Reindeer Games At The Cabin

by Dale Mulfinger

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care with hopes that St. Nick soon would be there….. uh, oh. Did we design the fireplace to accommodate St. Nick? Isn’t he a bit chubby to fit down my flue?

On Dancer and Prancer and… but wait again… didn’t I see the reindeer outside my cabin munching down my corn and begging for more.

Are they on strike for better quality corn? I’ve been feeding them organic non-GMO, straight from Homestaed Mills feedmill in Cook.

Or is it Rudolph who has incited their rebellion? Has our use of red as cabin color made him jealous? Did he have an international patent on red? Chinese red as on the entry column to my cabin that my wife at one time painted to my surprise?

Are they contemplating immigration issues as they try to return to the North Pole? Maybe they won’t make it back into the US. In what country is the North Pole anyway? Or is it its own sovern state? I’ve tried speaking to them but all I got was grunts and snorts. You’d think they would be more polite since they appear as soon as my car arrives at the cabin. I’m hardly out of my car when they give me that look, “Where have you been? Where’s our corn?”

It’s possible that their attitude stems from knowing the steep roof slopes our SALA designs employ. Maybe we’ll need to hire a furrier to shoe their hooves with Vibram soles.

I’ve set out another bucket full of corn and now I’m returning to my desk to doodle a garbin for the Amundson property a few hundred yards from my cabin.

Dale Mulfinger was born and raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota, and the rural landscape and vernacular architecture have informed his many designs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he worked nationally and internationally before becoming a Founding Partner in 1983 of what is now SALA Architects, Inc. The breadth of his work at SALA includes modest remodels and additions, lakeside cabins, along with urban and rural homes from St. Paul to Buenos Aires.

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Quick Cabin Bites!

Presented by Chef Patrick Moore, the “Getaway Gourmet”

Chef Patrick Moore, the show’s very own “Getaway Gourmet” from Brule, Wisconsin is bringing three of his favorite hors d’oeuvres recipes to the cooking stage this year!  As always, 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 “Quick Cabin Bites” recipes include;  Triple Mediterranean Bruschetta, Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salsa and Crab & Avocado Salad.

The “Getaway Gourmet Cooking Stage is located at the back of the 200 aisle.  Free recipe cards and “Quick Cabin Bites” samples will be served!  Cooking demonstrations will be presented a number of times each day.

Friday – 3, 5 & 7 p.m.; Saturday – 11 a.m., 1, & 3 p.m. and Sunday – noon & 2 p.m.

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Wild About Raptors!

Presented by The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota

If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of an owl winging silently through a forest, or a bald eagle riding the summer thermals it’s hard not to appreciate how amazing these birds are. Raptors, which are carnivorous (meat-eating) birds, have been around in some form for more than 50 million years.  And although there are more than 482 species worldwide, they all share at least three main characteristics; keen eyesight, eight sharp talons, and hooked beaks.

Guests at this year’s Lake Home & Cabin Show will be able to see a special selection of raptors – live and up-close at the “Wild About Raptors” feature on the show floor.   Visitors will see several live raptors including an American kestrel, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, great-horned owl, and a peregrine falcon.  You’ll learn about these fascinating and adaptable birds through expert naturalists from The Raptor Center (TRC) at the University of Minnesota.

Since its inception in 1974, The Raptor Center has become internationally known for its avian medicine and education programs.  TRC treats more than 1,000 sick and injured raptors each year and provides specialized training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians from around the world.  TRC reaches more than 150,000 people each year through educational programs and events.

 

TRC Performance times on the Northwoods Stage are 4 & 6 p.m. Friday, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Sunday.

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The Family Cabin

Presented by author/architect Dale Mulfinger

“It’s not that families simply want a cabin.  Families need a cabin to bring balance into their lives, to recharge those rundown batteries, to cleanse their souls, to reconnect to nature…”  (anonymous cabin owner.) 

Architect, author and “Cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger has been designing and writing about cabins for more than 20 years and is widely acknowledged as the foremost expert on cabins in North America.

His new book, The Family Cabin, is a collection of fascinating cabin stories from 37 unique second homes across America.

Mulfinger’s practical wisdom for the getaway structures we cherish is a joy to listen to, whether your family already owns a cabin or dreams of owning one soon.

He will be rekindling his love for everything cabin in a special presentation each day on the Cabin Living Stage at the Lake Home & Cabin Show.  Don’t miss your opportunity to share your own cabin stories with Dale and to pick up a signed copy of his new book.

Dale Mulfinger was born and raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota, and the rural landscape and vernacular architecture have informed his many designs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he worked nationally and internationally before becoming a Founding Partner in 1983 of what is now SALA Architects, Inc. The breadth of his work at SALA includes modest remodels and additions, lakeside cabins, along with urban and rural homes from St. Paul to Buenos Aires.

