Meet the Cast: Scenes in the Park

Alex Davis – Bill  Sure Thing

Alex Davis is enrolled as a freshman at George Mason University, to begin his studies as a Theatre major this fall. He is delighted to be making his debut with Stageworks and the Windmore Foundation. Alex has recently been involved in plays such as Beauty and the Beast and That’s Not How I Remember It. He is very thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to continue and expand his skills by working with this group of actors.

Hannah Ress – Betty Sure Thing

Hannah Rees, a rising senior at William Monroe High School, is so excited to appear in her first show with Stageworks as Betty in Sure Thing. Hannah has been singing and performing since she was little, with the support of her mom and aunt, both of whom are music teachers. Hannah enjoys performing and volunteering backstage in her school’s theatre program as well as at Four County Players in Barboursville. A few of her favorite roles include Alice in The Addam’s Family (WMHS), Ensemble in Broadway Our Way (Four County Players), and Ensemble in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Woodberry Forest School). A big thank you to her fellow Stageworks castmates for being wonderful and Jessy Mahr for being so welcoming to a newcomer!

Wyatt Caltterbaugh – Brian

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister

Wyatt Clatterbaugh is a rising Junior at Eastern View High School.  Jerry Finnegan’s Sister is his 23rd production.  Wyatt is active in theater and choir and hopes to pursue a career in the performing arts in college. Thank You to Jessy and Alex for your support during this crazy summer!

Alexandra Mackeown – Beth

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister

Alexandra Mackeown is a rising senior at Culpeper County High School. Alexandra is playing Beth in Jerry Finnegan’s Sister for this showcase. She has participated in the arts since she was in the sixth grade and hopes to study Musical Theatre in college. The most recent shows Alexandra has been a part of are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Music Man at Woodberry Forest School. She has had an amazing time getting to know the cast and crew of this showcase and hopes to work with them again.

Harry Davis – Costello

“Who’s on First”

Harry Davis has always loved acting, singing and all of live theater. He’s been acting since playing Tell Us a Story Man in a Wisconsin grade school Christmas play.  Harry sang in choirs and acted in plays all through high school and college.  After college, marriage, moving to Virginia and starting a family, he got back into theater.  He was a founding member of the Dale-Wood Musical Theater in Dale City.  With that group Harry played Prez in Pajama Game, Carl in Mornings at Seven and many others.   After retirement and a move back to Wisconsin, he joined the Sand County Players where I played Ernie Cusack in Rumors, Bobby in Run for Your Wife, Dr. Vinnie Di Ruzzio in Lucky Stiff, and others.  Now that Harry is back in Virginia for part of each year, he is delighted to take part in the StageWorks production of The Emerald Heist as well as being Costello in “Who’s on First” as part of Scenes in the Park: A Play on Words.

Robert Kieffer – Abbott

“Who’s on First”

Robert Kieffer is in his first production since the “accident” when he mixed red and white shirts in the laundry, starting a cosmic time travel adventure.  Since then, he’s been employed as a conductor on the Emerald Express.  In his free time, he enjoys theatre, Mediterranean cuisine, and wearing pink shirts.

Anneliese Mabie, Stage Manager

Anneliese Mabie is a 12th grader at OCHS. This is her 2nd show with the Windmore Foundation; her first being You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown as ensemble and stage manager. You may later even see her in The Emerald Heist. In addition to loving working backstage, she enjoys working, acting, and painting. “Thank you to this wonderful cast and crew.  Enjoy the show!”

Jessica Mahr, Director

Jessica (Jessy) Mahr is the artistic director of StageWorks and a board member of Windmore.  She is excited to be back with SW after a 10-year hiatus.  Jessy has a bachelor’s degree from Radford University in Technical Theater and a master’s degree from George Mason in Theater Management.  She has over 20 years of experience in professional, educational and community theater.  She is over the moon with her debut production and the cast of Scenes in the Park and cannot wait to get started on the rest of the 2020 season for StageWorks which will include The Emerald Heist in September and Yes, Virginia The Musical in December.

