NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XIX, no. i, January 2009
Rumina poscete Ante diem quintem Kalendae
You are invited to the Lupercalia party of Legio XX, the 20th Legion of
Rome, on February 21, from 5pm until the gods of Rome are appeased!
Roman foods, drink and merriment in keeping with the spirit and
festival of Lupercalia!
Classical food, drinks, and entertainment!
Roman or barbarian dress encouraged but not required, and we do have
spare costumes. Please: NO hobnails!
No children please.
Edamus bibamus gaudeamus
Questions? Contributions? Call Allison or Richard Campbell
at 703-799-2696, email richsc AT usa DOT net or text to
8820 Camfield Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
If you need to stay over we have one guest room.
From Alexandria: from south Washington Street : go south on the George
Washington Parkway just over six miles until you see Vernon View Drive
on your right. Turn right, go 1⁄4 mile to Battery Road ; turn
right, go 100 yards, and turn left on Camfield Drive. Go 1⁄4 mile
Ah, 495 and Wilson Bridge! Note new (as of Dec) THRU and LOCAL
From Maryland/495 inner loop: stay to the right and use the LOCAL lanes
to go west across the Wilson Bridge to exit 177AB; take the A hairpin
exit on the right, then go up to the traffic light and turn right
(south) on South Washington Street. Go straight and S Washington
Street becomes the parkway, then six miles to Vernon View Drive as
From Virginia 495 outer loop: Use the LOCAL lanes and stay to the
right. take exit 177C to Route 1 south; the Fort Hunt Road exit is on
right, then crosses left over Route 1. Stay on Fort Hunt Road
about six miles. At about five miles you will see Carl Sandburg
Junior High on the right. In another mile, Fort Hunt Road will
turn left 90’ but you will stay straight on Vernon View Drive. In
1⁄2 mile, take a left on Battery Road. Go 100 yards, turn left on
Camfield Drive, go up to 8820.
MARCHING THROUGH TIME
April 18-19 is the annual Marching Through Time
event at Marietta Mansion, a timeline of 30 reenactment groups from
different eras. It is open to the public from 11 AM to 5 PM
Saturday and Sunday, though participants should try to be there at
least an hour before opening. Generally, parking is off-site with
shuttle vans, and all cars must be out of the encampment area by about
9:30 AM on Saturday. No cars are allowed back in until after 5 on
Sunday. This year there will be no Saturday night barbecue, but
there is a registration fee of $15 per camp (Legion funds will pay
Remember that if you do not have all the clothing
and gear you need, you will probably be able to borrow it if you let us
know ahead of time. This is also a good event for impressions
that are earlier or later than our usual mid-first century AD
portrayal. Please mark your calendars, and let the Commander know
what your plans are!
Admission for the general public is $8 for adults,
$5 for ages 5 & older, and free for ages 4 and under.
Marietta Mansion is located at 5626 Bell Station
Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769. Directions: Take the Capital Beltway
I-95/495 to Exit 20A (Route 450/Annapolis Rd.); take Rt. 450 East about
4 miles and turn left on Route 193 West; follow signs to free parking
and shuttle. For more information call 301-464-5291, or visit http://www.pgparks.com
TIMELINE EVENT, NJ--June 2009
My name is Jim Stephens and I am the Deputy Director of the Historic
Cold Spring Village living history museum. We are a 501c3
non-profit organization located three miles north of the center of the
city of Cape May. HCSV recreates life in a rural South Jersey
community of the early 19th century. We have a collection of 26
locally significant historic buildings (the oldest was built in 1691)
on 22 wooded acres of land. If you would like to learn more about us,
you may visit our website at http://www.hcsv.org.
On the weekend of June 20th and 21st, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual
Military Timeline Weekend. For last year's event, we had
reenactors and displays representing the English Civil War, American
Civil War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. We hope
to make the '09 event even bigger. We would be pleased if Legio
XX would be able to participate. I've visited your website and
was impressed with your impression. I have attached a copy of the
registration form. If you and your unit are interested in
participating, just complete the form and return it to me at your
earliest convenience. No registration fee is necessary. If
you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Jim Stephens, MA
Military Timeline Weekend Coordinator
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ 08204
[Quintus notes: Any interest in this? It's a little farther
than we usually go, but there has been noise about having an event in
June. This year we did the Potomac Celtic Festival in June, but I
think a timeline event is more our thing.]
