Romans for Christmas!! (SE US)

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Romans for Christmas!! (SE US)

Postby Aldus Marius on Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:49 pm

Salvete, amici Romani!

Now that I can sit up for over 90 minutes at a stretch, I'm taking notices of events again. Here is the Adlocutio, the Twentieth Legion's newsletter, for September-October '07, announcing events taking place in November-December.

(Is there anything more Christmas-y looking than a Legion camped out on your doorstep, with their little red tunics and their silver loricae coordinating with the tree-trim?) >({|;-)

Adlocutio/Sep 07:


[Ed. note: These are events the Twentieth itself is planning to attend.]

December 8-9 -- Bethlehem Christmas show at Parkwood Baptist Church
December 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16--Walk Through Bethlehem, Seventh Day Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD


Gettysburg, PA 11/30/07 to 12/2/07

"Reenactor Fest is an indoor convention for all reenacting time periods, from the Roman Empire through Vietnam. Guests are encouraged to attend in period dress! The 3 day celebration features hundreds of quality vendor tables, LIVE demonstrations of historical military & cultural activities every day, interesting seminars and lectures on a myriad of topics, a Reenactor's Ball, plus music, food and there is ALWAYS a party going on after the sun goes down!

"Reenactor Fest is thrilled to be adding another convention date to our calendar in historic Gettysburg! When you think of historical reenacting, few locations spring to mind as quickly as Gettysburg. The town and historic battlefields cater to reenactors and history buffs, and the Eisenhower hotel is right there in Gettysburg itself... mere minutes from the fields where the din of battle changed our Nation forever. You'll love your time at the convention too! The vendor hall, seminars, live music and demonstrations, the Grand Ball, nightly parties, and the electricity in the air that only happens when you bring so many great reenactors together in one spot!

"Check it out at: and/or

"We also have a Reenactor Fest board at the reenactor.Net forums: "

(Quintus [Leg XX commander] notes: "I’m planning to go for at least one day in my Bronze Age gear, but George Metz of Legio XXIV in Philadelphia is planning to lead a Roman display and demonstration. If you'd like to go in with him to get free admission, contact him at legioxxiv AT comcast DOT net. If you are not involved in a demo or seminar of some sort, admission is $15 for one day, $20 for two days, or $25 for all three days. Rooms are available at the "Eisenhower Two" for $87 per night. You don't *have* to wear historical clothing, of course, but it's certainly a great opportunity to get seen in something unusual, eh?")


"Parkwood Baptist Church in Annandale (VA) would love to have three Roman soldiers for their Bethlehem show on December 8-9. The hours are 4 to 8 PM both days, and the address is 8726 Braddock Road. Please contact Sam Roberts at 703-405-7967 or dsmdzn AT msn DOT com if you would like to participate.

"Inevitably, that's the same weekend as the start of the Walk Through Bethlehem at the Seventh Day Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. That runs five nights, December 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16 (two weekends and Thursday), starting about 6 PM and going to 9:30 or so.

"Looks like we'll have to split our forces again! If one of you folks over on the Virginia side could please coordinate for the Parkwood show, I'll take charge of the Adventist show. Everyone who is available should pick whatever days they can make and let us know. For the new folks, these Christmas shows are FUN, though they are not at all like our usual living history events. We stay in character and work with the skits and ongoing story-telling done by the other participants, building the whole Christmas spirit. We also serve as real crowd control, directing groups of visitors through the display at timed intervals. Try to recruit the kids, harass the shopkeepers, and threaten the old ladies. We always have a great time, and the locals really appreciate our presence. More details next time!"

["Next Time", or, Addendum from the October Adlocutio:]

"Both shows are indoors, so no winter clothing is really necessary--regular tunics and caligae will do. Most of us drive to the site in modern clothing because it's WINTER, and change before showtime. Be SURE to get there early enough to be in armor and at your post before the public is admitted! The Adventist show is carpeted, but if you are on tiled floors, it's a good idea to put cover your hobnails with tape for traction. I use brown book tape and usually find that taping over one sole is enough, leaving the other exposed for display if needed. No pila!! They just don't mix nicely with crowds. You may wear your helmet crest, and you can sling your satchel (for wallet and keys) if you like. You can also aim your gear at "1 AD" if you like, i.e., hamata, Coolus helmet, Mainz gladius, etc., but regular Imperial gear is fine if that's all you have."


[Ed. note: This event has already taken place; I will post a review in a separate topic.]

"Legio V Alaudae is hosting an event in Clarksville, Tennessee on Friday and Saturday, October 11-12. The location is Austin Peavy State University. For more details, contact Robert Wear at legiov AT utk DOT edu, or see their website: "


"Salvete Romani!

"On behalf of the ISPA and The Legionaries and Supporters of Legio VI Ferrata Fidelis Constans would like to formally invite you to our sixth annual Castra Romana, November 16, 17, and 18, 2007. This event will be held at Givhans State Park in South Carolina. Knowing it is a bit of a drive for most, we are pulling out all the stops (including lots of new stuff!!) to make this an experience you will not want to miss, and will never forget!

"Any ancient re-enactors, Romans, Barbarians, Gladiators, and Civilians are invited! Vendors too! While this event will be advertised and open to the public, our primary goal is to provide a unique experience to our participants. To this end we have a great number of events which will interest the Roman Reenactor, be they soldier or civilian! If you have a unique impression you would like to bring and add, please contact us. The last years have been an outstanding success, and this year will be even better!

"Soldiers will get the opportunity to drill and train, throw live pila on the pilum range, practice live sword (against a post of course!), in addition to participating in Needlefelt mock combat both on the drill field for spectators Saturday, you will see the Gladiators in the arena in daylight, and at a special torchlight nighttime match just before the Grand Convivia!

"The highlight of the event will be the Centurio's Convivium, a grand Roman Banquet and hosted by the Centurio. Ask anyone about our feast! The food alone is worth the drive!

"Average Temperature in November in South Carolina is 65-75 degrees F. In addition there are few if any events on the calendar for that period of time. Plus the mosquitos are mostly dead! Legio VI will be onsite Thursday the 14th to Monday the 19rd, but you should try to arrive sometime Thursday or Friday unless you are setting up a special event or station. Re-enacting events start Friday night. Vendors are welcome to set up a display, but we ask that they remain in period as much as they are able, and you must contact us as soon as possible. We have limited room for vendors, but will endeavor to accommodate you in the period market, or vendor row. Remember this event is being planned for the participants, so we need you to attend! Please RSVP via EMAIL by October 1st with firm numbers if at all possible (this is so we can plan the feast).

[Ed. note: OK, so we've missed the muster. But it is open to the public, so any Romani who would like to attend, in-costume or out-, are welcome.]

"It is our sincerest hope you will plan to attend. We will have an excellent time, and want you to be there to celebrate the growth of Roman Living Archeology, at the best Castra Romana EVER!"

Event Contact: Rusty Myers
JustusLonginus AT aol DOT com
http://www.CastraRomana. com

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, .

In fide (and constantly bettering health!),
Aldus Marius Peregrinus.
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