Playwrights: Scenes in the Park: A Play on Woods


Meet David Ives, Playwright of Sure Thing!  Scene one of our three plays on words!  August 7 and 8, Lenn Park,  6:30pm (free admission!)

David Ives (born July 11, 1950) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. He is perhaps best known for his comic one-act plays; The New York Times in 1997 referred to him as the “maestro of the short form”. Ives has also written dramatic plays, narrative stories, and screenplays, has adapted French 17th and 18th-century classical comedies, and adapted 33 musicals for New York City’s Encores! series.


Let’s introduce you to Jack Neary, Author of Jerry Finnegan’s Sister!  Scene 2 of our plays on words! August 7 and 8, Lenn Park, 6:30 pm (free Admission)

Jack Neary’s plays have been produced all over the United States, in Canada and in Europe. His most recent play, Trick or Treat, written for and featuring Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp, debuted at Northern Stage in Vermont and was produced off-Broadway in 2019 at 59E59 Theaters.
*Fun Side note, Jessy, our director, worked with Mr. Neary as his stage manager for his world debut of Frankenstein.


Who Can forget Who’s on First greats Bud Abbott and Lou Costello!  Who’s on First is our 3rd and the final scene in Scenes in the Park, A Play on Words!  Join us on August 7 and 8, Lenn Park at 6:30 pm.  (free admission)

Abbott and Costello may not have been the authors of Who’s on First, but it was Abbott and Costello’s signature routine that made it famous.

Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s and the highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II.



Artists of Windmore

This is a diverse group of artists whose activities include workshops, plein air outings, field trips, art demos, critiques, classes and group shows. Participating members are invited to display their work. These opportunities include exhibiting and selling work in a variety of venues.

Photography Exhibit

The exhibit showcases photographs taken in the Northern Piedmont of Virginia. The Exhibit at Fauquier Hospital will run during the month of June. There is no cost to participate in the exhibit which is part of the Young at HeART Series funded in part by the PATH Foundation.


Windmore is partnering with Fauquier Hospital and Culpeper Medical Center this year providing art exhibits. The first one is at Fauquier Hospital, entitled Seasons and runs through February 28, 2017. The art exhibit Seasons takes us through a year of seasonal art. Spring and summer transcends from one end of the display. Fall, along with winter, meanders on a path completed by Norman Rockwell’s “season of giving” depiction. All the paintings are symbolic and take us through seasons of life that include reflection, rest, learning, growth, celebration, generosity, and even uncertainty with crossroads along the way.
“Plein Art Painter” by Millie Lane

Most of the pieces of art are by Northern Piedmont artist Millie Lane in whose honor Windmore offers a scholarship each year to graduating high school seniors majoring in the arts in college. The art was donated to Windmore by the Lane family. Millie, who passed away in 2010, was a prominent local multi-media artist who enjoyed creating with oils, watercolors, acrylics, inks, mixed media and collage. She was quoted as saying “I have been painting in various media all my life, learning and teaching as I go. I love plein air painting in watercolors the best so I can feel what I am painting.” Millie received many awards for her paintings and often exhibited her work in Fauquier and Culpeper County. She had a 40 year career as a nurse earning many awards for creative and innovative programs and a place in Who’s Who in American Nursing. Millie’s nursing career included working in both Fauquier and Culpeper Hospitals.

 In the exhibit at Fauquier Hospital in January 2017, there are two pieces of art by internationally renowned artists. Midway through the Seasons exhibit is Charles Peterson’s “Days of Summer” which is a framed and signed limited edition print 765/2600. Also is a Norman Rockwell “Christmas” framed and autographed limited edition print 173/315. All of the sales of the Seasons art exhibit benefit either scholarships like Millie Lane’s Art or supporting Windmore’s mission of providing community arts. Fauquier Hospital is located at 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton, VA. Later in the year, Windmore will present another new art exhibit at Culpeper Medical Center which will run from July 15 – September 30 2017, located at 501 Sunset Lane, Culpeper, VA.


