Founders Week Continues With Weekend Fun


Founders Week 2016 is working towards its big finish this weekend. Here’s what is on tap as Reston continues celebrating the life of its late founder Robert E. Simon Jr.:

Friday, April 8

The Rhythmic Circus at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 9

Founders Day Celebration, Lake Anne Plaza, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the Reston Historic Trust and Museum to celebrate Robert E. Simon and the community. Founder’s Day will feature a 50-foot Ferris wheel sponsored by Reston Association (RA); children’s activities; children’s art projects in cooperation with the Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR); musical entertainment for all ages provided by local artists and schools; guided walks around Lake Anne Plaza in cooperation with IPAR and RA; and remarks by local elected officials. 

Zachary Oxman, sculptor of “Bronze Bob,” will be on the plaza in front of the Reston Museum Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to demonstrate how he made the iconic statue. He will have videos, pictures, and welding equipment that you can try on. Bring your favorite photo of Bronze Bob.

Movie ScreeningFun, Beauty and Fantasy: Reston’s Public Art, RCC Lake Anne. Showings every 15 minutes from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. This 15-minute film by Reston’s Rebekah Wingert-Jabi includes historic footage and information about the sculptures and fountains at Lake Anne and Reston Town Center, as well as the mosaic work at the Glade Drive underpass.

Sunday, April 10

A Gift to Bob’s Community, Hyatt Regency Reston, 2 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the life of Robert E. Simon, Jr. with the Audubon Quartet, a short film about his life created by Storycatcher Productions, and stories of his times and experiences. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required. Call CenterStage Box Office at 703-476-4500, and Press 3. There is a limit of 4 reservations per household.

Mercury Fountain Celebration, Reston Town Center, 4:30 p.m.

Following the Bob Simon Celebration at the Hyatt, join the community to turn on the Mercury Fountain for the 2016 season. Music, refreshments, family fun, and a brief dedication.

Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA, Reston Town Center Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a free screening of the documentary film about Reston. Bring blankets or chairs for seating.


Founders Week: Best of Reston Gala is Thursday

Founders Week continues today with one of Reston’s biggest events of the year — the 25th Annual Best of Reston Awards Gala.

The awards honor Reston individuals and businesses for their commitment to community service. The gala is also the largest fundraiser of the year for Cornerstones, which has a goal of raising $500,000 from this year’s event.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. gala at the Hyatt Regency Reston may still be available. Individual seats start at $200.

Here are this year’s awardees:

Individual Community Leaders, Reston Association Tennis Coach Jim Elder and Reston Community Center Executive Director Leila Gordon.

Small Business Leaders, Beloved Yoga and Wiygul Automotive Clinic

Corporate Business Leaders, Bechtel and Google

Civic Community Organization, Friends of Reston for Community Projects

Vade Bolton-Anne Rodriguez Legacy Award, Amy’s Amigos

See more on the honorees in this previous post.

Reston is honoring founder Robert E. Simon all this week. Simon, who died in September, would have been 1o2 on April 10. See more Founders Week info and events.

Photo: Best of Reston 2015/Credit: Chip McRea


Founders Week Continues With Lecture on Reston’s Impact

 Reston’s Founders Week continues on Wednesday with this seminar:

The Future of the American Suburb: Lessons from Reston by Patrick Phillips, CEO of Urban Land Institute (ULI) at RCC Lake Anne, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Free.

People who attend will hear about the impact Reston has had on suburban development. Phillips will discuss the special characteristics of Reston that have been influential in shaping other suburban communities across the U.S.

Organizers such as Reston Association, The Reston Historic Trust and Reston Community Center have expanded Reston’s traditional Founders Day into Founders Week for 2016. Reston founder Robert E. Simon died in September at age 101, and holding a whole week of tributes and events is a great way to honor him, organizers said.

Simon would have turned 102 on April 10.

See the entire Founders Week schedule.

Photo: Robert E. Simon/file photo


Tuesday: Founders Week Continues With Public Art Film

Wooden Horse/Courtesy Eve Thompson

Restonians will be honoring Reston founder Robert E. Simon with activities all this week.

Here is today’s featured event:

Documentary Screening: Levitated Mass By Doug Pray at RCC Hunters Woods, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5. Free. This is the story of how a work of public art captivated Los Angeles in 2012. IPAR developed this documentary film. Check out this summary on Reston Community Center’s website to learn more.

See the entire Founders Week schedule.

Meanwhile, have you seen the “Wooden Horse” public art at Lake Anne Plaza? (See photo above).

The public artwork is a recreation of a piece that was built for the plaza in the 1960s.

It was removed years ago due to deterioration, but this recreation was done by South Lakes High School art teacher and Reston native Marco Rando. It’s a recreation of “Wooden Horse,” which was created for the Plaza in 1965 but eventually deteriorated. Visitors are welcome to climb on the new piece.

The public art is located at the far end of Washington Plaza West (past Heron House).


Reston Founders Week Begins Monday


Reston’s Founders Day has expanded to be Founders Week in 2016 — and it begins today.

The Reston Historic Trust, the Initiative for Public Art Reston, Reston Community Center are teaming up to properly honor Reston founder Robert E. Simon, who died in September at age 101. His 102nd birthday would have been April 10, 2016.

The celebrations will be a combo of art exhibits, films, and the traditional party on the plaza.

The community Founders Day celebration on April 9 will feature a little (and a big) something extra — the addition of a ferris wheel and a recreation of a historical piece of Reston public art.

Read this previous Reston Now story to see the full slate of events running from April 3 to 10. There will still be a big Founders Day celebration — featuring a 50-foot ferris wheel — at Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, here is Monday’s special event:

Reston: From New Town to Metro at Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market Street at Reston Town Center at at 7:30 p.m.

Join Roger K. Lewis for a lecture and champagne/dessert reception from Red Velvet Cupcakery. $10 suggested donation.

Lewis, architect and professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, will deliver a lecture exploring Reston’s place in the New Town movement.


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