Tiny house, cabin expert at Lane County Home Improvement Show featured in The Oregonian

Back-to-the-Cabin-Coverhi-res2400pixelsCabinologist,” architect and author Dale Mulfinger will talk about designing, building and remodeling classic American cabins and getaway homes, the original tiny houses, at the free 32nd Annual Lane County Home Improvement Show, which runs Oct. 10-12 at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene.

Photo from “Back in the Cabin” by Cheryl Koralik.

Janet Eastman | jeastman@oregonian.com

By Janet Eastman | jeastman@oregonian.com The Oregonian
on October 08, 2014 at 8:39 AM, updated October 08, 2014 at 8:57 AM


“Cabinologist,” architect and author Dale Mulfingerwill talk about designing, building and remodeling classic American cabins and getaway homes, the original tiny houses, at the 32nd Annual Lane County Home Improvement Show, which runs Oct. 10-12 at the Lane County Fairgroundsin Eugene.

Mulfinger of SALA Architectsin Minneapolis, Minn., has designed hundreds of small, uncomplicated shelters, from rustic bungalows to log cabins, and he has written design books, including the 256-page “Back to the Cabin”(The Taunton Press, $34.95).

“The small and open space common to cabins promotes the kind of intimacy we cherish with friends and family,” he says. “Cabins are precious because of their casualness, where Uncle Bob’s big bass is the art preference over a Cezanne print, the coats are hung open on pegs inside the cabin door and the dinner ware has an array of unmatched plates.”

At the home show, Mulfinger’s four presentations will focus new construction and remodeling, simple living, the history of cabins and finance option of co-owning a cabin.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, he will talk about Cabin Architecture Today – Fresh Ideas & Inspiration for New & Remodeled Cabins.”

At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, he will talk about “Cabinology – Important Issues and Ideas When Building or Remodeling Your Cabin.”

Afterward, he will sign his home design books at the University of Oregon Duck Store.

More than 225 exhibitors with services, products, ideas and inspiration for the home and yard will be at the free home show.

Guinness World Record holder and Master Pumpkin Carver Scott Cully will carve a 900-pound pumpkin into a ghoulish Jack O’ Lantern on Saturday. Cully’s most recent record, in the 2010 Guinness World Book, was for a 1,810.5 pounder. He is the general manager of Fall Creek Nurseryin Lowell.

Children and adults can see a live show of animals, from badgers to boas, at Mutual of Omaha’s Wildlife

Safari Animal Encounters at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Show goers can vote for People’s Choice awards for architecture, interiors and landscape architecture projects presented by the American Institute of Architects – Southwestern Oregon, during the three-day event.

There will be 26 talks on home and garden improvements. A schedule is listed at EugeneHomeShow.com.

Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Sunday.

Admission is free and there is a request for canned food donations to benefit FOOD for Lane County.

— Janet Eastman

Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show: Rethink, reuse and refurbish ideas

good_earth_home_showGarden and eco-living product and seminars are at the Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, today through Sunday.

By Janet Eastman | jeastman@oregonian.com The Oregonian
on January 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM, updated January 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

More than 230 vendors selling energy-saving thermostats, homesteading tools (think backyard chickens) and other sustainable products will be exhibiting at the free 9th Annual Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, today through Sunday at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene.

There will be 60 seminars including three presentations by Salvage Design Expert Shannon Quimby. Her home, the REX Project, is one of the nation’s first homes to be built without waste, with all of the old home recycled into a new one.

Forager John Kallas, director of Wild Food Adventuresand author of “Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate,” will explain ways to embrace the culinary delights growing in Oregon backyards.

Other demonstrations on five stages include Carol Deppe, author of “The Resilient Gardener,” giving ideas to improve gardening skills as well as workshops on raising urban chickens and the importance of saving bees.

What:The 9th Annual Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, America’s 1st Sustainable Home & Garden Show

When:Jan. 24-26:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where:Lane Events Center, Convention Center at the Lane County Fairgrounds, 13th Ave. and Jefferson St., Eugene, Ore.

Cost:Free admission and parking. Bring canned food donations to benefit FOOD for Lane County.

For more information: www.EugeneHomeShow.com

Gear up for Gardening!

The OSU Extension Service booth at the Lane County Home & Garden Show is a popular place for people with questions about home gardening.
March 13, 2010 by Steve Dodrill
The annual Lane County Home & Garden Show is a sure sign that spring is just around the corner. If you visit the Fairgrounds this weekend, stop by the OSU Extension Service and Compost Specialist booths. They are located in the Expo Hall on the south side of the Fairgrounds. Extension faculty, staff, and volunteers will be there throughout the event, so don’t hesitate to drop by and say hello!
I also want to take this opportunity to thank Berg Productions for its ongoing support of Extension’s educational programs. We reach hundreds of Lane County residents every time we participate in one of these shows.
Due to our current budget situation, this could be the last time Extension is around to participate in one of these shows. That’s why there’s no time like the present to thank everyone at Berg Productions for all you’ve done to support our educational efforts over the years! You are a great community partner and we want you to know how much you are appreciated!

