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Meany Lodge and the Puget Sound Mycological Society proudly and with great anticipation, present the Annual Meany Mushroom Weekend. This event is held on the 4th weekeend of October and is open to both Mountaineer members and non-members at the same GREAT price.
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We offer two ways you can experience this culinary event:
Arrive at Meany around 7 PM on Friday night to stake out your sleeping accomodations. Then come and gather on the main floor for some socializing along with mushroom hors d'oeuvre and wine tasting, This will be followed by a Mushroom identification seminar, run by experts from the Puget Sound Mycological Society, during which, yoou will receive a Mushroom Identification Field Guide and CD of mushrooms examples, some of which you may find the next day. The evening will end with the famous Meany dessert buffet.
Get up Saturday morning to a great Meany breakfast. After you get your day gear ready, come back to the main floor where the Meany Chefs will have layed out a varitable Smörgåsbord of food, for you to pack a sack lunch from. You then head out for a day of mushroom hunting with our team of expert guides. Plan on coming back to Meany around 3 PM.
Gather at Crystal Springs campground on Saturday, around 9:30 AM. Note: Campground is closed, so you will need to park by the side of the road. Meet and talk to the guides. Then break into collecting groups, and go scavange mushrooms. Please do remember to pack something for lunch and to drink. Plan on coming to Meany around 3 PM.
As both groups begin to gather back at Meany, we will have a sorting/display tables set up to let all appreciate the acquired treasures of the forest - nope, you can't horde !!!
While the mushrooms are being sorted, your taste buds will be tempted by a hot mulled punch, canapés, and mushroom hors d'oeuvres. This will be followed by a sumptuous gourmet dinner and dessert.
This year's Saturday evening Speaker is Mick Mueller. His talk is entitled
“Forest Fungi: The range and role of fungi in our forests.”- We’ll explore some general fungi groups (e.g. ascomycetes, basidiomycetes) and fungal ecology. How fungi interrelate with their hosts in the forest is an important part of forest dynamics. We’ll look at fungi as decomposers, saprophytes, parasites and mycorrhizal associates. Fungi are important recyclers of wood components and the carbon cycle, they cause many prominent and costly tree diseases and are critical to plant and tree growth world-wide as mycorrhizae. They have also evolved some complex and interesting relationships with forest insects that will be presented as well.
Sunday we'll enjoy another fantastic Meany breakfast, featuring locally grown mushrooms. After breakfast we will collect locally, review the display, have a seminars on "Don't eat the mushroom!" and a "mushroom preservation, preparation and cooking". Sit down to another famaus Meany mushroom based lunch before we head back to town.
Driving directions, maps and GPS coordinates to Meany and Crystal Springs Campground
To see what kind of recipes we use at the lodge during Mushroom weekend please click on Recipes then click on event meal icon.