John, I was out on the Cape for the last week, so sorry for the delay in responding.
I agree, let's figure out a time to get together. I will send you a message with my contact info later today.
As for the event, here is the info. I will be there all day, so if you show up, give me a yell. I will be in the latest Mesolithic fashions for the morning, and as a Roman auxilia in the afternoon. If I can get my crossbow finished in time, I will have that with me. Bring any atlatls or toys as well to play with. A number of my Legio III comrades will be doing demos, and Ed Nash and Jim Dina are both great guys to meet.
The Leominster event info is as follows:
Saturday – August 6, 2011
To be held RAIN OR SHINE at
Leominster Sportsmen’s Association
1455 Elm Street, Leominster, MA 01453
in the Primitive Area
INFORMAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
0900 AM Opening with Nipmuck Prayer
Ed Nash – making cordage, deadfalls and snares
Gary Bergeron, Frank Herndon & Tony Franklin – basic blackpowder shooting
Dane Donato – stoneage atlatl & spear
Ed Nash – short presentation in basic bowie knife, tomahawk & spear fighting
Clay Forest (1986 NMLRA National Champion) – how to throw a t’hawk and knife
Jamie Foote – early net making
Joe Whitley – Coli stick fighting & “open hand” techniques
Jessica Whitley – Kempo techniques
Jack Walsh – basic banjo
Greg Cobb – traditional and modern fire making techniques
Bob Smith – making powder horns & scrimshaw techniques
Walter Bickford – making leather
Jim Dina – basic lute
POT LUCK LUNCH BREAK
Frank Hunt & “Phoenix Swords” – Medieval weapons fighting and fire show
Jim Dina – pre-contact Native Amerindian skills
Dane Donato – Roman staff sling
Tim McKinney – Roman hand sling
Quinton Johanson – presentation as “Optio Quinton” Roman combat leader
Brian Dermody – presentation as heavy “miles” Roman infantryman
Randi Richard – Roman torsion catapult demo & Legio III mule cart
Julia Winitsky & Randi Richard - ancient battlefield medicine & mock amputation
Kevin Kneeland & Jamie Foote – modern battlefield & field First Aid
Dan Pano – basic foil fencing
Todd Kulpinski – U.S. Armed Forces Survival & Unconventional Warfare
Topics to be determined
Marieke from “Roots” – aromatherapy, sprouting, essential oils, homeopathic medicines, natural foods & healing
“Quickie” events – Stick & string navigation, improvised washing machine, making a tripod, birchbark cup and boiling pot, use watch as compass, bolas, folding paper cartridges, improvised canteen, cooking & handtool trivia, brief on colloidal silver, water filters solar generators and medical frequency machines.
ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th, LEOMINSTER SPORTSMEN’S ASSN. WILL HOLD A CROSSBOW COMPETITIVE SHOOT – camp Saturday night and shoot in the morning!