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    • 01 Feb 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 24 Aug 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
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    Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the 2024 Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition. This competition seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world.

    RBB Piano Prize 2024 OFFICIAL RULES

    Preliminary Round: Deadline August 24, 2024 

    Entrants for the Beardsley Competition are required to complete the Competition Registration Form and prepare a video audition, 8 to 15 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 21, 2024
    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. Second place receives $300, and Third place $200.

    Grand Prize Winner’s Performance: October 17, 2024
    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. 


    • 01 Mar 2024
    • 16 Jun 2024
    • Ruthmere Game Room
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    The 2024 Ruthmere Spring Concert Season

    May 9- Fischoff Soiree
    May 23 - John Blacklow & Peter Stumpf

    June 6 - Dominic Muzzi

    June 20- Daniel Maltz

    Sponsorship Levels

    2024 Presenting Sponsor $6,000

    2024 Individual Concert Sponsor $1,000

    2024 Annual Sponsor $900

    Spring Season Sponsor $500

    Spring Season Pass- Members Only $80
    (Season Pass does not include Artist's Preview reception)


    NOTE: Sponsors receive both reserved seating and admission to the pre-concert  Artist's Preview Reception for their attended concert.  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 Pass holders receive reserved seating.

    Season Pass holders and all Sponsors are offered free attendance at the Beardsley Prize Competition.  Seating first come, first served all afternoon. 

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 107. 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.  

    • 28 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ruthmere
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    Join us for our Mother and Me Tea on Sunday, April 28, 2024 with tea food, sweets and an assortment of teas. This year's theme is Just Like Buttons, Mothers Hold Everything Together and special speaker Janet Sever Hull, author of The Button Box and other books, will give a talk on everyone's favorite fastener!  Bring your button box to show off what holds your family together!

    Our speaker for the Mother and Me Tea is generously sponsored by Debbie Kulwicki. Thank you!


    Adults $30, Youth (ages 4-18) $15, Members $25. Reservations required with advance purchase or call 574-264-0330 ext. 104. Ages 4 and up.  *(registration deadline is April 21st). Please limit registration to 7 or fewer people. Minimum age is 4 to attend.  Target youth age is 8-10.

    If you register separately from others in your group, please call us at (574) 264-0330 or email us at ahutslar@ruthmere.org to let us know with whom you would like to be seated.


    • 02 May 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere
    • 32
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    Mark Doddington, Membership Coordinator, will present a Gallery Talk on Preserving Architectural Heritage: The National Register and the National Trust, on Thursday, May 2nd at 11 am in Ruthmere's Game Room.


    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 free and open to the public. 

    This Gallery Talk is sponsored by Beth Hall and Karen Nicholson. Thank you!



    • 09 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 5
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    The Fischoff is the nation’s largest chamber music competition bringing together young musicians from across the country and around the world. 


    On Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 7pm, the Ruthmere Fischoff Soirée brings this celebration of great music to Elkhart and will feature a performance by one of competition's finalists. This concert is sponsored by Wade Mayberry.

    Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Spring Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Spring Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Spring Concerts are considered private party events.

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  


    • 19 May 2024
    • 3:15 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Hotel Elkhart, 500 S. Main St, Elkhart, Indiana 46516
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    Let's Make Beautiful Music Together!

    Whether you are an Elkhart County Symphony season ticket holder, or this is your very first classical music concert, make this experience something you will always remember with the Ruthmere VIP Treatment!

          


    The Ruthmere VIP Treatment Includes:
         

    Tuning up - Enjoy a glass of house wine as you gather with friends from 3:15-3:45pm at the Hotel Elkhart Corner Bar before going to the Lerner Theatre to enjoy Elkhart County Symphony's ¡Fiesta Sinfonica! featuring Lalo Cura on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 4pm.

    VIP Dinner - After the concert enjoy a stunning dinner at the Hotel Elkhart Aria Ballroom with Top-Shelf Diamond Level Open Bar for the dinner hour beginning approximately at 5:40pm.  

    Pre-selected Entree's - Chicken Roulade, Maple Dijon Salmon, Beef Pappardelle, Pork Medallions, or Caprese Stuffed Portobellos (vegetarian), each paired with a chef selected starch, gourmet vegetables, and a choice of two fabulous desserts. 

    Availability for the Ruthmere VIP Treatment is limited, and once the maximum reservations are reached, there will not be a wait list for this event. Reservations close on May 9th.
    Price is $165 per person, or $1,200 for a Table of Eight.

    Four great Elkhart cultural institutions (Ruthmere, Elkhart County Symphony, Lerner Theatre and Hotel Elkhart) come together for one over-the-top experience!

    DON'T FORGET TO PURCHASE YOUR CONCERT TICKETS! Concert tickets are NOT INCLUDED in your Ruthmere VIP Treatment reservation. To get tickets for the concert, contact the Lerner box office via the green button link below.  

    BUY ¡FIESTA SINFONICA! TICKETS


    All proceeds from the Ruthmere VIP Treatment support Ruthmere's 50th Anniversary as a public house museum and go toward general operations. We congratulate and thank the Elkhart County Symphony for bringing world class music to Elkhart's doorstep.

