Every Fall, COMA spends
a long weekend at a wooded resort in central Connecticut, hunting
mushrooms at nearby state parks, eating gourmet mushrooms, and swimming
in the pool. We also make good use of the abundance of experts who
help to identify all of our finds. Clark Rogerson, for whom the foray
is named, was the head mycologist at the New York Botanical Gardens for
many years, and mycologist emeritus at the time of his death at
the age of 95. Clark was very supportive of amateur mycology, and
believed very strongly in helping those who were just starting out. He
spent weeks identifying every specimen found on club walks,
and he was never too busy to help identify specimens that amateurs
brought in to him. COMA is proud to have named the foray after him
while he was still alive to appreciate it. You can read more details
about Clark on
The COMA Foray has access to an abundance of very productive areas. Nearby parks include Meshomasic State Forest, Natchaug State Forest, Salmon River State Forest, Day Pond State Park, Devil's Hopyard State Park, Hurd State Park, and Gay City State Park. Because of this wealth of foraging areas, we typically harvest more than 300 species at each foray (including about 50 species of boletes last year).
TWO legendary mycophagy sessions (the eating of expertly prepared and cooked wild mushrooms)
feature dishes made from various mushrooms found during the foray,
including (but not restricted to) chanterelles, black
trumpets, boletes, hen-of-the-woods, and other
(carefully screened) edibles we find in suitable quantity.
The 4-day fee includes
3 nights lodging and 8 meals, from dinner on day 1 to
breakfast on day 4. (You must provide your own lunch if you
arrive early on Thursday.)
Free activities include an swimming pool, mycophagy, and evening programs. Our evening programs are currently in the planning stage, but we will definitely have another delightful TCHOTCHKA AUCTION. (Please bring unwanted mushroom memorabilia for the AUCTION.) Leon Shernoff, famous publisher and tchotchka auctioneer, will conduct the auction.
We will try to find car
pools for those needing transportation. We can also accommodate people
who wish to attend for shorter periods of time.
You will receive a confirmation by August 1, along with driving instructions. If you have any questions, contact Don Shernoff, at (914) 761-0332 or email@example.com
our data recorder, has provided a list of the most frequently found
August/September mushrooms collected at the Clark Rogerson Forays. View, print or download this list.
The free Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to read or print this and
application form. If you do not have it already, you can download it.
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