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Yes, chilly winds blow and snowflakes flurry down from the skies, but according to Punxsutawney Phil spring is on it’s way! The celebrity groundhog and Seer of the Seasons did NOT see his shadow, which means we get to dodge an additional six weeks of winter.

We’re welcoming the budding season with open arms here at Reston Town Center, and want to remind you of all of the fun things coming your way!

Embrace your Irish at Clyde's St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

Spring kicks-off with Clyde’s St. Patrick’s Day Party!

March

3/16 Clyde’s of Reston‘s 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

3/17 Persian New Year – Nowruz – Celebration & Festivity 

April

4/13 Walk MS 2013, produced by MS Society

4/17 R4 Collection Day – Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Reston!

4/20 Ride to Provide, presented by Lorenzo Alexander

4/21 Northern VA Kidney Walk, presented by the National Kidney Foundation 

4/27 Paul’s Ride for Life, benefits the Washington Regional Transplant Community 

4/27 – 4/28 Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival, produced by Great Grapes!

May

5/4 Pet Fiesta, produced by Gooddogz.org & Reston Dogs

5/5 March for Babies, produced by March of Dimes

5/5 Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta, produced by Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe

5/17-5/19 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, produced by Greater Reston Arts Center

June

Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

6/1 Concerts on the Town Series begins, Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association

6/2 Tour de Cure, produced by American Diabetes Association

6/9 Love Your Body – Northern Virginia Yoga and Wellness Day, produced by Beloved Yoga

6/14-6/15 Taste of Reston, produced by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

6/23 Reston Grand Prix Bicycle Races, produced by Evolution Cycling and The Bike Lane

View a full listing of Reston Town Center events at http://www.restontowncenter.com/events



Get ready to fill your tankards and sing some German folk songs; Oktoberfest is coming back to Reston Town Center October 5-7, 2012! Hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the 3-day event includes a Saturday morning 5K, food, wine & beer, a carnival, a chili cook off and live entertainment including traditional German music and dance. Whew! Sounds like a quite a weekend, so let’s get down to details, shall we?

The festival opens on Friday, October 5 at 3 pm. That means the carnival will be up and running with rides like the tilt-a-whirl and games to win fantastic prizes for the kids and the kids-at-heart who can’t resist. The food will also be underway with tasty treats like Japanese potstickers from Obi Sushi, Autumn Gnocci from Paolo’s Ristorante, Italian sausage from Il Fornaio, mac & cheese from Uno Chicago Grill, and lots more dishes from participating restaurants! (Carnival tickets will be available to purchase online soon and all-you-can-ride wristbands for Saturday morning will be available for purchase at The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce starting September 17.)

Of course the beers and wines will also be available throughout the festival. In true Oktoberfest fashion, seasonal beers like Shock Top’s Pumpkin Wheat and Dominion’s Oktoberfest  will be available along with some perennial favorites  such as Beck’s, Bud Light, and Widmer. For those who love microbrews, there will be a couple craft beers on tap near the Library Street stage! And for those poor souls who can’t or don’t like beer, Market Cellars and The Wine Cabinet will have wine available near the Pavilion!

Saturday features a few activities unique to the Oktoberfest weekend!  The morning kicks off at 8:15 am with the Anthem Pumpkin 5K, offering a quick route around Reston Town Center and the surrounding community.  The 5K is followed by the Pumpkin Smash Mile, a non-timed mile long party with Halloween costumes and tons of enthusiasm. Participants with the BEST costumes will be awarded prizes, honor and bragging rights. And lastly, the smallest ones get to decorate pumpkins and compete in the Pumpkin Dash, which also encourages fun and costumes! Online registration is open through October 2, otherwise, you can register at packet pickup on October 5, or on-site before the races on October 6.

Since the runners loop back to the Pavilion prior to Oktoberfest kicking-off, the Scrambled Legs Breakfast will be open for post-race refueling, including fall brews of course, and the carnival will open early and offer unlimited-ride wristbands!  Of course, runners are encouraged to stay and enjoy all the festivities – Oktoberfest opens at 11 am!

If you’re still hungry after the Scrambled Legs Breakfast, you won’t have to wait very long before the Guns ‘n Hoses Chili Cookoff at noon where the Police Department and the Fire Department square off in a battle of brute cooking skills. You will need to taste the competition very, very carefully before deciding on your “People’s Choice” vote. The award ceremony starts at 4 pm, so make sure you’re there when they announce the champion!

