Free Virtual Special Event

Fabulous Fungus Fair
Saturday, November 14, 2:00–3:30 pm ET

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Advance Zoom registration required

Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, labs—even in our own refrigerators. This popular annual event turns virtual this year, featuring videos created by Harvard students. Join the webinar to participate in live conversation in response to student projects. Be prepared to see fungi in a whole new way!

Click here to register for the free event. To join the program, you will need to download the free Zoom app in advance. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again. For details on how to improve your Zoom experience, visit the How to Attend an HMSC Program webpage.

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Monday, November 9: Using Mold in the Kitchen – Koji Culture for Flavor and Community

If you’re starting to turn your attention from outdoor mushroom hunting to things you can do with fungi indoors, here’s a great online learning opportunity!

On November 9 at 7:30 PM (EST), Jeremy Umansky of the Ohio Mushroom Society will tell us about koji, a fascinating filamentous fungus (Aspergillus oryzae), that adds umami to just about any food. Best of all, Jeremy will show us how to make it at home. Wait until you see how beautiful it is!

Jeremy is co-author, with Rich Shih, of Koji Alchemy: Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based Fermentation (Chelsea Green,2020). He is also a James Beard Award-nominated chef and chef/owner of Larder: A Curated Delicatessen & Bakery in Cleveland, Ohio.

This event is for NAMA (North American Mycological Association) members only, so if you haven’t joined yet, now’s a good opportunity to do so. As an OMS member, you can get a $5 discount on your membership.

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Virtual Mushroom Festival – Sunday, October 25

Mount Pisgah Arboretum, located in Eugene Oregon, is hosting a virtual foray this Sunday October 25th. There will be 8 hours of mushroom-centric programming streamed to viewers, including presentations from leading experts in the field of mycology, mushroom cooking demos, mushroom forays, live Q&A with experts, music, an iNaturalist Mycoblitz, and so much more ~ all for free!

Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Mushroom Festival has decades of tradition and has evolved over the years to bring family fun and education in creative and innovative ways to our local community. This year, we are excited to bring our first-ever virtual version of our mushroom festival to our local community and beyond.

What: Mount Pisgah Arboretum with Cascade Mycological Society and Lane Community College present the 2020 Virtual Mushroom Show!
When: Sunday, October 25th, from 10 am to 6 pm PST (that’s 1 pm to 9 pm EST)
Where: Check out all streaming locations on our website at www.mountpisgaharboretum.org/virtual-mushroom-festival/

OMS Board Member Bob Antibus Honored

Congratulations to OMS Board Member Bob Antibus, who now has a trail access named after him by the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, for whom Bob has served as Park Commissioner for the last 27 years! This impressive sign is in a small park that provides an access point to the Miami-Erie Canal Towpath Trail. (The park will eventually have trails but is now wooded.) If you happen to be biking or walking in the Lima, OH area you can find it at 12335 Zion Church Rd, roughly midway between Spencerville and Delphos.

An honor much deserved! Isn’t it great to see Bob and Joanne’s lovely faces in this time of separation?

About that…

We hope you weren’t pinning too many of your hopes on our July mini forays; as anxious as we are to get back to hunting together, it seems July is the wrong month to do it in. Please click over to the Events page for another update on our foray calendar, and stay hydrated and healthy out there!

On a brighter note, the next issue of the Mushroom Log newsletter will be forthcoming very soon! Here’s a photo of a pristine Laetiporus cincinnatus from 2019 to tide you over.

(photo credit Lonelle Yoder)

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