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Cottage living is just a summer fling

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To many folks, cottage living is just a summer fling that starts around Memorial Day and often ends by Labor Day. Summer homes are then winterized and closed up for the winter, only to be re-opened up the following spring. This annual ritual goes on year after year, and often the summer ‘to-do’ list can get quite long. Boats and docks have to be taken in and out, while yards and gardens neglected all winter need attention. Exterior maintenance and unexpected weather damage is not uncommon. Perhaps repair jobs and cottage projects either inside or out need to be accomplished.

Summer lasts just as long as the other 3 seasons, but for seasonal cottage owners it’s never seems long enough. Finding time for fishing, swimming, boating, and barbeques can be a daunting task, especially if time-consuming chores need to be done. Take the time to evaluate your priorities and then try to make yourself a schedule to stick by. If possible, involve your family in the tasks at hand and then designate a ‘cut-off’ time each day where the tools are put away and it’s time to relax. Spending quality time with your family is important and the chores will always be there.

Here are just a few of the local events happening around the Flint area this week:

The Genesee Family Fun Festival - Memorial Day Parade and Festival includes car show, craft show, inflatable carnival, face painting, food vendors, kid’s games, entertainment and more. For more information, call (810) 309-6428.

Remember Men and Women of the Armed Forces - All visitors to Crossroads Village this weekend are invited to honor a special veteran by making a quilt square for their "Remembrance Quilt." Kids can make a flag. Enjoy patriotic music and plenty of old-fashioned cake and pie. Veterans and active duty military are admitted free all weekend! For more information call (810) 736-7100.

Barks, Bikes and Balloons- Activities for the whole family this weekend in Frankenmuth. River Place is hosting the Dog Bowl with fun competitions for all dogs. Tour de Frankenmuth bicycle road race starts on Saturday, May 26. Hot Air Balloons will take flight on Saturday, May 26 and competitive Hot Air Balloon launches and Balloon Glows are planned. Call for more information (800) FUN-TOWN.

Swartz Creek Hometown Days 2012 - From May 31 to June 3 visit downtown Swartz Creek for fun and fellowship. Hometown Days feature fine craft show, baby contest, car show, expo tent, fireworks, pony rides, petting zoo and an entertainment tent. For more information on this event call us at (810) 348-7901.

Lapeer Art and History Festival - On June 2 and 3 attend a juried fine arts show, watch living history reenactments with demonstrations, see performing arts and entertainment. There will be plenty of art and history education activities for children and adults. Also a juried Made in Michigan food and cottage craft show, writing workshops, antiques, vintage autos and tractors, hot air balloons and much more. Event to be held on the property surrounding Chatfield School, Mott College, Prairies & Ponds, and the City of Lapeer. For more information on this event, call (810) 664-6641.

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