July Fiddlers at Ely

Old time fiddle is a genre of American folk music. “Old time fiddle tunes” derived from European folk dance tunes such as Jig, Reel, Breakdown, Schottische, Waltz, Two Step and Polka. The fiddle may be accompanied by banjo or other instruments but are nevertheless called “fiddle tunes”.
The genre traces from the colonization of North America by immigrants from EnglandFranceGermanyIreland, and Scotland. It is separate and distinct from traditions which it has influenced or which may in part have evolved from it, such as bluegrass, country blues, variants of western swing and country rock. (Wikipedia)
What better way to celebrate our country’s music roots than to attend the Ely Fiddlers’ Jam.!
The Ely Docents will have the BBQ fired up again for hamburgers and hot dogs. Ice cold beverages will also be available for sale. The July Raffle Basket is Celebrate Picnic BBQ’s! The basket includes a red, white and blue patriotic birdhouse that was donated from one of our Marketplace vendors, Shawn and Shirah from The Bird House. Traci from Flowers by Traci, located in downtown Kelseyville, continues to donate beautiful floral bouquets to the Ely for raffles.
The Ely house and grounds are open from 11am to 3pm.

Ely Stage Stop Marketplace joins Fiddlers’ Jam on May 6





The Ely Stage Stop Marketplace returns Sunday, May 6 with the Fiddlers Jam at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. This family friendly, free, fun-packed day can be enjoyed by all, young and old. The Marketplace, next to the Ely barn, will feature local handcrafted goods and will begin early, from 10 am to 3 pm . The Old Time Fiddler’s Association  will offer music inside the Ely barn from noon to 2 pm.

Ely hosts our Marketplace three times a year:  Fiddler’s Jam & Ely Market Place May 6;Blue Grass Festival & Market Place September 8; Ely Christmas Market Place December 15.

On May 6, items will include jewelry, pencil art, wood items and bath and beauty products. The Lake County Rockhounds will offer “panning for gold for kids”.

Bring friends to enjoy music, refreshments, with an opportunity to browse and purchase the wares of local craftsmen and artists.  The Cactus Grill of Clearlake will also provide food on site for purchase.

In the barn beverages and tasty treats will be provided by the Ely docents. Be sure to take a ride up to the house on the hay wagon where you can enjoy the latest display.

Donations made during the Fiddlers Jam fund the completion of the Ely Blacksmith Shop and provides partial funding for the Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, 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 just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Regular hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Consider a tax-deductible donation to help us complete our vision to create a complex honoring Lake County living history.  You can join the Historical Society and or donate funds to the Blacksmith Shop via mail. LCHS P.O. Box 1011 Lakeport, CA 95453 or check our Facebook page: California’s Lake County Historical Society and Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check Facebook at California’s Lake County History or call  the museum at 707-533-9990.


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.


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


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