Welcome!

Welcome to the Canton of Whyt Whey!  We are the Manhattan chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization dedicated to exploring the Middle Ages by recreating activities and crafts of the period. There are tournaments and classes, feasts and finery (and occasional foolery), royal courts and courtly dancing. We encourage you to come and find out what interests you!

The canton’s name alludes to the “Great White Way”, a nickname for the brightly-lit portions of Broadway in midtown Manhattan.

Newcomers are always welcome. You can just show up to local meetings such as our quarterly business meetings (“Commons”), monthly arts & sciences meetings (“Evenings in the Solar”), dance practices, fighter practice, and so on, which are free of charge and happen in modern clothing. Full events require an attempt at medieval clothing, though. If you’re interested in starting off with an event, please see our Newcomers’ Page for help.

For help getting started, mail our newcomers officer at chatelaine@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org. To keep up with news and updates, join our mailing list by sending a blank email to whyt-whey-canton+subscribe@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org. If you use Facebook, join our Facebook group.

Whyt Whey is part of the Crown Province of Østgarðr, which also includes the counties of Kings (as the Canton of Brokenbridge), Nassau (as the Canton of Lions End), and the counties of Queens, Bronx, Westchester, Putnam and Richmond. There are also nearby branches in Suffolk County, Ulster County, Sullivan/Orange County, and northern New Jersey (Bergen/Sussex/Passaic, Somerset/Morris/Hudson).

Countdown to Cloisters

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the Cloisters on Sunday!

Please take a few minutes to scroll through this page of useful tips for attendees, which covers the schedule and setup needs, transit directions, parking information, our potluck dayboard, weather contingencies, and more.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered there, contact the event steward, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin (mka Matthew Cavalletto), via email at 231060@members.eastkingdom.org, Facebook Messenger at m.me/mcavalletto, or mobile (917) 502-7795.

Thank you for joining us to show the best of our Society to a crowd of thousands!

Commons Minutes, Sept. 2022

Minutes for Whyt Whey September Commons Meeting

Thursday, 15 September 2022
7 PM to 8:30

Minutes recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

Attendees

• Alienor / Piglet, Seneschal
• Ibrahim, Exchequer
• Angelica, Chatelaine and Provincial Vicereine
• Simon, Webminister
• Zahra, Provincial Chronicler
• Hanya, Brokenbridge A&S Minister
• Mathghamhain, Cloisters Event Steward
• Levi

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Virtual Commons, September 15, 2022

Please join us on Thursday, September 15, at 7pm for Whyt Whey Commons!

We’ll be gathering online via Google Meet. (Please note, you do not have to have an East Kingdom account or any other Google account to participate).

The agenda includes planning for the future of the canton, recruiting for officer positions, preparing for the upcoming Cloisters demo, and considering possible new names for the canton.

Join Us at the Cloisters on October 2

Preparation is now in full swing for our public event at the Cloisters on Sunday, October 2, and we’d love your help!

This is the SCA’s biggest demo opportunity of the year, with more than fifty thousand people attending New York City’s annual medieval festival.

• Chatelaines, help us answer questions and welcome newcomers!
• Artists and artisans and researchers, exhibit your work to an audience of thousands!
• Musicians and bards, set the mood and capture the attention of the crowd!
• Rattan and rapier fighters, display your mettle before cheering fans!
• Everyone, spend the day showing the public the best of our Society!

All are welcome at this free event, and pre-registration is not needed, but if you’re able to join us, please let us know now so that we can include you in our plans.

Comment here, or email 231060@members.eastkingdom.org, or message me at http://m.me/mcavalletto, or join our planning call by Google Meet on Thursday, September 15, at 7 PM Eastern here: meet.google.com/azp-fqtb-dbn.

Event location and schedule details are available on our website:
https://whytwhey.eastkingdom.org/cloisters-demo/

June 18: Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: Researching Your Bardic Pieces

As events swing into high gear, we gather ’round the bardic fire to regale each other with song and tales once more! How can you polish up your pieces for competition, performance, or entertainment?

Researching your bardic pieces can add greatly enhance your performance! Why do the “extra work” of researching more about your piece? Why do you want to tell this story? What is YOUR story? Why are you telling it? Why is it important to you? When you know your “why” your enthusiasm for the piece can give you another source of energy to pull from. Being passionate about your art shows. Knowing your inspiration or goal will help you find the drive to practice and prepare.

Join The Honorable Lady Agnes Marie de Calais as she goes over the rationale for researching a piece and its time and place, how to organize the research and things to consider, and going over an example together. Participants can also discuss their own work and examples in the discussion portion afterwards.

