One policy we CSLD’ers feel strongly about is Roman dress.  We require that attendees wear at least a Roman-style tunica at Latin Day at all times — it’s one of the ways we distinguish ourselves from a ‘field day’ or ‘picnic’.  This is the perfect time of year to have your students start to design, create, and decorate their Latin Day tunica.

If you don’t know where to begin, there are plenty of resources online, e.g. https://annasrome.com/roman-garb-basics/, https://www.larp.com/legioxx/tunic.html, HOW TO MAKE A tunica or http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Make-a-Roman-Tunic-/10000000206363105/g.html

Have students start saving old clothing or bedsheets.  Identify students who have an interest or skill at sewing.  Harass the fashion design teacher about your “new interdisciplinary project idea”.  Last year, my students pooled money to purchase fabric, did the cutting and planning after school, then a few volunteers sewed them together in time for Latin Day.

Organized schools can consider entering the Tunica contest — at least 50% of a school’s contingent coordinate to design and wear tunicae that match the theme Sic Parvis Magna. Costume and Tunica Contests

And as a last resort, there’s always Amazon.


New Latin Day Awards

It’s my pleasure to announce that CSLD will be presenting two new awards this year, each honoring a dedicated Classicist who helped make Latin Day possible.

The William Julius Mayer Opus Optimum (Best in Show) Award will be given to the student who submits the most outstanding display project among all categories (as judged by the project judges at CSLD).  Display Projects

The Nancy Lister Summa Cum Virtute (Best in Spirit) Award will be given to the school who excels in participation and achievement in selected events at Latin Day.  This year the events include: Declamation, Certamen, Banner, Costumes, and School Tunica contests.  Schools will be judged on a simple scoring sheet that accounts for first, second, and third place showings in these events.  Declamation   Certamen   Banners & Military Standards   Costume and Tunica Contests

We will be presenting the inaugural awards at 12:15 in the main pavilion.  Will your school take home a prize?

Costume Contest Changes for 2018

Salvete!  For the CSLD 2018 costume contest, we will be trying something new.  Instead of choosing one character in advance, students can choose their own costume character.  The costume still must relate to the theme, and we will still have categories for Male, Female, and Couple.

If your students have never participated in the costume contest, or had trouble fitting their costume into our chosen character, this is your year to enter!

Entrants will be judged on the costume and their ability to answer the following questions:

  1. Why did you choose this costume?
  2. How does this costume relate to the theme Sic Parvis Magna?

Costume judging happens at 10:00.  We hope to have a crowd!

Logo and Registration

Salvete!  Ignoscete mihi, it has been too long since my last post.  So much to update.

First, congratulations to Aki at Stratford High School, who submitted the winning design for the CSLD 2018 Logo competition:


Thank you to all the students who submitted designs.  It was a difficult year to pick from the excellent submissions.

Next, registration is now active.  I rearranged the form so that only new ‘rules’ are on the front top section.  The older rules are still in effect and first-time attendees should read them carefully, but they will be on page 2.  The new rules are as follows:

  • Registration will close on 4/2/2018. Your registration and payment must be postmarked on or by that date to attend.
  • There is no limit on students per school attending. Over 40 students requires additional chaperones.
  • Teachers/Chaperones who run a workshop or presentation, as well as Latin Day Committee Coordinators, will be admitted for free. Please indicate the event with chaperone information below.  Only the person responsible for organizing and executing the event earns free admission — other chaperones count toward the paid total.
  • Basketball will be a scheduled event this year, like volleyball and soccer. 

This year, you will need to submit registration and payment by April 2nd.  We will not accept payment after then.



Announcing CSLD 2018: Sic Parvis Magna

Salvete Omnes!

We hope you had a relaxing and refreshing summer.  The CSLD committee met in August and we are happy to announce that the theme for CSLD 2018 will be Sic Parvis Magna and the date will be April 27th, 2018.  This is also when we announce the T-Shirt contest — remember the winner receives free admission to Latin Day and two free T-shirts with their logo.  You can find all the details here: tshirt contest.

