Fiddlers keep jamming at the Ely Stage Stop

Old-time-fiddlersStart the New Year fiddling around at the Ely Stage Stop!  The Old Time Fiddlers Association continues its monthly First Sundays Fiddlers Jam sessions hosted by the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum on Sunday, January 5th. Fiddlers will meet in the Ely barn to perform their wonderful Americana music.

This is a free, family friendly event for all to enjoy, so bring young and old alike.  Enjoy the music with hot beverages and tasty treats.  Bring your own wine and sip it in Ely Stage Stop wine glasses that will be available for purchase. Clap your hands, tap your toes or get up and dance!

The fun begins at the museum at 11:00 a.m. with the Fiddlers playing from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. Donations will be happily accepted to benefit the Ely Stage Stop and The Old Time Fiddlers Association. Note that rain will cancel the event during the winter months.

The stage stop is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner). Current hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. 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.

More Fiddlin’ around at the Ely Stage Stop – Sunday, December 1st

Start the holidays with sounds of joy! The Old Time Fiddlers Association continues their monthly First Sundays Fiddlers Jam sessions at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum. On Sunday, December 1st they’ll be performing beautiful Americana music with a sprinkling of holiday cheer to get you in the spirit!

This is a free, family friendly event for all to enjoy, young and old alike. Join us for hot beverages, tasty treats and toe tapping music! We’ll even make room for those who wish to get up and dance! Bring your own wine and sip it in Ely Stage Stop wine glasses that will be available for purchase.

The jam will be a great way to wrap up your Thanksgiving weekend, so come on out!
The fun begins at the museum at 11:00 a.m. with the Fiddlers playing from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. Donations will be happily accepted to benefit the Ely Stage Stop and The Old Time Fiddlers Association.

The stage stop is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner). Current hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Visit our websites at elystagestop.com or lakecountyhistory.org or visit us at www.facebook\elystagestop. You can also call the museum at 707-533-9990 during museum hours.

Ely Stage Stop Kicks off First Sundays Fiddlers JAM

IMG_20131103_143058_481Celebrate our American music heritage by joining the Old Time Fiddlers Association for their first of many jam sessions at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum. Starting on November 3, jam sessions will be held on the first Sunday of the month. Enjoy the music of the Fiddlers and view our latest exhibits at the Stage Stop.

November will feature artwork in a variety of designs using the French beaded and beadweaving techniques, popular in the Victorian era, and created by Ellen’s Beaded Designs. Select pieces will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the museum.

Hot cider and kettle corn will be available. Bring your own wine and sip it in Ely Stage Stop wine glasses that will be available for purchase.

The fun begins at 11:00 a.m. with the Fiddlers playing from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m.
Donations will be happily accepted to benefit the Ely Stage Stop and The Old Time Fiddlers Association.

The stage stop is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner). Current hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.elystagestop.com or www.lakecountyhistory.org , check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop , or call 707-533-9990 during museum hours.

Help Ely Stage Stop Care for Lake County’s History

RobertHendersonGunThe double barrel, black powder shotgun pictured here was carried across the plains by Robert Henderson as he traveled to Lake County with a wagon train.  The 1850’s William Moore & Company gun was recently donated to the Ely Stage Stop Museum by Robert’s great-grand daughter, Carolyn Henderson-Rohner (also pictured).

The museum is run by Lake County Historical Society volunteers who are dedicated to caring for these important pieces of Lake County history.  The museum and these pieces of our past are maintained so the public can learn about Lake County’s early days. But the museum needs your help.  Many items are needed by the volunteers to do their job in preserving and interpreting the past. Be a part of preserving Lake County’s past for the enjoyment of and education about Lake County’s future.

