Vol. XIII, no. ii, February 2003
From Richard and Allison Campbell: We'll be hosting Lupercalia on Saturday, February 22, 2003. It will probably start around 4 PM and, as usual, go on until the wee hours. We have a spare bedroom, and one full size pull out sofa (Merlinia has already claimed one bedroom), if you need to sleep over. Period dress or armor is encouraged, but not required.
Food will include a lot of period drinks, including Ros Montii, and I'm looking into a Gallo-Roman vinyard in France that is making 'authentic' wines. I have not seen anyone do period beer; volunteers? Allison is working on a menu; suggestions and period recipes welcome.
The other subject brought up was entertainment, with a strong vote to repeat the Dave Michaels belly dancer feature (but not with Dave AS the dancer). One other possibility is really unique, a member of the dance-music group Omnia, Susanne Ruhling, for very well researched dance and song. She's enthusiastic but is in Germany, so logistics is a problem. She does middle eastern dance as well, so she fits the bill for that.
For more details, 703---. Directions to the Campbell's house, south of Alexandria and just above Mount Vernon itself.
1. From the Maryland side of the
Beltway/I-95 S/I-495 (inner loop), immediately after crossing the
River on the Wilson Bridge, take the first exit for the George
Parkway and Mount Vernon. This is a hairpin right turn, up to the
light. Take a right at the light, and you're on South Washington
Street that turns into the GW Parkway. You will go through
the last traffic light mentioned above, go six and a half miles south
Vernon View Drive, turn right, go about 1/4 mile then right on Battery
Road, then 100 yards and left on Camfield Drive. Go about 1/4
and 8820 is on your left.
2. Coming from the Virginia Side (outer loop), take the US Route 1 exit south to Fort Belvoir. (This is the last exit before the Wilson Bridge, so don't miss it). Stay on the right and bear right for Fort Hunt Road in less than a quarter mile. This is an odd dog leg, because at the light, you have to go left across Route 1 to get to Fort Hunt Road. (In other words, you have to fork right then turn left and go through light across Rt. 1--watch for the signs!) Stay on Ft Hunt for about six and a half miles. You will pass the Carl Sandburg Intermediate School on your right at six miles. Fort Hunt Road takes an immediate left a half mile after this, but you don't take that--stay going straight as the road turns into Vernon View Drive. Stay on this for another quarter-mile, then turn left on Battery Road and proceed as above.
3. From Woodbridge or points south, you can take Route 1 to Ft Belvoir, go past Ft. Belvoir about one mile, then right at the first traffic light by Woodlawn Plantation. This road leads to Mt Vernon directly. Go north on the George Washington Parkway about two miles to Vernon View Drive, turn left, and proceed as above.
EVENT--UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM
Talked to Tena Kollasch/Thomason up at the Univ. Penn. Museum and got some details on our gig there on SUNDAY March 16. It runs from 11 AM to 5 PM, so there should be plenty of time for us to drive up there and still arrive a good hour before that for set-up. There is a parking garage, for which passes will be made available. Richard and Allison have been in touch with the folks there and may be putting up the Caupona in the cafeteria. The tent and usual stuff will be outside in a garden area, assuming there is enough grass for the tent stakes. (There has been some remodeling in that area, so no one is sure what we'll find.) If there is enough grass, we'll chuck javelins as usual, otherwise we'll stick to marching and the usual show-and-tell. I'll bring ropes for a perimeter, since the crowds may be very large. Tena mentioned feeding us lunch. If the weather is bad, we'll move indoors, either leaving the tent outside or simply not setting it up. The floors inside are mostly tile, so I'll bring tape for covering hobnailed soles. If you have sandals or shoes without hobnails, bring them along just in case! Oh, and this will be in March, remember, so cloaks, trousers, and long sleeves may be called for. Be prepared!
Apparently they only need a small number of people for the "Gala" reception on Saturday night, and George Metz and John Ebel have taken care of that. But if that is not the case and more of us are welcome to attend, I'll let you know (still trying to nail down details).
SPRING CAMPAIGN SEASON
Yes, the schedule is about to start hopping! Marching Through Time is on April 12-13, 11 AM to 5 PM both days. There will also be the usual Friday program for groups of school kids, from about 10 AM to 2 PM--this is just for 2 or 3 of us who can get there easily, not something we need a big turnout for. We chat with each group for 5 or 10 minutes and get them to help set up the tent. More details and directions next month.
May 3-4 is the spring Universal Soldier show at Fort Washington. Small and laid back, but always good weather and plenty of space to play. If you have been there before, they should have sent you a registration form already--return it directly to the fort, not to me. If you have not been there, or fail to return your form (shame!), a park ranger will have you register when you get to the event.
Both of these are the usual routine. DO try to get to the site about an hour before it opens to the public, please! And now is a good time to haul out the gear from wherever it's been rusting over the winter, and give it whatever cleaning and fixing is necessary. The monthly workshops are good incentive for that sort of activity, by the way! AND of course you should contact Quintus (301-362-3574) with your event plans as soon as you have a pretty good idea of what they are. See the Schedule page of the website, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/schedule.html, for all the event information, directions, etc. Thanks very much!
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
Britain AD 43 event, Lafe, Arkansas, March 21,22,23. An earth and timber fort is being reconstructed on this site! A $10 fee per adult is requested to pay for portapotties, straw, etc. For further information, contact Mark Saddler at 870---.
From Jane Sibley: MithraCon V will be held on the weekend of 11-13 April 2003; for info please go to www.mithracon.org
Legio I Italica in Atlanta, Georgia, has a living history event on Saturday, April 12 (with set-up on Friday). This will include a Good Friday show and Crucifixion, and they need at least a half-dozen legionaries. Contact Fred Schaller.
Fred is also working with the town of Rome, Georgia on a major festival to be held May 3, 2003. His unit and any other Romans would be the centerpiece. He needs feedback from potential participants as soon as possible.
March 29, an SCA event in Fredericksburg, VA, "Defending the Gate/Varus‚ Lost Golden Eagle". Limited parking. Mechants, childrens' activities, dancing, food, feast, fighting (and various fees), etc. Contact Laurie Clarkston, 540---, before 10:30 PM.
February 22 -- LupercaliaParty at Richard and Allison Campbell's house
March 1 -- Monthly Workshop at Roger Moskey's, 10 to 5 [CANCELLED]
March 16 -- University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia re-opening its Mediterranean World section, Legion will be on display
April 5 -- Monthly Workshop. Time to do some drill,eh?
April 12-13 -- Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD. Our "season opener" (hoping we aren't exhausted from all the pre-season activity), a multi-period event with groups ranging from Romans (that's us!) through World War II.
May 3-4 -- Universal Soldier encampment, Fort Washington, MD
June 7-8 -- ROMAN DAYS, Marietta Mansion
Directions to the monthly workshops/musters at Roger Moskey's house:
From I-495 Capital Beltway,
Exit 12 B Route 267 Toll Road West towards Dulles Airport. After
paying toll (50 cents), take the first exit--Exit 16 Route 7 Leesburg
West for about 11 miles. Go past Cascades Parkway, and at the
light take a right onto PALISADES Parkway, then an immediate left onto
"Triple 7" (Route 777). Pass Calvary Temple on right, take the
right onto Regina Drive; follow it to the end and take a right onto
Drive. At stop sign take a left onto Terrie Drive
#304 is just to the right of the middle. (Actually, I've been
VA Rt. 193 Georgetown Pike from the Beltway, through Great Falls and up
to Rt. 7. Cuts off some of the Beltway, the toll, and much of
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, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/. Valete!