Visitors to the 2012 Pet Fiesta/File photoAugust begins tomorrow. It’s hot. Camp may be over and school is more than a month away.

Every weekday in August, Reston Now will be offering suggestions for a Summer Bucket List — things to do, places to check out and activities to try n and around Reston before summer’s end.

Obviously, different ideas will appeal to different residents in different age groups. But we are open for ideas. If you have any “must-dos” of summer (even better: with a photo of you/your family participating in said event), email us at [email protected] and we will consider it.

Happy last month of summer!

Summer Bucket List No. 1 – Take your dog to a party

Law firm McCandlish Lillard is inviting the community and their canine friends to its annual Hound Dog Day Saturday, Aug. 1 at Reston’s Lake Fairfax Park from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The firm began the event years ago as a corollary to Groundhog Day. The saying went, “if the hound dog crossed the porch and drank from his water bowl, we would have six more weeks of of summer.” If he didn’t stop for a drink, then fall would come early.

Either way, bring your (leashed) dog and enjoy free kids activities such as face painting, jugglers, and a photo booth. There will also be live music, food trucks and pet-related vendors. All net proceeds from the event will go to local dog rescue groups FOHA (Friends of Homeless Animals), Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Mutt Love Rescue and The Shiloh Project.

Happy dog and owner/Pet Fiesta file photo


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