NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XXI, no. vii-viii, July-August 2011
VIRGINIA SCOTTISH GAMES
Parking permits and admission tags have arrived for
the Virginia Scottish Games, so it looks like we're "in". The
date September 3-4, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and
public hours are from 9 AM to 6 PM both days. I only have 7
parking passes, so carpooling is advisable. However, these are
passes for the participant lot at the west end of the site (our camp
being at the north side), and if we run short there should be no
problem parking in the public lot (as we usually have). The
admission tags are wristbands but you don't have to *wear* them--we're
The location is Great Meadows Equestrian Center,
5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA. Take I-66 West from DC past
Gainesville, and take Exit 31 for Route 245. Turn left at the
bottom of the ramp onto Old Tavern Road, go a couple miles, and the
site will be on your left. There usually isn't much in the way of
signs, so be alert.
One difference this year is that when you arrive you
should (very logically) turn immediately *right* to get to our camp
site and beyond to the parking, rather than left and go all around
heck's half acre to the public lot.
At the moment I myself am only planning to attend on
Saturday, and I expect to be there around 8:30 with tent and
stuff. Our "scenario" for this event is the invasion of Scotland
(Caledonia) c. 80 AD by Agricola, culminating in the battle of Mons
Grapius. However, this does not rule out impressions from other
eras, if that's what you have!
If you plan to attend and have not yet told me so,
please do! And we'll see you there!
On Saturday September 10 the Legion will participate
at Hartwood Days, a community fair hosted by the local Boy Scouts troop
near Fredericksburg, VA. The event is free to the public from 9
AM to 5 PM, and more details can be found on the website: http://www.hartwooddays.org
The address is 25 Hartwood Road, Fredericksburg, VA
22406. Take I-95 south towards Fredericksburg, VA, and take Exit
133 onto Route 17 north. Go about 5 miles, and fork right onto
Hartwood Rd. Parking will probably be in the elementary school
lot like last year. Generally a pretty easy day, with reenactors
from a number of different eras present. Who's in?
Here's one we should put some effort into, the
Virginia Junior Classical League convention in Richmond, VA on November
20-21 (Sunday and Monday). Our hosts will be reimbursing us for
travel, hotel, and food expenses! Plus it's an indoor event with
1700 Latin and Classics students, and we will be "keynote
speakers". We will most likely be discussing this further on the
Roman Days list, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romandays/
"SECONDS" FOR SALE
Lisa Kadonaga kindly sent this link to an ebay store
that offers damaged repro gear. At the moment, most of the Roman
items are just "trooper" helmets, but there is a decent Late Roman
Intercissa helmet, very cheap! Obviously, you need to study the
pictures to be sure you're getting a reasonably accurate piece, but
cleaning off some rust and smoothing a couple dents should be no
IT’S GRIM UP NORTH
A new comedy called It’s Grim Up North follows the exploits of dodgy
Roman auxiliary soldiers building Hadrian’s Wall in AD126 and listeners
wanting a good laugh can tune into the internet to hear the world
premiere of the radio sitcom pilot.
It’s Grim Up North has been penned by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood,
the Tyneside based writers whose national and international comedy
stage play hits include Dirty Dusting, The Revengers, Waiting For
Gateaux, Son of Samurai and Maggie’s End.
There is no charge to listen to the half-hour show – all the writers
want is your feedback.
September 3-4 --Virginia Scottish Games, Great Meadows,
The Plains, VA
September 10 --Hartwood Days, Fredericksburg, VA
November 20-21 -- Virginia Junior Classical League
convention in Richmond, VA. THOUSANDS of Latin students.
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/