The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum continues the celebration of the American music heritage from the Ely Stage Stop Victorian Era, welcoming back the Old Time Fiddlers Association for the monthly First Sunday Fiddlers’ Jam on Sunday, May 3rd. Local musicians of all ages will meet in the Ely barn from noon through 2 p.m. to perform in the round robin style jam session.
The fun begins at the museum at 11 a.m. Come and enjoy the newest display in the main house celebrating the Lake County Dairy Industry. Collections of milk bottles and butter churns are featured with old photos from by-gone days at the dairies.
There will be the regular monthly raffle near the end of the jam and more chances to purchase raffle tickets for the “Barns, Birds and Quilts” raffle that will celebrate a winner later in the year. Those items will be on display during the jam.
This free, family-friendly, fun-packed day can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike. Make it a day. Beverages and tasty treats will be available from the docents. Or 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. Check out the progress being made on the blacksmith complex and then take a ride up to the house on the hay wagon. Many surprises await. So see you there!
Donations made during the jam benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the construction of the blacksmith complex, 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 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 featuring local historians are held on the fourth Saturday of every month, again, from noon to 2 p.m.