A NOTE FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT….
The Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club is entering a new era, thanks to a dedicated group who worked through the winter to help us organize a streamlined and, we hope, more cohesive club. New officers have been elected and plans made for this season’s forays. Our new roster of officers includes Paula Peters as past president, Audrey Kepp as president, Michael Blassey as vice president, Rosa Stolzenberg as secretary, and Mary Mitchell as treasurer. As your new president, I am delighted to work with them. As a newer member (I joined just a year ago,) I have to express my great pleasure in in being part of this wonderful club and thank you all for your support.
Our first foray will be Sunday, May 17th at 9 a.m. north of Akeley on Hwy 64. The directions are included below. This message is being sent to everyone on our email list, but in the future, our messages will be sent to members only. If you wish to receive future notices you must join the club. Membership is just $10 for individuals and $15 for families. You can join by downloading a membership form from the club blog (http://paulbunyanmushroomclub.areavoices.com/) (click on Membership Form on banner above, just under photo) and mailing it with payment to:
311 Richards Ave NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Better yet, bring it with you to the foray on the 17th. Paula Peters, who will lead the foray, will collect it then.
Looking forward to meeting you!
Directions to May 17, 9 AM Morel Foray:
State Hwy 64, 11 miles north of Akeley or 4 miles south of intersection 200 and 64 south of Bemidji.
It is between mile markers 59 and 60 and will be on the east side of Hwy 64.
The membership form for the Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club is now available. Click on “Membership Form” on the banner above, just below the photo. Copy and paste it and print it out.
11 AM Sunday, April 26, Helga Township Hall, Nary (south of Bemidji, on County Hwy 9, 2 miles east of US 71)
This is the year the Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club becomes officially organized!
Our winter meetings were spent working out the details and we are now ready to bring our Club to the next level.
It’s very exciting and we hope that you will consider joining us as we meet for our Annual Potluck on April 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the Helga Township Community Center 25895 County 9. Bemidji, MN. From Bemidji, travel four miles south of the Highway 2/Highway 71 intersection and turn east (left) onto Hubbard County Road 9. The Center is located two miles down on the right. We will have our Annual Meeting first, followed by the potluck.
The food doesn’t have to include mushrooms, but if you want to make a dish with them, that’s great! The Center is equipped with a kitchen with ovens, a microwave and a refrigerator to keep food warm or cold.
We will be nominating and electing our officers so please consider becoming more involved in the club this year. We will need a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Along with the election we will go over the Foray dates for the upcoming season, and take memberships. Becoming a member will not only keep you informed of Forays and educational opportunities – you’ll be part of a really cool bunch of people who love the woods and want to learn more about identifying wild mushrooms.
(For a copy of the membership form, click on “Membership Form” on the banner above, below the photo.)
Happy Holidays to all participants of past wild mushroom forays with the Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club!
As we look forward to another great year of mushroom hunting, our club is working to become more organized.
We are asking for help in this process so that we can offer more education, fun events and recognition as an official club.
We have a meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 11th at 1 PM at the Akeley Fire Hall which is located about a block west of the big Paul Bunyan statue on Hwy 34 downtown Akeley. We will have a pot luck lunch followed by the meeting.
We are hoping to set up the following committees:
- An Organizational Committee to work on setting up by laws, a mission statement, establishing a bank account, defining roles of elected officials, planning an election for 2015, and issues related to membership dues
- A Committee to work on the format of the remaining winter meetings (once a month, February through APRIL)
- A Foray Committee to plan the forays for next summer.
- An Educational Committee to help our members gain skills in identification at forays.
- A Fundraising Committee to help plan events like the silent auction, possible basic identification classes, weekend events, speakers at meetings.
- A Communications Committee to work on how we get the word out to others about our club and activities.
If you are interested but can’t attend the meeting, please email me and I will get you connected with others working on these areas.
With the increased interest and new people attending our events, our club is poised for growth and potential in the New Year.
Please join us as the Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club moves into 2015!
Paula Peters, Acting President
“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
—– A. A. Milne
We had a great fall banquet on Nov. 22. To see the menu click on Fall Mushroom Banquet in the banner above.
Photo by Mary Mitchell
The Silent Auction was spirited and brought in $294.
One of the items in the auction. Made by Diana Johnson and donated by Diana and Scott Johnson. Photo by Mary Mitchell
We had a very successful foray at Bemidji State Park, finding many varieties of mushrooms.
Paula Peters preparing people for the foray
A few of the mushrooms found
Kelly Larson did a fantastic cooking demonstration, preparing a three-course meal. The appetizer consisted of chanterelles sautéed with olive oil and minced shallots and run through a food processor with cream cheese and goat cheese, on crackers, some garnished with fig spread and mango chutney and some garnished with a slice of dried apricot.
Kelly Larson presenting her three-course meal plan Continue reading
You can view Lakeland Public TV’s Common Ground show on the Paul Bunyan Mushroom Club on You Tube. Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/0TAYzQB1hPI
Thank you to Scott Knudson for producing a fine show.
Here’s a photo an article about Van Bialon that appeared in the 10-16-13 Crosby-Ironton Courier
or the full article go to this link: http://www.messagemedia.co/aitkin/community/features/article_37cb5ba2-3b34-11e3-bf8e-001a4bcf6878.html
We found lots of mushrooms in spite of the dry weather. After collecting Anna Gerenday led us in identification. There were more than 50 species! Here’s a picture of a nice example of the Train Wrecker (Neolentinus lepideus) we found.
Neolentinus lepideus – “Train Wrecker”