NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XIX, no. v, May 2009
Oops, looks like I've signed us up for TWO separate
events for Saturday, May 30. First is a Roman Festival at a
school near King's Dominion in Virginia. It runs from 11 AM to 4
PM, and we can set up as early as 10. We'll be encamped on the
"Field of Mars" (soccer field), doing our usual marching and
pilum-chucking. There will be chariot races to watch, and they
will feed us.
The other event is Modelers Palooza at Fairfax High
School in Fairfax, VA. It runs from 9 AM to 4 PM, and features
hundreds of museum-quality scale models, miniature figurines, and
reenactors from several eras. Special guests include military
veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and Gulf Wars. For
We should be able to handle both of these. The
Roman Festival is farther and mainly outdoors (apparently), but
definitely right up our primary alley. The modelers' show will be
more like the Model Soldier Society shows that we've done a couple
times, basically easy indoor duty. So please let me know if
you would like to sign up for one or the other!
POTOMAC CELTIC FESTIVAL
This year the Potomac Celtic Festival runs two days,
The location is Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, off Route 7 a little
ways past the Moskey residence in Sterling.
NOTE: Your Beloved Commander will NOT be
attending, due to a family trip. But I will leave the tent and
camp gear with Roger and/or Richard, and the two of them will be
arm-wrestling for supreme command.
Public hours are from 10 AM to 7 PM. Vehicles
can be driven to the camp area to unload but must be removed to the
parking area by 9:00. We can take down our camp and leave before
7 if we like, but we'll have to carry all our gear out (not very
far). There will be a hospitality tent with free snacks and
cold drinks for all participants, and maybe a short parade in the
afternoon. You are free to camp out in the tent with whatever
modern bedding and conveniences you like, as long as all modern gear is
packed away in your car before opening. Standard procedure, in
Overall an easy weekend for us. It's a
well-established large event, and all we have to do is show up and do
On SUNDAY July 19 the Legion has been invited to
appear at the Laurel Library from 1 to 3 PM. The program will
based on a visit from Barbara Bell, the British author of the Latin
series "Minimus". Each year in London, Barbara holds a "Minimus"
day at the British Museum (you can see pictures from it on http://minimus.com ) where children are
split up in groups and go to 3-5 stations including a museum mini-tour,
a Latin lesson, a craft, and a visit with some Roman re-enactors.
The plan is to do something similar on a smaller scale. The
coordinator is Ruth Ann Besse, a Latin teacher and regular visitor at
Legio XX events.
Note that this event is a whole FOUR BLOCKS from the
Commander's house in Laurel, MD! We can assemble here and carpool
up the street, or even march for added dramatic effect. The show
itself will be mainly indoors, so I'm not planning to lug the tent or
The day before, Saturday July 18, there will be a
nearly identical event in Takoma Park, MD, from 12 noon to 3 PM.
The site is the Heffner Community Center, 42 Oswego Avenue, and I'll
write up some directions. We'll be paid in brownies.
Again, these are simple and worthy
events. Please respond with your plans.
Please help us spread the word about RUSTICATIO VIRGINIANA. Even
if you cannot attend yourself, and we hope you can, please share this
information with people you know who would benefit from this tremendous
and fun learning opportunity.
SALVI offers two sessions of RUSTICATIO this summer. Week one
from July 13 - 19 does not exclude beginners but is designed primarily
for experienced Latin speakers. Week two is for beginners only
and runs from July 20 - 26.
Established over ten years ago, RUSTICATIO has a proven track record
for creating programs that foster growth in living Latin in a congenial
and down to earth atmosphere that is both fun and supportive.
The sessions fill up quickly. So act now to guarantee your place!
Complete details are posted on the SALVI web page at http://www.latin. org/
Our site is the historic Claymont Estate in scenic Charles Town, WV,
just one hour by car from Washington-Dulles International Airport.
