The Asheville Mushroom Club and the Mushroom Club of Georgia invite you to come and discover what makes Western North Carolina such a unique and varied location. The fun, exciting and educational four day event on September 24-27, 2015 will be held at the Blue Ridge Assembly in beautiful Black Mountain, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountain’s climate, topography, and geological history have made the mountains of Western North Carolina the most biologically diverse area in the US.
The Blue Ridge Assembly has been hosting groups both large and small for 100 years. The facility is named after the Blue Ridge Mountains, a section of the Appalachian Mountains that runs from Virginia to Georgia. From Eureka Hall (pictured) one of the housing options you’ll enjoy a vista of mountain ridges and peaks that seen from a distance take on a blue cast, rising to the highest peak of Mt. Mitchell at 6,684 feet. We’ll have 1,200 acres available to foray along with other nearby sites proven to have great fungal diversity.
Travel to the Blue Ridge Assembly is a short 25 mile drive from the Asheville airport.
You’ll have a choice of three types of lodging at the Blue Ridge Assembly:
Package prices including the registration fee, accommodation (double occupancy) and 8 meals are:
There are also some alternate lodging options in Black Mountain:
The NAMA 2015 event will be the perfect opportunity to bring the family to take advantage of these nearby activities:
The Great Smoky Mountain All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 2798 species of fungi and the study is still going strong. The Asheville Mushroom Club’s own species list stands at 900+ including the Amanita mediinox which was discovered on one of our club’s forays by a long time member and later named by Rod Tulloss. With the NAMA foray participants gathering and the professional faculty identifying, we confidently expect to expand this total.
In September we can be fairly sure of finding Honey fungus (Armillaria species) in profusion, along with some Aborted Entoloma (Entoloma abortivum). Two species of Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus and L. cincinnatus) should be fruiting then, as well as Lobsters, the Beefsteak polypore, Hedgehog mushrooms, several Chanterelles, numerous Suillus species, and the lovely Shaggy-stalked Bolete (Heimioporus betula). Occasionally a massive fruiting of Jack O'Lantern (Omphalotus illudens) will turn the forest floor to gold and, if we are lucky, 10-lb tufts of Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) will be found decorating the base of damaged oaks.
Forays will start on Thursday afternoon for early arrivals, continuing with both 2 and 4 hour trips to gather in a variety of unique locations. A unique variety of forays will be offered traveling to the Upper Piedmont region, and Southern Appalachian. There will be forays from easy, moderate to challenging. This is a partial list of forays that are being finalized.
Day long choices in the Southern Appalachians:
Half-day in the Upper Piedmont area:
The Great Smoky Mountain All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 2,798 species of fungi and the study is still going strong. The Asheville Mushroom Club’s own species list stands at 900+ including the Amanita mediinox which was discovered on one of our club’s forays by a long time member and later named by Rod Tulloss. With the NAMA foray participants gathering and the professional faculty identifying, we confidently expect to expand this total.
A NAMA annual foray wouldn’t be complete without a mycophagy experience along with classes, presentations, entertainment and time to meet and socialize with fellow NAMA members.
The following is a list of mycologists, speakers and instructors for the NAMA 2015 foray with some photos and bios included with more to come.
Alan Bessette will be our lead mycologist, along with Arleen Bessette who will be teaching a beginner’s class and lead a group to a nearby reserved area.
NAMA Blue Ridge Foray, September 24-27, 2015
Check desired size on the event registration
Pick up at the event
Available sizes are:
Mens S, M, L, XL and XXL pictured
Ladies S, M, L and XL similar color - sized for a woman