NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XIX, no. vii, July 2009
The Legion has been invited to appear at the two
small programs based on a visit from Barbara Bell, the British creator
of the Latin series "Minimus". Each year in London, Barbara holds
a "Minimus" day at the British Museum (you can see pictures from it on http://minimus.com ) where children are
split up in groups and go to 3-5 stations including a museum mini-tour,
a Latin lesson, a craft, and a visit with some Roman re-enactors.
The plan is to do something similar on a smaller scale. The
coordinator is Ruth Ann Besse, a Latin teacher and regular visitor at
Legio XX events. There will be crafts, general Roman history displays,
and a few of us Romans, all promoting the study of Latin and ancient
history. Activities will be mostly indoors, and I'm not taking
the tent, but it looks like we'll have a few soldiers and a couple
ladies with things to show and tell.
The first is Saturday July 18, noon to 3 PM, at the
Heffner Community Center, 42 Oswego Ave., Takoma Park, MD. We'll be
paid in brownies. Directions:
From points north, best bet is to get on the Capital Beltway I-495 and
take Rt. 193 University Bld east OR Rt. 650 New Hampshire Ave.
south. Turn right onto Piney Branch Rd. Rt. 320, follow it across
Sligo Creek Parkway. Go through a pair of lights at Sligo Ave.,
and a couple blocks past that turn left onto Ritchie Ave. (If you
pass Takoma Park Jr. High you've gone too far.) In a block the
street turns left, then take the first right onto Oswego, and #42 will
be one of the houses on your left (I think!). (Not many choices,
and the Public Works is at the end of the street.)
From Virginia and the south, I hate to send you all
the way around to New Hampshire or University, but those are
safe. The next most reasonable choice is East-West Highway Rt.
410 west, which you can get to directly from 295 and the BW Parkway; or
from the Beltway take 450 west about a mile and turn right on
410. Follow that forever, cross New Hampshire Ave, where it gets
narrow with a couple stop signs (and is called Ethan Allen Ave.).
There are lights at Carroll Ave. (I used to live a block from there!)
and the firehouse at Philadelphia Ave., where you follow 410 by turning
right. At the light at the bottom of the hill turn right onto
Maple Ave., go a few blocks and turn left on Ritchie Ave., up the hill,
angle left at the top, and turn left onto Oswego.
The second is Sunday July 19, 1 to 3 PM, at the Laurel
Library in Laurel MD. Yes, this is a few blocks from the
Commander's house! Meet at the Library, or meet by 12:30 at my
house and march or carpool over.
Both events are promising us snacks. On Sunday,
after the Library gig, the Legion is welcome to gather at my house to
work on stuff or just party a little. We can do potluck supper
for anyone who hangs around that long (either bring something edible
along or hit one of the many stores or restaurants nearby). You
don't *have* to do the event to be eligible for the party!
507 7th St.
The Library is basically at the end of my street, Carroll
Ave., where it meets 7th Street.
From the Washington Beltway, I-495/95, go North on I-95 towards
Baltimore. Take Exit 33 onto Rt. 198 East towards Laurel.
After about a mile and a half, 198 splits at a Shell station (now the
street is called Gorman). Go another block and turn left at the
second light at the 7-11 onto 7th Street, Rt. 216. Go straight
through the next light (which is for 198 West, Talbot St.) and turn
left into the Library parking lot.
From the Baltimore/Washington Parkway or points east, take Rt. 198 West
through Maryland City and through the 2 lights at Rt. 1, then right at
the next light onto 7th St./Rt. 216, and left into the Library parking
From the North, come down I-95 to Rt. 216 towards
Laurel. Go through 2 traffic lights, then a stop sign, then a
couple more blocks and right into the Library parking lot (just before
the next light).
Hope to see you all at one or both of these worthy events!
VIRGINIA SCOTTISH GAMES
Thanks to Julie Brooks of La Wren's Nest, the Legion
has been invited to the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival on
September 5-6 (Labor Day weekend). This will be comparable to the
Potomac Celtic Festival, with traditional Highland dancing,
competitions, vendors, lots of kilts, etc. The location is just
off I-66 a little west of Gainesville, VA. It looks like other
Scottish-oriented living history groups will be there as well.
I'll hunt down details on food, pilum-chucking, etc., and pass that all
along. Should be a simple gig, though, with around 8000
visitors--good exposure! Here's their website:
The Legion has also been asked to appear at Hartwood
Days, the 10th Annual Youth and Community Fair near Fredericksburg,
VA. It is organized by a local Boy Scout group, and it's a
one-day event on September 12, 9 AM to 4 PM. That's the weekend
after the Scottish Games, yes, but I am hoping that folks who are not
able to attend one of the events can focus on the other. The
living history part of this show will be a timeline like Marching
Through Time, so the organizers are interested in attracting reenactors
from any era to participate. Vendors and business exhibitors,
too! Spread the word.
Yes, the long-delayed annual Lupercalia bash is back
on the calendar, for August 22. It kicks off at 5 PM at the home
of Richard and Allison Campbell in Alexandria, VA.
Historically-oriented attire is encouraged but certainly not
required. Don't miss it!
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
ROMANS MARCH ON NEW ULM, MINNESOTA, from Kevin Williams
This year marks the 2000th anniversary of the Varus ambush in the
Teutoberg Wald as many of you know.
This year on September 18-20 the town of New Ulm, Minnesota will be
having a three-day festival to honor their German heritage at their
Hermann the German memorial. This will be a huge event complete
with visiting foreign dignitaries, fireworks, a parade, a roman
encampment, and a recreation of that fateful September day in 9 AD.
Local barbarians and those from nearby tribes are invited to join in
the reenactment. Saturday afternoon at the Roman
campsite, you can join one of the tribes: Hermann’s
Cherusci Auxiliaries, the Bructeri, Marsi, or form your own
tribe. We’ll supply the face paint and some Cherusci
Visit the camp that afternoon (all barbarians welcome) and later that
day on Saturday September 19, a 2000-year-old event in history will be
The event is being hosted by the town of New Ulm, the State of
Minnesota, along with Legio XIIII Martia Victrix, and my group Legio X
Equestris Veneria (Rome Chicago).
Interested Romans and barbarians should contact kev.kmw AT gmail DOT
com or jkmake AT gmail DOT com
More information: http://hermannmonument.com/
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.
More information can be found on our web site:
Mauritius Comellus Carliis
mauritius AT vadisalmaximo DOT com
July 18-- Minimus show at Heffner Community Center, Takoma
July 19-- Minimus show at Laurel Library, MD
August 22-- LUPERCALIA party at Richard and Allison's
September 5-6--VA Scottish Games
September 12-- Hartwood Days, 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/