Public Programs

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

Upcoming Ruthmere events

    • 04 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 1

    Let your day slow down every Tuesday afternoon during September and October in Ruthmere's garden (unless inclement weather, it will be moved into the Game Room). Bring your own favorite tea cup, or borrow one of ours. Meet your friends, make new friends, or enjoy a quiet seat alone to read a book. Light tea foods will be served. Cost is $12 per person with very limited seating. 

    We will be honoring the late Queen Elizabeth II at the remaining 2022 Tuesday Teas by featuring a strawberry themed dessert (the Queen's favorite tea food was a simple strawberry jam sandwich) and a few of the Queen's favorite teas.

    [Note that if the tea is moved indoors, the Ruthmere Game Room is NOT ADA Accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.]

    Registration and pre-payment REQUIRED and registration is only accepted up through the Saturday before each tea.


    • 05 Oct 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere
    • 28
    Register

    Dale Seely, Ruthmere docent, will present a Gallery Talk entitled, "Steinway, Rubinstein and Ruthmere's Chance to Shine" on Wednesday, October 5th, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 


    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


    • 08 Oct 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Grace Lawn Cemetery
    • 16
    Register

    Grace Lawn Cemetery is the final resting place of many important Elkhart figures, from city founders Havilah and Rachel Beardsley, to local medical genius Dr. Franklin Miles, to the eccentric Nellie Knickerbocker, previous owner of the reportedly haunted Winchester Mansion. Join us for an eerie walk through the city of Elkhart's oldest surviving cemetery and learn the rich history of its residents - while also picking up some sweet treats along the way.

    Tours start at the Beardsley Mausoleum and will be released about every 5-10 minutes. Please bring your own flashlight for safety purposes. We will provide bags for your candy! Costumes are strongly encouraged for all ages.

    Event will take place rain or shine (exceptions for thunder and lightning).

    Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Availability for walk-ups is on a first come, first serve basis as treats will be limited and cash only.



    • 11 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Let your day slow down every Tuesday afternoon during September and October in Ruthmere's garden (unless inclement weather, it will be moved into the Game Room). Bring your own favorite tea cup, or borrow one of ours. Meet your friends, make new friends, or enjoy a quiet seat alone to read a book. Light tea foods will be served. Cost is $12 per person with very limited seating. 

    We will be honoring the late Queen Elizabeth II at the remaining 2022 Tuesday Teas by featuring a strawberry themed dessert (the Queen's favorite tea food was a simple strawberry jam sandwich) and a few of the Queen's favorite teas.

    [Note that if the tea is moved indoors, the Ruthmere Game Room is NOT ADA Accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.]

    Registration and pre-payment REQUIRED and registration is only accepted up through the Saturday before each tea.


    • 13 Oct 2022
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    Register

    The 2022 Ruthmere Fall Concert Season

    October 13 - Beardsley Piano Cup Winner
    October 27 - Ariadne Antipa

    November 10 - Jeff Barnhart & Bob Milne

    November 25 - Nicholoas Roth

    Sponsorship Levels

    Presenting Sponsor $1,500

    Concert Sponsor $1,000

    Season Sponsor $500

    Season Pass- Members Only $100


    NOTE: Sponsors receive both reserved seating and admission to the pre-concert  Artist's Preview Reception for each concert date.  This reception is held in the Robert Beardsley Arts Reference Library at 6pm and feature champagne toast  and an opportunity to meet the artist.

    Season Ticket holders receive reserved seating.

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and open seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis behind reserved seats.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  

    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 35
    Register


    Ruthmere Museum will have the winner of the Fifth Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize, Chi Hoi "Jimmy" Cheung, kicking off the 2022 Ruthmere Fall Concert Series.

    Chi Hoi Jimmy Cheung is an emerging artist with a versatile career as a performer and educator. An accomplished pianist, he is a laureate in numerous national and international competitions, including the Ohio MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition, and the Birmingham International Piano Competition in England. He has performed in major venues including Steinway Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Austrian Cultural Forum. Cheung is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), who is also pursuing an Artist Diploma. His teachers include Ran Dank and James Tocco. Equally dedicated to teaching, Cheung is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in piano and a faculty member of CCM Prep. He also serves as the Coordinator of the OhioMTA Junior and Senior Competitions. Upcoming projects include recordings of the complete instrumental duets with piano by Frederic Chopin, and recitals at Indiana State University.


    Ticket pricing for the 2022 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Fall 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.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Greenhouse
    • 20
    Register

    Join us for our next Ruthmere Garden Series, - "The Roots of Gardening at Ruthmere: Firsthand Accounts" with Rusty Ritchie and Ron Wolschlager on Saturday, October 15th at 2pm at Ruthmere's Greenhouse. They will talk about their past experiences working on the Ruthmere gardens and the Beardsley family. This will be a Q & A and informal conversation.


