Windmore Foundation for the Arts promotes the visual, literary, and performing arts through awareness, participation, and education.
A culturally rich environment where artists, arts organizations, educators, and the community come together to create diverse artistic experiences and life-long learning.
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.
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.
Doray Walker, Vice-President is originally from Oxford, Pennsylvania. She has been an ardent supporter of Windmore and community arts, particularly with music, throughout the years. She currently teaches Choir and Drama in the Culpeper County School District. She is also the choral director of Culpeper High School. Doray volunteers on the Swim Committee of the Culpeper Recreation Club.
Ross D’Urso, Treasurer has been in the public sector for over 39 years in government finance. He Is currently the elected Commissioner of the Revenue for Fauquier County. His civic background is extensive. He has served the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce as director and treasurer, Habitat for Humanity, treasurer, Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees, President, Warrenton Rotary Club, President. He is currently serving the Rotary Club as Executive Secretary/Treasurer. In his professional career, he served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Mapping, Surveying and Land Information Systems. He is also a Past President of the Commissioner of the Revenue Association. In addition, Ross avidly pursues his musical hobby performing locally, playing guitar with a number of partners, and swing band. Ross hold a B.A. Degree in Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University.
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 with in 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.
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 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 primarily works with the Windmore StageWorks theater program. She has performed in plays and assisted with many aspects of the theater. Off-stage, Donna works for the Office of Drinking Water as an Environmental Health Inspector and volunteers for the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Assisting with all divisions of Windmore, Donna is committed to promoting the Arts in Culpeper and surrounding areas.
Mary Kidd Flemming, Director works as the choral director and teacher at Floyd T. Binns Middle School. For Windmore, Mary just completed directing the summer camp and youth production of Peter Pan, Jr., held at Verdun Adventure Bound in the Anne Marie Sheridan Amphitheatre in Rixeyville. She has directed plays, variety shows, showcases, choral concerts, and competitions, but her favorite genre is the musical. She first became involved with Windmore Children’s Theatre in 2002 as a volunteer and later as a producer. Mary and her husband John have been married for nearly 27 years, sharing their love of music and theatre with their six children.
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.
WINDMORE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY:
PRIMARY PARTNERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
OF WINDMORE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
Many Thanks to Windmore’s Partners, Sponsors, and Affiliates
National Endowment for the Arts
Virginia Commission for the Arts
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 County Parks & Recreation
Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
Culpeper Baptist Church
Culpeper Women’s Club
Wellspring Health Services
State Theatre Culpeper
Jewell Tone Music
Studio C. Photography
Jimni Custom Laser Engraving
Lignum Ruritan Club
Blue Ridge Chorale
The Town of Culpeper
Culpeper Ballet Theatre
James Madison Museum
Prince Michel Winery
Rose Hill Heritage Farm
Glory Days Grill, Culpeper
Roy Carter and Fran Cecere
Mary and Ben Allen
Robert L. Fajkowski
Deborah and John Schupp
Brian D. Hedges
Margaret Moon and John Davies
Charlene James and James Duguid of Touchstone Studio
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