Vol. XVIII, no. viii, August 2008


    The next Roman Days will be on the weekend of September 26-28, 2008 (not June!), at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Richard, Deb, and Alec have been hammering out the details--HUGE thanks to them for all work they've been doing!   The discussion is on the Roman Days list, 

    To all reenactors out there, we want everything from the Iceman to the 5th century AD.  Romans, Gauls, Greeks, Iberians, Persians, Germans, Samnites, Etruscans, Thracians, Numidians, more Romans, and all the rest.  The focus as usual will be on general living history and public education, but there is growing talk about sparring with needlefelt weapons or other such activities.  The artillery range (the west field) is unfortunately smaller than we'd like, but we do plan to shoot there.  (We're hoping to talk George Mason into a larger space for next year!)  Bring your catapultae and ballistae!   We're still fiddling with how to lay out the encampment area, but there should be plenty of space for all our tents and displays.  

    Remember, you do NOT have to be a reenactor to participate!  We can accommodate wargamers, scholars, and general enthusiasts as well.  A variety of kids' activities and educational displays are planned.

    The new site is a pair of grassy fields at the intersection of Patriot Circle and George Mason Boulevard, at the north side of the main campus.  (Search Google Maps with the address 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030, and the pointer will be one block north and one block west of the fields.)  This is about 2 blocks east of Ox Road, VA Route 123.  From the Capital Beltway in Virginia, I-495, EITHER take Little River Turnpike Rt. 236 West about 5 miles, turn left on Ox Rd., then go about 2/3 of a mile and turn left on University Drive; OR take Braddock Rd. Rt. 620 West about 5 miles, turn RIGHT on Ox Rd., then go about 2/3 of a mile and turn RIGHT on University Drive.  Then go 2 blocks and turn right on George Mason Blvd.  Parking will probably be in the lot on your left, but we will confirm that.  The site is straight ahead, one block.  There may also be a fee for parking, but hopefully not for participants--we'll try to let you know as soon as possible.  

    The Fairfax County Latin Teachers Association is heavily involved, and will be arranging for a few hundred high school students to attend.  In fact they plan to come on Friday, so we are setting up a special program for that, involving whomever is available to participate.  We have also gotten a positive response from Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics honor society (with chapters at a number of local colleges and universities).  So right off the bat we are sure to get a much larger audience than we have had in years past.

    VENDORS: The University is planning to charge a fee of $60 for the weekend.  Don't know how to pay that or when, yet, but we'll find out.

    We will not have a food vendor for the public there, but there are many places to eat on campus.  Reenactors may certainly provide their own food, of course.  We can cook on stoves but no ground fires.  The nearby campus buildings have bathrooms!  There are also several good hotels nearby, for those far from home who do not plan to camp.  Alcohol is only allowed if we have a permit from the Events Office.  Please do not carry any weapons outside of our camp and demonstration areas.

    Apologies for the delay in getting the website updated!   There's been an awful lot going on behind the scenes, as it were.  Changing the event to a new site has been much more difficult than we'd imagined.  But hang in there!  Roman Days WILL happen!

FILMING, from David Smith

Friends, Romans, "barbarians," et al:


I have been in contact with a film maker who is interested in shooting a docudrama in Gettysburg-- probably the weekend AFTER Roman Days [or Oct. 11-12?].

This film maker is interested in "fit" and "accurate" Romans and "barbarians," including some civilians.

Details about pay/legal have not been worked out, but the film maker has asked me to coordinate personnel, equipment, etc.  When I get more information, I'll start contacting unit leaders for individual talent shots and resumes. The director wants me to stress two things:
1) Reenactors must be fit enough to look like active legionaries;
2) Reenactors must be willing to get their equipment wet and/or dirty.

The reason this project seems especially cool is that the director is willing to shoot narration/dialogue in Latin with English subtitles, and is interested in doing some battle sequences with "barbarians. "  Also, there would be camp scenes demonstrating aspects of daily camp life.  I have already suggested that this film maker visit Roman Days, Lafe, Pompeii II, etc. to get an idea of what we Romans can do.  Let's show the shiny boys of Ermine Street Guard that we Yanks have come of age!

Since there are already Revolutionary War and American Civil War docudramas out there, why not for Rome?

Please let me know if anyone is interested. This project will involve a screening of individuals, working with the casting director, so if you have a 'talent shot,' that would be great.

dsmith7070 AT comcast DOT net


   **Event unfortunately cancelled due to Tropical Storm Hanna!


-- REENACTOR FEST 5: February 5-8, 2009 at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling IL. 

   September 6-- Monthly workshop at Roger and JJ's house
   September 26-28-- ROMAN DAYS!
   October-- Rest…
   December-- Presumably Christmas Bethlehem shows at the Adventist World Headquarters, and Parkwood Baptist Church.


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