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Friday, October 12, 2018

Cottage doers and dreamers unite at the fall show; Marvel Universe Live! comes to Canada


   One-Tank Trip for Oct. 13/18

   By Jim Fox

   Last weekend marked the unofficial end of cottage season, with the water shut off, windows boarded up and the water toys and Muskoka chairs safety stored away for the winter.
   But these days, cottages are becoming retirement favourites and used year-round by others with amenities sometimes better than in the city.

   This makes the Fall Cottage Life Show ranking right up there with the spring version for people looking for winter projects and advice on the great Canadian dream of cottage ownership.
   The fall show, from Oct. 19 to 21 at the International Centre in Mississauga, highlights interesting items, gadgets, gizmos and advice from 225 exhibitors.
   Carpenter Wayne Lennox will show how to build an ice-fishing hut that doubles as a bunkie or playshed in the summer, said publicist Kate Calder.
   There’s a model cottage to inspect and an artisan doing chainsaw art as well, she added.
Ice-fishing hut that doubles as a bunkie featured

   Exhibitors offer building products and services, furniture and decor, boats and docks and outdoor equipment, along with cottage country realtors, building experts, eco-energy suppliers and more.
   Another growing trend is renting, with CanadaStays providing “crucial info for people who are thinking of putting their cottage on the rental market.”
   The show is said to “celebrate the special connection people have to the distinct lakes, regions and towns in cottage country.”
The Fall Cottage Life Show is packed with everything a cottager would need. (Jim Fox photo)
    Cottage living is special and “we’ll be inviting fans to tell us about their cottage experiences,” said Michelle Kelly, editor-in-chief of Cottage Life.
   Featured are Cottage Life TV celebrities Colin and Justin who have taken “one-tank trips” around Ontario for a new documentary series called Great Canadian Cottages.
   They’ll be at the show on the Saturday and Sunday to talk about their visits to 25 “really unique” cottages over eight episodes to premiere on Oct. 18 at 10 p.m.
Bonneville Homes will be showing the Alti with an upstairs module in its Micro-Lofts Series at the cottage show.
   Among the stage presentations are contracting advice from Beaver Homes & Cottages; caring for cottage trees with arborist Matt Logan; and saving taxes and protecting the family cottage financially with Peter Lillico.
   Cooking demonstrations will cover making easy cottage snacks and meals with Tony Armstrong from Headwater Farms.
   The Dock Party offers food and beverages to sample including premium beer from Muskoka Brewery, with the sales to benefit the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative.

   Are we there yet?
   The show is at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga on Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Tickets are $15, adults; $8, ages 14 to 17; free, 13 and younger; $22, weekend pass. Seniors are $10 on Oct. 19 and adults are $11after 4 p.m. on opening day. Free parking. cottagelife.com/shows

   Families assemble!
   Become immersed in the Marvel Universe and see it all live.
Getting the gang together at Marvel Universe Live! coming to Hamilton, Ontario.
   Marvel Universe Live! is coming to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre, Oct. 18 to 21, as the only Canadian stop for the action-packed stunt show.
   Canadian Marvel fans, assemble for this live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil,” said publicist Beth Merrick.
   Produced by Feld Entertainment, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands.
Black Panther is ready for action

   Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax make their live production debut alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, Wasp and Iron Fist, who help fight the menacing villains Loki, Yondu and Green Goblin.

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

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