Ely Stage Stop Marketplace Joins Fiddlers’ Jam in May

The May 1st Fiddlers’ Jam at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes the return of the Ely Stage Stop Marketplace. This free, family friendly, fun-packed day can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike. The Marketplace, just outside the Ely barn, will feature local handcrafted goods and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As usual, musicians will jam from noon to 2 p.m. inside the barn.

Enjoy music, refreshments, and the opportunity to browse and purchase the wares of local craftsmen and artists. Food will be available for purchase on site from the Cactus Grill in Clearlake.

Items available at the marketplace will include jewelry, butcher blocks, pencil art, and bath and beauty products. There will be fantasy art, yard art, organic veggies, and honey and bee products. The Lake County Rockhounds will offer “gold panning for kids”.

Beverages and tasty treats will be provided by the docents in the barn. Take a ride up to the house on the hay wagon where you can enjoy the newest displays and learn about antique cookware.

Donations made during the fiddling benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, who uses it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

On Saturday, May 21, the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum will be hosting Lake County Fire Recovery Blues Benefit #2 for Hope Crisis Response Network to rebuild homes lost in the Valley Fire.  Gates open at 2 pm, with blues music from local and Bay Area bands from 3 to 7 pm.  For more info on Facebook:  Lake County Fire Recovery Blues Benefits.  Or call Spotlight On Productions: 707-278-7126.

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 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. Living History events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, again, from noon until 2 p.m.

Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown.  Applications will be available during the day. Join the fun!

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

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Visitors enjoying the fruits of last October’s Ely Marketplace. Contributed photo.

S-Bar-S Ranch Life Revisited During Ely Stage Stop’s Living History Day

The popular Living History Day series continues at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, April 23. 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.

This month Charlotte Baker and her daughter Shari James, former residents of the Ely Stage Stop and S-Bar-S Ranch, return to share stories of ranch life in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Ernest and Polly Kettenhofen owned the S-Bar-S Ranch from 1960 to 2000.  Baker and James will be available at Ely from noon till 2 p.m. to recount what it was like to manage the ranch doing their years in the house.

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 Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown.  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.

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Charlotte Baker, pictured, will be available for conversation and questions regarding ranch life on the S-Bar-S Ranch during the Ely Living History Day, April 23 from noon till 2 p.m. Her daughter, Shari James, will join her. Contributed photo.