Ely Stage Stop Wish List

Miscellaneous: Small old fashioned side tables for porch | Old wash tubs for ice and cold drinks on the porch (holes in them is OK) | Antique dining table

Office Supplies: Copy paper | Banker’s boxes | Bookshelf | Vertical storage

Gardening tools & equipment: Rakes | Shovels | Hoes | Trowels | Push brooms | Gas-powered weed eater | Hoses & nozzles | Garden gloves and leather work gloves | Tractor, a resident tractor to live at Ely permanently | Mower for the tractor, to live at Ely permanently | Wheelbarrows | Industrial fans for the barn

Shop Tools: Acetylene/oxygen torch set (with tanks) | Work bench | Vise | Tool box | Hand tools | Step ladder – 6 ft. | Extension cord – 100 ft. 12/3 | Propane bottle – 5 gal | Tape measures – 25 ft., 50 ft.

Wood: Old wood is needed for siding on the barns that will be constructed at Ely. If someone donates a barn or out building, Ely volunteers can help take it down in exchange for the wood.

If you have any of these items that need a new home please contact the museum at 707-533-9990 or send an email to elystagestop@gmail.com. Remember that donations to the Ely Stage Stop are tax deductible. Stop by the museum at 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner). Current hours of operation are 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM each Saturday and Sunday. Visit our websites at elystagestop.com or lakecountyhistory.org or visit us  at www.facebook.com\elystagestop.

Pottery and Quilts on display at Ely Stage Stop

quilt1Docents at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum have created beautiful new visitor displays for summer’s end. Pam Hendricks, museum docent and member of Konocti Quilters, has loaned a selection of mini quilts, wall hangings, and lap size quilts from her collection. Vintage American pottery from docent Bonnie Skee’s collection is also on display featuring McCoy, Hull, Roseville, and Weller pieces manufactured in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

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Take the opportunity to view both displays through October in the main house in the Lake County Historical Society’s and the County of Lake’s newest museum. View the Carpenter’s Star quilt block that has recently been moved from its porch location to the new red barn on the property.

The museum address is 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera). Current hours of operation are 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM each Saturday and Sunday. Visit our websites at elystagestop.com or lakecountyhistory.org or visit us at www.facebook\elystagestop.

Historical Spirits!

barroomWhen docent Rob Sansom walked into the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum for the first time and saw the little bar that had been set up all he could think of was, “What a cool place this would be to have an old-timey drink!”  With that idea in mind the Ely’s “Cocktails in the West” program began – historic cocktails in restaurants that capture the history of Lake County.

In most depictions of the Old West saloon, whiskey was the drink of choice but there was a thriving cocktail culture during Victorian times.  “Professor” Jerry Thomas is the most well known of the Victorian mixologists of the day as he is one of the few that wrote anything down.  Armed with “Professor” Jerry Thomas’s recipes, sourced by David Wondrich in his 2007 book “Imbibe”, there were some simple cocktails that one might have encountered at the Ely Stage Stop.  The menu for “Cocktails In The West” include the Champagne Cocktail, Whiskey Cocktail (predecessor to the Old Fashioned), Manhattan Club (the original Manhattan), the Saratoga and the Sherry Cobbler, a quite refreshing beverage for the summer!

The three participating restaurants in our Cocktails In The West promotion are the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake, the Saw Shop Gallery Bistro in Kelseyville and the Boar’s Breath in Middletown.  Each building has it’s own history.  The Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant in Upper Lake, adjacent to the Tallman Hotel, is a recreation of the original 1880’s saloon that was demolished during Prohibition.  It captures the spirit of the Victorian saloon with it’s Eastlake back bar and Lake County black walnut bar top.  The Saw Shop Gallery Bistro in Kelseyville is housed in a 1906 late Victorian period building with some of the architectural details still intact.  During it’s life as a boarding house and private residence it has been home to many of Lake County’s ancestors, past and current. The bar was milled from Lake County black walnut too!  And finally there is the Boar’s Breath in Middletown.  The oldest of the three buildings, the corner brick building has housed a turn of the century general mercantile (Cannon Bros.) and the original “Corner Store” now known as Hardester’s.

The Blue Wing, Saw Shop and Boar’s Breath are looking forward to serving everyone some historical spirits!  So starting the week of July 15th stop in to any one of these establishments and order up a cocktail that Black Bart might have enjoyed.  If you want the recipes, stop by the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum to purchase recipe and history booklets!  Cheers!

