January 2021
2020 in Review & A Look Ahead at 2021
January, February, March
Windmore Programs Make Plans
The Windmore Foundation for the Arts Scholarship is in honor of Dorothy Skelton and Millie Lane. 

Any graduating senior majoring in Fine Arts in college can apply for the scholarship. They can major in visual arts, dance, music, literature, theater, or any other fine art.

The winners Sarah Stewart and Ben Kinsey Giles were announced at the June 2020 Virtual General Membership Meeting.
Sarah Stewart ........ Ben Kinsey Giles 
Pen-to-Paper Writers' Group Began Its New Season
Pen-to-Paper Writers' Group planned to meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Culpeper County Library until the library closed in March. 

 The morning group 10 AM to Noon
 The evening group  5 PM to 7 PM

Writers of all experience levels are welcome.
Pen-to-Paper Writing Classes
Seminar #4
Presented February 18 and February 25

Lucie-Gabrielle Jolicoeur-Rousseau
Weaving Life Into The Story
Auditions and rehearsals were underway for The Emerald Heist by Israel Allen an interactive mystery production that was scheduled for April at Prince Michel Winery and Coyote Hole Ciderworks. 

The performances were postponed.
Musical Theater Camp
Windmore announced that the 2020 summer camp production would be Singin' in the Rain, Jr. adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Summer Camp was later canceled.
Piedmont Community Band
Disappointing hardly seems adequate to describe 2020 for The Piedmont Community Band. We started the year with excitement about hiring a new band director and bringing in new members. We were learning our music and even started the process of planning special “extras” for our upcoming concerts. When we last met on March 8, we were excited about the coming season. None of us could have guessed that would be our last meeting for 2020. By the next week, the world had come to a grinding halt. We were first disappointed by the loss of practice time before our upcoming performances, and then by the loss of those performances, and then by the loss of the winter season.
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For the safety of our members, we stopped meeting in person, but we continued to encourage one another through our Facebook page.
Then the whole world walked inside and shut their doors and said, "We will stop it all. Everything to protect our weaker ones, our sicker ones, our older ones." And nothing, nothing in the history of humankind ever felt more like LOVE than this.
Windmore Creatively Regrouped
April to December 2020
Pen-to-Paper Found New Meeting Places
Pen-to-Paper held morning meetings in Yowell Meadow Park and a member's studio. The evening meetings were canceled but many of those members were able to attend the morning meeting.
Pen-to-Paper Classes Go Online
Lucie-Gabrielle Jolicoeur-Rousseau
Writing Seminar #5
Presented via Video Conference
On April 21 and April 28 and 29.
Writing Seminar #6
Presented via Video Conference
On September 2 and September 9 and 16.

Writing Seminar #7
Presented via Video Conference
On October 7 and October 21 and 28.

StageWorks: The Show Must Go On...and It Did!
Scenes in the Park
Sure Thing by David Ives
Hannah Rees & Alex Davis
Jerry Finnegan's Sister
by Jack Neary
Alexandra MacKoewn &
Wyatt Clatterbaugh
"Who's On First" by
Lou Costello & Bud Abbott
Robert Keiffer &
Harry Davis
In August, StageWorks presented Scenes in the Park. Following CDC guidelines, places were marked to designate 6 feet separations. Attendees wore masks entering or exiting the setting. Everyone was cooperative about social distancing between family groups and the wearing of masks when near other people. Families brought chairs and/or blankets. The weather and the setting in Lenn Park were perfect. The new sound equipment was used for the first time. This equipment makes it possible to do outdoor performances and can be used by all Windmore programs.
Program Designer
Anneliese Mabie
Audience Family Groupings
New Sound Equipment
The Emerald Heist by Israel Allen
Outdoors at Prince Michel Winery
The audience enjoyed a dinner provided by Prince Michel as they sat right alongside cast members in this unique dinner theatre mystery. Social distancing was practiced and masks were worn when social distancing was not possible.
Macy's Yes, Virginia: The Musical!
Music by Wesley Whatley Book & Lyrics by William Schermerhorn 
Santa Is All Around the World
Yes, Virginia. It's True If You Believe
Curtain Call
Social Distanced Bubbles
StageWorks would like to thank everyone who came out or live-streamed Macy's Yes, Virginia. It was a huge success! 
North Pole Mail Letter to Santa
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!
At a performance of Yes, Virginia, a child dropped a letter to Santa in the stage prop North Pole mailbox. Since Santa was so busy this time of year, we asked Santa if we could help with the child's Christmas wishes. Santa was grateful for the help. A letter and gifts were delivered to the child from Santa, StageWorks, and the Windmore Board.
Windmore's New Office
Windmore for the Arts recently rented office space at the State Theatre Building. The office is located at 303 South Main St. The mailing address will continue to be P.O. Box 38, Culpeper, VA 22701. Office hours have not yet been determined, so please call 540-547-4333. 

