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West Virginia Mushroom Club Annual Foray at Blackwater Falls State Park

State WV
Date Friday, July 19, 2019 (all day)
Duration   3d
Details FRIDAY MORNING July 19 (Schedule may slightly change) ​ 10:00 AM - Mushroom/Naturalist Walk with Adam Haritan, Learn Your Land - $25/person advanced registration required ​ FRIDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS: ​ We are offering several fun and informative workshops on Friday afternoon (July 19). 12:00 pm (noon) – 1:45pm: Beginner Mushroom Identification with Arleen Bessette - $25 per person and register early as space is limited 12:00 pm (noon) – 1:45pm: Mushroom Cultivation with Ivan Steifel, Maureen Feral & Max Dubansky - Includes take-home mushroom-growing kit for Oyster mushrooms - $25 per person; space is limited, so register early ​ 2 pm – 3:45 pm: Mushroom Art with Rosalie Hazlett - Supplies and instructions for drawing and painting - $25 per person; space is limited, so register early 2 pm – 3:45 pm & 4 pm – 5:45 pm (2 sessions): Mushroom Microscopy with Shannon Nix - Microscopes and personal instruction will be provided. - $25 per person - Space is limited to 12 people for the 2 pm workshop and 12 people for the 4 pm workshop. FRIDAY EVENING SOCIAL: On Friday evening, get together with other mushroom enthusiasts for a pizza social, followed by a fascinating overview of regional mushrooms. ​ 6 pm – 7:30 pm: Pizza Party & Social - All-you-can-eat pizza, salad, and non-alcoholic beverages - In addition, a variety of wild mushroom toppings will be catered by Laurie Little from White Grass Café (http://www.whitegrass.com/) - $20 per person advance tickets required (see registration page) ​ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Expert mycologist Walt Sturgeon will present an entertaining overview of regional mushrooms. Macrofungi Niches and Mushrooms in the Ecosystem. ​ SATURDAY FORAY: Saturday will be a full day, starting with the morning foray at 8:30 am, and ending in the early evening with identification of foray-collected fungi. After lunch, there will be afternoon presentations on a variety of mycological topics, a delicious wild-mushroom tasting feast, the ever-popular Silent Auction, and last (but not least) identification of collected mushrooms. ​ The morning foray is the highlight of the weekend! Guided walks offer an excellent opportunity to explore this unique and beautiful part of West Virginia and collect local fungi for later identification. Foray participants can choose from a variety of guided walks that include both short & easy terrain, more challenging terrain, and a combination mushroom/bird walk. We have the best regional leaders ​ The foray fee is $65 ($50 for volunteers, limited numbers), if you pay by June 30th, and then $75 after June 30th. The foray fee includes Friday evening's presentation, all Saturday activities (morning foray, afternoon presentations, mushroom tasting, and identification), and Sunday morning activities. Lunch is not included – please bring a bag lunch or support a local restaurants in Davis/Thomas or the Blackwater Falls dining room. ​ - Meet at 8:30 am for the foray. Walks are held rain or shine, so wear appropriate clothing. ​ - Afternoon talks will include presentations by Adam Haritan, Alan Bissette, Shannon Nix, and John Plischke (see below for more information about presenters). ​ - Silent auction items will be available for bidding. Please bring donations for silent auction; auction proceeds support the West Virginia Mushroom Club. ​ - Walt Sturgeon, assisted by Django Grootmyers and John Plischke will identify foray-collected fungi and highlight important characters for species identification. ​ - Wild-mushroom tasting feast catered by Laurie Little (White Grass Café) using local ingredients. ​ SUNDAY MORNING FORAY - Meet at 8:30 am at Blackwater Lodge for a walk with various leaders. We will return for a table talk and lunch on your own. The Foray will end at noon. LODGING: All foray activities will be held at the Blackwater Falls State Park (https://wvstateparks.com/park/blackwater-falls-state-park/) in Davis, WV. ​ - For lodging at the Blackwater Falls, you may want to simply call (304-259 5216) and mention WV Mushroom Club with a substantial discount available for reservations made 60 days in advance. Book early as rooms fill up.
Phone 304 610 4040
Website https://www.wvmushroomclub.net/annual-foray
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