2015 Summer Foray at Ohio University

By Martha Bishop

Our Summer Foray will feature Dr. Michael Kuo. He is the author of several popular books about mushrooms, and has the excellent website: www.mushroomexpert.com

Kuo’s recent publication, “Taxonomic revision of true morels (Morchella) in Canada and the United States” (Mycologia 104: 1159-1177), describes 19 phylogenetic species of morels from North America, including 14 new species.

July 17 (Fri.)

7:00-9:00 p.m. Meet for dinner at Restaurant Salaam at 21 W. Washington St. See the menu on their website: Restaurant Salaam

 Parking is:

  1. On the street (meters must be paid Mon-Sat 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  2. In the city parking garage (from Court St. turn right onto Washington St. and the garage is ½ block on the right.) This is 1½ blocks from Salaam.
  3. At Ohio University in the same lots we will use for the foray, 4 blocks away (see below). Or use this link to an interactive map of the city of Athens: Athens Ohio Map.
    Click on the By Nametab and type Salaam into the box. Then click on the knife and fork icon. It will give you directions from your location.

Please note that Union St. is one-way going east between Congress and Court St. Court St. is one-way going north. W. Washington is one-way going west between S. Shafer and N. High St. Congress St. is one-way going south between Carpenter and Union St.

Please RSVP if you know you will be here for dinner so that we can reserve adequate space. bishopm@ohio.edu or (740) 593-4552.

Come to dinner anyway if you can’t decide in advance, and you can be seated as space becomes available.

July 18 (Sat.)

8:30-9:30 am. Meet in room 300 Porter Hall for registration and coffee.

10:00 am. Forays will begin. We will go to several different sites in the local hills.

We will have a potluck lunch, so please bring something to share. Any wild mushrooms for consumption must be verified by expert collectors. Please do not bring any home-canned foods.

Michael Kuo will present: “The names, they are a changing: How taxonomic mycology works these days, and what you can do about it”

A non-technical discussion of the way mycologists determine what names to apply to species, as well as an encouragement for amateurs to help, as citizen scientists.

5:30 p.m. Table talk with explanation of the day’s collections.

6:30 p.m. Dinner at Lui-Lui restaurant.

See menus on their website: Lui-Lui Restaurant Menu

Please RSVP if you plan to be here for dinner so that we can reserve adequate space. On Saturday morning we will have a final count for our reservation.

July 19 (Sun.)

9:00 am. Breakfast at Porter Hall 300.

Review of collected fungi.

10:30 a.m. Sunday foray.

Information on parking at O.U.:

Since our event is taking place on a weekend (and after 5:00 p.m. on Friday) the dark green and purple lots on campus will be available for our free use. Signs at the entrance to each lot indicate lot color and number. A map detailing lot colors and locations can be accessed at: Ohio University Parking

Do not park in metered (unless you pay the meter) or restricted spaces within a dark green or purple lot on July 27-29, as these spaces are monitored. Lots 127,128 & 129 (surrounding Building 95, the

Convocation Center) are across Richland Ave. from Porter Hall (Building 86) to the south. Lot 134 is the closest dark gree/purple lot on the same side of Richland Ave. as Porter Hall, and is also to the south of Porter. Lot 120 which is the closest to Porter Hall has metered and disability permit spaces, but is not one of the free parking lots. We should be able to unload any large equipment from lot 120.

For the Saturday night dinner there is parking by the restaurant and we can park in lot 109 by Building 149 Life Sciences, if necessary.

Directions to Porter Hall:

From Columbus:

Take US-33 East to exit 17, the OH-682 exit. Turn right onto Richland Avenue at the traffic circle. Traffic already in the circle has the right of way. At the next light S. Shafer St. is to the left, and South Green

Drive is to the right. Lots 127, 128, and 129 are the first lots accessible from a left turn at the light, and are then immediately to the right. Lot 134 is accessible from a right turn onto South Green Drive at the same

light, and is the first lot on the left. To find lot 120, turn right at the light and then take the first street left which is Oxbow Trail. Lot 120 is the first lot on the left past lot 134.

