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Say the cottage to almost any Michigander and memories rush forward like waves: the screech of gulls, or the squeal of old oarlocks; falling asleep to the rhythm of the surf, or waking to a chorus of frogs; sand in the sheets, or fish scales in the sink.

Mostly, though, they’re memories of family because here in the Great Lake State the cottage is a tradition that’s handed down from one generation to the next.

The Cottage & Lakefront Living Show opens this Friday at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue NW in downtown Grand Rapids.

The event runs through Sunday.

You'll find tons of displays, seminars, houses built in the exhibit halls, sand to play with and build your own sand castle.