Drumm Farm Drumm Beats

News for Summer, 2012    
In this issue:
How Drumm is Helping Children
Drumm's Return to Farming
Designing Swinney: Inside Information
Caring for Kids @ Drumm
Upcoming Events:
Drumm Farmer's Market now open!
Saturdays 8am-Noon
Through September
11th Annual 
Drumm Golf Tournament 
Drumm Farm Golf Club
October 3rd, 2012
We're helping children! 
When children enter foster care, their case is assigned a "goal." Reunification with a parent is almost always the initial goal, and if that is not possible, then other goals, such as pursuing an Independent Living Program, or identifying and securing an adoptive home are assigned to the case. Often times children linger in care, some for years, while the professionals work towards the case goal.
Here at Drumm Farm Center for Children, we are committed to helping children reach their case goal in a healthy, effective, and streamlined way. We work to cut down the time that kids are in care by offering high-quality, consistent counseling and parent-aid services, trained professional licensed foster parents, and a network of community supports dedicated to helping achieve a child's case goal.
Since the beginning of 2012 we have been a part of:
Reuniting 16 children with their families.
Providing placement for a large sibling group of 6 children.
Helping to identify and secure adoptive placements for 2 older youth.
Helping to support an "aged out" youth as he identifies possible career options. 

Contact Us to see how you can be a part of the great things happening here at Drumm Farm Center for Children!

July Brings New Drumm Family Traditions:
This year, families, staff and board members at Drumm gathered together for their First Annual Independence Day Celebration. Families played games together, had an ice cream treat, and even got to visit with CoCo Key's Mascot- CoCo the Parrot.  The night ended with our own fireworks show at Drumm, put on by brave staff members! 
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It is with great pride that, this past month, Drumm re-opened Swinney Hall after nearly 30 years.  This feat was only possible with the support of our friends and community as well as exemplary stewardship on the part of the Drumm Board of Directors.  We cannot thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to serve more children here at Drumm Farm Center for Children.


We also recently unveiled our new logo. We are excited about this new look which reflects our name change to the Drumm Farm Center for Children. Watch for more updates and changes coming soon, including a new website.


More than 40 alumni and their families visited recently as part of the annual Drumm Alumni Weekend, held the third Saturday of July.  Attending the event were alumni from 1951 to 2008.  More than 750 children have lived at Drumm since its founding in 1919.  Drumm's legacy is the foundation of our future!


The Drumm Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8 am - noon. Our kids work in the garden and sell produce at the Market. We hope to have you visit us soon; the tomatoes are awesome!


Thank you so much for being a part of the Drumm Family.




Brad Smith
Executive Director 
Drumm Center for Children
Drumm Returns to its Roots
Farmer's Market offers fresh produce every Saturday
Drumm Tomatoes  
Have you stopped by Drumm Farm lately? We've added farm animals, garden plots, and a Farmer's Market to further expand our impact on children's lives. Kids at Drumm are actively participating in the planting, harvesting, and selling of our produce. Our animals, which include three alpaca, five sheep, and over 50 chickens, are being tended by the kids as well.
Historic Swinney Hall: Inside the Design 
Architect Paul Helmer offers insight on the color and design choices in the 
Historic Swinney Hall Renovation and Restoration Project  

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Historic properties deserve attention from every aspect of design so that we represent a true picture of a past period of time. We carefully chose light fixtures in the public office areas that are reproduction period pieces: copies of gas/electric chandeliers and sconces that are much like what would have been in this home in the late 1800's. The metalwork of brass is antique, much the way that fixtures became with a little age.

The walls are painted period appropriate colors that were gleaned from a few details of

plaster, buried below woodwork and found under a few remaining wallpaper scabs and closets. Trims around the ceiling are accented with a deeper version of gold which adds to the grand look of rimming the room with deep moldings and detail. People of this period were not afraid of color, but used it wisely and sometimes sparingly if it was a deep color. Today these deep colors add richness without being overwhelming.


Bridging the transition to the 2nd floor is a restored stained glass window; this window is restored in such a way that one can not even tell which parts are original and which parts are new. Another restoration here is that of the grand staircase. Bert Schwaller, of Costa Corporation, worked tirelessly to restore many missing or broken spindles and was able to restore the curved bannister when it was discovered in the basement.

At the rear of the home, you find the more contemporary touches, as this part of the home was added later and is not part of the original structure. We used gold-tan and blue-grey vinyl slate texture kitchen and bathroom floors in this area. Teenage males living on the 3rd floor are greeted with cool greens a relaxing and complementary color to be used with the

recurrent red brick wall that are part of this upper level. 

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All of these details together make the renovation of the Swinney Hall an excellent investment in Drumm Farm Center for Children and its facilities. Swinney will continue to serve people and tell a story of a home, from the past, in a beautiful and inspiring way. It is a powerful testimony of Drumm's rich heritage and the legacy to come.


Paul Helmer, an architect, is Principal of the company TOUCH OF DISTINCTION color and design. The company specializes in: period color consultation, renovation planning, faux finishes, murals and period landscape design.

Caring for Kids @ Drumm
Part of creating a home for a child is making sure we provide for basic needs. With the generosity of people like you, we are able to help Drumm kids be successful kids. Please consider a donation to fulfill the following needs.

-White loose leaf Construction Paper
-Colored loose leaf Construction Paper
-Fiskar Brand Child Scissors, sharp point
-Fiskar Brand Child Scissors, rounded point
-Spiral Notebooks
-Mechanical Pencils
-Crayola Fine Point Markers
-Colored Pencils
-Character Backpacks (for our younger boys and girls)
Drumm Farm Center for Children is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.