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Pittsburgh native Gary Lincoff is the principal expert slated to attend Mushroom Mania on Saturday at the Memorial Park Church Gymnasium near Gibsonia, off Route 8 south of the Butler Valley exit (39) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The annual event is the largest mushroom gathering in the 10-state area. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. for the daylong program, sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.
Lincoff is the author of "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms" and "Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mushrooms." He is past president of the North American Mycological Association.
The cost is $50 at the door, which includes collecting, a cooking demonstration and mushroom tasting. Registration is required.