learn that most excited you? Please bring any handouts & links you’d like to share. We will also talk about what classes & workshops we’d like to see in the coming year.