It wouldn’t be a festival without live entertainment! Traditional German music and dance will fill the streets all three days. Then at night, the Pavilion will rock out to this line up: Friday night, Gonzo’s Nose, music from the 80s to today; Saturday night, 2U, a U2 tribute band; Sunday night, Almost Journey, as you could guess, a Journey tribute band.

And, as with any great event, volunteers are always a must! If you would like to participate in the event in a slightly different way (and get a few free tickets and a tee-shirt for your efforts!) sign up here.

This is the fall festival that really has something for everybody, so come ready to drink some brews, eat good food, ride the rides and get in the autumn spirit. For ticket sales and other updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, OR, follow Oktoberfest on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you at Reston Town Center – Prost!

It’s only been a few months since Reston Town Center hosted the spring Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival, but now the cooler weather is about to set in, it’s prime wine season and the fall festival is coming up September 8 & 9!

For Restonians, the festival is a seasonal staple with more than 200 wines from 20 Virginia wineries, delicious food with live gourmet demonstrations, crafts, a kids’ activity area and live entertainment. But let’s get down to business and talk about the real reason we’re all here: the wines. We went through the participating wineries and picked a few of our favorites. (We by no means claim to be expert sommeliers, these just struck our fancy!)

Here are a few of our top wines to watch:

  • Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, VA won eight awards with their 2010 Norton Reserve. Made of 100% Norton grape, it has a deep purple color and a robust burst of fruity, silky flavor and tannins that are best tamed by letting it breathe first.
  • Mattaponi Winery in Spotsylvania, VA, is best known for its Odeimin (meaning strawberry) wine that has won seven awards. It is a light dessert wine made from local strawberries that hints of the fruit starting sweet, but not overly sweet, and finishes with a tart lingering flavor on the palate.
  • Democracy Vineyards in Lovingston, VA, has an eight-time award-winning wine, the Velvet Revolution Reserve 2009, which is a varietal with an explosive complexity that’s a mixture of cherry notes, deep tannins and a nutty, dry-yet-still-fruity finish. The equal parts Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot and Petit Verdot round it out for a well-balanced wine.
  • The Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, VA, has their barrel-aged Acte12 Chardonnay 2010, which is an eight-time award winner. It is a smooth, toasty chardonnay with a strong buttery finish that leaves a creamy sugary taste on the palate.
  • Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery in Stafford, VA, has the best Viognier of the East Coast according to the Beverage Wine Institute. The Richland Reserve Viognier 2009 has a golden yellow color with gentle, yet complex aromas of tropical fruits such as citrus, and dragon fruit yet with a creamy banana and coconut custard finish. This is a well-balanced wine with a crisp medium-to-full-body taste.
  • And lastly, don’t miss the Unicorn Winery in Amissville, VA – we can’t speak to their wines, we just love the name!

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So now you know about a few of the great wines that are going to be at the festival, grab your tickets (a percentage of the proceeds go to Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation!) and get ready to uncork the fun!  If you can’t make it to the festival this season, don’t worry, Reston Town Center has plenty of delicious wines to taste at our restaurants or grab a bottle at our specialty shops like Market Cellars!

If you’ve driven down Market Street at Reston Town Center recently, you’ve probably seen the construction going on at Bow Tie Cinemas. They’re giving the building a more modern look while still capturing the charm of Reston Town Center and the elegance of a four-generation family-owned cinema.  Don’t worry, they’re an open, functioning construction site and will continue to stay serving customers throughout the renovations.

Check out what what’s being improved:

New Theaters
The best part about these new theaters are the bigger, better and comfier seats. All the seats are luxuriously padded leather and each row is about 1 ½ the size of the old seats. That means more leg room (hallelujah!). Every seat gets an arm rest that can be put up and includes a cup holder – no more trying to balance a drink and popcorn on your lap! We knew Bow Tie Cinemas was serious about this renovation was when they included padding underneath the arm rest to create a bench for some mid-movie snuggling.

The new amphitheater-style seating makes sure that even the smallest of movie-goers can see over their neighbor’s head. This height also allows for a hallway entrance into the theater, keeping out noise and light for a more immersive movie experience.

The theaters are closed on rotation for renovations, so the theater as a whole NEVER closes during this process.  Currently eight theaters are open, with five renovated and three awaiting their transformation. Next week the final three will close, and only new theaters will be available for seating!  At the unveiling, we look forward to seeing eleven beautiful new theaters!

