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What’s Open, What’s Closed on Labor Day

As we head into Labor Day weekend, here’s a look at some area closing for the holiday. 

Public schools, libraries, county offices, the county’s animal shelter, Circuit Court, General District Court, and Reston Community Center will be closed.

Fairfax Connector bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule. The Metrorail system will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will also run on a Sunday schedule. Parking will be free at Metro parking facilities and off-peak fares will be in effect. Metrobus will also run on a Sunday schedule.

Most county parks will be open. Frying Pan Farm Park is open but the visitor’s center will be closed. Reston Association offices, including the Central Services Facility and the Walker Nature Center, will also be closed, but RA pools will be open on Labor Day weekend. 

The hours of pools are as follows:

  • North Shore heated pool & spa: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ridge Heights heated pool: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Lake Newport 50-meter pool: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All Reston Association offices, including the Nature House and Central Services Facility, will be closed Monday, Sept. 3.

Photo via DKrebs Via Flickr Creative Commons

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Labor Day Notes

Enjoy the Holiday Today! — Remember, many facilities including Fairfax County government offices are closed today. [Fairfax County]

Labor Day Festival On Tap — The annual Herndon Labor Day Festival on the Town Green (777 Lynn St.), from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature Virginia wine tastings, craft beers, live music, a craft show, food vendors, lawn games and more. [Reston Now]

Sunday Morning Gas Leak Disrupts Neighborhood — Fairfax County hazmat units reported to the area of Glade Drive and Marginella Drive at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday for a gas leak. The road was shut down while repair work was done. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Instagram]

Deon King Joins Browns’ Practice Squad — The South Lakes High School alumnus was released by the Cleveland Browns during their last wave of roster cuts Saturday; however, he was signed to the team’s practice squad the following day. [Cleveland Browns]

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What’s Going On Around Reston This Weekend?

It’s the end-of-summer party known as Labor Day Weekend. Over the next three-plus days, there will be plenty of chances to get out and give summer its well-deserved sendoff.

There are several marquee events in the area this weekend, beginning with the kickoff of the JamBrew series tonight in Herndon. Aslin Beer Co. will be pouring frosty mugs, Weird Brothers Coffee will be offering tasty drinks, Lake Anne Brew House/Nordic Knot Pretzels “will be vending fresh baked soft pretzels to the masses,” and there will be much more. Live music will be offered from DJ Cihad, Todd Wright and Tammy Gann, and Turtle Recall. The free event is slated for 6-10 p.m. at the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn St.).

(Lake Anne Plaza’s Jazz & Blues Festival has been canceled due to rain in the forecast.)

Over at Lake Anne Plaza, the 11th annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival will go down from 1-9 p.m. Saturday. The lineup of musicians for the festival includes many well-known names in the local music community. The eight hours of music will include performances by Cheick Hamala Dibaté, Sam Gunderson, John Lee & Michael Pavone, Integriti Reeves, Mykle Lyons (sextet), Gigi MacClaughlin, Kriss Funn and Crush Funk Brass.

On Monday in Herndon, the town’s annual Labor Day Festival will feature Virginia wine tastings, craft beers, live music, a craft show, food vendors, lawn games and more. Eight craft brewers will offer tastings, and eight wineries are participating as well. There will also be live music throughout the event and much more. Admission for those participating in sampling wine and beer will be $20, which includes a glass for wine and three complimentary beer tastings. Anyone who won’t be purchasing alcoholic beverages will be admitted for $5, and children 12 and under will be admitted free. The event is slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn St.).

The weekend weather forecast calls for a chance of rain Saturday, a partly sunny day Sunday and then a gorgeous Labor Day holiday. Get out there and make the most of it!

Listed below are some other events that will also be taking place this holiday weekend.

