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Gallery Sunday, January 22: “Ritual and Memory” in the Bronze Age Balkans

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

On Sunday, January 22, at 1 PM, we’ll visit the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (14 E 84th St) to view their “Ritual and Memory” exhibit of artifacts from southeast Europe including Hungary and the Balkans during the Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages, approximately 8,000–2,500 years ago.

Admission is free. The venue requires proof of Covid vaccination. Masking is encouraged but not required. The site is wheelchair-accessible and ADA-compliant.

The visit is expected to take around one to two hours. Some folks may choose to go to lunch in the neighborhood afterwards.

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

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Cider Pressing Photo Gallery

The Whyt Whey apple pressing workshop yielded over five gallons of cider!

And gentlemen in Brooklyn now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That pressed with us on Crispin apples’ day.

— Þorfinnr Hróðgeirsson

Thanks to Þorfinnr for the use of his press and his advice on proper fermentation. Photographs by Þorfinnr, Alienor, and Mathghamhain.

Cider Pressing Workshop, October 30

With autumnal crispness in the air, now is the time for cider-making! Whether you harvested apples at the Provincial farm outing or bartered for them at a local market, join us for a hands-on session of mashing and pressing them for juice.

Thorfinn Hróthgeirsson has a cider press and has graciously offered to host a workshop at his home (near the 66th Street station of the 1 train) on Sunday, October 30, at 2:00 PM.

We’ll all work together to process the apples and share the combined juice. Please bring some apples and a large-enough container to take hone your juice; expect one gallon per 16-20 pounds of apples, or roughly one cup for every 3 apples.

Thorfinn will provide the equipment, and may be able to provide yeast for fermenting it if you desire. (If you would like to walk away with fermenting equipment, notify him in advance.)

To participate, email Thorfinn to RSVP and obtain directions

The press will be located outdoors on a balcony. Masks are required while indoors.  Unless it is bitterly cold, the windows will be open, and a HEPA air filter will be running inside, so dress for the weather.

Building has a wheelchair-accessible entrance and an elevator, but the apartment is not specifically accessible beyond that.

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Gallery Sunday, November 6: Lace and the “Threads of Power”

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

On Sunday, November 6th, at 1 PM, we’ll visit the Bard Graduate Center Gallery (18 W 86th St.) to view their “Threads of Power” exhibit on the development and social significance of lace, including examples of needle and bobbin lace from the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, curtesty of Switzerland’s Textilmuseum St. Gallen.

We strongly recommend purchasing your museum admission ($15) well in advance to ensure availability.
https://www.bgc.bard.edu/exhibitions/exhibitions/118/threads-of-power

The venue requires masking and proof of up-to-date Covid vaccination along with matching photo ID. The site is wheelchair-accessible and ADA-compliant.

The visit is expected to take about an hour. Some folks may choose to go to lunch in the neighborhood afterwards.

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

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

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!

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/

January 15: Whyt Whey presents the Saturday Night Solar: Finger Loop Braiding Make and Take!

Join Scheiny of Dalhraidia to learn how to make a five- bowe [five loop] braid. This can be modified to three or seven based on personal preference. 

Students will need: 

-At least three yards of yarn in two colors each. Two skeins of embroidery floss is more than enough. 

– scissors

– ruler/ measuring tape [no big deal if you don’t have one] 

– A shoe on one of your feet

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

Finger loop braiding is a historical way to make cords that can be used as decorative trim or favors, or practical applications such as lacing, drawstrings, button loops, purse straps, seals on documents, etc. Finds date back at least to the Bronze Age Hallstatt Salt Mines. 

Finger loop braids can be made by individuals or collaboratively by pairs or even groups of people. It is done by manipulating loops, called “bowes”, through each other rather than wrapping individual strings around each other as in typical braiding. 

More information, including patterns, can be found at sites such as www.loopbraider.com and www.fingerloop.org.

Scheiny of Dalhraidia is an Iron Age Insular Celt. She enjoys [swearing at] card weaving, finger loop braiding, and sprang. Scheiny has been medievally LARPing since 2009, and has been wading deeper into the SCA since her first Pennsic, Pennsic 41, especially drawn in by the expertise available in fiber arts. At events she especially enjoys attending classes, teaching belly dance and finger loop braiding, and eating. She’s card woven as Least Weasel Weaving since 2015 and finger loop braided since 2016. She also leads Port wine tastings, and enjoys unicorns, puns, and cheese. 

http://Instagram.com/LeastWeaselWeaving

https://facebook.com/LeastWeaselWeaving

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.

Sunday at the Cloisters with Whyt Whey

Please join local members of the SCA in a visit to the Cloisters museum on Sunday, November 28.

(If you’re new to the Cloisters, it’s New York City’s immersive museum of medieval art and architecture, constructed from several medieval European buildings which were purchased piecemeal a hundred years ago and relocated to upper Manhattan, then filled with a variety of period artworks.)

We’ll meet in the park right across the street from the main entrance and enter at 1:00, and plan to stay for three or four hours. (If folks are in the mood afterwards, we might also walk down the hill and get a bite or a drink at a local restaurant.)

[Update:] Unfortunately, museum policies prohibit visiting in historical clothing; this policy is not consistently enforced, but to avoid problems we encourage modern dress.

To reach the Cloisters by transit, take the A train to 181st Street, then use the elevators to exit on Fort Washington Avenue and transfer to the uptown M4 bus which ends at the Cloisters. (Sadly, the otherwise-convenient 190th Street station is closed for repair work.) Alternately, take the A or 1 trains to Dyckman Street and be prepared for a very, very steep climb up the 180-foot hillside.

If coming by car, I believe you should be able to find parking spaces within walking distance in or around Fort Tryon Park.

Online reservations are required to enter the museum. Please RSVP ASAP to seneschal@whytwhey.eastkingdom.org so that we can reserve sufficient spaces. 

The “general admission” price is $25, but residents of New York State with a valid ID may pay what you will. (If the cost is a barrier, please contact the seneschal for assistance.)

Face masks must be worn throughout the visit. Like many New York City venues, the Cloisters requires visitors aged twelve or over to show proof of vaccination. The East Kingdom requires participants aged twelve or over to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result from the prior three days. Both organizations require photo ID for those aged eighteen or over. 

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

(Cloisters photograph by Christopher Down licensed under Creative Commons.)

Canton Presence at Weekly Practice

The Crown Province’s weekly practice has been bustling this fall, with fencing, armored combat, and dance lessons happening on the field, as well as engaging with the many passers-by who stop to learn about our activities.

A number of folks from our fair canton are typically in attendance — now’s a great time to join us!

We gather on Tuesdays starting around 7:00 at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, in easy walking distance from the L train — see directions here, or email the seneschal if you’d be interested in catching a ride out by car. (Activities may be cancelled due to weather or the availability of our marshals, so get in touch via email or social media to confirm our schedule.)

Whyt Whey banner on display at a recent Provincial practice.