Investiture XIV

The Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass invites all to come together to celebrate His Excellency Bernardo dei Medici’s final court and the Investiture of Maese Carlos Nieto de Andrade and Mistress Joella of Blue Lion’s Keep as the 14th Barón and Baroness of the Citadel of the Southern Pass.

Date: March 4th 2023

Gates open at 9 am and the event ends at 10 pm

Location: Tobin Nations United Methodist Church 9410 Roanoke Dr, El Paso, TX 79924

From I-10: Head to US54, take exit 24 toward Fred Wilson Rd/Railroad Dr. Head North on Railroad Dr for 3.7 miles, turn left on to Hondo Pass Dr. Turn right onto Roanoke Dr, destination will be on the right .6 miles.

From US-54 (via New Mexico): Head south on US-54, exit McCombs and head south. Turn right on Sanders Ave, turn left on Roanoke Dr, destination will be on the left .1 miles

Site Fee: $20 Adults, $15 Members, Youth 17 to 15 are $15, children 14 and under are free. Feast is included in the fee. Pay Pay at the gate, Cash, or Checks made out to SCA Inc Citadel of the Southern Pass.

Merchant space will be available, $20 fee.

Autocrat Morgana of Land’s End,

RSVP (including food preferences) located at

There will be a table set up where you can give/trade old books, garb, feast gear, or any other items that clutter up your house you no longer need.

We will have a photographer on site (donation based) to take photographs of the populace in garb.

The church asks that we not park on the Wren side of the building.

  • There will be a donation lunch.
  • Feast details
    • Appetizer
      • Roasted Parsnip and Honey Soup- Roasted parsnip drizzled with honey served with bread. Vegetarian, Welsh. 
      • Albondigas en tomate- Beef and pork meatballs served in a tomato sauce. Spanish.
    • Entrée
      • Glamorgan Sausages- Shallow fried fritter with Cheddar and Havarti cheese. Vegetarian, Welsh.
      • Tortilla Española- Egg omelet with potatoes and onions served with aioli. Spanish.
    • Dessert
      • Pwdin Eva- Bed of baked apples topped with a vanilla sponge served with a vanilla custard. Welsh.
      • Tarta de Santiago- Almond based cake with a hint of lemon. Gluten Free, Spanish.
  • There will be a competition for Baronial Bard (rules below)
  • Site is dry.
  • Please no stakes in ground if you bring a shade.
  • We will be making a pin book with wooden covers as a A&S project. We only have supplies for 24 so please sign up at registration if you are interested.
  • Mistress Catriona will be teaching Court Dancing in the afternoon.
  • Members of the Citadel populace have graciously sponsored two martial tournaments.
    • Lord Seamus O’Glacain has sponsored the armored tournament with a Swiss five format (five rounds spear/polearm, sword & shield, Florentine, great sword, and then axe). Prize is the materials to make a new weapon or two.
    • Lord Frederick Fortescue has sponsored the rapier tournament (format to be determined). Prize is an assortment of feast gear.
    • We hope all can attend and those watching the combatants bring a small gift or favor to give to a combatant that inspires you or fights with honor.

Having seen the success at Coronation of the Craft Person’s Green, we would like to invite all artisans to set up space and teach/demonstrate their work or projects during the day at Citadel Investiture XIV (weather permitting outside).

What is a Craft Persons Green? Crafts Person Greens are interactive Arts & Sciences displays where the artisans are encouraged to teach at their display. All artisans at any level are encouraged to participate!

Please reach out to Her Grace Morgana if you have any questions.

Hail Citadel! The rules for the Baronial Bard competition to be held at Investiture will be as follows:

Original composition on the glory of the Citadel. May be spoken, sung, or sung and accompanied musically. If you could please keep your composition under 5 minutes, please.

Event Schedule

(Subject to change at Their Majesties’ and Excellency’s Whims)

April 2022

We had a wonderful demo at Bel Air High School’s Big Red Comic Con.

