Laccaria and boletes and telephora, oh my! They're not plants, they're not animals, they're delicious and deadly poisonous and even psychedelic. Experience the wonderful world of mushrooms at the thirtieth annual Mushroom Fair of the Colorado Mycological Society today at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street. Have experts, including acclaimed author and mycologist Michael Kuo, help identify any wild mushroom species that you bring in and answer any questions you have about them. A variety of common mushrooms that grow in the city and the mountains will be on display, along with demonstrations on how to cultivate, cook and even make paper from our fungal friends. Mushroom arts and crafts will be on display, and there will be T-shirts, books and other mushroom merchandise to buy. There's even a "kiddy korner" to introduce the young ones to the magic of mycology.
The fair runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. Admission to the fair is free with paid admission to the Denver Botanic Gardens, which is $13 for adults, $9 for children four to fifteen, and $10 for seniors. For more information visit www.cmsweb.org/fair.htm.
Sun., Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.