From Marietta:

Take US-50 West to exit 17, the OH-682 exit. Follow directions above.

From Cincinnati:

Take OH-32 East to Athens, and merge onto OH-32 E/US-33 W/US-50 E via the ramp to Columbus/Belpre. Exit at OH-682 S. Plains Rd. Follow directions above.

From I-77, coming from the north:

Take exit 176 for US-50/7th St toward Downtown (0.4 mi.) Turn right onto US-50 W entering Ohio (10.2 mi.). Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US-50 W/OH-7 S/OH-32 W/Athens/Pomeroy and merge onto OH-32 W/OH-7 S/US-50 W and continue to follow OH-32 W/US-50 W (32.1 mi.). Take exit 17 to merge onto OH-682N, S. Plains Rd. toward OH-56/Athens. Follow directions above.

Directions for Friday night dinner at Restaurant Salaam:

Take the OH-682 exit as directed above. Turn right onto Richland Ave. at the traffic circle. Traffic already in the circle has the right of way. Turn left at the first light beside the large round Convocation Center,

Building 95. This is S. Shafer St. which curves to the right, and brings you to the first light at W. Union St. Turn right onto W. Union St. Take Union until it dead ends into Court St. Turn left onto Court St. and go to the next light. Turn left at the courthouse onto W. Washington St.. Salaam is ½ block on the left. To park in the city parking garage, turn right at the intersection of Court and Washington, rather than as above. The garage is ½ block on the right.

Directions for Saturday dinner at Lui Lui Restaurant:

From Porter Hall, go to the intersection of Richland Ave. and Shafer St. Turn onto Shafer St. and head west. The large, round Convocation Center should be on your right after you turn. Go to the first light at Shafer St. and Union St. Turn right onto Union St. Go 2 blocks to Depot St. Turn right onto Depot St., and go 1 block, merging right onto Station St. Lui Lui is in the first block of Station St. on the right.

There is parking by the restaurant and we can park in lot 109 by Building 149 Life Sciences, if the restaurant lot is full.   Or we can walk 5 minutes from Porter Hall.


Camping at Stroud’s Run State Park:

Fill out self-registration forms available at the entrance to the campground when you arrive, or register ahead on this website: Stroud’s Run State Park Registration. Up to six people may share a campsite. Cost per site is $19.00/night. Located at 11661 State Park Road, (off Stroud’s Run Road) Athens, Ohio 45701. Park information: (740) 592-2302, 1-866-644-6727. It’s a 15-20 min. drive to O.U.

Days Inn Athens:

They are offering us a group rate again, at $59.99+tax/ night. They are reserving 15 rooms for us, each with 2 double beds and 2 people/ room. Additional people up to 4/room can be added for $5.00/person. These rooms are non-smoking, but smoking rooms can be arranged for an additional $5.00. Rooms come with a mini fridge, coffee, microwave, iron, Cable TV, HBO included, and free Wi-Fi. Also complimentary continental breakfast beginning at 6am. Mention the Ohio Mushroom Society when you book your room, and register by June 30 for the group rate. Cancellations should be made 7 days in advance. They are located at 330 Columbus Rd., just off the Columbus Rd. exit on state route 33. Ten minute drive to O.U. (740) 593-6655.

Also all within 10 minutes of campus:

  • Super 8 Motel, 2091 E. State St. (740) 594-4900
  • Knights Inn, 997 E.State St. (740) 593-5565
  • Baymont Inn, 20 Home St. (740) 594-3000
  • Holiday Inn Express, 555 E. State St. (740) 592-4640
  • Hampton Inn, 986 E. State St. (740) 593-5600
  • Ohio University Inn, 331 Richland Ave. (740) 593-6661