    • 23 May 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 32
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    John Blacklow on piano and Peter Stumpf on cello will be performing on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 7pm. 

    A Steinway Artist, John Blacklow graduated from The Juilliard School and Harvard University, studying with John Browning, Leonard Shure, Bella Davidovich, and Tatiana Yampolsky. He currently serves as Professor of Piano at the University of Notre Dame and has recorded for Universal Music, Ltd., Bridge, Albany, and DG-iTunes.

    Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Stumpf's tenure in Los Angeles followed 12 years as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His professional orchestral career began at the age of 16 when he joined the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist's Diploma from the New England Conservatory.

    Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Spring Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Spring Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Spring Concerts are considered private party events.


    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  

    • 06 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 30
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    Dominic Muzzi will be performing on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 7pm. 


    Hailed for his "mastery, precision, and passion", Dominic Muzzi maintains a flourishing career as a concert pianist, having attained over a dozen top prizes and gold medals in domestic and international competitions. A rising star on the concert circuit, he has performed from Florida to New York City, receiving rave reviews for his poise, flair, and maturity. As of 2023, Dominic has relocated to the nation's capital, where he serves as a keyboard musician in the United States Marine Band.

    Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Spring Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Spring Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Spring Concerts are considered private party events.


    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  


    • 07 Jun 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Havilah Beardsley House
    • 30
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    Jennifer Johns, Curator, will present a Gallery Talk on Hoosier Fashion Designers, on Friday, June 7th at 11 am at the Havilah Beardsley House. She will be discussing the Indiana designers, Norman Norrell, Bill Blass and Halston, that became fashion icons.


    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 free and open to the public. 

    This Gallery Talk is sponsored by Ann Wroblewski.

    • 08 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Greenhouse
    • 19
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    Join us for our  Ruthmere Greenhouse and Garden Series, - "Raised Beds and Container Gardening: Solutions for Small Spaces &/or those with Mobility Issues" with Master Gardener, Gwen Ferland on Saturday, June 8th at 1pm at Ruthmere's Greenhouse. 


    • 13 Jun 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 50
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    Ruthmere and Goshen College are once again collaborating for cultural and musical enrichment for the young pianists of Elkhart County and beyond! Ruthmere has invited the students of the Summer Goshen College Piano Camp to experience the legacy of our regional community through performing their own repertoire on the incredible grand piano in the Ruthmere Game Room. Students will bring their prepared works to showcase in a special concert event, a chance for them to "step back in time" to perform their music as if the ink were still wet on the page! This event will enhance the musical and stylistic perspective of these precollege pianists by offering them a new context for their performances. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 a person. 

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330. The recital will begin at 5pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 4:30pm.  

         

    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 30
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    Our final Spring Concert for this season will be on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 7pm, with fortepianist, Daniel Adam Maltz. Based in Vienna, Austria, he debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 22 and is a sought-after soloist, Lieder accompanist, and clinician. He studied fortepiano performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He refined his command of historical practices through private study with Andreas Staier and Ingomar Rainer.


    Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Spring Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Spring Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Spring Concerts are considered private party events.


    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  

    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 60
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    Our next Lincoln Penny Story Hour on Saturday, June 22, 2024, we will be having a guest read the book Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan.


    This is open and free to the general public but registration requested. 

    The LPSH is not a fundraiser, it’s a consciousness raiser! Ruthmere will invite a member of the community to read an age-appropriate children’s book to children and their families. But this is a story hour with a specific purpose. These stories will be reflections of each reader’s distinct background, and will communicate the values of diversity, unity and liberty. 

    Every child will receive a Lincoln Penny souvenir in a keepsake jacket as a reminder of why this experience is important.

    This LPSH is supported by Indiana Humanities with a One State / One Story grant. 


    • 11 Jul 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Havilah Beardsley House
    • 40
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    Our July End of Quarter Cocktail party featuring the Fedora Cocktail will be held at the Havilah Beardsley House, on Thursday, July 11th from 5-7pm. 


    Admission for members and their guests is $10 per person; Qualifying donors of  Ruthmere Forever at $100 or more and/or Program Sponsorship at any level get (2) free admissions; and Business members get (2) two free admissions.  EOQs are a great networking opportunity for Business Members!

    • 01 Aug 2024
    • 29 Nov 2024
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    Registration is closed

    The 2024 Ruthmere Fall Concert Season

    October 17 - Winner of the 2024 Beardsley Piano Prize Competition
    October 24 - Clare Longendyke

    November 14 - Franklin Larey

    November 29 - Nicholas Roth

    Sponsorship Levels

    2024 Presenting Sponsor $6,000

    2024 Individual Concert Sponsor $1,000

    2024 Annual Sponsor $900

    Fall Season Sponsor $500

    Fall Season Pass- Members Only $80
    (Season Pass does not include Artist's Preview reception)


    NOTE: Sponsors receive both reserved seating and admission to the pre-concert Artist's Preview Reception for their attended concert.  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 Pass holders receive reserved seating.

    Season Pass holders and all Sponsors are offered free attendance at the Beardsley Prize Competition.  Seating first come, first served all afternoon. 

