NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVII, no. ix, September 2007
REENACTOR FEST, Gettysburg, PA 11/30/07 to 12/2/07
Reenactor Fest is an indoor convention for all reenacting time periods,
from the Roman Empire through Vietnam. Guests are encouraged to
attend in period dress! The 3 day celebration features hundreds
of quality vendor tables, LIVE demonstrations of historical military
& cultural activities every day, interesting seminars and lectures
on a myriad of topics, a Reenactor's Ball, plus music, food and there
is ALWAYS a party going on after the sun goes down!
Reenactor Fest is thrilled to be adding another convention date to our
calendar in historic Gettysburg! When you think of historical
reenacting, few locations spring to mind as quickly as
Gettysburg. The town and historic battlefields cater to
reenactors and history buffs, and the Eisenhower hotel is right there
in Gettysburg itself... mere minutes from the fields where the din of
battle changed our Nation forever. You'll love your time at the
convention too! The vendor hall, seminars, live music and
demonstrations, the Grand Ball, nightly parties, and the electricity in
the air that only happens when you bring so many great reenactors
together in one spot!
Check it out at: http://www.reenactorfest.com
We also have a Reenactor Fest board at the reenactor.Net forums: http://www.reenactor.net/forums/index.php?board=65.0
Quintus notes: I’m planning to go for at least
one day in my Bronze Age gear, but George Metz of Legio XXIV in
Philadelphia is planning to lead a Roman display and
demonstration. If you'd like to go in with him to get free
admission, contact him at legioxxiv AT comcast DOT net. If
you are not involved in a demo or seminar of some sort, admission is
$15 for one day, $20 for two days, or $25 for all three
days. Rooms are available at the "Eisenhower Two" for $87
per night. You don't *have* to wear historical clothing, of
course, but it's certainly a great opportunity to get seen in something
Parkwood Baptist Church in Annandale would love to
have three Roman soldiers for their Bethlehem show on December
8-9. The hours are 4 to 8 PM both days, and the address is 8726
Braddock Road. Please contact Sam Roberts at 703-405-7967 or
dsmdzn AT msn DOT com if you would like to participate.
Inevitably, that's the same weekend as the start of
the Walk Through Bethlehem at the Seventh Day Adventist World
Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. That runs five nights,
December 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16 (two weekends and Thursday), starting
about 6 PM and going to 9:30 or so.
Looks like we'll have to split our forces
again! If one of you folks over on the Virginia side could please
coordinate for the Parkwood show, I'll take charge of the Adventist
show. Everyone who is available should pick whatever days they
can make and let us know. For the new folks, these Christmas
shows are FUN, though they are not at all like our usual living history
events. We stay in character and work with the skits and ongoing
story-telling done by the other participants, building the whole
Christmas spirit. We also serve as real crowd control, directing
groups of visitors through the display at timed intervals.
Try to recruit the kids, harass the shopkeepers, and threaten the old
ladies. We always have a great time, and the locals really
appreciate our presence. More details next time!
Recently I received a lovely pair of Samian ware
items, a little bowl and cup, from Lawrence Payne of LP Mosaics in the
. Beautiful work! He offers glassware and obviously mosaics
as well as other products.
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
I wanted to extend an invitation to military re-enactors, but
especially Roman re-enactors, to a Military Timeline Event sponsored by
Legio XI in Atlanta, GA.
Dates are from Friday, 28 Sep '07 through Sunday, 30 Sep '07.
Location is the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in
Kennesaw, GA, which is just outside of Atlanta. Address to the museum
is 2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.
The event will feature historical military re-enactors from all
periods, ancient through modern. Legio XI will coordinate the
Roman participation with the event organizers, and planned events (so
far) are as follows:
Friday, 28 Sep '07
Set Up Encampment and Displays
Interaction with Museum Visitors
Saturday, 29 Sep '07
Interaction with Museum Visitors
RAT/Roman Dinner at local restaurant
Sunday, 30 Sep '07
Tear-Down and Departure
If you have questions or suggestions, please email me at edward *dot*
gibbons *at* us.army.mil
Hope to see many of our friends at the event.
Legio V Alaudae is hosting an event in Clarksville,
Tennessee on Friday and Saturday, October 11-12. The location is
Austin Peay State University. For more details, contact Robert
Wear at legiov AT utk DOT edu, or see their website:
On behalf of the ISPA and The Legionaries and Supporters of Legio VI
Ferrata Fidelas Constans would like to formally invite you to our sixth
annual Castra Romana, November 16, 17, and 18, 2007. 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 (including lots
of new stuff!!) to make this an experience you will not want to miss,
and will never forget!
Any ancient re-enactors, Romans, Barbarians, Gladiators, and Civilians
are invited! Vendors too!
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! If you have a unique
impression you would like to bring and add, please contact us.
The last years have been an outstanding success, and this year will be
Soldiers will get the opportunity to drill and train, throw live pila
on the pila range, practice live sword (against a post of course!), in
addition to participating in Needlefelt mock combat both on the drill
field for spectators Saturday, you will see the Gladiators in the arena
in daylight, and at a special torchlight nighttime match just before
the Grand Convivia!
The highlight of the event will be the Centurios Convivium, a grande
Roman Banquet and hosted by the Centurio. Ask anyone about our
feast! The food alone is worth the drive!
Average Temperature in November in South Carolina is 65-75
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 14th to Monday the 19rd, but you
should try to arrive sometime Thursday or Friday unless you are setting
up a special event or station. Re-enacting events start Friday
night. Vendors are welcome to set up a display, but we ask that
they remain in period as much as they are able, and you must contact us
as soon as possible. We have limited room for vendors, but will
endeavor to accommodate you in the period market, or vendor row.
Remember this event is being planned for the participants, so we need
you to attend! Please RSVP via EMAIL 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, at the best Castra Romana EVER!
Event Contact: Rusty Myers
JustusLonginus AT aol DOT com
October 6--Tentative Monthly Workshop
November 3-- Ditto
December 8-9--Bethlehem Christmas show at Parkwood Baptist
December 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16--Walk Through Bethlehem,
Seventh Day Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD
February 16--Tentative Lupercalia party at Richard and
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/