Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter  

Future Meetings
All on Sat unless otherwise stated)

Mar 4, 2017 - Advanced Survival Train'g-Tim MacWelch,                          Northern VA (location embargoed except                               for registrants) * Cosponsored by MWA *

April 1, 2017 - Animal Fighting Issues - Emily Hovermale,
                         Maryland State Dir., Humane Society -                                  Positano Restaurante, Bethesda MD
                           (more info in lower left column)

May  2017     -  No Meeting


Upcoming Chapter Authors' Events
   (see details in lower left column)

Mar 28, 2017 -    Getting Started as a Mystery Writer -              (Tue)             Patrick Henry Library, Vienna VA


Next Event:

MARCH 4, 2017

Advanced Survival Training

Cosponsored by MWA *

A Tour of MacWelch's Bushcraft Camp 
Brown-Bag Lunch

11 am to 1 pm (or a little later)
Visit a real working bushcraft and survival school by spending a few hours in the forests of Virginia with multiple New York Times Bestselling author Tim MacWelch. Get your hands dirty working on the survival skill of fire building, then learn about the local edible and poisonous plants (which could be handy for your next story) during a lively wild plant walk. We'll finish the visit by having lunch around a crackling campfire, for an outing unlike any other. 
Please bring your own lunch and beverages, sturdy footwear and outerwear for chilly weather. We will be spending the entire time outdoors. Please carpool as parking is limited. (Note: Directions will be provided to registrants only. The location is in Northern Virginia, about an hour from DC.)
** Please RSVP to Becky Hutchison at 
bookgaia [at] comcast [dot] net 
no later than Wednesday, March 1st.**
This is a FREE event.
Tim MacWelch has been an obsessed devotee of survival and primitive skills for almost three decades. Eating wild edibles and learning about the animals in the forest were part of his country life growing up outside of Warrenton, but he did not fully immerse himself into the wild until his teens, when camping and backpacking became a favorite pastime. 
While researching methods of self-reliance, Tim ran across Larry Dean Olsen's book, Outdoor Survival Skills. This book describes wilderness survival using many traditional skills and Native techniques. Tim was enthralled and couldn't get enough of the subject of survival. As his dedication to the subjects of survival began to deepen, he needed an outlet. Tim decided to start sharing his skills with others. Tim's brother was the leader for a local Boy Scout Troop, and soon Tim was working with kids through youth workshops for schools, church groups, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and other youth throughout the region. He still continues to volunteer his time, and over the past 28 years – he has worked with thousands of Scouts and other children. 
Tim founded the Earth Connection School of Wilderness Survival in the spring of 1997. This served as a way to share his passion with others. Over the years since its founding, Earth Connection has been featured in magazines, newspapers and television shows. Tim has been writing for Outdoor Life magazine since 2010, and has also written numerous articles for OFF-GRID magazine. He is the lead storyteller for their regular feature article "What If?"
Tim's strong relationship with the Outdoor Life brand led to the publishing of Tim's first book with OL's sibling company, Weldon Owen publishing.
Tim's titles to date include:
Prepare For Anything - NY Times Bestseller, #3 Travel Dec '14 and #3 Travel Jan '15
Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual - NY Times Bestseller, #5 Travel Dec '14 and #5 Travel Jan '15 
How To Survive Anything - Released May 2015, NY Times Bestseller Nov '15
The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook - Released Oct '15
How To Survive Off The Grid - Released Oct '16

Chesapeake Crimes

The seventh volume of the Chesapeake Crimes series, Storm Warning, is now available for purchase.
The anthology, published by Wildside Press, features short stories by:

Donna Andrews
Timothy Bentler-Jungr
Shaun Taylor Bevins
Carla Coupe
Maddi Davidson
Linda Ensign
Barb Goffman
Kim Kash
Adam Meyer
Alan Orloff
KM Rockwood
Lauren R. Silberman
Marianne Wilski Strong
Art Taylor
Robin Templeton

Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley were the coordinating editors. The members of the editorial panel were Christina Freeburn, John Gilstrap, and Alan Orloff.

Available from the publisher, as well as from:
-- Mystery Loves Company Booksellers
-- Barnesandnoble.com
-- Amazon.com

Previous titles in the series are also available:
Chesapeake Crimes I
Chesapeake Crimes II
Chesapeake Crimes 3
Chesapeake Crimes 4: They Had It Comin'
Chesapeake Crimes 5: This Job Is Murder

Chesapeake Crimes 6: Homidicdal Holidays


Invite an Author to Your Book Club or Library

What's more fun than immersing yourself in a good mystery? Discussing it with the author! The Chesapeake Chapter's published authors are available to attend book discussion groups or to appear at library events. If you'd like to meet local writers and talk with them about their work, contact the chapter's Library Liaison, Aubrey Hamilton, for help in setting up an event.

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Upcoming Chapter Authors' Events

Tuesday, March 28
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna VA
Time:  7:30 - 9:00 pm
Getting Started as a Mystery Writer: 
Panel and Signing with Maya Corrigan, Barb Goffman, Tara Laskowski, Alan Orloff, and Laura Ellen Scott.
These Chesapeake mystery writers will share their experiences and insights. Join us to hear excerpts from new and forthcoming works. Get your own questions answered about plotting and publishing YOUR work. Books available for sale. Adults. Teens.
Saturday, April 1
Positano Restaurante, Bethesda, MD
Time:  Check in/Social 12:00 pm
           Lunch around     12:20 pm
          Speaker presentation after lunch
Animal Fighting Issues - Emily Hovermale
Emily Hovermale is the Maryland State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. The HSUS and their affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and professionalizes the field through education and training for local organizations. The HSUS is driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade. Emily is a professional community organizer, earning her Masters in Social Action and Community Development from the University of Maryland and has been working in the field of government relations for the past seven years. She is a lifelong animal advocate and supporter of local animal shelters and rescues.
Emily's talk will focus on the work of The Humane Society of the United States specifically as it relates to partnerships with law enforcement to investigate illegal animal cruelty, targeting the worst cases of animal abuse nationwide. The HSUS Animal Rescue Team has a long and successful track record with prosecutors, judges and law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies across the country call upon The HSUS to assist with the investigation and prosecution of every type of animal abuse--from individual situations of neglect and abuse, to cockfighting or dogfighting operations, to abusive, illegal puppy mill operations and to large-scale animal cruelty situations such as animal hoarding.  With decades of successful prosecutions under our belt, The HSUS is dedicated to seeing each criminal case through from its inception to resolution.

The Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, like its national parent organization, was created to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime fiction writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Membership is open to anyone with a love of mysteries - men and women, readers and writers - who would like to help promote the advancement of women mystery writers. Chapter members typically come from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Chesapeake Chapter Officers for 2017

President: Sherry Harris
Vice President: Art Taylor
Secretary: Becky Hutchison
Treasurer: Donna Andrews

Committee Chairs

Program Chairs: Donna Andrews and Art Taylor
Membership Chairs: C. Ellett Logan and Donna Andrews
Field Trip Chair:  Donna Andrews
Publications Chair: Marcia Talley
Library Liaison:    Aubrey Hamilton
Member Liaison:  Maya Corrigan

Other Contacts

Website Coordinators: Donna Andrews & Becky Hutchison
Listserv Coordinator:  Donna Andrews
Authors' Events Coordinator: Aubrey Hamilton



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Last updated: 15 February 2017