Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Kennedy Mine adds Gold Country Art Show & Sale to Annual Founders' Day Deep Pit BBQ

(Jackson, CA) Tickets are on sale now for the annual Kennedy Mine Foundation’s annual Founders’ Day Deep Pit Barbecue to be held Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Kennedy Mine.

This year, the benefit dinner will include an art show and sale, with works by local artists who participated in the Kennedy Mine’s “Painting Out” outdoor painting and photography competition held this spring and other Gold Country-themed art.

Two artworks, by Painting Out competition winners Joy Burman and Judith Perry, will be live-auctioned during the evening held on the lawn at the Kennedy Mine. Burman’s photograph of the head frame and Perry’s pastel of the mine’s transformer shed celebrate the beauty of the Kennedy Mine property and its history.

This year the Foundation 21st anniversary celebration will honor founding members Merv and Betty Hoffman, Bill and Shirley Miller, Bill Braun, Ilah Blauvelt, Dee Davis, Volcano Telephone, and Jean Louise Dahl, for their roles in recognizing and acting to keep the historic gem available to the public.

For the second year, the Foundation has commissioned limited edition 16” by 20” posters, featuring the winning Painting Out artworks by Burman and Perry: Burman’s photograph of the Kennedy Mine head frame and Perry’s pastel of the mine’s transformer shed celebrate the beauty of the Kennedy Mine property and its history.

 “Gold Country” by Joy Burman, artistically manipulated photograph on acrylic, winning photo of the Kennedy Mine head frame, taken on the Mine’s outdoor “Painting Out” art competition in April and featured on the Kennedy Mine Foundation’s 2018 commemorative posters.

“Gold’n Morn” by Judith Perry, pastel drawing of the Kennedy Mine’s historic transformer shed, created at the Kennedy Mine’s Painting Out outdoor art competition  and featured on the Kennedy Mine Foundation’s 2018 commemorative posters.

The posters are available for $20.00 at the Kennedy Mine gift store and at the Amador County Chamber of Commerce office, 115 Main Street, Jackson.

The evening at the beautiful grounds around the iconic Kennedy Mine head frame will include the delicious deep pit beef barbecue dinner, no host beer and wine, music by Old Soles, the Gold Country Art Show and Sale, and raffle. Doors will open at 5 pm, with dinner at 6 pm.

Tickets are $40 each, $75 for a couple and are available online at www.KennedyGoldMine.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Kennedy Mine on weekends, and at the offices of the Amador Council of Tourism (209.267.9249) and Amador Chamber of Commerce (209.223.0350).



Monday, May 21, 2018

Gladiator: Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Preston Castle - June 15 & 16

IONE, CA:  Past performances have never been truly grotesque or comical.  So this year, the author of the play, and Preston Castle Foundation board member, Richard Forster, decided to combine the two.  So a grotesque comedy, GLADIATOR (GLAD-HE-ATE-HER), was born. 

The characters are from ancient Rome and will touch your heart with their struggle to survive as an evil emperor plans his immortality.  All are considered complicit in the murder that unfolds.  The audience is tasked with identifying the Roman whose emotion caused a notion for the murderous commotion.

This is interactive theater, so you will laugh, play, sing, and maybe cry at the plight of characters from all walks of Roman life.  You won’t go away hungry because dinner will once again be provided by the Jackson Rancheria culinary team.

So find your toga and join us at the party!

Enjoy a fabulous dinner and be part of the action as events unfold around you.  Observe, ask questions, and figure out who done it.  All of the night’s activities will occur on the patio of the magnificent Preston Castle.

This sell out event has been so popular that we are going to do it twice.   Tickets: $50, limited to 100 people each night.

A no host bar will have a nice selection of drinks available for purchase.

Limited to 100 tickets, each night. No refunds.

 Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Preston Castle
Tickets: $50
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Donna Munson, Chairperson
Preston Castle, 900 (end of) Palm Drive, Ione, CA, 9564035 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
Friday & Saturday, June 15, and June 16, 2018, 6 to 9 pm

About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
                                                  
The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation.  Last year saw the completion of new gutters and downspouts for the Annex portion of the Caste, and paving of the street leading up to the Castle.  This year we are working hard to pave the areas around the Castle, improve interior lighting, and perform additional structural and drainage work.  To help raise money for these important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year. 

Other fundraising events for 2018 include Photographer’s Day on June 10, ParaCon on August 3 and 4, Photographer’s Day on August 19, Wine Tasting and Tour on August 25, Preston Castle Haunt October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, and Olde Tyme Christmas Holiday Bazaar on December 8.

Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting: www.prestoncastle.com.  All contributions are tax deductible.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer BBQ at Sutter Creek’s Historic Knight Foundry - Sat June 9

Celebrate the start of summer with an outdoor BBQ supper at the historic Knight Foundry. Featuring DJ Bill Byrd, tri-tip dinner, beer, wine, silent auction, and much more fun! Saturday, June 9, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Purchase tickets at the Sutter Creek Visitor Center, 71A Main Street, from Knight Foundry Board Members, and via theknightfoundry@gmail.com or 209-560-6160. Tickets are $25; kids 5-12, $10; kids under 5, free. Order now – space is limited!

June 9 is the second Saturday of the month, so Knight Foundry is offering drop-in (no reservations) Public Guided Tours at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. BBQ tickets will be available on tour day as space permits. Tours are $10, $5 for students age 5-17, free for kids under 5 and for Knight Foundry Alliance members.

Knight Foundry, 81 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek CA 95685. More info: knightfoundry.com





Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kennedy Gold Mine Founders' Day BBQ Art Show & Sale - Thurs June 21

KENNEDY GOLD MINE FOUNDERS’ DAY BBQ
Art Show & Sale, June 21, 2018
CALL FOR ARTISTS
ALL MEDIA  *  SHOW & SELL  *  GOLD COUNTRY THEME
Artists are invited to enter Gold Country-themed art, any media,
in the Kennedy Gold Mine BBQ Art Show & Sale, 5 - 9 pm, June 21, 2018 
•   Artists may enter up to 4 pieces per artist (space permitting). Works in any media with a Gold Country theme are welcome.
•   Pieces must be delivered to Kennedy Mine ready to hang or display on Sat/Sun, 9:30 am - 4 pmJune 16-17, 2018. Non-juried, no fee to participate.
•   Artists price their works for sale, and if sold at the BBQ show, will pay Kennedy Mine Foundation 30% commission of the sales price.
•   Artists should bring easels, if possible, to display their art. Please label with your name and phone number. The Kennedy Mine will provide tables and some table-top easels. For unusual display needs, please contact Linda Gonzales, 209-223-9542. Exhibits are not insured.
•   Artists are encouraged to attend the BBQ and Art Show, and showcase their artwork with event guests. A discount ticket price for the BBQ will be offered to art show participants.
•   Unsold art remaining at the Kennedy Mine after the event must be picked up on Sat/Sun, 9:30 am - 4 pm, June 24 -25, 2018.
 
PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SPOT BY CALLING THE KENNEDY MINE 
Weekends, 9:30 - 4, 209-223-9542, OR EMAIL info@kennedygoldmine.com.
 
KENNEDY GOLD MINE
HWY 49/88, JACKSON, CALIFORNIA
 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Volcano Historical Walk - Sat May 19

A Be Active Walk around the historic town of Volcano.
Saturday, May 19, 9:00am  
Tour starts at St. George Hotel (16104 Main St, Volcano)  
FREE for Be Active Members, $10 for non-members  
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email Nettie at amfox@amadorgov.org, or message our Facebook page at facebook.com/goacra. Visit our website at GoACRA.org.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Preston Castle Yard Sale - May 11 & 12


IONE, CA - This is the Second annual Preston Castle Foundation Yard Sale! Donations made to the PCF for this sale go back to the Castle restoration and preservation, 100%. The sale is Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, from 8 am to 4 pm at the Colonial Building grounds. Self-guided tours of the Castle will be available on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

This year's Preston Castle Yard Sale is bigger and better than ever! Donations from generous members and admirers include big name collectibles (Fenton, Cutco, and Princess) and daily needed items like a George Foreman grill and other kitchen appliances.  Things range from antiques to novelty to yard ornamentation  A large variety of items including furniture, kitchen, bath, clothing, toys, books, home decor, and office supplies are just a few of the things up for grabs! No reasonable offer denied and assistance will be there to help load your wagon!

Don't miss a chance to own a treasure and help the Foundation in its mission of restoration, preservation and education of this magnificent state and national historic place locals and visitors lovingly call "The Castle".  The grounds around the Colonial are easily accessible.

This is also Ione Homecoming weekend with festivities around town, highlighted by the annual parade.

About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation.  This year we have just finished the installation of new gutters and downspouts on the Annex portion of the Castle, and we are planning additional preservation and rehabilitation projects.  To help raise money for these important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year. 

The Preston Castle Yard Sale is the first event of 2018 for the Preston Castle Foundation, along with a new event called Plays on the Patio, which takes place Saturday night May 12 on the Preston Castle patio.  Check our website and Facebook page for up to date information.

Help Save The Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting www.prestoncastle.com.  All contributions are tax deductible.