In 2013 the members of the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club voted to name our annual foray, the Bill Russell Foray. The naming is an acknowledgment and appreciation of the extent to which Bill has raised awareness of mushrooms and made their study accessible to amateur mushroom enthusiasts in Pennsylvania and beyond. The Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club would not exist in its current state without Bill. He has mentored many of the members since long before the club was founded and his eager willingness to share his extensive knowledge at mushroom walks and identification sessions has influenced countless others.
Bill’s 2006 book, Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, is an excellent guidebook as well as an entertaining read. We are very fortunate to have Bill as an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.
2018 Bill Russell Foray August 10, 11, and 12
Registration now open. Registration form here.
Featured speakers for 2018 Arleen and Alan Bessette
Alan E. Bessette, Ph.D., is a professional mycologist and distinguished emeritus professor of biology at Utica College of Syracuse University. A member of the North American Mycological Society, the Asheville Mushroom Club and the Gulf States Mycological Society, he has published numerous papers in the field of mycology and has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books, including: Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America, Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States, Ascomycete Fungi of North America, and his most recent book, A Field Guide to the Mushrooms of the Carolinas. Alan served as a consultant for the New York State Poison Control Center for more than twenty-five years. During that same time, he also acted as the scientific adviser to the Mid-York Mycological Society. He has been the principal mycologist at national and regional forays and was the recipient of the 1987 Mycological Foray Service Award and of the 1992 North American Mycological Association Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. In addition to teaching workshops and seminars, Alan volunteers at state parks and reserves providing mycological surveys and educational programs. His current mycological interests include subtropical fungi. Alan is a coauthor of the forthcoming book, Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States.
Arleen Bessette, MA, is a retired psychologist, as well as a mycologist and botanical photographer. She has been collecting and studying wild mushrooms for more than forty years. A member of the North American Mycological Association, the Asheville Mushroom Club and The Gulf States Mycological Society, Arleen has published several papers in the field of mycology and has authored or coauthored eighteen books, including: Mushrooms of the Southeastern United States, Boletes of Eastern North America, The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide, and her most recent book, A Field Guide to the Mushrooms of the Carolinas. She has won several awards in the North American Mycological Association’s annual photography competition, including top honors in both the documentary and the pictorial divisions. In addition to volunteering at various state parks and research reserves providing mycological surveys and educational programs, Arleen also teaches national and regional workshops and seminars on varying aspects of mycology. She especially enjoys working with beginning myco-enthusiasts and the newly myco-curious. Her special passions include dyeing with mushrooms, the culinary aspects of mycophagy and the potential medicinal uses of fungi. She is a coauthor of the forthcoming book, Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States.
August 12, 13, and 14
1494 Narrows Road
A Friday evening through Sunday morning event full of mushroom-centered fun and education in a beautiful place and with interesting people.