Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
PRESTON CASTLE HALLOWEEN HAUNT
Friday, October 16
Saturday, October 17
Friday, October 23
Saturday, October 24
Friday, October 30
6:30 to 11:00 pm each night
IONE, CA: The event you've been waiting for, Halloween 2015, at the magnificent, eerie, scary, Preston Castle! Now that we have ownership, we are planning a bigger and better Haunt, and you will see some new areas of the Castle. Featured on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, come experience Northern California's only REAL Haunted House!
This is a fun "scare" tour and not a historical tour of the Castle. Please be advised that it may be too intense for younger children, so leave the real young 'uns at home. There will not be a children's carnival this year.
Food concessions by Clark's Corner and KJ Hot Dogs will take care of your hunger and thirst. Cool merchandise including really great T-Shirts, will be available for purchase.
Come and see if you dare!
Gates open at 6:00 pm, scare tours start at 6:30 pm. Admissions are limited for each night, so order early to make sure you can get in.
A VIP Upgrade gives you Fast Pass line access and a second Haunt walk thru. Just buy your ticket(s) for the night you want, then buy the VIP Upgrade(s).
Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for youth under 14, $15 for VIP Upgrade. No Refunds. The Haunt is open from 6:30 to 11:00 pm. For advanced tickets and information go to www.prestoncastle.com. We’re waiting for you!
WHAT: Preston Castle Halloween Haunt
PRICE: $20, $10 youth under 14, $15 VIP Upgrade
WHO: Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Bill Thiry, Chairperson
WHERE: Preston Castle, Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
WHEN: Fri. and Sat., October 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30, 6:30 to 11:00 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. 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 Halloween Haunt, we will be holding a Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday, October 31, and a holiday fair/bazaar called Old Tyme Christmas on December 12 and 13.
Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting: www.prestoncastle.com. All contributions are tax deductible.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country.
Visitors are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society's all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale Sunday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original one-room Fiddletown Schoolhouse on American Flat Road. Once restoration is complete, the schoolhouse will serve as a community learning/cultural center for small concerts, art and historical exhibits, and other public and private events. The Preservation Society hosted the first ever public event in the schoolhouse since it closed in 1955,on August 29th with a very successful publishing party for Elaine Zorbas' new book, "Banished and Embraced: The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode."
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 inside renovation is mostly done. The inside plumbing is complete - lines from the building to a septic holding tank are in. The schoolhouse was given a new foundation this year, thanks to the years of fundraising. Guests will be welcome to visit the schoolhouse during the breakfast.
Prices for the breakfast are $11 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 16 and $1 for ages 5 and under. A $1 discount for the bake sale will be offered for each adult ticket purchased. Menu includes: French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, bacon and sausage, pastry and muffins, fresh fruit, milk, orange juice and coffee. A separate bake sale will also be available for guests to take home a piece of Fiddletown country goodness. Additionally, the group is selling two new publications - Fiddletown Schoolhouse Memories - based on interviews with former students of the Fiddletown/Oleta School conducted by historian Elaine Zorbas, and "Banished and Embraced: The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode."
For more information, visit www.fiddletown.info or call (209) 245-6042.