Annual Cabin Festival
June 3, 2023
10 AM to 3 PM
FEATURING the New Cragg Cabin and Kiosk
Our Sponsor for the
7th year --
CPV Three Rivers Energy
We welcome our new neighbors.
This is a day devoted to
Note: there will be no rain date. (Click to download our
Player - Mrs. Trufano
Cabin Docent - Mrs. Fleming
American Indian Traveling Museum - Mr. Aiello
Old Style Beekeeping - Mrs. Koster
Blacksmithing - Mr. & Mrs. Bodamer
Crochet - Mrs. Bonomo
Childrens Games - Mrs. Sipple
Broom Maker - Mrs. Tovey
Weaver - Mrs. Stevens
Knit & Crochet - Diamond Sisters
Mountain Man - Mr. Daggett
Historical Society - Ms Steffes
The Tanner - Mrs. Mansfield
Carving - Mrs. Mattson
Goose Lake Prairie Partners and Friends
Visit our Gift Shop and greet Mrs. McDade
Eat Lunch from our Food
the Prairie Partners and friends...
The food tent will be in the Cragg Cabin
Chairwomen for this event
Charlene McDade and Beverly Mansfield.
Catch the Wagon driven by
Park Staff which will be circulating the pond for a ride back and forth
from Cragg Cabin to the Parking lot.
Buy a chance on the
This year it is a Birders Package.
(Click here for
flier with photos.)
Winner will be announced at the Prairie Day
event in September.
So buy a chance in the gift shop or from a Prairie Partner and
help us with our educational projects.
Tanner Mansfield will be returned again
this year as well as
Lou Aiello and his Traveling American Indian Exhibit.
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 11, 2022
Cragg Cabin History
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.