New Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Opens Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 in Novi, Michigan

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Cottage & Lakefront Living Show opens Thursday, February 28 and runs through Sunday, March 2, 2008 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan. The show is for cottage and lakefront property owners and those considering buying, building or renting. Every aspect of cottage and lakefront living will be on display including log, timber frame and cedar homes.

The new Cottage & Lakefront Living Show opens Thursday, February 28 and runs through Sunday, March 2, 2008 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.

"Cottages and other lakefront homes provide a wonderful family retreat," said Mike Wilbraham, show producer of ShowSpan, Inc. "The show makes it easier to plan or purchase for the spring and summer season with experts, displays and information whether you are buying, building or renting."

Sand Castle Days Texas State Champion Big Wave Dave will turn a pile of sand into a giant sandcastle lakefront cottage sand sculpture complete with a dock, boat and its own sandcastle on a beach during the show. Big Wave Dave along with his daughter, Sara Sunshine, will demonstrate the art of sand sculpture as seen on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Showgoers will have the opportunity to create their own sculpture at The Beach, an 1,800 square foot giant sandbox complete with sand and carving tools.

Log and Timber Frame Showcase will be filled with post and beam cedar home packages from cedar siding to full logs, profiles, roof options, log species, floor plans, different packages and do-it-yourself or contractor built timber frame or cedar homes on display. A small log home will show attendees how a cabin is put together. Professionals will be available to explain how to make the most of cottage and lake style living and the necessities that go into the decision-making process.

A look at the best northern Michigan attractions and adventures from snorkeling for shipwrecks to a life size dinosaur park will be taking place on the Cottage Living Stage during travel writer Jim DeFresne's presentation, "At the Doorstep of Your Cottage." Other seminars will cover cottage succession planning, morel hunting tips, bird watching, nature photography, cottage rental solutions, natural vegetative shorelines and environmentally sensitive lake practices.

An outdoor living space display for do-it-yourselfers or contractor built will have gas and wood burning stone fireplaces, matching outdoor kitchen, weatherproof synthetic wicker furniture, cedar wood pergola, tumbled paver bricks with custom cut inlay of architectural stone pavers and a natural stone pondless water feature sponsored by Michigan BLUE magazine.

Outdoor gear and gadgets, Hobie kayaks and paddles, Buzz Off specialized fishing apparel and Thule roof racks to carry everything will be at another exhibit.

Slightly distressed pine wood furniture designed by a Michigan native that captures the essence of lake living with detailing that includes bases representing Michigan's many lighthouses and tables with craft storage will be on display. Partial proceeds from the collection are donated to the Water Quality Protection Fund of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality.

For the boaters, a made in Michigan pontoon boat and runabout class sport boat will be ready for boarding as well as information on buying, servicing or storing boats. Aluminum framed docks with red cedar sides available to match log homes and a variety of vinyl decking colors will be on hand including Michigan and Michigan State colors. Also on display will be dock flagpoles, 1,400 lb Jet Ski hoist, glow-in-the-dark cleats, dock handrails and ladders. Boating and Off Road Vehicle Safety Courses from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department Marine Division will conducted at the show (pre-registration required).

An environmentally-friendly and reusable weed control strategy for beach front areas and ponds is found with pre-weighted mats that block the sun and compresses aquatic plants providing an instant and comfortable swimming area. Aquatic weed and algae control information for using approved herbicides and algaecides in lakes and ponds will be offered.

Government representatives will hand out technical and financial assistance literature to improve conservation on private land as well as providing advice on the types of trees and native grasses to plant. A green friendly composting toilet system for cottages, pool cabanas, basements and boathouses will be displayed along with waterless and non-electrical models.

Every aspect of cottage and lakefront living will be on display for cottage and lakefront property owners and those considering buying, building or renting. Show exhibits include log, timber frame and cedar homes, cottage rental, designers, cottage furnishings, lakefront homebuilders and realtors, lakeshore maintenance, boats and docks, outdoor recreational equipment, non-profit environmental organizations, government agencies, financing and other products and services. Tips, advice and knowledge on purchasing, planning, maintenance, financing and landscaping will be available from experts throughout the show.

The show is sponsored in part by Michigan BLUE and Northern Home & Cottage magazines. Rock Financial Showplace is located on Grand River Avenue between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, Michigan. Show hours are from 2 - 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 - 9:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9; $4 for children 6-14 and children 5 and under admitted free. Internet Express Tickets are offered online and come with a free pair of flip-flops. Free crossover admission from the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show to Outdoorama. On site parking is available for a fee. For more information, visit http://www.CottageAndLakefrontLiving.com or call (800) 328-6550.

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