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.

 

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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http://makezine.com/2014/05/06/makerspace-on-wheels-building-the-hackmobile/

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.

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.

Ad Tech Visits San Francisco Next Week

Ad Tech, touted as the largest gathering of Digital Marketers in the world will be in San Francisco at the Moscone Center April 11-13, 2011 this year. Each year for the last couple of years Event City has covered Ad Tech from a general sense of the show. This year, as we launch we will look at Ad Tech through the eyes of you our loyal readers and members. Looking for advantages, opportunities and general information that could benefit you and your business endeavors.
We hope to find a great deal of business opportunities for you. Ad Tech takes place all over the world in these locations:

BEIJING, LONDON, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, SHANGHAI, SINGAPORE, SYDNEY and TOKYO

Some tidbits about Ad Tech:

Bringing together digital marketers and advertisers for more than 14 years and reaching buyers and sellers with 10 annual events across the globe.

Ad Tech’s exhibition hall affords participating vendors unparalleled opportunities to reach brand advertisers, agencies, publishers and key members of the trade media.

The exhibit hall itself features technologies and software and services employed in the world of digital marketing today, including:
Advertising Networks, Mobile, Ad Servers, Portals, Affiliates, Publishers, Creative Services, Research, Email Marketing, Search Engine Marketers, Rich Media, Search Engine Optimization, Media Planning and Buying, Software, Metrics/Analytics, Viral Marketing

One of the companies involved in this world is OpenX, the world’s leading independent provider of digital ad technology, enables businesses to maximize their revenue by combining ad serving technology with one of the top ad exchanges. Major publishers like Groupon, Excite Japan, and France Telecom/Orange have selected OpenX to power their advertising businesses. OpenX ad serving products are used by 200,000 websites in 100 countries and serve over 350 billion ads monthly. OpenX Market reaches over 400 million monthly unique users globally.

Look for more information on OpenX and other superior companies to help you move into the world of digital marketing.

By Nolan Apostle & Danny Hewlett
Contributing Editor/Producer
Photographer/Reporter
Event City Premier Magazine
Events & Creative Industry Blogazines

MidnightSyndicate – The Rage movie sound track

Midnight Syndicate the original motion picture sound track The Rage – Lowest price on the internet! Listen to a sample from the Rage!

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“Only with great scores can you let your imagination wander when only listening to the music . . . ‘ The Rage’ soundtrack is one of those rare pieces of music where the sound defines the picture.” – Dread Central

“Midnight Syndicate has conjured up a terrifying score that will have you hanging onto the edge of your seat, even in it’s most subtle moments. All the releases that they have done before have been leading up to an album like this.” – Movement Magazine

“(They) expand the dynamic nature of their previous works to produce a huge, bombastic and intensely stimulating soundtrack, which is hauntingly majestic and deeply engrossing . . .immensely easy to get drawn deeply into the haunting keys, heavenly choral renditions, sporadic industrial noise, intensely pitch-black atmosphere and bittersweet melodies. . .Just the music alone is dynamic and menacing enough to make you jump and get your pulse racing, which is exactly what you want and expect from a soundtrack.

New Wirlball Model Debuts at Film Industry Event

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What a great event! Event City is very happy to have been invited to this exclusive industry party. We will certainly be back next year!!  PICTURES TO COME SOON!