Vol. XIV, no. vii, July 2004
Looks like I never wrote anything about how our events at MTT or Fort Frederick went. Mea culpa, at least a little. Though I might point out that no one ELSE wrote anything about those events, either! I have a few pictures to add to the Photos page of the website, so take a look there to see them.
Anyway, at this point I don't honestly remember them clearly! The Boy Scout Camporee at Fort Fred was a little damp, but not bad. The scouts came to us in rather enthusiastic waves, with empty spells between them. Richard was literally pinned to the wall of the fort by a crowd as soon as he arrived--I don't think he ever got his armor on! Pilum-chucking and the medical instruments were well-received. One young fellow sagely decided to test Dan's lorica by getting a running start and smashing his head into it! Only managed to knock himself down, nearly knocking himself out, and earned great derision from his friends. Dan and his armor were unharmed, if puzzled.
MTT was also a good weekend, as I recall, and a decent turnout. George Metz's Legio XXIV was there as its own unit this time, complete with a large tent and the usual impressive spread of equipment. And a catapulta which delighted the crowd! I guess we did our usual march-around first thing after opening, but it's all kind of hazy… One new group of particular interest was Her Majesty's 24th Foot (Zulu War of 1879), starring Tom Kolb and Mark Hanna. While we berated them for not being Roman, they DID look darned impressive!
Thanks as always to all participants and supporters!
CASTRA ROMANA by Rusty Myers, Legio VI Ferrata
On behalf of the ISPA and The Legionaries and Supporters of Legio VI Ferrata Fidelas Constans would like to formally invite you to our second annual Castra Romana, November 11 thru 15, 2004. This event will be held at Givhans State Park in South Carolina. Knowing it is a bit of a drive for most, we are pulling out all the stops to make this an experience you will not want to miss, nor ever forget!
While this event will be advertised and open to the public, our primary goal is to provide a unique experience to our participants. To this end we have a great number of events which will interest the Roman Reenactor, be they soldier or civilian! This will include a period smithy, potter, baker, and more. If you have a unique impression you would like to bring and add, please contact us. There is no cost to our participants for any of the events they can participate in or for the encampment itself. Last year was an outstanding success, and this year will be even better!
Soldiers will get the opportunity to drill and train with double weighted weapons, pila range, live sword (against a post of course!), in addition to participating in Military Games, a 1.5 mile nature trail road march, guard mount, pay issue, and more.
The highlight of the event will be the Centurios Convivium, a grande Roman Banquet prepared by our gourmet Roman Chef, and hosted by the Centurio.
The timing of the event allows us to incorporate the long Veterans Day weekend for units that must travel far. Average Temperature in November in South Carolina is 70-75 degrees. In addition there are few if any events on the calendar for that period of time. Plus the mosquitos are mostly dead! Legio VI will be onsite Thursday the 11th to Monday the 15th, but you should try to arrive sometime Thursday or Friday unless you are setting up a special event or station. Vendors are welcome to set up a display, but we ask that they remain in period as much as possible, and you must contact us as soon as possible. We have limited room for vendors, but will endeavor to accommodate you. Remember this event is being planned for the participants, so we need you to attend! Please RSVP by October 1st with firm numbers if at all possible (this is so we can plan the feast).
It is our sincerest hope you will plan to attend. We will have an excellent time, and want you to be there to celebrate the growth of Roman Living Archeology!
[Quintus notes: Legio XX did not attend this last year. Any interest in doing so this year? Individual members are certainly encouraged to go to distant things like this, even if the Legion does not participate as a unit!]
IT'S A BOY
Owen Hutchins and Jenny McGuire welcome their new little legionary, Jacob Owen McGuire Hutchins, born July 13, 2004 at 5:30 PM. No information on length, weight, or APGAR scores, but I expect Dad was a little tired when he sent the message out. Congratulations and best wishes!!
In honor of Independence Day, some virtual fireworks. Click anywhere in the sky above the Statue of Liberty. Sound effects, too! http://www.inlibertyandfreedom.com/ilaf.htm
Archery practice--This is fun! Click and hold somewhere up in the upper right area, then drag down and to the left to the desired draw distance and angle. Let go of the mouse button to release. "VS Human" is for 2-player game, and if you pick "VS Computer" it will shoot back at you. http://sapporo.cool.ne.jp/f1ash/flash/bowman.swf
New metal analysis methods used on a Greek Corinthian helmet, http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,1225000,00.html
Gosh, quiet summer, eh?
July 17 --Monthly Workshop at Roger and JJ's, 10 to 5, usual deal
Directions to the monthly workshops/musters at Roger Moskey's
From I-495 Capital Beltway, take Exit 12 B Route 267 Toll Road West towards Dulles Airport. After paying toll (50 cents), take the first exit--Exit 16 Route 7 Leesburg Pike West for about 11 miles. Go past Cascades Parkway, and at the next light take a right onto PALISADES Parkway, then an immediate left onto "Triple 7" (Route 777). Pass Calvary Temple on right, take the next right onto Regina Drive; follow it to the end and take a right onto Markwood Drive. At stop sign take a left onto Terrie Drive (culdesac). #304 is just to the right of the middle. (Actually, I've been taking VA Rt. 193 Georgetown Pike from the Beltway, through Great Falls and up to Rt. 7. Cuts off some of the Beltway, the toll, and much of awful Rt. 7.)
ADLOCVTIO is the Official Newsletter of the Twentieth Legion,
published on the Ides of each month. I am Quintus, aka Matthew
the Legion's Commander and Editor of the Newsletter, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/.