al-Barran Midwinter and War Practice 2018

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Sunday, December 16, 2018

Please join the Barony of al-Barran as we celebrate Midwinter.

The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa: In July 1212, a sheltered plain at Las Navas de Tolosa in Southern Spain was the scene for an extraordinary pitted battle. Here the king of Castile joined forces with the armies of his Christian rivals, the kings of Narvarre, Aragon and Portugal. According to the legend it is believed that they mustered app. 100.000 men, which met an army of more than a 120,000 soldiers led by the caliph, Muhammad Al-Nasir. The battle became renowned all over Europe not only for its decisive character and the huge bounty, but because the war had been designated a crusade. Afterwards the battle became the symbol par excellence for the later collapse of the Almohad Empire as well as the Reconquista – especially in the historiography of the 19th and 20th century, when the battle came to symbolise the final triumph of the Castilian kingdom and the Catholic Church over the Muslim South and what has often been termed the “fanatical” Almohad regime.

Pass the day with your favorite activities: gaming, court dancing, singing, and the second round of the A&S Championship on December 15, from 10 am until 9 pm. After Court, the feast will feature dishes from Spain and the Middle East. Drive the cold winter away with the companionship of good friends and warm your blood with dancing and libations. The feast will be limited to 150 people. Due to space restrictions, there will be no off-board seating. No outside alcohol is allowed, but there will be a cash bar.

Join us again the next morning for the Traditional War Practice at Montgomery Park as the Mighty Outlands prepares for War.



Ballut Abayad Shrine Center

6600 Zuni SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Site Fees:

  • Adult Event Registration (16+) $15
  • Adult Member Discount Event Registration (16+) $10
  • Youth (6-15) $5, Child (under 5) Free. No family cap

Feast Fees (reservation required):

  • Adult (16+) $15
  • Youth (6-10) $10
  • Child (under 5) free
  • Site is Wet Site

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Time Event
10:00 AM Site Opens
10:30 AM Opening court
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Laurel's Circle
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pelican's Circle
2:00 PM A&S Judging
2:00 PM New Event Site Meeting
2:30 PM Court Dancing
4:00 PM Court
6:00 PM Feast
9:00 PM Site Closes

Sunday, December 16 2018 (Montgomery Park)

Time Event
8:30 AM Site opens
9:00 AM Chivalry Circle
10:00 AM MOD Circle
11:00 AM War Practice
5:00 PM Site closes.


Appetizer Course (1st course)

A sampler place of dried and fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, breads, and a caramelized onion jam.

Lighter Meat Course (2nd course)

Chicken Called Madhûna, a spiced roasted chicken, over a bed of rice with a sweet and savory apricot sauce. A light green salad is served on the side.

Heavier Meat Course (3rd course)

Tharîda Mudhakkar with Vinegar and Whole Onions, a slow braised beef roast over couscous.

Jewish Carrot Salad is also served, which is a bright carrot salad with garlic, parsley, and lemon juice.

Accompanying the final course will be a plate of sweets; quince paste, and date, nut, and honey balls.


If you have any questions please contact the Event Steward: Lady Phaidra Thebaia (Kim Sanchez) 505-569-1082.

War Practice

War Practice will be on Sunday Morning at Montgomery Park.