December Holiday Happenings At Ely

Get in the holiday spirit with sounds of joy! The Old Time Fiddlers Association continues their monthly First Sunday Fiddlers’ Jam sessions in the Ely barn. On Sunday, December 4, they’ll be performing beautiful Americana music with a possible sprinkling of holiday cheer to get you in the spirit! Come ready to clap your hands and tap your toes. We’ll even make room for those who want to get up and dance! This is a free, family friendly event for all to enjoy, young and old alike.

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. Come early to enjoy all of the newest museum acquisitions and displays. 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. Take a musical break from all of that holiday shopping.

Save the Date of December 17 for the Ely Christmas Marketplace with Santa. Local artists will be selling their handcrafted goods in the barn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.
Food will be available for purchase from A Passion for Food. Join the museum volunteers and docents for a wonderful day on the museum grounds with Santa. He will be taking a much needed break from the North Pole to roam the grounds and join hayrides with the kids – weather permitting.

Both events will help promote the growth of the Ely Stage Stop Blacksmith shop and further the interaction of the local community with the history of Lake County and the Ely Stage Stop.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clear Lake 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. Private tours can be arranged by appointment. Facilities are available to support events, conferences, or family gatherings. Celebrate a wedding, reception, special anniversary, or family reunion.

Note that the museum will be closed both Saturday and Sunday, December 24 and 25 for the Christmas Holiday.

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.

Visit or, check out the stage stop on Facebook at, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.


Santa enjoying a different kind of ride at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum last year. Join him again this year at the December 17 Ely Christmas Marketplace. Photo by Greg Blinn.

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