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Here Comes the Sun!

Cottage and lakefront living show opens next week, Feb. 21, in Novi.

The sixth annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show opens Thursday, Feb. 21 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

“It’s a comprehensive preseason showplace for cottage, lakefront property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent,” said Mike Wilbraham, show producer of ShowSpan, Inc. “’Here Comes The Sun’ is featured in the 2013 Cottage Favorite Play List that will be available along with the 2013 Essential Cottage Reading list.”

Exhibits, experts and special features on how to make the most of lakefront home and vacation living will be displayed. 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. Builders and contractors will be available for scheduled private consultations through the show’s website.

Sharing and keeping the cottage in the family for use currently and for future generations, environmentally sensitive lake practices and smart gardening at the cottage, nature photography, buying and selling waterfront property, birding, Michigan travel and other ways to enjoy your 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, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 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.

Michigan artists at the Cottage Fine Art Show will present wildlife photography, rustic furniture with stone inlays, Great Lakes and Michigan inland lakes steel silhouettes, Petoskey stone art, jewelry and custom woodcarvings for sale. Home décor, furnishings, decorative accessories, handcrafted ceramic art tiles and gourmet and specialty foods will be available for purchase at the Lakefront Marketplace.

Handcrafted building techniques of a stand up paddleboard will be demonstrated and displayed by DreamCatcher BoatWorks of Grand Rapids, Mich. Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic boats will have boats on display.

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 you to join the fun and turn a pile of sand into a sand sculpture. Children will have the opportunity to fish at the Live Trout Pond fully stocked by Michigan B.A.S.S. Federation Clubs, take photos at the Family Photo Booth, play in the kid’s activity center or climb on a portable climbing tower at the Cran-Hill Family Zone.

Farm Bureau Insurance 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 music chosen from the 2013 Cottage Favorite Play List or read a book selected from the 2013 Essential Cottage Reading List. Patrons are able to post a cottage for sale or rent on our Community Cottage Available Board.

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

Ideas to increase your outdoor living space are incorporated in the landscape displays that include wooden cabins, fireplaces, cooking options, patios, decks and gardening products. Other exhibits 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, planning, maintaining, financing and landscaping for spring, summer and year-round cottages and lakefront living.

“Every aspect of cottage and lakefront living is covered at this preseason event for ease of shopping and comparisons,” said Wilbraham, show producer of ShowSpan, Inc. “Information and educational materials to start planning, purchasing or renting will be available.”

Suburban Collection 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 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 www.NoviCottageShow.com, Facebook.com/NoviCottageShow or call (800) 328-6550.

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