MAVENS AT MYSTERIES ON MAIN STREET
Sisters in Crime (SinC), Upper Hudson Chapter (Mavens of Mayhem) is seeking new “Sisters and Misters” to help our chapter grow. We’re seeking committee members for monthly programming and the Murderous March Writers & Readers Confab. We also seek a treasurer, which includes a surprisingly low time-commitment despite its importance, and a social media/web maven.
Enjoy the best camaraderie by participating actively.
NEXT MEETING: JUNE 15TH, Bethlehem Public Library, 10:30
Our lively chapter, one of three in NYS, includes fans and writers — women and men who enjoy meeting, learning, and engaging around the craft, business, characters and field of mystery writing. Learn more and find our meeting schedule at www.upperhudsonsinc.com. Email email@example.com, chapter president, to inquire about these volunteer roles.
Please share this with your writing and book club communities.
Wake Our Dead Winter Party
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:30-12:30, Bethlehem Library
We may not end up swinging from the chandeliers, but some of our favorite characters might.
Beside a spread of festive foods, come ready to share some of the most ridiculous moments endured by your favorite fictitious characters. A booklovers’ laugh riot!!!
OUR SPEAKER HAS HAD TO CANCEL: RESCHEDULING FOR SPRING! NO MEETING THIS MONTH — SORRY.
Here for the Victims
Crime Victim Specialist III, NYS Office of Victim Services, Kathy Davidson
Saturday, November 17, 11:30-12:30, Bethlehem Library
Hear about the inner workings of the Office of Victim Services (OVS). After a brief overview of agency functions and structure, Kathy Davidson will answer our questions, so bring them on!
As a crime victim specialist with the office of victim services for over 20 years, Kathy has worked with countless individuals during times of hardship. Beginning at the agency as a crime victim specialist, grade one, she’s worked to advance the agency’s ability to offer compassionate services to crime victims across New York State. She directly supervised improvements to all reimbursement procedures, especially those related to reimbursement of property, making the process more accessible to elderly, underage, and disabled individuals. Today, Kathy oversees the Investigations Department, as a Crime Victim Specialist III. For over four years, she has served on the NYS Committee for Police Services for Elderly Persons, and takes great pride in her commitment to improving awareness of the struggles many elderly citizens face in today’s society.
(Members meeting prior to the event)
Mortuary Science: The Ins and Outs, w/Lori Q. Purcell
Lori Q. Purcell was named chairperson for the Mortuary Science Department at Hudson Valley Community College in 2016. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the funeral business, began teaching as an adjunct at HVCC in 2005 and became a full-time faculty member in 2008.
Purcell began her career at the Bowen Funeral Home in Latham and continued to work in the industry with the Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home until 2014. A native of Newburgh, Purcell said she always knew she wanted to work in the funeral business. “I grew up between two funeral homes on either end of my street. I knew it was something I always wanted to do,” she said.
Purcell is one of a growing number of women who have entered what was once seen as a male-dominated profession. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), 57 percent of mortuary science students in the United States are women, and that number has been steadily growing over the past several decades. In the late 1970s, according to the NFDA, only 13 percent of students in similar programs were women.
Bring your questions; our speaker’s leaving a block of time at the end for Q & A.
AUGUST SPECIAL EVENT:
PRIVATE TOUR, CHERRY HILL MUSEUM: “The 1827 Cherry Hill Murder”
Saturday, August 18, 2018
TOUR BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 11:00 AM
Cherry Hill Museum, 523 S Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202 (Directions below)
OPTIONAL LUNCH AND MEETING TO FOLLOW, AT LOCAL RESTAURANT TBD
In 1827, a murder occurred at Albany’s Cherry Hill Farm, home of the Van Rensselaer family. The crime aroused tremendous interest, and the trial culminated in the last public hanging in Albany. The apparent crime of passion uncovered simmering issues of the day, including women’s roles and legal rights, social class, punishment and the law, and slavery in New York. Hear the words of those involved in the crime and decide whom you think was guilty or innocent.
