Last mushroom club meeting for 2017 on Weds., Nov. , 6-8 PM

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Our next club meeting will be this Weds. evening, Nov. 8,  from 6 to 8 PM at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, in downtown Bend. For the month of Nov. the steering committee decided not to invite a guest speaker but to use our local resources, instead. The first half hour will be geared toward beginning mushroom identification and then show and tell from things brought in for the table (we hope you will bring mushrooms.) At 7 PM we will have a panel discussion led by several club leaders, moderated by Michelle. We want to hear your questions and stories about mushrooms, too, so come with questions and your experiences to share with others.
Our next time together will be the “Survivor’s Banquet,” a potluck event and mushroom photo contest.  You can bring your 8 x 10 print to Laurence at this meeting if you are ready.  Please put your name, phone and email on the back.  He must receive them all before the Feb. 3 potluck.  All folks at the event will vote on the displayed photos, choosing their favorites. Prizes will be given to the winners in attendance.  It’s lots of fun and the food is amazing, so put it on your calendar!
Remember that several of us are willing to help you figure out what you have picked. You need to harvest carefully, take photos of the underside and top in its habitat and have a book you use for identification. Start with one or two mushrooms that seem unique to you. Yes, the mushroom season around here is coming to a close with deep freezes expected this week. However, if you travel to the coast or even to the valley, mushrooms are still fruiting in big numbers.  Get out and give it a try.
By the way, the Brookings club is having their first mushroom show this Saturday, Nov. 4, 10-4 PM, Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival. Check them out on Facebook.
Enjoy this beautiful autumn while it lasts!
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