Two locations: Warrenton and Culpeper

Windmore Golden Artist Demo Amy ShawleyAugust 25 –10 am to noon – Art Technique Demonstration for “Water Media – Layering with Watercolors and Acrylics” at Sunny Reynolds Photography – Studio 19 at 81 Main Street, Warrenton.*
Discover the wide range of GOLDEN paints that are fluid in motion: High Flow, Fluid Colors, and QoR Watercolor. Learn how to make the best archival choices from a collection of products. Beginning with traditional watercolor techniques using QoR Watercolor, we move into more contemporary ideas including using GOLDEN products in journaling. This will include an assortment of applications such as: pouring, staining, granulation, blooms, splash, and “white-out” tricks for saving that uncooperative watercolor painting. We will then work with QoR Watercolors in combination with GOLDEN Acrylics to explore the resoluability of watercolor and the permanence of acrylics. Finally, attendees will learn how to take advantage of GOLDEN and QoR Grounds to create myriad surfaces for their work: from paper-like surfaces with the QoR Grounds, to utilizing unique substrates such as wood panels, fabrics, and plastics with GOLDEN Grounds. Finally, we will cover the options of Archival Varnishing of watercolor surfaces, for preservation without using glass. Attendees will receive a selection of the products discussed to take home and explore the breadth and depth of GOLDEN’s professional product line.

August 25 – 4 pm to 6 pm – Art Technique Demonstration for “Mixed Media” at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S West Street, Culpeper.*
Covers a wide variety of tools and techniques for use in Mixed Media projects. Learn about the wide range of GOLDEN Acrylic paints and mediums, as well as QoR Watercolor, giving you a good understanding of each product and their different attributes. Learn how to make the right choices in grounds and colors for the best intended application and for archival quality. Learn what to put under paint, and how to create washes, stains, and collage. We also cover the use of stencils, paint markers, pastels, and pencils, as well as the creation of encaustic-like effects, and how to use Iridescent and Interference colors to add unique qualities to your work. This is a great place for beginners and experienced artists alike to learn new techniques and be inspired by innovative applications. Attendees will receive a selection of the products discussed to take home and explore the breadth and depth of GOLDEN’s professional product line.

*Art demonstrations are $5 for Windmore members and $10 for non-members. Attendees will receive a gift bag of art products. Registration required: email or call 540-547-4333.


Caladium plant watercolor resized 12 09Windmore’s Millie Lane Collection of “Summer Breezes” is on exhibit at Deja Brew in Warrenton, Virginia located at 22 Main Street. The first two of the 17 paintings, “Caladium Flower” and “Mount Olivet Church”, have sold already. All proceeds from the sold paintings benefit scholarships for high school students majoring in the arts during college. Windmore is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing the visual, literary, and performing arts through awareness, participation, and education. Stop by Deja Brew Warrenton to see the exhibit and enjoy some great food and beverages with menu items that consist of plenty of fresh, organic, no sugar added, and soy-free choices for any health conscious appetite.

Millie Lane Mount Olivet Church in Syria Madison County VirginiaMillie Lane, who passed away in 2010, was a prominent Culpeper multi-media artist who enjoyed creating with oils, watercolors, acrylics, inks, mixed media and collage. She was quoted as saying “I have been painting in various media all my life but mainly since 1970, learning and teaching as I go. I love plein air painting in watercolors the best so I can feel what I am painting.” Millie received many awards on her paintings and had often exhibited her work in Culpeper, Fauquier, and Orange counties.

10 am on Monday, July 4, 2016
West Davis Street, Culpeper, VA
Framed and unframed work will be displayed and for sale
Millie Lane Couple at the Beach
“Beach Babes” by Millie Lane



“Legacy – The Art of Millie Lane”
~A Fundraiser for Arts Education Scholarships~
State Theatre in Culeper, Virginia

Windmore’s art exhibition is extended through Saturday April 16, 2016 at State Theatre Culpeper. Millie Lane, who passed away in 2010, was a prominent multi-media artist in Culpeper and the sale of the art funds local arts scholarships. To date 12 paintings have sold. To purchase a painting, call Windmore at 540-547-4333 or email art exhibit is open two hours prior to State Theatre events and during intermissions. For events schedule, visit: State Theatre is located at 305 S. Main Street in Culpeper.

