Survivors Banquet

by Brady Raymond

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Animal serving

Animal is the man.

The 2017 mushroom season is upon us.  Before we know it the rain will start to ease up, the sun will shine, temperatures will rise and mushrooms will grow.  And if you’re lucky, experienced or a bit of both your baskets should be full of morels and spring porcini in the coming months.  What better way to start the season than to celebrate our success of the past year and to and get excited for the fun to come.  The Survivors Banquet is that celebration, good people and good food, good drink and good cheer were had by all.

It should be mentioned that events like this would not be possible without the help from all the volunteers.  PSMS is an all volunteer organization, without volunteers nothing would get done, to everyone who volunteered for this event thank you. With that being said an especially big thanks goes to Animal, this guy can do it all and when he sets out to complete a task he nails it every time (think Ben Woo Foray, cultivation classes).

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Look at all these happy people.  Photo by Paul Hill

I’m not sure there was an empty seat in the house by the time the festivities started and this year we were entertained by the improvisational comedy stylings of PSMS member Danny Miller and friends.  I apologize that I didn’t catch any names either individual or troupe but none the less they improvised their way through a variety of scenes and even sang a song for us.  For those of you who don’t know Danny he is a grade AAA mushroom identifier and can be found at our mushroom ID clinics at CUH during the active mushroom season, he is our club librarian, education chair and a past board member.  This guy does it all too!  Thanks Danny for all your hard work.

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PSMS member Danny Miller and friends provided this years entertainment.  Photo by Paul Hill

Our annual Golden Mushroom Award went to Don and Cathy Lennebacker.  PSMS President Kim Traverse rattled off a long list of involvement this couple has been a part of since joining PSMS, a list longer than this author can remember.  In my five years of membership I’ve seen them both at our spring and fall shows helping with books, the dye display, general set up and tear down as well as a steady presence at our monthly meetings and various shindigs like the Survivors Banquet.  They always seem to offer a helping hand and with a smile too.  Congratulations to both of you.

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2017 Golden Mushroom Award recipients Cathy (left) and Don (right).  Photo by Paul Hill

If you’ve never attended a Survivors Banquet make it a point to next year.  Space is limited so register early to make sure you get a seat, you’ll be happy you did.