NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVIII, no. iii, March 2008
MARCHING THROUGH TIME
Marching Through Time is April 19-20, with set-up on
Friday the 18th along with school groups probably visiting. Once
again your Beloved Commander is deserting you for the Bronze Age, so
you'll have to put up with Richard coordinating. IF that's okay
with everyone! Please let him know your plans, richsc
AT usa DOT net.
For those who have not been to this event, it is a
multi-period encampment with about 30 different groups spanning four
thousand years of history. 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. There is an optional barbecue on Saturday evening for a
few bucks per person, and money will be needed in advance.
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.
AMY HIGH EVENT, by Richard Campbell
The Amy High scholarship day is Saturday, May 10,
and the event leader, Susan Schultze, has asked for Romans to
participate. Asellina will be there with the caupona, and I
will. Several of you will remember last year as being somewhat
unplanned from an organizer's standpoint, but Susan has replaced the
fellow who was doing that, and she is a dynamo and a meticulous
planner. As organizer, she thinks the Roman contingent for this
Latin scholarship is key, and she's also inviting Latin high school
classes to participate. More details to follow. The event
is a 501c3, meaning anything you do to participate is tax deductible,
including $0.47/mile gas. Susan would dearly love to have some
Roman artillery there, but I don't have one in my back pocket, so
suggestions welcome. Let me know what you think about this.
She'd like to have Celts and Roman civilians in addition to military.
POTOMAC CELTIC FESTIVAL
Since we have moved Roman Days to September, I have
accepted an invitation to the Legion to participate at the Potomac
Celtic Festival on June 14 (one day only, this year at least).
The location is Morven Park in Leesburg Virginia, and the public hours
are 10 AM to 7 PM. A number of other Scottish and Irish
reenactment groups have been invited, from various eras. Since
this is a well-established event with good attendance by the public, it
means good exposure for us with minimal effort. Looks like
there's a lot going on! See the Festival's website at:
FILMING, from David Smith
Friends, Romans, "barbarians, " et al:
I have been in contact with a film maker who is interested in shooting
a docudrama in Gettysburg-- probably the weekend AFTER Roman Days.
This film maker is interested in "fit" and "accurate" Romans and
"barbarians," including some civilians.
Details about pay/legal have not been worked out, but the film maker
has asked me to coordinate personnel, equipment, etc. When I get
more information, I'll start contacting unit leaders for individual
talent shots and resumes. The director wants me to stress two things:
1) Reenactors must be fit enough to look like active legionaries;
2) Reenactors must be willing to get their equipment wet and/or dirty.
The reason this project seems especially cool is that the director is
willing to shoot narration/dialogue in Latin with English subtitles,
and is interested in doing some battle sequences with "barbarians.
" Also, there would be camp scenes demonstrating aspects of daily
camp life. I have already suggested that this film maker visit
Roman Days, Lafe, Pompeii II, etc. to get an idea of what we Romans can
do. Let's show the shiny boys of Ermine Street Guard that we
Yanks have come of age!
Since there are already Revolutionary War and American Civil War
docudramas out there, why not for Rome?
Please let me know if anyone is interested. This project will involve a
screening of individuals, working with the casting director, so if you
have a 'talent shot,' that would be great.
dsmith7070 AT comcast DOT net
ROMAN DAYS 2008
The next Roman Days will be on the weekend of
September 26-28, 2008 (not June!), probably in Northern Virginia.
Richard and Deb have been working in concert with the Fairfax County
Latin Teachers Association, whose members are very enthusiastic about
helping out with a site, funding, and more. The discussion
is on the Roman Days list, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romandays/
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
--RESORT DISPLAY IN FLORIDA, from Johnn Costello
Monday, March 24, 2008 approximately 6 PM to Midnight
Those showing will be well PAID for their time! Basically it is
display event at a club in Orlando, Florida. The club will be closed
except for invitation only--there will be 1000 guests. There will
be a gladiator display and a military display. There will be
legionaries stationed at certain areas throughout the resort. You
will be able to roam around as well. People attending will be
paid (amount undetermined at this point--still under negotiation but
should be pretty good). We should have access to food/drink
(non-alcoholic). There may be a pilum chucking area (uncertain at
this point). Gladiators will be fighting. Date is Monday 24
March (the day after Easter) from 6 pm till midnight the latest.
There will be a scaled-down Roman arch that people will proceed through
and there will be 2 legionaries there as well. Anyone interested
should contact me at my personal email so I can keep track of those
( fjfgkradfahrer AT bellsouth DOT net ), and please put " Roman Event"
in the subject bar. Thanks - Octavianus
LUDI CEREALES: The Roman Festival of the Goddesses Ceres
A celebration of Ancient Mediterranean cultures at Beloit College,
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College
Join us for a memorable Festival of Ancient Cultures as we celebrate
the conservation of the Fisher Collection of Greek and Roman casts at
the college. Festivities will include activities for children and
adults about ancient art, architecture, women, armies, literature,
history, theatre, religion and much more. Activities throughout
the day. The Roman 14th Legion will be camped on the Museum
grounds and available to students, faculty, and friends.
--7 p.m. Inside the Wright Museum will be a Toga Party--dress as a god,
or a Greek or Roman, Egyptian, even barbarians are welcome.
--9 p.m. Showing of the classic movie Ben Hur.
Public is welcome and invited--donations are appreciated and encouraged.
Contact Wright Museum of Art for further details at museum AT beloit
DOT edu or call 920-247-1407. The museum is located at 700
College Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
Tony Rajer, Art Conservator/Professor
BATTLE FILMING from Robert Wear, Legio V Alaudae
Dear Legion Commanders,
I’ve started working out the logistics for a massive
battle film at my farm in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I’m
tentatively looking at the first weekend in June 2008 as possible
dates. Roman Days used to be during that time, but is now becoming a
This is still in the super early planning stages but
everyone in the group is more excited about it than any other event
idea we’ve done, so we’re going to do it. It’s just a matter of
dates now. If we were to plan for JUNE 6-8, would we be causing
problems with any other roman events in the works that you know of?
Right now, the plan is to stay almost completely
devoid of plot – just take an entire day (or two if possible) and make
a friggin awesome battle scene (around 10 minutes). Then in the
following months later when we don’t need a cast of 80, we’ll worry
about filling in the lead ups to the battle. We’ve actually made
lots of these in the past so I’m supremely confident I can get a great
battle scene, especially now that I have actual training in production,
access to good technology, and people who know how to use it.
Our first one back in 2002 in high school we had 23
people at the high point of the film day. Now we have more gear,
know more folks, and I still have contact info on the 50 people who
came to the last 4 we had and want to come again. I think if we
could get some reenactors from other groups down here, 80 or more is a
perfectly possible number of extras (and would be great fun to be
fighting in the midst of).
It's also during the summer break in a tourist
town. So it would be easy to bring the whole family down.
If they don’t like roman stuff, they can go to Dollywoods or the
National Park etc.
LEGIO V ALAUDAE
rwear AT utk DOT edu
--CASTRA ROMANA POMPEII II, THE ERUPTION CONTINUES, from Rusty Myers
September 5-7, 2008
The Discovery Place Museum
301 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Re-Enactor Contact: Rusty Myers
Email: JustusLonginus AT aol DOT com
April 5-- Probably the Monthly Workshop
April 19-20-- Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion,
Glenn Dale, MD
May 10-- Amy High Scholarship event, bigger than last
June 14-- Legio XX at the Potomac Celtic Festival,
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