June 2010

Minutes from the Sunday Supper Club June 13th, 2010

Our June meeting, complete with two fabulous performances, was a huge success!  Thank you to all our wonderful speakers, actors and musicians, for the entertainment and information you provided.  I think all in attendance were excited to learn of the many and varied arts opportunities available in our area.

Five Minute Flash Reports

Treasurer’s Report- Unfortunately neither our treasurer Lisa Richard nor her surrogate David Roos were present.  We’ll assume the balance in our treasury is comparable to last month’s of $669.  Donations to the SSC are greatly appreciated but not tax deductible as we are not a 501(c)3.

After the Fact Flash Reports

We had no flash reports at this meeting but I am including a few reports I’ve received since then as I think the information might be of interest to you.

Blue Divas Richmond Marathon Fundraiser- Tireless activist Julie Turner has started a Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus Running Club with the intent of running in the Richmond Marathon to raise money for the VaDWC’s scholarship for the Sorenson Institute (http://www.sorenseninstitute.org/), the Phyllis Anders Memorial Scholarship for Political Leadership and Candidate Training.  Currently Julie is the only one running (sorry Julie, I’d sign up but just thinking about running a marathon is too exhausting for me) but she’s determined to raise $3,000.   If you are interested in supporting her, the categories of sponsorship are as follows:

Gold Medal-      $500
Silver Medal-    $250
Bronze Medal- $100
Individual-         $ 50
Patron-               $26.2

Checks may be made out to the Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus and should be sent to her at 9391 Ramey Road Marshall, VA 20115. Please designate the Phyllis Anders Political Leadership Program in the memo.

If you would like more information on Julie’s efforts, you may email her at jturnerdcc@verizon.net.

Wasteline Newsletter- Trish Ethier forwarded on a copy of the current issue of the newsletter which includes important information including:
Simplified service hours at the Corral Fill Landfill and remote convenience sites which will begin on July 12th.
A change in recycling procedures which will allow aluminum and steel cans and plastics #1 and #2 to be collected together at the remote convenience sites.  This move will reduce inconvenience for the homeowner and hopefully increase recycling rates.
An announcement that in 2009 Fauquier County residents recycled at a rate of 31.8% of total waste.  The state of Virginia mandates that a county of our size recycle at a rate of 15% of total waste.  Fauquier’s goal is to achieve a rate of 40% in the next decade.
Fauquier County Public Schools commitment to the environment as well as details of educational programs in the county …

And much, much more I can’t fit in the minutes.  For all the details, please visit:

http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/documents/departments/environmental/pdf

July 3rd Party and Fireworks Extravaganza- John Anderson would like to invite everyone to join him on Sat. July 3rd for his second annual Independence Day extravaganza.

Time:           5PM until well after dark

Place:         5357 Stratton Lane, Broad Run, VA

Activities:  Fireworks (out-of-state) over the lake,
Potluck dinner/munchies/beverages, grill available
Archery, swimming, bull calf roping optional
Live music, informal jam

Bring:         Food (local?) and drink to share
Friends, family, pets
A smile and positive spirit
A blanket or chair if you wish

Contact:    John Anderson at jla5610@aol.com for more information or directions.

Guest Speakers

Tonight’s meeting was an SSC first, complete with five great speakers and two live performances!  Thank you to Brian Hedges for orchestrating this rather complicated schedule and to all of our wonderful speakers and performers.  You entertained, informed, and opened our eyes (and ears) to the great breadth of artistic opportunities available close to home.

Fauquier Community Theater:  http://fctstage.org/
The FCT kicked off the evening with a scene from The Miracle Worker; thank you to actors Sarah LaFantasie, Carrie Helton Parson, and MacKenzie Earl for this moving performance.  I am so disappointed that I didn’t make it to a full performance of this show and I’m determined not to make that mistake again!

Christie Clark then provided some details about the FCT and their many upcoming events.
FCT is a non-profit organization and is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers.
All of FCT’s actors, musicians, back stage and behind-the-scenes personnel are volunteers as well.
The FCT season runs from October thru May and is composed of five shows (nine performances each), including two musicals.
They offer non-season shows as well, including one show a year which is produced, directed, and stage managed entirely by students.  “Our Town”, this year’s youth show, begins on July30th.
The weekend of July 9th-11th FCT will perform a One Act Festival which will include: “Check Please,” “Little Women,” and “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview.”