Screens
It’s not just the seats that are getting bigger – the screens are too! After the renovation and knocking out some wall space, screen sizes will measure 30 feet and larger. The largest screen will be 55 feet and IMAX capable. Bow Tie Cinemas transferred to completely digital movies about a year ago and currently have four 3D projectors, but will have up to six 3D-capable theaters when they’re finished.

Concessions
Who doesn’t love to munch on delicious snacks during a movie? (Just be careful not to chew too loudly!) Bow Tie is completely revamping their concession stands. The one downstairs is sparkly and  is fully functional.

The second, bigger, concession stand will be upstairs, offering twice as many registers, two huge popcorn poppers and two fryers.  The fryers allow for an expanded menu including more substantial snacks that can be taken into the theater. Did someone say dinner and a movie?

Outside
The outside of the cinema is also getting a face lift. Bow Tie Cinemas signs now stand in place of the original large marquis, however there will still be a non-digital marquis above the box office to keep the nostalgic feel. Behind the new marble-covered box office, there is a digital screen for show times, and if you look up, there’s a shockingly bright red cheery ceiling.

Lobby
Nothing will be left out during this renovation – the lobby and the restrooms also get an upgrade. Restrooms were outfitted with new fixtures and Dyson air hand blade dryers while the lobby will be re-arranged with six new electronic ticket machines on the right wall as you enter, new wall paper and light fixtures, and the reception desk will reside in the center of the lobby under the escalators. This will give the lobby a natural flow to the concession stands and theaters, while creating an almost romantic and exciting décor. They are also adding a new party room adjacent to the lobby for birthdays and celebrations.  Bow Tie Cinemas opens around noon Monday through Thursday while the heavy construction occurs in the early mornings, so your movie will not be disturbed by loud noises.
Construction is just about at the half-way mark and is expected to be finished this fall. Stay tuned for details on the grand re-opening!

We have lots of shows here at Reston Town Center; movies, art exhibits and concerts abound. Creating a community with family-friendly entertainment and activities is one of our biggest priorities. Families that play together stay together, right?

One of our biggest musical events is the Concerts on the Town Series in the Pavilion on Saturday nights, June – August, hosting musicians of all styles. From big band music to bossa nova and red-hot Bayou music, along with reggge and doo-wop, you are sure to find a style that makes you want to dance along. And as you can see, most people bring picnics or lawn chairs and make an evening of it.

Of course there are lots of other performances held in the Pavilion, like Mr. Knick Knack’s morning children concerts on Mondays from 10:30-11:15am and Community Concerts like School of Rock’s performances by future rock stars-in-training on Friday nights – all free!

Bow Tie Cinemas, a four-generation family owned company, also provides several fun programs to bring any and everybody to the movies. Super Tuesdays cause a stir because all seats for regular films are only $6, and all seats for 3-D films are only $9. Meet Me at the Movies: Senior Movie Day occurs on the 4th Monday of each month and offers refreshments and door prizes before the chosen film – free for those 55+! Kids can also catch a free movie this summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am with parents during Kids Club Film Series so you get the theater experience with some of their favorite popular movies. Bow Tie Cinemas haven’t left the cinephiles out either – for those who miss the good old days of movie magic, there’s the Cine Classics Series on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am with favorites like “Jaws,“ “The Sound of Music,” “Back to the Future” and “The Maltese Falcon.”

If you’re looking for something more interactive, check out Reston Town Center’s art scene. Art programs at Greater Reston Arts CenterIn its mission to engage the community in contemporary art, Greater Reston Arts Center  has interactive art exhibits, art programs, and educational programs for all ages. Receptions and gallery talks are open to the public for each new exhibit, and they have extensive youth and family programs like family gallery weekend workshops where the whole family can create art together.

So instead of sitting on the couch watching TV this summer, grab those family and friends and check out the nostalgic, creative and fun events at Reston Town Center!

Greater Reston Arts Center and the Hyatt Regency Reston are pleased to present the work of accomplished Virginia artist, Dana Scheurer, in an exhibition at the Market Street Bar and Grill; on display now through April 16, 2012.

