Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019-2020

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Jessica Mahr 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.

Amanda Reck, Director, 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.

 

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.

History

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.

Programs
Crossroads Youth Orchestra
StageWorks
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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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
Culpeper County
Lenn Park
ExxonMobil
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
Target
Glory Days Grill, Culpeper
Walgreens
McDonald’s
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 exec@windmorefoundation.org or call 540-547-4333.

 

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.

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

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

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

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

Auditions for: The Emerald Heist, an interactive dinner theater production

Auditions for: The Emerald Heist, an interactive dinner theater production
Performance Dates: April 4, 2020, at Prince Michel Winery at 6:30 pm and April 5, 2020, at 3:00 pm at Coyote Hole Winery
Looking for Cast members ages 16 and up.  4 Males, 4 Females
Audition Dates: Sunday, Feb. 2, 3:00-6:30 and Monday, Feb. 3, 6:30-8:30
Rehearsals Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings starting Feb. 9 with possible other days if needed
Be prepared for cold readings of the script and some improv games.
Click here to access the Audition Sign-up Form.

Emerald Heist Character List

Conductor (M or F) Ticket Taker
James (M 20s-30s) Train Passenger with a secret
Lucy (F 20s-30s) Another passenger, has a gift for backhanded compliments
Mrs. Winston (F 40s up) Owner of the Rockefeller Emerald Ring; Kind and Generous
Thief (M or F)  Unflappable and pragmatic bandit
Curator (M or F)  Runs a nearby museum; hopes the emerald ring will boost business
Marshal (M-F 20s up)  Not-too-bright law enforcement agent
Jeweler (M or F)               Jewel Expert and consultant
Servers (any age)            Helps with the dinner adds ad-lib comments during the production

Need to download a copy of the Audition Form? Bring the completed formto to the Bring the completed form to the audition.

For more information contact Jessy at Stageworks@windmorefoundation.org