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 Minneapolis 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.


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 700 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 Backyard Reflections.


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 500 aisle.


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources booth to learn about shorelines, invasive species, and aquatic plants. Meet with a DNR forester and discover a new forest stewardship cost-share program for woodland owners. Learn about Firewise- simple, proactive measures that can help save your home from wildfires.


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!


Designing The Family Cabin
Presented by Dale Mulfinger
Architect, author and “Cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger blazed a trail for cabin living back in 2001 with his best-selling book, The Cabin. Since then he has written several more books and has been part of the Lake Home & Cabin Show since it began in 2005. Mulfinger’s practical 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. This year Dale will be presenting a talk on “Designing The Family Cabin” each day on the Cabin Living Stage. Don't miss your opportunity to share your own cabin stories with Dale and pick up a signed copy of one of his popular books.


Edible Berries And Mushrooms At Your Cabin
Presented by Teresa Marrone
Teresa Marrone, author of several regional field identification guides and books on wild foods, will discuss foraging for edible wild berries and mushrooms each day on the Cabin Living Stage. Attendees will learn how to identify easy and safe wild edibles that are probably growing near their cabins — and also learn what to avoid! Marrone, who has been gathering, cooking with, and writing about wild foods for more than two decades, wrote and did the photography for Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide: Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.


The Best of Cabin Living
Presented by Mark Johnson, editor, Cabin Living Magazine
With 15 years of cabin magazine editing experience, Mark shares his favorite cabin stories and photographs in this walk down the Cabin Living lane. He'll talk about the history of cabins and why the cabin lifestyle is such a passionate way of life for so many people. So bring your stories and grab a seat -- it's all happening on the Cabin Living Stage at the back of the 500 aisle.


Out There: Exploring Cabins On the Edge
Presented by David Wagner, SALA Architects
Who isn’t fascinated by ideas and designs they have never seen or experienced before? Architect David Wagner will expose you to a range of cabin designs that are dynamic, daring, and distinctive, and that focus on unique design responses to their owner’s needs and the nature of their sites. Often vacation places are an opportunity for people to free themselves of the conventional, and to express their own personality and design spirit. Come see and explore alternative ways of thinking about the cabin.