The San Diego Mycological Society 16th Annual Mushroom Fair will be held on Feb 16th from 10:30am-3:30pm. More details will be posted closer to the date.
The Mesa College Department of Culinary Arts will be hosting a special mushroom dinner for club members at 5pm. The event is open only to San Diego Mycology members and has limited first-come-first-serve seating. The price of the dinner is $20. If interested, contact Pat Nolan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquiry about space availability and payment.
Our December 2nd, 2013 meeting with be a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange. The dinner will start at 6:30 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Please bring a cooked or cold dish and your own beverage. (Note: there will be no kitchen access) The club will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, but feel free to bring your own.
For those that want to participate in the White Elephant exchange, please bring a wrapped present for the exchange.
Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6pm.
Our Speaker for our November 4th meeting will be Bob Cummings. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. His talk is titled “Red Amanitas, Black Trumpets, & White Porcini, Mushroom Hunting in Santa Barbara.” He is going to meet us at the Blue Water Grill at 5 PM on the 4th as well as come to our member foray. Foray announcement will be sent to active members through the list serv.
Bob Cummings has been a Professor of Biology at Santa Barbara City College since 1973, teaching mostly Plant Biology for the biology major series and general botany for non-majors.
He came to Santa Barbara from the Los Angeles area to attend UCSB in the 1960s as a botany major. He took Professor Ian Ross’ mycology course in 1966 and became Ian’s first graduate student at UCSB. Bob’s doctoral research project was tracking chemical changes at the cell surface of slime mold amoebae as populations grew and prepared for fusion to initiate the diploid phase of the life cycle. He also found time away from the lab bench for frequent mushroom forays and photography. He got his PhD in 1975, and by then had already begun teaching at Santa Barbara City College.
Bob has been collecting, keying, photographing, eating, and teaching about mushrooms in Santa Barbara since the 1960s. Since he does not teach a mycology course, he considers himself a sophisticated amateur student of the fungi. Over the years, he has built up a large collection of photographs and a modest herbarium of specimens from the Santa Barbara area for taxonomic reference.
Bob has worked closely with local emergency room physicians at Cottage and Goleta Valley Hospitals on mushroom poisoning cases for many years. He is a frequent speaker and foray leader for such groups as the SB Botanic Garden, SB Museum of Natural History, SLOW Food of Santa Barbara, and the Los Angeles Mycological Society. He lives in Montecito with his wife, Lynne, also a teacher (and bird-watcher), and daughter Carly.
Longtime SDMS member Jean Leighton passed away New Year’s Eve. She was 86. Jean was well known for her company, Impact Decorating, in which she used creativity and artistry to furnish decorations for conventions, businesses, events and parties. Jean ran Impact Decorating for more than 30 years.
Jean was very active and athletic, biking long distances and swimming in La Jolla, Ocean Beach, and San Diego Bay off Kellogg Street. “Jean was very inspirational to everyone who met her,” said Dan Remer, who worked with Jean for more than 25 years. “Lots of people admired her, and even idolized her for her courage in battling stomach cancer.”
A wake will be held at her home on Easter Sunday (March 31) any time after 11 a.m. at 1402 Willow St (between Fenelon St & Garrison St). SDMS members are invited. It will be a pot luck affair.
For more information contact Dan at (619) 222-5360.
Our April meeting is April 1st (no fooling) in Room 101 in the Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30. Our speaker is Mr. Shadi Hajjar who will be talking on the Production and Storage of Truffles. Mr. Hajjar is a native of Lebanon and has a B.S. in Agriculture from the American University in Beirut and a M.S. in Horticultural Quality Management from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Chania, on the island of Crete, Greece. His thesis work focused on the postharvest physiology of truffles, during which he spent months in Italy working with truffles. Come and learn more about these fascinating fungi.
How do I identify wild mushrooms? How are wild or store-bought mushrooms best cooked and served? What are the best types to eat? Which ones are dangerous? How do I learn to hunt for them? How can I grow my own?
The San Diego Mycological Society will answer these questions and more at the 15thannual Mushroom Fair on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Balboa Park’s Casa Del Prado, Room 101. Doors open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Mushroom Fair will showcase wild San Diego-area mushrooms with proper identification, gourmet cooking demonstrations, and talks given by three prominent local mushroom authorities. Learn how mushrooms play an essential role in the web of life of our forests and are found in every ecological niche from seashore to valley to mountain to desert floor.
The event will also have vendors with books, identification guides, posters, mushroom growing kits, T-shirts, and art-related objects with mushroom themes. Kids and adults will appreciate the educational materials, including a lichens display.
The event is free, donations are accepted, and visitors are encouraged to BYOM (Bring Your Own Mushrooms) so that they may be identified by experts.
Parking is free. Take Hwy 163 South to Park Blvd Exit. Turn left at Park Blvd and the left onto Village Place. Park at the Carousel/Spanish Village lot or adjacent to the Natural History Museum. The Balboa Park Tram also stops at the Prado; it’s a short walk eastward along the Prado to Casa Del Prado.
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