Thank you to Lord Torbjen and his wife Diana, and their sons Clark and Bruce, Lord Cao Sheng, Lady Ásdís Alfriðardottir, and Joaquin for coming out and making this our first demo in…years.. be awesome. We had a large TV screen that ran SCA videos to show the visitors the larger events such as Crown Tournament and Pennsic. We also had a punching bag along with boffer weapons that allows visitors to try out the form and feel the fun that fighting is in the SCA.

We are still looking for applicants for: Treasurer, Arts & Sciences, and Chatelaine. If you are interested, please contact me at

Yours in Service,

Mistress Joella of Blue Lion’s Keep

A request for marshals


Citadel needs more Marshals! I am seeking feedback and interest from the Barony on folks who would be willing and able to obtain Marshal authorization. Given enough participants, I’m looking at doing this through classroom/in-person training. One does not need to be a fighter in order to assist in marshaling, but our fighters do need marshals to continue doing what they do safely. If you find you are interested in becoming a Marshal or if you have questions, please reach out via

Yours In Service,

Lord Þórbjorn Trǫllsbani Dansson, D.O.T.

Knight Marshal, Barony of the Citadel of the Southern Pass

Week of March 4th updates

This Saturday 12pm, at All Saints Episcopal Church (3500 McRae Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925), we will be working on a special sewing project. Hush Hush thing.

Bring your sewing machines, hand sewing kits, cotton batting/filling, and we will work on snacks/food.

Lady Rusa, Baronial List minister, will not be able to attend the Baronial Populace days for March and April and asks for volunteers to organize the day event and tournament. Please contact her at

Noswaith dda, Citadel!

We are being asked to give a preliminary estimate of how many people will be at Big Red Comic Con on March 23. Remember, this conflicts with Kingdom A&S.

If you could assist me with this by letting me know via email ( if you plan on being there, this would be much appreciated.

THL Emrys Ap Gwalchmei

Noswaith dda, Citadel!

At our last populace, we spoke about memberships. I wanted to make everyone aware of a resource that’s out there for people who may need some assistance with a membership:

At the last meeting of the Kingdom Seneschalate, we were told this fund is healthy and not being fully utilized. So if financial considerations are what’s been holding you back from getting or renewing a membership, I encourage you to apply. During our meeting we were told it was an incredibly quick and painless process, and they’ll assist with family memberships too!

THL Emrys Ap Gwalchmei

March 16th A&S project day and potluck

Greetings to all!
The Citadel of the Southern Pass would like to invite everyone to come join us Saturday March 16 for a historically themed Potluck and A&S project day. Bring your favorite medieval-inspired dish to share with fellow lords and ladies. Whether it’s a savory stew, a delectable dish, or a sweet treat fit for a king, all are welcome. Please inform our Arts and Science minister Lady Àsdis ( what you would like to bring so that we can coordinate and plan accordingly.

We would also like everyone to bring whatever projects they are working on to share and inspire.

All Saints Episcopal Church 12:30 PM
3500 Mc Rae Blvd.
El Paso Tx 79925

February Business and Officer Meeting.

This Thursday, all members of the populace are encouraged to attend. Officers and deputies please reach out with reports if you can not.

Business and Officer Meeting

Thursday, February 22 ·

7:00 – 9:00pm

Google Meet joining info Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 302-503-0196‬ PIN: ‪521 737 528‬#

More phone numbers:

February Arts and Science project: Silk Banners


We are having a workshop to learn how to make silk banners. We will be making a 12×12 inch silk handkerchief so please bring a 11×11 inch design so that you can trace it onto the silk. If anyone has any supplies such as silk, paint, soft lead pencils etc. that they can share it would be greatly appreciated.

The workshop will on Saturday February 17th at 12:30pm. All Saints Episcopal Church 3500McRae Blvd. 

Yours In Service,

Lady Àsdis Alfriðardottir

Baronial Letter for January 2024

Hail Citadel! it has been a few months since our last Baronial letter, and we apologize! There have been great things happening in the Barony and in the Kingdom since we last wrote. There was the Dona Anna Arts Council Renaissance Fair, al-Barran’s Midwinter, our St. Stephen’s Day revel, Winter Coronation, and tournaments galore at Populace. Oh and Happy New Year!

