2014 Girdwood Fungus Fair Schedule
All events will take place in the Girdwood Community Room, unless otherwise noted. Display and talks are free.
Friday, August 22nd
1-4 pm Girdwood Community Room open with Fungus Display, foray and workshop info and registration, and shirts, mushroom art and books for sale.
6-10 pm Fungus Fair Formal + Girdwood Center for Visual Arts Hotel Alyeska, Columbia Ballroom. Enjoy FIVE gourmet courses all featuring choice wild and domestic mushrooms with wine pairings. Evening also includes live and silent auctions full of items from local artists and businesses and Jazz by Jackie Schafer and Tovi Newman. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit Girdwood Center for Visual Arts and future Fungus Fairs. Cost is $80 per person, or $750 for a 10 top table ($75 per seat) so round up some friends and book a table early because after Aug. 19th tickets go up to $100. Tickets for the Formal will go on sale August 1st at the Tram Ticket office or by calling (907) 754-2275. The Formal is made possible by donations from the Byrne Family and the Hotel Alyeska.
Saturday, August 23rd
9:30am-5pm Community Room Open for any last minute workshop and foray registration (if space available), fungus display, shirts, books and art for sale.
10am, 10:30am, 11am, and 11:30am, Forays $7 Guided mushroom walks with mycologists - 4 groups will explore the world of fungi in their natural environments. Experts will provide a wealth of information on species identification, how to find them and proper collecting techniques. Each group is limited to the first 14 people to register. New this year- register online at Brown Paper tickets.Foray leaders: Christian Schwarz (10am), Noah Siegel (10:30am), Diane Pleninger (11am) and Steve Trudell at 11:30am. Forays are approximately 1-2 hours in length All groups meet at the Community room 15 minutes prior to foray start.
10am-12pm *Workshop* Lichen Lodgings for Liliputians, Leprechauns, and Fairies (Free- donations to GCVA accepted) Come and build magical little cabins suitable for any tiny forest friend at the GCVA with local artists Kathleen Keusenkothen and Barbara Lydon."Sticks and stones to make their homes and fungi for fine features, Come and play, enjoy the day, And build a home for tiny creatures". To prepare for class, please collect your own supplies from the forest and bring them to the workshop. Suggested forest items include: rocks, bark, leaves, fungi, moss, sticks, cones, shells, ect. Workshop location in front of Girdwood Center for Visual Arts (by the Bake Shop). Register online at Brown Paper Tickets under Girdwood Fungus Fair GCVA Workshops starting August 1st.
12-3pm *Workshop* Mushrooms to Dye With ($35) Dye silk and wool with Mycopigment Expert Alissa Allen using pigments derived entirely from locally collected mushrooms extracted into water baths. A complete description of this workshop can be found here. Max. 12 people. Nissman Pavilion. New this year- register online at Brown Paper tickets under Girdwood Fungus Fair Dye Workshop starting August 1st.
1-2pm *Talk* Sex, Death and Insanity- odd and interesting lifestyles of the Kingdom Fungi. Christian Schwarz
2-3pm *Talk* Mushrooms of California. Noah Siegel
3:30-5pm*Talk* Wheel of Fungi! with Author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That the Rain Promises and More. David Arora
6-8pm The Art of the Mushroom Reception at GCVA. A free event with local art, wine, appetizers and great company.
Sunday, August 24
9:30am-3pm Community Room open with Fungus display, shirts, books and art for sale in Community Room.
10am, 10:30am and 11am Forays $7 Guided mushroom walks. Three groups will go out to different locations to explore and collect mushrooms for display and discussion. Each group is limited to the first 14 to register. New this year- register online at Brown Paper tickets. Foray Leaders: Noah Siegel (10am), Christian Schwarz (10:30am), and Steve Trudell (11am). Groups meet in community room 15 minutes prior to start time.
12-2pm *Workshop* Magical Miniature Mushroom Gardens (free -- donations to GCVA accepted). Build your own adorable mushroom garden using locally harvested accoutriments in front of the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts building (by the Bake Shop) with local artists Vicky Clark and Mary Bloom. Max. 10 per class, register online at Brown Paper Tickets under Girdwood Fungus Fair GCVA Workshops starting August 1st. Minimum age: 8yrs
12-1 pm *Talk* A Series of Tubes: A beginners look into mushroom ecology. Noah Seigel
1-2pm *Talk* Citizen Science for Mushroomers. Christian Schwarz