Fiddling at the Ely Stage Stop on Sunday, August 7

Bring the whole family to the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Sunday, August 7, for the monthly Fiddlers’ Jam. Musicians will meet in the Ely barn to perform their wonderful Americana music from noon till 2 p.m.  The event is free, but donations made during the event benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association, helping to fund their scholarship programs.

Enjoy the music with beverages and tasty treats provided by the Ely volunteers.  Enjoy a picnic in the oak grove. Bring your own wine and sip it in Ely Stage Stop wine glasses that are available for purchase.

There will be the regular monthly raffle near the end of the jam and the opportunity to purchase tickets for a “Quilt” raffle that will celebrate a winner later in the year. Those items will be on display in the barn during the jam.

Come early and enjoy the 5-years -of-operation celebratory exhibit in the main house. Take a hayride or stroll the barn trail.

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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California Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10 jamming in the Ely Stage Stop Barn. Musicians jam on the first Sunday of every month. Join them on August 7. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Raise a Fork, Raise some Funds for Ely

On July 24, 2011, the Lake County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, opened the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum to the public marking the beginning of what would become one of the most important educational and cultural sites in Lake County.

Five years of operations are now being celebrated by the docents and volunteers of the museum.

Through its displays, activities, and collections, the Stage Stop offers the public a chance to step back in time, experiencing and learning about the region’s history, geography, and culture. In addition to free general public admission, the museum hosts regularly scheduled educational programs for local school children, community activities and provides facilities for large group gatherings such as family reunions, meetings, lectures, community fundraising events, weddings, and training programs.

The Stage Stop operates and flourishes solely by donations of time and money. Join the Ely docents and volunteers on Friday, August 26, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge for a fundraiser round up Italian-style. Enjoy an evening of family, friends and fun as we raise a fork (and some funds) to complete the Blacksmith Shop.

Feast as the Italians do on a multi-course buffet of antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce. A no host bar will be available. Win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items.

John Parker, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker talking about an 1876 Lake County painting that was recently discovered in the Rothschild collection.

A $50 donation per person gets each guest a ticket to enjoy the feast and all the fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase now. Call 707.279.0493 for your tickets or stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase them from the docents.

Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge is located at 10200 Fairway Drive, Kelseyville, CA. Please support the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, preserving Lake County’s past, present and future.

The museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, CA, 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. For more information, check out www.elystagestop.org, www.lakecountyhistory.org,  www.facebook.com/elystagestop or call the Ely message line at at 707.533.9990.

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Dr. John Parker will be the keynote speaker at the Ely Riviera Round Up on Friday, August 26. Help the Ely Stage Stop volunteers raise funds to complete the Blacksmith Shop. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop Welcomes Ray Benevedes 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.

On July 23 the docents and volunteers of the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum will welcome Ray Benevedes, retired Lake County Sheriff. Benevedes served two 4-year terms from 1983 to 1991. His early truck driving career found him on the road to Lake County in 1955. Stories of his path to becoming the Lake County Sheriff will be shared. History and celebrities of the time will be remembered. He will contrast practices in place during his terms with those in place in today’s “high-tech” world. His presentation will begin at noon.

Admission is free with donations accepted.

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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Ray Benevedes, retired Lake County Sheriff, will meet with visitors at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, July 23, for the Ely Living History Day. His presentation will begin at noon. Contributed photo.

Ely Round Up at Riviera Hills

This month marks the 5th Anniversary of operations at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum in Kelseyville. On July 24, 2011, the Lake County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, opened the museum to the public marking the beginning of what would become one of the most important educational and cultural sites in Lake County.

In addition to free general public admission, the museum hosts regularly scheduled educational programs for local school children, community activities and provides facilities for large group gatherings such as family reunions, meetings, lectures, community fundraising events, weddings, training programs, etc.

The Stage Stop operates and flourishes solely by donations of time and money. Join the Ely docents and volunteers on Friday, August 26, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge for a fundraiser round up Italian-style. Enjoy an evening of family, friends and fun as we raise a fork (and some funds) to complete the Blacksmith Shop.

Feast as the Italians do on a multi-course banquet of antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce. A no host bar will be available. Win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items.

John Parker, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker presenting “An 1876 Lake County Painting Discovered in the Rothschild Collection”.

A $50 donation per person gets each guest a ticket to enjoy the feast and all the fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase early. Call 707.279.0493 for your ticket or stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase tickets from the docents.

Riviera Hills Restaurant & Lounge is located at 10200 Fairway Drive, Kelseyville, CA. Please support the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, preserving Lake County’s past, present and future.

The museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, CA, 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. For more information, check out www.elystagestop.org, www.lakecountyhistory.org, www.facebook.com/elystagestop or call the Ely message line at at 707.533.9990.

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John Parker, Ph.D., keynote speaker at the Ely Riviera Round Up Fundraiser dinner August 26, 2016. Get tickets before August 15. Raise a fork, raise some funds. Contributed photo.