(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)

  • Reston Association is hosting a chartered bus trip to the National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday. All ages are welcome, but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $18 for RA members and $23 for non-members. The bus will depart from RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive) at 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration can be done through Webtrac, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 703-435-6577.
  • Reston Association will have four pools — Lake Audubon, Lake Newport, North Shore and Ridge Heights — open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. North Shore and Ridge Heights will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day; Lake Audubon and Lake Newport will be open from noon to 7 p.m.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Lake Anne is also hosting Sunday Yoga on the Plaza each week, at 9:30 a.m.
  • Surf Reston is offering the chance to paddleboard to the sounds of the Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Advance registration is required. In addition, there will be SUP yoga from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Unitarian Universalist Church (1625 Wiehle Ave.) will show the film “A Five-Star Life” tonight beginning at 8:30 p.m., preceded at 8 p.m. by a social and snack opportunity.
  • Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include: Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) from 7-10 p.m every Friday and Saturday night; Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday from 6-10 p.m.
  • Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) will also have a pregame party Sunday in anticipation of that evening’s college football game between Virginia Tech and West Virginia at FedExField. The restaurant will also charter a bus to the game, leaving at 3:30 p.m., with tickets starting at $29.99. (Note: That price only includes the ride and the party, not tickets to the game itself.)
  • Kalypso’s Sports Tavern (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music from Olivia & The Mates tonight from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and from Sam Gunderson during those hours Saturday night.
  • Mr. Knick Knack will provide “unique, heart-centered music” for children Monday from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Reston Town Center pavilion. Parking will be free at the Town Center for the Labor Day holiday.
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$50K from Firefighters’ ‘Fill the Boot’ Campaign Will Go to Hurricane Harvey Aid

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue’s 2017 “Fill the Boot” campaign, its annual fundraiser for the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association, is this weekend.

The Labor Day tradition, which has been going on for more than 35 years, raises hundreds of thousands each year for MDA. This year, some of that money will go to another very important cause.

“This week members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, along with the rest of the world, watched devastation unfold in Texas,” reads a press release issued Thursday morning. “We knew that we wanted to do something to help. The staff at the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and National MDA also felt that need. With that in mind a recommendation was made that, for municipalities interested, a portion of ‘Fill the Boot’ money should go to a disaster relief fund.”

Fairfax County has decided that $50,000 of the money it raises in this year’s effort will go toward the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

The campaign will take place Friday through Monday, and drivers are asked to watch for uniformed firefighters with apparatus on display at controlled intersections all over the county.

Last year, Fire and Rescue reports that the $521,509 it raised through the campaign was the most among any department in the United States and Canada — an accomplishment it says it has achieved in eight of the past 10 years.

According to the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association, funding it receives goes toward:

  • The annual weeklong MDA Children’s Summer Camp, where kids from 6 to 17 years old can have a “typical” camp experience with their peers. They enjoy swimming, boating, zip line, crafts, a talent show and many other activities all tailored to their specific disability. This week also provides a respite for the families from the sometimes 24-hour-a-day job of caring for a special needs child. This camp is provided free of charge for the families.
  • The MDA clinic at Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center. This “one-stop shop” allows those with neuromuscular disease to see all of their specialists, such as their cardiologist, neurologist, pulmonologist, occupational therapist and many others in one location. This alleviates the need to make appointments and travel throughout the D.C. area to the many medical professionals that they see on a regular basis.
  • Research at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University.
  • Programs designed to help people with neuromuscular disease live, go to school and work independently.

For more information about the work of the MDA, visit its website.

Image courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

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Herndon Labor Day Festival To Feature Wineries, Craft Beer, Live Music, More

If you’re looking for fun during the coming Labor Day Weekend, you might look no further than downtown Herndon.

The annual Herndon Labor Day Festival has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday, Sept. 4. The event on the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn St.) will feature Virginia wine tastings, craft beers, live music, a craft show, food vendors, lawn games and more.

