Vol. X, no. ix, September 2000
On September 16-17 we'll have our little fall encampment at Marietta Mansion. Lounging and drilling on the lawn, etc., open to the public from 10 to 4 each day. Marietta is at 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale, MD 20769. (301---) From I-95/495, the Capital Beltway, take Exit 20 onto Rt. 450 East, go 4 miles, turn left on Rt. 193, then left onto Bell Station Rd. and immediately left into Marietta.
September 30 to October 1 is the fall
Universal Soldier program at Fort Washington. Another
small and laid-back event, and it runs 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10
to 3 on Sunday. Fort Washington is at 13551 Fort Washington Rd.,
Fort Washington, MD 20744. 301-763-4600. From I-95/495 the
Capital Beltway, take Rt. 210 Indian Head Highway South; go about 4
and turn right at the light onto Fort Washington Road, which ends about
3.5 miles later at the park entrance. Believe it or not, I am
to MISS this event! Yes, for the first time in history, Quintus
blowing off a Twentieth Legion event, but I figure you folks are all
and can handle Fort Washington without me. The call of the musket
has finally captured me, and I'll be at a big Revolutionary War battle
that weekend. Jane is going off to a mongo marble festival at the
same time. Someone is going to have to pick up the tent and other
unit supplies from me before then.
Both of these events are good for newer members. Please let me know if you need to borrow anything! The tent will be available for camping, etc., etc.
On October 28, Franklin and Marshall
College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is putting on a Greco-Roman
of which we are to be the centerpiece. Lancaster is
2 hours north of the DC area (directions in October issue).
Dave Michaels has been coordinating this with the faculty, and there
be barracks space (i.e., floor) available at his house, which is also
Lancaster (bring your own sleeping bag). Here is what Dave has
Friday, 10/27, 7-10 P.M.: The advance team (whoever is in charge of the tent,
camp equipment and whomever wants a head start on the next day's activities) shows up at Villa Michaels, the muster point. From here, they can--
(a) Leave equipment at Michaels place and disperse to a nearby hotel (which will be paid for by F&M), or--
(b) Flop at Villa Michaels. We have a large, finished basement which can house 6-10 guys (who provide their own sleeping bags).
Saturday, 10/28, 9-10 a.m. -- Advance team proceeds to F & M and set up. Camp will be set up at Heartman Green, a large, central outdoor area, if weather is decent. If rain "pelts," we'll forego tent setup and take up station in the Atrium of Steinman College Center. Remaining legionaries arrive and kit up.
10:30 a.m. Opening muster and remarks.
11 a.m. First tactical demo.
12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch, a banquet-type affair for 50+ (Legionaires, F&M students and faculty, special invited guests), at Dissler Commons, an indoor
space near the Green. The lunch will be prepared by F & M Classics Dept. teachers and students. All Roman food and recipes. During lunch, one student recently in England will do a slide show on the Ermine Street Guard and Roman sites in Britain. We can also do a presentation or just eat and answer questions from students.
2 p.m. Second tactical demo.
3 p.m. Tentative-- Roman Drama/Comedy presentation (maybe a segment from a Plautus play) by the F&M drama dept.
4 p.m. Legionary Olympics. Three eventss: Armor race; armor long jump; pilum toss (accuracy more than distance). Winners in each event get a REAL ROMAN COIN, courtesy Classical Numismatic Group.
5-6 p.m. Down time, when we just hang out and answer questions, pose for
6 p.m. Closing parade and remarks. END OF F&M EVENTS
6:30-7:30 p.m. Knock down camp; tent and gear can be stowed at F & M for
evening. Transfer back to Villa Michaels.
8 p.m. Start of ROMAN REVEL at Villa Michaels. This will be an all-out Roman theme extravaganza, featuring the Emperor Trajan and a cast of dozens. Wine! Food! Dancing girls! And a PLOT TO KILL OUR BELOVED EMPEROR, which must be ferreted out by the Praetorian Guard (Legio XX). Party till 12-1 a.m. or thereabouts.
Legionaries who have chosen to stay through the Roman Revel can either crash at Villa Michaels for the evening, or proceed to nearby hotel (F&M will pay for ONE NIGHT, whether Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday).
Saturday, 10/29--Planning for this day remains flexible. If we desire to continue in Roman charatcer, we can kit up and set up camp at a large public park adjacent to F&M. I'll leave it up to Legio XX and XXIV participants to determine whether they want to continue to demo on Sunday, or just call it a day and head home. If we do head over to the park, we'll probably knock off around 2-3 p.m. so everyone has plenty of time to get home.
