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.
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.