Mark your calendars!  The 2018 Adopt-A-Pom Party is September 27, from 5-7pm.

Beginning in 2015 Ruthmere launched the Adopt a Pom campaign, an opportunity for the public to annually adopt 292 little orphan Pomegranates (decorations from Ruthmere's interior and exterior) aka “Poms” to raise public awareness for historic preservation. 

2017 and 2018 Adopt a Pom proceeds go toward restoration of Ruthmere's historic perimeter wall.  Ruthmere is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  ‚Äč

  • Contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger by special appointment to "Pick out Your Pom" and learn how you can become a "Pom Parent" supporting Elkhart's historic landmark. Deadline for Pom adoption is September 26, 2018.
  • All Pom Parents are invited to attend free of charge the chic Adopt a Pom Party, to be held Thursday, September 27th, 5-7pm. 
  • The 2018 Ruthmere Adopt a Pom Party is going on the road!  We will start the evening at 5pm sharp with a quick tour of the OUTDOOR GROUNDS ONLY of the hsitoric Buck Moon Farm property located at 17929 CR 10, Bristol, owned for 40 years by Ruthmere Founding Director Robert Beardsley.  WEAR YOUR HIKING CLOTHES!  This is casual event with a rustic walking tour of historic Buck Moon Farm--jeans and shoes appropriate for farm trail walking is desired.  We will see first hand this beautiful farm hailed as one of the finest in Indiana.  Following the tour, we will regather less than a mile from Buck Moon Farm at Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard, located at 5503 SR 15, Bristol, for an evening of wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres at this award-winning local winery.  While there, we'll learn more about Buck Moon Farm and the rich tradition of agriculture in the "Fruit Hills" area.
  • Pom prices range $60-$1,000. Minimum contribution of $60 per individual or $100 per couple to attend the Pom Party. Purchase a more prestigious Pom and invite more guests to the party. Example: Adopt a $200 Pom and receive a Pom Party invitation for four people. A $300 Pom gets six into the party.  Adopt a $500 Pom and reserve a private table for eight. If you adopt a $1,000 Pom, you can fill two tables of eight. Donations tax deductible within limits of the law.  If you mail a check, please make out to "Ruthmere" and place "Adopt a Pom" on the memo line.

  • At the Pom Party, attendees can upgrade their Poms by purchasing any remaining available Poms or by participating in the “Premium Pom Auction.”  Ruthmere Poms make great gifts for that special someone who loves to support a worthy cause such as the preservation of historic architecture.
  • Pom Party event generously underwritten by Robert B. Beardsley in honor "Golden View," the highest point on Buck Moon Farm.  Ruthmere expresses its most sincere gratitude to current Buck Moon Farm owner Abby Thomas for her gracious offer to allow patrons to see the outdoor landscape features of this historic site on this special evening.

Adopt Your Pom and Register for Party on September 27

To explore your Pom Parent options contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at 574-264-0330 ext. 105 or email



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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