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Cordova Fungus Festival

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Sept. 1st-3rd, 2017

Throughout this three day event, Fungus Festival attendees will have opportunities to learn more about local mushrooms, participate in mushroom related arts and crafts, and celebrate mushrooms and other wild harvested foods in a Wild Food Dinner. 

There will be daily guided forays, an identification table, an expert key note speaker, wine & cheese mixer, Fungus 101 class, and more! Bring your cameras and rain gear and join in the Fun at the Cordova Fungus Festival in September.  The Cordova Fungus Festival is supported by volunteers just like you.  Call the Chamber at 424-7260 to volunteer today. 

 

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 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rick Van de Poll

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Rick Van de Poll. He is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. Beginning in the mid-1980’s, his company was one of the first to perform natural resource inventories for the public and private sector of New England. During his natural resource inventory work he has recorded over 1300 mushrooms in New Hampshire, including a number of undescribed species. After studying with Dr. Harry Thiers at San Francisco State University for 2 years, he taught Mycology at Antioch New England from 1985 to 2001, and then Mycology as an adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University from 2003 – 2007. As a mycology instructor, Rick has presented dozens of walks and workshops throughout New England for the past 30 years. In 1988, he co-founded the Monadnock Mushroom Club in the southwest part of the state, and in 2001 he founded the local Sandwich Area Mushroom (SAM) Club. Don't miss his Friday night keynote address on "Conserving Mycological Diversity".

 

 

 

Registration is required, but most events are free of charge!

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To sign up for fungus dyeing and crafting activities with the Net Loft, call (907) 424-7337.

To purchase tickets to the Wild Harvest Feast, call (907) 424-3334.

 

 

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2017 TENTATIVE  Schedule

 

THURSDAY, August 31st

10am- 5pm On Exhibit “Alaska Sky Boys” (Copper River Gallery, Cordova Center)

6:30-9:30pm *Needlefelted Mushroom Shadowbox. Pre-register at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room)

 

FRIDAY, September 1st

1:00- 5:00pm Mushroom ID table open (Cordova Center Atrium) KID FRIENDLY

9:00-Noon *Needlefelted Mushroom Shadowbox. Pre-register at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room)

12:30-1:30pm Fungus 101 Class  - Donations accepted. (Cordova Center Education Room) KID FRIENDLY

2:00-5:00pm  *Mushroom Watercolor Papercut Shadowbox. Pre-register at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room)

5:00-7:00pm Opening Reception: David Rosenthal, Katmal Art & Science. (Copper River Gallery, Cordova Center)

6:00-7:30pm Mushroomers Wine & Cheese Mixer - Donations accepted. (Lower Atrium, Cordova Center)

Friday Evening: Festival Speakers at Cordova Center, North Star Theater - Donations accepted for admission

7:30pm Speaker: "Rainforest Mushrooms: Edible and Interesting Fungi of the Alexander Archipelago" by Kitty LaBounty

8:00pm Keynote: "Conserving Mycological Diversity" by Rick Van de Poll

 

SATURDAY, September 2nd

9am - 5pm Mushroom ID table open (Cordova Center Atrium) KID FRIENDLY

9:00am Foray: Hedgehogs & Hodges; Edible Mushroom Hunt with Ken (Meet @ Cordova Center) KID FRIENDLY

10am-12:00pm *Mushroom Terrarium Workshop. Pre-register at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room) KID FRIENDLY

1:00pm Foray: Mushrooms in their natural habitat with Rick Van de Poll & Kitty LaBounty (Meet @ Cordova Center) KID FRIENDLY

1:00-3:00pm *Mushroom Terrarium Workshop. Pre-register at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room) KID FRIENDLY

1:00-3:00pm Foray: Forage for Dye Mushrooms with Alissa Allen - Fee through Net Loft 424-7337. (meeting location TBA) KID FRIENDLY

4:30-5:30pm Fungus 102 Class - Donations accepted. (Cordova Center Education Room)

6:00pm *Wild Harvest Feast - Tickets available at Copper River Watershed Project 424-3334 (Cordova Center Comm Rm A&B)

 

SUNDAY, September 3rd

9am - 2pm Mushroom ID table open (Cordova Center Atrium)

9:30-10:30am Mushrooms in Folklore storytelling and lecture with Rick Van de Poll (Cordova Center Education Room) BIG KID FRIENDLY

10:00am Foray: Exploration of Cordovan Fungi with Ken Hodges (Meet @ Cordova Center) KID FRIENDLY

11:00am Foray: Fungi Tour with Rick Van de Poll & Kitty LaBounty (Meet @ Cordova Center) KID FRIENDLY

1:00-8:00pm (break from 4-5pm) Mushroom natural dye foraging and dye session. Pre-register at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room)

2:00-3:00pm Kids' Foray: Led by the 10 year old fungus phenom Gabriel (Meeting location TBA) KID FRIENDLY

3:00-5:000pm Kids Foraging Fun (Meet @ Skater's Cabin) KID FRIENDLY

5:00-6:00pm The Great Mushroom Recipe Swap hosted by Ken Hodges (Cordova Center lower Atrium)

 

MONDAY, September 6th

9:00am-4:00pm  Mushroom Natural Dye sesion. Pre-register 424-7337. (Meet at The Net Loft)

? Evening Fungus Festival Netlofting at The Net Loft. (TBA)

 

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