Gary Lincoff, 2013
When your back is giving out
And your toe’s inflamed with gout
And you haven’t slept a wink since who knows when…..
When meat has lost it flavor
And sex has lost its savor
And you’ve tried everything from A to Zen.
When summer’s like December
And you no longer remember
What it was you used to like on your plate
It’s time to take some action
To get yourself some traction
And be the one in charge of your own fate.
To all questions there’s but one answer
From love complaints to cancer
One solution to ward off certain doom
It’s not animal or vegetable
Not mineral, myth, or fable,
Just the little kingdom of the ‘shroom
Yes, the shroom’s the solution
From deadly sin to absolution
For everything you’ve ever wanted done.
For diet, a no-brainer,
For gluttony, a trainer -
A way to have it all while having fun.
I’ve got ‘shrooms to keep you healthy
And some to make you wealthy
And some in a beauty cream for your face.
I’ve got mushrooms for your dreaming
And some to get you beaming
Out to distant galaxies in space
I’ve got truffles for the ladies -
Guaranteed to drive you crazy,
And Cordyceps for you guys
For both stamina and size…
I’ve got Bear’s Heads and Turkey-tails
For a treatment that never fails,
I’ve got chaga for arthritis
And Reishi for phlobitis
Something to cure each and every condition.
I’ve got wood-ears for blood flow
For curbing strokes, don’t you know?,
Shrooms for cluster headaches,
And depending on how much you take
A catalyst for your every ambition
Come one, come all,
Please don’t disregard this call –
Name your poison or your passion
These ‘shrooms are never out of fashion –
If they’ll cure what ails the earth -
Get ‘em now for all they’re worth.
Now’s the time to live forever
In the present tense, and never
Never follow any sacred cow…..
Be here in body and in spirit,
Be the life as you would live it,
Begin anew, begin again – and be here - NOW!
Here are our Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Telluride Mushroom Festival----Feel free to comment with your favorite reasons---let's get the list to 100!
10. For a small town it has a great food scene from the high end and gourmet La Marmotte to getting Baked in Telluride every morning.
9. You get to make new friends and see old ones and bond around fungi.
8. You don't get any strange looks carrying around a basket of mushrooms. The only size competition is around your boletes.
7. The biggest arguments are around taxonomy and common names; not politics and religion.
6. You can surround yourself with hundreds of mushroom books and meet the authors at Between the Covers. booth.
5. Shouting "We Love Mushrooms" at random times is expected and is a battle cry.
4. You get to hug Art Goodtimes and hear his infectious laugh.
3. You walk down the street, there's a mountain. You turn to the right, there's a mountain. You close your eyes, there's a mountain.
2. Mushrooms are turned into icecream and beer at the highly competitive Culinary Cookoff
1. Gary Lincoff's keynote will confirm your stance that mushrooms can make the world a better place.
Gary Lincoff IS the Telluride Mushroom Festival and embodies what makes this festival so great. Whether he is banging a drum in the parade, expertly identifying the random mushroom (or thing you thought was a mushroom but was really a stick) you bring him on a foray, delivering a brilliant and thoughtful keynote, sharing a mushroom song, or explaining the latest science news from mushroom underground, Gary provides all festival attendees with the true Telluride experience.
Gary is the only person (to my knowledge) that has attended the festival EVERY SINGLE YEAR since 1981. When you attend this year's festival, make it a point to go on a foray with Gary, or even just say "hi". And be sure to catch his talk---you'll leave inspired to be an amateur mycologist!
Gary Lincoff teaches mushroom identification and plant science courses year-round at the New York Botanical Garden. Gary attends as many forays and gives as many lectures as his teaching schedule permits. Each weekend of the year that he's home (NYC), even over winter, he is conducting a mushroom survey in the parks of New York City with the New York Mycological Society. Much of what they are doing is available on his website: Garylincoff.comis the author or editor of several books and articles on mushrooms, including The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. . Among many other publications, Gary has written the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, and the Joy of Foraging. He has co-led mushroom study tours to over 30 countries on every continent except Antarctica. He is one of the co-founders of the Telluride Mushroom Festival, and has attended every annual foray since its inception in 1981.
Sue worked for 5 years in land conservation for The Nature Conservancy managing a Northern California Coastal Dunes Preserve where she also conducted her graduate fieldwork. She moved to Belgrade Maine in the mid-eighties and worked as Director of Land Conservation and Stewardship for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and currently works as the Chief Mycologist for a new Green Tech company, Ecovative Design in Troy, NY.
Sue will be presenting at the 2015 Telluride Mushroom Festival!
Workshop: Grow it Yourself with Ecovative's Mushroom Material
Please join Ecovative's Chief Mycologist Sue Van Hook to create your own Myco ... bowl, ball, toy, animal, robot, dinosaur, key holder, or ???? Consider bringing a specific mold or form to grow that special something. Sue will have ducks and bears and balls to fill too. Limited to 20 people. Cost $12/ person, children under 12 free accompanied by an adult.
Presentation: Mushroom Mycelium as Natural Resin
Ecovative in upstate New York has pioneered fungal mycelium as a natural resin used to bind plant waste products into packaging shapes, particle boards, automotive parts, surfboards and buoys. All it took was beginner's mind and eyes of two young engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to see the elasticity and network of fungal hyphae as a new biopolymer. Join Sue Van Hook, Ecovative's Chief Mycologist for a look at the science of mycelial resin
Sue Van Hook: http://www.suevanhook.com
From our beautiful TMF Community:
My favorite part? There are so many aspects. Just being in and camping in the beautiful mountains. Hunting for mushrooms, which I love and do as often as possible. Finding pounds of the most delicious boletes I have ever eaten, The camaraderie of like minded mushroomphiles and fellow tripsters. The knowledgeable yet very approachable expert mycologists. Foraging with Gary Lincoff! The parade! - Tony Peters, submitted via Facebook
Telluride Mushroom Festival Blog
Various members of the Telluride Mushroom Festival community contribute to this blog.