Mark your calendars now for the 22ed annual Gary Lincoff Foray. Registration is SOLD OUT. Here are the events we’ve planned for that weekend:
Driving directions to Cooks Forest: https://wpamushroomclub.org/events/lincoff-foray-at-cook-forest-state-park/
Guest speakers include Arleen and Alan Bessette and Stephen Russell. Activities will include:
- Guided morning walks
- Mushroom display tables
- Book-Signing / Meet & Greet
- Auction, Sales Tables & Vendors
- Cooking Demonstration
- Mushroom Feast
- Table Walk
Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club cooks will prepare a Mushroom Feast with dozens of unique mushroom dishes to delight your taste buds.
Foray Time Schedule
7:30-8:15 a.m. – Registration & Sign-Up for Morning Walks
8:15-9:00 a.m. – Overview of Program & Introductions
9:00 a.m.–Noon – Guided Morning Mushroom Walks
12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. – Arleen Bessette – “Polypore Identification – Where to Begin?”
2:15-3:15 p.m. – Stephen Russell – “The Next Generation of DNA Research”
3:15-6:00 p.m. – Live Band, Yard Games, Mushroom Display, Book Signing, Visit Vendors
3:30-4:00 p.m. – Cooking Demonstration
4:00 p.m. – Auction Results
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Mushroom Feast
5:30-6:00 p.m. – Table Walk with Alan Bessette
|Alan E. Bessette is a distinguished emeritus professor of biology at Utica College of Syracuse University. A professional mycologist, he has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books. At the Lincoff Foray, Alan will help us with mushroom identification and will do a table talk at the end of the day.|
|Arleen R. Bessette has authored or coauthored eighteen books. She will be giving a presentation on Polypores. Both Alan and Arleen will be available to sign their books at a “Meet & Greet” session in the afternoon.|
Title: The Next Generation of DNA Research
Stephen Russell is a mycologist from Indiana working on a biodiversity survey of all of the macrofungi (mushrooms) that occur in the state. He founded The Hoosier Mushroom Society in 2009 and is currently the President of the organization. His initial interest in mushrooms began with cultivation, which led to writing a book titled The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, 2014). Stephen’s current project is a citizen science and DNA based exploration of local fungal biodiversity, which has now generated thousands of new DNA-sequenced collections of fungal fruitbodies from across the state – amassing records for over 2,000 unique species. Stephen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in mycology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also holds a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) and a Masters of Environmental Science (MS) from Indiana University, as well as an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from Purdue University. When not working with fungi, Stephen works as the CTO for a private equity firm.
- Low – optional
- Medium – recommended
- High – required for indoor spaces, recommended for outdoor spaces
If any WPMC member registers for the Lincoff Foray but becomes unable to attend due to Covid, a refund will be issued on request.
Please consider volunteering at the event to make it a success. You can contact [email protected] for more information.
The event is SOLD OUT! For more info, contact the Foray Chair: