2020 Art Scholarship Winners

On May 8, 2020, Windmore Foundation for the Arts awarded two scholarships in honor of Dorothy Skelton and Millie Lane.

Ben Giles

One scholarship was given to Ben Kinsey Giles who graduated from Rappahannock County High School. He plans to major in Music Education at Lord Fairfax Community College. In high school he was a member and a leader in Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Concert Band. Giles supported school musicals and plays. He performed in numerous school events, wrote and performed his music, and started two bands. One of his extra-curricular activities was Boy Scouts for 12 years. During his time with the Boy Scouts, he supported our community in many events. He earned the prestigious Eagle Scout Award. In the future he plans to write and produce music. Giles plans to attend Lord Fairfax Community College.

Sara Stewart

Sarah Stewart also received a Windmore Scholarship. She attended Eastern View High School where she was an A Honor Roll Student and Vice President of the National Honor Society. In high school, Stewart participated in fifteen plays and musicals, singing the lead in many of them. She was named the VHSL Best Lead Actress in the region. Some of her other achievements were as Culpeper Soccer Association Assistant Coach and United Methodist Church Bible Study Leader.  She has been accepted at George Mason University and plans to major in Musical Theater and Acting. In the future she wants to do theatrical performances.





Windmore Foundation is proud to support these two students in their future Fine Arts’ endeavors.

General Membership Meeting 2020 Online

The General Membership Meeting will be held online at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Members will be sent a digital invitation to the meeting. Prior to the meeting, members will receive the proposed by-laws changes, the proposed budget, and the slate of officers and Board members. Members will be able to vote online.

Google Meet Cheat Sheet

Google Meet Cheat Sheet Download Link

As a member, if you would like to nominate someone or self nominate, the person nominated needs to complete the Application Form for Board Membership and return it to info@windmorefoundation.org.

Application Form for Board Membership Download Link



The Fifth Seminar


All sessions will be Via Google Meet (online)

A Practice Sign-in To Google meeting will be Monday, April 20 at 10AM

Dates Tuesday, April 21 for the lecture 10AM to 1PM 

The critique sessions for this Teaching Seminar will be

Tuesday, April 28 from 10 AM to 1 PM for half of the attendees 

And Wednesday, April 29 from 10AM to 1PM for the other half of the attendees

The Classes are being presented by Lucie Rousseau

Lucie-Gabrielle Jolicoeur-Rousseau has a Master’s degree in Literary Studies/Creative Writing from Laval University, where she studied under the direction of Mr. Neil Bissoondath, a well-known Canadian author. Under the name Gabriele Russo, she is the author of three published novels: Incompetent Gods, Inclement Gods, and Incoherent Gods. This will be her fourth seminar with Windmore.

Close Narration: Give your reader ‘the feels’. 

Make your readers live the story and connect to your characters by improving how you present your characters’ thoughts and emotions, and how to make inner monologues more convincing,

This is where we take a closer look at the following:

  • 1st person narration and Stream of Consciousness;
  • Point of View and Free Indirect Speech (3rd person limited)

There is a limit of 10 students for this class. Registrations and payments must be received by Saturday, April 18. The tuition for the class is $30 for Windmore members and $40 for non-members.  

1. Checks, made out to Windmore Foundation can be mailed to Roy Carter, 12165 Stonehouse Mountain Road, Culpeper 22701.  IMPORTANT: Even if you pay by check, you must register on the site. https://form.jotform.com/200998120482153. This allows us to keep a running total of students and when 10 are registered, further applications will be stopped. After you register you will automatically be taken to a Pay Pal page. If you have mailed your check, just exit when you get to the Pay Pal page.

2. Registration and credit card payments can be made at:  https://form.jotform.com/200998120482153 .

Important Announcement 2020 Singin’ In The Rain JR Summer Camp cancelled


2020 Singin’ In The Rain JR Summer Camp cancelled

In consideration of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is with a heavy heart that the Windmore Foundation for the Arts announces the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Musical theatre camp, scheduled for June 15-27.