 

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Pasta Made Perfect

Presented by Chef Patrick Moore, the “Getaway Gourmet”

If you think great pasta comes from a cardboard box filled with macaroni and a foil pouch of orange powder…think again.  The easy meal many of us grew up with is going to get a big overhaul at this year’s Lake Home & Cabin Show!

 

Chef Patrick Moore, the show’s very own “Getaway Gourmet” from Brule, Wisconsin is bringing three of his famous pasta recipes to the cooking stage this year!   As always, 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 “Pasta Made Perfect” recipes include; Rigatoni Bolognese, Roasted Pepper Chicken with Pesto Tortellini and Shrimp & Garlic Butter Sauce with Angel Hair Pasta.

 

 

 

 

Free recipe cards and “Pasta Made Perfect” samples will be served!  Cooking demonstrations will be presented a number of times each day at the shows

 

 

 

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

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“Pollinators Live!” with Rob Mies

Presented by conservation biologist Rob Mies

Why are pollinators important?  Without the actions of pollinators agricultural economies, our food supply and surrounding landscapes would collapse!  Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food we eat.  Between 75 to 95 percent of all flowering plants on our planet need help with pollination.

Pollinators also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather and support other wildlife.  Unfortunately, many key pollinator populations are in decline.  This decline is attributed most severely to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats, pollution, the overuse of herbicides and pesticides, disease and changes in climatic patterns.

What can responsible home and cabin owners do about this?  Plenty!  According to Rob Mies, founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation and a member of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), the first step always includes awareness and education.

Mies will be speaking on pollinators at the 2018 Lake Home & Cabin Shows and will teach attendees how to identify the most common pollinators around their lake homes, cabins and urban residences.  He will also discuss the best ways to attract native pollinators by planting wildflower gardens and providing roosting and nesting homes for these important animals.

Don’t miss the interactive and educational  “Pollinators Live” presentations on the Cabin Living Stage with Rob Mies at each show.

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Eight Steps to Buying a Lakeshore Home

Is it time for a home away from home? Buying a lakeshore home has different considerations than a primary residence. Here are insights you can use as you consider purchasing waterfront property in Minnesota or western Wisconsin.

 

1. List your requirements

First, make a list of everything you want from your lakeshore home experience. Are you hoping to have a ski boat, or to spend your days fishing or kayaking? Do you want to be able to eat at waterfront restaurants you can travel to by boat? Do you want neighbors close by or something more remote? Start researching different areas to see what they offer, down to the types of fish in each lake.

In addition to listing your preferred lakeshore home features, start ranking what’s most important to you. Whether you’re most excited about having a home large enough for visitors or living on a chain of lakes so you can spend all day on the water, ranking your criteria will help you narrow down your options.

2. Hire a trusted REALTOR®

Once you’ve narrowed down your preferred area, find a REALTOR you trust and who understands your buying goals. Your agent will be a trusted guide who can provide insights on the quality of the lake lot, elevation, lakeshore and the right types of lake and lake home or cabin. In an ideal world, the perfect waterfront property will already be listed, but it’s possible that your agent will have to help you over the course of a few months or longer to find the perfect lakeshore home for your needs.

3. Tour waterfront properties in person

While it may seem like you can get a good idea of a home online, it’s especially important to see waterfront properties in person. Everything from the lake size to the home’s natural light to the shoreline and elevation to the lake is important to consider when buying a lake home — and almost impossible to gauge from even the most beautiful listing photos. Work with your REALTOR to block off a day or weekend to tour several lakeshore homes in your preferred area.

Remember to go back to your ranked list as you narrow down your choices. Lakeshore homes, like any segment of the market, come in varying sizes and conditions. A buyer with an eye on a particular lake may want to overlook the updates required on a fixer-upper; conversely, a retiree may focus more on finding a perfect long-term home in good condition than one on a certain body of water.

4. Apply for a mortgage loan

If you’ll need financing for your lake home, work with your REALTOR to get in touch with a mortgage loan officer who can walk you through your options. If this is will be your second mortgage, read these tips on securing a loan for a vacation home.

5. Factor in outside costs

Your real estate agent and mortgage loan officer can also help you factor in the costs of owning a lakeshore home, especially if this will be a secondary residence. Non-mortgage related costs include utilities, any homeowner’s association fees, repairs and winterizing services. By planning for these expenses in advance, you’ll ensure that your first year of memories as a lakeshore homeowner will be marked by coffee on the deck and sunset cruises to end the day instead of emergency repair calls.

