Vol. XII, no. xi, November 2002
The dates for the annual Walk Through Bethlehem at the Seventh Day Adventist Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, are December 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 (that's Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday), and as I recall it runs from 6 to 9 PM. If you are interested in serving as one of the Roman "peacekeepers" just let me know which night or nights you want to attend. (Do you need to borrow any gear?) There is more information in last month's Adlocvtio, and I can fill you in on whatever you need to know. It's fun! Dick Stenbakken is the contact at the Headquarters, 301---.
The Seventh-Day Adventist Headquarters is located in Silver Spring, MD (north of White Oak) at the intersection of Rt. 29 Columbia Pike/Colesville Rd. and Randolph Rd./Cherry Hill Rd. From I-495 the Capital Beltway take Exit 30 onto Rt. 29 North towards White Oak and Columbia. Go about 4 miles and turn left at the light onto Randolph Road, then left at the next light onto Old Columbia Pike, and the next left into the parking lot.
From Richard and Allison Campbell: We'll be hosting Lupercalia February 22, 2003, which is a Saturday. We have a spare bedroom, and one full size pull out sofa (Merlinia has already claimed one bedroom), if you need to sleep over.
Ron Kenat has a new helmet, made by Peter Fuller of Medieval Reproductions in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It's an Imperial Gallic type H, and is very nicely done. There was an initial problem with rather crooked eyebrows (worse than just authenticRoman sloppiness!), but Mr. Fuller corrected it quickly and with little fuss. I have added him to our Suppliers page, though his prices aren't exactly going to put him at the top of everyone's list.
Mike Cope, inspired by my gladius hispaniensis, got his own from the same bladesmith, Mark Morrow. It is very similar to mine, i.e., gorgeous and begging to be swung at something! Mike is mulling his hilt options.
Sean Kuhl got his new belt done, with plates, studs, and apron terminals from Albion and buckle and frogs from Mark Graef.
Hmm, I know we've been working on other new stuff--help me out, guys!
A few new photos have been added to the Scutum Cover page of the website, and the usual tweaks to the Links and Suppliers pages. (I know, Richard, I haven't put any of those helmet photos up, yet!) Have you hugged your websitarius today?
Richard Campbell loaned me a new book, and my sister Emilie gave me a copy--thanks, both! It is called Iron for the Eagles, by David Sim and Isabel Ridge (I hope I'm remembering her first name correctly!), published by Tempus, 2002, ISBN 0 7524 1900 5. It nominally covers iron production for the Roman army in Britain, but draws on evidence from all over the empire and even from other eras. Basically, it is fascinating, going into great detail on how iron is mined and processed, from washing and roasting the ore to making weapons and other items. The differences between different types of iron and steel are very well-explained, as are various techniques of smelting and forging. If you want to know more about basic Roman metallurgy, get this book! It's available from David Brown Book Company or Amazon UK.
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
Fred Schaller of Legio I Italica in Atlanta, Georgia, is working with the town of Rome, Georgia on a major festival to be held May 3, 2003. His unit and any other Romans would be the centerpiece. He needs feedback from potential participants as soon as possible.
December 7 --Monthly Moskey Muster at Roger and JJ's, for those not going to the Bethlehem gig that evening (or for those who are and want a very busy day!)
December 4-5, 7-9 --Walk Through Bethlehem, Seventh Day Adventist Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD
January 4, 2003 -- (Presumably) the Monthly Workshop at Domus Moskii
February 22 -- LupercaliaParty at Richard and Allison Campbell's house
Directions to the monthly workshops/musters at Roger Moskey's house:
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, supposedly published on the Ides of each month. I am Quintus, aka Matthew Amt, the Legion's Commander and Editor of the Newsletter, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/. Valete!