NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XIX, no. iii, March 2009
MARCHING THROUGH TIME
April 18-19 is the annual Marching Through Time
event at Marietta Mansion, a timeline of thirty reenactment groups from
different eras. It is open to the public from 11 AM to 5 PM
Saturday and Sunday, though participants should try to be there at
least an hour before opening. Parking is at the Recreation Center
just up the road, with shuttle vans running continuously between there
and the event. Parking is permitted along Rt. 193 Enterprise
Road, but this is "at your own risk". Participants may drive
directly to our camp to unload equipment, but all vehicles must be out
of the encampment area by about 9:30 AM on Saturday. No cars are
allowed back in until after 5 on Sunday. If you need to haul
equipment out before then, contact one of the event organizers and they
will bring a golf cart or tractor to help. This year there will
be no Saturday night barbecue.
Remember that if you do not have all the clothing
and gear you need, you will probably be able to borrow it if you let us
know ahead of time. This is also a good event for impressions
that are earlier or later than our usual mid-first century AD
portrayal. Please mark your calendars, and let the Commander know
what your plans are!
Admission for the general public is $8 for adults,
$5 for ages 5 & older, and free for ages 4 and under.
Marietta Mansion is located at 5626 Bell Station
Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769. Directions: Take the Capital Beltway
I-95/495 to Exit 20A (Route 450/Annapolis Rd.); take Rt. 450 East about
4 miles and turn left on Route 193 West; follow signs to free parking
and shuttle. For more information call 301-464-5291, or visit http://www.pgparks.com
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey is
holding their annual Rutgers Day event on Saturday, April 25 (one week
after MTT). This is a huge folk festival affair attracting a good
40,000 people. This year it will include a Greek and Roman
fashion show, and the hosts would love to have some Roman (and Greek!)
reenactors there as well. The location is the front steps of
Brower Commons in the center of campus, and the hours are 10 AM to 4
PM. There is even a roofed area in case it rains.
A couple Legio XX members have already responded
positively to this. Granted, it's not exactly a historical event,
but it's certainly good exposure and worth trying out. Who else
POTOMAC CELTIC FESTIVAL
This year the Potomac Celtic Festival runs two days,
June 13-14, and they already have Legio XX listed on their page of
So I'm assuming we're invited! Last year the day was cut
short by a truly impressive thunderstorm (of course), but that won't
happen again this year… The location is Morven Park in
Leesburg, Virginia, off Route 7 a little ways past the Moskey residence
Public hours are from 10 AM to 7 PM. Vehicles
can be driven to the camp area to unload but must be removed to the
parking area by 9:30. We can take down our camp and leave before
7 if we like, but we'll have to carry all our gear out (not very
far). Last year there was a hospitality tent with free
snacks and cold drinks for all participants. There was a
short parade in the afternoon.
Overall an easy weekend for us. It's a
well-established large event, and all we have to do is show up and do
our thing. I'll double-check on details and registration,
so please let me know your plans.
TIMELINE EVENT, NJ--June 2009
My name is Jim Stephens and I am the Deputy Director of the Historic
Cold Spring Village living history museum. We are a 501c3
non-profit organization located three miles north of the center of the
city of Cape May. HCSV recreates life in a rural South Jersey
community of the early 19th century. We have a collection of 26
locally significant historic buildings (the oldest was built in 1691)
on 22 wooded acres of land. If you would like to learn more about us,
you may visit our website at www.hcsv.org.
On the weekend of June 20th and 21st, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual
Military Timeline Weekend. For last year's event, we had
reenactors and displays representing the English Civil War, American
Civil War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War. We hope
to make the '09 event even bigger. We would be pleased if Legio
XX would be able to participate. I've visited your website and
was impressed with your impression. I have attached a copy of the
registration form. If you and your unit are interested in
participating, just complete the form and return it to me at your
earliest convenience. No registration fee is necessary. If
you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Jim Stephens, MA
Military Timeline Weekend Coordinator
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ 08204
[Quintus notes: IS anyone interested in this? Please let me
know so I can give the hosts a real response either way!]
Please help us spread the word about RUSTICATIO VIRGINIANA. Even
if you cannot attend yourself, and we hope you can, please share this
information with people you know who would benefit from this tremendous
and fun learning opportunity.
