Features

"Superheroes of The Night!" with Rob Mies
Presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation

Did you know that a single little brown bat -- the most common bat in Wisconsin -- catches more than 1,200 mosquitoes in one night?  Imagine what a colony of these nocturnal workers can do to keep the stinging insect population in check at your cabin! 

This special feature was hugely popular last year and Rob and his bats are back at the Madison show again after a busy year afield.   In early spring, He was one of the star scientists on the Discovery Channel's Trailblazers show, bushwhacking his way through the jungles of Papua New Guinea (north of Australia) with a team of other explorers in search of undiscovered bat species and their potential genetic value to the world. 

Lake Home & Cabin Show attendees will get a chance to meet Rob and learn about the benefits of bats and the challenges we face to conserve them.  Through his "Live Bat Encounter" special stage programs and "Superheroes Of The Night" floor display you'll see lots of live bats and learn fascinating facts about these unique flying mammals.  You'll encounter a brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a "bat detector," meet fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and finally, come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world, the Gigantic Flying Fox Bat from Malaysia -- with a 6-foot wingspan!   

Don't miss the interactive and entertaining "Live Bat Encounter" presentations on the Cabin Living Stage with Rob Mies, presented at 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday

You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Presented by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership

Wisconsin has an incredible team working for the continued well-being of its lakes. With 15,000-plus lakes in the state, no one entity can do the job alone. Again, this year at the Madison Lake Home & Cabin Show attendees can get answers to all their lake questions by talking to the expert staff at the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Special Feature, located in the back of the 400 aisle.

The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership brings science, education, and citizens together to empower people to work together to care for our lakes.  The partnership is comprised of three entities; the Department of Natural Resources (which supplies the technical expertise and regulatory authority), the UW-Extension Lakes Program (provides supporting educational materials and programs), and Wisconsin Lakes (mobilizing citizens to be advocates for lakes).


Summertime Sizzle!
Presented by Chef Patrick Moore, the “Getaway Gourmet”

"Don't bother dad!  He's grilling the steaks and if he gets distracted he'll ruin them!"  Some of us grew up living with this fear -- drenching our shoe-leather steaks in ketchup or other sauces -- just to make them palatable.  And, now that it's our turn at the cabin grill we don't want to make those same mistakes! 

Relax.  You've come to the right place.  You're at the Lake Home & Cabin Show and you have your own personal chef about to teach you how to grill the perfect steak!  The show's very own "Getaway Gourmet," Chef Patrick Moore from Brule, Wisconsin will be taking the mystery out of grilling meat.  His unique cooking presentations combine great award winning flavors with his own belief that cooking at the cabin can be a wonderful experience that doesn't have to take all day. 

"You came to the cabin to relax with family and friends,” Chef Patrick said, "I'm going to teach you how to make memorable meals and still leave time for play."  This year's "Summertime Sizzle" recipes include; Grilled Steak Fajitas, Grilled Steak Oscar with Cajun Hollandaise and a Grilled Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish Cream Sauce. 

Head on back to the "Getaway Gourmet Cooking Stage" at the back of the 100 aisle.   Free recipe cards and "perfect steak" samples will be served!  Cooking demonstrations will be presented several times each day.
Friday – 3, 5 & 7 p.m.
Saturday – 11 a.m., 1, & 3 p.m.
Sunday – noon & 2 p.m. 

The "Getaway Gourmet Cooking Stage" was created and built by WisconsinPavilions.com.


The Cabin Living Seminar Stage
Presented by Cabin Living Magazine

A summertime photo wall is the perfect setting for guests to enjoy unique and informational seminars, demonstrations and activities happening every hour at the “Cabin Living Stage.” The complete schedule of events is in the Show Program, and at the Cabin Living Stage at the back of the 400 aisle.


Keeping Your Cabin in the Family
Presented by Christine Rew Barden, Adam Konrad and Lucas Roe
The cabin is the setting for generations of shared family experiences and history. It holds a special place in the hearts of those who have vacationed and summered there since childhood. These strong emotional ties among family members can turn your idyllic vacation home into the perfect storm of sibling discord and family wars, if mom and dad are not careful in how they transfer this asset to the next generation. Join attorneys Christine Barden, Adam Konrad and Lucas Roe as they outline the estate planning, corporate and real estate issues surrounding the family cabin, and present solutions for governance and maintenance of this most treasured family asset into the next generation.

Pin My Cabin
Presented by Wausau Homes

Want to see who your neighbors are? Here's your chance to "Mark Your Second Home Spot" at the PIN MY CABIN Interactive Map Feature presented by Wausau Homes. Located at the front of the Lake Home & Cabin Show, the PIN MY CABIN Feature is a large Midwest state map graphic that "grows" with pins throughout the show. Don't miss the fun and interactive chance to pin YOUR cabin and see just how many neighbors you have. Plus, when it's time to build a new custom cabin there's a Wausau Homes dealer virtually anywhere you are in cabin country!


"A Warm Welcome to the Show"
Presented by pianist Neal Topliff

For as many years as the Lake Home & Cabin Show has been around, Minnesota musician Neal Topliff has greeted every person coming through the entrance with his peaceful, soothing music.   Each year his original piano and guitar music touches our spirit and takes us to the places and memories we treasure most.  Plus, he'll be featuring compositions from his latest CD, Seasons Change.

Neal's music is what relaxing at the cabin was meant to be.  Since forming his company Topliff has successfully released 10 solo piano recordings, and several compilation CD's.  His music has been described as soothing and addictive and he is most often compared with Jim Brickman, Yanni, and George Winston.  Be sure to listen and say hi to Neal as you enter the Lake Home & Cabin Show.   And if you don't already own some of his music for your cabin this year's show is a good time to do it!

The Art of Weaving
An ongoing demonstration by loom weaver Glen Kordus
A little warmth of the American Southwest comes to the Lake Home & Cabin Show this year through a beautiful flat loom weaving demonstration using fine woolen yarns in rich colors. 

Glen Kordus of Windsor, Wisconsin took a simple weaving class more than 20 years ago and the rest, you can say... has weaved a part of his history.  You can meet Glen and see him work his art on his handmade vertical loom in booth 8 inside the front entrance to the show.  He will be demonstrating his traditional weaving technique each day and will have many of his completed works on display.  These original weavings make great cabin wall hangings, rugs, table covers, runners and even one-of-a-kind horse saddle pads.