Vol. XVI, no. iii, March 2006
Our first official event of the
season is this coming weekend,
March 18-19, at Cold Wars, the Historical Miniature Gamers Society
in Lancaster, PA. Those who attended the miniatures con
past August will remember the comparative luxury of an indoor
The convention website has maps, directions, schedules, and much more,
This is another good opportunity to drag
out your earlier or later Roman impressions. Lancaster is about a
two-hour drive north of the DC area, so presumably most of us will go
only one day, but hopefully we'll have a small contingent there both
The coordinator needs participants' names for admission passes, so
let me know which day you would like to attend.
Marching Through Time is coming up! On April 22-23 at Marietta Mansion, the Legion will once again be one of over thirty different historical groups performing for the public, from 11 AM to 5 PM both days. Most of us know the drill pretty well by this time--speaking of which, we should expect to be doing our marching demonstration first thing after opening, so please come early. PLEASE let the Commander know if you plan to attend, and if you are interested in staying for the barbecue on Saturday night. Remember that cars will not be permitted into the camp area after 9:30 AM on Saturday (and not at all on Sunday until after 5 PM), so get there early if you need to unload gear. Also, there will be set-up and groups of school kids coming through from 10 to 2 on Friday the 21st--I'll be there with the tent, and anyone else who happens to be available is welcome to come help out. Note that April 21st is the Anniversary of the Founding of Rome!
I'm supposed to remind
participants of the rules, which of course
emphasize safety and security.
--Each unit is supposed to have a Safety Officer who enforces safety rules. (Any volunteers?)
--There must always be someone "on duty" in the camp during public hours.
--Keep physical control of any weapons or tools the public is handling, and do not let them handle sharp weapons or tools. (We've always found it easier to simply say that visitors are not allowed to handle weapons!)
--No mock fighting or swordplay except for prearranged demos on the enclosed display field.
--No consumption of alcohol during public hours, and none at all by minors. No illegal substances will be tolerated at all.
--No hobnails in the house! Weapons are not to be carried into the house, or after public hours.
--Any significant injury is to be reported to the coordinators immediately. Any troublesome persons should also be reported, and they can be removed by the Park Rangers or police.
We don't have to worry about the firearms rules, of course. If I missed anything, remind me to fill everyone in after the 10 AM commanders' meeting. After our marching demo, a few of us will remain at the perimeter of the display area to help with security for the next group to perform.
Marietta is at 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale, MD 20769. 301---. The Site Manager is Susan Wolfe. From I-95/495, the Capital Beltway, take Exit 20 onto Rt. 450 East, go 4 miles, turn left on Rt. 193, then left onto Bell Station Rd. and left again into Marietta. For Marching Through Time, only handicapped parking is permitted on site (due to lack of space). Participant and public parking is available at Holy Trinity School on Daisy Lane, off Rt. 193 just north of the Fire House. Follow the signs and then catch the shuttle vans back to the site. Participants can also park along Rt. 193, at their own risk--the intersection of 193 and Bell Station Rd. has become rather dangerous!
On April 29 (the Saturday after
MTT), a teacher friend of mine
would like to have a few Romans at the Maryland Junior Classical League
convention, at Dulaney High School in Timonium (Baltimore). We
arrive and set up the tent at 10 AM, do a marching demo and general
from about 1 to 2 PM, and then just generally hobnob with the students
The Legion has been invited to
set up camp at the Pennsylvania
Junior Classical League State Convention on May 20, 2006. This
be held at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, and it
a one-day event. Since this is roughly a 4-hour drive from the DC
area, they are providing dormitory space for us for Friday and Saturday
nights, if necessary. That way we could easily be set up by
9 AM when the program starts. This convention is attended by over
600 high school Latin students, all of whom will naturally be more
in Classical history and more motivated than the average high school
So it should be a very rewarding event. I will be getting
and more details soon, but I will NOT be able to attend myself.
Metz had volunteered to be the contact and coordinator for the weekend,
but has been forced to cancel--would anyone like to take over?
And ROMAN DAYS is on the
way, June 3-4. It is not too soon
to be thinking about it! Marietta Mansion is the place, and all
Romans in the world are invited. I'm working on another Greek
or two, as well!
MITHRACON by Dick Eney
The annual New England Conference on Mithraic Studies
will be held in New Haven on the 7th through 9th of Aprilis.
Major activities will be a day at the Yale University Library (with passes to the stacks!) on the 8th and presentations by the attendees, on Mithraism or other Roman-related subjects, in the evening, followed by a visit to the Yale Art Gallery and the Mithraeum of Dara Europus on the 9th.
The convention will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott, 30 Whalley Ave., New Haven and registration ($25 until March 15) should be sent to Dr. Jane Sibley.
Fuller particulars can be found at http://www.mithracon.org .
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
A.D. 43, Lafe, Arkansas
Join either the victorious Roman Army or the soon to be conquered Pictish/Celtic Barbarians at BRITAIN A.D. 43 On March 23, 24, 25 and 26th for a weekend of Ancient Reenacting. The site opens at 12 NOON on March 23rd and is located in LAFE, ARKANSAS on 94 acres of private land. There are several ponds, woods, fields, and many places for Celts and courageous Romans to interact in meaningful and constructive ways.
Legio XX has not so far attended this event as a unit, but members are certainly encouraged to participate if they like. For details, rules, and fees, please contact Mark Saddler, Msaddler AT cox-internet DOT com.
Legio XIIII in West Virginia is
hosting an event called Pax Romana,
May 19-20 (20-21?) at Wine Cellar Park in Dunbar, WV. The event is free
and open to the public. For more information please contact Legio XIIII
at BrenMk1 AT gmail DOT com, or call 304---. This is the
as the Legio XX appearance at the PA Junior Classical League, but it
be nice if we could send a small contingent!
Keith Egan of the South
Jersey AIDS Alliance is looking for Romans to
march in their fundraising walk in Atlantic City. Unfortunately,
this is scheduled for the first weekend in June, the same time as Roman
Days, but I said I would help spread the word in case anyone in that
area was not able to attend Roman Days but was interested in a good
Sounds like they're even willing to pay! For more
contact Mr. Egan at 609---, kcegan2 AT yahoo DOT com,
March 18-19 --Historical Miniature Gamers Society convention in Lancaster, PA
April 22-23--Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD
April 9 --Maryland Junior Classical League, Dulaney HS, Timonium
May 20 --PA Junior Classical League Convention, PSU
June 3-4 --ROMAN DAYS, Marietta Mansion
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/.