First Sunday Fiddlin’ resumes at Ely Stage Stop in September

First Sunday Fiddlin’ resumes at Ely Stage Stop in September
Ely Marketplace joins October Event

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is host to the California Old Time Fiddlers’ Association on the first Sunday of each month. The August event was cancelled due to heat, smoke and extreme fire danger. Both the museum volunteers and the fiddlers are ready to resume the monthly event on Sunday, September 6. This event is very popular and draws a large crowd each month.

The musicians will follow the usual round-robin format with donations benefitting both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the construction of the blacksmith complex, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association District 10, using it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

Come early to picnic and check out the latest 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.

In April, the Stage Stop held its first Marketplace in conjunction with that month’s Fiddlers’ Jam and it was a rousing success. Eleven vendors and 250 attendees enjoyed music, refreshments, and the opportunity to browse and purchase the wares of local craftsmen and artists. The next Ely Marketplace will be held during the October 4 Fiddlers’ Jam. In addition to local arts and crafts, food vendors will be on site with an array of goods for purchase.

Vendor spaces are $25 each plus an additional $10 if an electrical outlet is required. Vendors interested in participating should contact either Pete Chappars at
707-350-4330, or Steve Hendricks at 707-972-7884, for an application packet. The completed application and payment must be received by Saturday, September 19.

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. Again, the September jam will take place on September 6 and the Ely Marketplace will join the October 4 event.

Visit or, check out the stage stop on Facebook at, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.