Saturday, July 22, 2017

A "Sutter Creek Fire History" weekend planned for September 23 & 24

Via Ed Arata

The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation and the Sutter Creek Promotions group are planning a first-ever event for Sutter Creek on the weekend of September 23 & 24.

A variety of historic sites in Sutter Creek will be open and highlighted for this weekend. The Sutter Fire Department will be holding a pancake breakfast at the Main Station on Sunday morning the 24th.

The Sutter Creek Fire Museum will be open, and we will also have displays and volunteers at the First Firehouse on Spanish Street and the Fire Bell Tower at the Auditorium/City Hall. We will eventually have interpretive signage at both Spanish Street Firehouse and the Fire Bell on Main Street, so I have developed signs and getting them produced now for use at the September event.

For more information on SCFH, visit:

Interpretive signage for the Fire Bell Tower and Hose Cart House - Eureka Hose Co. #3

Interpretive signage for Sutter Creek's first firehouse on Spanish Street.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Volcano Historical Walk - Sat Sept 16

Learn the history of this once great mining community!
Saturday, September 16th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Tour starts at the St. George Hotel (16104 Main St, Volcano)
FREE for Be Active member, $10 for non-member
For more information, please contact Nettie by Phone 209-223-6349

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour - Sat Aug 5

IONE, CA:  Taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historic and majestic Preston Castle.  Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past.  Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses.
Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of foods, and listen to live music on the patio, and in Wine Cellar. The popular Midtown Jazz from Sacramento will be entertaining guests on the patio.  Also, you will be able to take a self-guided tour of the public areas in the Castle, where docents will be on hand to answer your questions.

This is the 13th Annual Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour.  It continues to be one of Amador County's premier wine events, and is always a sellout, so get your tickets now!
Participating Wineries include:
Amador Cellars, Bella Grace, Bray, Drytown, Karmere, Prospect Cellars, Scott Harvey, Sera Fina, Sobon, Story, Tanis, Terra d’Oro, Vino Noceto, Wine Tree Farm, and 24 Brix.
Tickets, $40, available online at
Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour
Saturday, August 5, 5 pm to 8 pm
$40  (Advance sales only)
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Jamie Barger and Donna Munson, Chairpersons
Preston Castle, 900 Palm Drive, 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 repair and replace the aging gutters and downspouts on the Annex portion of the Castle.  To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.
In addition to the upcoming Wine Tasting and Tour on August 5, we will hold the exciting ParaCon on August 25th and 26th, a Photographer’s Day on August 27, the scary and spooky Preston Castle Haunt the three weekends prior to Halloween, Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, and a holiday fair/bazaar called Olde Tyme Christmas on December 9.
Help Save The Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting  All contributions are tax deductible.