The next CSLD meeting will be November 4th at 9:30 in Glastonbury.  This meeting is open to anyone who’d like to help — we’ve had several people move on and need some brave souls to lend a hand.  If you’re interested, email the chairs at warchut@gmail.com and arlette@cox.net.

We will have more announcements to post this fall, so check back often!

Results and Awards

Salvete Omnes!

Last week we mailed ribbons for athletic competitions of all sorts.  I neglected to include the actual results sheet — my apologies.  You can find them here:CSLD 2017 Results

I am posting the winners for display projects here: Display Award Winners .  Note that some information is still incomplete.  Winners for the new ‘Best in Show’ prize can expect to receive a medal in the mail.  We hope to award the medal on site starting next year.

Here are the winners for academic contests: Academic Contest Winners 2017 .  Thank you to teachers for helping us track down whose contests were whose.  We will be emailing the award certificates to teachers this year.  Simply fill in which contest and sign the certificate.

Thank you everyone once again for making Latin Day an event to be proud of.  If you are interested in serving on the committee (and did not already say so on the survey), email me at warchutd@fpsct.org.  Thanks and have a great summer!

CSLD 2017 Perfectus Est!



Thank you everyone for making Latin Day 2017 a great success.  We had 54 schools and 1644 people attend this year.  Once again we had beautiful weather and the day went without any major issues!

RESULTS: You can find results from the athletic competitions, academic contests and display projects on the website soon.  Here are some of the results: CSLD 2017 Results  Ribbons and certificates will be sent directly to your schools soon.  

ROMAN DRESS: Many students were not dressed in appropriate Roman dress. A white t-shirt is not a tunica, a sheet around your neck is not a toga or worse: no Roman dress is not acceptable. Proper Roman attire is one of the hallmarks of our event – teachers and chaperones need to emphasize this rule prior and enforce it during the day. If not  Latin Day will look and feel like any other field day.

CHAPERONES: We noticed a wide discrepancy in both chaperone assignments, as well as chaperone performance.  Chaperone assignments are normally two hours and naturally some assignments are harder than others.  The committee plans to look at making the assignments more equitable in the future.  In the meantime, if you worked with an outstanding chaperone this year, tell us about it in the survey.

SURVEY: If you did not hand in the survey during CSLD, please take a moment to fill out the survey that we emailed a few days ago.  You can also find it hereFill out only the questions you choose (only your name and email are required).  Here is a word version of the survey: Evaluation Form 2017  We need responses by May 12th.

FINAL MEETING: The CSLD committee final meeting will be Saturday May 13th at 9:30am in Glastonbury.  Anyone who would like to give input in person or anyone interested in helping to plan and organize Latin Day 2018 is welcome.  Please RSVP to this email and we’ll send details.

GRATIAS: Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a success.  Thank you everyone who judged, presented, ran workshops, and chaperoned throughout the day.  Thank you to the dedicated members of the CSLD 2017 Committee: Julia Fedoryk, Stephany Pascetta (presentations chair),  Paul Giblin (treasurer and academic contests co-chair), Jan Frazier (academic contests co-chair and projects co-chair), David Sterry-Brine (press and declamation), Clement Kuehn (projects chair), and Cristina Corona (academic contests co-chair). A special thank you to Joyce Narden and Paula Chabot, in their final year of running workshops on the committee.  Thank you to Peter O’Sullivan for running Certamen.  And a warm thank you to Amy White, former committee chair, who took care of t-shirts and patiently shepherded us through this experience all year.  Thank you also to the many people we may be forgetting!

We hope CSLD 2017 was a great event for you and your students.  We hope you’ll be back next spring.

Drew Warchut & Arlette de Koning

Co-chairs, Connecticut State Latin Day 2017