Queens Farm 2017

At the annual two-day Queens County Fair, the members of the Crown Province of Østgarđr provided demonstrations of a wide range of medieval activities, from many types of arts and crafts to archery, thrown weapons, fencing and armored combat.

We supported this effort with a display of the weapons and armor used for youth combat, allowing members of the public to strike a practice pell.

A youth fighter also worked with the adult fighters to demonstrate the tools and techniques of armored combat.

River War

We traveled down to Iron Bog (in New Jersey, a bit east of Philadelphia) for this weekend’s River War.

Saturday’s weather wasn’t great, so we moved youth combat into the shelter of one of the 4H barns, but by Sunday it had cleared up and we were back out on the field.

My thanks to the handful of adult fighters who spent time with the kids, showing them techniques and giving them feedback.

In addition to combat, some of the youth fighters also participated in a rough-and-tumble game of hurley and a comedic improv stage performance.

Summer/Fall Event Calendar

It’s been more than a month since our last youth combat event, due to a series of conferences and family vacations, but suddenly our calendar is just packed, with events nearly every week for the next three months!

(Dates in italics below are events we’re considering attending but have not yet confirmed.)

July 29 – August 12: Pennsic is the definitive event of the year for youth combat, at least in this corner of the known world, with eight days in a row of two and often three opportunities to take the field, facing off with dozens of kids from all many kingdoms.

August 25 – 27 (maybe): Battle of Five Armies has confirmed they’ll have youth combat; driving to Massachusetts would take three hours so we may pass, but this would be a great opportunity to get Alex’s Boston cousins onto the field… (Update: another commitment means that we won’t be able to make it to this event.)

September 1 – 3: River War is in southern New Jersey, two hours from Manhattan. We’ll be driving down and running the youth combat event there.

September 9: Barleycorn is held up in Northpass, an hour north of Manhattan, and is a wonderful event; it’s where Alex fought for the first time two years ago, and where I first got my feet wet as an assistant youth marshal.

September 15 – 17 (maybe): St. Andrews hasn’t yet confirmed that youth combat will be available, but it seems like they have space for it. (Update: no youth combat scheduled.)

September 23 – 24: Queens Farm is a local demo near Little Neck, about an hour’s drive east of us, well attended by local families. We’ll be letting visitors take a whack at the pell, and hopefully a small squad of our youth fighters will put on a show for the onlookers.

October 1: The Cloisters Demo is the largest event held here in Manhattan every year, with tens of thousands of members of the public walking past our pavilions. The king and queen of the East Kingdom will be in attendance, so we’re hoping to make this even bigger and better than usual.

October 14 (maybe): Tournament of the Roses will be held in Dragonship Haven this year, an hour and a half’s drive from us. I don’t yet know if they’ll have youth combat.

October 20 – 22: Goat’s Tavern is held in Northpass, and we’ll be running a youth combat area.

October 28 (maybe): Arrows, Axes and Ales V will be held in An Dubhaigeainn, on Long Island. I don’t think they have youth combat on the schedule, but I’ll need to check.

November 18: 100 Minutes War is an annual event hosted by Rusted Woodlands in New Jersey. They have youth combat every year and we’ll most likely by assisting.

If you’re interested in attending any of these events and getting your children into youth combat, drop me a line!

Welcome

Greetings, all. I’ve set up this site in recent days to provide a home for information related to our local youth combat activity here in the New York City region, as well as more general commentary that might be applicable to youth combat activities throughout the Society for Creative Anachronism.

I’ve started by posting some archived photos from events over the last year, and notes I’ve previously written up for parents about how to get involved.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Balfar’s Challenge

We drove up to Dragonship Haven for Balfar’s Challenge, but somehow I neglected to snap any photos of the youth fighters at the event.

My thanks to Lord Cedric of Armorica, the marshal-in-charge for this event.

Miles, one of our fighters from Østgarđr, took second place in the tournament and won a lovely piece of rattan to use for making a pole arm or other great weapon.