It’s Lake Anne Jazz Week!

by Karen Goff August 30, 2016 at 10:00 am 23 Comments

2016 Lake Anne Jazz FestivalThere are special events and discounts all week at Lake Anne Plaza, culminating in the 10th annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday.

The Jazz & Blues festival is a free, family friendly, all-day event that will run from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Here’s what’s happening:

Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts and More

  • Sept. 1: Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting (6 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Sept. 3: Wine and Chocolate Tasting (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

(both events are free)

PetMAC Pet Nutrition Center – Jazz up your pet with 35 percent off all collars, leashes and apparel.

Reston Art Gallery – Browse locally-created works of art at Reston Art Gallery & Studios at Lake Anne Plaza.  Choose from a variety of musically-themed works of art in various media such as acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels and even mobiles and collages, and get 10 percent off.  Refreshments will be served.

Reston Museum – 20 percent off special edition Robert E. Simon martini and Bloody Mary glasses, each one etched with the signature of Reston’s founder.

Reston’s Used Book Shop – 50 percent off on all jazz- and blues- themed books.

Samantha Hu, Medical Chi-Kung Therapy – Free consultations during Jazz Week.

Small Change Consignment – All musical toys will be 20 percent off at small change during jazz week.

The big event has a lineup of some of the area’s finest musicians for Saturday’s event. Here is the schedule:

  • 1 p.m. – Adrian Duke
  • 2 p.m. – Mykle Lyons Sextet
  • 3 p.m. – Chip Bubeck
  • 4 p.m. – Integriti Reeves
  • 5 p.m. – Clarence Penn
  • 6 p.m. – Sam Gunderson
  • 7 p.m. – Dixie Power Trio

The festival is sponsored by Lane Anne Merchants, Friends of Lake Anne, the Reston Community Center, and Reston Association. For the full schedule of events/times, visit www.lakeanneplaza.com.

  • Reston Crimewatcher

    I’m curious. When Reston Association is listed as a sponsor, what does it mean exactly? How much is it costing us, the members? On what authority does RA dole out our money for these types of events? How much does RA spend to be a sponsor/paid advertisor on Reston Now? I doubt I will get a response from anyone who knows these answers.

    • Mike M

      There are many ways in which we contribute to the continuous CPR going on at Lake Anne.

      • Eve Thompson

        Hi Mike- you should drop by the Plaza sometime- things are going well there due to the hard work of owners and business operators. Parking is free and its a super pleasant place to hang ou; the Jazz & Blues Festival is a home grown event created by me & Mykle Lyons.

        It is largely paid for by the proceeds of the Saturday craft market and the Reston Community Center. It features some great talent, good beer, wine and some good food. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

        • Mike M

          Thanks for your constructive engagement. I will visit some time in the next month. But still, I’d rather RCC also didn’t subsidize Lake Anne. Just my preferences. Good luck with the festival.

          • RestonNiceGuy

            how is RCC subsidizing Lake Anne? Commercial owners pay into the small tax district. How is this any different than the sponsorships and festivals that RCC puts on at any other location?

          • Mike M

            Well, be specific. What festivals. I pay into Special Tax District 5 and I have no say in how they spend my money. The US was founded upon no confidence in that arrangement. Capisce?

          • Reston Crimewatcher

            Who exactly owns the space that RCC leases at Lake Anne Plaza? How much are they paying for that space?

          • Brenda Louis

            You’d probably get more “constructive engagement” if you actually were constructive yourself.

          • Mike M

            Are you being constructive?
            Blow it out your ear.

    • Eve Thompson

      Hi Laura- RA is not contributing any cash to the festival- but they do allow us (I’m the festival coordinator) to use Brown’s Chapel as over flow parking if needed.

      • Reston Crimewatcher

        Thats great about the parking. I’m glad to hear no cash is given away, but if RA has employees there or anything of the like, that is the same thing. I was at the plaza the other day to visit the Hillary Clinton campaign office (crime family foundation). Coffee shop is looking good!

        • Guest

          If you’re so concerned about your contributions being spent to benefit the community, please move to an area where you can live within your means. Alternatively, work hard and strive to improve your lot in life.

          • Reston Crimewatcher

            Socialist! And no worries, I am a 1%er. Have plenty of money. Partially because I don’t like wasting money. And don’t worry, I do plan on moving to Naples Florida as soon as I can.

          • Guest

            Cute, but no. Far from socialist. Aren’t you aware of the economic benefits of community spending?

