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Friday Morning Notes

A new home — Global construction firm Bechtel Corp. will move its headquarters from San Francisco to Reston by the end of the year, bidding farewell to its base of operations for the first time in more than 100 years. [The Washington Post]

Fifth annual ‘Chalk on the Water’ festival is this weekend — “Public Art Reston, in collaboration with Friends of Lake Anne, will present Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne, the annual chalk festival at Lake Anne Plaza. Public Art Reston is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding.” [Reston Community Center]

Beauty for all the senses — Reston Chorale showcased five gardens of distinction in four local neighborhoods during the annual Gardens of Note event. [The Connection]

Fired up about fireworks — Lake Fairfax Park will host its annual fireworks show on June 30. As soon as the skies darken, fireworks will light up the sky. [Fairfax County Parks Authority]

PassionFish reopens — After temporarily closing for renovations, the restaurant in Reston Town Center is now open. [PassionFish]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Tour Reston’s ‘Gardens of Note’ to Benefit Reston Chorale

A handful of Reston’s private residential gardens will be on display for one day during the Reston Chorale’s second “Gardens of Note” tour on June 2.

Ticket-holders will be able to visit five gardens in Reston neighborhoods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A garden party will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit Reston Chorale.

“Early June is the perfect time of the year to enjoy beautiful gardens, and the tour is also an ideal opportunity to connect with our wonderful community,” says tour chair, Kathleen Driscoll. “We received so much positive feedback about the first Gardens of Note tour last year. Visitors were enthused by the landscapes, the music, and spending time with old and new friends while exploring Reston’s neighborhoods.”

As described by organizers, the tour includes the following gardens:

  • The Guilfoyle garden in UplandsFilled with the owner’s well-chosen plantings, seating, and art, the garden has been a magnet for friends, family, and neighbors over the years.
  • The Bitzer garden in South Lakes – Designed by its owner to encircle the home with perennials, shrubs, and trees that enhance the enviable views beyond.
  • The Gohn garden in Hunters WoodsSwaths of shrubs and perennials and new plantings of native varieties in an established, treed landscape.
  • The Mansfield garden in Hunters WoodsA garden of new hardscapes and plantings installed in 2017, curving around the home and complementing a woodland backdrop.
  • The Rhoads garden in North PointFeaturing a professionally installed sloping stream and pond, plus a new hardscape to address run-off, along with a multitude of spreading perennials.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 on tour day. They can be purchased online or in-person at Mayflowers in Reston Town Center, Long and Foster (2100 Reston Parkway) or Chesapeake Chocolates, Wines Gifts & More in Lake Anne Village Center.

Tours are self-guided and visitors can decide which tour to start with using a map provided by organizers. The garden party following tours will include ensemble performances by members of The Reston Chorale, guided tours of the property and remarks from landscape designers.

Organizers are seeking volunteers for two-hour shifts as garden greeters. Volunteers receive a free ticket for the tour and garden party. Those interested can email [email protected].

Photo via Reston Chorale

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Thursday Morning Notes

‘BrouHaHa’ Returns to Reston — For one night only, Happenstance Theater Company will bring the funny and poignant show “BrouHaha” back to CenterStage at the Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road). RCC staff describe the show as “a funny and poetic escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like ‘La Strada’ and ‘The Seventh Seal,’ and the existential comedy of Samuel Beckett.” The curtain rises at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. [Reston Community Center]

Police: Herndon Shoplifter Fights Officer — Police say a 48-year-old Fairfax County woman started a physical fight with the officer who tried to detain her when she was caught trying to steal merchandise from a Kohl’s department store in Herndon on Tuesday. The incident earned her a trip to jail, and charges of grand larceny and resisting arrest. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Reston Chorale Plans 50th-Anniversary Retrospective — In celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary, the Reston Chorale will present a special concert entitled “A Season to Remember” this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive). Musical numbers will include past favorites as well as works composed especially for The Reston Chorale. Alumni and friends of the group are invited to bring sheet music and join in for Handel’s “Messiah.” Adult tickets range from $20-$30. Youth under 17 and active military are free, but need to reserve tickets. [Reston Chorale]

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Tour Some of Reston’s ‘Gardens of Note’ to Benefit Chorale

Some of Reston’s most beautiful private gardens will be on display for one day only when the Reston Chorale’s “Gardens of Note” tour kicks off on June 3.

The event benefits the Reston Chorale.

Five gardens spread out over three Reston neighborhoods will be part of the tour.

“Selected with the help of the Reston Garden Club, the five private gardens feature intriguing plantings, hardscapes, water features, and surprises.  All of these properties have successfully faced the challenges of gardening in Reston such as slopes, erosion, clay soil, shade and deer,” organizers said in a press release.

The gardens featured on the tour will include, as described by organizers:

  • The O’Connor garden in the North Point neighborhood, a newly created design and installation completed in October 2016 by Hidden Lane Landscaping.
  • The Haukness garden in North Point, ideally framing their waterfront location with a design created by Hidden Lane Landscaping in 2003.
  • The Carson garden, established with the owner’s dedication, replete with plantings and features, in the Dogwood neighborhood.
  • The Wulff garden, with unique structures and plantings on the front grade of their custom-built home near the lake in the South Lakes neighborhood.
  • The Bond garden in the South Lakes neighborhood, a sanctuary created over time with the homeowners’ talented touch and gardening skills.  

Tours are self-conducted and can be taken at one’s own pace between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. A map will be given at the visitor’s first stop, and visitors must transport themselves between the five stops. Those who purchase their tickets before June 2 can have a map mailed to them in advance of the event.

Following the tours, an open house will be conducted by Hidden Lane Landscaping in Herndon from 4 to 6 p.m., with light refreshments and music by the Reston Chorale.

Tickets are $20 and benefit the Reston Chorale.

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What’s Going On Around Reston This Weekend?

Reston sign

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here is a sampling of what’s available in Reston:

  • The Virginia Polar Dip is Saturday at Lake Anne Plaza. Registration starts at noon, with the event itself scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine.
  • Events at Reston Town Center this weekend include a handmade Valentine card workshop, a pre-Valentine cooking class at Il Fornaio, a wine tasting and more.
  • A pub crawl is slated for 2-6 p.m. Saturday, beginning at World of Beer (1888 Explorer St.). The event is to support the Fairfax Boxing Club.
  • An open house is scheduled for The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Ave.) from noon-2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) has a Sunday Afternoon Dance and a Sunday Country Western Dance both slated for this weekend.
  • Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) will offer a workshop, Career in the Arts: Opportunities for Visually Creative People, Saturday evening.
  • The Reston Chorale will present Camerata: Inside Out at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) on Sunday afternoon.
  • Art exhibitions “CUT” and “Springtime in Winter” remain on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) and Reston Art Gallery & Studios (11400 Washington Plaza W.), respectively.
  • Tom Saputo and Friends will play at Café Montmarte tonight.
  • Kalypso’s will have musical guests New Dominion Band tonight and DJ Kram on Saturday.
  • Wuayra Peruvian Silver Jewelry will have a pop-up shop in collaboration with Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) this weekend.
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Friday Morning Notes

Christmas tree at Reston Town Center

Metro Aware of Track Problems Before Silver Line Derailment, NTSB Says — Metro was aware of track issues that could cause cause a derailment before a Silver Line train went off the tracks outside of the East Falls Church Metro station in July, according to the he National Transportation Safety Board. [Washington Post]

Reston Chorale and Symphonic Brass to Hold Holiday Concert This Weekend — The Washington Symphonic Brass is set once again to join the Reston Chorale for their annual holiday concert. The performance is scheduled for Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at CenterStage at RCC Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road). Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors 62 and older. Military personnel and children 17 years old and younger are free. [Reston Community Center]

South Lakes to Face Westfield in Finals Saturday — South Lakes High School’s varsity football team is set take on defending state champion Westfield High School tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Region 6A Finals. The winner of this game will go on to the state finals in Hampton. South Lakes is currently ranked No. 5, and Westfield is ranked No. 10. [Washington Post]

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Begin This Weekend — Reston Town Center will start having horse-drawn carriage rides this Saturday. They generally will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Pickup is in front of Clyde’s on Market Street. A donation of $5 per person, to benefit local charities, is asked of any riders age 5 and older. [Reston Town Center]

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Letter: Thanks From the Reston Chorale

chorale1This is a letter to the editor from the Reston Chorale. Something on your mind? Send a letter or op-ed to [email protected]

To the Editor:

On the Friday before Independence Day, nine large boxes from The Reston Chorale reached a platoon of American soldiers stationed halfway around the world.

They contained a Fourth of July Party-in-a-Box, hand-made thank you cards, snacks and sports equipment, health and hygiene products, books, games, DVDs and more — even the fixings for s’mores.

All of these items were generously donated to The Reston Chorale’s Care Packages for the Troops Drive — part of our annual Star-Spangled Sing-Along at Reston Town Center on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Now in its second year, this drive has delivered 650 pounds of donated goods for American soldiers serving overseas.

