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by Karen Goff March 31, 2014 at 9:30 am 0

Reston founder Robert E. Simon next to statue of his likeness.This week kicks off the heart of the many celebrations in honor of founder Robert E. Simon’s 100th birthday and Reston’s 50 anniversary.

Simon was born on April 10, 1914, and in 1960 had a vision of starting a “new town” where there were only cow pastures near the new airport on the Fairfax-Loudoun County line.

Today, Reston is home to about 60,000 people — and many thousands more as expected to move here as Reston prepares to fully realize its “Live, Work, Play” vision with the opening of the Silver Line Metro this year.

Reston Now will have ongoing coverage of festivities this week, but meanwhile, check out this interview with Simon from Sunday’s Washington Post.

Things to do to offer your best wishes

Saturday: Founder’s Day Celebration, noon to 3 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza

Come to the plaza for tributes from local dignitaries such as Sen. Tim Kaine and Rep. Gerry Connolly, musical performances, and, of course, birthday cake. Free.

Saturday:  A Toast to Reston and Its Founder, 8 p.m., Reston Community Center Hunters Woods

Limited tickets are available for this VIP reception and screening of The Reston Story  movie. Visit Reston Celebrates for more information.

April 7: 50 Trees for 50 Years Arbor Day Celebration, 9:30 a.m., Walker Nature Center

Join in and plant 50 commemorative trees in various locations around Reston. Volunteers will be treated to a celebratory pizza lunch at the Walker Nature Center after the planting. Contact Ha Brock at [email protected] or 703-435-7986 to volunteer and get a location assignment. Rain or shine

April 8: Reston Association Annual Meeting, 7 p.m., Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive

The meeting announces the coming year’s goals, newly elected board members, and the past year’s accomplishments. Refreshments will be served.

April 10: Best of Reston Gala, 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency Reston

Simon will be spending his actual birthday as the co-chair of this annual event that has a goal of raising about a half-million for Cornerstones. The gala in this milestone year will surely have many memorable moments. Some tickets still available starting at $200. Visit Cornerstones for information.

Visit Celebrate Reston for a complete calendar of upcoming events.

by Karen Goff March 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0

Robert E. SimonThe series of events marking Reston founder Robert E. Simon’s 100th birthday kicks off this weekend with a musical tribute by the Reston Community Orchestra.

Simon will turn 100 on April 10, and Reston is marking the occasion — along with Reston’s 50th anniversary with many celebrations. The full list can be found at Reston Celebrates.

RCO’s show, Innovation! A Tribute to Robert E. Simon, is Sunday at 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods.

The performance is billed as “music as progressive and inventive as the community we share.”

The orchestra will perform works including Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra; Albéric Magnard’s Suite in the Ancient Style, Op. 2; and Bela Bartok’s Suite No. 2 for Orchestra Op. 4. 

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Another musical tribute will be held on Sunday, March 23, when the the Reston Chorale presents Reston’s 50th: Celebrating the Vision and the Visionary.

The performance, 4 p.m. at South Lakes High School, will feature the premiere of The Essential Life by acclaimed composer Donald McCullough.

Simon was a founding member of the chorale in 1967.

For more information, call 703-834-0079, email [email protected] and visit www.RestonChorale.org.

Tickets are now on sale online for $30/adult; $25/Seniors (62+) and Students (13 – 17).

by Karen Goff February 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm 0

Reston founder Robert E. Simon next to statue of his likeness.Reston’s milestone year is here, and now there is one spot to find all the celebration news.

Reston Celebrates is now live as the community prepares for founder Bob Simon’s 100th birthday and Reston’s 50th anniversary this spring.

Celebrations for the big 50/100 events begin in March and continue with Founders Day on April 5 and the Best of Reston Gala on April 10, which is Simon’s birthday.

Organizations supporting the 50/100 events are Reston Community Center, Reston Association, Reston Historic Trust/Reston Museum, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Hospital Center/Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Cornerstones, Reston Town Center, and Myers Public Relations, which is hosting the  RestonCelebrates.org website.

Visit the website to see the full lineup of events, which will include a performance by the Reston Community Orchestra and a screening of the film “The Reston Story,” among others.

Photo courtesy of Reston 50/100.

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