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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
PSMS Monthly Meeting
Eugenia Bone - Mycophiles
Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Come early and bring any mushrooms you want identified!
Mycophiles is a 60 minute illustrated talk about the culture of amateur mycologists and mushroom hunters, and the forays and festivals that attract fungus lovers from all over the country. It shares the speaker's adventures mushroom picking all over the world including porcini hunting in the west elks, morel hunting on forest fire sites in Montana, Cordyceps hunting in Tibet, white truffle hunts in Tuscany, and hunts for, well, anything in New York City's Central Park. The talk reports on all kinds of festivals, from the Breitenbush Mushroom Gathering, where you can hunt matsutake in old growth forest in the day and relax in hot springs at night, the Kennet Square mushroom festival, which is a celebration of the white button mushroom industry, and the Telluride Mushroom festival, the only mushroom festival that acknowledges hallucinogenic mushrooms. You will also meet many of the characters on the mushrooms scene. If you aren't in love with mushrooms by the end of the talk, you will at least come to appreciate the wacky subculture of mycophiles.
Eugenia Bone is a nationally known food and nature journalist and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, Wine Enthusiast, Sunset, Metropolis, and The National Lampoon. She is the author of five books, including Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms, which was on Amazon's best science books of 2011 list and nominated for a Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries award. Her current project is Microbia: A Journey Into the Unseen World Around You, a study of life from the microbial point of view. Eugenia has lectured widely, in venues like the Denver Botanical Garden, Georgia Center for the Book, the Rubin Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History, and many mycological and gardening societies, and has been the featured speakers at a number of mushroom festivals. She is the founder of Slow Food Western Slope in Colorado and is the former president of the New York Mycological Society. She is the cofounder of the feminist group, Downtown Women for Change. Eugenia lives in New York City and Western Colorado.