This space will be used as office space for Windmore's Executive Director and art classes, meetings, auditions, rehearsals, art shows, sales, and much more.
303 South Main Street, Culpeper
Plans for 2021
Piedmont Community Band
The Band and Family Members
(photograph pre-pandemic)
Now, the calendar has turned, and we are looking forward to 2021. It will still be some time before we’re able to meet in person again. We plan to be creative about how we bring music to the community. It took some time, but we learned some new skills. We will do what we love doing once again.
Be on the look-out for videos and activities featuring the band and its members. We will be coming to you virtually very soon and we hope that we will be coming to you in person before the end of the year. "Optimistic" will be our word for 2021.
Please join us from your homes or in-person when we finally can perform outdoors or inside when we beat this pandemic.

If you play an instrument join us in some of these projects. If you know someone who would like to be the conductor of the band, please let us know. Email:  

We hope music continues to enrich your lives and that this New Year you are able to find joy and good health!
Writers Enjoy New Office
On January 5, 2021, six Pen-to-Paper members met at the new Windmore Foundation for the Arts office. This group used masks and social distancing to protect each other.
They discussed future meetings and where they would take place and gave suggestions about a publishing group and a grant suggestion for Pen-to-Paper. They also discussed Zoom or Google Meetings to allow more people to attend the monthly meetings.

They assisted with the development of a Five Year Strategic Plan. As part of the plan, we included getting more members, an anthology of our writers' work, and an anthology of stories about Veterans. PTP would like more visibility, more advertisement, a group of people who agree to be Beta readers for other writers, two meetings a month, and virtual meetings as needed.
Adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
We are diligently working on the 2021 Season and will be ready to announce the line up soon! Be on the look-out for notices for auditions for our upcoming shows including Singin’ In the Rain Jr.
Fine Arts Summer Camp 
Windmore Foundation is thrilled to be hosting a Fine Arts Summer Camp this July! We have special cleaning and procedures due to COVID, therefore we will offer 2 one week sessions of the camp.
Each 5-day camp will give your budding artist the chance to be immersed with all of the Fine Arts by participating in daily workshops to encompass theater, music, story writing and art.

Our week long camps encourage and empower kids to explore a variety of art disciplines. Camps are fun and educational, with themes ranging from claymation to theater to food as art. 

Each day the campers will participate in Fine Arts workshops, take a lunch break and then have some fun at State Climb indoor rock climbing, then participate in more Fine Arts workshops!
Windmore Foundation for the Arts
Windmore is partnering with Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. and Brian Lamb owner of the Skin Touch Therapy building at 254 E. Davis St. The project is the Culpeper Downtown Wall Mural Program. K Art and Design is offering several designs for our consideration. At this point, we are only in the planning stages. Several different options are being considered and the wall could be finished by this spring.

Windmore is also partnering with the Culpeper Youth Organization to present a scavenger hunt on Main St. We will be purchasing seven bronze mice and these will be semi-permanently attached at locations along Main St. The Culpeper Youth will work with Windmore’s Pen-to-Paper group to write clues to assist with locating the mice. The program is called Mice on Main. Look for more information about this scavenger hunt soon.
Thank You
We would like to thank:

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation for their support of our projects.

The Culpeper Star Exponent for their continued help with advertising and the articles they printed after the events.

Culpeper County for their support and encouragement with interactions in downtown programs, especially the downtown Mice on Main scavenger hunt to be held in 2021.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for their years of encouragement and suggestions for ways to enrich our Foundation.

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. for their interest and involvement with Windmore's plan to help with a mural in the downtown Culpeper area.

Our community partners who gave financially or helped with advertisement.

Our private citizens who contribute to Windmore.

The Program leaders for their tireless devotion to quality presentations and to all of those behind-the-scenes workers who make it look so easy.

Our very involved Board members who give their time and ideas so that we can fulfill our dreams.

Fran Cecere, President
Windmore Foundation for the Arts