6. Start the duplications process

Once your offer has been accepted, it’s time to start planning for the future. If your lakeshore home will be a second property, you’ll need to buy duplicates of many home items including furniture, bedding, kitchen and bath towels, table settings, small kitchen appliances, cookware, cooking utensils and flatware. To keep costs down, pay attention to flash sales and visit estate sales or garage sales of other waterfront properties.

Keep in mind that in some cases, lakeshore home sellers are willing to include furniture, décor and even their kitchen and dining items with the sale. This is especially common if the seller isn’t planning to purchase another waterfront home. Talk with your agent to determine if this is common in your local marketplace, and how you can incorporate this agreement into the terms of your contract.

7. Join the lake association

Many lakes, oftentimes depending on where they are located, have community meetings or neighborhood groups that discuss upkeep, water trends and testing and residential and commercial growth of the area. Not only will you learn more about the kind of community you’ll be moving into, you’ll also meet neighbors and new friends you can invite for happy hour or brunch once you move in.

8. Get to know local festivals and customs

You’re about to enjoy your first full summer as a lakeshore homeowner, so make it count. Once your closing date looms, start researching local customs and festivals and make sure you’re in town for them. Visit the in-town bakeries, shops and restaurants and ask the proprietors for insider tips on the best places to boat, hike, fish and more. Soak it all in—you’re a weekend warrior now!

Getting started on the path to owning a lakeshore home

Edina Realty has 2,300 local market specialists serving every neighborhood — and lake — across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We’d love to put you in touch with one of the lakeshore specialists. Reach out today to get connected or start your lakeshore home search now.

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Lake homes are a popular destination for thermally modified wood.

The 2017 Lake Home and Cabin Show was recently held in the Chicago area and attendees got their first look at thermally modified wood and how it could be beneficial to use both as a decking or siding option for their lake home or cabin.

Everything for your special getaway home was on full display by companies who specialize in product or services catering to this market place. Thermally modified wood because of its dimensional stability was a very popular topic of discussion as attendees wanted to know how this attribute of the wood could be beneficial to their new or renovation project of their lake home or cabin.

Simply put, thermally modified wood loves water. It can be used in many water side applications such as docks, boathouses due to the fact that the wood will not expand and contract at the same rate as other woods such as cedar. Once thermally treated the woods acceptance of water is greatly diminished while decreasing the woods ability to rot.

unnamedMany lake homes due to their close proximity to water need construction products that will not break down in harsh environments that are often associated with living near open bodies of waters that have freezing and thawing cycles in the northern climates. Thermally modified wood construction materials such as exterior decking and siding give homeowners piece of mind knowing that their choice of materials will last for a very long time when exposed to these constantly changing weather conditions.

Thermally modified wood is also environmentally friendly as it will not leach and this is an important consideration when using around open bodies of water. Many states have regulations restricting the use of certain wood materials on or near water as they have the ability to leach harmful chemicals into the water system. There are no chemicals used in the process of thermal modification so the wood remains chemical free and environmentally friendly to use around all bodies of water.

Nearly half the worlds population live in close proximity to water and with the continued advancement of climate change the environment is becoming more extreme between hot and cold and building materials need to adapt to be able to perform within these environments and thermally modified wood manufacturers have seemed to be able to produce a natural wood product that fits this criteria.

North American Distributor of Thermally Modified Wood www.cherryforest.ca

 

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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 sauses — 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.

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.  Free recipe cards and “perfect steak” samples will be served!  Cooking demonstrations will be presented a  number of times each day. (Friday – 3, 5 & 7 p.m.; Saturday – 11 a.m., 1, & 3 p.m. and Sunday – noon & 2 p.m.)

 

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“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 shows again after a busy year afield.

 

 

 

 

In early spring, He was one of the star scientists on the Discovery Channel’s Trailblazers show, bushwacking 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.

 

 

 

 

 

In April, Mies was a key member of the USDA Pollinator Exhibit which was set up on the lawn of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll event.  This year’s 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.

 

Rob Mies is an exciting and adventurous scientist, conservationist, TV personality, and animal expert whose passion is educating and entertaining people about the unique life on Earth. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, Rob is an outspoken advocate for bat conservation in the United States. Over the past 25 years, Rob has appeared on numerous TV shows promoting bat conservation including The Doctors, The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Fox & Friends, CBS Early Show, and Martha Stewart. He is currently a featured scientist in the Discovery Channel’s Trailblazers TV show and is an advisor and member of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, American Zoological Association Bat Taxon Advisory Group, North American Society of Bat Researchers, Association of Nature Center Administrators and Michigan Wind and Wildlife Advisory Group.  He is the Chairman of the Michigan Bat Working Group, President of the Midwest Bat Working Group, and Coordinator of the North American Bat Conservation Alliance.

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