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Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2018 - Friday October 19 thru Sunday October 21
All registrants must be PSMS members.
Puget Sound Mycological Society has decided to make the Ben Woo Memorial foray an annual event. This year’s foray will be held the same location as the last 2 years. The facility is called Black Diamond Camp at Mt. Rainier and is located about 30 miles east of Enumclaw just off Route 410 near the Crystal Mountain ski area turn-off. It is surrounded by magnificent old growth forest with unlimited habitat easily within driving distance and mushrooms just outside your door. But there is no need to drive anywhere with plenty of forest to explore within walking distance of the lodge.
The cost of the event is $180/person. The package includes two nights’ accommodations and 5 meals.
Friday night our presenters will be the extraordinarily gifted mycologist Noah Siegel plus author and culinary artist Langdon Cook. Saturday night’s speaker will be PSMS’s expert mushroom identifier and nice guy Danny Miller. In addition we will hear from the truffle whisperer Alana McGee.
Saturday there will be organized full and half day forays. Foray descriptions and sign-up sheets will be available Friday night after dinner. All-day forays will be provider a sack lunch and will be back by 3:00 pm so those folks can still enjoy the mushroom tasting and partake in the mushroom cultivation workshop.
We will be offering several workshops. Sign up for individual workshops on-line when you register.
- There will be a mushroom dye workshop conducted by Erin Raymond and Sweta Agrawal Saturday afternoon. This workshop has a $35 registration fee which includes 1 silk scarf and yarn samples, additional scarves will be available for purchase. Limit 25 people
- There will be a mushroom photography workshop with Paul Hill as presenter on Saturday morning. This workshop will ‘focus’ on shooting fungi both in the field and in the studio. There is a $15 fee to register for this workshop, limit 12 participants.
- There will be a mushroom cultivation workshop by Milton Tam late Saturday afternoon where you can make your own oyster mushroom grow kits to take home. There is a $5 registration fee which includes 1 mushroom kit. Some additional kits will be available for purchase at the workshop for $5.
- There will also be a complementary mushroom tasting by Reba Tam Saturday afternoon.
The event will wrap-up Sunday morning with a walk through and discussion, by our expert identifiers, of the specimens gathered during the foray.
Accommodations are dormitory style with separate rooms for women and separate rooms for men. There are typically 3 adults per room. If you have a special request to share a room with another individual please include their name on your registration in the notes section. Though we can’t guarantee that your specific requests can be accommodated we should be able to group couples or friends wanting to share a room if they are all the same sex. Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities for couples or friends wanting to share a room that are of the opposite sex. Bathroom facilities are segregated into separate women’s and men’s facilities.
There are R.V. and camping spaces available, but no R.V. hook-up services. You are welcome to camp or bring your R.V. However there is no reduction in registration fee. Please make a note of your intentions in your registration.
There are also available a few rustic A-frame cabins for groups that want to room together. These cabins have 6 bunk beds with outdoor plumbing a short walk away. They is no extra charge for cabin rental.
Bring your own bedding, sheets, blankets, pillows, sleeping bag, towels, and other personal items to make yourself cozy and comfortable. There are no nearby services so bring what you need with you. Don’t forget a flashlight, it gets very dark out there at night, and rain gear and mushroom gathering paraphernalia.
We will be able to accommodate vegetarian diets; please note on your registration that you would like the vegetarian option. Meals are served in the main lodge. There will be dinner served Friday night, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner. A sack lunch will be provided for those going on one of the Saturday all-day forays. Sunday breakfast will be served before checkout.
Check in begins at 3:00 pm on Friday October 19 and checkout is at 11:00 am Sunday morning October 21. You must be out of the lodge by 11:00 am but you may linger on the property to forage for the remainder of Sunday.
Don’t miss this amazing event, last season we identified over 200 species! Save the date and register early, space is limited to only 100 foragers and last year we sold out! We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Ben Woo Foray chair folks:
- James Nowak 206-354-9015 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Luise Asif 206-365-6741 email@example.com
- call or write if you have any questions