Girdwood Fungus Fair

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2021 Girdwood Fungus Fair Schedule of Events

**Due to high COVID cases in the Anchorage area, talks ARE cancelled and replaced with afternoon forays**

 Advanced registration for forays and workshops will open August 18th on Brown Paper Tickets. 

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Monday, Aug. 30- Sunday, Sept. 5th- iNaturalist Fungus Fair Observation Contest! See if you can log the most species or the most observations (or BOTH!) of mushrooms out in the Anchorage and Girdwood area and win prizes. Join the project! 


Friday, Sept. 3rd 


4:00-5:30pm *Kids Foray* ($10) foray for kids AGES 5-13 led by our local junior mycologist Gabriel! Register online in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.


5-8pm *Girdwood Brewing Company Social* Join us at the Girdwood Brewing Company for a casual evening with food trucks, local beers, and fun with fun-guys! There will be a silent auction fundraiser and tshirts for sale. 





Saturday, Sept. 4th


9:30am-5 pm Mushroom display at the Girdwood Community Room, books and tshirts for sale. MASKS REQUIRED IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM


10am, 10:30am, 11am, *Forays* ($15) Guided mushroom walks with mycologists. Register online in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. Meet at Community Room 15 minutes prior to foray. Foray leaders:  Steve Trudell (10am), Shannon Adams (10:30am), Noah Siegel (11am)


10am-1pm, *Workshop/Demo* Mushrooms to Dye With ($30) Teresa Paquet - Dye 2 silk scarves with pigments derived purely from wild harvested mushrooms with Teresa Paquet. Register online in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.


1:30-3pm *Workshop* ($25) New! The owners of Far North Fungi will be offering log cultivation workshop. Register in advance on Brown Paper Tickets.


AFTERNOON FORAYS:


1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, *Forays* ($15) Guided mushroom walks with mycologists. Register online in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. Meet outside Community Room 15 minutes prior to foray with MASKS!. Foray leaders:  Steve Trudell (1pm), Shannon Adams (1:30pm), Noah Siegel (2pm)


3pm *Foray ($15) Polypore Foray with Philippe Join Dr. Philippe Amstislavski to learn about these fascinating and cosmopolitan fungi! Artifacts from the Arctic world and beyond going back to over 5,000 years point to the long-standing tradition of using Chaga, Mayatake, Chicken-of-the-Woods, Tinder Fungus and other polypores for food, tinder, clothing, and medicinals.

We will learn to identify some of the most charismatic and bountiful polypores found in Alaska and discuss their uses, biology, sustainable harvesting, and their key role in the development of the green biological materials. 2021 Girdwood Fungus Fair Forays (brownpapertickets.com)



ALL IN PERSON TALKS CANCELLED.


12:15-1pm **Talk** Christen Swearengin: Fundis West Coast Rare 10 Challenge An update from the Fungal Diversity Survey about an exciting new challenge to find and document 20 species of rare or threatened fungi, four of which are found in Alaska.   CANCELLED- catch Christin's talk on Sept. 8th (details below)


1-2pm **Talk** Shannon Adams- From Saucepan to Science! Take the next step on your fungal adventure. New developments in citizen science make it easier than ever to make a lasting contribution to knowledge of our fungi.  Shannon will share her journey from learning to forage to an interest in taxonomy, steps which led her to describe a new mushroom species. Join her to find new ways to enjoy your mushroom hobby whether it is taking a few photographs to becoming the world expert in the mushrooms in your own backyard.CANCELLED- catch Shannon's talk virtually from the Cordova Fungus Festival


2-3pm **Talk** Noah Siegel -To live or to Dye for: Edible, Poisonous and Dye fungi of Alaska  CANCELLED- catch Noah's talk virtually from the Cordova Fungus Festival 


3-4pm **Talk** Philippe Amistislavski- Fungus vs Plastic: How Alaskan Polypores become heroes in fighting ocean plastic pollution. A presentation on how  the Alaskan fungi became the center of the effort to design and biofabricate sustainable furniture and shipping containers for food. We will cover some of the ironic polypore species we now employ in the nascent synthetic biology and the ecosystem services they offer. Philippe will engage the folks in a hands-on exploration of how these cryptic organisms offer solutions to some of the biggest problems we are facing in the Arctic and beyond! CANCELLED


4:30-5:30pm *Kids Foray* ($10) foray for kids AGES 5-13 led by our local junior mycologist Gabriel! Register online in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 5th


9:30am-3pm Mushroom display at the Girdwood Community Room, books and tshirts for sale. MASKS REQUIRED IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM 


10am, 10:30am and 11am *Forays* ($15) Groups meet at community room 15 min. prior, limited to first 15 to register online in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. Foray Leaders: Steve Trudell (10am), Noah Siegel (10:30am), Shannon Adams (11am)


10:30-12:30 *Photo Foray* ($15) Have you always wanted to take better mushroom photos with your phone? In this Mobile Phone Mushroom Photography (MPMP) foray, we'll start indoors (MASKS REQURIED) with a quick review of the basics of photography as they apply to your phone (no math!) and some of the most useful features and settings of your phone's camera. We'll discuss tips and techniques specific to MPMP and then we'll get out in the field and practice what we've learned. Improved MPMP guaranteed! Join Bruce Welkovich on a smartphone photo safari for fungi! Limited to first 10 to register online at Brown Paper Tickets. 


11am-1pm *Workshop * ($30) The owners of Far North Fungi will be offering a make your own home cultivation kits. Register in advance on Brown Paper Tickets.


1pm, 1:30pm *Forays* Groups meet outside community room 15 min prior, limited to the first 15 to register online in advance through brown paper tickets. Foray leaders: Noah Siegel (1pm) Shannon Adams (1:30). 


1-2pm **Talk** Noah Siegel -Exploring the unknown: cryptic mushroom diversity in your backyard CANCELLED


2-3pm **Talk** Steve Trudell- “Is it Edible?” CANCELLED



6:30-9pm *Five Course Fungus Feast* ($90- including gratuity) Spoonline Bistro. Advanced reservations required, bookings now being accepted online at Brown Paper Tickets!



Wednesday, Sept. 8th


6-8pm Virtual Mushroom Fair! BLM Campbell Creek Science Center - Christin Swearengin- West Coast Rare 10 Challenge, followed by Kate and Noah with an overview of iNaturalist Observations from the Girdwood and Cordova Fungus Festivals and a mushroom Q and A session. Online registration required here.   


* All events will meet outside the Girdwood Community Room unless otherwise noted. 

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