The W.V. Mushroom Club is a non-profit organization that was founded to promote fellowship, communication and education for those of us who are interested in fungi. We are an amateur club and the majority of our members are beginners.
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Join us for our July 2016 foray and
Learn About Wild Mushrooms
Join Gary Lincoff, Walt Sturgeon and the West Virginia Mushroom Club for a fun filled fungi extravaganza on Friday, July 22th and Saturday, July 23, 2016.
When: The foray kicks off with a presentation by Walt Sturgeon Friday evening, July 22th and there will be an action packed day on Saturday, July 23th 2015, RAIN or SHINE!
Where: The foray will be held at the Assembly of God Fellowship Hall (not the church) in Dry Fork, WV, which is on the east side of Route 32, about 4 miles south of Canaan Valley State Park. This is the same location we have used for the past 4 years. GPS Coordinates: 38.975843, -79.493621.
Foray Fees: The foray fees are $60 per person, which does not include lodging or meals. If you have some time to help us out, you will receive our undying thanks and an additional discount of $15 - meaning your foray fee will be only $45.00. What a bargain!
Pre-Foray Workshop Friday: We are still in the planning stages, but may have a workshop Friday afternoon.
Friday evening Optional Pizza Social: Our action-packed weekend starts off Friday evening, when we will have an optional pizza and salad social from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. Please remember that, although we make food available for purchase, we are not in the food business. All food is provided strictly as a convenience for our attendees and our goal is to recover at least part of our overhead cost. In this case, we are asking for a $10 donation, and anybody who has attended before can tell you what a bargain that is. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and gluten free options will be available. We finally were able to get some gluten free pizza last year and will try again this year. If we have enough wild mushrooms available, we will saute some for you to use as pizza toppings. Salad options this year will include a vegetarian fresh vegetable crudite platter with ranch dressing, vegetarian chilled rainbow pasta and fresh vegetable salad, Vegan salad, GF Fresh garden salad with chick peas and sunflower seeds on the side, vegetarian, GF Watermelon, cucumber, feta and mint salad, and there will probably be something sickeningly sweet for dessert. We invite you to bring along some of your favorite dessert dishes to share. Sorry, but for safety reasons we cannot accept any cooked wild mushroom dishes.
Friday evening presentation by Walt Sturgeon: Following the pizza social, Walt Sturgeon will present a program about wild mushrooms. Walt is a recognized expert on regional mushroom identification and photography, so his presentation promises to be both informative and beautiful.
Morning Foray Walks: To start things off Saturday morning, Gary Lincoff will provide us with some basic instructions on how to collect wild mushrooms and then we will head out into the woods on guided walks from about 9am until around noon. Our walks range from short and simple to a little longer and more arduous. Chip Chase and Charlie Aller lead the more adventurous walks and, if you feel up to it, you’re sure to find some interesting fungi and see some of the area’s most beautiful scenery if you go with them on their walks. As usual, we’ll be offering a combination birder and mushroom walk, led by Diane Holsinger, Martha Hopper and Laura Ceperley. Who Cooks For Youuuu?
Lunch: For those who want to stay close to the foray site, we will have freshly made lunch items for $5 donation. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items will be available.
Presentation by Gary Lincoff: After lunch, we will welcome internationally recognized mushroom expert Gary Lincoff, author of the Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, The Joy of Foraging, and too many other books and field guides to list. Gary will do a presentation about wild mushrooms that promises to be educational and entertaining as well.
Wild Mushroom Tasting: We hope you digest your lunch quickly, because after our speakers are done, we will be serving some delicious wild mushroom dishes using some locally sourced ingredients from Backbone Farm, which is Max and Katharine Dubansky’s family farm. Learn how good organic, non GMO products can be! http://www.backbonefarm.com/aboutfarm.html
Review of Mushrooms and Fungi Collected: After the tasting, our identifiers will walk around the collection tables and teach us about the fungi collected that day. They will offer us some tips on how we can distinguish some local edible mushrooms from their inedible, dangerous, or poisonous look-alikes.
Cleanup: After the review of table specimens, we all join together to clean up the foray location and before heading home.
Sales Table, T-shirts, Books, and other irresistible items: Don't forget your credit card! We do our best to stock our sales tables with items of interest to mushroom lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. There will be something for everybody, including mushroom identification books written by Gary Lincoff, who will be happy to sign your book for you.
Nearby Lodging: Lodging is not included in the foray fee. There is a list of some of our favorite nearby motels below. The foray location is about 10 miles from Canaan Valley, about 20 miles from Blackwater Falls, both of which have hotel rooms, cabins, camping, and a restaurant. Elkins is about an hour west of the foray site, via curvy mountain roads. Please book a room early – nearby hotels fill up quickly.
Windwood Fly Inn: Restaurant on premises. Located about 14 miles from the foray site, near a small airport, off Cortland Road in Canaan Valley. Please make sure you copy the GPS coordinates from their web page or get directions from them when you call to make reservations. (304) 866-7456 or visit: http://www.windwoodresort.com/
Blackwater Falls State Park: Restaurant on premises, hotel rooms, camping, and relatively new cabins available. They have a heated pool and hiking trails. Cabin minimums may be 3 nights or longer. If you’ve never been to WV or to the foray area, it’s worth a trip there to see the falls, especially if there has been a lot of rain (which we will be hoping for) prior to the event. The park is located about 20 miles from the foray location. (304) 259-5216 or visit: http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/accomodations.htm
Canaan Valley Resort: Restaurant on premises. They have 160 new hotel rooms, 23 cabins, lots of camping, a pool and hiking trails. The resort is located around 10 miles from the foray location. (800) 622-4121 or (304) 866-4121 or visit http://canaanresort.com/13/accomodations/
Black Bear Resort: This is a favorite of families who visit with non-fungi loving friends or family who want to stay behind at the resort instead of going to the foray. Seriously. Some people just don't care about fungi. Rates start just over $100 from a room at the Inn and a little more for private cabins or one of their private home rentals. They have a pool and lots of things for the family to do while you are at the foray, so you can have a fungi filled, guilt-free day. Visit: http://blackbearwv.com/services/. The resort is located about 14 miles from the foray location. (304) 866-4391 http://blackbearwv.com/
Canaan Village Inn: The Inn is located within walking distance of a restaurant. It is a family owned business with reasonable room rates, about 12 miles from the foray location. (304) 866-4166 or visit: http://www.canaanvillage.com/
Foray checklist: Don't forget to bring water, snacks, camera, insect repellent, sunscreen, dollar store poncho, sweater, sunglasses, hat, binoculars, and a basket to carry all the mushrooms you find during your morning foray walk.
Mushrooms you bring from home: We love it when attendees bring mushrooms from home. It’s our chance to see what’s fruiting in other parts of our region and sometimes an opportunity to see mushrooms that rarely or never fruit near the foray location. If you would like for us to ID any mushrooms you find around your home or along the way, please bring them with you. We will have a special table set up just for your mushrooms. Please place the mushrooms on a paper plate and write down where they came from and include your name in case we have a question. If you want the mushrooms back, please write "Save for Your Name" on the plate.
Registration: Please click on the flashing link at the top of the page to download a typewriter enabled PDF form for registration. Please email the completed form to us as soon as possible.
We are limiting registrations this year, so please reserve your spot before it's too late!