Gulf States Mycological Society

Winter Foray  2017

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GSMS Winter Foray

Camp Hardtner

Pollock, LA

December 1-3, 2017

This year we will return to Camp Hardtner, an Episcopal Church Camp near Alexandria, LA. The nearest airport is in Alexandria LA (AEX), 20 - 25 miles distance.  Most major airlines and rental cars have services there.

Our Chief Mycologist is Dr. Rodham Tulloss of New Jersey, a world famous expert on the genus Amanita. He will present on Saturday evening on “News from Amanita”.

Our hosted student, Stephanie Bulls, of the Univ. of South Alabama at Mobile, will present on her work with Amanita from Gulf Coast Alabama; with information on DNA sequencing.

We will arrive on Friday Dec. 1.  There is no set check-in time. We plan to have the registration table set up in Henton Hall by 3 PM.  Henton Hall is near the Holy Day Inn.  All activities will be in Henton Hall, except meals, which will be in the Dining Hall. There is a kitchen in Henton Hall, with a sink, range, refrigerator, and microwave, for persons who bring perishable items or their own food.  We may also use it for cooking mushrooms if needed. There are no utensils, so bring your own pots, pans, etc. if you plan to prepare food there.

Lodging will be in the Holy Day Inn on the west side of the main road. There are only 21 rooms; most have two twin beds, night stand, chest, and desk w/bookcase; and many have been remodeled. There are no telephones or TVs. If you are not happy with twin beds, feel free to push them together. All linens and towels are provided.  When these rooms are filled, registration will be closed.  A rooming list will be in Henton Hall.  Room keys are NOT provided.  If you require a key, you may obtain one at the Camp office, in the Dining Hall, for a $50 CASH deposit, (no checks) , refunded upon checkout on Sunday and turning in the key. Ask at the Camp office for info on Wi-Fi available in the hallway.

See the registration form for the times that the meals will be served in the Dining Hall, or below.  The food line will be set up, served for 30-40 minutes, and closed.  So please be sure to be on time for meals. If you require vegetarian meals, you may pay for meals and serve yourself from the buffet/salad bar or do not pay for food, bring your own food and drinks and prepare it in the kitchen in Henton Hall. We will have self-serve chicken and sausage gumbo with rice and potato salad for dinner on Friday beginning at 6PM, in our meeting rooms, with a social afterward.

After breakfast on Saturday at 8AM, we will depart at 9:30 from the parking lot to foray either on the Camp’s 160 acres or in the Kisatchie National Forest nearby (we have applied for permits). Lunch will be served at 12 noon.  Dinner will be served at 6PM.  Afterward, we will return to Henton Hall for presentations, followed by a social.  Sunday morning breakfast will be served at 8, the walk-around-the tables will be held at 9:30.  After clean-up we can all be on our way, at our leisure.

Direction to the Camp follow:  If coming from the north on Hwy 165, DO NOT turn left at the first “Camp Hardtner” sign you see, at the junction with LA 123 (the road is bad). Go 3.3 miles further and turn left at the junction with LA 524.

From the south and Pollock, turn right at the first “Camp Hardtner” sign@ LA 524, go ½ mile to “Hunt Forest Products” and turn left, continue on and bear left at a Y. The route is well marked with “Camp Hardtner” signs. From Hwy 165 to the Camp is approximately 3 miles. As you enter the camp, notice the Chapel, large Dining Hall, and Hargrove House on the right.  Across from Hargrove House, go left to enter the parking lot between the manager’s residence, and the Henton Hall and Holy Day Inn. Come to Henton Hall for registration and information.

Deadline for registration is November 24,

and a registration form is enclosed.