Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gravestone: Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Preston Castle - June 23 & 24

Gravestone Arizona has degraded into a lawless town run by a bunch of outlaws known as The Ranchers. The mayor, in hiding and fearing for his life, has high hopes that recent arrival Wylie Arp and his brothers and friends would consider taking over as the law enforcement in town and getting the outlaws under control, or better yet…running them out of town.

A party is underway at the Gravestone Saloon and everyone is enjoying parlor games and the delectable Wild West dinner until someone is found to be murdered in cold blood.  The townspeople come together to figure out whodunit, and surprises arise.

The principals include:
Bella Starry – educated lady and notorious outlaw
Wylie Arp – Civil War veteran and ex-lawman from Duck City
Josephine Marco – Golf Rush entrepreneur and Wylie Arp’s girlfriend
Abby Oakley – feisty exhibition sharpshooter
Doc Galady – Wylie Arp’s right hand man, physician and gambler
Katie Fishman – helped put the “wild” in the Wild West, Doc Galady’s girlfriend
Wavy Will Bronchus – leader of the outlaws known as The Ranchers
Bronco Bill – leader of the famous Bronco Bill’s Travelling Wild West Show
Enjoy dinner, hosted by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, in the Preston Castle Courtyard and be part of the action as events unfold around you. Observe, ask questions, and use your super sleuth skills to figure out “who done it?” A no host bar will have a nice selection of drinks available for purchase.

Friday & Saturday, June 23, and June 24, 6 to 9 pm
Limited to 100 tickets, each night.
PRICE: $50
Preston Castle, Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
(209) 256-3623

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 our own water and sewer connections.  This year we are working hard to install new gutters and downspouts for the Annex, and repave Palm Drive.  To help raise money for these important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.
Other fundraising events for 2017 include:
Photographer’s Day on June 4,
Movie Night on July 15
Wine Tasting and Tour on August 5
ParaCon on August 25 and 26
Photographer’s Day on August 27
Preston Castle Haunt October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28
Olde Tyme Christmas Holiday Bazaar on December 9.
Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting:  All contributions are tax deductible.

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