About the Author: Sally Humphries

I have always been a “word” person.  About age ten, I was writing skits for the neighborhood kids to perform on our front porch – while our adoring parents sat in dumpy folding chairs and applauded wildly.  I got better at writing as the years rolled on and launched a career in free-lance writing and journalism.

I have had articles published in GuidepostsChristian Standard, and other small magazines as well as being an editor of employee publications for a major life insurance company and a manufacturing company.

Cally Tales was my first book, based on the real-life adventures of my calico Cat and her thirteen furry friends.  Cally was rescued from a busy road where she was dumped as a tiny kitten and left to die.  That was nine years ago, and now she is an expert on eating and sleeping — and has an opinion of almost everything. When she decided to write a book and give her opinions to the world at large, I agreed to help.  Then she started adding stories of her other friends, and the rest is history. That was in 2017, and the stories keep rolling in.

By 2018 Cally began to think about a new book for her new friends.  It started with the incomparable Suki and his walkabouts in the backyard.  How could that be?  Suki was an indoor cat.  Then Cally met Calvin and Hobbes and Tess, the feral cat who gave up her wild life for life on a farm.  Along came Reckless who would not take “no” for an answer.  Then Trucker, the magnificent, who was so persuasive he convinced Cally to broaden her horizons to include d-o-g-s.

Bella and Buffy, the adorable Shih-Tzus, had already captured the heart of Cally’s staff, so what was she to do? The floodgate had opened, and in walked Wally and Murphy and Sugar and Freddy and Rags — to name a few.

Enjoy Cally & Friends and don’t hesitate to send fan mail. Cally loves to be admired.

As for me, Cally’s staff and scribe, I have written my own book on a totally different subject. It’s for history buffs and should be available in February or March.

Sally Humphries is a member of Windmore’s Pen-to-Paper program.

Crossroads Youth Orchestra Spring Concert April 2017


Sunday April 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Crossroads Youth Orchestra Spring Concert: “A Night Out at the Movies – Pop and Movie Music from Blockbusters to Classics!” was upbeat with classical and popular music enjoyed by all ages.There was a special piece of music as a tribute to Robert M. Buettgens, a dedicated supporter of Crossroads Youth Orchestra who passed away in January. The tribute piece was introduced by one of Mr. Buettgens’ Native American Flute Circle students playing the flute.

Piedmont Community Band Veterans Day 2018 Performance

Photo by Julie Johnson on Unsplash

The Piedmont Community Band will perform at 3PM on November 11, 2018, at the Luray Caverns Veterans Day Concert.

In a special tribute to the men and women of the armed services, Luray Caverns is offering free admission during the Veteran’s Day period to active, reserve, guard and retired military personnel. The offer is good for each day, November 11-13. Admission is free with a military ID or appropriate paperwork.

Regular Admission for non-military personnel.

Cally and Friends

Sally Humphries, a member of Pen-to Paper, recently published Cally and Friends, a delightful sequel to Cally Tales: Cally’s Adventures and Those of Her Friends.

Cally and Friends introduces new friends like the incomparable Suki, Calvin and Hobbs, Tess, Zoe, Paz, Reckless and the memorable Trucker from Montana. Cally also checks back with her old friends from Cally Tales, advising Max about his ears and disclosing Oliver’s adventures in the Serengeti.

Can cats and dogs be friends? Cally extends her paw of friendship to d-o-g-s, beginning with Bella and Buffy, the adorable Shih-Tzus. She finds the antics of Murphy and Wally, Rags, Freddy, Schnitzel, and PBJ somewhat bewildering but intriguing. It all ends with Tig, the cat who decided he was a dog. Of course, Cally’s faithful staff, Sally Humphries, writes down everything she says – well, almost everything.

You can find this humorous and enjoyable read at Amazon.

Congratulations, Sally and Cally

Salt & Pepper


Salt & Pepper was a complete success with sold out performances!

Salt & Pepper was first presented with two performances in June 2016:

June 11, 2016, at 2 pm – State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia
June 12, 2016, at 2 pm – Prince Michel Winery in Leon, Virginia

Tickets $15

As a success, the play was performed again in April 2017 and by popular demand in November 2017:


Tickets $15


Advance Tickets $10; $12 at the door

This production funded in part by a grant from the PATH Foundation.

A Play by Robert Benjamin

Directed by Johncie Carlson

Salt & Pepper Image Credit: Logo Design by Katherine Hansen

Pen-to-Paper Anthology


Twenty-one authors submitted their stories and poetry to the Windmore Foundation for the Arts’ fifth anthology. This special edition, In Other Words, is to honor Windmore’s 30th Anniversary. The stories address everything from love to inspiration, animals to friendship, and funny stories to sorrowful situations. In prose and poetry, the writers describe natural wonders, their holiday beliefs, and their views about the future. Some of the stories are beautifully illustrated by four Windmore members who submitted their photography.

Books purchased from Windmore are ten dollars. It is also available on Amazon.com for $11.99 plus shipping and handling or in an e-book edition available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $2.99. If you would like to purchase the book from Windmore, contact Fran at pen-to-paper@windmorefoundation.org.

Available at Amazon:
Paperback $11.99
Ebook $2.99
Available at Barnes and Noble:
Paperback $11.99




Words Across Time

Pen-to-Paper 2012 Anthology
Available at Amazon:
Paperback $11.99
Ebook $2.99

Digital Marketing Seminar New Date

         Pen-to-Paper presents Digital Marketing Seminar:

Saturday, October 27, 2018 10am-3pm

Culpeper Baptist Church, Culpeper, VA

Third Floor, Look for the Room Signs

Registration is $25 for Windmore members and $40 for non-members.
Lunch and handouts included.

Click here to register.

NOTE: Registration is required by October 24, 2018.

Elizabeth Rees, Marketing Consultant, will present a class on Basic Digital Marketing for authors and entrepreneurs. She has been marketing small businesses since 2006 when she started her own business, A Touch of Love Equine Massage Therapy, in North Carolina. From there she marketed the farm where she worked, Hitching Post Stables. This included everything from print ads to a commercial.

Methods have changed a great deal since 2006 and Elizabeth has been building her digital marketing skills. Digital advertising is essential to any entrepreneur or author today.

Elizabeth holds a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Criminal Justice. She joined Windmore’s Pen-to-Paper in the spring of 2018.

Currently, Elizabeth is working with several businesses to help them build their digital presence.

For more information call 540-547-4333 email pen-to-paper@windmorefoundation.org.