NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVIII, no. iv, April 2008
AMY HIGH EVENT
The Amy High scholarship day is Saturday, May 10, at
the Lyles Crouch School, 530 South Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria,
Virginia. The event is called Festa Romana, and it is open to the
public from 11 AM to 5 PM. The audience will include a number of
high school Latin classes. Along with our usual Legio XX displays
and drills, and Asellina's Caupona, there will be activities for the
kids, food vendors, merchants, and more. Certain Legio XX
members will be fulfilling particular roles during the day. All
proceeds from the event go to the Scholarship Fund. This fund is
a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the memory of Amy High,
a Latin language teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. The
purpose of the organization is to send teachers and students of Latin
to study the language in Rome for a summer semester. Anything you
do to participate is tax deductible, including $0.47/mile gas.
A good turnout for this may help to turn the event
into a 2-day affair next year. Participants should try to be
there by 10 AM if possible, as usual. Please let Quintus and
Richard know your plans!
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:
This may also go to a 2-day event next
year. Oh, and the site JUST a few miles past Roger's house, so if
we get rained out we can drag all our muddy caligae across his carpets,
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/
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
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
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
May 3-- Probably the Monthly Workshop
May 10-- Amy High Scholarship event, bigger than last
June 7-- Probably the Monthly Workshop
June 14-- Legio XX at the Potomac Celtic Festival,
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/