Welcome to the Canton of Whyt Whey — soon to be known as the Canton of Appleholm!

We are the Manhattan chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization dedicated to exploring life before 1600 by re-creating 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. We are in the process of changing our name to Appleholm, a Middle English name meaning “apple island,” in homage to our status as “the big apple.”

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).

Hispanic Society Gallery Visit

Thanks to everyone who came out to join us at the Hispanic Society museum today, as well as the post-gallery coffee and chit-chat.

It’s a small exhibition, with a very eclectic mix of items on display, but the “courtyard” is a lovely space and it was interesting to see the admixture of European, Mesoamerican, and East Asian elements in the sixteenth-century artifacts.

We look forward to seeing you all on our next gallery outing soon!

Gallery Sunday, November 26: Iberian Renaissance Courtyard

The Canton of Appleholm invites you to join us for a casual weekend outing to one of our many world-class museums.

On Sunday, November 26, at 2 PM, we’ll visit the recently-reopened Hispanic Society in Washington Heights.

Their Main Court is an interior space decorated in the style of the courtyard in a sixteenth-century Spanish manor, and hosts a small collection of Medieval and Renaissance artworks and artifacts from Iberia and Latin America, including paintings, altarpieces, sculptures, stone tombs, silver tableware, and more. (There’s also a variety of post-period art throughout the rest of the museum.)

To reach the museum, take the 1 train to 157th Street, or the C train to 155th Street, or the M4 or M5 bus to 155th Street. Drivers may be able to find curbside parking at Riverside and 155th Street or in the commercial garage on Broadway at 614 W 153rd.

We’ll gather in the outdoor “Audubon Terrace” space off Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets and enter as a group (weather permitting).

We’ll expect to spend an hour or so in the museum, and afterwards folks who are hungry may walk a couple of blocks through the neighborhood to get coffee or lunch in a local restaurant.

This museum is free and the site reports that it is ADA accessible.

All are welcome to join us. No Society membership or previous experience required. Modern attire; come as you are. Feel free to RSVP or just show up.

Photo courtesy Sailko, released under Creative Commons license.

Musical Jam Session, Thursday October 9

Join Þorfinn Hróðgeirsson for a hands-on medieval music session next week, on Thursday November 9, 7:00-9:00 PM.

Our next medieval music jam session will be on Thursday, in Manhattan!

We’ll gather at a home on the Upper West Side, at 255 W 105th Street, Apt 21. (Northwest corner of Broadway, above the Ellington Restaurant, two blocks from the #1 train at 103rd St.)

I’ll curate what music we jam to based on interest of the attendees, but expect to do some mix of improvisation practice, reading of the greatest hits of the 13th and 14th centuries, and maybe even some polyphony! Minimal musical skill needed: please bring an instrument (or your voice) that you’re comfortable playing a tune on.

Please let me know if you’re planning to come so I can prepare.

All are welcome to join us. No Society membership or previous SCA experience required. Modern attire; come as you are. Feel free to RSVP or just show up. No fee. This site is ADA-accessible, although large mobility devices might need to be folded to fit through the narrow elevator door.

Royal Largesse Workshop, November 12

The Canton of Appleholm invites you to join us for an afternoon of crafting! 

Their Majesties Matthias and Feilinn have asked the craftsfolk of the East to create and donate small items that they can in turn give as tokens or gifts to the populace. (These can include any small SCA-related item such as pins, rings, or other jewelry; trim, cords, or bags; caps, cups, or craft kits, or a hundred other things.)

We’ll gather at 3:00 PM on Sunday November 12 at the home of Madwen Gam (569 W 161st Street, just east of Broadway) to variously stitch, braid, hammer, and otherwise create items to help fill the royal coffers. 

Bring your crafting supplies, or just show up and help other people with their projects. (And if you’re going on the Fabric District outing the Saturday before, keep your eye out for a small piece of material you could use to make something with us on Sunday.)

All are welcome to join us. No Society membership or previous experience required. Modern attire; come as you are. Feel free to RSVP or just show up. No fee. Unfortunately this site is not wheelchair-friendly.

Goldsmiths at work. Detail from “Atelier d’orfèvres” (1576). Engraved by Etienne Delaune.

October Commons Minutes

Our canton’s quarterly business meeting was held on Monday, October 23, 2023. The minutes as recorded by Mathghamhain are attached below, followed by the officer’s reports. 


  • Alienor Salton, Seneschal
  • Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald and Webminister
  • Zahra de Andaluzia, Exchequer
  • Angelica di Nova Lipa, Chatelaine
  • Þorfinnr Hróðgeirsson
  • Ilia Aleksandrovich
  • Jenna Childslayer


  • Meeting was called to order at 7:00.
  • The Society harassment policy was viewed and recited.

Branch Name Legacy

  • We reviewed the question of what to do with our old name following its change. 
  • Currently-active members did not have strong feelings either way on the subject, whereas former members who now live elsewhere unanimously favored retention. 
  • By consensus we agreed to accept the option newly offered by the College of Arms to retain the branch’s original name as its “Ancient and Honorable” name following the change. 

