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Cabin Fever Art Festival reveals heritage plaque

The plaque is located on the north side of the walking path, erected on a steel post for all visitors to see and read.
From left, assistant deputy minister for the parks division Jennifer Johnson and park manager of Moose Mountain Provincial Park Kim Brown revealed the heritage plaque located along the walking path by the chalet.

MOOSE MOUNTAIN PROVINCIAL PARK - The Kenosee Lake beach came alive by the chalet on Aug. 12 when artists displayed their work across the grassy slope by the water.

It marked a special day as Jennifer Johnson, the assistant deputy minister, parks division, and Kim Brown, the manager for Moose Mountain Provincial Park, unveiled the heritage plaque by the chalet.

“Events like this help us to appreciate the unique stories and places that make up the history of our province,” said Brown.

Brown went on to say the government recognizes the important role heritage plays in the quality of life and in provincial pride.

Johnston read a quote about heritage: “Love your monuments; they are part of a rich civilization and speak volumes about a bygone era.”

This gave the chalet and the Artist Colony official recognition as a provincial historical site.

The plaque is located on the north side of the walking path, erected on a steel post for all visitors to see and read.

Completed in 1932 as a Great Depression relief project, the chalet and cabins served as accommodations for park visitors.

The building was designed by provincial architect Harold Dawson. It was among the first buildings constructed in Saskatchewan’s newly-established provincial parks.

To give the building a rustic look they used fieldstone, stucco and half timbers to give it characteristics that were popular in North America during the early 20th century.

The chalet overlooks the lake, giving it majestic views while nestled among mature aspen trees.

Today, the chalet still stands proud on a slight hill, with its manicured grass and neatly-placed flowers.

Over the years the cabins have been restored and offered free of charge to the artists.

The Cabin Fever event is a coming together of the past and present and a great way to celebrate the continued use of the cabins.

The artists had their items displayed from 1-5 p.m. and during this time, it gave the nearly 1,000 visitors a chance to purchase one of their favourite pieces.

 Artists from near and far have taken advantage of the cabins during the past years, and several new artists were present in the hopes to be in a cabin in the near future.

Refreshments were served at the Kenosee Inn, with a side of art on display from 1-7 p.m.

Activities were held for the kids on the lawn by the chalet as well, with paint, bubbles and so much more.

There were opportunities to learn a trick or two from the artists, as they offered a few classes while on the lake.

When the art show ended, the festivities did not conclude there.

At 7 p.m., a concert was held near the beach to complete the day, with 150 people attending.

Teagan Littlechief, the winner of the 2022 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year, belted out her tunes for an hour and a half. Many stopped by to listen to the popular singer before they left for home.