Summer End Excitement at Ely Stage Stop

September and October promise to be very exciting months for the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. The monthly Fiddlers’ Jam returns on September 4.  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. Come early and enjoy the exhibit in the main house showcasing the first five years of museum activities. Take a hayride or stroll the barn trail. 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.

On Saturday, September 10, Ely hosts Spotlight on Productions for Blues Benefit  #3 Concert at the Ely outdoor stage. This is a benefit for Hope City to rebuild homes lost to the Valley and Clayton Fires.  The tribute concert will open with Dave Broida & Blues Farm from Lake County. Mighty Mike Schermer from Austin, Texas, will be backed by friends from Sonoma County and vocalist Miz Dee from the Bay Area. Since this will be the anniversary weekend of the Valley Fire, several special guests have been invited to speak. Tickets are $15 cash at the gate, 12 and under are free. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. Music will run from 2 – 6 p.m. Carpooling is recommended. There will be golf cart & ATV transport to the field from the parking areas. ADA accommodations will be available. For more information email SpotlightOn999@gmail.com or leave a message at 707-278-7126.

The Stage Stop, will be closed Saturday, September 24, due to its presence in the Pear Pavilion at the 24th Anniversary of the Kelseyville Pear Festival. Come by the Pear Pavilion instead that day to talk to museum docents about their current displays and activities. See our stage coach replica up close. Ask about the progress being made on the blacksmith shop, the current all-volunteer museum project. The museum will be open as usual Sunday, September, 25.

The October 2 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 2:00 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.

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. 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 barn, popular venue for a variety of community activities. Pictured are docents and musicians on a break at a previous Fiddlers’ Jam. Catch events at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ruby Glebe Returns to Ely Stage Stop for Living History Day

Historian Ruby Glebe will return to the Ely Stage Stop on Saturday, August 27 to share more stories from the past during the museum’s Living History Day. Glebe preserves and promotes Lake County’s historical resources. 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 by Ely volunteers, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

Glebe will be talking about the Pine Flat Community of 1870, once a quicksilver mining boomtown in the rugged Mayacamas Mountains that straddle Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties. Nothing remains of the once thriving community turned to bust due to the plummeting price of quicksilver and periodic wildfires that plague the area. Her 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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Lake County Historian Ruby Glebe returns to the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, August 27, for Living History Day. Her presentation will start at noon. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Hop on the Ely Stage and head for the Riviera Hills Round Up

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.

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.

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

Opportunities to win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items will round out the evening of fun. A Boat Tour of Anderson Marsh for 6 led by Park Founder, John Parker, is just one of the auction items that will be available.

Tickets for the feast and fun are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase now. Stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase them from the docents or call 707.279.0493.

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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Boat Tour of Anderson Marsh for 6 led by Park Founder, John Parker. Just one of the auction items available at the Ely Roundup at Riviera Hills August 26th. Tickets must be purchased in advance by August 15th at the Ely Museum or by calling 279-0493. Contributed photo.