Monday, May 21, 2018

Gladiator: Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Preston Castle - June 15 & 16

IONE, CA:  Past performances have never been truly grotesque or comical.  So this year, the author of the play, and Preston Castle Foundation board member, Richard Forster, decided to combine the two.  So a grotesque comedy, GLADIATOR (GLAD-HE-ATE-HER), was born. 

The characters are from ancient Rome and will touch your heart with their struggle to survive as an evil emperor plans his immortality.  All are considered complicit in the murder that unfolds.  The audience is tasked with identifying the Roman whose emotion caused a notion for the murderous commotion.

This is interactive theater, so you will laugh, play, sing, and maybe cry at the plight of characters from all walks of Roman life.  You won’t go away hungry because dinner will once again be provided by the Jackson Rancheria culinary team.

So find your toga and join us at the party!

Enjoy a fabulous dinner and be part of the action as events unfold around you.  Observe, ask questions, and figure out who done it.  All of the night’s activities will occur on the patio of the magnificent Preston Castle.

This sell out event has been so popular that we are going to do it twice.   Tickets: $50, limited to 100 people each night.

A no host bar will have a nice selection of drinks available for purchase.

Limited to 100 tickets, each night. No refunds.

 Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Preston Castle
Tickets: $50
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Donna Munson, Chairperson
Preston Castle, 900 (end of) Palm Drive, Ione, CA, 9564035 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
Friday & Saturday, June 15, and June 16, 2018, 6 to 9 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.  Last year saw the completion of new gutters and downspouts for the Annex portion of the Caste, and paving of the street leading up to the Castle.  This year we are working hard to pave the areas around the Castle, improve interior lighting, and perform additional structural and drainage work.  To help raise money for these important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year. 

Other fundraising events for 2018 include Photographer’s Day on June 10, ParaCon on August 3 and 4, Photographer’s Day on August 19, Wine Tasting and Tour on August 25, Preston Castle Haunt October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, and Olde Tyme Christmas Holiday Bazaar on December 8.

Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting:  All contributions are tax deductible.

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