Yes, the Legio XX website was down for a couple
weeks, but it is back! Just some technical trouble, and repairs
delayed by holidays, etc., as I understand. No biggy. I've
even done a couple minor updates, woo hoo! http://www.larp.com/legioxx/
The Roman Army Talk board has also been down a few
days recently, and had to be upgraded to a new system. Please
update your bookmarks with the new URL, http://www.romanarmytalk.com/rat/
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
TERMINALIA--Legio X, Florida
Avete Omnes- I would like to announce Legio X s first hosted
event. We would like for ALL of our Roman Brothers and Sisters to
join us. We plan for this to be a success and will be working on
making it an annual event. It promises that a good time will be
had by one and all!
In acknowledgement of being at the Terminus of the Empire we are naming
the event after the Festival of Jupiter Terminalis. The original
date of Terminalia being Feb. 23 our event will be held Feb. 7 & 8,
with set up on the 6th.
Quiet Waters Park
401 S Powerline Road
Deerfield, FL 33442
We have joined our event with the Florida Renassaince Festival--I say
we show the Renassaince People that when it comes to festivals there's
no Festival like a Roman Festival!
Think of first week of Feburary.... think of the cold......cant wait
2 more months....
How does Beaches and sunny balmy weather sound?
Come to the Terminus of the Empire for a great event and an wonderful
So what can be expected at TERMINALIA? So far - Set up on Friday,
camping at Period Camp located right off a large lake, cook fires
permitted, for those wishing a more comfortable Domus there are Hotels,
Beaches near by so after set up on Friday hit the Beach! Saturday
night feast. More in the works.
For more details, contact Johnn, fjfgkradfahrer AT bellsouth DOT net,
or Paul, paul AT academyofartsinc DOT com . Please put
"Terminalia" in the subject line.
-- REENACTOR FEST 5: February 5-8, 2009 at the Westin Chicago North
Shore Hotel in Wheeling IL.
EXPLORATIONS IN ANTIQUITY MUSEUM, from Edge Gibbons
The Explorations in Antiquity Museum in LaGrange, Georgia, USA, will be
hosting a Roman re-enactor event in their great facility from 29-31 May
2009. Check out the museum's website here:
The museum is also featured in the current issue of Biblical
This event is open to any interested Roman re-enactor with a good,
accurate impression -- the museum are sticklers for authenticity as you
can see from their exhibits.
Plenty of places to stay in the local area -- the museum is very close
to Interstate 85 -- and my house is about an hour from the site.
I am more than happy to host as many folks as the house will
hold. Camping is available on-site, with latrine and other
Hosted jointly by Legio VI FFC and Legio XI CPF, please contact myself
at egibbons AT hotmail DOT com, or Rusty Myers for details.
ROMA AETERNA--Rome, Italy
Let me introduce myself: I am Mauritius Comellus Carliis, member
of Vadis Al Maximo the organization that is planning, with the
patronage of Roma’s administration, three days of celebrations for the
Roman Empire and the return of Ludi Circensis.
The event will be held in Rome in the days 17, 18, 19 October 2009 and
will also have in the program:
CORSA DELLE QUADRIGHE al Circo Massimo
The return of the quadriga’s races in its natural environment: the
The power of the chariot with 4 horses! The Formula One of antiquity.
MARCIA DELLE LEGIONI al Foro dei Cesari
The first world gathering of the Roman Legions, an invitation to bring
back the sound of the legionnaires marching in the Cesar’s Forum after
1,500 years. We invite you all to participate.
TROFEO GLADIATORIS MAXIMUS
Teams of Gladiators will exhibit their fighting techniques, trying to
conquer the first world title of Gladiatoris Maximus.
More information can be found on our web site:
Feel free to contact me anytime for all the questions you may have that
I am sure will not be just few. I renew the invitation to
participate in this unique event and I will appreciate if you can take
the time to forward this e-mail to all the fellows Romans around the
Roma adventum vostrum plauso maximo expectat.
Mauritius Comellus Carliis
mauritius AT vadisalmaximo DOT com
February 21, 2009-- Lupercalia party! Richard and
Allison Campbell's house
April 18-19, 2009-- Marching Through Time, Marietta
ADLOCVTIO is the Official Newsletter of the Twentieth Legion,
supposedly published on the Ides of each month. I am Quintus, aka
Matthew Amt, the Legion's Commander and Editor of the Newsletter,
matthew_amt AT yahoo DOT com, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/