Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging Paperback
by Denis Benjamin
Cascade Mycological Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis R Benjamin as the speaker for our January general meeting. Dr. Benjamin will have his latest book available for sale (Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging), as well as a selection of original watercolor paintings of fungi.
Please note the unusual date and location for this meeting: It is on Tuesday, January 15, *NOT* on Thursday, January 10, which would be our typical meeting day. The meeting will be in the LCC Forum, room 309, *NOT* in the usual location.
Brief Biography of Dr. Dennis Benjamin
Denis R. Benjamin grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children’s hospitals in Seattle, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He recently returned to the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington to continue his passion for mushrooms, the outdoors and natural history. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He is frequent speaker at mushrooms clubs and societies . In addition to nearly 100 professional publications Read more
Cascade Mycological Society is pleased to announce that the Fungal Feast is returning! Mark your calendars, we will be celebrating Oregon’s bountiful wild mushroom harvest with the 2013 Fungal Feast on Thursday, February 7 beginning at 6:30 at the NW Youth Corps lodge at 2621 Augusta Street in SE Eugene. Enjoy an exotic wild mushroom banquet, learn secrets to cooking wild mushrooms from our renowned Chef Joseph and his team of Epicurean chefs. In addition to being a delightful meal amongst your fellow mycophiles, this event is a significant fundraiser for CMS. We will be holding a fungal themed raffle and auction.
Entertainment and FUNgal surprises round out the evening. Ticket sales will begin online at cascademyco.org on January 14, and will be limited. In past years this event has sold out quickly. Read more
On Saturday, Feb. 2 there will be a foray led by David Hammond and Cheshire Mayrsohn with the intention of collecting mushrooms for the Fungal Feast to be held Thursday Feb 7. This time of year we expect to find hedgehogs, winter chanterelles, and black trumpets if we are lucky. We will be going to the Read more
We have heard from Jason Cortlund, who has directed the mushroom foraging themed movie movie “Now, Forager”, which is playing from December 28 through Jan 4 at the Living Room Theatre in Portland. From Jason
” Mushroom clubs have been big supporters of the film so far, so I was hoping you might be able to share the screening info with your people. Here’s the screening info:
We’re a tiny production with no budget for advertising and publicity. Good will and word of mouth is the best we can hope for!
I grew up in the Oregon woods (outside Silverton) and graduated from UofO – and I think a certain Northwestern sensibility shows pretty well in the finished work. I know it’s kind of a trek up from Eugene, but I thought I let you know anyway. We’re trying to get a run at the Bijou as well – if you think your members might come out for a movie about mushrooms, that might help them put it on the calendar. “
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Our December general meeting will feature the Spanish mycologist Dr. Luis Gonzaga. Dr. Gonzaga will present about studies of European black truffle ecology. He will discuss evidence supporting the hypothesis that “Ectomycorrhizae could be ‘liming’ host plant roots”.
Please join CMS in welcoming Dr. Luis Gonzaga. Our general meetings are the second Thursday of the month. Meet at 7 PM, Room 115, Science Building (Building 16) at Lane Community College in Eugene. The presentation is free and open to the public.