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
EXPLORATIONS IN ANTIQUITY MUSEUM, from Edge Gibbons
The Explorations in Antiquity Museum in LaGrange, Georgia, USA, will be
hosting a Roman re-enactor event in their great facility from 29-31 May
2009. Check out the museum's website here:
The museum is also featured in the current issue of Biblical
This event is open to any interested Roman re-enactor with a good,
accurate impression -- the museum are sticklers for authenticity as you
can see from their exhibits.
Plenty of places to stay in the local area -- the museum is very close
to Interstate 85 -- and my house is about an hour from the site.
I am more than happy to host as many folks as the house will
hold. Camping is available on-site, with latrine and other
Hosted jointly by Legio VI FFC and Legio XI CPF, please contact myself
at egibbons AT hotmail DOT com, or Rusty Myers for details.
ROMANS MARCH ON NEW ULM, MINNESOTA, from Kevin Williams
This year marks the 2000th anniversary of the Varus ambush in the
Teutoberg Wald as many of you know.
This year on September 18-20 the town of New Ulm, Minnesota will be
having a three-day festival to honor their German heritage at their
Hermann the German memorial. This will be a huge event complete
with visiting foreign dignitaries, fireworks, a parade, a roman
encampment, and a recreation of that fateful September day in 9 AD.
Local barbarians and those from nearby tribes are invited to join in
the reenactment. Saturday afternoon at the Roman
campsite, you can join one of the tribes: Hermann’s
Cherusci Auxiliaries, the Bructeri, Marsi, or form your own
tribe. We’ll supply the face paint and some Cherusci
Visit the camp that afternoon (all barbarians welcome) and later that
day on Saturday September 19, a 2000-year-old event in history will be
The event is being hosted by the town of New Ulm, the State of
Minnesota, along with Legio XIIII Martia Victrix, and my group Legio X
Equestris Veneria (Rome Chicago).
Interested Romans and barbarians should contact kev.kmw AT gmail DOT
com or jkmake AT gmail DOT com
More information: http://hermannmonument.com/
ROMA AETERNA--Rome, Italy
Let me introduce myself: I am Mauritius Comellus Carliis, member
of Vadis Al Maximo the organization that is planning, with the
patronage of Roma’s administration, three days of celebrations for the
Roman Empire and the return of Ludi Circensis.
We have the pleasure to inform you that another day has been added to
the VADIS AL MAXIMO revival of the Roman Empire. The event that
will be held in Rome, Italy, will take place the days 15, 16, 17, 18
October 2009. The calendar of the event is still not complete but
we can anticipate that will have an opening ceremony Thursday October
15 evening, followed by on Friday morning quadriga’s training sessions,
races and war displays in the afternoon, gladiators and races again at
night. With finals on Sunday the event will arrive at the closing
of the games in the evening.
To complement the First Gladiator Maximus Trophy, we have added the
Legionis Romane competition where the participant legions will show
marching and battle techniques. Best show and costumes will gain
substantial cash prices. In order to participate at this event
and their benefit packages, the participating legionnaires and
gladiators groups will have to submit us a short video of their
performance for evaluation purposes. Videos and pictures to be
sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org . A group of experts in
Roman History will analyze them in order to establish the programming.
It is imperative that we receive the material before the end of March
A Castrum Romanum will be prepared for those legionnaires and families
that they do not want to go to hotels. This accommodation will be
considerably less expensive but we do need an early reservation.
The Castrum will have also a Roman Taberna with restaurant service.
We are still working with travel agencies in order to present you
discount packages including airfare, hotel and tickets.
More information can be found on our web site:
Mauritius Comellus Carliis
mauritius AT vadisalmaximo DOT com
May 30-- School Demo near King's Dominion, VA
May 30-- Modelers Palooza at Fairfax High School in
June 13-14-- Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA
July 18-- Minimus show at Heffner Community Center, Takoma
July 19-- Minimus show at Laurel Library, MD
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/