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Goose Lake Prairie Partners
Volunteers at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
5010 N. Jugtown Road off Pine Bluff Road, Morris, IL 60450

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35th Annual Cabin Festival
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM

Our Sponsor for the 5th year --
CPV Three Rivers Energy Center,
Logo CPV Three Rivers PowerWe welcome our new neighbors.

This was a day devoted to


The 2021 lineup was interesting and fun, we hope you came over to visit us...

Dulcimer 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
Grundy County Historical Society - Ms Steffes
Crafting - Mrs. Johnson
The Tanner - Mrs. Mansfield
CPV Three Rivers Energy Center Representative
And the Goose Lake Prairie Partners and Friends

Visit our Gift Shop and greet Mrs. McDade
 Eat Lunch from our Food Shop with
the Prairie Partners and  friends...
Located 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. (Click here 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 adjusts her display
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
2021 Festival Flyer

Reenactment may include

American Indian
   Life & Culture
Bee Keeper
Childrens Games
Tanning, Farming
Plant Study
Old fashion Games
Wood Carvers
Knitting, Crochet
Lace Making, Quilting
Weaving, Spinning
 Discussions of
   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.