OMS Membership

Did you know that your Ohio Mushroom Society membership dues were due at the beginning of January, 2020?  It’s not too late to renew, and in fact our treasurer has made it easy for anyone to join or renew at any time.  Just mail a check to Jerry at the address below and he will take of care of everything. (Not a member yet? We’d love to have you join our ranks! You can find the new membership form here; click on the “Join” tab for more information about membership benefits.)

The OMS is a shoestring operation.  All of us on the board are volunteers.  All of the foray planning, the newsletter work, the treasury work, the website maintenance, the hospitality at our major forays–all of it is done by people like you who have a passion for mushrooms.  Your dues pay only for the paper, printing and mailing of The Mushroom Log newsletter, wax bags, paper plates, name tags, speaker and expert mycologist fees and expenses, and other direct foray expenses.  It is a remarkable bargain that we’ve been able to keep dues down to $15/year!

Most of our events for 2020 are currently listed on the Events page of this website.  You may notice that there are no April events planned this year, and that is due to our efforts to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

There will be additions to the foray list in the coming months as some details are worked out and new opportunities arise.  Check it out, save the dates on your calendar, and plan to join us!

-Debra Shankland, OMS Board

Mail your membership check to:
Ohio Mushroom Society
c/o Jerry Pepera
8915 Knotty Pine Ln.
Chardon, OH 44024

Studio 35 in Columbus to screen “Fantastic Fungi”

If you’re in the Columbus area and haven’t yet seen “Fantastic Fungi” (or if you have seen it and just can’t get enough), here’s one more opportunity. ** This is not an OMS event **

Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse in Columbus OH will be screening Fantastic Fungi on Saturday March 14th at 1:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for a film Introduction by Te’Lario Watkins II from Tiger Mushroom Farms and mingle with reps from Friends of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks to learn about mushroom hikes & other events!

More information on the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/185439222840184/

2018 OMS Fall Foray – Hiram College

2018 OMS Fall Foray

Dates: Oct 6-7, 2018

We look forward to returning to the rich and unique, 500-acre James H. Barrow Field Station of Hiram College, located in Portage County, for our annual Fall Foray.  This living laboratory supports over 200 acres of mature Beech-Maple forest, along with other forest types and riparian habitats.

Our ongoing partnership with Hiram College has been very beneficial.  It could even be considered symbiotic if that wasn’t such a corny mycological analogy!  Seriously, engaging with Hiram students on this foray injects a great energy into the event, and the college faculty and staff have been wonderful hosts.  The Field Station is just three miles away from the Hiram College campus.

In addition, we’ve secured permission at a private property, Camp Asbury, for our Sunday foray.  Composed of a variety of mature and nurtured habitats, Camp Asbury always yields interesting and many different finds from those at the Field Station, which is only four miles away.

We are very fortunate to have author and outstanding field mycologist Walt Sturgeon as this foray’s mycologist and presenter.  His illustrated program about “Edible Mushrooms on Wood” will be of interest to everyone.  Winning national awards for his mushroom photography, Walt takes care in putting together presentations that are beautiful to look at, but also richly document the key features and habitats of the mushrooms that are included.

The Kennedy Observation Building at the Field Station will be our headquarters for this foray on Saturday.  It can be accessed at 11305 Wheeler Road in Garrettsville, OH  44231, between State Routes 82 and 305.  To download a map and directions, go to http://www.hiram.edu/academics/support-services/field-station/map-and-directions/

On Sunday we will commute by car caravan over to Camp Asbury to meet with camp director, ecologist, and foray guide, Rev. Bill Graham.

Space for those seeking on-site accommodations at the Field Station is very limited.  Advance registration for those wishing to camp onsite is required by contacting foray coordinator Debra Shankland between August 30 – October 3 only.  You can call 440-263-2334 or email dks@clevelandmetroparks.com to register or get additional information.

Schedule of events

Friday, October 5

Limited primitive camping at the Observation Building available beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 6

9 a.m.  Registration and coffee at the Observation Building

9:40 a.m.  Welcome and orientation

10 a.m. – 12N  Morning forays

12:15 – 1 p.m.  Potluck lunch (please see “What to Bring” below)

1:30 – 2 p.m.  Illustrated discussion of “Edible Mushrooms on Wood” by Walt Sturgeon

2:15 – 4:15  Afternoon forays

5:15 – 5:40  Table talk concerning noteworthy collected specimens

6:10 p.m.  Dinner at The Brick in Garrettsville (go to FreddyBurger.com to see the menu)

Sunday, October 7

9 – 10:30 a.m.  Coffee & light breakfast at the Observation Building; review collections

10:30 – ?  Clean up

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Final foray at Camp Asbury in Hiram

1 – 1:40 p.m.  ID & discussion of finds

2 p.m.  Farewell!

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

Limited, primitive on-site camping at the Observation Building is allowed free of charge on October 5 & 6 only.  There are no developed camping facilities here, so you must be self-sufficient.  There is a single restroom in the Observation Building.  Showers are available for our group at the athletic center on campus.  Contact Debra for more information, or to reserve a spot.