Windmore Legacy-The Art of Millie Lane Son and Daughter-in-Law Feb 2016 StraightenedMillie Lane’s son Rick and daughter-in-law Carolyn attended
the opening reception for  “Legacy – The Art of Millie Lane”

“Legacy – The Art of Millie Lane” exhibition is presented by Windmore Foundation for the Arts from February 6, 2016 – March 20, 2016, and then extended through April 16, 2016, at State Theatre Culpeper showcasing and selling the art of Millie Lane to fund scholarships. The special opening reception took place on Saturday February 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and also included art, jewelry and pottery for sale by additional local artists, with proceeds benefitting arts programming.Thank you to State Theatre and ACC for sharing the art exhibition space with Windmore.

Millie Lane, who passed away in 2010, was a prominent Culpeper multi-media artist who enjoyed creating with oils, watercolors, acrylics, inks, mixed media and collage. She was quoted as saying “I have been painting in various media all my life but mainly since 1970, learning and teaching as I go. I love plein air painting in watercolors the best so I can feel what I am painting.” Millie received many awards on her paintings and had often exhibited her work in Culpeper, Fauquier, and Orange counties.

Lane-Mille-ArtistMillie received many awards on her paintings and had often exhibited
her work in Culpeper, Fauquier, and Orange counties.

Millie was born December 6, 1938 in Trenton, New Jersey, became a registered nurse and her 40 year career included working at Culpeper Hospital, and as an operating room nurse at Fauquier Hospital. She was a member of Brushstrokes Gallery of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, and had works displayed in old town Fredericksburg, as well as The Arts Center in Orange County, and in Culpeper at the Village Frame and Gallery, Depot, and Library. She was an active member and teacher of the Artists of Windmore Foundation for the Arts and The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Millie also enjoyed being outdoors, farming, horses and being at the beach which all influenced her choice of content for artwork.

Windmore Millie Lane's Sheep No. 37Millie passed away on December 4, 2010, however, her art and memory lives on. “Legacy – The Art of Millie Lane” exhibition, free to the public, is open during intermission at all State Theatre events, as well as one hour before films shown and two hours prior to live performances from February 6 through March 20, 2016. State Theatre is located at 305 S. Main Street and events are listed at One hundred percent of the sales of Millie Lane’s art will go to Windmore’s scholarship fund which awards two one thousand dollar scholarships each year in honor of Artists Dorothy Skelton and Millie Lane. (A fundraising event for Dorothy Skelton’s art was held by Windmore last year at State Theatre.) Founded in 1987, Windmore Foundation for the Arts promotes the visual, literary, and performing arts through awareness, participation, and education. For more information including how to purchase Mille Lane’s Art, email or call 540-547-4333.

Windmore Legacy-The Art of Millie Lane Son of Mille Lane and Wimdmore ED Shake Hands

Windmore’s executive director Debra Smyers extends a thank you to Rick Lane.

Scenes in the Park: A Play on Words


StageWorks is proud to announce Scenes in the Park: A Play on Words.

Join us for an evening of three scenes Sure Thing by David Ives, Jerry Finnegan’s Sister by Jack Neary, and Who’s on First by Abbott and Costello. 

Dates: Friday, August 7 & Saturday, August 8

  Rain Dates: Friday, August 14 &Saturday, August 15

Time: 6:30 PM

Where: Lenn Park, 19206 Edwin Way, Culpeper, VA 22701

To get a better idea of how to set up markers for social distancing, please complete the sign-up form. Click the link to the sign-up form.

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StageWorks is committed to providing a safe and entertaining atmosphere for Scenes in the Park.  For the performances, Masks will be highly encouraged and markers for seating will be spaced out, per CDC guidelines.

Bring a chair or a blanket. A picnic snack would be nice.


