Relief from the Weather at Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Opening Next Week, Thursday, Feb. 27 in Novi

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Every aspect of cottage and lakefront living for property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent are on display at the pre-season seventh annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, Feb. 27 - March 2, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. Exhibits include The Log and Timberframe Showcase, Cottage Fine Art Show, Lakefront Marketplace, Cottage Living Stage, The Beach, Cottage Living Center, Water & Woods Photo Contest Display and products and services to make purchases and plans for spring, summer and year-round cottage and lakefront living.

2014 Cottage & Lakefront Living Show at Novi's Suburban Collection Showplace

Spring is approaching and our preseason event is a comprehensive showplace to start planning for this summer’s fun. Research a new cottage, take a look at a fishing kayak or boat and play in the sand at The Beach.

The seventh annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show for property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent opens Thursday, Feb. 27 and runs through Sunday, March 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

“Spring is approaching and our preseason event is a comprehensive showplace to start planning for this summer’s fun,” said Mike Wilbraham, show producer of ShowSpan, Inc. “Research a new cottage, take a look at a fishing kayak or boat and play in the sand at The Beach.”

The Beach, a giant sandbox complete with carving tools, will be ready for creative building of sand sculptures by children and adults. Sand Pirate Janet Schrader of Fairy Godmother Services in Lakeside, MI. will share the secrets of sand as she builds a giant medieval sandcastle, teaching how to make towers, doors, windows and stairs and hosting a sandcastle contest.

The Log and Timber Frame Showcase will include how a cabin is put together, floor plans, profiles, roof options, log species, cedar siding, full logs, post and beam and do-it-yourself or contractor built home packages. Scheduled private consultations with builders and contractors can be arranged in advance through the show’s website.

Cottage Living Stage experts will explain how to set up cottage ownership within a family for sharing and handing down; describe science-based practical application smart gardening designed to be sensitive to the environment, lower the environmental impact and reduce time and money spent on lawns, soil and plants; and explore other ways to enjoy a cottage more.

Children will have the opportunity to fish at the Trout Pond fully stocked by Michigan B.A.S.S. Federation Clubs and play in the kid’s activity center at the Cran-Hill Family Zone.

DreamCatcher BoatWorks of Grand Rapids will display custom-built, lightweight, high performance, wood-covered fiberglass canoe and stand-up paddleboard and demonstrate handcrafted building techniques on a kayak. Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic boats, will have boats on display.

Michigan Lake & Stream Association will provide informal advice and educational literature on shoreline construction projects and natural shoreline landscaping that benefit lake ecosystems and protect Michigan’s inland lakes and streams from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and other agencies, organizations, contractors and landscape professionals.

Michigan artists at the Cottage Fine Art Show will present Great Lakes and Michigan inland lakes steel silhouettes, Petoskey stone art, rustic and driftwood furniture, copper-enameled garden art, jewelry, glass artwork, hand-carved cottage décor and signage, chainsaw carvings and wildlife oil paintings for sale. Home décor, furnishings, decorative accessories and handcrafted ceramic art tiles will be available for purchase at the Lakefront Marketplace.

Cottage Living Center will provide the opportunity to relax and work on a community puzzle, put a pin in an oversized Michigan map to show where cottages are located, listen to the 2014 Cottage Favorite Play List music and peruse the 2014 Essential Cottage Reading List. Patrons owning cottages are able to post them on the Cottage for Sale or Rent Board.

The Water & Woods Photo Contest Display will allow voting for the best photo that captures the cottage and lakefront lifestyles.

Landscaping ideas to increase outdoor living space are incorporated in landscape displays that include wooden cabins, fireplaces, cooking options, patios, decks and garden products. Entry level to luxury pontoons, fishing boats, bowrider boats, family sport boats, jet boats and runabouts will be on display. Other exhibits with information and educational materials for those looking to buy, build, rent or maintain cottage and lakefront property include log, timber frame and cedar homes, cottage rental, 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. Experts throughout the show will provide tips, advice and knowledge on purchasing, renting, planning and maintaining spring, summer and year-round cottage and lakefront homes.

Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, Mich. Show hours are from 3 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday; Noon – 9:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; $4 for children 6-14 and children 5 and under admitted free. Discount coupons for $2 off Thursday or Friday box office adult admission are available at show’s website and participating Wendy’s restaurants. Free crossover admission from the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show to Outdoorama. On-site parking is available for a fee. For more information, visit, or call (800) 328-6550.

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