The first ever Ely Stage Stop Marketplace promises to add even more fun to April’s Fiddlers’ Jam. Both events take place at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on the second Sunday, April 12, as the museum will be closed the first Sunday in observance of Easter. 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 Ely surplus items for sale and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. As usual, musicians will jam from noon to 2:00 p.m. inside the barn.
Items available at the marketplace will include wine racks, birdhouses, and furniture crafted from old barn wood. Wine barrel furniture and other natural wood tables and crafts will be represented as will various styles of handcrafted jewelry, including pieces of French Beading/Bead Weaving. Other offerings include stuffed elephants, crocheted baby blankets, various sized afghans, and scarves and cowls. And Ely surplus items are still being identified. Many surprises await. So see you there!
Make it a day. Bring a lunch and maybe some wine and picnic in the Oak Grove. View the stagecoach, chuck wagon, buckboard and other large display items on the grounds around the barn. Celebrate local musicians and the American music heritage from the Ely Stage Stop Victorian Era. Take a ride up to the house on the hay wagon where you can enjoy the newest display and learn about the history of the Dairy Industry in Lake County.
Beverages and tasty treats will be provided by the docents in the barn. Donations made during the fiddling benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund a blacksmith shop on which volunteers are about to start work, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, who uses it to partially fund their scholarship programs.
Home to the Lake County Historical Society, the stage stop 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 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month (except in April when it moves to the second Sunday due to the Easter holiday) from noon until 2 p.m.