This is a sponsored column by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. She writes twice weekly on Reston Now.
Bet that title made you think of green buildings, green living, green space –or really any way you can live a more environmentally sustainable life in Reston. But it’s not. After all, it’s March! So I’m wondering how green you get on March 17.
Everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s day. Donning shamrocks and eating corned beef is fun! Reston provides plenty of opportunities for you to show the world just how green you are. And since March 17 is a Monday this year, there will be plenty of celebrating happening all weekend. Here is my run down of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in Reston, with a little something for everyone.
Wednesday, March 12 at 8:00 P.M.
The CenterStage at Reston Community Center
What better way to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day than listening to one of the finest traditional Irish instrumental bands touring today? Lunasa is a funny, talented, and delightful group of Irishmen that has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with Restonians for more than 20 years. If you’ve never seen or heard them, don’t miss this opportunity. These concerts usually sell out, so get your tickets now!
Clyde’s of Reston 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 P.M.
Reston Town Center at 11905 Market Street
Phone: (703) 787-6601
Clyde’s will kick off St. Paddy’s day with delicious Irish fare beginning at 9—is anything better than Irish breakfast? You can also have a Guinness, listen to Irish music and enjoy Irish folk dancing. This is a family event, so there will plenty of children’s activities, including a moon bounce and face painting, all day long.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 8:30 a.m.
Reston Town Center, 11911 Democracy Dr.
Before you hit the Clyde’s party, put on your best Leprechaun gear and chase the rainbow in this fun 5k race that ends at Clyde’s. You may not catch the pot of gold, but you’ll certainly deserve the treats that await you at the end of the run.
Senior Social: St. Patrick’s Day Style
Thursday, March 13
Noon-2:30 p.m. Free.
Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road
Join the quarterly Reston Community Center and Reston Association social event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—as if Reston seniors need a reason for a party. Spend the afternoon with friends while enjoying traditional Irish fare and beautiful Irish music and entertainment. Registration required. Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or call 703-435-6577 to register.
Washington, DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014
March 16, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Okay, so heading into DC for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade does mean leaving Reston. Trust me, it’s worth it. This parade is always fun and entertaining. Until our own metro station opens, you still need to head to Vienna or Falls Church, but this will be the last year for that! The parade goes along Constitution Avenue — 7th to 17th Streets NW. This two-and-a-half hour special event includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments. Look for fun stuff happening at the various Irish pubs in the neighborhood tool. This is a fun family day for those who didn’t get enough at Clyde’s.
Whatever you choose to do, have fun and be responsible! Happy St. Patrick’s day!