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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).

Canton Commons, Thursday, October 7

To the denizens of our fair canton, greetings!

Our regularly-scheduled quarterly commons meeting will be held online this Thursday, October 7, at 7:00 PM Eastern.

Join us online at https://meet.google.com/azp-fqtb-dbn or by phone at (484) 998-0530‬ PIN: ‪633 776 603‬#.

Topics for discussion include reports from the canton officers, recent policy changes and possible in-person activities over the coming months, and a proposal to consider changing the canton’s registered name.

If there are items you’d like see added to the agenda, please let me know.

Thanks,

— Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
— Whyt Whey Seneschal

Whyt Whey: Help Wanted

The Canton Needs YOU!

Whyt Whey has a number of officer transitions coming up in the next several months.  Volunteer now and learn the ropes – you’ll be ready to roll when the world opens up again!    Reach out to the Whyt Whey Officer List if you would like to learn more.

All officers, including deputies, must be paid-up members of the SCA.  (If you wish to be a member but have financial challenges, there are resources to assist – just reach out!)  Seneschal and Exchequer, and their deputies, must live in the boundaries of the Canton.

(The astute observer will note that we currently have Deputies for the Seneschal & Exchequer – but they’re what’s known as “drop-dead” deputies, i.e., will take the reins in an emergency.  What we’re looking for is folk who will wish to step up into the full office in the next 6-18 months.)

Seeking:

  • Deputy Seneschal (committing to step up to Seneschal no later than January) (required).  The Seneschal is the official chapter president, and is ultimately responsible to make sure that all business in the Canton is carried on according to SCA Corpora, East Kingdom Law (and of course actual law as well).  Duties include:
    • Conducting Commons meetings
    • Filing quarterly reports to Kingdom, and monthly reports to the Provincial Seneschal.  (It’s easy and quick.)
    • Responsibility for monitoring Whyt Whey social media (since we don’t have a Social Media Officer)
    • Advising fellow officers on law & policy
    • Drop-dead deputy event steward for any events hosted by Whyt Whey
  • Deputy Exchequer (with intent to eventually step up to Exchequer): The Exchequer is the official chapter treasurer; responsible for stewardship of the Canton’s funds and property.  Duties include:
    • Filing quarterly reports to Kingdom
    • Balancing budgets for expenditures and Events (we don’t have a lot of these…)
    • Managing the Canton’s bank account
  • Herald.  The Herald assists members of the Canton with registering names & arms/devices, whether personally, for households, etc.  They could also assist as “voice” heralds at Canton or Provinical courts.  Duties include: 
    • Consultation & research on names and devices
    • Helping populace members with filing registration paperwork
    • Filing quarterly reports to Kingdom

Help keep the medieval machine running – volunteer today!

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

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
231060@members.eastkingdom.org
https://www.facebook.com/mcavalletto

Zahra al-Andalusiyya
mka Sarah Berman
245914@members.eastkingdom.org
https://www.facebook.com/sarah.berman.14

Catelin Straquhin
mka Caitlin S.
245476@members.eastkingdom.org
https://www.facebook.com/St.Caitlin 

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