Hunting Fungi with a Fun Guy

Dugie Russell with “Chicken of the Woods” mushroom. Courtesy of Dugie Russell.

Monday, October 16 from 7 – 8:30 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Do you love eating or cooking with fresh mushrooms? Did you know you can find wild edible mushrooms right here on the North Shore, often in easy to access places? We’re currently in the middle of mushroom hunting season, the perfect time to learn how to forage this nutritious and delicious food source. Join Beverly’s “Renaissance Man,” Dugie Russell, to learn his secrets for locating potential mushroom hot-spots on the North Shore. A mushroom hunter for 40+ years, Dugie will address the identification of edible mushrooms, point out poisonous fungi to be avoided, and relate other fascinating facts, tips and anecdotes. All in his incomparable style that’s fun as well as informative! Free and open to adults, no signup needed. Light refreshments provided. Info: Robin at or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.

Dugie Russell is an award-winning gardener, a published photographer, a retired shipwreck-diver and a unique craftsman/folk artist, as well as a mycophagist – a person who hunts and eats wild mushrooms. He worked for almost 30 years in the Massachusetts court system as both a Deputy Sheriff and a Court Officer, and was one of the original founders of the Essex County Sheriff’s search and recovery dive team. He has been retired since 2002.

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