SALVI offers two sessions of RUSTICATIO this summer. Week one
from July 13 - 19 does not exclude beginners but is designed primarily
for experienced Latin speakers. Week two is for beginners only
and runs from July 20 - 26.
Established over ten years ago, RUSTICATIO has a proven track record
for creating programs that foster growth in living Latin in a congenial
and down to earth atmosphere that is both fun and supportive.
The sessions fill up quickly. So act now to guarantee your place!
Complete details are posted on the SALVI web page at http://www.latin. org/
Our site is the historic Claymont Estate in scenic Charles Town, WV,
just one hour by car from Washington-Dulles International Airport.
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
EXPLORATIONS IN ANTIQUITY MUSEUM, from Edge Gibbons
The Explorations in Antiquity Museum in LaGrange, Georgia, USA, will be
hosting a Roman re-enactor event in their great facility from 29-31 May
2009. Check out the museum's website here:
The museum is also featured in the current issue of Biblical
This event is open to any interested Roman re-enactor with a good,
accurate impression -- the museum are sticklers for authenticity as you
can see from their exhibits.
Plenty of places to stay in the local area -- the museum is very close
to Interstate 85 -- and my house is about an hour from the site.
I am more than happy to host as many folks as the house will
hold. Camping is available on-site, with latrine and other
Hosted jointly by Legio VI FFC and Legio XI CPF, please contact myself
at egibbons AT hotmail DOT com, or Rusty Myers for details.
ROMA AETERNA--Rome, Italy
Let me introduce myself: I am Mauritius Comellus Carliis, member
of Vadis Al Maximo the organization that is planning, with the
patronage of Roma’s administration, three days of celebrations for the
Roman Empire and the return of Ludi Circensis.
We have the pleasure to inform you that another day has been added to
the VADIS AL MAXIMO revival of the Roman Empire. The event that
will be held in Rome, Italy, will take place the days 15, 16, 17, 18
October 2009. The calendar of the event is still not complete but
we can anticipate that will have an opening ceremony Thursday October
15 evening, followed by on Friday morning quadriga’s training sessions,
races and war displays in the afternoon, gladiators and races again at
night. With finals on Sunday the event will arrive at the closing
of the games in the evening.
To complement the First Gladiator Maximus Trophy, we have added the
Legionis Romane competition where the participant legions will show
marching and battle techniques. Best show and costumes will gain
substantial cash prices. In order to participate at this event
and their benefit packages, the participating legionnaires and
gladiators groups will have to submit us a short video of their
performance for evaluation purposes. Videos and pictures to be
sent to: [email protected] . A group of experts in
Roman History will analyze them in order to establish the programming.
It is imperative that we receive the material before the end of March
A Castrum Romanum will be prepared for those legionnaires and families
that they do not want to go to hotels. This accommodation will be
considerably less expensive but we do need an early reservation.
The Castrum will have also a Roman Taberna with restaurant service.
We are still working with travel agencies in order to present you
discount packages including airfare, hotel and tickets.
CORSA DELLE QUADRIGHE al Circo Massimo
The return of the quadriga’s races in its natural environment: the
The power of the chariot with 4 horses! The Formula One of antiquity.
MARCIA DELLE LEGIONI al Foro dei Cesari
The first world gathering of the Roman Legions, an invitation to bring
back the sound of the legionnaires marching in the Cesar’s Forum after
1,500 years. We invite you all to participate.
TROFEO GLADIATORIS MAXIMUS
Teams of Gladiators will exhibit their fighting techniques, trying to
conquer the first world title of Gladiatoris Maximus.
More information can be found on our web site:
Feel free to contact me anytime for all the questions you may have that
I am sure will not be just few. I renew the invitation to
participate in this unique event and I will appreciate if you can take
the time to forward this e-mail to all the fellows Romans around the
Roma adventum vostrum plauso maximo expectat.
Mauritius Comellus Carliis
mauritius AT vadisalmaximo DOT com
April 18-19, 2009-- Marching Through Time, Marietta
?April 25-- Rutgers Day, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
June 13-14-- Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA
?June 20-21-- Timeline event, Cape May, NJ
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/