Vol. XIV, no. viii, August 2004
September is upon us already,
our annual Fall Encampment at Marietta Mansion. The dates are
11-12, and public hours are 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is
This is a small and low-key event, just us folks from Legio XX on the
with no set schedule. People from other groups or other
who would like to come and play are welcome, of course, but there won't
be any merchants or major displays like Roman Days. Please let me
know what your plans are, as usual.
ROMAN MARKET DAY from William Bradford (http://www.romanmarketday.com)
Roman Market Day is being held
on September 18-19 at Harbor Park in Wells, Main, a large oceanside
park that routinely attracts crowds of 1,000 or more for other events.
This location is about half an hour south from last years event and has
excellent easy access, as it is just off Exit 19 on US Rt. 95, and just
off US Rt. 1.
So far the event is shaping up nicely! We will have a Legionary encampment, the Ludus Magnus gladiatorial troupe will be putting on shows, there will be Roman siege engines on site, and we hope to have at least one Roman chariot on display as well. There will of course be vendors and food, as well as children's activities and other various Roman themed presentations.
We're expecting a crowd of around 1,000 people this year, and are still looking for reenactors, vendors, staff volunteers, and people who can attend in Roman garb to help fill out the crowd. We're trying to fill a lot of ground here so everyone is welcome!
If you can make the weekend or even one of the days, and would like to reenact, vend some sort of Roman themed item(s) or service, or volunteer to help out, please contact me before September 1st.
Also, I have borrowed an excellent idea from the presenters of the Roman Days event held annually in Glenn Dale, Maryland, and set up a Discussion list for the Roman Market Days event, which may be found at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RomanMarketDays/ Please feel free to subscribe if you're planning to attend and want the latest news, etc!
We look forward to seeing you at this year's Roman Market Days!
[Quintus notes that this is not an official Legio XX event, but
are certainly encouraged to attend if they like!)
From James Button, the history and tourism site for the city of Chester in the UK, http://www.chestertourist.com. Also a live web cam at the Chester amphitheater excavations: http://www.chestercc.gov.uk/heritage/archaeology/amphitheatre/webcam.htm
Excavation of a hill fort at Trapain Law, Scotland--From Brian Miller, who was standing on the site a few years ago: http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=863592004
From Terese Scott, one of the unusual summer jobs being offered by an agency in the UK is dressing as a centurion to be a tourguide and photo bait, http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040803/od_afp/britain_employment_offbeat_040803123627
Additions and updates to the Legio
XX website include a new page on Greaves,
due to all the questions I get
about them. (This is just an information page like that on the Manica,
not a regular part of our equipment.) Significant bits have been
added to the Subarmalis page (with new
photos!) & Pilum page, with
minor tweaks to the pages on Helmets, Lorica, Scutum, Organization and
Officers, and Auxiliaries. Also
added a few photos to the Photos
and Roman Days pages. Looks like you've
got some reading ahead of
you, and there will be a quiz.
Sept. 4 --Monthly Workshop? If so, I won't be there, but I'll get a confirmation for it and spread the word as usual.
Oct. 2-3 --History Alive time-line encampment at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia. Greg Fabic attended this last year with another group and highly recommended it, but we haven't discussed it or registered or anything. Any thoughts? If not, then
Oct. 2 --Monthly Workshop (Anyone can host a workshop or party, by the way, and it does not have to be on the first Saturday of the month. Just sing out!)
Nov. 6 --Monthly Workshop
December ? --Probably the Walk Through Bethlehem, at the Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.
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/.