This year, our care package donations were combined with support from the USO to create a memorable Fourth of July celebration for a large platoon serving far from home.  As you can see from some of the photos and messages we received, they were very happy to receive them:

We can’t express our gratitude enough!  You have made this a great 4th of July for all the troops here.

Several people said they forgot [where they were] for a few hours due to all the decorations, snacks and various items from home.

The Reston Chorale extends our sincere thanks to Reston Town Center andCharm City Concierge for their logistical support; the employees of CACI National Security Solutions (NSS) and NSS Tetra, comScore, Inc., and Gate Gourmet for supporting the campaigns in the workplace; members of Girl Scout Troop #3649 for providing dozens of Girl Scout Cookies, and the volunteers, members and friends of The Reston Chorale for their ongoing support.  We also wish to thank Northrop Grumman for enabling The Reston Chorale to launch this effort in 2015.

Because of such strong support, men and women serving our country know they are remembered, and that our community is truly grateful for their service and sacrifice.

With sincere thanks,

Ruth Overton
President, The Reston Chorale

Photo courtesy Reston Chorale

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Reston Chorale Honors Armed Forces at Concert Saturday

house flagThe Reston Chorale will be marking Memorial Day with a special Star-Spangled Sing-Along Saturday at 2 p.m. at Reston Town Center.

This free family event salutes the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The event will be held rain or shine.

The event will include patriotic music, activities for children and a care package drive for troops deployed overseas. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring items to donate for the care packages.

Suggested care package items:

  • Single-serve, sealed powdered drink mixes and snack packs, such as flip-top canned fruit, jerky, tuna pouches, sunflower seeds, cookies, crackers, gum, individually wrapped hard candy, etc.
  • Non-aerosol, unscented toiletries, including travel-size lip balm, lotion, antibacterial wipes, baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Comfort items (hand-held fans and misters with batteries, insect-repellent wipes with DEET, bandannas, etc.)
  • Fun stuff (hand-held games and batteries, puzzle books, playing cards, foam balls, water pistols, flying rings/disks, etc.)
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Reston to Get an Encore Chorale

David Lang/Credit: Reston ChoraleSeniors who like to sing: Reston is getting a new outpost of a nationally recognized chorale program.

The Encore Chorale, which grew from study on creative aging and an idea from DC’s Levine School of Music about 15 years ago, will start a 14th regional group at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods in September.

Encore Chorale of Reston is for singers 55 and older. It will be under the direction of David Brian Lang, conductor of the Reston Chorale.

There are no auditions for the Encore Chorale of Reston, singers may be seated for rehearsals and performances, and rehearsals are held during daylight hours.

Encore Chorale says it is for evertone: “If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have never sung outside the shower.”

Weekly rehearsals will be held at the RCC Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 1. The first two rehearsals, on Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, will be held at an alternate location, the Reston Community Center Lake Anne, due to unavailability at Hunters Woods those weeks.

After 15 weeks of rehearsal, Encore Chorales perform free concerts for friends, family and the community, at large, high profile venues. The highlight of the holiday season for the last seven years has been the Dec. 23 concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which features more than 200 Encore singers on the Millennium Stage.

Registration opens Aug. 1 for Reston residents (Aug. 8 for non-residents). Contact Cheri Danaher, RCC Arts Education Director at 703-390-6175 or [email protected] to register.

Tuition is $160.00 for Reston residents/$240.00 for non-Reston residents.

Photo: David Brian Lang/Courtesy Reston Chorale

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Saturday: Reston Chorale’s Patriotic Sing-Along

American Flag/file photoThe Reston Chorale will be saluting America’s troops and honoring those who serve with a patriotic sing-along in Reston Town Center Pavilion on Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

If you are planning to participate, not that The Reston Chorale is also collecting items for care packages to send to troops deployed overseas.

Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of items such as:

Single-serve, sealed powdered drink mixes and snack packs (flip-top canned fruit, jerky, tuna pouches, sunflower seeds, cookies, crackers, gum, individually wrapped hard candy, etc.)

Non-aerosol, unscented toiletries (lip balm, lotion, antibacterial wipes, baby wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste,deodorant, sunscreen, etc.);

Paperback books and magazines (mysteries, action, drama, science fiction books and sports, news, entertainment, travel or nature magazines);

Comfort items (hand-held fans and misters with non-lithium batteries, insect-repellent wipes, bandannas, etc.),

Hand-held games and non-lithium batteries, puzzle books, playing cards, Nerf balls, water guns, Frisbees, Yo-yos.

For more information, visit www.restonchorale.org or call 703.834.0079.

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