Welcome to the Canton of Appleholm — formerly known as the Canton of Whyt Whey!

We are the Manhattan chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization dedicated to exploring life before 1600 by re-creating 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!

We have recently changed our name to Appleholm, a Middle English name meaning “apple island,” in homage to our status as “the big apple.” The canton’s former 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 activities such as our quarterly business meetings (“Commons”), arts & sciences gatherings (“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@appleholm.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.

Appleholm 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), Westchester and Putnam (as the Canton of Northpass) and the counties of Queens, Bronx, and Richmond. There are also nearby branches in Suffolk County, Rockland County, Sullivan/Orange County, and northern New Jersey (Bergen/Sussex/Passaic, Somerset/Morris/Hudson).