Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fiddletown Preservation Society's All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet & Bake Sale - Sun Nov 6

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country. Visitors are invited to the Fiddletown Preservation Society's all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale Sunday, Nov. 6 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 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 hookup to septic system is now complete. There are working toilets and running water in the building. The north side of the building has been shored up and the wall aligned. The FPS is currently working on repairing shutters on south side wall along with any window repairs, and the rock wall next to the back stairs, which is falling down.
Guests will be welcome to visit the schoolhouse during the breakfast.

Prices for the breakfast are $12 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 16 and $1 for ages 5 and under. 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.

Historian Elaine Zorbas will be selling copies of her new book: Banished and Embraced, The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode. Zorbas held her release party and book signing in August 2015 at the Fiddletown Schoolhouse.

The Fiddletown Community Center is located at 14445 Fiddletown Rd in Fiddletown, CA. For more information, call (209) 245-6042 or visit

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Preston Castle Haunt - Fridays & Saturdays in October

Friday, October 14
Saturday, October 15
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22
Friday, October 28
Saturday, October 29
7:00 to 11:00 pm each night

IONE, CA: The event you've been waiting for, Preston Castle Haunt 2016, at the magnificent, eerie, scary, Preston Castle! Featured on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, come experience Northern California's only REAL Haunted Castle! This is a fun Haunt walk-through and not a historical tour of the Castle.

The Castle is literally haunted. Do you doubt the truth? Come and find out for yourself. This year's haunt will be unlike any previous year with a longer walk through the Castle. A VIP upgrade is an add-on that can be selected upon check out. The VIP upgrade entitles a person to go through the Haunt twice using the fast-pass line. This is the best value for your Halloween entertainment.

This Halloween experience may be too intense for younger children. There will not be a children's carnival. Food vendors will be on hand to take care of your hunger pangs. Cool merchandise including really great T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, will be available for purchase. Expanded to 6 nights.

Tickets available online at:

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.

WHAT: Preston Castle Haunt
PRICE: $20, $10 youth (thru High School with ID), $15 VIP Upgrade
WHO: Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
WHERE: Preston Castle, Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
WHEN: Fri. and Sat., October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 7:00 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 fundraising 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: All contributions are tax deductible.