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Thanksgiving feels so early this year. But there is still plenty of time to plan your fun holiday weekend activities. Here are my picks for Thanksgiving weekend in Reston.
Before the Big Weekend:
Every year, the Reston Community Center, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and Cornerstones join to help families in need by collecting non-perishable food and other items. Cornerstones is a wonderful organization providing a range of services for families in need, and supporting them is always a priority for me.
From November 1-20, you can drop you items off at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community (located on the website). Visit the website for a list of items needed.
This free family event is Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Get a start on holiday shopping with unique handcrafted gifts. Stock up on holiday treats like gourmet peanut brittle, homemade baked goods and preserves. There will be a raffle for a beautiful Christmas basket and fun activities for the kids. Proceeds will benefit the Martin Luther King Christian Church Building Fund. Follow the link for the address.
November 23 at 8:00 a.m. at South Lakes High School.
What better way to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast than run, jog or walk in a fun-filled 5k race? There will be a run for everyone… 5k, 1-Mile Fun Run and even a free Tot Trot. The race will start and finish on the NEW South Lakes High School track.
Bring an old, clean coat to donate to One Warm Coat, whose mission is to provide anyone in need with a warm coat, free of charge. One Warm Coat’s vision is that they become a part of the American lifestyle; that when a coat is no longer needed, people will think of them and donate it; that donors will be warmed by the knowledge that their coats will go directly to children, women and men in need.
The holiday season at Reston Town Center is always festive, and Thanksgiving Friday launches it all. The 27th annual Reston Holiday Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees — and Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. It’s always fun to see who shows up.
Before the parade begins, spectators will get their own jingle bells so they can make some festive noise. Since 1991, rain or shine, the parade has been an annual tradition on the day after Thanksgiving. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos.
The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. There will be Mini-Train rides until 4:30 p.m. and street entertainment. The Clauses will return for the Fountain Square Tree Lighting and Sing Along at 6 p.m. Afterward, horse-drawn carriage rides continue from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Proceeds from the photos and rides benefit local charities. The acclaimed Ice Skating Pavilion is open all day and every day from November until March.
- 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Reston Holiday Parade — 27th Annual — Hometown Holidays
- 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Santa & Mrs. Claus, visits and photos; Mini-Train Rides
- 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting & Sing Along
- 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
On Saturday, November 25, head over to the Tysons Biergarten from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. for the craft Beer & Wine Festival. Tickets are $20. The festival features 50+ beers and wines from local breweries and wineries. There will also be live music, delicious food, contests and prizes. Best of all — this is a dog friendly and kid friendly event. Buy your tickets in advance and get there early.
The Belgian bakery and restaurant Le Pain Quotidien will celebrate its opening earlier this month at Reston Town Center today through a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Light refreshments will be served from 5 – 7 p.m. The formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Complimentary garage parking is available after 5 p.m.
The cafe opened on Nov. 2 at 11909 Democracy Drive. It is open from 7 am. to 9 p.m. daily. It will offer special seasonal items throughout the year. For the fall, they plan to offer treats such as a turmeric latte, spiced apple cider, Turkey Bánh Mì, a roasted pear and spinach salad, chicken “zoodle” soup and “Speculoos Tiramisu,” which the cafe describes as “a Belgian twist on the classic Italian treat.”
According to promotional material, LPQ is a privately-held company with headquarters in New York City and more than 200 locations on five continents. Its signature loaves come from the experiment of Alain Coumont, a young chef in Brussels, who opened a small bakery where he could knead flour, salt and water in 1990. Coumount struggled to find the right bread to serve at his restaurant.
For more information, visit the cafe’s website.
The 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be bigger than ever this year. The festival, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the Greater Reston Arts Center, will become a three-day event instead of a two-day event.
It is scheduled to take place on May 19 through 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. GRACE added Friday to the event in order to open up the festival to the 10,000-person workforce in Reston Town Center and make it “bigger and better than ever,” GRACE says.
“Making the very significant logistical investment in a Friday opening provides a new, built-in, affluent buying audience looking for world-class art for their offices, homes, for gifts, and more,” according to a statement by the center.
The competitive, juried event is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the quality of the artwork presented and for its artist hospitality.
GRACE also plans to move its Festival Party, which is sponsored by M Group and The Counter, to Saturday night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Artist awards, sponsored by Boston Properties, will be announced during the party.
Last year’s festival raised about $275,000 for GRACE’s operating budget, executive director and curator Lily Siegel told Reston Now. It attracts an estimated 30,000 visitors a year, GRACE says.
Anyone interested in applying to submit art for the festival can do so online. Applications can be submitted in 16 different categories, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass, sculpture and more. Artist applications for juror review must be submitted by Dec. 10.
Free garage parking is available each day.
Photo courtesy of GRACE
Herndon police are searching for a suspect in connection with a robbery at the Burger King (598 Elden St.) on Friday.
Just as the store opened around 6:15 a.m., the suspect confronted staff with a gun and demanded money. Staff filled a bag the suspect gave them with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police, according to police. The suspect then left by foot. No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Jeffrey Lange at 703-435-6881, extension 2304 or via email at [email protected] Individuals can also call the police department’s non-emergency number at 703-435-6846.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Images courtesy of Herndon Police.
Bicyclists no longer have to visit The Bike Lane, a Springfield-based company with locations in Springfield and Reston, for repairs. The company has partnered with San Fransisco-based Beeline Bikes, to bring bike repairs to the road.
The service, which will operate for the first time on the East Coast, will be available in Reston, Ashburn, Tysons Corner and Herndon later this month.
Both natives of Northern Virginia, Todd and Anne Mader launched The Bike Lane 17 years ago in Springfield. The couple opened another location in Reston (11943 Democracy Drive) seven years later.
“We have been serving cyclists in this area for almost two decades and know that they lead busy, active lives and are very tech-savvy. With Beeline‘s unique ‘We Come to You’ service, we will now be able to meet their needs in their homes or at work, in addition to our brick-and-mortar business,” said Todd Mader.
Anne Mader said the partnership with the franchise leverage the largest mobile bike service’s customer service and local support from their bike company.
“Beeline Bikes has the innovative technology and manufacturer partnerships needed to meet our customers’ needs wherever and however they shop and wherever they ride, and at The Bike Lane, we can also provide expanded services such as advanced fittings, group rides, classes, clinics and more,” she said.
The service will operate under the name Beeline Bikes Northern Virginia Powered by The Bike Lane. Any new bike purchased through the websites of Diamondback Bikes and Raleigh Bikes USA will also be delivered for no additional cost.
Photo courtesy of Fish Consulting
Save the Date: Reston Christmas Tree Market — The market, which begins Nov. 18 through Dec. 24, will bring winter season’s celebrations to hearts and homes. It takes place at 10800 Baron Cameron Avenue. [Reston Farm Market]
As Craft Beer Industry Grows, Fairfax County Hopes to Catch Up to Loudoun County — The roster of breweries that have opened in the county has grown since 2015, including Reston-based Lake Anne Brew House. Changes to zoning laws could make room for many more. Nationally, breweries have opened as anchors of mixed-used developments and communities. [Bisnow]
Virginia State Bar Publicly Reprimands Herndon-based Attorney — The state bar’s fifth district subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Amy Wilson for what they said was violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping of property and declining or terminating representation. [Virginia State Bar]
Nationally Televised FOX News Town Hall Comes to Herndon — The program, which will be hosted by FOX news and House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday night will take place at the Hilton Washington Dulles. [Reston Patch]