Visit www.fctstage.org for a complete schedule, ticket and season subscription information.

State Theatre Foundation – www.culpepertheatre.org

Raven Yates, executive director of the State Theatre Foundation shared with us details of this exciting project.   The vision for the State Theatre, as articulated on their web site:
“The vision for the State Theatre Foundation is to create a cultural center for the North Central Virginia region and to be recognized as a cultural leader in that region.  The State Theatre Foundation is about more than just the building!  The restoration of the beautiful art deco State Theatre Building is only a portion of our mission.  The main objective is to bring the arts to this thriving community.
The Culpeper community and surrounding region will benefit from an exciting program of events. Movie goers can look forward to film festivals presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress National Audio-Visial Conservation Center (NAVCC) and the Daniel Technology Center, as well as screenings of independent films and documentaries. Live theatrical performances presented in the newly restored auditorium will include plays, musicals, music concerts, dance performances, variety shows, book readings and signings, and celebrity events.
The State Theatre will also serve as the venue of choice for community events. Local schools, businesses, and civic groups are welcome to present exhibits, lectures, conferences, seminars, educational presentations, award ceremonies, and recitals.”
The foundation is in the process of collecting bids for renovations of the theatre.  At this time, they have raised $8 million dollars for the endeavor and are hoping for a bid to come in within their budget.  If a bid comes in within their budget, construction is expected to start in 6-9 months and the project should be completed in approximately 18 months.  The renovations will provide around 200 jobs in the construction industry.
After reconstruction, the theatre will provide a state of the art performance space for plays, musicals, concerts, dance…
While renovating their Eisenhower Theater, the Kennedy Center donated 1,000 seats to the State Theatre.
The completed theatre will provide three separate venues for weddings, graduations, business meetings.
Visit www.culpepertheatre.org for more information on this very exciting project!

Windmore Foundation for the Arts – www.windmorefoundation.org
Kelly Rozwadowski, president of the board of directors of the Windmore Foundation, provided a wealth of information about another Culpeper arts treasure.
“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 Foundation is based in Culpeper, and was created to promote the arts in the Piedmont area. Since its inception, Windmore has been a patron of theater, art education, dance, literature, music, and visual arts.  It remains our 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.”
§         The Windmore Foundation includes four active branches, The Artists of Windmore, Windmore Writers, Windmore Community Theater, and Windmore & Kids.
§         These programs provide a collaborative opportunity to painters, photographers, sculptors, art educators, professional and hobby artists.
§         One project, the published anthology, “Images in Ink,” contains the contributions of more than 30 artists and writers.
§         The artists of Windmore are a weekly feature at local farmer’s markets where they sell their works and promote Windmore.
§         Windmore’s programs include:
-          “Art in the Park”- summer camp for kids ages 6-12
-          “Making Marks”- toddler activities for toddlers and their caregivers
-          “Get Art”- art classes for older children and adults
-          The Dorothy Skelton Scholarship and Patron Art Show
The greatest challenge for Windmore has been finding funding for general operating support (rent, etc.).  In the past, the foundation had relied on state, county and municipal funding but with budget cuts, these sources have decreased or disappeared entirely.  Windmore members have donated generously to support the foundation.
Windmore has no paid staff and operates 100% with volunteer participation.  This is a challenge yet also provides great opportunities for creative partnerships with organizations such as the Culpeper Library and Healthy Culpeper.  “The more collaboration we have, the stronger we are.”
“We need public funding for the arts in order to keep the arts available to the public! Privately funded programs do not have the same obligation to ensure access for everyone.”
Please visit their website at www.windmorefoundation.org for more information on their wealth of programs.

