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31st Annual Cabin Festival
June 4th, 2016

Logo CPV Three Rivers PowerOur Sponsor is
Three Rivers Energy Center,
new to the Morris Area. 
We welcome our new neighbors.

This will be a day devoted to

The Cabin Festival is happening
at the Cragg Cabin

Below are the re-enactors who will be our guests on the Cragg Cabin grounds.  The Festival adventure begins in the Visitor's Center.

The food tent located next to the butterfly barn, will offer buffalo burgers, brats or hot dogs. The gift shop will be located near the Cragg Cabin.

American Indian Traveling Museum curator Louis Aiello has many hands-on exhibits, will teach us to make Dream-catchers and teach Indian Dances.

The Cragg Cabin docent Janet Lindstrand will be on hand
to answer questions about cabin living in the 1800s.

Maplecraft Blacksmith Lewis Bodamer will be on hand to show you his skills.

Beekeeper Marie Koster will educate us on the craft of bee keeping.

Mountain Man Todd Daggett with daughter Jessica  will display the tools needed by a mountain man.

There will be a demonstration of a hallowed-out canoe
on the pond by the cabin.

"Quilting Techniques"
presented by the Log Cabin Quilters Guild was in the lobby of the
VC and in the Craft Tent.

The Tanner Beverly Mansfield, with the aid of her samples, will explain the process of "brain tanning."

pinner Al Frederickson, will demonstrate
spinning on a traveling wheel.

The Spinner
Kathy Tovey will demonstrate wool combing and spinning; accompanied by her Jacob Sheep and Spring Lamb.

There will be a sheep shearing when the crowd is right
at either 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

Bobbin Lacers Donna Fousek, Kris Johnson and Brenda Glenn will have lacing samples on their lace pillows.

Weaver Ginny Stevens
will demonstrate the fine art of weaving as she weaves on a rag rug on the 4-Harness Jack Loom at the craft tent.

Herb Hain will be whittling away at his station.

Children's Games 'N Toys - Becky Sipple & Brenda Soreng will
children & adults with games of the past.

Stop in the Gift Shop and say Hello to CPV's own Steve Wolfgram from
Three Rivers Energy Center.

The wagon stop will be befind the center and in front of the cabin.  Wagon Master Lon Lovellette will circle Cabin to Center area constantly during the day.

Fundraiser Chair & Host
Chuck Johnson was at the Visitor's Center Desk -
lick here for the Twin Size Grandma's Fan Quilt.

1830's Lifestyle will be demonstrated by Art & Dianne Mate and Toby, their camp dog at their campsite

Look for Norma Hedges and Becky Sipple in the crafts tent as they demonstrate crochet, embroidery and knitting.

The Soap Maker,
Judi Jacksohn will stir up a new batch of homemade soap and
a batch of chitlans, too.

Prairie Partner Gift shop
will be open on the cabin lawn with shopkeeper Char McDade.

Prairie Partner Food Shop
will be in the back yard of the visitor's center with Jackie Martin, assisted by Jan Alexander

 Tanner Mansfield adjusts her display
Tanner Mansfield will be returned again this year as well as
Lou Aiello and his Traveling American Indian Exhibit. 

June 4th will be a
beautiful day
for a festival.

Chairmen for this event are Bev Mansfield, Tom Kaluzny and Susie Johnson.

2016 Festival Flyer

Review the 2013 Cabin Festival Photo Album

Re-enactment may include

American Indian
   Life & Culture
Bee Keeper
Childrens Games
Campfire Cooking
Soap Making
Candle Making
Tanning, Farming
Plant Study
Old fashion Games
Wood working
Wood Carvers
Knitting, Crochet
Lace Making, Quilting
Weaving, Spinning
Basket Making
Clothes Discussions of
   Culture in 1830
   Cabin Life &
   Area History
The Origin of the Cabin Festival at GLPSNA

In February of 1985, a new Prairie Partner asked about the Cabin and it's uses.  She was told that it was used once in the fall for a program called "Incredible Edibles," and a warming place for cross-country skiers in winter.  Vince Matthews, the interpreter at the time, asked what the person had in mind.

It was at that time that Cabin Festival began, patterned after the "Settlement" in Lockport, (run by the Will Co. Historical Society). The new member knew several of the crafters in Lockport and asked them to come to Goose Lake Park and bring their crafts, making and doing things that the pioneers would need to do to survive.

The cabin (knows as the Cragg Cabin) had only two benches, a table and a chair that was donated.  Pioneer Cabin Festival was bore.

The date chosen was September Prairie week and also combined "Incredible Edibles."  This was what we would call "weeds," but the pioneers found several things such as dandelion leaves and some roots to use in the spring.  They picked wild berries as the summer progressed and made jams and sauces.  The partners demonstrated the use of the "weeds" and served jams and jellies on crackers for the 'guests' to sample.

Eventually, because of weather and lack of crafters in the fall, the Pioneer Cabin Festival was moved to spring.  Crafters were not so overwhelmed with too many festivals at that time.

(Reference:  Jo Fleming, Morris, IL)

We are constantly looking for period
re-enactors to help us with this event

Crafts that pioneers would most likely do in the
1800s is our emphasis. 
If you would like more information about our festival
please call 815-942-2899.

Updated May 24, 2016