April, May, June 2011 Newsletter
I apologize for getting so behind on the newsletter – been a busy time for me as most of you know.
In April, we conducted one of my personal favorite events of the year – the Georgia Junior Classical League’s Annual State Convention at the Rock Eagle 4H Center near Eatonton, GA. Due to the very real potential for some pretty severe weather, we did not get a chance to portray the castra on the scale we are normally able, but feedback from the students and event organizers was once again very favorable. One piece of interest relating to this event – the GAJCL has won the opportunity to host the National Convention in July-August 2014. This prestigious event will take place at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and of course the organizers are planning for us to play a major role. My goal for this event is to open it up to as many groups as possible so that we can portray a larger unit.
May saw us once again participating in the superb event hosted by the Explorations in Antiquity Museum in LaGrange, GA. Since our first trip in 2009, the museum is really expanding its offerings to the public. This year, the planned amphitheater was about 50% complete, which served as a perfect venue for our beloved Prafectus, Gn Julius, to sit in judgment in a land boundary dispute. I was very glad the Julius was able to attend this year, and as usual we all had a great time at the event.
No events in June, of course, as we all take a break for the hot weather and vacations.
Progress on the tent is pretty amazing. Based on efforts by our members at the workshops interspersed with some individual efforts as time permits, we’ve completed the roof and walls in their entirety and are now working on the 4 doors. Once they are complete, then all that will remain is to attach them to the roof/walls and then construct the wooden poles and ridgepole and the tent will be complete! I also received the ten pegs from SOTW this month – one more piece of authenticity for our project!
A friend and I are purchasing 52 acres of land in south Georgia near Talbotton, about an hour-and-a-half from my house. This will be recreational property, used for hunting/camping/shooting and, eventually, we intend to put a small pond on it. Needless to say, I also intend to use it for Roman purposes, with an eventual goal of a permanent fortification similar in spirit to that of Lafe. What it means in the near-term is that we can conduct the Anabasis there whenever we like without outside interference or having to abide by a bunch of rules designed to prevent frivolous litigation. So, plan to see it this coming September.