2020 Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival
Yes, of course we are having the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival in October.
It may look a little different, but all the same folks and lots of mushrooms will be there.
We would love to have you join us, both for the festival and in creating it!
Countdown to the Festival!
Yes, it would be wonderful if COVID-19 were all behind us by the end of October. But, we are thinking that is pretty doubtful. So a small team consisting of Mount Pisgah Arboretum Staff, CMS members and our Lane Community College partner started talking about and working on the concept of a virtual mushroom festival in the latter part of June.
Our concept is to recreate the look and feel of the much loved festival as much as possible. We will be asking CMS members and the myco community to contribute to our virtual mushroom display via an INaturalist Mycoblitz. And, we will have our normal Best in Show awards and prizes, plus some additional “scavenger hunt” prizes for specific mushrooms.
A virtual event will provide a unique opportunity to showcase educational talks about a variety of fungi topics that are not normally present at the festival. If you are a mycophile (lover of all things mushrooms), you will certainly recognize some of these “Myco Stars” that will be part of the virtual festival. We hope to have the full line-up of speakers and topics published by the end of September.
The festival will also include segments representing the Edible and Poisonous Tent, Fun Fungal Facts, and our ever popular cooking demos. Have a mushroom you want identified? You will be able to join a Zoom room and have one of our local expert identifiers tell you what you have. The live stream will be from 10 am to 5 pm, just like festival. Plus, there will be a special interactive web page for children and youth to get involved.
The entire FREE event will be hosted on the Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s website.
The annual Mushroom Festival is the largest fund raising event for the Arboretum.
So, please do not hesitate to click on the Donate button during the event to contribute to this valuable local resource in our community.
We now have a full seven hours of content planned out and an initial concept of how we are going to pull this off. But, we sure could use some help! If you have experience (any level) in any of the following, we would love to hear from you. You do not need to be a CMS member to volunteer. You set your schedule; whatever time you can give. We meet via Zoom if you would like to stay in the loop on the planning. Or, we will reach out to those that volunteer with specific tasks to see if they are interested and have the time available. If you volunteer for a task that involves in person contact with others (e.g. video recording), we will all be wearing masks and following social distance guidelines.
- Recording video – with your camera or video camera.
- Editing video – we are hoping you have video editing software you are familiar with.
- Live Streaming – knowledge of OBS Studio or similar.
If you want to join the fun in creating this year’s virtual event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.