2010 NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray
34th Annual Foray of the Northeast Mycological Federation


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Gary Lincoff
Chief Mycologist & Program Director

Raymond Archambault

Tim Baroni

Doug Bassett
Polypore Specialist

Russ Cohen
Wild Food Specialist

Roy Halling

Marie Heerkens
Mushroom Art

Roz Lowen
Ascomycete Specialist

Larry Millman

John Plischke III
Mycologist & Mushroom Photography Specialist

Noah Siegel

Walt Sturgeon

Rod Tulloss
Amanita Specialist

Bill Yule
Bolete Specialist


From Elinoar Shavit, Mycophagy Chair

Calling all wild mushroom foodies!

Mycophagy is a favorite social highlight at NEMF forays, and a number of new and exciting wild mushroom dishes, some off the beaten track like Carpaccio of Hen of the Woods and Chanterelle and Apricot Doughnuts,  are already in the works.

In 2010, we hope to start a new NEMF tradition: sharing favorite wild mushroom recipes and preparations. Please send us one or two of your favorite wild mushroom recipes using late summer/early fall mushrooms (store-bought mushrooms are acceptable option), and we will choose three favorites. The three recipes that will be selected will highlight the wild mushroom offerings at the NEMF 2010 mycophagy. We hope that the creators of these recipes will help us prepare them for everyone to taste. All the recipes received will be featured on the NEMF website. Who knows, in time and given a lively participation, there could be a NEMF cookbook in it!

Soyuzivka and the area around it offer a variety of habitats and promises to be wonderful hunting grounds for edible mushrooms. At the end of September we can expect to find Hen of the Woods, Chicken Mushrooms, Lobster Mushrooms, Black Trumpets, Chanterelles, Oyster Mushrooms, species of Lactarius like Lactarius hygrophoroides and volemus,  a variety of wonderful boletes, puffballs, and hopefully some mushrooms that are not often collected in great numbers like Gypsy Mushrooms. The recipes can feature dry mushrooms as well.  E-mail your recipes to mycophagy@gmail.com.



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1:00 PM
Friday & Saturday Walks and Workshop sign-up
Vendors open

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
FORAY #1 Early Bird Foray on the trails of Soyuzivka.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
LAWRENCE MILLMAN - Polypore burning and cleansing Ceremony

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

7:45 PM
Registration desk closes. Should you arrive after this time, call 646-943-1792, Paul Sadowski's cell phone number.

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Evening Program GARY LINCOFF: Orientation and Disorientation: HAZARDS IN THE FIELD and AT THE DISPLAY TABLES… and Tales from the Cryptogams: Comedy of Terrors or Why There are so Few Old, Bold Mushroom Hunters
9:30 PM until 11:00 PM


6:30 AM - 8:30 AM

8:00 AM
Saturday Walks and Workshop sign-up
Board buses for FORAYS #2, #3, #4 & 5 for 8:15 departures.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
DOROTHY SMULLEN: Fairy Rings and Pinwheels: the Genus Marasmius email
8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
ROZ LOWEN: Ascomycete Workshop
After a PowerPoint overview of the Ascomycotina, we willÊ explore the microscopic wonder of the largest group of fungi.ÊWe will examine any fresh specimens collectedÊ and will also have an array of dried collections. Have you ever seen the spectacular amyloid reaction in the ascus apex of Xylaria? Would you like to see the color change when you apply KOH to some members of the Hypocreales? See if you can find an operculum in the ascus of a species of Peziza. Look at the ornamentation on some of the ascospores. Supplies will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own materials.
9:00 AM
Vendors open
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LAWRENCE MILLMAN: Rare Mushrooms I have Known  email
11:15 PM - NOON
GARY LINCOFF: Beginner ID, Part 1  email
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
1:00 PM
Board buses for FORAYS #6 & #7
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
BILL YULE: Boletes and Their Trees and Mushroom-loving Insects I Have Known email
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
MARIE HEERKENS: The Art of Mushroom Craft Workshop
This is a class for beginners to learn how to decorate a wreath using the parchment type of fungiÊknown as theÊ"Turkey Tails." Using wreath forms and/or wild grape vine wreaths, we will be creating artistic arrangements that enhance holiday style wreaths (suitable for any holiday). The emphasis is on FUN! Class size is limited to 15.

1:00 PM - 4:30PM

PAUL SADOWSKI & JERRY SHEINE: Microscopy for Beginners Workshop
Introduction to the compound microscope, illuminating the specimen, care and feeding of slides, cover slips, mounting fluid, reagents, dyes, razor blades and miscellania. A first crack at mushroom dissection and mounting on slides. A brief look at spores and gill tissue.