For more information, www.elystagestop.com, www.facebook.com/elystagestop, elystagestop@gmail.com or better yet stop by and see us! The Ely is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville and is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 3pm, or call us at 707.533.9990 during business hours.

Ely Stage Stop Quick Draw 2013

PICNIC-TABLEQUICK! It’s time for the 2013 Ely Quick Draw. This is your chance to win a fabulous wood picnic table and bench set for your outdoor entertaining needs. Beyond-sturdy two inch thick solid wood was used so it will last a very long time. The set was made right here in Lake County, USA, by the Konocti Conservation Camp CC#27. Known for their fire suppression support and community service projects, the camp has donated this great piece for a raffle to raise funds for a set of tables that will greatly enhance Ely’s event space for future festivities.

The 2013 Quick Draw ticket sales started July 6th. The autumn drawing date will be announced at a future time. So buy early and buy often. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Purchase tickets from our docents during museum hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday & Sunday or from any of our volunteers anywhere/anytime you may run into them. Watch for us at many public events.

Operated by the Lake County Historical Society, the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville. Visit our websites at elystagestop.com or lakecountyhistory.org, as well as www.facebook/elystagestop.

Perfect Start to Summer at Ely

Attendees of the June 22nd Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum’s first annual Picnic on the Porch had a wonderful time. Greeted by old time music performed by Uncorked (Don Coffin, Andy Skelton, Eleanor Clark, and Dan Harris), everybody got in the mood quickly. There was toe-tapping, hand-clapping and even some dancing in the parking lot.

Tea-Pot-Display-smallBarbara White modeled a typical traveling woman’s outfit she would have worn riding the stage line. Other period clothing was on display inside the house as well as on the porch.

Old fashioned aprons and teapot collections were on display compliments of several Lake County Historical Society members who are local historians. Select pieces of their collections were loaned for the day’s event. Both displays were very impressive, taking guests back to another time.

AGroup-small delicious box lunch catered by Rosey Cooks was enjoyed at noon on the porch. Docents provided an elegant setting for 80 guests. White linens accented by green checkered tablecloths adorned each table. Fresh floral arrangements in green Ball mason jars were offset with yellow linen mats complimenting the country decor. The weather was perfect for al fresco dining that day.

Stretch-1-smallAfter lunch seven themed baskets were raffled off. District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown helped to encourage raffle ticket purchases in the final minutes with his own version of the “stretch”. Silent auction items continued to collect bids during the lunch and raffle.
Winners were announced as each item closed.

Guests were encouraged to self-tour the new barn where several agricultural pieces were displayed. Items in the barn and on the grounds had been smartly labeled to help with their identification.

Seating for Ely Stage Stop events is always limited so remember to get a ticket early when the next event is announced. It would be a shame to miss it!

Be sure to visit the Lake County Historical Society’s and the County of Lake’s newest museum. The museum address is 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera). Current hours of operation are 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM each Saturday and Sunday. Visit our websites at elystagestop.com or lakecountyhistory.org or visit us  at www.facebook\elystagestop.

For Immediate Release – Ely Stage Stop Picnic on the Porch Fundraiser

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Come to the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum for the first day of Summer! On June 22nd we’ll be having a “Picnic On The Porch” for the whole family to enjoy! The day will be filled with entertainment and living history. Begin the day listening to local musicians as they recreate the music of the Stage Coach Era. Barbara White will be all decked out in Victorian-era clothing plus you’ll see a display of what women were wearing throughout their daily life from a dressing gown to a beautiful ball gown. Check out the Ely’s Stage Coach, a replica of that used on the Highland Springs to Pieta line. Around noon we will gather for the “Picnic On The Porch” and enjoy a yummy box lunch from Rosey Cooks and refreshing beverages with a Trio of Tasty Treats for dessert – Sweet! Then we’ll all stretch our legs with games and basket raffles. Take a tour of the museum and then head down the hill to the Ely’s new Barn and see our progress.

The fun begins at 11 AM through 3 PM. Event cost is $30/per person. For tickets, call Pam Hendricks at 707-279-0427 or visit the museum and ask the docents during museum hours, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM to 3 PM. The museum is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road (Hwy 281) in Kelseyville. Space is limited so get your tickets early.