Category Archives: Arts & Sciences

Evening in the Solar, Thurs. November 7

Please join us Thursday, November 7, at 7:30pm for a class on Elizabethan-era clothing, taught by Mistress Vika Grigina z Prahy. The Crown Province will be hosting the kingdom Twelfth Night celebration with an Elizabethan/Shakespearean theme, so now is a great time to think about what to wear!

The class will present a survey of the different garments that comprise a late-16th-century person’s outfit, including options for all levels of society. Following that, we will offer consulting assistance to help you put together a plan for your outfit, suited to your available time, resources, and comfort level.

The class is not at the usual solar location. It will be held at Rm. 502 of the Diana Center at Barnard College. No ID is required to enter campus or the building for this event. The building and the room are accessible.

To get to Barnard, take the 1 train to 116th & Broadway, and enter the main campus gates on the west side of Broadway at 117th St. The Diana Center is the orange-glass building to the right across a small lawn. (There are also campus maps posted just inside the gate.)

Do not come to the room before 7:15pm, as there is a class in that space before us.

Commons Meeting and Evening in the Solar, October 3rd – DIFFERENT LOCATION

Please join us on Thursday, October 3rd, for a Commons meeting and an Evening in the Solar.

This is our usual quarterly commons and business meeting. If you have anything you’d like to put on the agenda, please email the Seneschal. (Also, bring receipts from recent demos for reimbursement.)

Following Commons, please stay for a class on Introduction to Natural Dyeing, taught by Lord Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson! We will explore dyeing with the chief trifecta of European dyes: madder red, weld yellow and woad blue.

If you wish to actively take part in dyeing, please wear clothing that can get stained very permanently, and bring a clean, white protein fiber such as wool.  We will most likely be dyeing blue, as it is the quickest.  If you wish to dye red or yellow, please reach out to Þórfinnr ahead of time so we can get you set up.

Different location: The Commons and the Solar will be hosted at Þórfinnr‘s: 165 W. 66th St., Apt. 4E. Commons will begin at 7pm, and the solar will follow.

Commons Meeting & Evening in the Solar, Sep. 5

Please join us on Thursday, September 5, for a Commons meeting and an Evening in the Solar.

This is our usual non-quarterly commons and business meeting; the primary topic will be the upcoming demo at the New York Medieval Festival on Sep. 29. If you have anything else you’d like to put on the agenda, please email seneschal@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org.

Following Commons, please stay for a roundtable on “Share what you leaned at Pennsic!” What cool/interesting/illuminating classes did you take? Bring any handouts or details you’d like to share.

We will be at the usual location, 255 W. 105th St., #21. Commons will begin at 7pm, and the solar will follow.

Commons Meeting & Evening in the Solar, July 11

Please join us on Thursday, July 11, for a Commons meeting and an Evening in the Solar.

This is our usual quarterly commons and business meeting. If you have anything you’d like to put on the agenda, please email seneschal@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org.

Following Commons, please stay for the class – two classes, in fact! “Sit & Spin”, and “Prep for Pennsic”. The former is a hands-on spinning tutorial, and the latter is an open session to get help with any of your Pennsic projects.

We will be at the usual location, 255 W. 105th St., #21. Commons will begin at 7pm, and the solar will follow.

Evening in the Solar, Thursday, May 2

Please join us Thursday, May 2nd, at the usual time (7:30pm) and place (255 W. 105th St, #21) for a class of culinary delights offered by Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid!

We’ll be talking about medieval food – specifically, the food of al-Andalus (Muslim Spain).  Ibrahim will talk about what we know of food in al-Andalus while we do some food prep for the upcoming Siege of Granada event.

Commons Meeting & Evening in the Solar, April 4

Hooray for Spring! Please join us on Thursday, April 4, for a Commons meeting and an Evening in the Solar.

This is our usual quarterly commons and business meeting. If you have anything you’d like to put on the agenda, please email seneschal@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org.

Following Commons, please stay for the class: Introduction to Nålbinding, taught by Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid. (Nålbinding is a period technique for creating garments, particularly mittens, hats, and socks, somewhat similar to knitting or crochet.)

We will be at the usual location, 255 W. 105th St., #21. Commons will begin at 7pm, and the solar will follow.

Upcoming Evenings in the Solar

The Solar topics for the rest of the spring have been chosen! Please join us for them.

Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm: Introduction to Nålbinding, taught by Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid. (Nålbinding is a period technique for creating garments, particularly mittens, hats, and socks, somewhat similar to knitting or crochet.)
Thursday, May 2, 7:30pm: “Sit and Spin…or perhaps not” – a class in two parts. Audrey will teach how to spin with a drop spindle; and Lord Þórfinnr will teach how to spin using a distaff.

There will also be a Canton Commons meeting on April 4th, before the Solar.

Commons Meeting & Evening in the Solar, January 10

Happy New Year! Please join us next Thursday, January 10, for a Commons meeting and beaded veil class.

This is our usual quarterly commons; topics will include confirmation of a formal financial policy, upcoming events, &c. If you have anything else you’d like to put on the agenda, please email seneschal@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org.

Following Commons, please stay for a class on beaded veils, taught by Lady Beatrice della Rocca! The adding of beads to veils is an old and classic way of not only showing off your skills but also making your veils look lovely. In this class, you will learn the same techniques to bead your veils as was taught at last Pennsic. Needles, thread, beads and simple veils will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own veils. This is a hands-on class, with spectators being welcome.

We will be at the usual location, 255 W. 105th St., #21. Commons will begin at 7pm, and the schola will follow.