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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 art & handcraft workshops, and celebrate mushrooms, salmon and other wild harvested foods in a Wild Harvest Feast. 

There will be daily guided forays, an identification table, expert key note speakers, a wine & cheese mixer, fungus classes, kids' activities 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".

 

  

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Kitty LaBounty

In addition to her life-long interest in plant ecology and identification, Ms. LaBounty is a passionate gardener, wild food harvester, and dabbler in fungi and lichen-based natural dyes. Listeners of Raven Radio (KCAW) may recognize her as one of the long-time hosts of the Garden Show. She has regularly taught a fall mushroom workshop in Sitka, and worked with many students at the UA-SE on science examining the relationships and roles of fungi in the ecosystem. More recently, she has piloted a course on the Flora of Southeast Alaska for the University of Alaska. In 2017 LaBounty is taking part in the Sitka Big Year Project, an effort to document all of the fungi, flora and fauna of the greater Sitka area.

 

 

 

 

 


 

  

 REGISTER NOW

Register-Now-Button  Registration is required, but it's FREE!

You can also download the registration form by clicking HERE and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

All events are free unless labeled with an asterisk (*) 

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

To sign up for the Bear-bread Painting Workshop, call Ilanka Cultural Center (907) 424-7903.

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

 


 

 

2017 Festival Schedule

Unless marked with *, all Cordova Fungus Festival events are FREE. However, registration is required with Cordova Chamber of Commerce (907)424-7260 or at the Festival Info Table (Cordova Center upper atrium). Click here for the registration form and email completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 THURSDAY, August 31st

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

10am-12:00pm  Kids’ Fun Scavenger Foray at The Eyak Corporation’s Cabin Lake Campground. KID FRIENDLY

11am-2pm *Bear-bread Paiting Workshop. Pre-regsitration with Ilanka required, 424-7903. (Ilanka Cultural Center) KID FRIENDLY

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

2:30-4:15pm  *Mushroom Terrarium Workshop. Pre-register at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room) KID FRIENDLY

4:30-5:30pm Fungus 102 Class - Donations accepted. No pre-requisite required. (Cordova Center Education Room)

6:30pm *Wild Harvest Feast - Tickets available at Copper River Watershed Project 424-3334 (Cordova Center Comm Rm A&B)

 

 SUNDAY, September 3rd

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

9:00-10:00am 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

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

2:00-5:00pm (tentative) *Drop in Mushroom Dyeing Session at The Net Loft. Call 424-7337 for updates.

3:00-5:000pm Kids Fungus 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 *Painted Mushroom Gathering Basket at The Net Loft 424-7337. (The Net Loft Education Room)

 

 

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Book your lodging in Cordova now - It will be full soon! Click here for a complete list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Support the festival by Volunteering! Click HERE to sign up!

 

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