NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVIII, no. vii, July 2008
ANOTHER ITALIAN FESTIVAL
August 16-17 is the Feast of St. Gabriel in Little
Italy, Baltimore, and the organizer is hoping we can send a few
Romans. The location is St. Leo's Church, 227 S Exeter St,
Baltimore, just northeast of the Inner Harbor. This will be
pretty much like the Festa a few weeks ago in Washington DC, but it
runs both Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 8 PM both days. On
Sunday morning there will be a mass at 9:30 followed by a
procession. Free food will be provided for participants, and
parking is available only a block away at a school and a public garage.
As always, let me know if you would like to
participate. We can carpool, too!
ROMAN DAYS 2008
The next Roman Days will be on the weekend of
September 26-28, 2008 (not June!), at George Mason University in
Fairfax, VA. Richard, Deb, and Alec have been hammering out the
details--HUGE thanks to them for all work they've been
doing! The discussion is on the Roman Days list, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romandays/
The Fairfax County Latin Teachers Association is
heavily involved, and will be arranging for a few hundred high school
students to attend. We have also gotten a positive response from
Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics honor society (with chapters at a
number of local colleges and universities). So right off the bat
we are sure to get a much larger audience than we have had in years
Apologies for the delay in getting the website
updated! There's been an awful lot going on behind the
scenes, as it were. Changing the event to a new site has been
much more difficult than we'd imagined. But hang in there!
Roman Days will happen!
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
--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
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
August 2-- Monthly workshop
August 16-17-- Italian Festival (Feast of St. Gabriel),
September 6-- Monthly workshop
September 26-28-- Roman Days!
ADLOCVTIO is the Official Newsletter of the Twentieth Legion,
supposedly published on the Ides of each month. Yeah, I know,
eleven days late this time… 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/