Photo by Darren Weimert
The Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club (CPMC) is dedicated to the study, protection, and enjoyment of wild mushrooms. It provides a forum for sharing reliable knowledge about the edible and inedible wild mushrooms that grow in central Pennsylvania. Our members include professional mycologists, amateur mushroom collectors at all levels of expertise, enthusiastic mushroom cooks and consumers, and those who just want to see, photograph, and enjoy the beautiful fungi that inhabit our abundant woodlands and parks. More information about CPMC and our club experts. Here's a slideshow from a typical walk and potluck so you can see what you are missing!
Check the events page for details on our meetings: these typically vary from month to month. Club elections are now complete and the new officers are Allan Sutley, President; Chris Cicciarelli, Vice-President; Karen Croyle, Secretary, and Phyllis "Kuk" Addleman, Treasurer. Our new president will be appointing many new committee chairs including a new webmaster and we need some new blood. Please make your interest in serving known at the next club meeting! Just talk to one of the officers.
See the events page for more details. Guests are welcome to attend walks but be aware that minors must be accompanied by a legally responsible adult and no dogs, please. More details about the club and how to join CPMC.
Bill Russell has been giving mushroom workshops, walks, and talks for nearly half a century. His book, Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, is invaluable for both novice and expert collectors alike. He has also developed techniques for propagating wild mushrooms. Visit Bill's own website www.brmushrooms.com
Dr. Barrie Overton is assistant professor of Biology/Mycology, and Plant Pathology at Lock Haven University. He is very involved in the world of mycology both academically and in the field. Barrie organized the 2007 Peck foray in Pennsylvania and has played a major role in the club's annual wild mushroom forays. He and his microscope are often at our monthly mushroom walks.
Karen Croyle has collected mushrooms for the table since childhood, a practice she first learned from her family. For nearly 20 years she has worked closely with Bill Russell and has gained much expertise at his side. Karen's interest is primarily forest-to-table and the beauty of fungi. She has a special gift for finding mushrooms that like to hide from the hunter.