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

June Fiddlers

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.