Gene Paleno Revisits Ely Stage Stop 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  history.  As these visits are recorded, the stories are being preserved for future generations.

The docents and volunteers of the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum are excited to welcome back Gene Paleno, author and illustrator living in Witter Springs. Paleno will be available to museum visitors on April 22 noon till 2 p.m.Mr. Paleno’s visit that day will focus on his recent book “The Porter Conspiracy”.  In the book Paleno chronicles the intrigue that followed the Union Army’s disastrous defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Paleno will be happy to sign them for interested visitors.

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.  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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Pete Chappars

Fiddling At The Ely Stage Stop On Sunday, April 2

Bring the whole family to the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Sunday, April 2, 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. 

The volunteer docents can’t guarantee a winter wonderland as happened for the March Fiddlers but a fun time is guaranteed. 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 PM.  So come early to enjoy all of the newest museum acquisitions and displays.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. .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.  Use our newly created outdoor stage to hold music events.

Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely..  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.

Santa Ready to Visit Ely Christmas Marketplace

Santa paid a quick visit this week to the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum to finalize his plans to be at the the Ely Christmas Marketplace this Saturday, December 17. He will be roaming the grounds and joining hayrides with the kids, (weather permitting). Bring your cameras as Santa is excited to be photographed with kids of all ages at the museum’s main house.

Local artists will be selling their handcrafted wares in the barn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. Crafted items for sale will include handmade jewelry, cards, poetry books, cutting boards, handbags, up-cycled and re-purposed items, bath and beauty products, reclaimed furniture and crafts, toys, pencil art, outdoor wood furniture, honey and wax products, and pickles from the Pickle Man. Snacks will be available for purchase from A Passion for Food.

Join the museum volunteers and docents for a fun-filled day on the museum grounds. Pick up that perfect last minute holiday gift and support Lake County artists.

This December event 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.

Note that the museum will be closed both Saturday and Sunday, December 24 and 25 for the Christmas Holiday. The museum will be open to visitors during normal hours on Saturday, December 31, but closed for New Year’s Day. The monthly Fiddlers’ Jam usually held on the first Sunday of each month will be enjoyed on Sunday, January 8. The event will then revert to the first Sunday in February and subsequent months.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road), Kelseyville, California. For more information, check out www.elystagestop.com, www.lakecountyhistory.org,  www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call 707.533.9990, during museum hours, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3.p.m.

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Santa making sure all is set in the Ely barn for Saturday’s Christmas Marketplace. Photos by Greg Blinn.

 

Ely Stage Stop Christmas Marketplace

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. Crafted items for sale will include handmade jewelry, cards, poetry books, cutting boards, handbags, up-cycled and re-purposed items, bath and beauty products, reclaimed furniture and crafts, toys, pencil art, outdoor wood furniture, honey and wax products, and pickles from the Pickle Man. Snacks 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. Bring your cameras!

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 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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Hayride enjoyed with Santa at last year’s Ely Christmas Marketplace. Join the fun again this year on December 17. Photo by Greg Blinn.

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 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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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.

Ely Stage Stop November Update

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, operated by the Lake County Historical Society, will be closed Sunday, November 20, so docents and volunteers can attend the Historical Society’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Lakeport Senior Center with dinner being served at 2:00 p.m. The senior center is located at 527 Konocti Avenue in Lakeport. Tickets for LCHS members are $15.00, non-member tickets are $18.00, and tickets for children twelve and under are $5.00. The public is invited.

Living History Days have been suspended for November and December due to the holidays. The event will resume on the 4th Saturday of January, 2017.

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.

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 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 ready for the next event. Call the museum to reserve space for your group. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop Happenings

The weather may be changing but there are still lots of things happening at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. Although usually open every Saturday and Sunday, the museum will be closed the weekend of October 22 and 23. Ely has been chosen as the venue for a Boy Scout weekend campout. This is an annual event for the Boy Scouts allowing them to perform community service projects while honing their camping skills. This year they will camp out for two nights on the Ely property, clearing the hillside below Ely’s main house during the day.

That particular weekend would also have been Ely’s Living History Day. That activity is being pushed to the next Saturday, October 29. Historian Ruby Glebe will return to the Stage Stop that day to share more stories from the past. Glebe preserves and promotes Lake County’s historical resources. Fifteen years ago, the Lake County Board of Supervisors appointed Glebe to the position of Lake County Historian. She is only the third person to hold this distinction, preceded by Henry Mauldin and Marion Goebel.

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 community that was killed by the plummeting price of quicksilver and periodic wildfires that plague the area. Her presentation will begin at noon. Admission is free with donations accepted. Through these Living History Days at Ely, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

Finally, save the date of November 6 when Ely again hosts the California Old Time Fiddlers Association for a jam session in the Ely barn from noon till 2 p.m. Musicians will follow the usual round-robin format with donations benefitting both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the construction of the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association District 10, using it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

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.  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.

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.

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 are always available.

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Weather permitting, many Ely events include opportunities for old time hay rides between the main house and the barn. Photo by Greg Blinn.

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Pictured is the main house at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop Marketplace Joins Fiddlers’ Jam in October

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 p.m. inside the barn.

Admission is free and there will be fun for all ages. 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 from the Cactus Grill in Clearlake.

Items available at the marketplace will include jewelry, beauty products, wood and metal products, local honey, books, and more.

The Lake County Model A Club plans to display several Ford Model A vehicles during the Marketplace. Approximately 5,000,000 were made and approximately 1,000,000 are still on the road today according to club member Dick Munger.

Beverages and tasty treats will be provided by the docents in the barn. Take a ride up to the house on the hay wagon where you can enjoy the newest displays of Mason and Ball canning jars and antique kitchen gadgets.

Donations made during the fiddling benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, who uses it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

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.

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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Ely Marketplace last joined the May Fiddlers’ Jam. Pictured are vendors outside the Phase 1 blacksmith shop construction. Funds are needed to complete Phase 2. Come to the October 2 combined event on the Ely property. Photo by Steve Hendricks, edited by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop to close for Pear Festival Day

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, operated by the Lake County Historical Society, 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.

Due to the Saturday closure, September’s Living History Day, usually held the fourth Saturday of each month, will be cancelled. The museum will be open as usual Sunday, September, 25.

Save the October 2 date when the Ely Stage Stop Marketplace will join the Fiddlers’ Jam. 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 museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera). Normal 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 featuring local historians are held on the fourth Saturday of every month, again, from noon to 2 p.m.

Visit www.elystagestop.com or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990. Contact the museum for questions about volunteer work, donations of old wood for barn construction, or docent applications.

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Ely Stage Coach will be on display in the Pear Pavilion during the 24th annual Kelseyville Pear Festival on Saturday, September 24. Contributed photo.

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.