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.
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.