The Asheville Mushroom Club is a diverse group of people whose common interest is to learn about fungi. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join!

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Join Us for FungiFest 2019!

Saturday, August 31st 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Warren Wilson College.
A daylong celebration of fungi, featuring displays, classes and workshops. More info.

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are open to the public and feature a guest speaker and recent area finds.

Time & Date

7:00 PM on the last Thursday of the month, March through November. We have an extra meeting in August! October's meeting will take place on the 24th.

New Location for 2019!

The Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center.
It is located at 749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Speaker Program

August 22: Giuliana Furci talks about the fungi of Chile .
August 29: Rachel Swenie talks about Mushrooms with teeth - the history, diversity, and edibility of the mushroom genus Hydnum.

2019 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 28 Greg Carter
April 25 William Padilla-Brown
May 30 Coleman McCleneghan
June 27 Tradd Cotter
July 25 Mike Hopping
August 22 Giuliana Furci
August 29 Rachel Swenie
September 26 Brian Looney
October 24 John Munafo
November Annual Business Meeting. Current members only.


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Foray Leader: Mike Hopping
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Once again, newish AMC forayers were pleasantly surprised to discover an undeveloped public woods in the center of Asheville. On July 31 a full complement of 20 members made the annual trip, including princely first experiences for Alice Cohen and John Noblitt’s boys: 3 ½ year-old Trent and his bother Bryson, who is 5 and proud of it. A dry week had turned rainy the night before, but showers predicted on the day materialized only as we were leaving.

mushroom collection
Bryson and Trent go to school on tackle boxes with Frank Bartucca—photo from Alice Cohen

Edible species were not plentiful this time. We found a few chanterelles, fishy milk caps, black trumpets, and summer oysters. All the same, 97 species came in, with 3 new to the club list, including the genuine Cantharellus persicinus or Little Peach Chanterelle. Frank Bartucca, Laurie Jaegers, Terri Cranfield, David Jarjoura, and Dimitri Magiasis worked the tables with me to achieve the impressive species count. Thank you’s also to Carrie and Brandon Knox for leading one of the trail loops.

xGliophorus (Hygrocybe) psittacinus, the Parrot Wax Cap—photo by Mike Hopping

Let us end by contemplating Bryson and Trent’s first encounter with the mindbending hugeness of Berkeley’s Polypore—minus hookah smoking caterpillar . . . or, on second look, maybe not.

Bryson and Trent’s first AMC foray—photo from Alice Cohen

Mike Hopping

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