Largess Workshop

  • Ibrahim passed along a request from their Majesties Matthias and Feilinn for the craftsfolk of the East to create and donate small items that can be given by the royals as tokens or gifts to the populace. 
  • Possible items include pins, rings, and other jewelry; trim, cords, or bags; caps, cups, or craft kits, and so forth.
  • Madwen has volunteered to host at her house on 161st Street. 
  • Our target date is the afternoon of Sunday November 12.
  • This is the day after the fabric-district outing, so folks could go buy a piece of fabric on Saturday and turn it into something (coifs or sacks or favors or…) on Sunday. 

Museum Outing

  • Mathghamhain suggested an outing to the recently-reopened Hispanic Society to view their small collection of late-period artifacts from Iberia and Latin America on display in their Main Courtyard.
  • The museum is on Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets. Admission is free. The site is accessible.
  • Our target date is Sunday December 10.

Other Activities

  • Þorfinnr offered to provide content for A&S classes if someone else managed the logistics of finding space and organizing the event.
  • Þorfinnr is also looking for nearby locations to host his in-person music sessions.
  • We could possibly combine in-person music with a dance class at the local studio we used this spring.
  • We hope to work out the details of these and other small-scale gatherings on an ongoing basis over the coming months.


  • The meeting was adjourned by 7:30.

Officers’ Reports

Seneschal, Alienor

Our next canton commons is Monday, Oct. 23rd, at 7pm.

We are floating plans for a largesse-making party.  

Exchequer, Zahra

No news as exchequer.

Chatelaine, Angelica

I have properly filed the quarterly local group and Southern Region Chatelaine reports. 

In the last two weeks we have another Manhattanite from the UWS interested in the SCA, one who comes to us with a wealth of musical and performance experience.  She has been to the Tuesday fighter practice at McCarren park, enjoyed it, and is looking forward to learning more about fighting.   She will be at this coming Saturday’s schola in Settmour Swamp.  I have offered information, and am garbing her for the occasion.  She is also in the process of developing a persona for an individual from a city on the coast of Croatia (family heritage connection) early 1500’s.     

Our previous newcomer Madwen enjoyed Pennsic, Barleycorn,  continues involvement and has offered her UWS home for an Appleholm gathering, details TBD.    

Ishtar (UES) enjoyed aspects of Pennsic but is not presently considering attending it again, but continues casual involvement when not otherwise scheduled. 

Arts & Sciences, Ibrahim

I can’t make it this Monday. Can you make time in the agenda to solicit possible days and times that folks might be available to do a largesse-making workshop? 

Herald, Mathghamhain

I’ve filed my quarterly report with kingdom. 

Our canton name change from Whyt Whey to Appleholm will be made official in mid-December. 

We need to decide whether to retain “Canton of Whyt Whey” as our “ancient name,” or the substitute “Companie of Grate Whyt Whey” household name, or both, or neither. I’ve mailed and posted to get feedback from the populace on this question. Unfortunately, the College needs us to make a decision quickly. 

Webminister, Mathghamhain

I’ve filed my quarterly report with kingdom. 

I’ve done some coordination with the kingdom webministry and they have a plan for how to handle the domain name when our name changes. I’ll coordinate that in late December.

July Commons Minutes

The canton’s quarterly business meeting was held online July 24. The minutes below were recorded by Alienor Salton and edited by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.


• Alienor Salton, Seneschal
• Zahra de Andaluzia, Exchequer
• Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald
• Simon Talbot, Webminister

• Ibrahim al-Rashid, Arts & Sciences

Absent Officers:
• Angelica di Nova Lipa, Chatelaine and Vicereine

• Elizabeth

Provincial Guests:
• Jenna Childslayer

Opening Business

Meeting called to order at 7:08.


  • Our canton name change has been delayed.  
  • The Cloisters demo has been canceled.
  • Most of us on the call will be at Pennsic — please drop by the Østgarðr potluck, Thursday Aug. 8th, starting at 5:30 pm or so.
  • After we get back from Pennsic, we will resume doing the kinds of activities we were doing in the spring, including gallery visits and dancing.  


  • Sept. 22-23, An Dubh has a new demo at Longwood Estates in Suffolk. Historically plausible garb is important for this event.



  • Last quarter all the exchequers had a study hall.  It would be nice to do it again.

Local Event

  • Elizabeth: Could Appleholm host a schola?  
  • Simon: Appleholm likes nothing better! 
  • Mathghamhain: I would love to do a show-and-tell A&S day, with a simple dayboard, and live dancing & music.  
  • Zahra: Why not both?  
  • Mathghamhain: Let’s find a venue! I volunteer myself & Alienor to call around the sites we previously scoped.


  • Simon: I’m ready to step down as webminister, but willing to continue if needed.  
  • Alienor: Please feel free to step down now; there’s no need to drag this out past the point where you’re enjoying it.  
  • Mathghamhain: I will take over the office. We can arrange the logistics after Pennsic.  Thank you for sticking around even after moving away.

