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​42nd Annual Sam Ristich Foray NEMF Foray

2nd Annual Sam Ristich Foray NEMF Foray!
July 26-29, 2018

(Registration Deadline: June 30, 2018)   

2018 NEMF Foray Hosting Clubs:

Central New York Mycological Society
MidYork Mycological Society (MYMS)
Rochester Area Mycological Association (RAMA)
Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (SVMS)

NEMF Foray, July 26 – 29, 2018                               
At SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY.   
Foray Chair: David Wolf, Email
Registrars: Cindy and Peter Molesky
     Welcome to the 42nd annual NEMF Samuel Ristich Foray
The host clubs Central New York Mycological Society (CNYMS), Mid York Mycological Society, (MYMS), Rochester Area Mycologogical Association (RAMA), & Susquehanna Valley Mycological Society (SVMS) would like to invite you to join us to foray in the beautiful upstate New York area. 
any of our forays are scheduled for Letchworth State Park, nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the East” and voted the best state park in the country in 2015. The Finger Lakes are another point of interest. State parks Taughannock and Buttermilk near Cayuga Lake boast some beautiful waterfalls. Wineries and breweries can be found down the length of these lakes. Many of these wineries have picnic areas with beautiful vistas overlooking these lakes. If you have time, cities to visit on the Finger Lakes include Geneva & Seneca Falls to the North, and Watkins Glen & Ithaca to the south. Geneseo is a small college town with a population of only 8,000. The National Warplane Museum is located right in Geneseo and will be performing an air show from July 13-15, 2018. The nearest city is Rochester, about 30 miles North of Geneseo. Rochester is filled with many parks designed by Frederick Olmsted, designer of New York City’s Central Park. In Rochester, he created what is known as the “Emerald Necklace” of parks along the Genesee River, the same river that runs through Letchworth.

To see a terrific video by Richard Cook of the beautiful fungi-filled parks we will be visiting, go to the AREA ATTRACTIONS page.

These parks include Genesee Valley Park, Seneca Park, Maplewood Park and Highland Park. To learn more about these areas, visit the following websites:

General Information -  Kathie Hodge of Cornell University will be our lead mycologist. We expect most of the forays to be within a half hour or less bus ride. (Letchworth State Park is 7 miles away). We are planning a sit-down, buffet style dinner for Saturday evening. The theme for our dinner will be “Farm Fresh” with food sourced from local suppliers. All other meals will be served cafeteria style. Socials are planned every night with a cash bar and free snacks

Campus accommodations – Dormitories are arranged in three and four bedroom suites . Two people will share a bedroom. Each suite has a shared common room and bathroom. We will attempt to put 4 people per suite, depending on quantity of people signed up. “Singles” would get a room to themselves, but will still share the suite. Linens and towels provided. There is no air conditioning, so you may want to bring a fan. Average temperatures this time of year are high of 81 and low of 61. As mentioned, meals will be cafeteria style with a buffet dinner on Saturday night. Meal times will be: Breakfast at 6:30am-7:30am, Lunch at 11:30am-12:30pm, Dinner at 5:00pm-6:00pm. These are serve times, seating time extends for another 30 minutes. Socials will run from 9:00 to 11:00.

Alcohol – The college will allow you to bring alcohol into your dorm room. It is not to be consumed in open or common areas on campus. There will be a cash bar in the student union during socials and you will be able to take alcohol outside, onto patio, overlooking the valley.

Commuter Option – If you do not want to stay on campus, you may make your own reservations at a local hotel or campground, and register as a commuter.

Travel to Geneseo – Geneseo is just over 30 miles south of Rochester. From NYS Thruway Route 90, take 390 south to exit 8. Take 20A to Geneseo. From areas south, take rt. 86 (Former rt. 17) to 390. Take 390 north to either exit 7 or 8. From exit 7, take 63 north to Geneseo. From exit 8, take 20A to Geneseo.

Later Event: August 10
New Moon Mycology Summit