Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Opens Next Week, Thursday Feb. 24 in Novi

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The Cottage & Lakefront Living Show opens next week, Thursday, Feb. 24 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. Every aspect of cottage and lakefront living for cottage, lakefront property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent are on display at the pre-season fourth annual show. 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, natural shoreline landscaping information, cottage rental, architects, cottage furnishings, lakefront homebuilders and realtors, lakeshore maintenance, boats and docks, outdoor recreational equipment, and other products and services to make purchases and plans for spring, summer and year-round cottage and lakefront living. For more information, visit http://www.NoviCottageShow.com.

Cottage & Lakefront Living Show

Possibilities are endless when it comes to cottage and lakefront living in Michigan

The Cottage & Lakefront Living Show opens next week, Thursday, Feb. 24 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi for cottage, lakefront property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent.

“Showgoers will discover that the possibilities are endless when it comes to cottage and lakefront living in Michigan,” said Mike Wilbraham, show producer of ShowSpan, Inc. “Whether you’re looking for the perfect piece of natural artwork, information on keeping a cottage in the family, or how to maintain your shoreline, this fourth annual preseason show is the place to be to make purchases and plans for spring, summer and year-round living.”

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 Beach, a giant sandbox complete with sand and carving tools for creative building by children and adults, will allow everyone to turn a pile of sand into a sand sculpture. Children will also have the opportunity to climb on inflatables and a portable climbing tower at the Cran-Hill Family Zone

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.

Sharing and keeping the cottage in the family, environmentally sensitive lake practices, bird watching, nature photography, low maintenance gardens, history of water collection, hobbies and other ways to enjoy a cottage more will be explained by the Cottage Living Stage experts.

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

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 a cottage is located or read a book selected from the 2011 Essential Cottage Reading List provided by Horizon Books of Traverse City.

Michigan artists at the Cottage Fine Art Show will present wearable art, photography, woodcarvings, watercolors and oil paintings for sale based on nature and wildlife. Decorative and functional accessories will be available for purchase at the Lakefront Marketplace.

Professional photographer Steve Gettle will teach how to improve digital photo skills with composition, tricks of the trade and nature and outdoor adventure photography classes (complete class selection, additional fee and advance registration information at http://www.NoviCottageShow.com).

Wildlife Encounters presented by Howell Nature Center will feature native Michigan wildlife that are permanently disabled and cannot be returned to the wild or obtained from licensed captive breeders, during presentations on the wildlife and habitats found in Michigan.

Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic boats will have boats on display. DreamCatcher BoatWorks of Grand Rapids, Mich. will use handcraft building techniques on a lightweight, high performance wood-covered fiberglass custom boat.

The Water & Woods Photo Contest Display will allow voting for the best photo that depicts cottage and lakefront living traditions.

Ideas to increase outdoor living space are incorporated in the landscape displays of fireplaces, cooking options, patios, decks and gardening products. Other exhibits include log, timber frame and cedar homes, cottage rental, architects, 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, planning, maintenance, financing and landscaping cottages and lakefront properties.

Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly Rock Financial Showplace) is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. between Novi and Beck Road in Novi. Show hours are from 2 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 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 adult admission are available at show’s Web site and at participating Wendy’s restaurants. Free crossover admission from the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show to Outdoorama. On site parking is available for a fee. Social networkers can follow the show on Twitter http://twitter.com/novicottageshow or become a fan on Facebook http://NoviCottageShow.com/Facebook. For more information, visit http://www.NoviCottageShow.com or call (800) 328-6550.

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