Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival

14 09 2008

I joined a local Rotary Club a couple of years ago.  Rotary is an international service organization of folks working to help others around the world and locally.  One of Rotary’s greatest contributions has been leading the near eradication of polio.  With only a handful of polio cases in the world, Rotary International is starting to focus its resources on providing fresh, clean water to those communities and peoples who live miles from any source.

Locally, the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club of Lacey, Washington — the club I belong to — has focused its local service on providing assistance to the many needing military families.  Since it’s start in 2002, the Military Family Support March has raised and distributed over $200,000 to on-base organizations and families.  It has been this work that interested me in getting involved in Operation: Love Reunited, a nationwide group of professional photographers donating time and photographs to deploying or deployed military service personnel and their families.

OK… well… this year, Hawks Prairie Rotary lead by Greg Stevens, organized and held the first annual Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival.  It was a two day celebration of the editable fungus, held in Lacey and in conjunction with Ostrom’s Mushrooms.  Over the two days of the festival, I captured the fun in several hundred images. I wanted to provide the HPR something more than just a gallery of photos of the weekend and put some of those photos into a slideshow along with a song written and recorded for the festival by Greg Stevens.  

I’ve posted the result below.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did putting it together!

— Jeff


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