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Board of Directors


Fran Cecere, President is a retired Master’s prepared Oncology Nurse originally from the Central New York area. Fifteen years ago she moved to Culpeper with her husband. For many years she has enjoyed writing for her family and friends. She has been the editor of the three different newsletters for her professional organizations. In addition, she has written nursing research articles. Since joining Windmore, she has continued to write fiction, poems, short stories, and memoirs. She is the facilitator for the Pen-to-Paper writers’ group, and she chaired several committees to publish anthologies for Windmore Foundation. She is a beta reader for several authors and is an editor for a romance author. Fran is also an active member of StageWorks Theatre Group of Windmore. She wrote one play that was performed by StageWorks featuring children and adults as actors. In addition, she directed one play performed at a dinner theater. She was a past member of the Board 2010-2016. Ms.Cecere has served on several boards of Directors including two hospice groups, two different oncology nursing societies, and a sports group. and

Amanda Reck, Vice President, is currently serving her first year on the Board of Directors. She was involved in the Summer Musical Theater Camp in 2019 and planned to be the leader of the 2020 summer camp until it was postponed. She was the producer for the StageWorks production of The First Leon. She has been married to Patrick for 20 years. They have 5 children (4 girls and the youngest is a boy.) She worked for a large telecommunications company before becoming a stay at home parent and active volunteer. Locally, she has organized numerous kids’ art & craft events. For the past 10 years, she has coordinated large craft shows for local schools and churches as a fundraiser.  She is most proud of the two free clothing drives she organized and planned for those in need in Culpeper county. She brings over 20 years of experience to the board with her vast expertise volunteering for many organizations and nonprofits, serving as a board member, a coordinator, and a president. and

Laurel Van Horn, Secretary is a retired English teacher from Rappahannock County High School in Washington, Virginia. She has loved reading and writing and then teaching others to love reading and writing almost her whole life. She has been so grateful to discover Windmore’s wonderful activities over the past two years, after her husband, Dee, passed away in 2015. Since that time, all the great people she has met and worked within both Pen-to-Paper and StageWorks have been an inspiring comfort to her and continue to be so. Laurel enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and non-fiction articles, and she was thrilled to be the stage manager/stagehand for the popular StageWorks play Salt & Pepper recently.

Roy Carter, Treasurer retired after a 34-year career with Exxon-Mobil. He served as the treasurer of the Credit Union for the Syracuse Terminal, and as the treasurer for the Onondaga Ski Club. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Onondaga Ski Club for many years. He joined the Windmore Board eight years ago and was the treasurer for three years. He is currently serving his second term on the Board. He is a community supporter of the arts and has volunteered for all the divisions of Windmore Foundation.

Lynn Gore, Executive Director grew up in Culpeper and was excited to have the opportunity to move back to the community ten years ago. She has a Master of Music Composition degree from Middle Tennessee State University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Memphis. Lynn has most recently been the General Manager and Advertising Director for the Culpeper Star-Exponent. She has worked for several large companies as a Marketing Executive leading database, production, and creative teams. Lynn is an active member of the Culpeper Baptist Church and sings with the Blue Ridge Chorale.

Tammy Buckalew, Director, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from James Madison University. She is currently a second-grade teacher in Culpeper County Public Schools. Tammy is a musician who plays the flute for the Piedmont Community Band of Virginia. She is also the treasurer of the band. Tammy has served as the Chair of the Education Committee of her church including creating and balancing the annual committee budget, evaluating and selecting materials for education programs, organizing and advertising activities and programs, as well as long-term planning.

Donna Chabot, Director, is a former Windmore Foundation for the Arts (WFA) Board member having served seven years ending in June 2019. She is interested in al Arts with the main interest in theater. She loves living in Culpeper since moving here in 1988. She wants to serve on the Board to help keep the Arts alive in the five counties served by WFA. Email:

Dawnn Fletcher, Director has 20 years of experience playing music. She plays violin, viola, and cello. She has been teaching for 9 years. Dawnn has been the Director of the Crossroads Youth Orchestra for 2 years and currently teaches private lessons locally. Dawnn has a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music and Music Theory from Bluefield College. She has performed with various symphonies in the Virginia area.

