Vol. XI, no. xii, December 2001
AFTER-ACTION REPORT: Walk Through Bethlehem
The village of Bethlehem at the Seventh-Day Adventist HQ was rearranged this year, the whole show being on the first floor of the building's big atrium (nothing upstairs like last year). Instead of having our own little street booth, the Legion was parked in Herod's throne room, directing the crowds through in groups. We also had men posted at random points along the rest of the winding streets. I tended to hang out in an open spot by the Carpenter's shop, trying to keep the kids who were manning it (in the absence of the adult participant who was missing) from damaging the tools or themselves. They sure made a lot of mulch! It was several exhausting nights of oppressing and insulting the locals and the visitors, trying to recruit children into the army, threatening old ladies, the usual fun. On at least a couple of the nights there were roughly 1500 visitors, all of whom seemed to be having a good time. King Herod (played to the hilt by Associate Member Dick Stenbakken) was particularly evil, his ranting and threats earning him some enthusiastic boos from the audience. He sends his highest appreciation to the members of Legio XX who were able to help out this year.
THINGS GOING ON
Ron Kenat mentions that the Baltimore Museum of Art has a special exhibit called Antioch: The Lost City, running through December 30, 2001. For more info see their website at http://www.artbma.org/home.html.
Rusty Myers of Legio VI in SC has put out a call for help for a gig on March 2, 2002. It is a Christian presentation at a church in Georgia, about 25 minutes long for each of two performances. In between, some exhibiting/recruiting can be done. All expenses (food, lodging, and travel) will be paid by the Church. Anyone who is interested can contact Rusty.
Darren Nunez of Legio III Gallica in New Orleans forwarded this to me:
"We are going to have an event at the Roman Fort site [in Lafe, Arkansas] on the last weekend of March. We will have Barbarians and will practice battle and living history for future events. Hope you guys can make it, we thought it would be plenty of time to plan. Let me know if you can.
"Bill McGee , Celt Leader...501---"
My lovely wife Jane got me a bronze Mycenaean sword for my birthday! Opens up all KINDS of new possibilities: boars tusk helmets, figure-eight shields, hmm… On the other hand, Tom Kolb has started picking up stuff for a Zulu War impression (AD 1879), and already has a spare rifle!
On a (reluctantly) more Roman note, Roger Moskey got his gladius from Godfrey Knight, and challenged me to find anything wrong with it. Tough call, to be sure, but I finally decided that it was simply too gorgeous for a surly legionary and confiscated it for my own use. NICE sword, Roger!
January 5, 2002 -- Monthly Workshop session at the Moskey's, 10 AM to 5 PM
February ? --Lupercalia, anyone?
April 13-14, 2002 --Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion
June 8-9, 2002 (tentative) --ROMAN DAYS, Marietta Mansion
October 2002 -- Demo at Univ. of PA Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia
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.
ADLOCVTIO is the Official Newsletter of the Twentieth Legion, published on the Ides of each month. The Editor is the Legion's Commander, Matthew Amt, 9416 Rhode Island Ave. Note that the Commander is MOVING, assuming all goes well, in a couple days, and the new address will be published soon. My email won't change, though, and I shouldn't be out of touch for very long. The fabulous Legio XX website is still at http://www.larp.com/legioxx/. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and please keep our troops overseas in your thoughts through the holidays.