Honoring the Founder of Reston

photo courtesy www.patch.com

photo courtesy www.patch.com

Olivia Cochis, staff writer

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In memory of all of Robert E. Simon’s great work, people of Reston gathered at Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday 14th, from 11am to 4pm, during the 54th Anniversary of Reston celebration. His founding of Reston was a big achievement, and everyone pitched in to create a special day in appreciation. It was presented by the Reston Historic Trust Museum and sponsored by The Reston Community Center, The Reston Association, and Public Art Reston. A new exhibit was on display in the Reston Historic Trust Museum, and an art walk was sponsored by Public Art of Reston. On this perfectly sunny day, many groups performed. Local elementary school student choirs and the Reston Chorale sang popular tunes, and local SACC programs performed dance routines, while bands played. The Color Guard also made a guest appearance.

To go along with the music, they had cotton candy stands and a skyrocketing ice cream-parlor which was perfect for it being the hottest day of the year. Their were moon-bounces, face painting, and book and art talks for the young kids entertainment. They also had bricks on sale that you could personalize a special message into and then engrave it into the ground on Lake Anne Plaza. Along with Lake Anne Plaza’s incredible view, many people took the opportunity to take photos with the iconic statue-bench.

Overall, this event brought Reston together, and had much success. Look forward to getting involved and participating for next year’s Founder’s Day on April, 6, 2019.