Jerry will discuss and demonstrate some of the most current digital hardware and software available to the amateur. Class size limited to 20. 
1:30 PM
Registration Desk closes. Should you arrive after this time, call 646-943-1792, Paul Sadowski's cell phone number.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

NOAH SIEGEL: Mushrooms Downunder: New Zealand — Mushrooms, Mountains and Mutton email
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Mushroom Identification at the Display Tables  

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

ERIN PAGE BLANCHARD: California Mushrooms   email
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Trustees Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
7:45 PM - 9:30 PM



Macrofungi in Tropical America, Some New-- Some Not So New-What it Tells Us

9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Social in Trembita Lounge


6:30 AM - 8:30 AM

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

8:00 AM
Board buses for FORAYS #8, #9 & #10 for 8:15 departures

8:30 AM - NOON
RUSS COHEN: Workshop: Edible Wild Plants of the Catskills (and Mid-Hudson Valley) email

8:30 AM - NOON
DOUG BASSETT: Polypore Workshop
Slide show introducing the diversity of the polypores and other poroid fungi with over 100 species on display to compare and contrast. Host information from 30 years of observations at
Letchworth State Park, NY
.  email

8:30 AM - NOON
ROD TULLOSS: Amanita Workshop
We will examine collections gathered from the foray and good fresh material from other sites evaluating both field and microscopic anatomy/characters. Attendees will learn basic classification of specimens at the levels of family, genus, subgenus, section, and species. A seminar text and a set of photocopy-able sample/standard data-recording sheets will be provided. Please, indicate your microscopic skill level as beginner, intermediate, or expert when registering. Satellite connected laptops will be very welcome in the seminar. WIFI is NOT available in the seminar room. Seminar attendees should make themselves familiar in advance with northeastern North American (at least New York) species treated on the Amanita Studies website (Google: "Amanitaceae Tulloss Yang"). (Limit 15 participants)

9:00 AM
Vendors open

9:00 AM - 10 AM
GARY LINCOFF: Beginners ID, Part 2 email

11:30 AM- 1:30 PM

1:00 PM - 1:15 AM
Board buses for FORAYS #11, #12

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
JOHN PLISCHKE III: Mushrooms That Grow on Other Mushrooms, Insects and People email

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
WALT STURGEON: Habitat and Seasonality: the Where, When and Why of Mushroom Fruiting email

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Mushroom Identification at the Display Tables

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Banquet Dinner

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


DAVID ROSE: Drama and Wonderment: the World of Sam Ristich

RUTHIE RISTICH: Sam’s World: A Personal View

RAYMOND ARCHAMBAULT: Sixty Years of Amateur Mycology in the North of Northeastern North America... in Québec

9:30 PM - 11:30 PM


6:30 AM - 8:30 AM

8:00 AM - NOON
Registration Desk open for room key return

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Vendors open
Post-Breakfast Display Table Discussion

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

CHECK-OUT TIME: Be sure to turn in your key to the Registrar in the Main House Lobby

From Ursula Hoffmann, NEMF President

To see a map that shows the cities, regions (and soccer teams) that leant their names to Soyuzivka's lodges go here. For example: Karpaty = the Karpthian mountains.

These links will provide alphabet, pronunciation and some useful phrases 



free software to learn Ukrainian

And for an introduction to Ukainian cuisine try these links:






1. Find the Workshop(s), Lecture(s) or Walk(s) that
interest you.

2. Click on the mushroom icon button
This will open a new email addressed to nemf2010@verizon.net and the name of the lecture in the Subject area.

3. Kindly place your name in the message area.

4. SEND.

Should this action fail, just send an email to
nemf2010@verizon.net with the names of the events you wish to attend with your name.

You will find your name on the sign-up sheets at the Foray.

Forays are lisred by number only to protect our venues from inter(net)lopers!

Foray #1 - Early Bird Foray - Soyuzivka

Walk Leader: JJ Murphy, Thursday, 2:30 PM
Mixed deciduous woods with oak, White & Pitch? Pine, Eastern Hemlock and Spruce. Moderate walk on marked trails.

Foray #2 -
Friday, 8:15 - 11:30 AM
Large stand of conifers which consists primarily of various stage hemlocks. Also there are plenty of deciduous trees including the typical oaks and other hardwoods along with a surprising amount of mid-growth birch for this altitude. Easy walking. email

Foray #3 -
Friday, 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Some of the varied Shawangunk habitats include mature hemlock woods (and a Norway Spruce Plantation), mixed woods with white pines as one gains elevation where old hemlocks and pitch pnes grow next to each other, plus drier ridge areas with pitch pines, chestnut oak, scrub oak, and blueberry. email

Foray #4 -
Friday 8:15 AM - 4 PM. Be sure to order box lunch.
Many different habitats including woods, pastures, streamsides and lawns. Upland woods are mixed deciduous with a mix of conifers. There are copses of Norway Spruce on the property. Easy, moderate and difficult walks.  email

