Gary Lincoff Memorial Scholarship to NEMF

In honor of the inspiration for mushrooms which Gary Lincoff instilled in many of us the MHMA is happy to present a scholarship for further learning. If you would like to apply for a scholarship to NEMF this year, write an email to MidHudsonMyco@gmail.com with the Subject: Gary Lincoff Memorial Scholarship Application. Tell us your background with mycology, what makes you a strong candidate for this scholarship, and  your past, current, and planned involvement with MHMA (must be a member to apply).

Scholarship Requirements:

-Lead one MHMA Walk

-Speak or write about your expereience for the club

Please submit your application promptly. They will be reviewed by the board and a decision will be made by July 3rd.

The MHMA  Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series 

Every 1st Tuesday of the month we will meet at the Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main St, Stone Ridge, NY 12484 at 6:45pm to hear from a different presenter on their expertise in Mycology at 7pm.
Remember, these events are sponsored by the MHMA and are Free and Open to the Public so bring a friend or 4.
We will have more presenters as the months progress.
If you have a suggestion for a speaker or would like to present on a certain subject within mycology, please let John know via email at John@CatskillFungi.com

July 3rd & August 7th – 2 part microscopy workshop taught by Jeffrey Mann.
After Jeffrey’s presentation this winter MHMA members enthusiastically requested a workshop on microscopy. Jeffrey has agreed to bring a few microscopes, members are encouraged to bring their own if they have them, as we will explore how to prepare slides and how to view microscopic features of fungi.
Past Events:

April 3rd – Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series

 Mushrooms: Unique Natural Dyers

by Susan Hopkins

IMG_3541 Susan Hopkins Sept 2015 JCC

This prsentation will be an introduction to various species of wild mushrooms that have been found to contain a rainbow of colors. Using a combination of dried mushrooms, handmade items, digital slides, and books, I will show the variety of color and share the excitement I have found in using mushrooms for color.

Mushrooms as a source of color is not unknown over the last 400 years, but the recent interest and experimentation started in 1971 with the late Miriam Rice and her friend Dorothy Beebee in Mendocino CA. There is now an international group that holds a Fungi-Fibre Symposium every two years mostly in northern Europe. This is a chance to hunt and try new mushrooms for dyeing, to see the creative efforts after the dyeing, and to meet with those whose passion for mushrooms and fiber is contagious.

Although mushroom identification is not a simple task, there are three major groups of wild mushrooms (plus several oddball varieties) that can be recognized for their use as natural dyers. Knowing where and when to look for the best mushrooms helps narrow the field for the beginner as well as the experienced hunter.

I would like to demonstrate mushroom dyeing on a small scale. I will bring a precooked mushroom bath ready for a small skein of mordanted wool – and then start my talk by putting the wool in the bath and turning the heat on. By the end of the talk the wool is dyed and ready for display. My Power Point talk will concentrate on the mushrooms used to obtain the best and most interesting colors.


Susan learned to identify fungi as a member of the New Jersey Mycological Association for the last 37 years. She has attended most of the NEMFs and several NAMAs often helping with sorting and identification. After attending the 1993 International Fungi-Fibre Symposium in Scotland she became a “dyer”, learning the use of various fungi to dye wool. Even before becoming a “dyer” her main group of interest to study has been all of the tooth fungi particularly Hydnellum, Phellodon, Sarcodon. After retiring in 2009, Susan now lives in the Adirondack Mountains of NY learning the local fungi flora and continues to do many lectures, walks, and demonstrations on fungi and mushroom dyeing.


February 6th – Jeffrey Mann
Introduction to Fungal Microscopy – Click the link to view the slide show
Jeffrey Mann Bio Pic
This workshop will focus on the basic identifying characteristics of fungal microscopic features.
These characteristics are used in fungal classification. A familiarity of these features are key to
the understanding of fungal taxonomy. This presentation is intended for an audience with little or
no experience with fungal microscopic features and will focus on the most broadly used
microscopic reference points and their variants. Specifically, we will discuss and see examples
of basidium and ascus morphology, spore classification and variants, as well as identifying
characteristics of cystidia and clamp connections. Most of the material will consist of personal
micro plates from Jeffrey Mann’s personal collection, which contain his own work and
unpublished images and paintings from Dr. Richard Homola.
Jeffrey Mann teaches Biology, Physics, and Science Research at Margaretville Central School
in Margaretville, NY. Jeffrey’s love and fascination with mycology began early in his college
career when he studied cellular mycology with Dr. Homola at the University of Maine from 1992-
1994. He then went on to study Advanced Mycology with Dr. David Largent at Humboldt State
University (1995). While cultivating a wide variety of interests, Jeffrey continued his study of
micromycology including projects in his graduate work at BARD college. Jeffrey incorporates his
interest in mycology in his current role at Margaretville Central School but offering workshops on
Micro Mycology and Intermediate Microscopy for his students. A dedicated amature mycologist,
Jeffrey seeks communicate the importance of fungi in biodiversity and the profound hidden
beauty of micro mycology.

 If you would like to lead a walk in 2018, please let us know at a meeting or by emailing Erwin, our walk coordinator: eakarl@yahoo.com


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