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August 2015

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fun festivals in cabin country

WOODSMEN’S DAYS Tupper Lake, N.Y., July 11–12 Celebrate the Adirondacks’ logging heritage with this event that has been an annual tradition since the 1930s. Enjoy logging activities, a chain saw carving contest, monster truck performances and a parade. FISHERMAN’S PICNIC Grand Marais, Minn., July 30–Aug. 2 Much more than just a shore lunch, this jam-packed festival features a big fish contest, a craft show, live music, fireworks, a trail run, a professional log-rolling competition, a parade and activities for kids. STONY CREEK MOUNTAIN DAYS FESTIVAL Stony Creek, N.Y., Aug. 7–9 This fun-filled weekend kicks off with live music from a rhythm and blues band on Friday night. It ends triumphantly with Sunday’s New York State lumberjack competition. www. LABOR DAY WEEKEND LAKEALOOZA Dam, N.C., Sept. 4–6 Spend the long holiday weekend at the Fontana…

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best of the best

1] DADDY & DAUGHTER –Cabin Life online community member “JenniferIP49” took this photo of father and child spending quality splash time in the lake during Labor Day weekend. The image earned nearly half of the votes in the July 2014 contest. 2] LONG LAKE BEAUTY – We introduced a new contest format in October 2014, and this photo fit the month’s theme of “Fall Colors” perfectly. Gena Hoeft of Temple, Texas, took this photo while visiting her cabin in Hillman, Mich., near the peak of the autumn season. 3] WHITETAIL TWINS – Many cabin owners relish opportunities to photograph nature, and “Rita” is no different. Her well-timed photo of a mother deer watching over her twins won the March 2013 contest. 4] HYPNOTIZED BY FIRE – Even a s’more gets put on hold…

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preserving the legacy

CABIN LOCATION – AITKIN, MINN. Over 37 years ago, my husband Tom’s parents found heaven on earth, and we still enjoy it to this day. It’s a beautiful piece of property with a view of Farm Island Lake (“our” lake) in Aitkin, Minn. The dirt road winding through the woods and over the creek still takes our breath away. Wildlife abounds, and so do the memories. Our children grew up going to the cabin. Rarely was a weekend skipped. There were rollaway beds in the basement for the kids (and a lot of dogs) when the whole family got together on big weekends. Tom’s mom called the place a lakehome, and she loved having her whole family gather there so she could cook her fabulous meals for us. After mom passed away and…

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low-tech security

SURE, IT’S AMAZING how today’s technology allows for remote control of cameras and locks, allowing you to secure your cabin or to see what’s going on there by pulling out the phone in your pocket. But there are still plenty of low-tech steps you can take to discourage any security breach, says officer Phillip Jones of the Bridgton, Maine, police department. “We do cover a lot of seasonal-home property crime here,” says Jones, who is one of an eight-member department covering 64 square miles, an area with many lake cabins. He notes that cabins are especially vulnerable when they’re vacant during the late fall and winter. His tips include: 1 LOCK IT UP – “The most obvious deterrent is to lock it up,” Jones says. “A lot of times it’s the simple…

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completing your olympic village

FLAGS Let each “nation” design and make their own flag using paper or fabric, markers or paint. You could even turn this into a medaled event, where the most creative, unique or inspiring flag wins. COLORFUL COMMENTARY Got a budding comedian in your group? Well, a Cabin Olympics can only be improved by some sparking and witty play-by-play. SPACE IT OUT Make sure that, in addition to the fields of competition, you have spots for spectators. And a nice, warm bonfire with stuff for s’mores couldn’t hurt.…

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bucket seats

TOTING CHAIRS, FOOD AND TOOLS out to the cabin fire pit can seem like a real chore. But you can make the campfire experience a little more enjoyable by having seats that double as storage totes. These sturdy metal bucket stools ($80 each) are 12 inches in diameter and painted in a distressed finish. They are available in three colors: red, green and blue. Remove the wooden lid to fill the bucket up with kindling, matches, bug spray and more before making the trip from cabin to fire pit. For more information on this cool product, visit…