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‘Lethal Luau’ Lends New Meaning to ‘Pass the Poi, Please’

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Via Press Release
07/27/2014 12:31 PM

Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Aloha, welcome to Hawaii.  It is sunset on the beach, and friends of Chase Diamond have gathered at his birthday luau.  The impromptu party quickly turns into a woeful wake when Chase is found dead, poisoned by one of his guests. Was it friend or foe who fatally freshened his favorite cocktail? It is up to you to find out.

Come to a Hawaiian Luau and figure out the mystery. Wear your Aloha outfits to really blend in.

Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the Preston Castle Courtyard, and be part of the action as events unfold around you. Observe, ask questions, and use your super-sleuth skills to figure out “who done it?” 

The Suspects: Les Baggs, Chief Wiki Wiki, Holly Day, Rip Tide, Nadia Seymour, Joey Breakers, Leilani and Lavender Koi.

A no-host bar will have a nice selection of drinks available for purchase, including killer Mai Tais. 

This one-time murder case is limited to 100 tickets — both nights. Get yours now, or you may never know who done it! Tickets are $45, available at Clark’s Corner, or online at Call 256-3623, for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation, with Chairperson Kathleen Gast heading up the festivities, the “Lethal Luau” takes place at Preston Castle, 900 Palm Drive, in Ione, just 35 miles southeast of Sacramento, off Highway 104. The dinner show runs Friday and Saturday evening, Aug. 1 and 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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. 

In addition to the upcoming Murder Mystery, we will hold our 10th annual Wine Tasting and Tour, on Sept. 13, the exciting and spooky Preston Castle Halloween Haunt, Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31, and a holiday fair/bazaar, called Old Tyme Christmas, on Dec. 13 and 14.

Also, outside Castle Tours are available on most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help Save The Castle, and learn more about our history, events and tours by visiting All contributions are tax deductible.

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