Admission for those participating in sampling wine and beer will be $20, which includes a glass for wine and three complimentary beer tastings. (Additional beer tastings will be $2 each.) Anyone who won’t be purchasing alcoholic beverages will be admitted for $5, and children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Live music at the event will include performances by:

  • 11 a.m.: Acoustic Soul, classic rock and blues duo
  • Noon: Wild the Waters, American music
  • 1 p.m.: The Janglebachs, a Woodstock tribute
  • 2:30 p.m.: Gary Smallwood, rural contemporary music
  • 3:30 p.m.: Speed of Sound, the Paul McCartney experience

Participating wineries will be 868 Estate Vineyards, Cobbler Mountain Cider, Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Winery, Narmada, Rebec Vineyards, Rodgers Ford Farm Winery and Two Twisted Posts. Craft beers will be offered by Apocalypse Ale Works, Blue Mountain Brewery, Brothers Craft Brewing, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Forge Brew Works, Pale Fire Brewing Company, SmartMouth Brewing Company and Tröegs Independent Brewing.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided by Casero Creations, Island Smoothie, Guapo’s, The Tender Rib and Zabb Thai Restaurant.

For more information about this and other future events in Herndon, follow the town’s Parks & Recreation Department on Facebook.

File photo courtesy Town of Herndon

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Monday Morning Notes

Enjoy the Eclipse! — Remember to keep your eyes safe as you check out the celestial display this afternoon. If you take any photos during the event, share them with us at [email protected] and we will consider publishing them this afternoon. [Fairfax County/YouTube]

New Labor Day Pool Hours — Lake Audubon, Lake Newport, North Shore and Ridge Heights pools will be open Labor Day weekend, until 7 p.m. each day. [Reston Association]

In-Custody Death at Adult Detention Center — A 46-year-old male inmate was found unresponsive at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, and he was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at Fairfax Hospital. An investigation is underway. [Fairfax County Police Department]

School Board Candidates’ Forum This Week — A special election to fill the vacant At-Large seat on the Fairfax County School Board is Aug. 29. A candidate forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area, is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McLean High School. [LWVFA]

Reston Station Building Lights Get Thumbs Up — Last week, we asked what you think about the new lighting on the 1900 Metro Plaza building. Nearly three-fifths of our readers said they like the color-changing display; while only about a quarter said they don’t. [Reston Now]

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Weekend Fun: Herndon Labor Day Festival

Herndon Labor Day Festival/Credit: Town Of Herndon

Downtown Herndon is the place to be Monday, Sept. 5 for all kinds of adult beverages as well as some family fun.

The annual Herndon Labor Day Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Herndon Town Green, 777 Lynn St.

The highlights of the day include wine and craft brew tastings, where local winemakers and brewers will have samples for you that are included in the $20 admission. Additional beer tastings can be purchased for $2 a ticket.

Additionally, there will be music, a craft show, booths with merchandise and information from sponsors and delicious food vendors.

Here is the live entertainment schedule:
11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Acoustic Soul, Classic Rock and Blues Duo
Noon to 1 p.m. – Houk Robinson, Acoustic Top 40 Duo
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – English Channel, 60’s and 70’s Brit Rock/Pop
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Sweet Yonder, Bluegrass Inspired Americana
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Gringo Jingo, Santana Tribute Band

Admission:

Wine, Craft Brew Tastings and Entertainment – $20
(ID required to purchase tastings)
Concert only or designated driver – $5
Additional beer tastings – $2 per ticket

More info:

  • Cash only at gate
  • Children 12 and under free
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Wine and craft beer tasting and selling of open containers ends at 4 p.m.

Photo: Herndon Labor Day Festival/file photo, Town of Herndon

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Save the Date: Big Bash at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern Sept. 4

Jimmy's Old Town TavernJimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon will be showing its patriotism — and throwing a big party — Labor Day weekend.

Jimmy’s 9/11 Memorial Ride and Party in the Alley  on Saturday, Sept. 4 is an all-day event at Jimmy’s, 697 Spring St., but patrons are invited to take part in all or just some of it.

Here’s what’s happening:

Jimmy’s Opens at 8 a.m.

The Outdoor Party in the Alley begins at noon with a All-U-Can-Eat Pig Roast Buffet, a special a la carte menu and live music indoors outdoors. There is no cover charge.

