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Seeking new Exchequer for Whyt Whey 

From: Abu-Darzin Ibrahim al-Rashid, Laureate, Exchequer for the Canton of Whyt Whey

Greetings, friends!

As we discussed at the Canton’s last Commons, new EK policy means that our current Exchequer am past the term limit for the office of Exchequer.  Accordingly, I will be leaving this office after filing our year-end report (31 January 2022).  So far, no one has expressed any interest in taking over the office. 

Exchequer is a required office for all official SCA groups.  If we can not find anyone to take over from me, the Canton will cease to exist.  This is not an exaggeration and it is not a threat.  If you want Whyt Whey to continue (under this or any other name) someone has to take this job.  

Abu-Darzin Ibrahim al-Rashid, Laureate Exchequer for the Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Ostgardr

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).

Jan 2: Whyt Whey Presents the Saturday Night Solar: Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players: Authentic Renaissance Acting Technique

Please join Whyt Whey’s own Sayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya’ in bringing Shakespeare to life!

The works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Johnson and their contemporaries are ill-suited to modern acting technique, which tends to place feeling over form. Renaissance theatre, on the other hand, demands that we obey the dictates of form first, and let that guide our feeling. Using the techniques espoused by the great Shakespearian actor and director, Peter Hall, this class will walk students through a process designed to honor the form of Renaissance theatre, in order to produce thrilling and authentic acting performances.

Please join us here: meet.google.com/dey-yryn-evs

Sayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya’ recently stepped down as East Kingdom Queen’s Bard, and is the former Bard of Caid. She has a Master’s degree in theatre, and has taught acting and dramatic analysis at a university level and in the SCA.

The Saturday Night Solar occurs on two Saturdays a month 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.

Dec 19: Whyt Whey Presents the Saturday Night Solar: Christmas Past, Cold and Ancient

Please join Lord William de Hirst from the Barony of Storvik in Atlantia with the Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr as we bring you period history of our winter holidays!

Christmas is an old holiday, to be sure, but it is far older than most people realize. Come learn about the roots of Christmas traditions, how Christmas was celebrated in period, and bust some myths while we’re at it.

Please join us here at: meet.google.com/ppi-bsov-mfd

The Saturday Night Solar occurs on two Saturdays a month 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.

Dec 12: Whyt Whey Presents the Saturday Night Solar: Cameline Sauce Recipes

Please join Friderich Grimm with the Canton of Whyt Whey in the Crown Province of Østgarðr as we bring you period recipes fit for your Winter Holiday Feast!

Friderich will be teaching us about the best ways to make Cameline sauce and noting changes in the recipes over the times and cultures. Cameline sauce was a wildly popular condiment across Europe and was so common, you could buy it pre-made from vendors in the 14th C marketplace! After we learn what we are about during the preamble, we will bust out our cooking ware and make our own sauce for the practicum. This class is hands-on!

Please join us here at: meet.google.com/qbn-ofra-szx

The Saturday Night Solar occurs on two Saturdays a month 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.

Virtual Commons and Tavern, Thursday, July 2nd

From the Seneschal of Whyt Whey:

Please join us on Thursday, July 2nd, at 7pm for a Virtual Commons and Tavern! Join online via Google Meet. You do not need to have an East Kingdom account or any other Google account to participate.

This is our usual quarterly commons and business meeting. One topic will be discussing what the reopening of Whyt Whey gatherings might look like. What are our safety requirements? What is necessary to make the populace feel safe in gathering for solars or bardic circles? If you have anything you’d like to put on the agenda, please email the Seneschal.

Following Commons, folk are invited to remain in the session for sociability, chatting, and interconnection. You are not alone!

A virtual Evening in the Solar, May 7th

Please join us Thursday, May 7, at 7:30pm for a class on Geometric Clothing Construction, taught by Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid.
This class will discuss how clothing can be constructed from simple geometric shapes, based on extant garments from various times and places in the SCA period. Strategies for fitting and sizing to the individual will be discussed.

  • Join with Google Meet