Yes, Virginia, The Musical! December 12 & 13, 2020

Great News!  StageWorks will still be able to do our performance live!  According to the Governor’s most recent executive order (EO 68), we fall under the section for performing arts business and therefore we can have more than 25 people in our audience as long as we take proper steps for social distancing.

Here is a glimpse of the rehearsals!

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COVID Mitigation We are limiting our ticket sales to 100 tickets per performance.  There will be 6 feet circles chalked on the road spread out by 8 feet for groups to sit in together.  We will have hand sanitizer stations, a clearly marked path to each of the circles and masks will be highly encouraged! (they keep your face nice and warm too!)

We are so excited to invite you to join us LIVE on December 12 and 13 at the Culpeper Depot for our performances of Yes, Virginia The Musical!  To purchase tickets please click the button Ticket Sales below. Rain dates are December 19 and 20.


If you would like to enjoy Yes, Virginia Live from the comfort of your own home, please click on the link below on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13.  The Live stream is free, but we hope you will consider a suggested donation of $15 to Windmore so that we can continue to bring quality arts programming to the Culpeper Community.



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To read the Governor’s executive order please click here:—Additional-Restrictions-on-the-Eastern-Region-due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

Inspired by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the “New York Sun” newspaper in 1897, to ask about the existence of Santa Claus. The Sun’s editor responded with a poignantly-worded essay that became one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time.

  • Children 2 and under have free admission
  • Individual Tickets:$15
  • Family Pass: $60 Bring up to six people on a family pass.

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Make Yes, Virginia: The Musical! a family event. Bring seating, warm blankets, and heated beverages to enjoy. It’s a seasonal picnic with entertainment.

Interested in sponsoring Yes, Virginia: The Musical!? Sponsor as an individual or a business. For information, click here.

Rappahannock County

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Main Website:

Absentee Vote in-Person-at

  • Registrar’s Office
  • 262A Gay Street,
  • Washington, VA 22747
  • Phone: (540) 675-5380
    Fax: (540) 675-5381

Office Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:00pm.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 and Saturday, October 31, 2020 Voter registration office is open for in-person absentee voters. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 is the last day to vote in-person absentee

Vote by Mail Applications are available at:











Voting General Election

Voting: General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020


All registered voters are required to present a photo ID to vote in-person.

To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia, a person must: 

  • Be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next General Election shall be permitted to register in advance)
  • Not be registered and/or planning to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored and you must provide restoration proof to the Registrar’s Office in order to be reinstated.

Photo ID: Virginia law requires all registered voters to show one acceptable photo ID to vote in person. The following are acceptable forms of identification.

  • Virginia driver’s license
  • Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
  • United States passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia (public or private)
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID (including veteran’s photo ID)
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Virginia voter photo ID card



  • Virginia offers online voter registration. You will need a driver’s license and social security number to register online.
  • You can register by mail to vote in Virginia by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. See How to Vote link for details and voter registration download. (
  • You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.


Tue Oct 13, 2020
Online by Tue Oct 13, 2020
Postmarked by Tue Oct 13, 2020
In-Person, Received by Tue Oct 13, 2020 at 5pm

IMPORTANT:  If you are not already registered, you will have to wait five days after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot. Register early!

Additional Voter Registration Information by County:


  • Citizen Portal: Register to vote, update your current Virginia voter registration, apply to vote absentee by mail, or view your polling place, election district, absentee ballot status, and voting history.
  • You must be registered to vote.
  • You may vote absentee Vote by Mail (Mail-in), Absentee Vote In-person, or Vote in-person at the Poll on November 3
  • If possible, please conduct business with the County Voter Registrar’s office by phone, email, or online.
  • An application to Vote by Mail must be completed and returned before the county Registrar’s office can mail you a ballot.
  • In the upcoming General Election, any registered voter can vote by mail or early vote in-person starting September 18th. Dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Check with the county registrar’s office to confirm dates and times.
  • Covid-19: When voting in person or at the polls wear a mask and practice social distancing.
  • Holiday: Registrar’s Office will be closed Monday, October 12, 2020 in observance of the Columbus Day Holiday.
  • Felony Conviction: Restore your vote-


Absentee Voting (Vote in-Person at the Registrar’s Office) Dates and hours may vary based on where you live

  • First Day to Absentee Vote in-Person: Sept. 18, 2020 or Sept 19, 2020.
  • Last Day to Absentee Vote in-Person: Oct. 31, 2020 (The registrar’s office will also be open Saturday, October 24, 2020 and Saturday October 31, 2020.)

Absentee Voting (Vote by Mail often called Mail-in Ballot or Absentee Ballot):

    • Request your Vote by Mail ballot at least 15 days before Election Day.
    • Once received, follow the directions.
    • Add postage to the return envelope if needed.
    • Mail your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Last Day to Request Mail-in: Oct. 23, 2020 at 5PM. Postmarks are not acceptable for this deadline; the completed absentee ballot application must be in the possession of the Registrar’s Office on or before the deadline date and time to qualify.
  • IMPORTANT: After you complete your Vote on the Mail ballot, it must be delivered to the Registrar’s Office no later than 7:00 PM on election day, or be clearly postmarked on or before election day and received by the Registrar’s Office no later than noon on the Friday following the election to be counted (Va. Code §24.2-709). Any voted absentee ballots received after the deadline date and time will not be opened and will be delivered to the Clerk of the Circuit Court (Va. Code §24.2-711).

 Four Ways to Apply for Vote by Mail Ballot: Do this as early as possible.

  1. Use the Citizen Portal via the Virginia Department of Elections to apply to vote Absentee by Mail. Online your VA driver’s license acts as your signature.  *To sign your application online you MUST agree to DMV access and you MUST enter your social security number and Virginia Driver’s license or other DMV issued identification number.
  2. Call your county registrar’s office to have the Vote by Mail application mailed to you.
  3. Download and print the Vote by Mail Application. Send it or take it to your county’s Registrar’s office. Source:
  4. Remember to SIGN your application. Unsigned applications cannot be processed.
  5. Military and Overseas Voters can use the Federal Post Card Application
  6. If you do not have a DMV ID, immediately: simply download and print the form from Vote by Mail or request one by mail from your local registrar’s office, fill it out and mail it to P.O. Box 236, Washington, VA 22747

County Registrar Offices:

Culpeper County

Fauquier County

Madison County

Orange County

Rappahannock County


Verbs: A Tense Topic

Verb Tense SeminarThe Narrative NOW of your story, whether it is in the Past or the Present, affects your choice of verb tenses. In this online seminar, we will discuss what each choice entails, how to stay consistent throughout a story, and how to use the different forms more effectively. The participants will be divided into one of two feedback workshops.
Lucie Rousseau

Presenter: Lucie-Gabrielle Jolicoeur-Rousseau

Lecture: Wednesday, September 2

Workshop: Wednesday, September 9 Group 1

Workshop: Wednesday, September 16 Group 2

All classes at 10 AM via Google Meet


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.

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.


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.

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!