Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2019Buy Tickets
Seminar Stage Headliners
Luke Caldwell & Clint Robertson of HGTV’s “Boise Boys”
Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson, hosts of HGTV’s “Boise Boys” house flipping series, will reveal cabin and cottage design advice and renovation tips along with highlights of their inventive home transformations from their company, Timber And Love, and reality TV show (Thurs. and Fri.). Best friends & renovation experts, the duo says they are an unlikely pairing of two very different people—Luke, the designer, with his signature style, clean lines with a warm modern aesthetic and Clint, a no-nonsense contractor with Texas charm. The second season will premiere in the spring.
Tom Renkes, 1,000 Mile Kayaking Adventure
Tom Renkes (Stewert James) lives with his wife in Petoskey, Michigan spending his retirement writing, painting, traveling, enjoying grandchildren, volunteering, and caring for their 140-year-old home. He’s authored three regionally bestselling novels (SuperPAC trilogy), a collection of short stories (“Writing with Hemingway at City Park Grill”), a collection of poetry with professor colleague John Presley (“Two Lives Two Thousand Omens”), writes for HomeLife magazine, The Graphic, and private and public blogs. His freelance articles have appeared nationwide and in the James Beard Award winning publication, Grand Traverse Edibles magazine. His outdoor activities include kayaking, fly-fishing, backpacking, snowshoeing, and enjoying a good bottle of scotch.
Cara Middleton, Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Cara Middleton, owner of Freshwater Vacation Rentals, will speak to both guests and owners about the ever-changing vacation rental industry. For owners, Cara will reveal how to maximize your second home investment. She will explain how to do it yourself, when to ask for help, strategies and common pitfalls of the industry. With fourteen 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. In addition, Cara will give renters suggestions on how to pick the perfect vacation rental, what to look for, and how to avoid extra fees. With tips from her own personal practices, realistic examples, and the occasional funny story, you will be sure to enjoy exploring the vacation rental industry.
Dianna Stampfler, Author of Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses
What is it about lighthouses that attract ghostly spirits? Maybe it’s simply a passion that will not go away. Lighthouse keepers were known to be extremely dedicated to their profession and it seems that many were never able to give it up — even after death. More than 30 lights in Michigan are rumored to be haunted. From the smell of cigar smoke at Seul Choix Point Light to the mysterious housekeeping at White River Light Station and the antics at Waugoshance Shoal, these stories will entertain all ages. This popular program is coming to the pages of “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” — a book by Dianna Stampfler, coming in March 2019 from The History Press.