Premier Halloween Haunt at the Preston Castle in Ione

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By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

Northern California’s premier Haunt is in a little town off the beat and path near the borders of Amador and Calaveras County. The town of Ione California is actually in Amador County and is the once home of wayward boys known as the Preston Home for Boys. Now known as the Preston Castle, it was built in 1894 as a facility to help lost boys who didn’t have a home or became too rambunctious to stay in their own homes. Officially, the facility was a reformatory school for boys to help them in their “rehabilitation”, whatever that might have been. It also became a state operated Educational facility for both Academics as well as a school to help build Trade or Vocational skills.

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In the 1930’s the building was condemned for not having a modernized fire protection system and earthquake retrofitting construction. In 1943 a state structural engineer deemed it unsafe in the event of a major earthquake. Finally in 1955 the last of the alumni of boys that lived there were moved out. In 1960 the building was completely vacated and set for demolition.

Around the same time a group of local citizens came together to do something about this piece of California history and needed to find a way to save the Preston Castle from being destroyed. Their approach was not just based off of the historic value of the property, but the fact that those in the town of Ione grew to love the Preston Property and considered it to be an Icon for the town. In 1961 the townspeople petitioned for it to NOT be torn down. It took years of work and political strife and after all of their hard work the town received a Historical Landmark Designation in the early 1970’s.

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Since then they have done what they could through private donations and an army of volunteers to keep Preston Castle alive and operational. Plenty of elbow grease and hard work went into the upkeep of the Castle property over the years to improve upon its overall care and upkeep, but it became a much larger project then anyone could imagine. As the work piled on this big project became larger and larger. After all, it is a Castle.

A few decades later the Preston Castle Foundation was formed and the real work began. They were granted a long term, 55 yr lease, to take care of the building. Then in November of 2014 the Preston Castle Foundation was deeded the adjacent 13 plus acres of property which of course became the entire “castle grounds” and a great spot for a Halloween Haunted house! The revenue from the haunt provides funds to help in the upkeep of the property throughout the year, but it is barely enough to keep it going. More fundraisers are happening every year and some of the facilities are available for special events and parties.

As a historical location and the overall backdrop the Preston Property could not be a more classic and perfect space for a true Halloween Haunt. That term “Halloween Haunt” is what those in the industry call locations created for scary Halloween Event experiences. The work and fortitude that goes into the Preston Castle to create this year’s haunt is easily determined by the massive staffing of organizers, producers, character actors, production crew, lighting, audio visual effects, costuming and much more. If there was a testament to any attraction’s success it would be the lines of patient revelers that would rival any Disneyland related popular ride, including their very own Haunted Mansion during the Disney Halloween Season. Some waited hours in the lines to walk through what some claim to be a “truly Haunted House.“ On this opening weekend the Haunt Attraction was a sell-out, good news for the Preston Castle Foundation, but it did make for the long lines, but everyone seem to be a great mood eagerly awaiting their first timid steps into this frightful ordeal.

Was the Preston Castle Haunt a top notch, Northern California Halloween experience? Not top notch, but it was good. Was it worth the wait and $20 (top ticket price) for the 45 minute to one hour experience? Absolutely! The army of volunteers was mostly kids to young adults who put this massive production together to help create what some called an “horrific nightmare experience” or in a more calmer tone, “a scary and fun way to celebrate the Halloween experience”.

Less than two hours from many parts of the SF Bay Area, the Preston Castle Haunt is a must attend to any Haunted House aficionado, or just someone who wants to have a great Halloween Haunt experience.  I’m sure if you have ever been on a team organizing and working a haunt you will surely appreciate the Preston Castle Experience and want to share many of your ideas with them to help the team make next year’s attraction even, bigger, better and of course much more scarier! HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nolan-JVAinLANolan Apostle is a published Writer, Editor and Photographer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has produced a countless amount of shows, projects, festivals, and many special events. He has managed many Halloween Haunts and once owned a production company housed in a 40,000 sf warehouse in Concord California of which about 25% was Halloween Haunt related props, sets and decoration pieces.  He is considered an expert in the field of Décor and Ambiance for special events, concerts, festivals, parties, the holidays and of course, Halloween.

