Annual Cabin Festival
June 5, 2021
10 AM to 3 PM
Our Sponsor for the 5th year --
CPV Three Rivers Energy
We welcome our new neighbors.
This was a day devoted to
The 2021 lineup was
interesting and fun, we hope you came over to visit
Player - Mrs. Trufano
Cabin Docent - Mrs. Fleming
American Indian Traveling Museum - Mr. Aiello
Old Style Beekeeping - Mrs. Koster
Blacksmithing - Mr. Bodamer
Drop Spindle Spinning - Ms Bilot
Wool Spinner - Mrs. Tovey
Historical Society - Ms Steffes
The Tanner - Mrs. Mansfield
CPV Three Rivers Energy Center Representative
Goose Lake Prairie Partners and Friends
Visit our Gift Shop and greet Mrs. McDade
Eat Lunch from our Food
the Prairie Partners and friends...
behind the Visitor Center.
Catch the Wagon
driven by Park Staff, which will be circulating the pond for a ride back and forth
from Cragg Cabin to the Food Tent. Visit with Chris Danek as he explains
the prairie and the cabin. And do stop in the Visitor's Center
to visit with our Host Mr. Johnson for the day
Buy a chance on the
fundraiser while in the Center - The Raffle quilt is on display in the Visitor's Center.
for a look at the quilt.) And remember, the proceeds for the Quilt
fundraiser this year all goes to the Cabin Rebuild effort.
So buy a chance and help us with our rebuild effort.
Tanner Mansfield will be returned again
this year as well as
Lou Aiello and his Traveling American Indian Exhibit.
June 5th, 2021
will be a beautiful day
for a festival.
Mrs Susie Johnson,
Chairman for this event.
The Goose Lake Prairie Partners
Make up the Committee.
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 (known 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 17, 2021
Reenactment may include:
Life & Culture
Old fashion Games
Lace Making, Quilting
the Culture, Cabin Life and Area History in
1830 - 1860s
We are constantly looking for period
re-enactors to help us with this event.
If you are interested in participating call us.
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.