What Dave needs from everyone is an RSVP so F&M knows how many rooms to reserve--contact him. For more details, you can also contact Harriet Flower at F&M.
Paul Montello of Legio XI in Atlanta, Georgia, sends notice of a program entitled, "History of War - A Military Time Line" at the Kennesaw Civil War Museum in Kennesaw, GA. It will be held September 23, 10 am till 5 pm, and September 24, 10 am till 3 pm. "See Roman soldiers, Knights in armor,
Revolutionary War soldiers, Civil War Cavalry, a WWII command post and many more. Come and learn about the uniforms, weapons and armor that made a soldier more effective in battle. See Knights in action, experience a WWII battle and hear the cannons roar."
Admission of $5.00 includes time line and museum. For directions please call (770) --.
The Legion has received an invitation to attend yet another timeline event, called "The Grand Review of Military History." It will be hosted by the Military History Research Center in Amherst, Virginia and is tentatively scheduled for late October 2001. Activities may include battles, weapons displays, a combined Saturday afternoon parade through the town, and possibly competitions with awards and cash prizes.
I told the organizer that I'd check with the troops to see if we want to attend. Amherst is near Lynchburg, VA, three to four hours from the DC area. Late October is not only getting out of our prefered warm season, but may also conflict with the Franklin and Marshall classics festival if that becomes an annual thing. Think about it and let me know, there's plenty of time to plan.
Still bored? Mason Hurd would love to see a few of us at a time-line event held at the Living History Association museum in Marlboro, Vermont, on October 7-8. For more information, see the Association's website, http://www.livinghistoryassn.org, or contact Mason Hurd. He says the weather is great up there right now, but I'm not going to make this an official Legion event this year at least. (We do have our monthly workshop on October 7.)
A new page has been added to the Legio XX website, Signum and Vexillum. Some updates have been done to the Pilum, Gladius, Scutum, and Civilian Clothing pages, and of course to the Links page. Oh, and I added lists of names to choose from to the Nomina page, and a few new pictures on the Photos page.
If you want to see the very frightening display of Kurt Suleski's ballista in action, go to http://184.108.40.206/Siege/Photos.htm. He was at the SCA Pennsic War near Pittsburgh in August, and was firing 3-pound stones over 200 yards. George Metz was there serving on the crew and doubtless has a few stories to tell.
Lots of people have been telling me about these two new books: Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow (http://--sorry, bad URL!), and Wolf of Albion by Steve Hughes. Actually, it was Steve himself who brought his book to my attention! I have not had a chance to read either of these yet, and don't know when I will, so if anyone else wants to read one or both and do a review, pass it along.
September 16-17 --Fall encampment at Marietta. It will just be the Legion this year, as La Belle Compagnie has moved their weekend to October (something about September being too hot...). Our low-stress event.
Sept 30-Oct 1 --Universal Soldier event at Fort Washington, MD
October 7 --Monthly Muster/Workshop at Roger Moskey's, 10 AM to 5 PM, directions below.
October 28 --Classical festival, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
December --The annual Walk Through Bethlehem at the Seventh-Day Adventist headquarters may conflict with the bi-annual Bethlehem Market Place at St. Luke's Church, but we probably have the manpower to cover both. They are FUN!
Date Change--The large timeline event in Paris, France, scheduled for Sept 29-Oct 1, has been postponed again, to September 2001. Contact Bruno Dienot. (This isn't an official Twentieth Legion event, but a number of people have expressed interest.)
Directions to the monthly workshops/musters at Roger Moskey's house:
From I-495 Capital Beltway, take Exit 12 B Route 267 Toll Road West towards Dulles Airport. After paying toll (50 cents), take the first exit--Exit 16 Route 7 Leesburg Pike West for about 11 miles. Go past Cascades Parkway, and at the next light take a right onto PALISADES Parkway, then an immediate left onto "Triple 7" (Route 777). Pass Calvary Temple on right, take the next right onto Regina Drive; follow it to the end and take a right onto Markwood Drive. At stop sign take a left onto Terrie Drive (culdesac). #304 is just to the right of the middle.
Hey, here it is, the Ides of September, and I am declaring this issue DONE. Even got one of my scabbards polished last night. Yeeha. ADLOCVTIO is the official monthly newsletter of the Twentieth Legion, a not-for-profit educational organization. For further information about subscriptions, submissions, substitutions, or subligacula, contact the Editor/Commander: Matthew Amt. The Legion website (best on the Net!) is at