    For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 107. 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.  

    • 07 Aug 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 36
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    Brenda Tudor, Ruthmere Docent, will present a Gallery Talk on The Melodeon and Making Music in the Home, on Wednesday, August 7th at 11 am 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. Our Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 

    This Gallery Talk is sponsored by Margaret & John Frechette and Brenda & Randall Johnson


    • 08 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • Ruthmere
    • 49
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    As part of our Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality exhibit, we are pleased to have John McCormack, PhD to present a lecture entitled, "The Fabric of Faiths: How Headwear Makes Religion Real."

    Hats are more than mere fashion statements. Constructing, embellishing, and wearing hats is an essential way in which a community's religious beliefs are brought to life. Looking closely at some remarkable objects in "The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality," Dr. John McCormack explores how they function in religious rituals, express the identity and spiritual aspirations of peoples, and bind together members of a community.


    John McCormack, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Religion and History at Aurora University. He specializes in the history of Christianity, religion and politics, world religions, and early Modern Europe, France, and Latin America. He earned his BA in History and MA in Religion from Yale University and both his MA and PhD in History from the University of Notre Dame.

    This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    • 05 Sep 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 40
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    Joyce Chambers, Indiana Director of Lincoln Highway Association , will present a Gallery Talk on The Lincoln Highway -Not Just a Blue Line, on Thursday, September 5th at 11 am 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. Our Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. 


    • 26 Sep 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 40
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    Our September End of Quarter Cocktail party featuring the Bourbon Dream will be held in the Ruthmere Game Room, on Thursday, September 26th from 5-7pm. 


    Admission for members and their guests is $10 per person; Qualifying donors of  Ruthmere Forever at $100 or more and/or Program Sponsorship at any level get (2) free admissions; and Business members get (2) two free admissions.  EOQs are a great networking opportunity for Business Members!

    • 04 Oct 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 39
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    Melissa Gunter, Education Chair of the South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society, will present a Gallery Talk on Introduction to Birding, on Friday, October 4th at 11 am at Ruthmere.  She will talk about basic information about birds and  review the top most common birds found in our region. After the talk, guests may go outside with Melissa to identify birds around Ruthmere.


    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 free and open to the public. 

    This talk is sponsored by Steve & Jean Barton. Thank you!


    • 16 Oct 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • Havilah Beardsley House
    • 30
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    Debra Parcell, Community Preservation Specialist at the Northern Regional Office of Indiana Landmarks, will be presenting a program about "Great Landmarks in Indiana", on Tuesday, October 16 at 6pm at the Havilah Beardsley House. Admission is $5 for Ruthmere and Indiana Landmarks members and $10 for non-members.  



    • 17 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 49
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    Ruthmere Museum will have the winner of the Seventh Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize, kicking off the 2024 Ruthmere Fall Concert Series which is sponsored by Wade Mayberry.

    Ticket pricing for the 2024 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Fall Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 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. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  

    • 24 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 49
    Register


    Pianist, Clare Longendyke, will be performing on Thursday, October 24, 2024 at 7pm in Ruthmere's Game Room.

    A pianist with “an artistic ferocity that captivated and astonished listeners” (Waverly Newspapers), Clare Longendyke is a soloist, chamber musician, and musical innovator who performs with American orchestras and on recital series around the world. Recent highlights include performances of concertos by Mozart, Falla, Rachmaninoff, Florence Price, and Joan Tower with orchestras in Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, and Virginia, and the release of her debut solo CD in 2024, …of dreams unveiled featuring works of Debussy, Amy Williams, and Anthony R. Green.

    Ticket pricing for the 2024 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Fall Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 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. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

    • 14 Nov 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 49
    Register


    Franklin Larey will be performing on Thursday, November 14, 2024 at 7pm in Ruthmere's Game Room.

    Hailed as a leading South African pianist of his generation, Dr. Franklin Larey is acclaimed for his performances of works by Brahms, Mozart, Scriabin and Ravel. As a scholar, Larey’s main research is in the area of Brahms studies, and specifically in the theoretical principles of developing variation and motivic unity which underpin Brahms’s compositional style.

    Ticket pricing for the 2024 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Fall Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 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. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

    • 29 Nov 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 49
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    Nicholas Roth will be performing on Friday, November 29th at 7pm in Ruthmere's Game Room.

    Nicholas Roth began formal studies at age twelve, receiving critical acclaim for his appearances by the age of eighteen. He appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among many others. Roth is a featured performer and teacher throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He is a Yamaha Artist, a Beethoven Fellow of the American Pianists Association, earned prizes in the chamber music competitions of Tortona and Pietra Ligure, Italy, and received a DAAD grant to further his studies in Germany.  

    Ticket pricing for the 2024 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $50 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $20 per seat. Fall Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $80 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. 107. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

    • 04 Dec 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 39
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    Cathy Ellsworth, Ruthmere Docent, will present a Gallery Talk on Toys in the Attic, on Wednesday, December 4th at 11 am at Ruthmere. She will discuss antique and vintage toys and the difference between them, as well as the toys children played with in the last 100 years. 


    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 free and open to the public. 


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