SDMS 2016 Fungus Fair: Feb 21 10:30-3:30 Balboa Park

The next Fungus Fair will be on February 21, 2016 at the Casa Del Prado, Room 101 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. We have a great line-up of speakers and vendors. With the rain we have had recently, we should also have a good collection of mushroom specimens to view.

2016 Fungus Fair Flyer

We will have the following presentations in Room 104:
*** 10:30 am – Michael Wood speaking on California Mushrooms
*** 12:00 pm – Elio Schaechter presenting “Mushrooms Through the Ages”
*** 1:30 pm – Britt Bunyard speaking on Edible Mushrooms and lookalikes

Below is a list of some of the vendors that will be present at the fair:
*** Mushroom Matrix
*** Britt Bunyard from Fungi Magazine,
*** Michael Wood co-author of “California Mushroom The Comprehensive Identifications Guide”, Mykoweb
*** Lucy Warren and Greg Rubin co-authors of “The California Native Landscape: the Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance,
*** Mary Ann Hawke with the Mushroom Barcoding Project
*** Mushroom growing kits and product by Mueller’s Mushroom
*** Mushroom dyed yarn by Grace Spath, SpathDesigns
*** Face painting by Erik Folchick
*** Mushroom themed Arts and Crafts by: Michelle Richmond, Cassandra Ablola, Erik Folchick, 5th Kingdom, JeriLyn Hobson-Alderman, Chris Stell, plus SMDS members will also be showcasing their creative wares.

Our bookstore will also have new items for sale (please the SDMS club accepts cash or checks, but can not accept credit cards, though some of our vendors can). Click the following link to see a posting of new fair items for 2016: Fungus Fair.

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Feb 1, 2016 Meeting: Greg Rubin – 6:30 PM

The guest speaker for our February 1st meeting will be Greg Rubin. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

The title of Greg’s presentation is “The Ties that Bind: the Essential Relationships Between Native Plant Communities and Soil Fungi.”

Greg Rubin, President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor (C-27 No. 717147) who has been working with California native plants since 1985. By 1993, Greg was able to transition out of his career as an aerospace engineer to devote all of his time to his successful and unusual landscaping business. His company has designed over 700 residential, commercial, and institutional native landscapes in Southern California. Specialties include year round appeal, low maintenance, water efficiency, rich habitat, and fire-resistance. Greg has been featured in a number of periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, San Diego Union Tribune and Los Angeles Times, and magazines such as Sunset, San Diego Home and Garden, California Gardener and Kiplinger’s. Media coverage includes appearances on all of San Diego’s local news outlets, CNN & MSNBC. Greg regularly gives presentations and workshops on native plants to conferences, garden clubs and other organizations throughout Southern California.
Greg is co-author, with Lucy Warren, of “The California Native Landscape: the Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance,” published by Timber Press, 2013. This popular native horticultural literary work covers all aspects of native landscape design. Greg has also served on the boards of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, California Native Plant Society, the Lux Art Institute, and the Garden Native foundation. His website is:

Greg Rubin chaperral

Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill 3667 India St.

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New Fungus Fair Items and T-shirts – 2016

2016 SDMS T-shirts: Short sleeve ($20) and Long Sleeve ($25) {$21.70 & $27.13 with tax}

Morel Board Game: $25 {$27.13 with tax} Board game

Glass Mushroom Pendants by JeriLyn Hobson-Alderman $10 {$10.85 with tax}

Hand-etched Dichroic Glass Pendants by Chris Stell: $15 {$16.28 with tax}

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Jan 21, 2016 Mushroom Themed Dinner at Scripps Ranch HS; Members only

Mushroom-themed dinner at Scripps Ranch HS

Once again, Chef Kimberly Coelho, Culinary Arts Instructor for the Scripps Ranch High School has graciously offered to have her students prepare a mushroom themed dinner for the Mycological Society members. The meal will be prepared and served by the advanced culinary arts students and consist of three courses, and an amuse buche.

This dinner is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Scripps Ranch High School, 10410 Treena Street, Room 502, San Diego, CA.
Scripps HS Map

This event will accommodate 36 people. The cost is $15.00 payable by check or cash to the San Diego Mycological Society. If necessary, you can mail checks to SDMS at 7135 Calabria Ct, Unit B, San Diego, CA 92122. Remember, this is a first come, first served event and your reservation is not secured until full payment is received.

Post Dinner Update:

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Jan 4, 2016 Meeting: Pat Nolan – 6:30 PM

The guest speaker for our January 4th meeting will be Pat Nolan. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

The title of Pat’s presentation is “The Dark Side of Fungi: Plant Pathogens”

Pat is plant pathologist for the San Diego county Department of Agriculture. She runs the county’s free Plant Disease Clinic where she frequently discovers new and interesting fungi.

Pre-meeting dinner: Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill 3667 India St.

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2016 T-Shirt Pre-Orders

Below is the 2016 SDMS T-shirt. We will begin taking pre-orders at the upcoming meetings.

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Exotic Mushroom Photographs and Elixirs

Interesting news from the Boston Mycological Society

If you go to the website: Lost at e minor: Photographers pay tribute to the wonderful world of mushrooms, you’ll get some really gorgeous photographs of mushrooms chosen for weirdness and wonderfulness (if that’s a word).

The NYTimes food section contained an article about a French company, Distillerie du Perigord, has produced two 36 proof elixirs (their word) of concentrated morel, porcini, and truffle flavors, which can be added to many dishes. They state the elixirs could be purchased at Zabar’s if you’re in NYC.

Have a wonderful and mushroomy (even without those elixirs) Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you on December 7th.

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Dec 7, 2015 Meeting: Holiday Potluck, White elephant exchange, Silent Auction

Our December 7th, 2015 meeting with be a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange with a silent auction. 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. If your dish contains wild mushrooms, please provide identification of the type contained in your dish.

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. We need help arranging tables and chairs, placing tablecloths, and decorating. Feel free to bring greenery or decorations.

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Boston Mushroom Club

(From the Boston Mushroom Club, BMC):
Dear Fellow Mycophiles,

Two bits of unimportant but enjoyable myco-stuff to access on the web, and one important suggestion..

First, if you didn’t get Sunday’s NYTimes Magazine Section, there was an nice article about foraging for mushrooms by Helen MacDonald (author of “H is for Hawk”). It was called “Death Sex, and Mushrooms”

Second, BMC member Gary Gilbert mentioned on the Club’s google group that he’d come across a website for British common names for mushrooms

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Mushroom Edibility by Denis Benjamin

Here’s a link to an article on Mushroom Edibility by Denis Benjamin and posted by Fungi magazine

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