Top Stories This Week

Before we head off into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now this week.

  1. ‘McTacoHut’ Marks the End of An Era in Reston
  2. Setting the Record Straight on the RTC Falcon Naming
  3. Names Revealed for Reston Town Center’s Peregrine Falcons
  4. Weather Alert: Tornado Warning In Effect for Fairfax County
  5. City Lab Editor: Reston is a ‘Radical Suburb’

If you have ideas on stories we should cover, email us at [email protected] or submit an anonymous tip.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.

Photo by Fatimah Waseem


Reston Regional Library Book Sale and More This Weekend in Reston

Book lovers can get their hands on thousands of used books at the Friends of the Reston Regional Library’s semi-annual sale this weekend.

Although the spring sale started on Thursday for the public, the event continues today through 5 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive).

No children’s books will be offered at the sale. The next book sale is in mid-August right before the next school year begins.

Tomorrow (May 4)

  • Reston Pet Fiesta (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) — Dogs and their owners can enjoy this outdoor festival at Reston Town Center. The free event brings together businesses, rescue groups and pet owners for activities, demonstrations and entertainment.
  • Spring Festival (1-5 p.m.) — Enjoy entertainment, animals, craft making for kids, and displays from local environmental groups at the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive). An animal show, interactive performance and puppet show are also planned.
  • Tapestry of Peace and Justice (4-7:30 p.m.) — This “mixed-art” performance and exhibit combines music and images from artists of The Reston Art Gallery & Studios and League of Reston Artists, as well as poems from The Poetry Society of Virginia. Tickets are $25 for adults.
  • Crescent Community Yard Sale (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — If you missed Reston Association’s big community yard sale last weekend, now is your chance to comb through items at the Crescent Apartments’ sale (1572 Cameron Crescent Drive).

Sunday (May 5)

  • Hopecam 19th Annual 5k Run/Walk (9:15 a.m.) — Hopecam’s annual event helps children with cancer. The race begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony and post-race celebration at 1890 Preston White Drive.
  • Sunday Country Western Dance (5:30-8 p.m.) — Swing the night away to popular western tunes played by Reston Community Center’s DJ. The monthly event takes place at RCC Hunters Woods. Dancers must be 18 years or older.
  • HGRTC Marketplace (noon to 5 p.m.) — Reston Town Center will host a home and garden marketplace for all plant lovers. The event is the first of its kind in the town center.

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New Douglas Moulden Exhibit on Display at Signature Gallery

A solo exhibition featured the world of Maryland-based Douglas Moulden is on display at the Greater Reston Arts Center’s satellite gallery at the Signature apartments (11850 Freedom Drive) through August 29.

The exhibit, “A Purposeful Manner Towards a Vague Destination,” features a series of large-scale acrylic paintings on panels. The work is inspired by Moulden’s memories of woods near his Frederick, Md. home and the outskirts of the DC area.

GRACE said the following about the exhibit:

Calling on his expertise as a sculptor he makes his plywood panels, often utilizing non-traditional shapes, and then applies his paint in a unique fashion. His approach to research could be referred to as coddiwomple (v.), an obscure English slang word that gained popularity with globetrotters, meaning to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination. 

This is not the first time Greater Reston Arts Center has featured Moulden’s work. In the 2009 exhibition The Empty Landscape, curated by Joanne Bauer, Moulden presented a large body of paintings and sculptures, different from the ones seen here. Since then, he has lost the ability to use his signature technique of using a paint-filled syringe to draw, similar to pointillism, and build up the painting’s complex surface.

This set-back has affected the way in which Moulden creates his work but his deep appreciation for nature and the joy found in making beautifully crafted objects is still his driving force. In this exhibition, GRACE presents three new works,Things Are Looking Up, Puzzle, and Globe Thistle, the first of this artist’s transition from one method to another to capture the abstract and mysterious beauty in our area landscapes.

A curator’s talk is set for August 8 from noon to 1 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Photo via GRACE


Reminder: Send Us Your Photos

Calling all local photographers: Reston Now is looking for your photos of Reston, Herndon and Great Falls.

Whether you’re a photography pro or just love snapping pictures with your smartphone, we are always looking to include seasonal photos in our Morning Notes on weekdays or reshare pictures on our social media accounts.

To send us your photos, email us at [email protected], tag us in your photo on social media or join our Reston Now Flickr page.

