The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes back the Old Time Fiddlers Association for the monthly First Sunday Fiddlers’ Jam on Sunday, March 1st. Typically musicians from Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino counties descend upon the stage stop for a round robin style jam session. Musicians of all ages will meet in the Ely barn from noon through 2 p.m. to perform their wonderful Americana music.
The fun begins at the museum at 11:00 a.m. Come and enjoy the newest display in the main house celebrating the Lake County Dairy Industry. Collections of milk bottles and butter churns are featured with old photos from by-gone days at the dairies.
There will be the regular monthly raffle near the end of the jam and more chances to purchase raffle tickets for the “Barns, Birds and Quilts” raffle that will celebrate a winner later in the year. Those items will be on display.
This is a free, family friendly event for all to enjoy, so bring young and old alike. Enjoy the music with hot beverages and tasty treats. Bring your own wine and sip it in Ely Stage Stop wine glasses that will be available for purchase.
Donations benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund a blacksmith shop on which volunteers are about to start work, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association District 10, who uses it to partially fund their scholarship programs.
Home to the Lake County Historical Society, the stage stop is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month from noon until 2 p.m.
Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.
A new opportunity to enjoy Lake County history will be introduced to the public on Saturday, February 28, when the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum presents the first in a series of Living History events from noon to 2 p.m. Local historians will come on site to share stories from the past. The event will repeat on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Ruby Glebe, one of Lake County’s newest centenarians, will kick off the series. Glebe is well known and respected for her work in preserving and promoting Lake County’s historical resources and for her contributions to the Kelseyville community. Fifteen years ago the County Board of Supervisors appointed Glebe to the position of Lake County Historian. She is only the third person to hold this distinction, preceded by Henry Mauldin and Marion Goebel.
Glebe will be available to the public in the Ely main house starting at noon to visit and answer questions. At 1 p.m. she will present a brief program relating to the 1914 arrival of electricity in Kelseyville from a power plant built on Kelsey Creek. She will remain available until 2 p.m. for more questions and insights.
Home to the Lake County Historical Society, the stage stop is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.