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Oconee State Park

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Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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Calling all MCG, SCUMS, AMC, and CMS members!

We are pleased to announce the 8th Oconee State Park Fungi Weekend, September 29 - October 1, 2017.

We’ve welcomed a large number of new members in all the clubs since our first Oconee weekend in 2008 so we’d like to encourage new folks to join us at this spectacular location. Weekend forays are a fabulous immersion learning experience providing the opportunity to meet new friends from all over the Southeast.

Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression, the historic Oconee Park has 1,165 acres in the South Carolina Upcountry and is adjacent to Sumter National Forest, so there are plenty of areas to hunt for mushrooms. For more information, see the Oconee State Park website.

The variety of fungi at Oconee is amazing and never the same on two visits. We have found and identified well over 100 species on each of our previous forays with very different species turning up on each time. A species list from previous forays will be sent to attendees.

Our lead mycologists will be Andy Methven, Arleen and Alan Bessette.

ACTIVITIES

We are finalizing the schedule of activities. In past years we have gone out foraying on Friday afternoon (starting around 1:00 PM), and Saturday morning and afternoon.

On Friday evening, after dinner on your own, we’ll hear a Mycologist Talk from one of our lead mycologists followed by an ice cream social and Open Mic Night. Bone up on your mushroom songs, poetry, storytelling, and skits and share your talents with the rest of us! Then on Saturday evening, join us for our delicious Potluck Dinner and Live Auction (bring your donations, wallets, and checkbooks!!). We will not have a presentation Saturday night as it has made the evening go on too long in the past.

On Sunday morning we conclude with a “walk around the tables” led by our mycologists.

REGISTRATION

Each foray participant needs an individual registration regardless of type of accommodation. Pay for your registration using this Eventbrite page (above). During registration, you will be required to identify which mushroom club you belong to. Children ages 12 and below do not need to pay a registration fee.

Due to space restrictions, the number of attendees will be limited. When spots sell out, you will have the option to be added to the waitlist. We will fill spots that open up based on whomever is next on the waitlist. If a spot becomes available for you, you will be notified by email and have three (3) days to register. If you do not register within those three (3) days, your spot will go to the next person on the waitlist.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You will need to bring and prepare your own meals; food service is not available at the Park. There is a convenience store several miles away.

There are three options for accommodation. Check-in for cabins and barracks is 4:00 PM on Friday, September 30, 2016.

1. Cabins

We have reserved all 17 cabins in the Park. (2 cabins are closed for renovation.) All historic CCC-built cabins include one bathroom. Visit the Oconee State Park website to see pictures of each cabin. The cost for two (2) nights (including taxes & fees) is:

  • $206.36 for a 1 bedroom with additional sleeper sofa (sleeps 4)
  • $228.36 for a 2 bedroom with sleeper sofa (sleeps 6)
  • $256.54 for a 2 bedroom with sleeper sofa and loft (sleeps 8)

To book an Oconee Foray cabin:

DO: You MUST call the Oconee State Park office directly at 864-638-5353 during the week, M-F 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ask for Tabitha) to reserve and submit your payment. Explain you are with the Mushroom Club group, reserved by Sam Landes. The weekend staff DO NOT have the capabilities to book you.

DO NOT: 1) try to book online, 2) call the toll-free reservation number, or 3) call the Park office during the weekend. None of these options will work for securing your Oconee Foray cabin.

Sharing cabins: Connect with other club friends when booking to keep costs per person down. If you book a cabin and are willing to share with other members to defray costs, email oconee@gamushroomclub.org with your name and the number of spaces available in your cabin. If no cabins are available when you call the office, and you are interested in sharing a cabin with other members, email oconee@gamushroomclub.org, and we will try to match you with an available cabin.

2. The Barracks

The Barracks provide comfortable dormitory-style accommodation for 16 people at the unbeatable price of $27 per person for the two nights. It has four bedrooms with four bunk beds in each plus two large shared bathrooms, a big kitchen, two full-size refrigerators, and a living room. Barracks lodging may be co-ed. To book a space in the Barracks, use this Eventbrite page (above) to reserve and submit your payment.

3. Camping

There is a large, shady, full-facility campground for tents and recreational vehicles. The campgrounds are just past the main office. Visit the Oconee State Park website for more information about the camping facilities. To book a camping site, call 1-866-345-7275 (toll free) or reserve online at Reserve America.

YOU help make this a SUCCESS

The Oconee State Park Fungi Weekend is a volunteer-driven event. You can help pitch in at any time, but particularly after the Friday and Saturday evening events and Sunday’s “walk around the tables” helping to clean up and break down the event will go a long way towards making things go smoothly. Oconee State Park has welcomed us back year after year to hold the Fungi Weekend in their facilities, and we would like to continue the tradition in the future by leaving as small a footprint as possible. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

REFUND POLICY

If you have registered and are unable to join us for the 2017 Oconee Foray, please let us know as soon as possible at oconee@gamushroomclub.org. In the event of a cancellation, your spot will go to the next person on the waitlist. You are entitled to a refund of your purchase price minus processing fees (in the form of your original payment), as follow:

  • 100% purchase price (minus processing fees) until Sunday, September 10, 2076, 6:00pm EST.
  • 50% purchase price (minus processing fees) until Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:00pm EST.
  • No refund after Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:00pm EST.
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