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Lake Anne Is For Lovers: Virginia Tourism Letter Display Now Up

by Dave Emke — June 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

Lake Anne is always a nice spot for a photo op, but it’s now just a little more “LOVE”-ly.

Workers from the Virginia Tourism Corporation arrived at Lake Anne Plaza on Friday afternoon with four big letters in tow. The “LOVE” display, 16 feet long and over six feet high, will be at the plaza through Wednesday. It was set up to frame the statue of Reston founder Bob Simon within the O.

Maurisa Potts, Lake Anne Plaza public relations representative, said the application from VTC she had to fill out to be considered for the display asked what makes the location special.

“It’s the birthplace of Reston, with the charm and the character, and we thought we were worthy of [the display],” Potts said. “It also ties in nicely with the Chalk on the Water festival, our big public art event.”

Chalk on the Water will be taking place Saturday and Sunday at Lake Anne Plaza. More than 200 plots are marked on the plaza’s bricks, to be filled with artwork from artists in four categories: family/elementary, family/junior and senior high school, amateur artists, and professional artists.

The “LOVE” display is part of the Virginia Is For Lovers campaign, designed to promote vacation experiences throughout the state. Visitors to any LOVE display throughout the state are encouraged to take their picture with it and share it on social media using the hashtag #LoveVA. The “LOVE” display was last in Reston in 2015, when it was set up in Fountain Square at Reston Town Center.

Potts said she is hopeful the display and the chalk festival will both shine a spotlight on what the plaza has to offer.

“We definitely want people to be aware of our independent businesses here, that have deep roots here,” Potts said. “Just show the love for the little guys, that’s what we like to say.”

  • Ann Youngren

    Sad to say this is tacky

    • Mike M

      Yeah, so let’s imitate Philadelphia in the 70s? Not cool.

  • Bell Hops

    For educational purposes; ignoring Eastern traditions and ancient texts, eg Ovid; here some modern thoughts to question the obvious.

    In American culture men have been socialized to mistrust the value and power of love while women have been socialized to be loving in most situations — even when their need to receive love goes unmet.

    To reverse our cultural training and become more open to giving and receiving love the following aspects should be brought to light: affection, respect, recognition, commitment, trust and care. Opposing views are customary forms stemming from gender stereotypes, domination, control, ego and aggression.

    So dont be afraid to chart out a new course, not until you find the new channel will the current take you at ease.

    • 40yearsinreston

      What are you babbling about ?

      • Bell Hops

        Hip-hop as a whole strongly reflects imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

        • Mike M

          So, from whence all your righteous enlightenment?

          Has it occurred to you that you might be completely full of soup? If not, why not? Do you not question your own sense of right and wrong? Can you deal with reality?

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