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Escapes: Wine, drink and song at a notorious reform school

The Preston Castle, which opened in 1894, served as one of the nation’s first rehabilitation schools for young law offenders. The castle was restored and is now maintained by the Preston Castle Foundation.
The Preston Castle, which opened in 1894, served as one of the nation’s first rehabilitation schools for young law offenders. The castle was restored and is now maintained by the Preston Castle Foundation. Preston Castle Foundation

Preston Castle – a former reform school turned historic landmark that The Bee’s Sam McManis featured in June – is opening its doors for tours, wine tasting and live local music. The Preston Castle Foundation, with its goal of maintaining and utilizing the Romanesque Revival-style castle in Ione, will host the event.

Midtown Jazz of Sacramento will play a range of jazz and soft rock, along with a few Latin and country hits. The evening promises relaxation in the castle’s courtyard where attendees can sample appetizers and wine from 15 different Amador County wineries.

Tickets are $40 for pre-sale at Preston Castle or online.

Tours and wine tastings run from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Preston Castle, just 35 miles southeast of Sacramento off Highway 104.

For more information, visit prestoncastle.com

Harborfest Seafood Festival

What: Seafood, craft beer and wine are on the menu at this annual sea-themed festival on the Point Arena Pier. The event, which also features live music and children’s activities, includes a pirate-costume contest and a smoked salmon competition.

When:Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 6

Where: Point Arena Pier, 790 Port Road, Point Arena

Cost: Free admission and parking; $20 to enter the smoked salmon competition

Information: pointarena.net

McCloud Mountain Bluegrass Festival

What: This two-day, family-friendly festival will host a range of California Bluegrass artists, including Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin. The event will hold an “open jamming” session starting at noon on Friday.

When: Noon Sept. 11 and noon-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12

Where: Hoo Hoo Park, East Colombero Avenue, McCloud

Cost: $7 for advance, $10 day of general admission; free for children 12 and under; $5-$15 for camping space

Information: mccloudmountainbluegrass.com

Petaluma Craft Beer Festival

What: Nearly two dozen breweries will gather on the historic Petaluma Riverfront to offer beer tasting and small bites. Lagunitas Brewing Co., 101 North Brewing and Headlands Brewing Co. are just a few of the recognizable names at the event. Attendees must be 21 or older.

When: 1-5 p.m. Sept. 12

Where: Downtown Petaluma

Cost: $20 non-drinking admission; $40 advance admission, includes beer and food tasting

Information: petalumarivercraftbeerfest.org

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

What: The 39th annual Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival will host more than a dozens jazz artists from across the nation in a picturesque setting. Headliners include Buddy Guy and Sacramento’s own Jackie Greene.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13

Where: Johnson’s Beach, 16241 First St., Guerneville

Cost: $55 one-day general admission; $90 two-day general admission

Information: 707-869-1595; russianriverfestivals.com

A Night With the Stars

What: Local astronomy enthusiast Jim Jerrell will lead an introductory star-gazing event for nature enthusiasts of all ages. The event is sponsored by the Rush Ranch Educational Council and the Solano Land Trust.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 12

Where: Rush Ranch, 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City

Cost: Free

Information: rushranch.net

Bee staff

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