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Regularly scheduled activities

Regular Practices

Sundays
  • Archery Practices: All archery practices listed below require traditional bows without modern accessories, and wooden shaft arrows. Loaner gear is available for newcomers on a first-come-first-serve basis.
    Staten Island, Willowbrook Park
    Run by Lord Suuder of Silver Horde. These practices are posted on the local email lists, with cancellations the morning of the practice if weather interferes. Practices generally start between 1-1:30, and end whenever people get tired. There are barbeque pits and picnic areas near the range, so there can be other activities at this practice, including heavy weapons practice. There is ample parking. This is a free practice. No crossbows are allowed per NYS law. Directions here.
    Nassau County, Long Island, Cedar Creek Park
    Run by Lady Arnbjorg Nilsdottir. These practices are posted on the local email lists, with cancelations the morning of the practice if weather interferes. There is ample parking, and after Memorial Day, if you are not a Nassau County resident, the park charges a $10 parking fee. The practice itself is free. No crossbows per NYS law.
  • "Brunch with Cadfael", Third Sundays of the Month (more or less):
    Baroness Johanna opens her home at 658 53rd Street, Brooklyn around 1-2 pm for brunch (including her yummy cinnamon buns!), small projects and videos featuring medieval subject matter from all over the world.
  • Cooking Workshops, usually on first Sundays, after archery practice ends at Cedar Creek:
    Countess Brekke Franksdottir welcomes not only those who want to learn medieval recipes, but those who want to peruse cookbooks and talk about learning how to cook medieval recipes for the modern audience. RSVP to Countess Brekke for more information.
  • Games Day, One Sunday a month, or thereabouts:
    Once again, it's Baroness Johanna's pleasure to open her home at 658 53rd Street, Brooklyn, feed those who come, and have people playing games, talking, working on small projects. These gatherings are also posted to the local email lists.
  • Scribal Sunday, the third Sunday of every month.
    This is a gathering for those who are interested in learning about calligraphy, illumination and wordsmithing. No experience required, all levels of skill welcome! Loaner supplies will be provided. Location will be posted on the lists a week or two prior. Contact Lady Lada Monguligin.
Wednesdays
  • Dance Practice, most Wednesdays from about March through October, at Belvedere Castle in Central Park.
    For info, contact Conandil or Wilhelm, or see this page.
    In winter months, dance practice moves to a variety of indoor venues; watch the e-mail lists for details.
Thursdays
  • First and Third Thursdays in Manhattan: "A Night in the Solar", Whyt Whey's A&S gathering. Each meeting is confirmed on the mailing lists of the local groups. We stitch & sing at every gathering, rehearsing seasonal material, both period and society-composed. Stitching includes support with ongoing projects, as well as demonstrations or practicums. Special topics are announced in advance. Directions here; contact Alienor Salton, mka Piglet, piglet@panix.com, for more information.
Fridays
  • Arts and Sciences Gatherings: opportunities to work together on various arts and sciences projects, help each other start projects, or brainstorm ideas for projects, or teach each other various arts and sciences, or just hang out and listen to stories about the SCA.
    First Fridays in the Bronx
    starting about 7 PM at the home of Baron Luigj and Baroness Jacqueline Loisel. There is always sewing going on, and calligraphy/illumination if Lady Lada Monguliggan graces the gathering. Lord Friderich, off the archery range, plays chef in the kitchen and will try out delicious medieval recipes. Other topics (such as heraldry, banner-making, etc.) might also be covered.
    Second Fridays in Brooklyn
    starting about 7 PM, rotating among the homes of various members in Brooklyn. We encourage working on various projects, help people start projects, and sometimes have guest teachers come to teach their art/science. We have hosted Master Alaric Jaeger von Bremen, a noted stonecarver, Lady Ysenda MacBeth on medieval sewing techniques, Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid on going from fabric to garment, and many others. Contact Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid (mpiusmd@gmail.com)
  • Business Commons, usually the third Friday evening of each month, starting around 7:30 pm.
    These gatherings move around the province, but are posted well in advance on local email lists. This is the business side of the local SCA, where officers give their reports, and upcoming demos and events are discussed. People with new ideas, suggestions or comments are welcome. If you want to volunteer to help out at a demo or event, please feel free to come and listen.

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