War practice for War of the Phoenix was super fun and well attended, and we wish safe travels to all who attend it next month. Other upcoming events include Kingdom Arts and Science’s competition in the end of March. We will be working on getting people to go/participate/judge at the event and having a carpool set up. The Arts and Science project for this month will be an introduction to Silk Banners on February 16th at All Saints Episcopal Church, and on February 2nd (also at All Saints Episcopal Church) we will have a meeting for any members that are interested in going either as a competitor or spectator at Kingdom Arts and Sciences. It is a great opportunity to see what kinds of Arts and Sciences are out there. 

A few last items that were raised at January’s populace. HE Joella and I would like to talk to all the Baronial orders over the course of the next few populaces, to see how we as a group can grow the orders and also serve the Barony together. Membership costs will be going up ( and we hope all can renew their memberships to bolster numbers for the Barony and the Kingdom. You need to be a paid member to be an officer, to receive awards, and it will save you $10 on Non-Member Registration fees at events.

We look forward to continued growth in the Barony, fun with new and old friends, and most especially look forward to seeing everyone at Baronial Days or at Populace!

Tui humiles servi,

Carlos and Joella, Baron and Baroness of the Citadel of the Southern Pass.

December A&S class move


This week’s A&S Class will be postponed until next Friday January 12th so that we can have Guinevere Inghean Ui Ainle from the Shire of Nahrun Kabirun teach us about natural wood stains and finishes.

Natural Wood Stains and Finishes: If you work with wood, you know that the final stage of any project is staining and finishing. Stains can add a beautiful enhancement to any project. Stain brings out the natural grain of the wood, rather than covering it up like paint. Even if left natural, wood has to have a finish on it to preserve the wood from cracking and rot. You could use a commercial stain and finish, or you could use a natural stain & finish. Natural stains & finishes are easy application, cheaper than commercial products, easy to clean up, and you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen. They provide a unique look to any project, often resulting in an “aged” look. In this class, I’ll share some of my favorite recipes for natural stains and finishes. We’ll discuss some period techniques & finishes, but most of the stains we’ll look at are modern recipes. A list of resources and recipes will be provided and you can make a jar of your own stain to take home. I will have a limited supply of wood butter for purchase for class participants.

Yours In Service,

Lady Àsdis Alfriðardottir

Restarting of Baronial Days and practice

Happy Holidays! A reminder that our next practice will be January 7th, 10 am at Album. Look forward to seeing everyone there!


Lord Thorbjorn, Knight Marshal

December Business and Officer Meeting

We will be having our Business and Officer Meeting this Thursday, December 28 · 7:00 – 9:00pm. All are welcome and encouraged to join us.

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 302-503-0196‬ PIN: ‪521 737 528‬#

More phone numbers:

Saint Stephen’s Day – Baronial Revel

Their Excellencies Carlos and Joella, Baron and Baroness of the Citadel of the Southern Pass invite one and all to celebrate Saint Stephen’s Day on Saturday December 30th. This celebration is hosted by their Excellencies so all can come and enjoy games, food, and community that we have been building. This event is open to all, will not be in garb, and we encourage you to bring your friends and family. The menu will have a variety of food options, we will have a cookie decoration sideboard, games (bring some of yours), activities for kids (and the young at heart), a table to swap anything that clutters up your house (preferably SCA related), and lastly we will host a cookie exchange!

The cookie exchange is not a contest, just a way for us to all enjoy each other’s baking. We ask that you bring two dozen cookies to share, the ingredient list, and a bag to take the cookie loot you find home with you.

We ask that you bring a canned good or a small cash donation that we can donate to All Saints Episcopal Church. If you could please RSPV by emailing with your name and number of people that will be attending, and any food allergies, please and thank you.

Saint Stephen’s Day
All Saints Episcopal Church
3500 McRae Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925
December 30th, 2023
2-8 PM