NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVII, no. v, May 2007
Yup, it's coming up! June 1-3 at
Marietta Mansion in Glenn Dale, MD. Public hours on Saturday and
Sunday will be 10 AM to 4 PM. Friday will be mostly set-up and
general hob-nobbing, and there will be a feast on Saturday
evening. We are currently expecting TWO leather tents and even
more troops than we had last year! Remember, you do NOT
have be a fully-equipped Roman reenactor to participate--we want other
ancient types as well, plus wargamers, teachers, historians, and anyone
else with an interest in the ancient world. And we can loan
equipment to needy soldiers if you let us know what you lack.
The event is growing as we speak, with vehicles,
animals, and an artilllery duel, the latter to be filmed by the
Discovery Channel! More filming and shooting will take place
after public hours on Saturday. Friday evening will be a Roman
Army Talk Social, hopefully including RAT founder Jenny Cline, so we
hope to see as many RATers (and others!) as possible.
You can set up any time on Friday, and a few folks
are arriving on Thursday. The lower field is available for modern
camping and parking, and is the ONLY place you may have a campfire--use
sand from the pile as a base, please do NOT dig pits! On the lawn
by the mansion and the upper field you can camp in Roman tents (leather
or canvas), or use modern gear if it is removed by 9am Saturday and
Sunday. There should be some space in the Legio XX tent, bring
your own bed roll. All non-period stuff needs to be cleared away
by 10am Saturday and Sunday when the event opens to the public.
Each group should make sure it gets a registration form from Marietta,
and of course fill it out and return it. All participants
will undoubtedly be required to fill in the usual Park and Planning
volunteer waiver form. Probably each unit will be handed a
notebook full of forms and rules; anyone not attached to a unit should
report to the Legio XX camp and we'll point you in the right direction.
Basic information is on the Roman Days page of the
Legio XX site,
There is also a Roman Days Yahoo group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romandays/
, the better to keep yourself informed. Hope to see you all there!
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
CASTRA ROMANA--ATLANTA, from Edge Gibbons
Fellow Roman Re-enactors:
I wanted to extend a personal invitation to all of you to attend Castra
Romana-Atlanta, hosted by Legio XI Claudia Pia Fidelis, 14-17 June 2007
in Atlanta, GA.
This event is being held in conjunction with the US Army's 232nd
Birthday celebration on Fort McPherson, GA. For more information
on the event itself, I would refer you to the following websites:
While I know that many of you have a busy schedule (especially those of
you who, like me, intend to be there for Roman Days with Matthew), we
believe that this event will offer a great opportunity to show the
professionalism of the Roman army to the professionals of the US Army.
Friends and families are welcome, and the Army is sponsoring many, many
activities for family members.
Please try to work us into your schedules, and help me pass this
invitation along to other re-enactors who might also be interested.
Edward.Gibbons AT forscom DOT army DOT mil
CELEBRATION OF HISTORY, from Doug Shipman
You are invited to participate in Wethersfield Historical Society’s
Celebration of History event during the weekend of June 16-17, 2007, at
the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, in historic
Wethersfield, Connecticut. The society is a non-profit
organization, established in 1932 to promote historical preservation
In celebration of its 75th Anniversary, the society plans to host
living history reenactment groups representing various periods of
history (Stone Age to Modern) to promote interest in history,
illustrate the many changes in culture, technology, strategy, etc. that
have evolved over time and to reinforce the fact that learning history
takes many forms and is great fun!
Each group is asked to provide a small encampment and representative
furnishings, equipment, staff, etc. for the weekend, with a focus on
visitor interaction and education. A demonstration area will be
provided and units are encouraged to pre register for demonstration
times for small arms, weapons, tactical, craft skill or other public
demonstrations appropriate to their group’s background.
The society will provide a stipend for each unit, as well as straw,
firewood and fire-pit (if requested), and 24-hour access to restroom
facilities. Units are invited to encamp overnight on-site or in
one of the museum’s indoor spaces if desired (there are also many local
hotels with reasonable rates).
Please contact society Director Doug Shipman at 860-529-7656, or at
weth.hist.society AT snet DOT net to learn more about this event or to
express intent to participate. http://www.wethhist.org
We look forward to your joining us as we celebrate history, and our
75th Anniversary as an organization dedicated to historical
preservation and education!
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 nightime match just before the
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
June 1-3 --ROMAN DAYS, Marietta Mansion
September 15-16 --Fall Encampment, Marietta Mansion
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/