Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Show, October 29th, 2006

This year’s Mushroom Show is held on Sunday, October 29th, 10am-4pm. The show features a detailed mushroom display, informative booths, hayrides, a scarecrow contest, guided walks, great food and much, much more. Come join the fun!

Download a Windows Background of this year’s poster here

Visit the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum website for additional details.

Mushroom Show 2006 Wrapup

(First show was in 1981, so this was the 26th year.)

Congratulations, everyone, for a wonderful mushroom show on Sunday!

Word has it that MPA was very pleased with the whole event. In spite of fickle weather and a pretty low number of species on display, the show itself looked beautiful, and seemed to run smoothly — thanks to a few key folks!

In particular, I’d like to thank:
Chris and Dean for being there all day Sat and Sun as usual, and helping with everything! Ron, for stellar efforts keying & IDing BOTH days, AND having an awful cold! The collectors (field trippers, LCC students, all the usual suspects) for finding fungi in spite of it being not too easy! Cheshire, Daphne and crew for the lichen display! (The dyes were a very nice addition.)

The behind the scenes keyers (Molly, Meredith, Marcia, and whoever else I don’t know about)! The Sunday ID crew (Freeman, Ron, Joe, Dan, etc.)! Bitty for the beautiful rust posters, triage, ID, and other help! Mark for working so hard on the new labels! Matthew and Michele for helping out and filling in all over the place, but especially at the LCC table and hanging posters! Peg for the upgraded Edible/Poisonous and Fungal Facts tables! Beth for the mushroom dying display! Tom L. and his crew and Pete B. for making sure we always are well equipped and well taken care of! (This was Tom’s 49th Mushroom/Wildflower show. Next Wildflower show in May will be his 50th!)

And of course, FREEMAN ROWE for starting this whole thing 25 years ago! Freeman, you will always be the Best of Show!

Our preliminary total of species is 226, with 7 of those being new to the show. (The last time we had so few species recorded was 12 years ago, but I didn’t really notice the lower number, to tell you the truth.) Everyone did a great job with the display, and it looked great!

The new labels were a bit of a challenge, but Mark work hard to keep it all moving. Overall, I think the new system will work splendidly well when we get used to it.

And especially, thanks to you all who I forgot to mention. 🙂

And if you have any comments about layout and/or how the show runs, please send them in.

Bruce

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