Fiddling at the Ely Stage Stop on Sunday, August 7

Bring the whole family to the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Sunday, August 7, 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.

There will be the regular monthly raffle near the end of the jam and the opportunity to purchase tickets for a “Quilt” raffle that will celebrate a winner later in the year. Those items will be on display in the barn during the jam.

Come early and enjoy the 5-years -of-operation celebratory exhibit in the main house. 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.

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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California Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10 jamming in the Ely Stage Stop Barn. Musicians jam on the first Sunday of every month. Join them on August 7. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Raise a Fork, Raise some Funds for Ely

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.

Five years of operations are now being celebrated by the docents and volunteers of the museum.

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. Win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items.

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

A $50 donation per person gets each guest a ticket to enjoy the feast and all the fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase now. Call 707.279.0493 for your tickets or stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase them from the docents.

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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Dr. John Parker will be the keynote speaker at the Ely Riviera Round Up on Friday, August 26. Help the Ely Stage Stop volunteers raise funds to complete the Blacksmith Shop. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop Welcomes Ray Benevedes 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 Lake County history.  As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

On July 23 the docents and volunteers of the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum will welcome Ray Benevedes, retired Lake County Sheriff. Benevedes served two 4-year terms from 1983 to 1991. His early truck driving career found him on the road to Lake County in 1955. Stories of his path to becoming the Lake County Sheriff will be shared. History and celebrities of the time will be remembered. He will contrast practices in place during his terms with those in place in today’s “high-tech” world. His 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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Ray Benevedes, retired Lake County Sheriff, will meet with visitors at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, July 23, for the Ely Living History Day. His presentation will begin at noon. Contributed photo.

Ely Round Up at Riviera Hills

This month marks the 5th Anniversary of operations at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum in Kelseyville. On July 24, 2011, the Lake County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, opened the museum to the public marking the beginning of what would become one of the most important educational and cultural sites in Lake County.

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, training programs, etc.

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 banquet of antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce. A no host bar will be available. Win raffle baskets and bid on silent and live auction items.

John Parker, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker presenting “An 1876 Lake County Painting Discovered in the Rothschild Collection”.

A $50 donation per person gets each guest a ticket to enjoy the feast and all the fun. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Monday, August 15. Seating is limited, so purchase early. Call 707.279.0493 for your ticket or stop by the museum during visitor hours and purchase tickets from the docents.

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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John Parker, Ph.D., keynote speaker at the Ely Riviera Round Up Fundraiser dinner August 26, 2016. Get tickets before August 15. Raise a fork, raise some funds. Contributed photo.

Sunday Fiddling at the Ely Stage Stop over July 4 Holiday Weekend

Stop by the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Sunday, July 3, to celebrate America’s Independence with some toe-tapping Americana music. Musicians will play in the Ely barn from noon until 2 p.m. Attendees will be treated to “old timey” tunes and sing-a-longs with the musicians likely adding some patriotic ditties for this special weekend. Bring the whole family to this free event.

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.

There will be the regular monthly raffle near the end of the jam and the opportunity to purchase tickets for a “Quilt” raffle that will celebrate a winner later in the year. Those items will be on display in the barn during the jam.

Come early and enjoy the latest exhibits in the house and on the grounds. Take a hayride or stroll the new barn trail. See our new permanent outdoor stage first used for the June 11 Blues Benefit #2 produced by Spotlight On Productions. The Benefit raised funds for Hope City, aka Hope Crisis Response Network (HCRN), a member of Team Lake County, to rebuild homes lost in the Valley Fire.

The Mendocino College Construction Fundamentals Class, taught by Lake County contractor Glenn Mueller, built the stage as one of their class projects. Come check out their beautiful work. Watch for announcements of future outdoor events to be held on the stage.

Donations made during the jam benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the construction of 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. Living History events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, again, 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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Musicians at the June Fiddlers’ Jam enjoying a sing-a-long with the crowd. The quilt displayed as a back-drop will be raffled off later in the year. Raffle tickets will be available at Sunday’s Jam. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Lessons From Green Water Shared at Ely Stage Stop’s Living History Day

The popular Living History Day series continues at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, June 25. On the fourth Saturday of each month local historians come to the main house to visit with guests and answer questions regarding different aspects of Lake County history. As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

This month Dr. Harry Lyons, Yuba College Biology Professor, will join Ely guests for Living History Day.  Dr. Lyons will weave the stories of two nutrient-rich aquatic ecosystems, the Hudson River and Clear Lake, addressing the problems and promises of such rich biological communities. Although differing in their geological and hydrologic histories, the two systems face similar problems with over-enrichment and point-source contamination. Most feel the biological condition of the Hudson has improved; some feel the biological condition of Clear Lake has not. Dr. Lyons’s talk will address the questions – Can the political action taken on behalf of the Hudson River serve as a model for pushing improvement of water quality in Clear Lake? How is the chance of success through political action dependent on the type of pollution and its causes?