Good Earth Home Show raises $21,969 for Haitian relief effort

resized_MTI_home_showOregon Natural Health Examiner Sue Sierralupe

This weekend’s green home show in Eugene, Oregon known as the Good Earth Home Show brought in $11,969 by individual donors to which Berg Productions, Inc., the show’s management company, added an extra $10,000. Berg Production is a small Oregonian company started by women that wanted to see sustainable home shows in their community. They encourage workshops and businesses that match their own values for social and environmental responsibility.

The donations were collected for Medical Teams International (MTI) to fund their Haiti Earthquake Relief effort already in place. Every week, MTI has been able to, due to donations, send several medical teams to Haiti to work in emergency clinics set up throughout the country. Last week, they were able to send 4 doctors, 6 nurses and an experienced hospital administrator to the earthquake zone to provide services for the injured. Two shipments of medical supplies were sent last week. One of the shipments contained enough medicine to “…treat 45,500 people for three months.”

MTI is still seeking donations for their cause as the need continues to grow. More sick and injured victims are being pulled from the wreckage every day. MTI is still seeking donations to continue to serve the Haitian people. According to their web-site,

  • A gift of $33 provides the medicines and supplies for an entire family during the critical days immediately following a major disaster.
  • A gift of $66 funds one doctor’s clinical work for one day in Haiti.
  • A gift of $2,000 funds one doctor’s clinical work for an entire month.

People can give an automatic $10 gift by texting HOPE to 253-83; on-line at www.medicalteams.org, calling 1-800-959-4325; or mailing a gift to P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207.

The Good Earth Home Show has a history of assisting community aid associations since the first green home show in 2006. Donation barrels for Food for Lane County are  familiar sights at the entrance to every show. They have collected over 300,000 pounds of canned food for this charity in the last few years. Images from this year’s earthquake in Haiti opened the hearts of Oregonians so MTI was added to the list of charitable opportunities for those who share Berg Productions dream of a healthier, greener world.

Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show Pledges to Match Every Dollar Donated at the January 22-24 Show Made to Medical Teams International in the Lobby & Exhibit.

The 5th Annual Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show held January 22-24 in Eugene, Oregon is partnering with Medical Teams International, based in Portland, Oregon, to raise funds for disaster medical assistance in Haiti.
Admission into the show is free, show attendees can double Haiti donations because Berg Productions, the show management, will donate up to $10,000 in a match for every dollar donated to Medical Teams International at the show.  Medical Teams International volunteers will be collecting donations by check or cash in the lobby of the show and by credit card at their educational exhibit located in the North Hall.
Helen Berg, founder of Berg Productions who produces three Eugene based home and garden shows immediately sprung into action to partner with this organization because of its excellent reputation as they consistently receive a 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator: “Medical Teams International a wonderful organization that can deliver the much needed medical care needed in Haiti. They are so efficient at utilizing donations to provide lasting solutions for people suffering from such a massive disaster as this tragic earthquake.”
As a supporter of Medical Teams International, formally known as NW Medical Teams, Ms. Berg is confident that these donations will be maximized for life sustaining assistance. This Portland, Oregon based non-governmental organization (NGO) was founded in 1979. Medical Teams International served more than 4.5 million people in 53 nations and delivered more than $126 Million in supplies to 45 countries in the last year alone. They also provide dental care to those in need with 11 mobile Dental Clincs in the Northwest and one in Minnesota.
On January 14 Medical Teams International sent a very experienced team of six people to Haiti. They carried medicines and orthopedic supplies – enough to help 12,000 people for a week. An orthopedic specialty team is scheduled to depart on Sunday, January 17.
Show management will match cash, check & credit card donations given AT the January 22-24 show – up to $10,000.
Please make all checks out to Medical Teams International, Cash & Credit Cards will be accepted at the show as well.
Event:  5th Annual Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show
Lane Events Center – Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon.
FREE Admission:   Bring Canned Food For FOOD for Lane County
Show Hours:
January 22, Friday 5-9pm
January 23, Saturday 10am-8pm
January 24, Sunday  10am-5pm
Full Event Information: EugeneHomeShow.com
Information on Medical Teams International: www.Medicalteams.org
Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator – excellent Oregon based NGO

United States Senator Jeff Merkley tours Lane County Home Improvement Show

Eugene Home Show was honored to have United States Senator Jeff Merkley tour our October 2009 Lane County Home Improvement Show in Eugene, Oregon.  The Senator visited with our exhibitors that are focused on building Oregon’s green economy and creating jobs for a stronger Oregon.   We hope the Senator found his visit to the show interesting and invite him back to our January 22-24, 2010 Sustainable Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, America’s 1st Sustainable Home & Garden Show!