    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 0
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    Grab your Broomsticks!

    Back by popular demand is our Witches Brew Tea!


    Eye of Newt and toe of frog,

    Wool of bat and tongue of dog.

    Adder's fork and blind worm's sting,

    Lizard's leg and howlet's wing.


    Spooked yet? Climb on your favorite broom and fly over to Ruthmere for our fall Witches Brew Tea!

    Our Witches Brew Tea will feature a delicious assortment of teas, tea foods, and a scary good time! Costumes are strongly encouraged.

    Adults $30, Youth (Ages 4-18) $15, Members $25. Reservations are required with advance purchase. Ages 4 and up. Seating is limited and registration ends October 7th, so don't wait! 

    Please be sure to let us know if you register separately from other guests you would like to sit with, that way we can change our seating chart accordingly.


    • 18 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 15
    Register

    Let your day slow down every Tuesday afternoon during September and October in Ruthmere's garden (unless inclement weather, it will be moved into the Game Room). Bring your own favorite tea cup, or borrow one of ours. Meet your friends, make new friends, or enjoy a quiet seat alone to read a book. Light tea foods will be served. Cost is $12 per person with very limited seating. 

    We will be honoring the late Queen Elizabeth II at the remaining 2022 Tuesday Teas by featuring a strawberry themed dessert (the Queen's favorite tea food was a simple strawberry jam sandwich) and a few of the Queen's favorite teas.

    [Note that if the tea is moved indoors, the Ruthmere Game Room is NOT ADA Accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.]

    Registration and pre-payment REQUIRED and registration is only accepted up through the Saturday before each tea.


    • 25 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 20
    Register

    Let your day slow down every Tuesday afternoon during September and October in Ruthmere's garden (unless inclement weather, it will be moved into the Game Room). Bring your own favorite tea cup, or borrow one of ours. Meet your friends, make new friends, or enjoy a quiet seat alone to read a book. Light tea foods will be served. Cost is $12 per person with very limited seating. 

    We will be honoring the late Queen Elizabeth II at the remaining 2022 Tuesday Teas by featuring a strawberry themed dessert (the Queen's favorite tea food was a simple strawberry jam sandwich) and a few of the Queen's favorite teas.

    [Note that if the tea is moved indoors, the Ruthmere Game Room is NOT ADA Accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.]

    Registration and pre-payment REQUIRED and registration is only accepted up through the Saturday before each tea.


    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 37
    Register


    Two-time Beardsley Piano Prize finalist Ariadne Antipa will be performing on Thursday, October 27th at 7pm. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. Her teachers have included Natsuki Fukasawa, Richard Cionco, Lorna Peters, Rebecca Penneys, and Logan Skelton. She has received first place in numerous competitions and has appeared as a soloist with the Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra and the Central Valley Youth Symphony. Most recently, Ariadne was featured with the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In addition to sharing music on stage, Ariadne is passionate about sharing through teaching, and has recently completed one year on faculty with the New Tampa Piano and Pedagogy Academy. This autumn, Ariadne begins her Doctorate in Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, studying with Dr. Ran Dank.

    Ticket pricing for the 2022 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Fall 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.

    • 03 Nov 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere
    • 35
    Register

    Sam Sommers will present a Gallery Talk on, "American Shape Note Singing" on Thursday, November 3rd, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 


    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


    • 10 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 18
    Register

    Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Here he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century. The 21st century has found Jeff constantly appearing as a soloist and band pianist at parties, festivals, clubs and cruises throughout the world.  In addition, he has lead two bands in the UK: the Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band, and Jeff Barnhart’s British Band. In 2006, Jeff joined the roster of artists featured on the Arbors Records label, the most recent featuring jazz legends Bob Wilber and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jeff has recorded as both pianist and vocalist on over 120 full-length albums.  

    Bob Milne is considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. He was filmed and documented for future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the Library of Congress, and was declared a National Treasure at the conclusion. A French horn player in High School, he went to the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the age of 17, and then became assistant First Horn in the Rochester Philharmonic at age 19. Playing in concert halls now since 1991, Mr. Milne plays worldwide every year. He teaches music history at various universities around the country, and is also the founder and director of the Frankenmuth Ragtime Festival in Michigan. 

    Ticket pricing for the 2022 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Fall 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.

    • 25 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 37
    Register

    Elkhart's 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 exceptional performance!


    Ticket pricing for the 2022 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Fall 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.

    • 02 Dec 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere
    • 35
    Register

    Karen Nicholson, Ruthmere docent, will present a Gallery Talk on, "The American Department Store at the turn of the Century" on Friday, December 2nd, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 


    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


(574)-264-0330

(888)-287-7696


302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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