The weekend began with about 16 or so (many of them Board members) at Kirtland City Tavern to enjoy their menu and libations, where appropriate. During Friday night and Saturday am the area was subjected to a series of rather fierce thunderstorms. As it was still raining at 8:30 am, we think that many folks decided the foray had been canceled, at least that was our explanation for the low turnout, despite the wet summer which promised many specimens.
We convened at 9 am. After coffee and a variety of baked goods, Pat Morse spoke about the site and some DO’s and DON’T’s, especially as the storms made some of the cliffside areas slippery. Jerry Pepera outlined the day’s agenda, which was printed on half-sheets of paper, with a map of the area on the obverse side. Several groups explored different section of Pen Glen in the am, while a group visited Holden Arboretum and Chapin Forest in the pm.
Walt gave his usual excellent slide show on Fantastic Fungi. Amongst his beautiful photos Walt mentioned that folks do four different things with their fungal finds: picking, kicking, fixing, and pixing. Which category do you fit in? … I guess you can do more than one of those things.
We reconvened at the Kirtland City Tavern, with the following attending: Jerry & Cathy Pepera, Marita King, Bob Bartoletta, Mike Nagy & Karen Kelley, Marita King, Alan McClelland, Pete Richards, Deb Shankland, Martha Bishop, Dick & Judy Doyle, Walt Sturgeon, Alex, Jill, & Ryan Conway, Ian Adams, and Marie Anderson-Miller and I. Other attendees included Paul Balog, Brian Lewis & Laura Wilson, Bonnie Boyd, Ryan Vincent, and Bobby Hancock. Sunday am we catalogued the species list, Pete & Pauline Munk helping out (they’d also joined us for Friday dinner).
Deb Shankland did a yeoman’s job setting up breakfasts both Sat. & Sun. as well as getting the noon potluck on the table. Many thanks to her pitching in, taking Sharon Greenberg & Shirley McClelland’s place.
For a glimpse of more of the beautiful things we encountered view the link below