Community Events & News


Wine Tasting & Tour
Saturday, August 5th – 5 to 8 PM

Taste the wines of Amador County and experience the history of the majestic Preston Castle. Attendees will sample fine wines from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses, poured by 15 different wineries, and have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Castle. Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of delicious foods, and listen to live music on the patio, and in the basement wine cellar where the wineries will be pouring.  Last year’s wineries included: Amador Cellars, Bella Grace, Bray, Drytown, Karmere, Prospect Cellars, Sera Fina, Sobon, Story, Tanis, Terra d’Oro, TKS, Turley, Vino Noceto, and Wine Tree Farm. This is the 13th annual Wine Tasting and Tour at the Castle. This continues to be one of Amador County’s premier wine events, and is always a sellout. So---get your tickets now! Cost is $40 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to  

BIG RED BARN 2017 Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 30th. This is the 11th year this event has been held. This year Argonaut High School will receive funds for a new video scoreboard for the stadium on campus. This new technology will be used for sporting events that include football, soccer, and track, as well as youth football and award and graduation events. Look for more information on this special event in the August edition of the newsletter.

 Save the date for IBCA Harvest Fair that will be held on Saturday, October 7th in downtown Ione. Contest will be held for decorated scarecrows, dog costume, giant pumpkin, and chalk the walk. First place for the giant pumpkin is $1,000 for adults and $500 for 17 yrs.and under. Look for more details in upcoming newsletters. For more information, contact Laurie Lord at 209-274-2777.

ParaCon at Preston Castle 

August 25th and 26th.
Castle spirits will host the Third Annual Benefit Paranormal Conference. Castel Spirits is a paranormal investigation team that has served as the Castle’s overnight paranormal docents for the past six years. All proceeds from this event go toward the preservation and rehabilitation of the Preston Castle. There are three packages available:

 The Visitation: $75: ParaCon, August 26th, 10 to 6 PM

The Apparition: $100; ParaCon, August 26th and a 2+ hour investigation of the Castle on that evening.

The Full Possession: $125: Meet and greet 6 to 8 PM

August 25th, in the Preston Castle Courtyard, ParaCon at the Castle all day August 26th, and a 2+ hour investigation of the Castle on Saturday night. There will be up to three investigations times on Saturday night, with a maximum of 30 people per time slot. Buy your tickets according to which time you want for your investigation. See website for additional information and tickets:





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