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Ben Woo Memorial Foray 2017
All registrants must be PSMS members.
Friday October 13 thru Sunday October 15
After last years’ legendary Ben Woo Mushroom Foray, Puget Sound Mycological Society has decided to host it again at the same location. The facility is called Camp Berachah Ministries / Black Diamond 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 $175/person. This is a non-refundable registration fee. The package includes two nights’ accommodations and 5 meals.
Friday night there will be a presentation and a mushroom themed movie.
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 provided 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 - you will be able to register for the foray and workshops on line.
- There will be a mushroom dye workshop conducted by Erin Raymond and Sweta Agrawal Saturday afternoon. This workshop has a $30 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 presented by Paul Hill on Saturday and Sunday morning. This two-part workshop will ‘focus’ on shooting fungi both in the field and in the studio. There is a $10 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 each.
- There will also be a complimentary mushroom cooking demonstration by Reba Tam Saturday afternoon.
Saturday evening, we will have two fascinating lecturers. 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 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 however there is no reduction in registration fee. We can accommodate up to 10 R.V.s. If you wish to do so please indicate this on your registration.
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 13 and checkout is at 11:00 am Sunday morning October 15. 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 230 different 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 chairpersons
James Nowak: 206-354-9015
Luise Asif: 206-365-6741
Waiting list for the Oct 13-15 Ben Woo Memorial Foray. Please sign up each person in your party. All attendees must be PSMS members.