The pig roast buffet includes Slow-Cooked Pig, Beef Brisket, Grilled Chicken, Burgers, Dogs, Baked Beans, Slaw, Potato Salad, Corn-on-the-Cob, Jimmy’s BBQ Sauce and more. It’s all-you-can-eat. Adults, $20; kids, $8.

The tavern is also sponsoring a motorcycle ride to Quantico National Cemetery. That begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast. The bikes will depart at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., the group will place American Flags on veterans’ graves.

The cemetery visit will be followed by a visit to the U.S. Marine Crops Museum and Murlarkey Distillery, Bristow.

Cost: $30 per rider, which includes full breakfast buffet, an awesome ride, the pig roast and more.

Here is the schedule for musical entertainment:

Outdoors:

  • 12:00 p.m. – Open Jam with Brian Symmes
  • 2:00 p.m. – Dedline
  • 4:00 p.m. – Poker Run Awards with Jimmy!
  • 4:20 p.m. – Performance of the National Anthem featuring Kimmy Holland
  • 4:30 p.m. – JOTT-O Blues Band
  • 6:00 p.m. – Theycallmepiano
  • 7:00 p.m. – Unsullied
  • 8:30 p.m. – The Roadducks

Indoors:

  • 12:00 p.m. – The “Best Of” Open Mic Hosted by Andrew Lee!
  • 8:30 p.m. – Nigel Brewer’s Tribute to the Fallen
  • 9:00 p.m. – Soul Craft
  • 10:30 p.m. – Johnny Rushmore Band

(Band lineups and times subject to change without notice)

Proceeds from the day benefit the Firefighters Fund of Fairfax County & the Herndon Fraternal Order of Police. For more details contact Jimmy at 703-470-4014 or [email protected].

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Labor Day Weekend Picks: Wine, Jazz and ABBA

Adrian Duke at Lake Anne/File photo It’s summer’s last stand this weekend. If you are sticking around, there are a couple of big events to put on your calendar.

The Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival takes place Saturday from 1 to 9:30 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. See this previous Reston Now story for the full lineup of performers at the free event.

Virginia-based pianist, composer and singer Adrian Duke is the festival headliner. His set begins at 7 p.m.

On Monday, the Herndon Labor Day Festival is happening on the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn Street) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival will include Virginia wine tastings, craft beers, live music, a craft show, sponsor gallery, and delicious food vendors.

The festival features Dancing Dream, an ABBA tribute band, on the green at 3:30 p.m.

Admission

Wine, Craft Brew Tastings and Entertainment – $20
(ID required to purchase tastings)
Concert only or designated driver – $5
Extra beer tastings – $2 per ticket

  • Cash only at gate; Children 12 and under free
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Wine and craft beer tasting and selling of open containers  ends at 4 p.m.

2015 Participating Virginia Wineries

  • Cardamon Family Vineyards
  • Chateau O’Brien
  • Desert Rose Ranch and Winery
  • Horton Vineyards
  • Mattaponi Winery
  • Mountain Cove Vineyards
  • Rebec Vineyards
  • Rogers Ford Farm Winery
  • Thistle Gate Vineyard
  • Two Twisted Posts Winery

Featured Craft Beers

  • Forge Brew Works, Belgian Blonde
  • Mad Fox Brewery, Kӧlsch
  • South Street Brewery, Satan’s Pony – Amber Ale
  • O’Conner Brewing Co., El Guapo – IPA
  • Brothers Craft Brewing, Great Outdoors- Pale Ale
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Vienna Lager

Food Vendors

  • International Grill
  • Island Smoothies and Coffee
  • JR’s Italian Ice
  • Rito Loco
  • Sherri’s Crab Cakes
  • Tender Rib

Photo: Adrian Duke at previous Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival/file photo

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What’s Open, Closed on Labor Day

Flags at North County Government Center

Monday, Sept. 7 is Labor Day. Here is a look at some of the area closings for the holiday:

Most Fairfax County Parks are open. Frying Pan Park is open but the visitors center is closed.

Reston Community Centers at Hunters Woods and Lake Anne are closed.

Fairfax County Public Libraries are closed Sunday and Monday

Fairfax County courts are closed.

