“Fiddle Away” first Sunday at Ely Stage Stop

Come join the ever popular First Sunday Fiddlers’ Jam at the Ely Stage Stop on June 5. The fun begins at the museum at 11:00 a.m. with the Fiddlers playing in the barn from 12 noon through 2 p.m. The Ely Stage Stop has proven to be the perfect venue to foster community interest and appreciation for the California Old Time Fiddlers’ Association’s music. Donations will benefit the Ely Stage Stop and the Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Come early and check out the latest museum acquisitions and displays. Take a stroll down the “barn trail” connecting the main house to the barn. Check out the new permanent outdoor stage that will be used to enhance future events on the property.

This free, family friendly event can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the beautiful picnic tables.  Enjoy the music with beverages and tasty treats provided by the docents.  Bring your own wine and sip it in Ely Stage Stop wine glasses that are available for purchase. Come ready to clap your hands, tap your toes, and get up and dance!

The 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. Private tours and/or public events can be arranged by appointment.

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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Ely Stage Stop’s Fiddlers’ Jam enjoyed by musicians and audience alike. Join the fun on Sunday, June 5. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Gene Paleno revisits Ely Stage Stop for Living History Day

On the fourth Saturday of each month local historians come to the Ely Stage Stop 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.

The docents and volunteers of the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum are excited to welcome back Gene Paleno, author and illustrator living in Witter Springs. Paleno will be available to museum visitors on May 28 from noon till 2 p.m. Paleno’s visit that day will focus on the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850.  According to Paleno, his recently published Lake County History : A Mystical Adventure in Time includes the whole story as shared nowhere else. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Paleno will be happy to sign them for interested visitors.

The 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.  Living History events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month, again, from noon until 2 p.m. Private tours can be arranged by appointment.

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.

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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Gene Paleno welcomed to Ely Stage Stop for January’s Living History Day. Ely welcomes him back for May’s event and a book signing. Contributed photo.

The Stage is Set at Ely

Thanks to many in the community, the permanent stage is set for the first outdoor music venue to be held at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. On Saturday, May 21, the Ely Stage Stop will host the Lake County Fire Recovery Blues Benefit #2, an outdoor music festival from 3 to 7 pm with local crafts, food, beer & wine, info booths and raffles. This is the second Blues Benefit produced by Spotlight On Productions to support fire recovery in Lake County.  Blues Benefit #2 will raise funds for Hope City, aka Hope Crisis Response Network (HCRN), a member of Team Lake County, to rebuild homes lost in the Valley Fire.

Providing a permanent stage has been a long-term dream of the docents and volunteers at the Stage Stop. Over the last few weeks, that dream has become a reality. The Mendocino College Construction Fundamentals Class, taught by Lake County contractor Glenn Mueller, took on the stage-building project giving students experience in working with concrete, building forms and pouring and finishing the cement.

The team of students working on the project comprise the first Construction Fundamentals Class offered at the Lake County Mendocino College Center in Lakeport. After last year’s wild fires the college responded to the increased need for building skills in the county. Students no longer need to travel out of county to develop safe construction skills and methods. Mueller said the next class is scheduled to begin June 16. Visit www.mendocino.edu for information.

Dennis Woodland, a local contractor with special expertise in concrete, assisted on the project. Clear Lake Redi-Mix gave a discount on the purchase of the concrete used to complete the stage. Dennis Grove Concrete Pumping of Hidden Valley Lake gave a partial donation of services.

Complementing the permanent stage, is a “barn trail” newly constructed between the main house and the red barn on the museum property. The trail construction was undertaken by Kennedy Gaulden, a member of Boy Scout Troop 45, to fulfill his Eagle Scout Project. The Troop Scoutmaster is Austin Mueller, son of Glenn Mueller.

These types of community partnership allow the museum goals to be further realized since the stage and path will remain intact for future events. Come enjoy the blues event and share in our community pride. Tickets are $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.

The 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.  Living History events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month, again, from noon until 2 p.m. Private tours and/or public events can be arranged by appointment.

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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The Construction Fundamentals and Green Building class from the Mendocino College Lake Center campus pictured in front of the new permanent stage at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. From left to right: Marilyn Saderland, Joe Lundergreen, Glenn Mueller, Dan Brosnan, Greg Dills (Museum Director), Rob Sansom, Bob Stack, Jack Hewlitt. Kneeling from left to right: Charlene Daniel, Levi Hageman, Dennis Woodland (expert consultant), Buddy the dog. Not pictured but participating: Tamra Furlani, Elaine Jolin, and Sean Morgan. Photo by Greg Blinn.