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The Thirteenth Annual Gary Lincoff Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray

September 21st, 2013 8:00am - 7:00pm

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The Thirteenth Annual Gary Lincoff Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray

8am to 7pm, Saturday, Sept. 21th, 2013


Guided morning walks and self-guided afternoon mushroom walks; Mushroom Walks will be conducted in North Park and in other woodlands nearby Lectures: guest speakers:  Gary Lincoff, David Miller (Ohio Mushroom Society) & John Wheeler (Berkshire Mushroom Club); cooking demonstration  by Jeff Berkowitz; Mushroom Feast; merchandise sales and silent auction.

Featured speaker is Gary Lincoff, author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Gary, Past-president of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), is the nation’s best-known mushroom expert. He is a charismatic and entertaining speaker and makes learning about mushrooms fun and interesting. His end-of-the-day table-walk discussions are not to be missed. Mushroom identification will be led by John Plischke III (Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club).

Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club cooks will prepare a Mushroom Feast with dozens of unique mushroom dishes to delight your taste buds.

Guest Mycologists

Gary Lincoff 2010 Gary Lincoff is again the Principal Mycologist at the Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray.  Gary wrote the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms.  It is one of the biggest selling mushroom books of all time.  Gary has recently published a book, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms.  Gary’s insights about edible and poisonous mushrooms, picking urban mushrooms, mushroom recipes, and his experiences with wild mushrooms in various cultures around the world make it a delightful read.  Gary has his own section on the Northeast Mycological Federation’s website.  It includes much help for beginners, info on toxicity, and scientific articles on DNA classification of mushrooms.  The address is:  http://nemf1.homestead.com/, then click on the Menu tab.
Gary is a past-president of the North American Mycological Association and chairs the awards program for that organization.  He is in high demand as a speaker for mushroom organizations all over North America.  He has traveled the world studying mushrooms and their relationships with the local culture.  We are extremely fortunate to have him come to our foray for the thirteenth time.
David Miller David Miller is the Newsletter Editor for the Ohio Mushroom Society.  David is returning to our foray as a Special Guest Mycologist for the third time.  Early participations were in 2005 and 2007.  David is an Emeritus Professor of Biology at Oberlin College in Ohio where his specialties are plant physiology and biochemistry.  Being a member of NAMA and the OMS, he has developed an appreciation of the contributions of amateur mycologists to the mushroom world.  If you would like to gain an appreciation of his wide range of interests, check out his Editorial Column in the sample newsletter posted on the OMS website.  See http://ohiomushroomsociety.wordpress.com.  The link to the sample newsletter is on their Homepage.
John Wheeler John Wheeler has been a passionate amateur mycologist since his introduction to wild mushrooms in 1988. A founding member of The Berkshire Mycological Society located in western Massachusetts in 2000.  John has been offering classes on local wild fungi throughout the growing season. He has assisted Prof. Don Roeder in his Mycology classes at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrinton, MA for many years.  He has served as local mycologist for the 3 years of the Berkshire BioBlitz.  Besides yearly workshops at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, John has given presentations at the Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock, the Hilltop Arboretum in Tannersville NY, the Springside Arboretum in Pittsfield MA, The Fitchburg Museum, several local garden clubs and local foraging workshops.
  John Plischke III  is a Life Member of WPMC.  John has been a speaker and identifier for numerous mushroom clubs across the US and Canada.  He is the author of Morel Mushrooms and Their Poisonous Look-Alikes and Good Mushroom, Bad Mushroom.  He is the recipient of more than 80 national and regional awards for his mushroom photography and is Chair of NAMA’s Photography Committee.  He is Chairman of the Fungus Section of the PA Biological Survey.  John will lead a morning walk at the foray.  However, his most valuable job will take place when he leads the guest mycologist, club mycologists, and identifiers in placing names on all the mushrooms found on the walks.  This is a mammoth job; we expect to have about 200 different species brought in for identification.


Registration: 7:30 – 8:15 am
Welcome & Organizing: 8:30 – 9:00 am
Mushroom Walks: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch (on your own): 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Guest Speakers: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Gary Lincoff, East vs West: Why Some People in Asia Disdain Our Favorite Mushrooms, and We Theirs 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Jeff Berkowitz, Cooking demonstration: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
John Wheeler, Berkshire Wild Mushrooms 2:00 – 3:00 pm
David Miller, New News from the Fungal World 3:00 – 4:00 pm
WPMC famous mushroom feast: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Mushroom Identification: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Clean-Up: 7:00 – 7:30 pm


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