To see more county services, visit Fairfax County’s holiday schedule page.

Banks and the U.S. Post Office are closed.

Reston Association offices are closed.

Reston Association pools are on a holiday schedule (and it is the last day for all but Ridge Heights and North Shore Pools. See pool hours on RA’s website.

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Afternoon Poll: Travel for Labor Day or Stay in Reston?

Beltway Traffic/Credit: BethesdaNow.comAAA Mid-Atlantic says that 850,700 Washington-area residents will head out of town for Labor Day weekend.

Despite low gas prices ($2.69 to $2.73 per gallon in Reston, according to Gas Buddy.com), that’s just a 0.4 percent increase from last year. AAA says 743,200 residents expected to drive to their vacation destinations, 62,500 expected to fly and the rest expected to take trains and other modes of transportation.

AAA says there would have been more people traveling this year, had Labor Day not fallen on Sept. 7, the latest possible day it can occur. Historically, that curtails holiday travel.

“While increasing travel volume is great news for the industry and economy, our survey shows a decidedly ‘un-laboring’ take on the Labor Day holiday,” AAA’s John Townsend II said in a press release.

“Many would rather spend the holiday at cookouts, relaxing or simply at home to avoid heavy holiday traffic congestion or additional spending, especially if they have already taken a vacation this summer.”

Plus, school starts the next day in Fairfax County.

Are you planning on hitting the road one more summer trip? Or are you staying right here and getting ready for fall?

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Enjoy Your Labor Day

Pick up soccer in the parkIt’s Labor Day. Reston Now is off, and hopefully you are too. Enjoy the de facto last day of summer.

Here is a list of what is open and what is closed today.

Federal — No mail delivery. Post offices are closed. Courts are closed.

Reston Association Pools — Late season pools are open on a weekend schedule. Check RA’s pool schedule.

Fairfax County:

County Government – Closed.

Animal Shelter – Closed

Courts – Closed.

Public Schools and School Offices – Closed.

Library – Closed Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1.

Fairfax Connector – Operating Sunday schedule on Sept. 1. Routes with Sunday service operate according to the Sunday schedule. Routes without Sunday service will not operate.

Fastran – Not in service.

Park Authority  RECenters are open to 6 p.m., except George Washington RECenter, which is closed. Historic sites are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Nature centers are open noon to 5 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; visitor center is closed. Green Spring Gardens is open noon to 4:30 p.m.; historic house is closed.

Teen and Senior Centers – Closed.

Community Centers – Closed.

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods – Closed.

Reston Community Center Lake Anne – Closed.

County Trash and Recycling Collection:

  • Private Collection Service Providers  Residents should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for service schedule changes due to the holiday.
  • Fairfax County Collection Customers: Trash and recyclables will be collected as scheduled on Monday, Sept. 1.  Please have your materials to the curb no later than 6 a.m. to ensure collection. Any questions may be directed to the Customer Service Center at 703-802-3322, TTY 711.

Recycling and Disposal Facilities:

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AAA: Close to 900K DC-Area Residents Will Travel This Weekend

Dulles Toll Road Main Plaza/Credit: MWAAIt’s Labor Day weekend, which means many Restonians are on the move.

Fourteen percent of the D.C. area’s population will be going out of town for Labor Day this weekend, says AAA Mid-Atlantic.

That’s 842,100 local residents on the local roads, rails and airways. Nine out of 10 of those traveling — 735,000 residents — will doing so by automobile, says AAA.

That number is up 0.8 percent from 2013. The lowest Labor Day weekend gas prices in four years are helping to drive the increase, an AAA spokesman said.

“It remains the preferred and cheapest mode of transportation for a couple traveling with children trying to squeeze in a memorable family getaway before the school year goes into high gear,” John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs said in a press release.

Air travel this weekend is expected to dip slightly, down 0.3 percent to 64,200 residents who will be flying out of the D.C. area. Other forms of transportation, like rail, are predicted to dip 0.5 percent to 43,100 travelers.

Are you hitting the road or staying put this weekend?

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