 

Global Winter Wonderland Brightens up Sacramento for the Holidays

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Global Winter Wonderland in Sacramento beginning November 22nd, 2014

By Nolan Apostle
Producer & Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The Global Winter Wonderland arrives in Sacramento on November 22nd, 2014 at the Cal Expo grounds. It promises to dazzle any audience with it’s plethora of lights and colors so magnificent that only the heavens above can match it’s beauty.
Global Winter Wonderland is a spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration featuring:

Awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes from around the world including the Global Village, Holiday Fun, Dinosaur Maze, and the Enchanted Forest.

Two stages of entertainment – including Global Winter Wonderland’s Circus of Light

Delicious international cuisine

Full carnival with family and thrill rides

Photos with Santa and holiday shopping

Multi-cultural Theme Days featuring specific cultures’ traditional customs

For details on the show and to purchase tickets you can call (866) 251-6700

Global Winter Wonderland runs from NOV 22, 2014 – JAN 4, 2015

At the CAL EXPO in SACRAMENTO

Visit http://www.globalwonderland.com/ for all show details.

MAKER FAIRE 2014 –YEAR OF THE MAKER

By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Contributing Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine

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What is the Maker Faire?  At the Event City Creative several of us have been big Maker fans over the years and this reporter has attended almost every year since its inception in 2006. Although I’ve missed a couple of years due to personal reasons, my conviction and dedication to the Maker Faire – DIY (Do It Yourself) genre, and the immense amount of creative talent, positive attitudes and eclectic inventive ideas on display at this event – well simply put, as the Rolling Stones would say, “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away”. I would have to be laid out on a gurney to miss another Faire again.

To give you a fair definition of this eclectic festival of talent is a most difficult task, but one that we sure had fun defining. After talking with hundreds of Makers and attendees over the years we have come up with what we believe defines the Bay Area Maker Faire:

“A Creative’s Disneyland rolled into a

Futuristic Music Festival of the Arts & Sciences.”

Well that’s one definition of Maker Faire. The festival itself defines it as “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new”, whatever you might decide it is, Maker Faire is certainly a different type of edutaining, an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, inventors, crafters, educators, engineers, electronic wizards, science clubs, hobbyists, authors, artists, students, and even an interesting collection of commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come together at a Maker Faire event to show-off their wares, whatever they may be and to possibly help you learn more by sharing what they have learned.

Maker Faire launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 as a tiny display of DIY enthusiasts demonstrating their ideas, inventions and creative projects. The interest and excitement of this genre, if you can even label it a “genre”, has done nothing but spiral into an incredible adventure where one can see and most importantly, experience, the entire Maker community first hand in all its glory. Last year at the San Mateo (San Francisco Bay Area) Maker Faire the crowds were spectacular and truly as gigantic as some of the displays at the Faire itself – over 120,000 attendees showed up over the weekend to take in this grand event – and most of those we spoke with said they would be returning without a doubt as long as the Maker Faire existed!

Wow! Can one believe the incredible growth of an event that offers such a wide array of experiences with a general ticket price ranging from $17.50 to $60.00? The popularity of the Maker Faire expanded greatly over a short time and soon took over the entire San Mateo Events Center within a few years. Now almost a decade into the sprawling event its legions of aspiring makers, educators, moms, dads, sons and daughters and many others come to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 195,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2013, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. If you plan on going to the Faire here is some information to help you get there and around the San Mateo area. The Maker Faire is certainly family friendly – 50% attend the event with their children and many come from all parts of Northern California. Just last year alone there were 98 independently-produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires taking place around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Santiago, and Oslo.

This years Maker Faire is expected to be the largest Maker Faire to date! Could it reach 150,000? Why is it so popular? Could it be that the event is primarily designed to be forward-looking showcase for Makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But the Faire is not just for those involved in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

The Maker Faire is an exciting and extremely entertaining event filled with an extremely diverse audience, and a fascinating, fun, curious mix of people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with an audience that can be just as eclectic as the makers themselves. All of this could be the result of the popularity explosion of this event, and as it continues to grow it will continue to present a tremendous opportunity for everyone who visits the Maker Faire; opportunities to learn, to grow, to walk away feeling real good about yourself, about your abilities to go out there and to do “something” regardless of what it might be. Some say it is an event that can easily become one’s obsession, as far fetched as that might be, it is an event that really does allow you to feel real good about yourself. Once you attend a Maker Faire one thing is certain, whether you become addicted to the eclectic fun and creative and inspirational atmosphere or not, you will come to appreciate the 950+ Makers displaying their projects and not only walk away learning something new, but truly, you will feel much better about yourself and that alone will urge you to return the following year for a whole different, but certainly just as positive, experience!

Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

The Maker Faire Official App is available for iPhone and Android devices. You can download it here.
Event City is the new online Community for the Events & Creative Industries supporting the talent and projects within the Special Events, Hospitality, Music, Entertainment, Film and all Inventors and the full spectrum of the Arts. The Event City Creative Magazine is the online publication supporting Event City and the Event City Network. Event City launches in Q4 2014.

Here is a Maker Faire Sneak Peak for you:

Makerspace on Wheels: Building the Hackmobile

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The “Ultimate Maker Vehicle” is revealed at Maker Faire on Saturday, May 17th, 2014

 

The Hypnotic Grooves of the Sand Noise Device

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This is what you get when you combine a box of sand with a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks?

 

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Test Your Skills at the Game of Drones Aerial Sports Competition

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The Game of Drones is announcing the launch of our their official drone sports competition at the San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faire, on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. Check it out, this is pure, unadulaterated, MAKER FUN!!

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Game of Drones is excited to announce the launch of our official drone sports competition at Maker Faire Bay Area, taking place on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The Aerial Action Sports League (AASL) aims to be the premiere drone sports competition, showcasing pilot skills, engineering prowess, and technology innovation through aerial combat, flying obstacle courses, and other fun drone games.

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More to come on the Event City Creative Magazine.

JOURNEY DONATES $350K TO SUPPORT PHILIPPINES

JOURNEY Supports Frontman Arnel To Raise Funds for Philippine Disaster Relief

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The rock’n’roll group Journey and other Music Industry entities have donated more than $350K to the Philippines Disaster Relief in an effort to directly provide help for the recovery efforts. Lead singer of the group, Arnel Pineda, is Filipino and is taking charge in the recovery efforts to help his country any way he can. Read the article appearing in Classic Rock Magazine. Kudos to Journey for stepping up and playing a vital role in these efforts to support their Bandmate Arnel and the Philippines!

Here’s a link to Arnel Pineda’s Press Conference in the Philippines to support Relief efforts for the World Food Programme. Click here to see the Press Conference

Our prayers are with all of those in the Philippines who are in dire need.

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*** BAY AREA EXCLUSIVE – BATKID saves San Francisco! Make A Wish transforms our City by the Bay into Gotham City. Watch the exclusive video just released of the Song For Miles – “IF I COULD FLY”!

BatKid Saves San Francisco as Event City Launches Music Channel “LetsPlay”

By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Contributing Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine

Let’s Play™ is a featured channel to debut in Q1 2014 on the Event City Network™ during the company’s Live Launch. It will allow Bands, Musicians and Performers to showcase their talents on Event City™ and other areas within the Event City family of websites. It will give all members of Event City the opportunity to see the great talent available through our Events & Creative Community Portal.

Here’s a sample of what Let’s Play is all about – a video and song written by San Francisco Songwriter, Jimi Shawndi, for MILES, the BATKID who stole the hearts of the world when Make-A-Wish Foundation asked him what he wished for, Miles replied, “I want to be Batman for a day”. So BatKid was born and transposed San Francisco into Gotham City! Take a listen to “IF I COULD FLY” Song for Miles and let us know what you think of this local musician’s work. Maybe it will be your song featured by Event City on Let’s Play!

To have your music and videos showcased in our pre-launch and to be included in this future project please send your request to our Music Channel Beta.

Enjoy and Let’s Play™!

 

EVENT & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY CELEBRATION

YOU, Your COLLEAGUES and INDUSTRY ASSOCIATES Are INVITED TO

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The Premier “Razzle Dazzle” Presented by  Event City and Broadway Studios 

This event is a Showcase and Mini-Expo for the Events & Creative Industries. These industries and their vertical markets will all be represented by the Event City Network as they prepare for their Live Launch.