            Not ridiculous projects like the Lake House, but our trails, managed open spaces, and schedule of open community events. They raise median property values and even improve health, which feed back into personal benefit over time.

            I can see where profiting off isolated property sales or observing only an individual’s health might raise anxieties, but those reveal a terribly short term interest.

          • Reston Crimewatcher

            There will be no economic or health benefit to RA throwing money around on stupid concerts . I’m all for Lake Anne merchants pursuing this type of event to help their bottom line. God knows they need help. But it’s not in the scope of what RA is supposed to do . All they do is spend and then come back for more dues. They must cut the ridiculous spending .

          • Guest

            As Eve said earlier, RA is not contributing any cash to this festival. Why do you keep saying they are? That’s just strange.

            And you’re wrong. Concerts absolutely benefit the local economy. Business profits can increase up to 30% over the duration:


            That’s admittedly on the large end! But keeping a concentrated area like the plaza consistently vital rolls straight to active interest and property value.

            I do have to apologize for mixing in “health benefits” — I wasn’t referring to concerts but to our open spaces and trails. I’m sure you know this website and I encourage everyone to read the articles:


          • Reston Crimewatcher

            I fully understand what Eve said about no cash being contributed. However, she did not say that RA employees would not be working on this event. If they are, its the same as giving away our money. What you don’t seem to understand is that RA is not the Chamber of Commerce for Lake Anne Plaza. If the merchants of Lake Anne get together and put on the concerts, and they pay the costs, and their businesses see increased profit, that’s a great thing. However it is not in RA’s scope of responsibility to promote the local economy.

            The way for RA to improve the local economy, especially in the Lake Anne area would be to quit advocating solely for low income housing. But no, that is not the RA way. These are not the residents who are going to frequent Eve’s new coffee shop & pay 4.50 or so for a latte. Why do you think the developer pulled out of the redevelopment in the area? So basically, RA hinders economic development, even though it is not really their job either way.

            I never read anything from HUFFPO. Its poison. Same w/ Realtor.org. The National Association of Realtors is essentially a pay to play union w/ no real benefit to its members, (similar to RA actually). I’m a reluctant member because it is required in order to profit from isolated real estate sales. Are you sure you aren’t a realtor in disguise as “guest”. You seem to know a lot ,or think you do, about real estate.

          • Eve Thompson

            Laura- RA is not contributing anything of any kind except “possible” over-flow parking IF needed.

          • Reston Crimewatcher

            Thanks Eve.

          • Guest

            Very odd that you blame RA for LADP pulling out of the project, when the primary reasons were project financing and county requirements re: Crescent. That, after endless noisy opposition by individuals at open RA meetings (acreage trade) and county hearings. What a circus!


            I’m not a realtor, but I’m sorry to hear you’re forced to belong to such an organization to benefit from your work. I’d hope you could at least gain some benefit from the offsite articles they linked to on that page. If you actively avoid that knowledge, here are a few more direct links:

            (music festivals) https://businessjournalism.org/2015/06/entertaining-business-the-economic-impact-of-music-festivals/

            (music festivals, macro) http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/07/31/how-music-festivals-pump-billions-into-the-u-s-economy/

            (open spaces) http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-make-cities-healthier-places-to-live-1461550193

            (Walkability for retirees) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/washington-the-ideal-place-to-grow-older.html

          • Reston Crimewatcher

            RA is only partially to blame for that debacle. I know 2 developers personally who say how horrible it is to deal w/ RA. They are not developer friendly & view developers as evil and greedy. Make some calls. Ask SEKAS in Vienna what its like to deal w/ RA. Only one who liked dealing with them was the guy who owned TETRA and sold it to us. And he is dead now and RA let the widow out of a handshake deal. Dead men tell no tales.

          • Guest

            I didn’t imply that RA meetings should be closed, but I can understand why your point of view would lead to that interpretation. LADP open meetings were a circus due to resident objections, dog whistles, and irrelevancies. Were you there for the stern Simon letter reading at RA?

            And your implication that RA is to blame for the LADP retreat is still false. Crescent is a county property. County guidelines in the redevelopment RFP boiled in additional workforce housing requirements. If funding faltered because some residents wouldn’t be spending $1.25 on a cup of coffee, it wasn’t due to an RA requirement.

          • Reston Crimewatcher

            Also, sounds like you’d prefer RA meetings be closed so the members can’t voice their opinions. You are correct however, RA meetings are a circus and Fulkerson is the ring leader.


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