The Hiram Inn (http://www.thehiraminn.com) is right on Hiram’s campus two miles from the Field Station. This beautifully renovated century-and-a-half home is located on the corner of SR 700, SR 82 and SR 305.

Bed and Breakfast accommodations in picturesque Burton include the Red Maple Inn and Goodwin House.  Plan to spend $125+ per night.

Unique and affordable places to stay may be found on airbnb.  Begin your search in Garrettsville, Hiram, and Burton.

WHAT TO BRING

Please know that the Kennedy Observation Building is a learning lab for the Field Station and was not built with banquet facilities nor large groups in mind.  Space will be snug but with everyone’s help and cooperation in changing room setups, we have found it to be adequate.  Thanks in advance for remembering this!  That said, you’ll find these supplies very helpful to bring along:

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Reusable coffee/tea mug
  • Food/drink to share at the potluck; please make sure it’s ready to serve–there is just one dorm-size refrigerator and one sink, but there are plenty of electric outlets available.
  • Utensils and knives needed to serve your potluck item; cooler if necessary.
  • Cash for a donation (Forays are free, but your generosity buys coffee, paper products, nametags, goodwill for our hosting institutions, speaker expenses, and more. Thank you!)
  • Basket (paper bag can do in a pinch)
  • Sharp knife
  • Mushroom field guide(s)
  • Notepad and pencil/pen
  • Magnifier
  • Camera
  • Hat, rain gear, change of shoes/boots
  • Compass
  • Whistle

2018 Summer Foray at Zaleski ODNR Complex – Updated Info

Summer Foray 2018 at Zaleski ODNR Complex

Dates:  July 14-15, 2018
Location:  
Zaleski ODNR Complex in Vinton County; 29371 Wheelabout Rd, McArthur OH 45651
Foray Organizer:  
Martha Bishop, bishopm@ohio.edu (740) 593-4552

Please join us for our Summer Foray in the beautiful and diverse forests of southeastern Ohio.  We will again meet at the recently renovated Zaleski ODNR Complex, 29371 Wheelabout Road, McArthur, Ohio 45651.

We will feature nationally known mycologists Walt Sturgeon and John Plischke, III.  Walt will serve as chief identifier for the foray and John will present our featured talk:  Boletes of the Northeast and Beyond.  Both Walt and John are nationally recognized as expert identifiers of fungi, and both have won numerous awards for their fungal photographs

John Plischke, III is the author of Good Mushroom Bad Mushroom: Who’s toxic, Where to find them, and how to enjoy them safely, and Morel Mushrooms and Their Poisonous Look-alikes.  John is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, and serves as Chair of the Photography Committee for the North American Mycological Association.

Walt Sturgeon has authored or co-authored and provided photographs for several popular mushroom books including Mushrooms of Ohio, Waxcap Mushrooms of Eastern North America, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the West Virginia High Country, and has recently published Mushrooms of the Northeast with Teresa Marrone.  Walt serves as Awards Committee Chair for the North American Mycological Association.

July 14 (Saturday)

8:30-9:30 am.  Meet at Zaleski ODNR Complex for registration and coffee.  Please bring a reusable cup and a cash donation to cover costs of coffee, rolls, etc.

10:00 am. Forays will begin.  We will carpool to several different sites in the local hills.  Please bring hiking gear, mushroom basket, small pocket knife, water bottle, and whistle.

12:15 p.m.  We will have a potluck lunch, so please bring something to share.  Please bring your own iced cooler for items that require refrigeration, and a crockpot for items that must stay hot.  A small refrigerator, stove, microwave and electric outlets are available, however, please know that you will be responsible for all preparation and clean-up of your contribution.

Please bring your dish ready to serve with a label and ingredient list, and serving utensils.  Any wild mushrooms for consumption must be verified by expert collectors.  Please do not bring any home-canned foods.

1:45 p.m.   John Plischke, III will present:  Boletes of the Northeast and Beyond.  

John says:   “Boletes can be popular sought after mushrooms.”  He will discuss places to look for boletes, and the types of trees that they are found under.  He will also talk about bolete edibility, and bolete seasons, giving a few secret hunting tips, resourced to help with ID.

2:45 Afternoon forays depart from Zaleski ODNR complex.

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

6:30 p.m.  Dinner at The Lodge at Lake Hopehttp://lakehopelodge.com/directions/

See menus on their website:  http://lakehopelodge.com/menunew

Please RSVP to bishopm@ohio.edu or (740) 593-4552 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 15 (Sunday)

9:00 am.  Coffee and review of collected fungi.  Please bring a reusable cup and a cash donation to cover costs of coffee, rolls, etc.

Clean up and listing of collections.  Please help out if possible.

11:30 a.m.  Sunday foray.

Accommodations:

Reserve your cabin or campsite at nearby Lake Hope State Park NOW!

1-866-644-6727 or http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/lakehope

Reservations will fill quickly.

Area hotels and other lodging for Athens, Ohio are listed at:   http://athensohio.com/category/wheretostay/

Please print out your driving directions in advance.  There is usually internet connectivity at the foray site, but connectivity may be intermittent in surrounding areas.