As one of the area’s most creative and prolific artists Dana Ann Scheurer is known for her expert manipulation of watercolor paints and whimsical subject matter.  In addition to participating in all twenty of the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festivals, produced by Greater Reston Arts Center. Scheurer has been a featured artist in four exhibitions organized by GRACE and has been an active GRACE artist member since 1981.

Visit Market Street Bar and Grill for dinner and be filled with not only a delicious array of cuisine, but with the watercolor treasures from Scheurer’s exhibition, New Works.

Dana Scheurer with her work, "Magic Garden."

The exhibition of New Works includes 20 watercolor paintings that showcase Scheurer’s mastery of drawing, color, composition, and precise execution of a delicate media.  The largest work on display, Magic Garden, stretches 42” x 32” and is a comprehensive expression of Scheurer’s love of form, music, and classical images; all experienced by the viewer as a striking dreamlike visual delight.

Paintings are strategically placed in the exhibit prior to being mounted. Media used: Winsor Newton watercolor on D'Arches watercolor paper.

Other new compositions will explore Scheurer’s love of special iconic Reston images, such as Lake Anne and Reston Town Center, ageless classical forms, and the light hearted “beach series” where she excels in the use of bold color.  The precision of all Scheurer’s hand drawn work offers the viewer an opportunity for careful study.  The details hidden among each painting call the viewer to revisit multiple times in order to take the image fully in.

Join Scheurer at Market Street Bar and Grill on Monday, January 30, 5 – 7 pm, for a Reception and Gallery Talk; learn about the pieces and the vision behind them.

Dana Scheurer
www.danascheurer.com

GreaterRestonArtsCenter
www.gracearts.org

The name Reston is derived from the initials of a man who envisioned a new type of suburban community.  Robert E. Simon took a piece of land in Fairfax County and saw the possibility of that land becoming a self-sustaining suburban area where people could both work and live. The planned community that has emerged, though almost 50 years in the making, was once the off-beat idea of an innovative planner and now sets the standard for Town Center Communities.

John Clark from Planning Magazine wrote about Reston’s evolution, from its beginnings as a simple idea to its construction and reality as a suburban-downtown destination.  Follow along for a fascinating account of how this town came to be: Reston Revisited PLANNING MAGAZINE 2011

Hyatt’s Market Street Bar and Grill contains more within its walls than customary fine dining. Four times annually, the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) swaps out the artwork on the walls of the Hyatt’s elegant restaurant, giving it a local touch and a creative energy, while allowing Hyatt to give back to the community.

On July 18, local artist Laurie Fields’ art show, “DiscARTed,” went on exhibition at Market Street Bar and Grill! The recipient of many of Gulick Group Design Studio’s discontinued items, which would have otherwise been recycled, Laurie put many materials to work in this show. The result of Gulick Group’s donation and Laurie’s creativity was “DiscARTed,” which, hence its name, features many unique collage pieces made from an array of materials.

Laurie explained how rather than having a prior inspiration, and then appointing the materials she would utilize, she takes a more backwards approach than most artists. “For me, a walk through Home Depot is as inspirational as watching a sunset. The aisles filled with cement, grout, plaster and building materials stir my imagination, as I think about new ways to use them,” she said.

Laurie arrived at Market Street Bar and Grill last Monday with GRACE gallery manager Erica Harrison to replace the current art display. Dozens of works to be taken down, and dozens more to hang also required the presence of two Hyatt engineers. Erica’s expertise in art display was apparent throughout the process, as she took many factors into consideration to determine the exact position of each work of art. She focused on creating groupings where the pieces involved would “communicate,” or compliment each other. After many different grouping, height, lighting, and other positioning attempts, the final arrangement was discovered and “DiscARTed” was officially in place!

Laurie Fields’ exhibition will be on display through October 17! All works in her exhibition are available for purchase through GRACE. Any purchase directly supports the artist and GRACE’s mission of enriching community life by promoting involvement and excellence in contemporary visual arts.

 

Reston Celebrates Independence Day Weekend!

Kick off the 4th of July weekend with the Radio King Orchestra as part of the Reston Concerts on the Town Series! In the Pavilion, on Saturday, July 2, 7:30-10pm, settle down on your lawn chairs and picnic baskets for an evening filled with swing and big band jazz!