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The industries represented are:

Special Events, Meeting Planning, Hospitality, Travel

ART, Music, Motion Picture and Entertainment 

The Premier Razzle Dazzle is on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012  —  5:00pm – 10:00pm 

BROADWAY STUDIOS VENUE
435 Broadway at Montgomery, North Beach, San Francisco, 94133

A Fine Selection of Complimentary

Appetizers and Delicious Samples from top Northern California Caterers

Wine Tasting, Live Music, Entertainers, Variety Performers

Artists, Aerials, Comedians, and more…

Live Performances by

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The Houserockers

KFOX Last Band Standing Winners

Voted the Best Dance Cover Band in the Bay Area


SPONSORED CATERERS

Tango Fusion Bistro & Tapas Bar –  Red Pepper

Hot Italian Pizza  –  Michi Catering  –  Deelish Carribean Cuisine

New Ganges Indian Cuisine  –  Beaver Creek Vineyards

SPONSORS

Broadway Studios  –  Event City  –  HouseRockers

Scott Production Services – Arroz Records

Balloons By Design  –  RadioSlot  –  ArtRockx

Urban Diversion  –  SF Sailing Company

Please go here to register 

To inquire about Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities at this or future Razzle Dazzles please Email us.

EVENT CITY’S FOOD & BEVERAGE LIVE!

CELEBRATION – EVENT CITY’S FOOD & BEVERAGE LIVE is now LIVE!

   

By Nolan Apostle & Cesar Plata
Producer/Contributing Editor & Reporter/Photographer
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Now that the launch of the Event City Network™ is eminent in the coming months it is time to get on the Events & Creative Industries™ bandwagon and if you are involved in one of the Events & Creative Industries, get in early and learn how this new and unique online portal will help your professional endeavors exponentially!

Event City’s Magazines and Blogs has reached each industry as a whole, but will also have many exciting opportunities of the cross-over industries the Event City Network represents. You will see the many features and benefits of these cross-over markets not just through this Food & Beverage industry site, but with the many other areas covered by Event City™ and the Event City Online™. Through this network of industry portals, Event City and it’s Editorial Channels will offer much more than any other site of its kind.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FOOD & BEVERAGE LIVE
The Event City Food & Beverage Live site will feature EVERYTHING Food & Beverage and then some. Top Restaurants, Hotels, Bars, Nightclubs, Bed & Breakfast facilities, Caterers and food products from around the globe will be featured in our program as well as invited professionals and guests to write about their industries and share their industry knowledge with you. Reviews and featured articles on new products all across the board – from olive oils to Italian cookies, from wheat corn tortillas to delicious caviar. Wines, breads, meats, cheeses, even equipment, supplies and anything that might be used or consumed by any industry professional imaginable. The goal is to cover all avenues associated with the food and beverage industries.

Our publishers and editors believe that these industries are more prevalent to who the consumer is as a “consumer” than almost any other industry on the planet. Why do they think that? What we consume, what pleases our pallets is an endorsement of how we think and feel, it engages the pit of our desires to be who we want to be. Simply put, what we eat and drink (especially eat) persuades us to be who we are, so the more we know about what we eat, the better it is for everyone.

That leads us to information gathering. This editor is a firm believer in the ideology of gaining knowledge from those that know, especially those that know well about any given subject. Where do you go to find your movers and shakers? Conventions, trade-shows, conferences. Throughout the world, almost daily, you can find these types of events scheduled for just about any industry known. And when a new industry forms, a new convention will take place and be created by someone. Besides reading the advertisements in trade publications, the best place to gain quick and precise knowledge on the food and beverage industry and their products and services are from the trade-shows and conventions that feature those products and services. We promise to bring you the best from these industry shows through our editors, writers, reporters, producers and all of the freelance journalist that help us along the way to gather the information to help you in your business of presenting food and beverage products to your customers.

Here are some links to just a few of the industry shows we may attend and cover over the next year. Remember to check back here often for all of the latest news especially for the Fancy Food Show coming to San Francisco in the next week.

International Hospitality Week – Nightclub and Bar Convention

Hospitality and Design Expo – Winter Fancy Food Show

The Hotel Show – in Dubai – AMI Show – Meat, Poultry and Seafood Industry