[Meeting adjourned at 7:26pm and then almost immediately re-opened when Ibrahim joined the call.]

A&S Gatherings


  • Let’s resume regular A&S gatherings when we return from Pennsic.
  • We had one earlier this year and would like to have more.


  • You can borrow our schola site, which is public transit accessible.


Meeting fully ended at 7:31pm.

April Commons Minutes

The canton’s quarterly business meeting was held online April 24. The minutes below were recorded by Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin and reviewed by Alienor Salton.


• Alienor Salton, Seneschal
• Zahra de Andaluzia, Exchequer
• Angelica di Nova Lipa, Chatelaine and Vicereine
• Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Herald
• Ibrahim al-Rashid, Arts & Sciences

Absent Officers:
• Simon Talbot, Webminister

Provincial Guests:
• Vitasha Ivanova doch’, Provincial Minister of Lists

Meeting called to order at 7:05.


Alienor: Since our last meeting we’ve hosted a weaving workshop, monthly museum outings, and several dance practices.

I am traveling for the next week, so will not be able to host a dance practice this coming weekend, but I’ll organize one when I return, before our road trip to Dancing Fox, May 13th. Our last dance practice was in a local park, and for the next one we’ll probably return to the General Grant Memorial Overlook Pavilion (122nd at Riverside).


Angelica: Appleholm’s dance and museum initiatives have attracted two newcomers (Madwen and Sarah) in the last quarter. Another Appleholm UWS resident (Estar) found us via Jenna Childslayer’s online Pennsic 101 class. Estar and I traveled together to the An Dubh Schola at Stony Brook. I and other Appleholm residents have been welcoming and helpful to these newcomers, and we look forward to Dancing Fox in their good company.

Chatelaine quarterly reports to EK have been correctly submitted.


Mathghamhain: Our branch name change is continuing to wend its way through the heraldic commentary process, and no problems have been encountered so far. (The legacy household name to preserve the Whyt Whey has been subject to more discussion, but appears likely to be registrable in one form or another.) Results are likely to be made official in mid-July.


Ibrahim: I helped Zahra get access to the bank website. The report seems to have gone okay.

Zahra: Yes, thanks for the help, the exchequer’s quarterly report was filed.


Alienor: I checked in with Simon, who reports that there is no news from the webministry.

Arts and Sciences

Ibrahim: Thorfinn is considering hosting some local A&S gatherings in-person at his home. Perhaps mead-making? Simple garb sewing? Contact him or me with class ideas.

Mathghamhain: Our series of museum trips are going well. It was great seeing people at the Cloisters yesterday. I’m currently looking for suggestions on other destinations for future visits.

Ibrahim: The Met is having an exhibit Juan de Pareja, a seventeenth-century Spanish painter of African descent. He’s post-period, but interesting.

Alienor: I’ve been enjoying our visits to small less-known galleries.

Upcoming Events

Alienor: Our next commons meeting will be in July.

Mathghamhain: I’d love to find a venue that was both beautiful and affordable for an in-person non-competitive A&S-themed event later this year.

Mathghamhain: I’ve asked WHIDC to confirm the date of the Cloisters medieval festival this fall — it’s probably the first weekend in October, but some years it’s been the last weekend in September instead.


Meeting adjourned at 7:30.

Wednesday May 10, 7 PM – 8 PM: Introduction to Mead Making

Wednesday May 10, 7 PM – 8 PM, with socializing time on either end of that.

Introduction to Mead Making

165 W 66th Street #4E, Manhattan. Ask for Alec Story

Learn how to make the quintessential medieval drink, mead! We will focus on modern mead-making, and also discuss historical context and practice. A small number of one gallon take-home kits will be provided for interested students.

Instructor Lorefather Þorfinnr Hróðgeirsson focuses on historical beverage research, and has been a modern homebrewer for over a decade.

Dance Studio Session, Sunday April 16

The Canton of Appleholm invites you to join us for our casual weekend renaissance-dance workshop: Taci e Balla — shut up and dance! 

On Sunday, April 16, we will meet at 3 PM at a local dance studio, Bridge For Dance, 2726 Broadway, between 104th and 105th Streets, in studio 2 on the 3rd floor. (Located on the east side of Broadway, upstairs from McDonalds, a minute’s walk from the #1 train at 103rd Street.)

We’ll continue to practice and expand our repertoire of sixteenth-century bransles (pronounced “brawls”). These are easy dances to learn; newcomers and first-timers are welcome!

We have the dance studio rented for just one hour, so arrive a few minutes early and be ready to dance!

Masking strongly encouraged. Please be aware of a significant accessibility limitation: there are three flights of stairs and this site lacks an elevator.

This event is free. All are welcome to join us. No Society membership or previous experience required. Modern attire; come as you are. Feel free to RSVP or just show up.

After the dancing, folks who wish to socialize may move to a nearby shop for coffee and nibbles.

English pen and watercolor painting, Tarantella dancers, by Gatta, 1828.

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