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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.

We hope to see you at Cabin Festival.

This will be a day devoted to Free-Family-Fun!

Watch this space for a new list of re-enactors.

The 30th Annual Cabin Festival was held June 6, 2015 at the Cragg Cabin.

Below are the re-enactors who were our guests on the Cragg Cabin grounds. On this Saturday, the re-enactors visited with over 200 guests for 5 hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Festival adventure began in the Visitor's Center.

The food tent located next to the butterfly barn, sold buffalo burgers, brats or hot dogs. The gift shop was near the Cragg Cabin.  A fundraiser was in the visitor's center for a walking adventure.

Jenny Rohr, Violinist, was available on the grounds for the morning.

The Cragg Cabin docent Jo Fleming and  Janet Lindstrand were on hand to answer questions.

The Soap Maker, Judi Jacksohn stirred up a new batch of homemade soap and rug hooking.

"Ole Fashioned Quilting Bee" presented by the Log Cabin Quilters Guild was in the lobby of the Visitor's Center.

The Strolling Violinist, Brandon Slatton played many different fiddle songs around the cabin.

American Indian Traveling Museum curator Louis Aiello had many hands-on exhibits.

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

The Spinner Kathy Tovey demonstrated wool combing and spinning; accompanied by her Jacob Spring Lamb.  A second spinner - Al Frederickson, demonstrating spinning on a traveling wheel.

Bobbin Lacers Kris Johnson and Brenda Glenn were lacing samples on their lace pillows.

The wagon circled the pond throughout the day carrying guest back and forth with Lon Lovellette as the Wagon Master.

Weaver Susie Johnson demonstrated the fine art of weaving as she worked on a rag rug. Hannah Ganser demonstrated Band weaving on the Inkle loom as well.

Fundraiser Chair & Host Chuck Johnson was at the Visitor's Center Desk - Hiking Package was raffled in the afternoon.

Mountain Man Tod Daggett with his daughter Jessica demonstrated Canoeing on the Lake near the cabin and displayed the tools.

The Cooper Arnie Bandstra worked on a bucket; explaining the tools of the trade.

1830's Lifestyle was demonstrated by Art and Dianne Mate and Toby, their camp dog.  Their campsite looked very authentic.

Children's Games 'N Toys - Becky Sipple & Brenda Soreng assisted many children and adults with games of the past. Liam Soreng appeared in period child clothes.

Prairie Partner Gift shop was available on the Cabin lawn with shopkeeper Norma Hedges, and assistant Char McDade.

Prairie Partner Food Shop was available in the back yard of the visitor's center with shopkeeper, Jackie Martin, assisted by Jan Alexander, Kristin Wiekert, Debbie Mahler, Audrey Kaluzny, and Audrey Kaluzny.

 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.

Many visitors came, asked questions and played our games. Everyone stopped for a lunch in our food tent. We were pleased with the size of the attendance . Visitors enjoyed the festival as well as acquainted themselves with the many treasures hidden at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.

We hope everyone comes again, now that they have found us.

Chairmen for this event were Bev Mansfield, Tom Kaluzny and Susie Johnson. John Martin, Chuck Johnson and staff members - Supt Duane, Jeff, Eric, Ed, Mike & Gary - all assisted with set up and tear down.

2016 Festival Flyer

2015 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 March 21, 2016