Please join us here: https://meet.google.com/otq-vnjr-qfk

Agnes is a spoken word bard and storyteller, a researcher whose personae is from Calais, France before the year 1600. She first joined the SCA in the early 2000’s. Recently, she has been sharing her research, bardic interests, retaining, and service wherever and whenever needed. She has taught, run bardic circles, and judged, and teaching youth and adults, and sharing research, is an important part of who she is. She is a Maunche, Silver Wheel, Troubador, Golden Lyre, and recently stepped down as the Queen’s Bardic Champion. You can read more about her on her EK wiki!

The Saturday Night Solar occurs every other Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. The Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr hosts teachers and topics from all over the Known World so that even when we are apart, we can learn together.

March 26: Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: Getting Ready for Archery Season

Spring has sprung – get ready to go outdoors and loose some arrows!

Join Østgarðr’s own Friderich Grimme as we discuss how to get ready for archery season after a long winter! Though warmer weather brings thoughts of good times on the archery range, the vagaries of winter may well have played havoc on your bow and arrows.  For the new archer, this class will provide suggestions for how to check and prepare your equipment for the archery season to come.

Please join us here: https://meet.google.com/otq-vnjr-qfk

Friderich Grimme lives with his wife, Lile Dubh, in the city of Köln at the end of the 14th century.  In the SCA, Friderich’s interests include archery and cooking.  He is the current webminster for the Crown Province of Ostgardr and an archery marshal at large.

The Saturday Night Solar occurs every other Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. The Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr hosts teachers and topics from all over the Known World so that even when we are apart, we can learn together.

March 12: Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: Documentation Do’s And Don’ts!

If research and documentation is keeping you from entering an Arts & Science competition or display, this class will help take some of the mystery and stress out of the process.  Learn how to evaluate a source, gather research, and do basic documentation – including sources.  Also learn how to take the next step and bring your documentation into the intermediate level and really make a splash!

Please join us here: https://meet.google.com/otq-vnjr-qfk

HL Ysabel de la Oya is from the Barony of Forgotten Sea in Calontir.  She is Currently head of Calontir’s Cooks Guild and A&S minister for the Barony of Forgotten Sea. She also has a GoA in cooking and research and entered many Kingdom-level Arts & Science competitions, and while she has only won one once, she always does very well on the documentation component.

The Saturday Night Solar occurs every other Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. The Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr hosts teachers and topics from all over the Known World so that even when we are apart, we can learn together.

Access the handout here!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dMK7zJDCyx7UkyPTHrHfImkig-7jHpiyLMjOA6vT0mk/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dMK7zJDCyx7UkyPTHrHfImkig-7jHpiyLMjOA6vT0mk/edit?usp=sharing

February 26: Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: Stained Glass of Chartres Cathedral

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Chartres, France, was built in the 13th century and has some of the best preserved medieval stained glass in the world. Come learn about how the purpose of the stained glass, how the orientation of the cathedral mattered for sunlight and religious symbolism, how stained glass was used to convey stories to illiterate parishioners, and more!

Please join us here: https://meet.google.com/otq-vnjr-qfk

Epy lives in Highland Foorde. You can find them most often with the equestrians, but they also greatly enjoy performing music in ensembles. They are a member of Laydes Fayre (since Fall 2019), and likes to play in the pit band for dances/balls when able. Currently serving as the Minister of the Lists of Highland Foorde, Epy also tries to stay active as an Equestrian Marshal or Autocrat of an event.

Epy’s name came from a lost bet, and they saw it through by registering the name. It is a Cornish name, from the 10th – 12th c. They do not strictly adhere to this region or time period for a persona, but do tend to dress in the looser-fitting clothes of this era.

The Saturday Night Solar occurs every other Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. The Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr hosts teachers and topics from all over the Known World so that even when we are apart, we can learn together.

February 12: Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: Cheese Making With Joshua

People have been making cheese for thousands of years across almost every culture where dairy has been consumed. 

Let’s get together, hang out in the kitchen, and talk about how cheese is made while Joshua shows you how to make your own!

Please join us here: https://meet.google.com/otq-vnjr-qfk

Joshua has been in the sca for about 30 years. He created the first East Kingdom web page and was the founding seneschal of the Shire of Ma’ale Giborim (Israel, Kingdom of Drachenwald) 

Joshua took up cheese making during the pandemic and currently lives in The Barony Beyond the Mountain ( greater Hartford, CT area).

The Saturday Night Solar occurs every other Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. The Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr hosts teachers and topics from all over the Known World so that even when we are apart, we can learn together.