Public Programs

Check out all of the opportunities for entertainment, learning, and family fun at Ruthmere for the year.

Upcoming Ruthmere events

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • 01 Aug 2019
    • Ruthmere Game Room
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    Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the 2019 Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition. This competition seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world.

    Preliminary Round: Deadline August 1, 2019

    Entrants for the Beardsley Competition are required to complete the Competition Registration Form and prepare a video audition, 5 to 10 minutes long, showcasing two contrasting musical styles or time periods. Video submissions via YouTube links are preferred.  Up to 6 Finalists will be selected. Entry fee of $25 per competitor.

    Please email YouTube video auditions to mdoddington@ruthmere.org. Questions call 574-264-0330 ext. 107. 

    Finals Round: Live Competition on September 28, 2019
    Finalists will perform 15-20 minutes of music for the judging panel and the general public at the Ruthmere Game Room. Competition performances begin at Noon, with individual performance times yet to be determined. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 per seat. Each finalist will receive $100.

    Grand Prize Winner’s Performance: October 10, 2019
    Competition Winner is required to perform a full one-hour opening concert of the Ruthmere Fall Concert series at 7pm. Grand Prize winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 presented at the concert, and have his or her name displayed alongside the Beardsley Cup on permanent exhibit at Ruthmere.


    • 05 Jun 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ruthmere
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    Joy Olsen, Collection Manager, will present a Gallery Talk about vintage wedding gowns on Wednesday, June 5th at Ruthmere at 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 



    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 40
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    Join us for our bridal tea on June 9, 2019 from 2-4pm among a lovely backdrop of vintage and current bridal gowns. Let Ruthmere guide you through the process of planning your perfect day from the big decisions to the smallest of details while you enjoy tea, sweets and champagne! Come learn wedding etiquette and planning, as well as answer all your questions to help you create your perfect day. Celebrate with your bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers as you toast to your upcoming wedding!

    Adults $25, Students $10, Members $20. Reservations required with advance purchase or call 574-264-0330 ext. 104. Ages 4 and up.   


    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Gardens & Greenhouse
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    June End of Quarter Cocktail party will be a Juniper Party: All Gin Drinks in the beautiful Ruthmere gardens and greenhouse. Admission for members and their guests is $10 per person; Bronze Patron members and higher get complimentary admissions to each EOQ event. We encourage Business Members to attend these events as a great networking opportunity!




    • 02 Jul 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ruthmere
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    Randy Roberts, Assistant Curator at Midwest Museum of American Art, will present a Gallery Talk about the Hoosier School of art on Tuesday, July 2nd at Ruthmere. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 


           

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Havilah Beardsley House
    • 35
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    The 2019 Heart City Heritage Series will kick off on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Havilah Beardsley House. Indiana Landmarks' Deb Parcell will present "Stories Buildings Tell." This program presents how details in buildings can reveal the past and tell stories of the people who occupied them, aka how to "read" a building. Light refreshments served. Seating is limited. Cost: $5 Ruthmere members, $10 for non-members



    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Ruthmere
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    Starting at 11am sharp we will kick the day off with a 0.5K History Walk.  Yes, you read correctly, 0.5K!  While some non-profits raise money with a 5K fun run, we felt that a “brisk walk” between Ruthmere, Havilah Beardsley House and back was more our speed.


    This 0.5K event will be "chipped" for those serious competitors---potato chips and corn chips to be precise!  Yes, there will be “fueling stations” along the route with "healthy treats" such as corn dogs, cookies, high sugar sodas, energy drinks and more to keep participants from dozing off.

    Sign up by July 7th as individuals or as a team to help us raise money during this fun event. Entry fee of $25 per person or $100 for teams of 5 (additional team participants $20)  includes commemorative T-shirt and bragging rights prizes.

    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Havilah Beardsley House
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    Cathy Ellsworth, docent, will present a Gallery Talk about fashions of the Victorian era on Friday, August 2nd at the Havilah Beardsley House at 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 



    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Arts Reference Library
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    Mary Weber, docent, will present a Gallery Talk about Camille Claudel on Saturday, September 7th at the Robert B. Beardsley Arts Reference Library at 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 


    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Ruthmere
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    Cocktails on Beardsley is a two-mansion progressive cocktail party for the ages. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required.


    $150 per ticket. Underwriting opportunities available.

    *Underwriters may purchase additional guest tickets for $100 per person. 

    For questions, contact Bill Firstenberger, Executive Director, at 574-264-0330 ext. 105 or email bfirstenberger@ruthmere.org.

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 65
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    Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the Second Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition on Saturday, September 28 in the Ruthmere Game Room. In what is sure to become a new cherished Ruthmere tradition, Ruthmere seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world. Come listen to our six finalists compete for our panel of distinguished judges. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 a person. Doors open at 11am. The competition will begin at Noon. Individual artist performance time are yet to be determined.

    The Beardsley Cup, composed of sterling silver and manufactured in 1907 in London, resides in a new custom built display case with the names of the winners of the Beardsley Competition. Please contact Ruthmere Museum at (574) 264-0330 ext. 107 if you have any questions regarding the competition.



    • 02 Oct 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Havilah Beardsley House
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    Martin Mullins, a family history consultant, will present a Gallery Talk about genealogy on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Havilah Beardsley House at 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 


    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 63
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    The winner of our Beardsley Piano Prize Competition, will be our featured entertainment for the evening of October 10, 2019. 

    Ticket pricing for the 2019 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.
     
     For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 65
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    The 2019 Ruthmere Fall Concert Season

    CLICK ON THE GREEN "REGISTER" BUTTON BELOW LEFT TO PURCHASE SPONSORSHIPS OR SEASON TICKETS.

    October 10 - Winner of the 
    Beardsley Piano Prize

    October 24 - The Goshen Faculty Trio

    November 7 - Matthew Graybil

    November 29 - Nicholas Roth


    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 65
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    The Goshen Faculty Trio will be performing on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7pm.

    Ticket pricing for the 2019 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ruthmere
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    Randy Roberts, Assistant Curator at Midwest Museum of American Art, will present a Gallery Talk about the Hudson Valley School on Saturday, November 7th at Ruthmere at 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 



    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 65
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    Matthew Graybil will be performing on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7pm.

    Ticket pricing for the 2019 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 29 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 65
    Register

    Elkhart favorite son Nicholas Roth will treat Ruthmere patrons with his annual "Black Friday Concert, " the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, what a way to celebrate the holiday!  Nicholas is Professor of piano at Drake University. Don't miss Nicholas Roth for this once in a lifetime performance!

    Ticket pricing for the 2019 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 06 Dec 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Havilah Beardsley House
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    This month's Gallery Talk will be about Bonneyville Mill and presented by Courtney Franke, Interpretor, on Friday, December 6th at the Havilah Beardsley House at 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 



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