Next on Sunday, July 3, head back to the pavilion to hear the music created by children and youth musicians gathered from all over the globe in the 7th Annual Youth Orchestra Gala Concert, 6-10pm. Leesburg’s own Youth Music Promotion and Preservation Association (YMPPA), is a non-profit educational organization established with the mission of promoting, supporting, sponsoring, and organizing music programs for children and youth.  It is modeled after the Venezuelan system of youth orchestras, which has proved that music is an effective way to create positive change in society. Enjoy as these children share their talent and give their heart, for the purpose of improving our world and world relations.

Happy Monday! Happy Fourth! Happy early bird freedom run through Reston! Prepare yourself for the day’s massive consumption of hot dogs, potato salad, and various festive drinks, by beginning the day with Potomac River Running and the Firecracker 5K! Nothing says independence like a morning run through the sloping streets of Reston. The race will start and finish at Reston Town Center. The course is a fast loop around the Town Center area on the local roads. Join us, bring the family and begin the July 4th celebration with a run!  Commemorative, technical race t-shirts to all pre-registered runners, and food and awards after the completion of the race.  A portion of the race proceeds benefit the =PR= Award for Excellence.

There will be cash awards for the top 3 overall male and female finishers ($300, $200, $100) as well as for the top master runners ($100) and awards for the top 3 in each age group. 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 & over. For more information visit www.potomacriverrunning.com.

Before the fireworks light the sky get your American spirit revved with the patriotic tunes played by the 257th Army Band in the Pavilion Monday, July 4, 7:00pm. The “Band of the Nation’s Capital,” the 257th Army Band, boasts a proud lineage going back to the legendary Corcoran Cadets of 1883, the DC militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Through a series of mergers with other organizations such as the 121st Engineers in 1921, The 260th Costal Artillery Unit in 1939, and ultimately the 91st Army Band in 1959, the ensemble faithfully continues to provide musical support for the Washington DC National Guard while proudly representing both the Guard and its home city throughout the world.

Enjoy these exciting concerts and events this weekend at Reston Town Center, and from us to you, Happy Fourth of July!

2011 Summer Line-up is Here!

Come celebrate summer at Reston Town Center by dancing to great live music in the Pavilion every Saturday night. Reston Concerts on the Town, the weekly summer concert series at Reston Town Center, will kick off its summer season on June 4th with the Beatles tribute band, Hard Day’s Night. 

Reston Concerts on the Town is a free concert series that takes place at the Reston Town Center Pavilion every Saturday night, June 4th thru August 27th, from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., rain or shine. Featuring talented local and national acts, the concerts are sponsored by the Reston Town Center Association with support from the Fairfax Times. This year’s line-up features a diverse array of music including boogie-woogie blues; swing; jazz; Latin rhythms; Motown; reggae; and Celtic and East European rhythms.

Music lovers of all ages are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics to the concerts each week and come ready to have a swingin’ good time. For more information about this series, please call the concert hotline: 703-912-4062.

The full summer concert line-up is below.

The concert series kicks off the first Saturday in June, and continues every Saturday night through August.

2010 SUMMER SCHEDULE
Free concerts throughout the summer!
Time: Saturdays, June – August, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., rain or shine
Place: Reston Town Center Pavilion, Reston Virginia
Directions: From the Capital Beltway (495), take the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 45A/ Route 267 West). At Reston Parkway (Exit 12), turn right. To enter Reston Town Center, turn left at the fourth light onto New Dominion. Free garage parking
Contact: call 703-912-4062 for further concert information

JUNE

4th
Hard Day’s Night
Beatles tribute     

11th
Henry Butler & NONY Funk
Jump blues,New Orleans jazz, funk

18th
Taste of Reston
Texas Chainsaw Horns
Blues-based rock            

25th
David Akers & the Epitome,
Hits from the 40s thru today                       

JULY

2nd
Radio King Orchestra
Swing, Big Band Jazz

9th
Reston Festival

16th *
Bucky Pizzarelli & Chuck Redd,
w/ Nicki Parrott, Robert Redd, Delores King Williams & Tom Williams

23rd
Incendio
Spanish guitar, Afro-Cuban, & more

30th
The Verny Varela Band
Salsa, Merengue, Rumba,& more

AUGUST

6th
Jambulay
Reggae, calypso, soca, & zouk

13th *
U.S. Army Band Downrange
Pop, R&B, & more

20th
Mo’ Sol
Motown, Soul, R&B

27th
Scythian
High-energy Celtic and World music

*concert format: no dance floor

Please note: Other than the June 18th Taste of Reston, alcohol is permitted at restaurants only.


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