Kelley House Museum ~ Events


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Napkin Art Nostalgia
Saturday, April 15 4pm – 5:30pm
$5 Members, $7 General Public

Recall the golden age of Napkin Art in Mendocino with David Jones, former owner of the Sea Gull Restaurant and Cellar Bar, and some of the most prolific napkin artists. Hear from artists such as James Maxwell, who also created the Sea Gull Fairy Tale Paintings, and be regaled with reminiscences and stories while they take us on a tour of their favorite pieces. At the end of the event, the audience is welcome to draw their own napkin art to include in the current exhibition at the Kelley House Museum. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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Angela Lansbury: Class and Sass on Stage and Screen
Friday, May 5, 5pm – 8pm
$60 Members, $70 for General Public

The Kelley House Museum invites you to a special tribute to the beloved actress, Angela Lansbury. The evening begins with a hosted reception at the Blair House Inn, followed by a screening of clips from Angela Lansbury’s career, narrated by Roxy Semans, at the Matheson Theater across the street. You may know Lansbury from her famous roles as the charming sleuth in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” the flapper socialite in her Broadway performance of Mame, or the voice of Mrs. Potts in the animated film, Beauty and the Beast, but you’ll discover so much more to love from her impressive 79-year career.

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Raffle! Two night Stay in “Murder, She Wrote” Inn ($550 value)
Tickets are $25 each for a chance to win a Gift Certificate for a two-night stay in the Angela Lansbury Suite at the Blair House Inn ($550 value). The Blair House was the home of Angela’s character Jessica Fletcher on the popular TV show “Murder, She Wrote.” Winner drawn on May 5, 2023. Need not be present to win.

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Beaujolais in My Blood: Author Talk and Signing
Thursday, May 18, 4pm – 5:30pm
$5 for members and $7 for general public. Purchase at the door. 

Wondering how the acclaimed Café Beaujolais got its start? Find out at this book signing and slideshow with Eric Neil Pitsenbarger, author of the new book Beaujolais in My Blood: Growing Up Gay and Well-Fed in a Family-Run French Restaurant. The son of Café Beaujolais’ original owners, Gerald and Ellen Pitsenbarger, Eric will be interviewed by local writer Eleanor Cooney, and copies of his book will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Kelley House Museum.


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Historic District Walking Tour

Kelley House docents lead you on a beautiful and informative walking tour through the preserved-in-time 19th century village of Mendocino, designated as a National Historic Preservation District. Visit pioneer homes, admire 100-year-old roses, and hear tales from the town’s rough and tumble logging past. The tour takes between 1.5 – 2 hours and costs $20 per person. Several tours are offered each week.


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