March First Sunday Fiddling at the Ely Stage Stop

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes back the Old Time Fiddlers Association for the monthly First Sunday Fiddlers’ Jam on Sunday, March 6. 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 till 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 displays in the main house. Enjoy a hay ride, weather permitting. There will be the regular monthly raffle near the end of the jam. 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 the blacksmith shop, the current all-volunteer project, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association District 10, who uses it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum 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. Private tours can be arranged by appointment.

Come join the fun and become a volunteer at Ely! Applications will be available.

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

Old time fiddlers copy

Musicians performing for a great crowd in the Ely Stage Stop barn during a previous Fiddlers’ Jam. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop’s Living History Day

The popular Living History Day series continues at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, February 27. On the fourth Saturday of each month local historians come to the main house to visit with guests and answer questions regarding different aspects of Lake County history. As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

John Parker, Ph.D., local Archaeological Researcher, will be available to museum visitors Saturday from noon till 2 p.m. Dr. Parker’s focus will be on Lake County’s Geology, Prehistory and History. He will also be demonstrating obsidian chipping during his talk. Join the Ely docents and volunteers for this free, family-friendly event.

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes more docents to greet visitors and share information on our history, our current displays, and our planned events.  Volunteers for maintenance and construction projects are also needed. Come join the fun and become a volunteer at Ely. Applications will be available during the day.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clear Lake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29 – Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Private tours can be arranged by appointment.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org on facebook at www.facebook.com/eleystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

John Parker

John Parker, Ph.D., Archaeological Researcher,  to present on February 27 for the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum Living History Day. Contributed photo.