Features

Cabin Concerts
With Emmy award winning recording artist, Michael Monroe.

Monroe will be performing his original acoustic folk, reggae and jazz music on the Cabin Life Stage each day of the show. He blends his rich vocals, guitars, bamboo and crystal flutes together in a "live" performance without the use of anything pre-recorded. Monroe performs on Seaton Guitars, which are made from 200-year-old salvaged wood from the bottom of Lake Superior. Monroe's music is featured internationally on photographer Jim Brandenburg's "Chased By The Light" documentary and on PBS, for which he received several national awards. Monroe lives and records his music from his solar powered log cabin outside of Grand Marais on Minnesota's famous North Shore.


Back To The Cabin with Dale Mulfinger
Presented by The Taunton Press, Newtown, Connecticut

Architect, author and "Cabinologist" Dale Mulfinger blazed a trail for cabin living back in 2001 with his best-selling book, The Cabin. Thirteen years later Dale has done it again with his newest book release, Back To The Cabin. Here's your chance to meet and share stories with one of America's most passionate cabin experts. Mulfinger’s practical and efficient wisdom for the getaway structures we cherish is a joy to listen to, whether you already own a lake home, cottage or cabin or dream of owning one soon. Mulfinger will be speaking each day on the Cabin Life Stage and signing copies of his new book, Back To The Cabin.


Cooking Your Catch!
Featuring the "Getaway Gourmet," Chef Patrick Moore

If you've never fried up some fresh-caught sunnies at the cabin you've been missing one of summer's sweetest tasting meals. Plentiful and swimming in virtually every lake in cabin country, panfish (sunfish and crappies) are not only fun to fish for, but make a delicious family meal. The Lake Home & Cabin Show's very own “Getaway Gourmet,” Chef Patrick Moore of Brule, Wisconsin will be demonstrating three tasty fish recipes at this year's shows; fried panfish with pesto dipping sauce, grilled walleye with homemade tartar sauce and whitefish with sundried tomatoes and garlic butter. Whether you catch them yourself or buy them at the store these fish recipes are real keepers! Grab a seat and enjoy the show -- complete with free samples and recipe cards. Cooking demonstrations will be presented at the "Getaway Gourmet Cooking Stage" at the back of the 100 aisle a number of times each day. (FRI. – 3, 5 & 7 p.m.; SAT. – 11 a.m., 2, & 4 p.m.; SUN.– noon & 2 p.m.)


The Wood Joiners
The art of timber frame building with Michael Yaker, De Forest, WI

Come watch the wood chips fly at this timber framing demonstration at the Lake Home & Cabin Show. Using only an assortment of hand tools carpenter Michael Yaker takes us through the various construction processes that are at the heart and soul of timber frame building. Timber framing and "post-and-beam" construction is a general term for building with heavy timbers rather than "dimension lumber" such as 2"x4"s. Used throughout the world for thousands of years, traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures using heavy squared-off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs. The method comes from making things out of logs and tree trunks without modern high tech saws to cut lumber from the starting material stock. Woodjoiner demonstrations will be given several times each day at the Lake Home & Cabin Show.


How to Take Better Pictures At the Cabin
Featuring Jim Backus of Magoo Nature Photography

Okay, so you bought a bunch of fancy gear and you're all set to finally take great pictures every time you push the button! Not so fast National Geographic bound, there's more to taking better pictures than the equipment you own. Whether you have a suitcase of lenses or you're armed with only a smartphone you still need to know the basics of photography. Professional nature photographer Jim Backus of Eau Claire, Wisconsin will be giving show guests tips and tricks from more than 40 years of picture taking experience in a dynamic seminar presented on the Cabin Life Stage.  


The Cabin Life Seminar Stage
Presented by Cabin Life Magazine

An authentic cabin exterior is the perfect setting for guests to enjoy unique and informational seminars, demonstrations and activities happening every hour at the “Cabin Life Stage.” The complete schedule of events is in the Show Program, and at the Cabin Life Stage at the back of the 400 aisle.

Click here to view the schedule (PDF)


Bag Toss
presented by Portable Outdoor Games

Bean bags are going to be flying through the air at the Lake Home & Cabin Show this year! "Bag Toss" is a very popular lawn or tailgating game and is a new special feature at the show. Kelly and Jim Loeffler of Reading, Michigan will be demonstrating and teaching anyone who wants to learn about this fun and easy to play game. They also will be selling bag toss kits which make a perfect addition to any lake home or cabin. Bag Toss (also known as corn toss baggo or cornhole) is a game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a sloped platform with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a team or player reaches the score of 21. The history of the game is mostly unknown, though stories abound. One story claims that the game was first played during the 14th century in Germany, then rediscovered in Ohio within the last century. Whatever the history, there's nothing better than a warm summer afternoon at the cabin with family and friends, a favorite beverage in one hand and a bean bag in the other. It's time to play Bag Toss!