The W.V. Mushroom Club was founded to promote fellowship,communication and education among everyone interested in fungi. We are an amateur club and the majority of our members are beginners.
Learn About Wild Mushrooms
Join Gary Lincoff, Walt Sturgeon, Tradd Cotter, Max Dubansky, and the West Virginia Mushroom Club for a fun filled fungi extravaganza this July. There is a chance Bill Roody and Donna Mitchell will be able to join us again this year, so please keep your fingers crossed. Bill is the author of Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians, which should be the centerpiece of your mushroom library if you live anywhere in our region of the country.
When: The foray kicks off with a presentation by Walt Sturgeon Friday evening, July 24th and there will be an action packed day on Saturday, July 25th 2015, RAIN or SHINE!
Where: The foray will be held at the Dry Fork Assembly of God Fellowship Hall in Dry Fork, WV, near Canaan Valley State Park. This is the same location we have used for the past 3 years. GPS Coordinates: 38.975843, -79.493621. Just off Route 32 in the town of Dry Fork, about 4 miles south of the entrance to Canaan Valley Resort.
Pre-Foray Workshop: We are delighted to welcome Tradd Cotter this year. He will be doing an interactive half-day workshop on mycoremediation Friday afternoon, July 24th, independent of the foray. The fee for the workshop will be $50 per person, which does not include any of the foray activities, so anybody interested in attending only the workshop can do so. We are limiting the number of attendees, so each person can have individual attention and a meaningful, personal learning experience. Please remember to sign up as soon as you know you will be able to attend, so we can reserve a spot for you. For more info on Tradd’s workshop, please visit:
Foray Fees: The foray fees are $50 per person, which doesn’t include lodging, meals, or the pre-foray workshop. We are offering a discount for early registration. If you register before June 30, 2015, the foray fee is only $40. If you have some time to help us out, you will receive our undying thanks and an additional discount of $15. The number of volunteer positions is limited, so please register early.
We are still tweaking the schedule, but here’s what we can tell you so far:
Our action-packed weekend starts off Friday evening, when Walt Sturgeon will present a program about fungi. Walt is a recognized expert on regional mushroom identification and photography, so his presentation promises to be both informative and beautiful.
Saturday morning, Gary Lincoff will offer some instruction on how to collect wild mushrooms and then we will head out into the woods on guided walks that 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. As usual, we’ll be offering a combination birder and mushroom lover’s walk, led by Diane Holsinger, Martha Hopper and Laura Ceperley. Who Cooks For Youuuu?
Over the lunch break, Max Dubansky will be doing a workshop on mushroom cultivation in one area and Paul Goland will do a workshop on shiitake log inoculation in another. Take your pick – either one will guarantee that there will be mushrooms in your future.
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 many, many more books. Gary will do a presentation on wild mushrooms and, in case you’ve never attended one of Gary’s talks before, all we can say is that, if nothing else, you’ll learn that mushroom education should be and can be fun!
After Gary wraps up, we’ll take a short break and then Tradd Cotter will do a presentation about medicinal mushrooms that you won’t want to miss. The future of healing doesn’t have to be about chemicals made in laboratories. There is a better way! http://www.mushroommountain.com/medicineandnutrition/index.asp
Wild Mushroom Tasting: We hope you digest your lunch quickly, because after Tradd is finished, WVMC’s Head Chef Samantha Clarkson will again be offering some delicious wild mushroom dishes for you to taste and enjoy. This year, we will be including dishes made from ingredients sourced 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 a few of the local edible mushrooms from their inedible, dangerous, or poisonous look-alikes.
Cleanup: After the review of table specimens, we’ll clean up the foray location, head home with full tummies, and plan our next trip to the woods, so we can utilize some of the information we’ve learned.
Sales Table, Books, Loupes, 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 and Tradd Cotter, who will be happy to sign them for you, as well as the bible on local mushrooming: Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians by Bill Roody. We will also have a selection of magnifying loupes, which help you see cortina remnants, eyelash fungi, bird nest fungi and other interesting or identifying details on the cap, stem, and underside or other parts of fungi. We also found some really cool mushroom knives that have a mushroom brush on one end - an essential tool for chanterelle hunters!
Nearby Lodging: Lodging is not included in the foray fee. We are including a list of 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 and were basically sold out during our foray last year.
Windwood Fly Inn: Restaurant on premises. We have reserved a block of rooms with them, but you must mention the WVMC and make your reservations before May 24th in order to get the negotiated rate. Room with 2 double beds $82.49 per night. The Inn is 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 pool and hiking trails. We have reserved a block of rooms with them but you must mention WVMC and make your reservations before June 24th in order to get the negotiated rate. Rooms are $97.78 per night with a 2 night minimum. 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. The resort is owned by the State of WV and the hotel has recently been rebuilt. They have 160 new hotel rooms, 23 cabins, lots of camping, a pool and hiking trails. They were sold out for our foray last year, so please call ASAP if you want to make reservations there. We did not reserve a block of rooms with them because it involved too much red tape. 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. Rates range from $110 from a room at the Inn to $135 for a private cabin, to $235 for one of their private homes. 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 at the foray. 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 the mushrooms you find during your morning foray walk.
Mushrooms you bring from home: We love it when attendees bring mushrooms from home. We really love it. 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 in our area. And, of course, there’s always the possibility of having some more edibles to include in our tasting. 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 mushrooms brought in from out of the area. Please place the mushrooms on a paper plate and write down where they came from (in a meadow in Morgantown, on dead tree stump in Charleston, etc.), write down your name (in case we have a question) and, if you want the mushrooms back, please write "Save for John Doe" (using your own name, of course.) 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. You can either mail or email the completed form to us.
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