Sunday Sept. 28 was a great day for the 13th annual Wild Mushroom Festival at the Nature Center! More than 400 visitors enjoyed mushroom dishes from 10 local restaurants and vendors, took mushroom walks, heard mushroom talks, saw mushroom specimens and bought mushroom shirts, books and more!

Check out lots more photos on our Facebook page.

Thank you to the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society for their successful foraying that brought in dozens of interesting specimens for the festival.

Thank you to Bill Bynum (President, Connecticut Valley Mycological Society) and Bill Yule (Vice President and Education Director, CVMS.) for their fascinating and well-attended mushroom talks. And thanks to all the CVMS members who led the five mushroom walks through Nature Center trails, hunting for more!

Terrific music  as always by our ‘house band’, The SemiLocals.

Special thanks to our sponsors McQuade’s Marketplace, of Westerly and Mystic and Gray Goose Cookery, of Olde Mistick Village.

And of course what would the festival be without our participating restaurants/vendors:

And none of it could happen without our amazing staff and wonderful corps of volunteers! See you next year!

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