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Japanese Knotweed Flutes


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Aug 27, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Japanese knotweed is a frustrating invasive; it overruns and denudes our landscape and should generally be eradicated. It grows quickly and is difficult to remove. Finding as many uses for Japanese knotweed makes sense, as it is now abundant and largely unavoidable. Its young shoots are edible, and its roots may be used to fight Lyme disease. Its stalks resemble bamboo but are unfortunately not as strong and are useless for building, but they can be fashioned into functional musical instrument! Learn to use Japanese knotweed stalks to make a working flute. We'll cover identification, best gathering practices, materials storage and processing. Using knives, wood-burners, rubber bands and string we’ll make several types of flutes. $35 includes all required tools and materials. No Discounts.

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Mushroom Collecting with David Spahr - August
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Mushroom Collecting with David Spahr - August


with David Spahr

Calendar Aug 18, 2019 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

This course will include walking the woods to find edible mushrooms along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of mushrooms. David Spahr has collected edible mushrooms for 46 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and the North American Mycological Assoc. Every walk bears a different bounty depending on time of season, the weather and location. The majority of the mushrooms found in nature are often not edible, but learning this element is even more important than knowing which ones to eat. Required Supply List: Notebook and pen to take notes on your finds is very useful, sensible clothing & footwear,water, snack and bug repellent. A basket or bags, are optional. Children 8 to 15 are allowed to register only with a parent who is also registered. These hikes can be moderate difficulty. Please specify which DATE when registering. No Discounts.

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