Bethlehem Public Library: June 16th
10:30 Business / 11:30 Programming
Discussion: “WHAT FANS LOVE & WHAT WE DON’T.”
Rhonda Rosenheck will moderate a discussion focusing on readers’ and fans’ responses to mystery and crime literature. Questions will probe such topics as why we’re fans of the genres we love, what grabs us through a series, what turns us off from a character, and why we disdain some styles yet are drawn to others. Writers will be asked to participate as readers, and to listen deeply as sister readers open up about their real feelings.
We’re adjusting monthly meeting times as follows, to allow for more engagement with each other and with each program’s content.
10:30-11:15 – Chapter meeting
11:15-11:30 – Overflow content and coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Featured Program (Always open to the public)
Special programs and field trips will be announced well in advance. Snow and other emergency cancellations will be posted on the website. It always pays to check the website before driving over: www.upperhudsoninc.com.
Murderous March participant feedback told us that there was too little time for each of the day’s events. We realized that we were rushing the monthly programs, too. So thank you, Confab commenters!
Coming up on May 19th: Researcher extraordinaire Michael Catoggio will offer us “Cleopatra’s Nose: Adventures in Research” starting at 11:30 am. Those of you at Murderous March will remember Michael as our panel’s delightful moderator and one of three workshop teachers. Michael felt that he had too much content for an hour, so Mavens President Frankie Bailey offered to solve his problem. Et voilà, we get to learn with Michael again! I suspect that this presentation will be sprinkled with engaging anecdotes. Don’t miss out.
Monthly program presentations are free and open to the public.
Fridays from 1:45-4 pm:
June 15, 29
July 13, 27
August 17, 31
East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Come to any or all.
Fans and creators of the mystery, detective and crime genres: Join Mavens of Mayhem at the East Greenbush Community Library for an afternoon of enlightening talk about the craft.
1:45-4:15 Refreshments, Mavens of Mayhem member book sale
2:15-3:00 “Bringing out the Mystery Within”
Panel discussion and audience Q & A, featuring
Published authors Robert Knightly, Carol Pouliot, Kate Laity, and Frankie Bailey. Moderated by Michael Catoggio, mystery researcher and reference librarian
3:00-3:15 Stretch and Schmooze
Frankie Bailey, K.A. Laity, Robert Knightly, and Carol Pouliot are published authors who live in or near New York’s Upper Hudson region. Frankie Bailey is President of the Mavens of Mayhem and all are active members.
Michael Catoggio conducts research for mystery writers and others, a fun and natural outcome of his long career as a research librarian. He also teaches many popular writing and research workshops.
Laurie Dreyer is Adult Programming Librarian at the East Greenbush Community Library. Rhonda Rosenheck is Mavens of Mayhem treasurer, a published author of poetry and humor, and a voracious reader of detective fiction.
This confab is cohosted by the EGCL (eastgreenbushlibrary.org) and Mavens of Mayhem (upperhudsonsinc.com), Sisters in Crime’s Upper Hudson chapter. The Mavens meet monthly and welcome writers and readers.
Don’t forget Murderous March
24th March at East Greenbush Library!
From idea to published novels, with tentative drafts, intense historical research, agent queries, and tense-change rewrites along the way. What one writer learned about the writing process with all its ups and downs, and how getting published is just the beginning of a new stage.
Radha Vatsal is the author of A Front Page Affair (Library Journal’s Debut Mystery of the Month), and Murder Between the Lines (Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books Of US Historical Fiction) set in WWI-era New York. She received her Ph.D. from the English Department at Duke University and her writing has appeared in the online editions of the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Smithsonian magazine. She is also co-editor of the Women Film Pioneers Project. She was born in Mumbai, India and lives in New York City.
Special guest for our March 17th Meeting:
Mavens of Mayhem (SinC) Monthly Meeting
Bethlehem Public Library
Business Meeting 10:30am
Open to the Public 11:00 am for Radha Vatsal