Library of Congress, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation-  www.loc.gov/avconservation
Rounding out the Culpeper portion of our evening, we heard from Mike Mashon, of the Library of Congress, Packard Campus.  Mike is head of the Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at the Library of Congress.  He began by thanking us for our support; the Library of Congress is a taxpayer funded federal institution.
Their current facility in Culpeper used to belong to the Federal Reserve of Richmond and once housed 3 billion dollars.  In 1987 their benefactor, David Woodley Packard, purchased the facility with the intention of moving the film and recorded sound collection to this location.  In 2007 Mr. Packard, gifted the facility to the U.S. government.
§         The Packard Campus consists of 415,000 square feet, more than 90 miles of shelving for collections, storage, 35 climate controlled vaults for sound recording, safety film and videotape, and 124 individual faults for more flammable nitrate film.
§         The facility also houses a 205 seat art deco theater in which they show classic American and foreign films.  They usually have three shows a week: Tuesdays at 7:00PM, Fridays at 7:30PM and a Saturday matinee at 2:00.  Additionally, each month the theater shows a silent film with Andrew Simpson as live accompanist playing a digital re-creation of a 1929 mighty Wurlitzer.  The shows are free to the public though reservations are requested.  Sadly, at this time, there is no popcorn though Mike is working on this.  Visit http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/schedule.html for a complete schedule.
§         The collection houses over 1.2 million moving image items (theatrical films, safety films, newsreels, TV programs, educational films …), over 3 million audio collections items (commercial sound recordings, radio broadcasts, early voice recordings, historical programs…) and over 2.2 million supporting documents (screenplays, manuscripts, photographs, press kits…)
§         They receive approximately 30,000 items (copyrights) a year in his section alone.
§         Fun fact I can’t resist sharing:  Nitrate film is so flammable that it will continue burning even if submerged in water.
Please visit their website at http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/ for an amazing amount of information on the Library of Congress.

Allegro Community School of the Arts- http://www.allegrocsa.org/
We then moved back to Fauquier County and heard from Cynthia Romero, co-founder and executive director of the Allegro CSA.  Allegro began in 2004 with 3 teachers and 10 students and now has 30+ teachers working with 400+ students of all ages.
From their website:
“Being a 501(c)3 non-profit community school of the arts allows us to become a resource to the community.  Our partnerships with Youth For Tomorrow, Boys and Girls Club of Warrenton, Fauquier Alliance for Youth, and Vint Hill Transitional Housing are keys to our desire to enrich our community through the power of the arts.”
Allegro offers piano, voice, guitar, violin, strings, brass, woodwind, ensemble, and general music instruction. They also offer, ballet, Irish, hip hop and ballroom dancing as well as Pilates, yoga, and art classes.
§         In addition to the aforementioned classes, Allegro has a jazz combo, a guitar ensemble, a youth orchestra, an adult band, an adult glee club and an early childhood program.
§         Studies show a decline in adult participation in the arts.  Allegro hopes that through high quality instruction and opportunities for meaningful arts experiences, their students will remain involved in the arts throughout their lives.  Cynthia mentioned the importance of “magical experiences that stick with you forever.”  Allegro works to provide these experiences here in Fauquier.
§         Cynthia stressed their focus on integration between the departments: piano students provide live accompaniment for ballet classes, art students design sets for theater performances…
§         Allegro offers free recitals and performances all year long.
As the finale for our arts evening, we were treated to a performance by Daniel Glenn, a young member of the Allegro guitar ensemble.   We enjoyed hearing him play a few beautiful classical guitar pieces.  Thank you Daniel!
A few tidbits gleaned from our Q & A segment:
§         The FCT (bonus points for all who remember what this acronym stands for) can always use volunteers for everything from acting to box office, stage managing, stage crew, set building etc.
§         Windmore’s art classes are open to all, no experience necessary and all supplies are provided.
§         Windmore offers a digital photography workshop once a year for those who are experienced digital photographers as well as those who haven’t yet figured out how to get the pictures off the camera.
§         Allegro and the FCT are working together, sharing theater space, and offering collaborative workshops.
§         The Library of Congress plans to partner with the State Theater.
§         The theme of the evening seemed to be the importance of collaborative efforts, as these ventures enable participants to feel a part of something much larger.
§         All should feel welcome to participate in the art/music/theater classes offered at FCT, Windmore and Allegro; no experience or talent necessary J
I would like to offer a huge thank you to all of our speakers for opening our eyes to the many wonderful arts events available close to home and to the actors and musicians who so generously gave their time to entertain us.  For those who weren’t able to join us, I highly recommend that you visit the websites of all these great organizations and take advantage of the amazing opportunities they provide.

Respectfully submitted
Andrea Martens

Save the Dates
You won’t want to miss the interesting meetings we have planned!

July 11- Chris Miller, president of the Piedmont Environmental Council

August 8th-  From the Fauquier Family Shelter, James Mitchell, Ed Childress and Lisa Lynn Chapman will speak on homelessness/housing in Fauquier County as well as plans for the new domestic violence shelter.

Sept. 12th- Brian Duncan, executive director of the Rappahannock Community Services Board