Vol. XVII, no. xii, December 2007


    We apparently had a good contingent at the Parklawn Baptist Church Bethlehem show last weekend, and we are even now in the midst of the Adventist Walk Through Bethlehem.   Hopefully the weather won't cancel either of the last two shows this weekend!  If you need find out if the show is still on, check their website at , or call 301-680-6122.  Please use your best judgement about attending if the roads are bad!  For anyone planning to attend as general public, tickets are on sale at the door, $4 each.


     Roger and JJ Moskey will be hosting the first Fabrica of 2008 at their house on January 5.  The usual reminder will go out.  Be there!


    The annual Lupercalia party will be on Saturday, February 16 at Richard and Allison Campbell's house.  We usually say 5pm until whenever, but you can also show up early for a makeshift Fabrica.  Classical or Romanesque attire is encouraged, but hobnails are not!  This is the Party To Not Miss.


    Due to a change in management following Susan Wolfe's retirement, it looks like we may be losing the use of Marietta Mansion, at least for Roman Days.  So there will be some CHANGES.  The next Roman Days will probably be the last weekend in September, 2008 (not June), at a park in Northern Virginia.  Richard and Deb have been working in concert with the Fairfax County Latin Teachers Association, whose members are very enthusiastic about helping out with a site, funding, and more.   The discussion is on the Roman Days list,

BATTLE FILMING from Robert Wear, Legio V Alaudae

Dear Legion Commanders,

    I’ve started working out the logistics for a massive battle film at my farm in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  I’m tentatively looking at the first weekend in June 2008 as possible dates. Roman Days used to be during that time, but is now becoming a fall event.
    This is still in the super early planning stages but everyone in the group is more excited about it than any other event idea we’ve done, so we’re going to do it.  It’s just a matter of dates now.  If we were to plan for JUNE 6-8, would we be causing problems with any other roman events in the works that you know of?
    Right now, the plan is to stay almost completely devoid of plot – just take an entire day (or two if possible) and make a friggin awesome battle scene (around 10 minutes).  Then in the following months later when we don’t need a cast of 80, we’ll worry about filling in the lead ups to the battle.  We’ve actually made lots of these in the past so I’m supremely confident I can get a great battle scene, especially now that I have actual training in production, access to good technology, and people who know how to use it.
    Our first one back in 2002 in high school we had 23 people at the high point of the film day.  Now we have more gear, know more folks, and I still have contact info on the 50 people who came to the last 4 we had and want to come again.  I think if we could get some reenactors from other groups down here, 80 or more is a perfectly possible number of extras (and would be great fun to be fighting in the midst of).
    It's also during the summer break in a tourist town.  So it would be easy to bring the whole family down.  If they don’t like roman stuff, they can go to Dollywoods or the National Park etc.

Robert Wear
rwear AT utk DOT edu

LEGO, LEGERE from Sylvia Shults

    Okay, I've got one more contest that I've entered.  Once again, this is not for my glory, but for someone else's.  I'll tell you about the contest, then I'll tell you why I'd really really like your help in winning it.
    My new romance trilogy, Timeless Embrace, has just been released in paperback.  (Yay me!)  It has a super awesome cover, which you've seen on my website.  I am so jazzed about this cover that I put it up for a Covey Award.  Here's the link to the site:
    You'll be voting on the Most Eye-catching Cover and on the Most Relevant Cover.  There are a whole bunch of really great covers in the contest, but I sure hope you vote for mine, and I'll tell you why.
    The cover for Timeless Embrace was designed by Lori and Maxwell James.  Lori is my editor at Linden Bay Romance, and Maxwell is her son.  This is Max's first cover.  Ever.  I thought he did a stunning job on it, and the best way I could think of to show my appreciation was to enter the cover in this contest.  I would be thrilled to tiny little bits if he and Lori were to win this contest.
    So please, take a couple of minutes, bounce on over to the site, and vote for Timeless Embrace.  It's cover # 12.  Vote anytime during December, and let's win this contest for Lori and Max!  Thanks bunches!
-- Sylvia
publishing at


   December 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16--Walk Through Bethlehem, Seventh Day Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD
   January 5, 2008-- Regular Monthly Workshop at Roger and JJ's
   February 16-- Lupercalia party at Richard and Allison's
   April 19-20-- Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD

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, .