Cottage & Lakefront Living Show - Grand Rapids
March 22-24, 2019

Seminar Stage Headliners

Cara Middleton, Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Cara Middleton, Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Cara Middleton, owner of Freshwater Vacation Rentals, will reveal how to maximize your second home investment. Why turning your family cottage into a vacation rental could be a logical, money-making solution for your family. Cara will explain how to do it yourself, when to ask for help, strategies and common pitfalls of the industry. With ten years of experience, you will gain knowledge of the legality surrounding vacation rentals, how to ease anxious neighbors, and how to jump over Michigan tax hurdles. Cara will share her own personal practices within the vacation rental industry through examples and the occasional funny story.

Neal Dionne, Food & Lifestyle Blogger, Recovering Radio Personality

Neal Dionne, Food & Lifestyle Blogger, Recovering Radio Personality

Neal refers to himself as a “recovering” radio personality. Following a 45-year career in broadcasting, Neal decided to put all of his energy into his passion for great food. He has created his own website to share his recipes and thoughts on everything from ingredients to techniques, family, the outdoors, music, literature and life in general. Neal’s blog is widely read as he discusses all the beautiful things that add to the enjoyment of life.

Alex Babich, Mushroom Man, National Champion Morel Mushroom Hunter

Alex Babich, Mushroom Man, National Champion Morel Mushroom Hunter

Alex Babich is in love with morel mushroom hunting. Morels are wild, edible mushrooms that look like sponge but tastes like a rich, nutty filet mignon. Their undeniable flavor is why every good chef in the world would love to get their hands on a steady supply of freshly harvested morel mushrooms, but yet, very few restaurants can afford it.

What started as a hobby, has turned into a passion and now the word “Passion” is too small to describe this. Could it be obsession? His wife will tell you DEFINITELY YES!! Morel Madness is known to sweep the nation every Spring, where folks of all ages grab a mesh sack, walking stick, compass and a knife and head to the woods to check their favorite ‘honey hole’. Some people just enjoy a walk in the woods to brush off their cabin fever and only have a few spots to check. While others, like Alex, take it to the next level and travel with the morel season from the Southern states where they appear first, to the Northern states.

Neil P. Jansen, Mika Meyers Law Firm

Neil P. Jansen, Mika Meyers Law Firm

Neil P. Jansen received his bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Studies from Michigan State University in 1984 and his law degree from Wayne State University in 1988, where he was a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team and Chancellor of the Moot Court Program. Neil practices in the areas of civil and real estate litigation, probate litigation, estate planning and eminent domain. He is a member of the Grand Rapids and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Michigan and the National Order of Barristers. Neil is also a board member for Camp Blodgett.

Expertise in Environmental, Real Estate along with Trusts and Estates makes Neil a great choice to share about Cottage Succession Planning.

Sand Pirates, Janet and Kirk Schrader

Sand Pirates, Janet and Kirk Schrader

Janet Schrader is the founder of Sand Pirates: Sand Sculpting, Photography, & Beach Art, started in 2006.  Along with her husband, Kirk, she spends her summers on the beaches of Michigan, teaching, sculpting and enjoying all that the lakeshore has to offer.

After successfully fighting a severe battle with cancer, Janet found comfort walking the shoreline of Lake Mi. Looking for answers among the beach treasure (beach glass, rocks, fossils, & driftwood) Schrader found more then what she was looking for. What she found was a new way of life, a new philosophy, and a new career.

Come to the show and see in person, how living by the lake has changed her life.

For information on MI State Park and private classes, team building and more, visit SandPirate.net