NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XX, no. vi, June 2010
I can't say "Thank You" enough to everyone who made
Roman Days a success this year! Riversdale Mansion is a
great site, with an enthusiastic staff and plenty of space. Next
year will be even better and bigger. Thanks to Deb Fuller for
running the show, the cooks for their excessive effort in feeding us,
and to everyone who crossed so many miles just to be there.
Amazing. Oh, there are pictures!
As you can see, we had a sizeable contingent of Late
Roman/Byzantine troops for the first time, and Yours Truly turned out
as Romulus himself. So our timeline ran from the founding of Rome
in 753 BC to its final fall in 1453 AD! Even with a
traditional thunderstorm cutting things short on Sunday, we had a good
350 visitors for the weekend. Great job, everyone!
Also Thanks to the Campbells for hosting
Lupercalia/Mercuralia. Great bash, as always!
"ANCIENT ROME & AMERICA", July 2-4
The Legion has been invited by George Metz of Legio XXIV to appear at
the world debut of "Ancient Rome & America", an exhibit of
the lost treasures of a Republic turned Empire and its Cultural,
Political, and Social Connections to America. The Exhibit will
run from Feb-19 to Aug-1, on the front lawn of the National
Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia 19106, just
one block from the Liberty Bell (yes, it is still cracked) and two
blocks from Independence Hall. Details on the exhibit are
The event will run from 11 AM to 4 PM on July 2, 3, and 4, and will be
an on-going "Meet and Greet", with a field drill demonstration or two
during the day. Legion III has also been invited to
participate. The Center is hoping to have 20 or so legionaries on
site. Some remuneration may be available and parking will be
"comped" by the Center all three days. You should arrive by 10 AM
to kit up and be ready by 11:00.
Drive in from Race Street, between 5th and 6th, down ramp and park
underground to the right at bottom of ramp. Parking will be
compensated. Tell the guard you are to do a Roman demonstration
for Francesca Reynolds, 215-409-4467.
Water will be provided, and food will be available at your expense at
the Center. So you should come already well-fed and/or bring some
snacks. It is probably safe to assume that this is not a camping
event! I am also assuming that anything we set up would have to
be completely taken down and removed at closing each day. I
will get more details and pass them along.
Who is interested? We only have two weeks to get this
planned, so please let me know.
Our thanks to Legio IX Hispana for turning out with
us at the Potomac Celtic Festival. Particularly since there
weren't any Legio XX folks there on Sunday! Ron Phelps
(Leg. IX) had a great time as a Caledonian warrior, and in spite of the
HEAT and (oh so surprising) thunderstorm is very enthusiastic about the
event. Said heat, weather, and minor car troubles left me with a
slightly different feeling, but I expect we'll be back next year.
The Legion has an invitation to the Virginia
Scottish Games, September 4-5 at Great Meadows, The Plains,
We had a pretty good time at that event, last year. This will
probably take the place of the little "Fall Encampment" we used to do,
but stay tuned for other possibilities.
Alec Cunningham has information on a number of other
Celtic/Scottish festivals, so contact him if you are up for any of
Williamsburg Highland Festival, October 2
Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival, October 23-24
REENACTOR YARD SALE
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!]
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
Roman and Barbarian friends,
You are all cordially invited to our next event!
Leg VI Host
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29615, 864-355-8900
http://www.LEGVI.com for updates and
info as it comes available!
Leg VI is proud to announce that we have been selected for a "2nd
Saturday" Event at the Roper mountain Science Center in Greenville,
SC! The event will be a "mini-castra" with 800 to 1200 students
and parents coming out to see the glory that was Rome. All Roman
Re-enactors are invited to attend. We would like civilian,
barbarian, and Gladiator impressions too, as we have space for the
Arena, Camp display, Drill area, Artillery display, engineering
display, SOTW, and some supporting events hosted by students and Roper
This is a Max Effort event for Leg VI and Leg XI.
Tentative Schedule: Arrive Friday afternoon for setup, event
begins Saturday 10 am, concludes at 4 PM. Teardown that night or
Sunday morning. Short, sweet, and to the point. Saturday
evening we will have a jollification somewhere! Command Hotel TBA.
If you have a display to set up, let us know in advance so we can plan
it into the event.
Rusty Myers, JustusLonginus AT aol DOT com
July 2-4 --Ancient Rome and America, Philadelphia
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, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/