Vol. XX, no. v, May 2010


Roman Days 2010 will be held on June 5-6 at Riversdale Mansion in Riverdale, MD.  They are listing RD as "Rome at Riversdale" on their calendar but it will still be centered around the same RD that we all have come to know and love.  The street address is 4811 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737,  Public hours will be 10-4 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday, and admission for the public is, uh, I think it's $5 for adults and 3 or 4 bucks for students, something like that...

We can arrive and set up is on Friday.  The gates will be closed in the evening but not locked, so you can still bring your cars in during the night.  You can drive on the grass (carefully!) to unload at your campsite, and park in the lot overnight.  Since parking is somewhat limited, however, participants and vendors should park in the streets around the site during public hours, leaving the lot open for visitors.  

The Riversdale staff is very enthusiastic, and they are planning a number of excellent children's activities.  They are also hoping to tie Roman history in the Neoclassical theme of the Federal period in which the mansion was built (c. 1800 AD).  So we might have some people in other period funny clothes wandering around.  

There should be plenty of space.  Our various legion tents will be under the trees at the west side of the front lawn, with their backs to the visitor center.  The vendors will be at the left (northwest) corner of the tent line, and the Celts and other worth barbarians under the pair of trees at the north side of the lawn (directly across from the mansion).  The caupona will be near the kitchen, a separate building just east of the house, and the artillery range will be behind the house.  There is a water faucet on the back wall of the visitor center, plus real bathrooms!  (And a porta-potty or two at night.)  Ground fires are not permitted, but raised braziers or stoves are allowed (probably a good idea to bring your own wood or charcoal).  

Come one, come all!  Remember, you do NOT have to be a reenactor to participate in some way!  And you don't have to be a Roman, either--we'd love to see Greeks, Egyptians, Britons, Carthaginians, or anything else like that.  More information is *supposed* to be on the Roman Days page of the Legio XX site, and on the Roman Days Wiki, but I think we're a tad behind on all that… 

There is also the Roman Days planning Yahoo email group,

Hope to see you at Roman Days!!


    June 12-13, the weekend after Roman Days, we are invited to encamp at the Potomac Celtic Festival in Leesburg, Virginia.  We've done this one a couple times, and the unit actually gets PAID to attend!  Perfect gig if you happen to be unable to come to Roman Days for some reason, eh?   

    We also have an invitation to the Virginia Scottish Games, September 4-5 at Great Meadows, The Plains, Virginia.  We had a pretty good time at that one, last year, so keep it in mind.

    Alec Cunningham has information on a number of other Celtic/Scottish festivals, so contact him if you are up for any of these:

Williamsburg Highland Festival, October 2
Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival, October 23-24


Got a basement full of kit you're not using?  Need a few extra bucks for that new musket, uniform, suit of Armor?  Looking for a new uniform, or suit of Armor?

Come to the Reenactors' Yard Sale (Multi-period)

June 19, 2010 (Rain date June 20, 2010), 10 AM - 4 PM

The Yard Sale will be at:
9611 Baltimore National Pike
Myersville, MD 21773

$10 Vendor Registration Fee (non-refundable)
Fees due by May 8; all proceeds will benefit a local historic site (TBD)

Mail checks to: Mea Clift
9502 Harmony Road
Myersville MD 21773

or feel free to send via paypal to domi143 AT yahoo DOT com--please put "Reenactors' Yard Sale" in the payment notes

Please also RSVP to: meapet AT gmail DOT com so we know that 1- your Money is coming and 2- we have a space for you!

Site per vendor: 8' x 8'
Bring your own blanket (the place we're having it on is a bit of a hill, so we're asking more for blankets than tables.)

[Quintus notes: Not a Legio XX event, but should be worth seeing, especially for us multi-era types!]


   June 5-6-- ROMAN DAYS
   June 12-13 --Potomac Celtic Festival, Morven Park Equestrian Center, Leesburg, VA
   September 4-5 --Virginia Scottish Games
   September 11 --Hartwood Days Fair, Fredericksburg, VA


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,