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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 Us At The Cloisters!

On Sunday, September 29th, 2019, from 11:30 to 6:00, the New York City chapter of the S.C.A. will once again be participating in The Medieval Festival at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, the largest event of its kind in our area, with an audience of approximately 60,000.

Please join us as we exhibit the wide range of Society activities to the public, including medieval arts and sciences, crafts and clothing, fencing and armored combat, dance and song, chivalry and pageantry.

We’ll post additional information about the event here soon, including a schedule for the fighting and performance areas.

In the meantime, please consider volunteering to assist, as we are in need of many hands for set up, take down, organizing, and hosting for this demonstration.

If you have items or skills you wish to display at the demonstration, please contact the event stewards so we can organize space and logistics with you. We are keen to demonstrate many forms of art & science including music, fiber arts, scribal arts, arms and armor, blacksmithing, jewelry making, games, clothing & millinery. If you’d like to demonstrate a skill that is not listed, please let us know.

We welcome fencers and fighters from near and far! Our fencing champion and heavy fighting champion will be hosting their respective provincial championship tournaments at the festival this year. Come to demonstrate your skills before an eager audience, and receive recognition and glory within the Province!

We are also seeking chatelaines and other volunteers to help staff chatelaine tables. These tables will make it easier for onlookers and those curious of our crafts to come and discuss more in depth what the Society of Creative Anachronism does and how they can get more involved.

If you wish to volunteer with any of the needs above, or in general, or simply wish to come and have fun with us, please contact the Event Stewards! You can reach out to us through email or Facebook:

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
mka Matthew Simon Ryan Cavalletto

Zahra al-Andalusiyya
mka Sarah Berman

Catelin Straquhin
mka Caitlin S. 

It takes many hands to make a village, and we welcome each and everyone one of you to come and attend with us at this year’s demonstration!

Yours in Service,
The Event Stewards of The SCA Cloisters 2019 Demo
Mathghamhain, Zahra, and Catelin

Minutes from June 6 Officers Meeting

On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Canton of Whyt Whey held a meeting of its officers to consider the new provincial bylaws recently approved by the officers of its parent group, the Crown Province of Østgarðr.

A quorum of four of the canton’s six rostered officers was present, and one additional officer submitted their vote by written proxy.

The officers unanimously voted to approve the ratification of the new provincial bylaws.

Present and voting to approve:
• Mistress Vika Grigina z Prahy, Seneschal and Webminister
• Lord Ibrahim al•Rashid, Exchequer
• Lady Godiva de la Mer, Minister of Arts & Sciences
• Bóaire Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Youth Marshal

Absent and voting by written proxy to approve:
• Lady Angelica di Nova Lipa, Chatelaine

Absent and not voting:
• Lord Erich Guter Muth, Herald

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

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.

Østgarðr Officer Positions Open

Reminder: the Province is recruiting for open officer positions.  Letters of intent are due Nov. 16th, to be read into the record during our commons meeting at Greenvale Diner.  You may bring them to the meeting, or email the seneschal and viceregals directly.

Position descriptions are here:
Please consider if someone you know would be a good candidate for any of these offices, and invite them to throw their hat into the ring.  A vote of confidence from their friends is often just the encouragement someone needs to volunteer for an office.

Parking for Cloisters demo

Parking near Fort Tryon park for the Cloisters demo is a challenge. If at all possible, you are better off taking public transit to the site.

If, however, you are one of the people loading in equipment, then here is what you need to know to park on the day.

You do NOT need a parking pass to drive your vehicle on & off site at the beginning and end of the day. The parking pass also does not guarantee you a spot. It simply allows you to look for parking in the cordoned-off parking area at the head of Cabrini Blvd. (or in an internal parking lot, depending on where we are assigned by the festival coordinator).

If you are delayed in transit, and arrive after 10am, you will not be able to drive your car into the park. Instead, find parking and haul your stuff in manually. If you need unloading assistance, come to our demo location and ask for help — we will have wheeled carts that we have used to lug stuff onsite, which you may borrow.

With a parking pass

If you have previously arranged a parking pass with the demo coordinator seneschal at, then you arrive at the south entrance to the park at 9:30am to check in with the festival coordinator and receive your parking pass. The park opens before 9:30, and I encourage you to unload before checking in, if possible! Cars must be headed to parking by 10am, to clear the park for opening to the public around 11am.

Without a parking pass

Once you have unloaded your vehicle, you may drive off to find parking, either at a garage or on the street. Parking nearby fills up quickly, but if you are early you may be able to find something. Here is a map of nearby parking garages:

Parking near Fort Tryon
Parking garages near Fort Tryon Park

Parking garage #3 is not as useful as it appears in this aerial view, because you are walking straight up a hill (almost a cliff) to get into the park. The terrain is not your friend.

Post-demo loading

Cars will be allowed back into the park when the police indicate that it is safe to do so. We must wait for the public to walk out before we start driving in. The festival ends at 6pm. It takes time for 60,000 people to exit the very large park.

There is ALWAYS a traffic jam of entering vehicles. We are conveniently located just inside the south entrance, which eases our loading. Please take care not to block the roadway for others who are attempting to drive further into the park.

Greetings, gentle!

Welcome to the Canton of Whyt Whey!  We are the Manhattan chapter of the SCA,  located in the Crown Province of Ostgardr, which is comprised of the counties of New York (Whyt Whey), Kings (Brokenbridge), Queens, Bronx, Westchester (Northpass), Putnam, Richmond & Nassau (Lions End).

Map of the Southern Region of the East Kingdom

You are welcome to socialize with us on Facebook. You may also join our mailing list for news and updates, straight to your inbox.

Newcomers are welcome to show up at events and local meetings. For events, you must make some attempt at wearing medieval dress. If you would like to borrow some, we have loaner clothing (called Gold Key) available through our chatelaine. Contact the event steward, whose information will be available on the event’s announcement page, or our chatelaine, at

Local meetings such as our arts & sciences Evenings in the Solar, our dance practices, fighter practice, and so on, are held in modern clothing.