Foray #5 - Friday
8:15 AM - 4 PM. Be sure to order box lunch.
Large property includes woods, pastureland and lawns; a creek runs through with a pond as the center of the campus. Covered bridge and a water fall are worth a visit. Upland woods are mixed deciduous with oak. Campgrounds populated by white pine and eastern hemlock. Easy and moderate walks.  email

Foray #6 -
Friday, 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM
A mixture of trail and off-trail walking, mostly offÉ  Property is bordered by large creeks. It contains a mixture of trees including some mature oak trees, elms, hemlock, cedar, ash, and young white birch. ItÕs somewhat mossy here, with average moisture overall. This is an easy to moderate walk.  email

Foray #7 - Friday, 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Several mature hemlock stands as well as the typical Catskill mixed forest of hemlock, beech, birche, oak and maple. Several streams. Easy walking, flat area with few rocks, somewhat uncommon in the Catskills. email

Foray #8 - Saturday,
8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Bordered by a large creeks this will be primarily off trail woods walking, through a mix of grades including some mossy, and very moist areas. Bring good traction footwear and clothing that may get damp and/or soiled! Waterfall, oak, maple, hemlock, ash, birch, tulip, pine. This is typically a mycologically mystical place and an enjoyable walk.   email

Foray #9 -
Saturday, 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
See walk #3. We will visit other areas of this habitat.   email
Foray #10 - Saturday, 8:15 AM - 1:30 PM. Be sure to order box lunch.
Here we will find coniferous and deciduous areas including oaks, beech and hickory. WeÕll fan out on both sides of the moist, marshy woods and follow a slight grade up towards a cliff. There is also a field which may support a species or two. Easy to moderate morning and afternoon walks with a lunch break. email

Foray #11 -
Saturday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
The park is a wooded amphitheatre featuring a lake at the foot. There are miles of rudimentary but marked mountain bike trails winding through a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees. Everything but birch is present here including several cottonwood species. Easy to moderate. email

Foray #12 - Saturday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

This property features wooded plots and canopied brook ravines dividing abandoned cow pastures. One hike off trail or take the easier guided tour walking trails. Either way you will cut across a few pastures with views of the Gunks.  email


From Sue Rose, Socials Chair

Evening Socials

We Need Your Help!

After a busy day of mushroom forays, enticing workshops and evening programs – NEMF brings you the Evening Social Hour. This is a time to kick back, enjoy your fellow forayers’ company in conversation, entertainment and repast.

With these goals in mind, we are asking for help with our evening socials.  What follows are ways you can become involved in helping to make the NEMF foray fun and festive. Please consider volunteering for any or all of these activities.

  • Do you have a musical talent? Would you like to entertain us through song, strumming your guitar, banjo or instrument of choice? We can provide a formal setting for your talent or a more informal jam session. Consider bringing your instrument to the foray so we can all listen and enjoy.
  • Show us your culinary skills. We will be providing light snacks at the evening socials and would love to supplement our spread with homemade desserts: cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, mushroom gingerbread men, etc.
  • Contribute a mushroom-themed item (gently used or new) to our Silent Auction. Books, art, knick-knacks, bric-a-brac, jewelry, and edible dried mushrooms are all welcome!
  • Contribute a mushroom-themed t-shirt to our t-shirt exchange. Gently worn shirts in all sizes are fine – no holes please :-) .  We will set up a table where the t-shirts are displayed and for a $5 contribution you can go home sporting a new look.

All profits from the silent auction and t-shirt exchange
will be donated to the NEMF Scholarship Fund

To help us out with the above contact:

 Sue Rose at 914-738-0847 or at srose@marchofdimes.com

Remember to bring CASH for the open bar,
silent auction and t-shirt exchange.
Checks will be accepted for auction items only.

From Paul Sadowski, Registrar
A number of t-shirts will be available at the registration desk during the Foray.

From Joe Brandt, Vendors Chair

Fungi Magazine
Mycological Magazines and shirts
Britt Bunyard

Pascale's Books
Books on mushrooms: used, rare and out-of-printDebbie Pascale

Ellen Garvey
Handblown glass mushrooms, glass paperweights, lampworked glass earrings

Susan Hopkins
Hand-knit items

Wild Mushroom Sales
Wild mushrooms, ceramic mushrooms, artistic items made from mushrooms
George Yager

Ecovative design
Green Mycoproducts

Bill Bynum

Charlotte Caplan
T-shirts, club cookbooks

Rhoda Roper
Tree Fungi Jewelry

Lubrecht & Cramer
Mushroom books by mail for the amateur and professional
Charles Lubrecht

Gary Lincoff's newest book, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, will be available in signed editions at the Foray. There will only be 30 copies so be sure to plan on making your purchase early at Lubrecht & Cramer.

Marie Heerkens
Books, artwork, pyrography, mushroom crafted items

Lightweight walking sticks

Joe Brandt
10X hand lenses, mushroom pendants