August 2011 Newsletter
Since August is the last month of Summer, I know that everyone is looking forward to cooler weather as well as the start of our re-enactment season. This Fall looks to be a great time, with four upcoming events scheduled from September through December, to include our first Anabasis in our very own Roman Province.
We continue to slowly but surely make progress on the tent, finishing the major assembly of all four doors. Combined with the completed roof/walls, all we require at this point is to measure the doors properly (we all have a little bit of trepidation as we think about that task) and then final assembly of doors to main body and final details.
Fortunately, we had great attendance and completed a great deal. Paul Montello, Alex Kyrychenko, Chris Stewart, Jared Fleury, and I all pitched in. Prior to the start, I punched holes in the final – yes, the final – three 20” x 30” panels we needed for the tent that were used to complete the doors. I was also able to punch about 30’ of 1” strip that were required. All of us then pitched in to complete Right Door #1 and then start and completely finish Right Door #2. This does not sound like much, but if you’ve worked on the doors then you know that this was a significant accomplishment to achieve in one day! Combined with the already completed Left Doors, this brought all of our “piece work” to an end – from now on we will be engaged in finishing and joining sections together. Many thanks to all of our brothers who participated, bringing us that much closer to showing our work off to the remainder of the Roman World.
Based on our progress, I hope to be able to start actually attaching the doors to the main body of the tent at the September Workshop, but this will be determined by how many folks we have attend and how difficult it will be to measure, cut, and put final finishes on the doors prior to assembly.
More good news, this time from the far, outer provinces. Our long-lost brother, Chris “Still No Roman Name” Damour will be returning from his far-off assignment to the hinterlands of the “Land of the Morning Calm” (also known as the “Land of the Almost Right”), transferring to a new job in, of all places, Huntsville, AL! This is great news – Chris is an extremely knowledgeable miles who always added a great deal to our events. I know that I join the rest of you in wishing Chris and his family a bon voyage and smooth transition to his new duties. Hopefully, these new responsibilities will allow him to join us in our future events and maybe he can re-energize Brad and Alex a bit in the process! Welcome back, Chris!
I’m open to suggestions – some folks have mentioned constructing an artillery piece – my vote is to keep making tents since we have it down to a science! You all tell me and we’ll start making the plans.