Local Home & Garden Show selected for National Home and Garden Show Series™

The Lane County Home & Garden Show has been selected for USA Exposition’s “National Home and Garden Show Series™” for 2010, a designation that brings the potential to attract national marketing support to the local event. It is one of the largest consumers shows held annually at the Lane County Events Center, Eugene, Oregon, attracting 30,000-plus visitors over a four-day period.

It is now one of 30 of the nation’s top independent home shows that have joined forces with USA Expositions, a Cleveland-based marketing company, to launch PremierHomesShows.com and the national series as a vehicle to combine their resources and their reach.

“This collaboration of independent consumer home and garden shows will put our hat in the ring for marketing dollars that normally go elsewhere,” said company President Helen Berg.   “It is an honor to have our spring show selected and it will help level the playing field as we compete for national exhibits and sponsorship dollars.”

It will be joining up with other events from Seattle, St. Louis, Philly, Louisville and others in this collaborative effort to gain access to national companies.

“This premier 30-show portfolio provides a collective media expenditure/sponsorship benefit of $5 million and direct access to more than 1.5 million show attendees,” said Brian Roggenburk, president of USA Expositions.
This union of the best-produced and best-attended shows in the U.S. provides national companies the opportunity to easily and effectively gain coast-to-coast exposure and meet their customers face-to-face in a variety of different markets, he added.

Roggenburk was founder and managing director of IMG Expositions – the firm’s consumer show division. He brings more than 30 years of experience in event marketing, including his 25-year tenure at IMG (the world leading sports marketing and event company), representing and working on the firm’s two most prestigious accounts – Wimbledon and The Open Championships, aka The British Open.

USA Expositions will support only one show in each market. “The shows we selected were based on quality exhibits, quality gardens, attendance, promotions and advertising and the overall experience for show visitors,” said Roggenburk. “For the sponsors, the show also represents a distinct and targeted demographic of affluent homeowners, as well as dynamic industry leaders active in their communities.”

The series has partnered with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine to provide discounted subscriptions to attendees of the participating shows. The National Home & Garden Show Series will be pursuing major automotive and home improvement partnerships for the local events.

The Lane County Home & Garden Show is scheduled for March 11-14, 2010 at the Lane Events Center.  The 31st annual show will present over 350 exhibiting firms, 45 educational seminars, landscapes, national and local speakers. For more information, including a list of the participating independent shows, event dates and locations, visit www.premierhomeshows.com.

Spring 2009 Show featured on RetroRenovation.com by 50’s Pam!

1942-hotpoint-war-bondsMy home show talk in Eugene, Oregon

by Pam Kueber on March 23, 2009

How to boil down a year-and-a-half of Retro Renovation learning into a 45-minute home show talk? A number of readers have asked… no, I don’t have it on video, sorry… but here’s what I talked about at my recent talks at the Lane County Home Show in Eugene, Oregon. A mix of… social history… vintage 40s 50s and 60s eye candy… my own story and how I got into the blog… and products and ideas to preserve, restore and renovate modest, middle class ranches, capes, colonials, splits and bungalows.  Oh – and read on for some other fun stuff from the show, too!

  • To start – I talked about the historical context for our midcentury, middle-class homes: The many years of privation in America, beginning with the Great Depression and extending through WWII… and how that created pent-up demand for housing and things like dream kitchens – as in the 1942 Hotpoint kitchen ad, above.
  • Fast forward from 1942 to 2002 – and my own search for a dream kitchen ultimately led me to create this blog.
  • I talked about Cape Cods by Barry Wills… then ranch houses… and how these two American housing styles mashed up into all kinds of combinations in the postwar era.
  • We raced through 25 years of design history and looked at interiors from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
  • Of course this included hudee rings (only one person out of hundreds knew what these were already)… pecky cypress (totally alien to the west coast)… and of course, pink bathrooms. Everyone loves pink bathrooms!
  • At the end of each talk I showed the St. Louis 1955 time capsule. As an example of just how much these homes meant to their original owners… and of how caring people today are recognizing their value and the reasons for preserving and restoring them.

In all: The audience was very receptive… these were folks who owned midcentury homes and were looking for more inspiration to love them… and some folks, too, who had lived through the era and wanted to rekindle memories.