Jessica Mahr, Director, has a Master’s degree in Arts Management and a Bachelors’ degree in technical theater. Mahr was a founding member of StageWorks when it was started in 2009. Her experience includes working as a theater teacher at the Madeira School, and being a stage manager professionally at a number of theaters in the DC area, having over 20 years’ experience in theater production. Her passion for productions was reignited while working on The First Leon with Windmore. She believers her education and knowledge of marketing and how to run an arts organization will be beneficial for Windmore as they move forward in the upcoming years and work to become even more active in the community. Mahr looks forward to working with Windmore and StageWorks as they prepare for their next theater season.

Gail Matthews, Director, a native South Carolinian, graduated from Winthrop College (presently Winthrop University) in Rock Hill and has a Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from George Mason University. She moved to Virginia in the early 1980s. Gail retired from teaching in 2016 and now enjoys writing, painting, traveling, and working with the Windmore Foundation.

About Windmore Foundation for the Arts

About Windmore Foundation for the Arts

Mission Statement

Windmore Foundation for the Arts promotes the visual, literary, and performing arts through awareness, participation, and education.

Vision Statement

A culturally rich environment where artists, arts organizations, educators, and the community come together to create diverse artistic experiences and life-long learning.

Values Statement

A rewarding and memorable artistic experience is essential to understanding the contributions that art makes to the quality of our daily lives, our ability to solve problems, and achieve goals. Creating and experiencing art enhance the human spirit and are critical components of society.


Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Inc. was founded in the spring of 1987 under the working title of Culpeper Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The name Windmore was chosen to honor the dairy farm that once operated at the site of Windmore’s amphitheater.

Windmore was created to promote the arts in the Northern Piedmont area, serving the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Orange, and Madison. Since its inception, Windmore has supported, presented, and provided education in many disciplines of the Arts including: theater, music, dance, literature, visual arts, and arts education.

It remains Windmore’s goal to maintain the diversity of the arts represented and increase the participation of people from all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Windmore was awarded the Governor’s Award for Community Service and Volunteerism in 1996.

Crossroads Youth Orchestra
Artists of Windmore
Pen to Paper
Arts at Verdun
Piedmont Community Band
Summer Musical Theater Camp

Arts Series
Young at HeART Series funded in part by a PATH Foundation grant.
Arts at Verdun Series funded in part by Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.
Theater for a Cause funded in part by Rappahannock Electric & Rappahannock Rapidan.

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Many Thanks to Windmore’s Partners, Sponsors, and Affiliates

National Endowment for the Arts
Virginia Commission for the Arts
Culpeper County
Lenn Park
PATH Foundation
Northern Piedmont Community Foundation
Nancy N. and Michael D. Baudhuin Foundation
The Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt Community Fund
The de Leon – Khanna Charitable Fund
Rappahannock Electric Company Power to Change Grant
Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services
Mr. William Chase
Fountain Hall Bed & Breakfast, Culpeper
Culpeper Star-Exponent

Culpeper County Parks & Recreation
Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
Culpeper Baptist Church

Culpeper Women’s Club
Wellspring Health Services
State Theatre Culpeper

Jewell Tone Music
Edelweiss Band
Studio C. Photography
Jimni Custom Laser Engraving
Lignum Ruritan Club
Visit Culpeper
Blue Ridge Chorale
The Town of Culpeper
Alpine Dancers

Culpeper Ballet Theatre
James Madison Museum
The Culpeper
Prince Michel Winery
Rose Hill Heritage Farm
Glory Days Grill, Culpeper
Roy Carter and Fran Cecere
Mary and Ben Allen
Debra Smyers
Robert L. Fajkowski
Charles Barrell
Deborah and John Schupp
Brian D. Hedges
Steve Brown
Kellie Doyle
Margaret Moon and John Davies
Bette Hileman
Donna Chabot
James Monohan
Charlene James and James Duguid of Touchstone Studio
Raymond Bennett

This list is updated periodically. If you have contributed and would like your name listed here, please email or call 540-547-4333.