Windmore’s Board of Directors made this difficult and disappointing decision in the best interest of our members, our families and all who would attend our summer camp or performances of the summer musical. The board believes this cancellation is necessary in light of the current and increasing crisis in our country. We need to keep the safety and wellbeing of our members, volunteers, the campers, spectators and the general public as our priority.

We will be closely monitoring the updates on COVID-19 and as restrictions change we will start to offer fun small free classes like drawing, painting, acting and improv, etc. We also hope to see you all join us next summer for the 2021 Singin In The Rain JR musical summer camp!

Remember we’re all in this together!

Fifth Writers Workshop: Close Narration

Fifth Writers Workshop: Close Narration 

Part 1: April 21, 2020, 10AM-2:30PM, Culpeper County Library

Part 2: April 28, 2020, 10AM-2:30 PM, Culpeper County Library

Give your reader ‘the feels’.

Make your readers live the story and connect to your characters by improving how you relay thoughts and emotions. Make inner monologues more convincing.

Lucie Rousseau will take participants for a closer look at the following:

  • 1st person narration and Stream of Consciousness;
  • POV and Free Indirect Speech (3rd person limited)

Payment is due at the first session of the workshop. $30 Members; $40 Non-members

Registration limited: https://tinyurl.com/close-narration

StageWorks 2020 Season

StageWorks is proud to present our 2020 Season!!!!  The shows have been chosen and audition dates and times are coming soon!

The Emerald Heist! An Interactive Mystery Show
April 4, 6:30 pm at Prince Michel Winery (Sold Out)
April 5, 2:00 pm at Coyote Hole Ciderworks

StageWorks goes to Broadway – A Broadway Musical Revue
June 5 & 6 and June 12&13

Student Directed One Acts Workshop Performances
August 14-16th

Yes, Virginia The Musical
December TBD

The Emerald Heist Postponed


As Artistic Director of StageWorks, I am disappointed to announce that due to the current threat posed by the Coronavirus, we will be postponing our production of the Emerald Heist.  We are working on solidifying a new date with Prince Michel Winery and encourage everyone who purchased tickets to hold on to them as we plan on rescheduling the performance in the near future.  The show must go on!!! And it will once the situation improves!  As of today, we are looking to reschedule in early June once, and if, the ban on gatherings of 50 or more people has been lifted.

Please stay tuned for further updates and if you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at Stageworks@windmorefoundation.org.

Thank you for being patient with us as we navigate this crazy world that we are living in right now!


Jessy Mahr

The Emerald Heist: an interactive dinner theater production
 Enjoy sitting right alongside cast members in this unique dinner theater mystery. 


In the first-class dining car on a passenger train, we meet Mrs. Winston, an incredibly generous person. Her latest selfless acts include upgrading the coach tickets of a hungry couple and allowing a small museum to exhibit her famed Rockefeller Emerald ring, but when a thief attempts to steal the emerald only discover that it’s already missing, the situation quickly goes off-track and hilarity ensues!

Performance Dates:

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Prince Michel Winery at 6:30 pm,                                                                  154 Winery Ln, Leon, VA 22725
  • Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Coyote Hole Ciderworks at 2:00 pm,                                                                      225 Oak Grove Dr, Mineral, VA 23117

Tickets: $35.00

  • The Prince Michel Performance includes the cost of the food but not alcohol.

Prince Michel ‘s Buffet Menu

    • Tossed Salad with Ranch & Italian Dressings
    • Pulled Pork BBQ with Rolls
    • Fire Roasted Chicken with Rolls
    • Cole Slaw
    • Dessert Chocolate Mousse Tort


  • The Coyote Hole Ciderworks Performance includes a 4-course flight of ciders but not the meal.

The performance at Coyote Hole is a 21 and older event as Alcohol is the product being served.

Guess the Emeralds Contest: Record your guess here: GUESS

For more information, contact: Jessy Mahr Stageworks@windmorefoundation.org