Mark your calendars now for the 22ed annual Gary Lincoff Foray. Registration is now open, and here are the events we’ve planned for that weekend:

Friday, September 23 – Pre-Foray Walk at Cook Forest State Park, with Park Ranger Dale Luthringer. There is no charge for this walk, but you will be responsible for your own transportation and lunch.

Saturday, September 24 – 22ed Annual Gary Lincoff Foray at The Lodge in Allegheny County’s North 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.

Guest Mycologists​

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.
Stephen Russell

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.


Please consider volunteering at the event to make it a success. You can sign up online or contact [email protected] for more information.
You can register offline with a PDF or online here:



For more info, contact the Foray Chair:
[email protected]