Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Knight Foundry Plaques Dedication - Sat Mar 10

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will be rededicating their Mechanical Engineering Historical Landmark plaque that was first placed at the Foundry site in 1994.

The Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) will be dedicating the new plaque honoring all of the Native Sons who have passed through Knight Foundry, and to commemorate the NSGW support for the preservation of the site.

The ceremony will take place at 11am. The public is invited. Tours of the site will be also be available at 10am, 12noon and 2pm.
http://knightfoundry.com/


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

7th Annual Spaghetti Feed - Fri Jan 26

Come to the Amador County Historic Cemeteries Board's 7th Annual Spaghetti Feed on Friday, January 26 at the Italian Picnic Grounds!

Enjoy a delicious Italian dinner of salad, garlic bread, spaghetti with a hearty red meat sauce, spaghetti with a green pesto sauce, and dessert! Wine, soft drinks, and water will be available for purchase. Please no outside alcohol.


All proceeds go the preservation and protection of our historic Amador County cemeteries.

To purchase tickets, contact ACRA at 209-223-6349, or come into the ACRA office at 10877 Conductor Blvd, Ste. 100, in Sutter Creek.


$20/ person, $25 at the door.





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas - Sat Dec 9

IONE, CA:  Travel back to olden times at the beautiful Preston Castle on Saturday, December 9 from 10 am to 4 pm, and find holiday decorations and vendors with lots of interesting arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and other gift items.  This is a great place to take care of much of your holiday gift list.
Most of the vendors will be indoors in the basement area of the Castle.
Santa will be available for your wish lists and photos, starting at Noon.
You may take a self-guided tour of the historic Preston Castle, 10 am to 2 pm, $10.
On Saturday night, you can view the outside of the Castle lit up in Holiday Lights, from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas
Free for Fair, Bazaar, Lights; $10 for Day Tour
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Preston Castle, 900 (end of) Palm Dr., Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione

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 are working hard to complete the installation of new gutters and downspouts on the Annex portion of the Castle.  To help raise money for this and other important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.
Olde Tyme Christmas is the last event of 2017 for the Preston Castle Foundation, and our wonderful hard working volunteers will be taking a well-earned winter break.  Things start up again with the first public tour day on April 7, 2018.  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.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

24th Annual Fiddletown Schoolhouse Buffet Breakfast & Bake Sale - Sun Nov 5

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country. You are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society's all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Fiddletown Community Center at 14445 Fiddletown Rd, Fiddletown, CA. All proceeds benefit the continued preservation of the original one-room Fiddletown Schoolhouse on American Flat Road.

The structure was built in 1862, and served children in grades 1 through 8 until 1955 when the school closed and students began attending school in the town of Plymouth six miles away. The FPS began restoration efforts in 1964. The renovations are now complete. The schoolhouse is currently available to serve as a community learning & cultural center for small concerts, art and historical exhibits, and other public and private events. The Schoolhouse will be open during the hours of the breakfast for visitors.

Prices for the breakfast are $12 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 16 and $1 for ages 5 and under. The menu includes: French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, bacon and sausage, pastry and muffins, fresh fruit, milk, orange juice, coffee & tea. A separate bake sale will also be available for guests to take home a piece of Fiddletown country goodness.

Additionally, the Fiddletown Preservation Society will have items of local interest for sale, including the booklet Fiddletown Schoolhouse Memories, which is based on interviews with former students of the Fiddletown/Oleta School conducted by historian Elaine Zorbas.

For more information, contact the Fiddletown Preservation Society President Alice Kaiser at (209) 245-6042 or via email at alicekaiser@hotmail.com. Be sure to visit the FPS website at www.fiddletown.info


Friday, September 22, 2017

Preston Castle Haunt: The Ultimate Haunted Experience - Fridays & Saturdays, Oct 13-28

IONE, CA:  On the top of the hill just behind downtown Ione rests Preston Castle – one of the last few remaining buildings of California’s first reform school for wayward juveniles known as the Preston School of Industry. Opened in 1894 and decommissioned in 1960, this dramatic building is a haunting reminder of the past. And haunted it surely is, as countless investigators and visitors have come to find out.
But in October we focus on a different kind of haunting as numerous volunteers work hard to transform the castle into the Gold Country’s premiere haunted attraction, the Preston Castle Haunt. This exciting event is the Preston Castle Foundation’s largest and most anticipated fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds raised from this event go towards maintaining and restoring the building and surrounding property.


Started in 2010 almost on a whim, the Halloween Haunt (as it was called back then) was created and operated by just a handful of volunteers. Taking advantage of the inherent spooky atmosphere of the Castle and using borrowed Halloween decorations and costumes, visitors were escorted in groups through the dark hallways and rooms in a small portion of the castle. Guests encountered all manner of scary (and sometimes silly) scenes, from witches and werewolves to clowns and mad scientists.



Over the next few years, the Haunt grew and became more popular. More hallways, rooms, and stairways were opened each year as the building was improved upon, and more and more talented volunteers joined the team of designers, builders, actors, costumers and makeup artists. The theme of the haunt also became focused on the history of the facility, with costumes, set designs and music harkening back to the early 1900’s.


Today, the Preston Castle Haunt is bigger than ever with hundreds of volunteers and experts involved in its creation and execution. We use high tech animatronics, special effects, dynamic lighting, and custom props, set designs and soundscapes to give our visitors the ultimate haunted experience in the spookiest setting around. People travel from all over California and even from other states to experience our unique Haunt. Our objective is to make you scream, laugh and have lots of scary fun… <<insert evil grin and diabolical laughter here>>
Preston Castle Haunt will be open from 7-11pm on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, rain or shine. Tickets are on sale now at www.prestoncastlehaunt.com ($25 general admission; $35 for VIP Fast Pass access with a shorter line) in limited quantities each night. NO tickets will be sold at the gate. Food vendors will be on site and Preston Castle merchandise will be on sale, weather permitting. Your ticket purchases go directly towards maintaining and restoring Preston Castle, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, not into anyone’s pockets. Our Haunt is run entirely by volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer for this year’s Preston Castle Haunt in almost any capacity, go to our “Preston Castle Haunt” Facebook page to find instructions on how to sign up. If you or your company would like to sponsor us with a monetary donation or supplies earmarked specifically for the Haunt, please contact us at prestoncastlehaunt@gmail.com.
We look forward to scaring you this Halloween season at the Preston Castle Haunt!         
Preston Castle Haunt
$25 General Admission, $35 VIP Fast Pass
Preston Castle, 900 (end of) Palm Drive, Ione, CA, 95640
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Fri. and Sat., October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; 7 to 11 pm
No Refunds or exchanges.
Come and see if you dare!                                                
Gates open at 6:45 pm, scare tours start at 7:00 pm. Admissions are limited for each night, so order early to make sure you can get in.  If available, tickets may be purchased at the gate - cash or credit card only. No Refunds.

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 are working hard to obtain our own water and sewer connections.  To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.
In addition to the Castle Haunt, we will be holding a holiday fair/bazaar called Old Tyme Christmas on December 10.
Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting: www.prestoncastle.com.  All contributions are tax deductible.