Check http://www.ohgo.com/dashboard/se-ohio for road conditions and flooding.  Please be aware that part of State Route 56 is closed between Athens and State Route 278 until at least July 13 for road construction.  You should be able to check the link above to determine whether the road will still be closed on the 14th.  There are alternative routes.

Here is a pdf copy of this announcement:

OMS Summer Foray 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Forays – 2018

The North American Mycological Association has just opened registration for the National Foray, which will be held in Salem, OR from October 11–14, at the Macleay Conference Center.

NAMA will hold its first Regional Foray in Mississippi at The Gray Center in Canton, MS, just north of Jackson.  This will take place June 28 – July 1.

Please see the NAMA website (www.namyco.org) for more information or to register.

Coming Changes

To our followers,

Over the next couple of months we will be distributing the responsibility for managing the content on the website to several new editors and volunteers.  At this time we expect to keep the same basic types of content on the site but responsibility for posting and maintaining that content will be taken over by several people who will be new to this task.

We expect a smooth transition of responsibility and for the most part the transition should be invisible to our readers.  Yesterday, however, while showing some of the new editors what to expect I published and then deleted a couple of example articles.  I did not consider that this would generate notifications to our followers.

So if you received some confusing notifications for non-existent posts this is the reason.  Please bear with us during this period of transition and rest assured that the same quality content will be available here after the transition is complete.

Thank you for following our site and we look forward to a wonderful new year in the world of mycology!

Sincerely,

The OMS Webmaster.

 

Ohio Mushroom Society Tee Shirts Now Available!

Available for pre-order NOW!

By Jerry Pepera

It’s been quite some time since the OMS has offered a tee shirt for sale. The idea came up after long time members Mike Nagy and Karen Kelley hosted a tour of Case Western Reserve’s Mushroom Growing operation. After the tour, the group met at Karen Kelley’s house for a social gathering. It was there that Karen shared a great tee shirt idea based literally on the design of a mushroom themed napkin. After a quick approval by the board Karen and Cathy Pepera worked to develop the following artwork proof. The text will be featured on the front of the shirt and the logo will be on the reverse side with the background color of the shirt showing through the logo. We think it turned out fantastic!

OMS Tee Shirt 1

Karen Kelley had a few sample hoodies made up (shown below) which Cathy and I wore to the Indiana Morel and Music Festival in April. We had quite a few people comment that they loved the shirts and several people asked us if we had any for sale.

OMS Tee Shirt 2

OMS Tee Shirt 3

Note: The Hoodie in the above pictures does not reflect the actual shirt we will use. (The shirt shown was purchased separately and given to the screen printer just for the sample). Also, the shirt was made using an inkjet printer and is not nearly as vibrant as the actual shirts which will be silkscreened.

Our shirts are available for pre-order which we plan to have available for pick-up at the Summer Foray July 18-19 and the Fall Foray Oct 3-4. In order to guarantee delivery by the Summer Foray all orders must be received no later than July 5th. We will order extra shirts for sale but please note the ordering deadline is only a few weeks away if you want to be sure one is available in your size. We can also mail the shirt(s) to you for an extra fee.

The following shirt options are available:

Gildan Short Sleeve T Shirt (Serene Green)- $17 each. SM-XL ( $20 for 2XL )
Gildan Long Sleeve T Shirt (Serene Green) – $21 each. SM-XL ( $26 for 2XL )

OMS Tee Shirt 4

Hanes Zip-up Hooded Sweat Shirt (Vintage Khaki- PMS 7530, 80% cotton/20 % Poly) – $40 each. SM-XL ( $46 2XL )
OMS Tee Shirt 5

Shipping (Optional): $7

Note: Due to variations in computer displays the colors above may vary slightly from the actual product.

Please forward all orders to:

Jerry Pepera
8915 Knotty Pine Ln.
Chardon, OH 44024
jsp@pepera.net

Please make all checks payable to the Ohio Mushroom Society and indicate whether you want the shirts mailed. Unfortunately, our website is not setup to receive electronic payments so you can send me an email and then follow-up with payment in the mail.

Best Regards,

Jerry

A PDF version of this announcement is available here.

Spring fungi / morel miniforay on Saturday,  May 2nd, 2015 

There will be a spring fungi / morel miniforay on Saturday,  May 2nd, 2015 in Geauga County, Ohio starting at 10 am.  This is a private property with 50+ acres of woods, and would be new site to explore for our group.  The owner has found morels there in the past.

Please contact Sharon Greenberg at 330-457-2345 to R.S.V.P., and for information on the meeting place.  This is free for members.


Morel Seminars in Ohio

As a service to our readers and with Morel season starting to heat up we want to make you aware of some mushroom seminars being sponsored by Fin Feather Fur Outfitters on March 26, 27, 28, and 29 at their Ohio locations.

Details are available on the Fin Feather Fur Outfitters Facebook page and website:

Note that these seminars are not sponsored by or associated with the Ohio Mushroom Society, and this notice is provided for informational purposes only.