NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVIII, no. v, May 2008
POTOMAC CELTIC FESTIVAL
Since we have moved Roman Days to September, the
Legion will 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! For directions, see the Festival's website at:
Details: They will be offering free cold
drinks and snacks to living history participants. I have sent the
names of every possible participant from Legio XX (I think!), so your
name should be in a book at the front gate. When you come through
the gate, just say that you are Living History. They will give you the
book and you find your unit and name, sign in and get your "hospitality
If friends and family wish to get in free, they can
be volunteers. If they work a four hour shift, they will have the
remainder of the festival off. Volunteers get a t-shirt, and
hospitality drinks and snacks. Let me know if you have anyone who
would like to be a volunteer.
Set up will be from 12 noon Friday, June 13th, to 9
AM Saturday morning. All vehicles must be off site by 9:30 AM
Saturday. The festival closes at 7 PM, however figure that you
will not be able to get your vehicles back on site until about 7:30
PM. For insurance purposes, all visitors must be off the site
before we can bring cars on. If you need to leave early, you are
welcome to carry your gear out. You may also break down Sunday if
you wish (though the plan at the moment is to set up the tent on
Saturday morning and take it down at closing). If anyone is
staying over Friday or Saturday night(s), please let me know, so I can
let the site security know.
The festival coordinator is Jennifer Hughes,
703-799-1141, monsangel1914 AT verizon DOT net.
Two weeks after the Potomac Celtic Festival, Legio
XX will be part of the Washington DC Festa Italiana, at Holy Rosary
Church, 3rd and F St, NW.
The date is SUNDAY, June 29, and the hours are 11:30
AM to 5:30 PM. We will do some marching demos whenever there is a
convenient break in the other entertainment. Apparently there is
no place to set up the tent and usual camp area, so we'll basically
just be there in "battle order". Bring your satchel and carry it
slung if you need to. Probably we'll have a small base area to
hang out, though we might be asked to do "guard duty" in front of the
church, etc. We are still working out details of parking
(since streets will be closed off and weapons are not permitted on
Metro!), food, and water.
If you want to portray an earlier or later era than
our usual 43 AD, feel free. Helmet crests are also good, if you
have one. And sunscreen!!
Please let me know if you plan to attend!
Members of other legions are more than welcome, as well.
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
Lisectus writes, "For those interested in Roman
miniature gaming, check out this link, http://www.warlordgames.co.uk/
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
Attention, all legions! You are summoned to Charlotte, a city in North
Carolina on September 5-7, 2008, where you will partake in maneuvers
and drills and displays of offensive and defensive weapons.
Discovery Place is pleased to invite Roman civilian, legion and
gladiator reconstruction groups from throughout the southeast and the
United States to participate in a living history tableau of a Roman
Discovery Place is also honored to host the Legions, Gladiators, and
their guests at a private evening, Saturday, to include complementary
admission to the international exhibition, A Day in Pompeii, with
guided tour; all science galleries filled with fun hands-on science
Check out http://www.discoveryplace.org
for more information on the exhibition.
Castra Romana combined with the exhibition A Day In Pompeii provides an
exceptional opportunity to educate the public on what daily life was
like in a provincial first century A.D. Roman town and for the Roman
armies that built the great Roman Empire.
Encampment set-up begins Thursday September 4, 2008
Encampment location: The Fourth Ward Park, two blocks from the Science
Public hours: The encampment will be open 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 9
AM to 2 PM Sunday
School group tours: Friday 11 AM to 1 PM for legion groups that are
We are exploring discounted or affordable motel accommodations.
More details to be provided as soon as available. If you intend to stay
in a motel, contact Rusty Myers, justuslonginus AT aol DOT com
Vendors of Roman Period Wares are also invited to attend
For more information about participating in the event, please contact
Rusty Myers of Legio VI, Re-enacting coordinator, at
justuslonginus AT aol DOT com or 843-437-5587
The Discovery Place Museum
301 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
June 7-- Monthly Workshop at Henry Irving's house, Towson,
June 14-- Legio XX at the Potomac Celtic Festival,
June 29 (SUNDAY)-- Festa Italiana, Washington DC
September 26-28-- Roman Days!
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