You will always receive credit for the photo — either with your username or actual name.

Thank you to photographers who have already sent us photos.

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NextStop Theatre’s Upcoming Season ‘Most Diverse’ Yet

Producing artistic director Evan Hoffmann says that NextStop Theatre Company’s upcoming season brings the “most diverse and ambitious programming yet” to the community.

“The only thing more exciting than next season’s shows are the artists we will be welcoming into the theatre to help guide and create them,” said Hoffmann. “Through a mixture of past collaborators and new faces, we are proud to report that 50 percent of the season’s directors are women, and 50 percent are artists of color. Those percentages will be even higher for the performers.”

The season kicks off with “Beehive: The 60’s Musical,” a tribute musical about the women of 1960s rock, pop and soul music. In the fall, the company reinvents Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” with a new script by Kate Hamill. Megan Behm, who directed last year’s production of “45 Plays for 45 Presidents,” will direct the show.

In time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Kevin McAllister reimagines the story of Dr. King in which he is visited by a young maid who can “unveil the humanity and vulnerability of America’s larger than life icon.”

In February and March, the company presents “Ordinary Days,” a story about four young New Yorkers that illustrates how the smallest of acts can have a profound impact on life. Jay Brock, who directed “Assassins” in 2017, will lead this musical by Adam Gwon.

In the spring of 2020, Hoffman directs “Noises Off,” a play-within-a-play that includes on- and off-stage antics as they work through a disastrous performance.

The season closes with “In the Heights,” an original hop-hop musical by the creator of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story, which is directed by Elena Velasco, dives into the heartbeat of a community through “infection Latin and hip-hop beats,” according to NextStop.

In addition to the main productions, NextStop plans three productions for young audiences. Details are expected over the summer.

Season packages are on sale now, with prices started at $119 for all six productions. The complete schedule is available online.

Photo via NextStop Theatre Company


Vote to Scale Back Reston Heights Plan Delayed

After concerns about stormwater management and driving access between a neighboring property, Fairfax County Planning Commission delayed a vote on JBG Smith’s proposal to remove 215,000 square feet of office space from its Reston Heights development Wednesday night.

The mixed-use development at 11830 Sunrise Valley Drive is currently developed with the 385-unit VY apartment community, the Reston International Center office building, and a parking lot. JBG Smith wants to remove planned office space as well as 3,600 square feet of retail on the 10-acre parcel.

Mary Cortina, an at-large commission member, said JBG Smith should consider stormwater management on the site — even though its latest plans do not remove any pervious surface.

“The reason I bring this up is that we have continued to make this case to the public and to others that as we redevelop these large parking lots and put in more mixed use that we’re actually improving the environment,” she said.

Hunter Mill District Planning Commissioner John Carter said the plan should include more trees, which are depicted in project renderings.

“I want the street trees,” Carter said. “This area of Sunrise Valley Drive is completely barren on all of the projects that have been done in the past. We must fix that.”

The owners of 7-Eleven, which owns the Exxon gas station neighboring the site, also raised concerns about lack of access to a shared driveway to the site, leaving large trucks and cars to maneuver dangerously tight curves to get onto Sunrise Valley Drive. Otto Konrad, 7-Eleven’s attorney, said that talks between the property owners have stalled.

Shane Murphy, JGB Smith’s legal representative, said JBG Smith is willing to work with the owners of 7-Eleven to secure access to an easement.

Carter said maintaining access between the two parcels is critical. “It’s the whole secret of this so-called grid of streets to work,” he said.

It’s not the first time development plans for the site have changed. Reston Heights was first approved for 498 residential units, 245,000 square feet of retail and 430,000 square feet of office space. Since then, the number of buildings has been scaled back.

The Planning Commission votes on the project on May 8.

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Friday Morning Notes

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Candidates Discuss Plans — Candidates running for the seat of Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins answered questions posed by Greater Greater Washington. Topics explored include transportation, diversifying housing stock and affordable housing. [Greater Greater Washington]

Volunteers Needed for Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival — The Greater Reston Arts Center is looking for around 500 volunteers to help organize the festival, which takes place next weekend on May 17 through May 19. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Les Miserables Performances Continue This Weekend — South Lakes High School’s theatre group continues performances through Saturday at the school’s auditorium. Shows today and tomorrow start at 7 p.m. [South Lakes High School]

Photo by Marjorie Copson


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