Dr. Lyons grew up swimming and fishing in the Hudson River. His life-long interest in water led him to pursue his PhD in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of the University of California after academic work at Rutgers and Stanford. He has lived by, sampled from, and swum in Clear Lake for over thirty-five years. His talks are always peppered with the spirit of relevant songs. His presentation will begin at noon.

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.

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.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org on facebook at www.facebook.com/eleystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

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Dr. Harry Lyons by the Hudson River. Come hear his presentation “Lessons from Green Water” at noon on Saturday, 6/25, for the Ely Stage Stop’s Living History Day. Contributed photo.

“Fiddle Away” first Sunday at Ely Stage Stop

Come join the ever popular First Sunday Fiddlers’ Jam at the Ely Stage Stop on June 5. 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. The Ely Stage Stop has proven to be the perfect venue to foster community interest and appreciation for the California Old Time Fiddlers’ Association’s music. Donations will benefit the Ely Stage Stop and the Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Come early and check out the latest museum acquisitions and displays. Take a stroll down the “barn trail” connecting the main house to the barn. Check out the new permanent outdoor stage that will be used to enhance future events on the property.

This free, family friendly event can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the beautiful picnic tables.  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. Come ready to clap your hands, tap your toes, and get up and dance!

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.  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 and/or public events can be arranged by appointment.

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 Stage Stop’s Fiddlers’ Jam enjoyed by musicians and audience alike. Join the fun on Sunday, June 5. Photo by Greg Blinn.

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 Lake County history.  As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history 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 May 28 from noon till 2 p.m. Paleno’s visit that day will focus on the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850.  According to Paleno, his recently published Lake County History : A Mystical Adventure in Time includes the whole story as shared nowhere else. 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 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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Gene Paleno welcomed to Ely Stage Stop for January’s Living History Day. Ely welcomes him back for May’s event and a book signing. Contributed photo.

The Stage is Set at Ely

Thanks to many in the community, the permanent stage is set for the first outdoor music venue to be held at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. On Saturday, May 21, the Ely Stage Stop will host the Lake County Fire Recovery Blues Benefit #2, an outdoor music festival from 3 to 7 pm with local crafts, food, beer & wine, info booths and raffles. This is the second Blues Benefit produced by Spotlight On Productions to support fire recovery in Lake County.  Blues Benefit #2 will raise funds for Hope City, aka Hope Crisis Response Network (HCRN), a member of Team Lake County, to rebuild homes lost in the Valley Fire.

Providing a permanent stage has been a long-term dream of the docents and volunteers at the Stage Stop. Over the last few weeks, that dream has become a reality. The Mendocino College Construction Fundamentals Class, taught by Lake County contractor Glenn Mueller, took on the stage-building project giving students experience in working with concrete, building forms and pouring and finishing the cement.

The team of students working on the project comprise the first Construction Fundamentals Class offered at the Lake County Mendocino College Center in Lakeport. After last year’s wild fires the college responded to the increased need for building skills in the county. Students no longer need to travel out of county to develop safe construction skills and methods. Mueller said the next class is scheduled to begin June 16. Visit www.mendocino.edu for information.

Dennis Woodland, a local contractor with special expertise in concrete, assisted on the project. Clear Lake Redi-Mix gave a discount on the purchase of the concrete used to complete the stage. Dennis Grove Concrete Pumping of Hidden Valley Lake gave a partial donation of services.

Complementing the permanent stage, is a “barn trail” newly constructed between the main house and the red barn on the museum property. The trail construction was undertaken by Kennedy Gaulden, a member of Boy Scout Troop 45, to fulfill his Eagle Scout Project. The Troop Scoutmaster is Austin Mueller, son of Glenn Mueller.

These types of community partnership allow the museum goals to be further realized since the stage and path will remain intact for future events. Come enjoy the blues event and share in our community pride. Tickets are $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.

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 and/or public events can be arranged by appointment.

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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The Construction Fundamentals and Green Building class from the Mendocino College Lake Center campus pictured in front of the new permanent stage at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. From left to right: Marilyn Saderland, Joe Lundergreen, Glenn Mueller, Dan Brosnan, Greg Dills (Museum Director), Rob Sansom, Bob Stack, Jack Hewlitt. Kneeling from left to right: Charlene Daniel, Levi Hageman, Dennis Woodland (expert consultant), Buddy the dog. Not pictured but participating: Tamra Furlani, Elaine Jolin, and Sean Morgan. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop Marketplace Joins Fiddlers’ Jam in May

The May 1st 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.

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, butcher blocks, pencil art, and bath and beauty products. There will be fantasy art, yard art, organic veggies, and honey and bee products. The Lake County Rockhounds will offer “gold panning for kids”.

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 and learn about antique cookware.

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.

On Saturday, May 21, the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum will be hosting Lake County Fire Recovery Blues Benefit #2 for Hope Crisis Response Network to rebuild homes lost in the Valley Fire.  Gates open at 2 pm, with blues music from local and Bay Area bands from 3 to 7 pm.  For more info on Facebook:  Lake County Fire Recovery Blues Benefits.  Or call Spotlight On Productions: 707-278-7126.

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.

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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Visitors enjoying the fruits of last October’s Ely Marketplace. Contributed photo.