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Thank you to everyone who attended the
31st Annual Cabin Festival
June 4th, 2016

Logo CPV Three Rivers PowerThank you to Our Sponsor --
Three Rivers Energy Center,
new to the Morris Area. 
We welcome our new neighbors.

This was a day devoted to

The Cabin Festival is happening
rain or shine
at the Cragg Cabin
We did get early morning rain showers, and we are so proud that our presenters stayed with us all day.  What great enthusiasm from this years presenters!   Please read through the list, expecially if you missed it.  Mark your calendar for next years event. 
The 32nd Annual Cabin Festival will be June 3, 2017.

Below are the re-enactors who were 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,
bison burgers, brats or hot dogs.
The gift shop was 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.  Look for him in the back of the Cabin Yard.

Ronald T. Jones will be present with his Collodion Wet Plate Photography Camera.  Look for him in the back of the Cabin Yard.

Beekeeper Mari 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 will be 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" near the Cragg Cabin.

Drop Spindle Spinner Catherine Bilot will be spinning Angora Rabbit fur.
She will be accompanied by her Angora Rabbit.

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

The Spinner
Kathy Tovey will demonstrate wool combing
and spinning on an Elizabethan wheel.

Bobbin Lacers Donna Fousek, Janet Frederickson 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.

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

Herb Hain, a wood carver, will be whittling away at his station.

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

Stop in the Gift Shop and say Hello to Prairie Partner Char McDade, and 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.

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

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

2016 Festival Flyer

Review the 2016 Cabin Festival Photo Album. (NEW)

Review the 2013 Cabin Festival  Photo Album

Reenactment 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

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.

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)

Updated June 6, 2016