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Where you’ll want to be Saturday: Rink-side sipping hot coco while your children let loose on the newly opened Reston Town Center Ice Skating Rink. The best part – it’s all in the name of charity.

By the end of the week the Pavilion will be transformed into a glistening Ice Skating Rink.  And in keeping with the longtime tradition, on opening weekend, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 50% of proceeds go to support Character Counts! Reston Coalition.

So lace up your skates, because we’re out to raise funds for one of the biggest character education programs in the nation. Character Counts! Reston Coalition directly impacts our local students with programs like Ethics Day for South Lakes High School seniors. This non-profit initiative is designed to help youngsters and adults develop and practice the six pillars of good character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

The wishes tossed into Mercury Fountain are donated regularly to Character Counts! Reston Coalition, but this weekend we want to mix philanthropy with fun while making a lasting impact on our children.  (Parents, this can also be a springboard into a conversation with your kids about why character counts and how to develop it!)

Excitement is high because installation of the rink has already begun with the glass dasher boards installed, but we are waiting for clearer weather to start up the underground chilling system and begin the flooding to transform the Pavilion floor into the spectacular ice rink! And don’t worry if you’re a little rusty on the ice, the Reston Town Center Skate Shop has any rentals or lessons you may need!

For those who would rather meet their Saturday morning cartoons than watch them, there’s a Saturday Morning Cartoon Skate 11am – 1pm. Also, don’t miss Friday Night Rock ‘n’ Skate every Friday night 8-11pm with a live DJ, games and prizes. There’s lots of fun to be had at the Ice Skating Rink, so bundle up and kick the season off with us this weekend!

Walking into the Hyatt Regency Reston before the holidays is like walking into a candy wonderland. Every year as you enter the lobby, the smells of baked spicy gingerbread and the sugary sweetness of frosting and candy invite you to explore every delicious detail of their Gingerbread Village. This sweet vignette can make anyone feel like a kid again – made entirely of edible treats the scene depicts a rustic snowy mountain village with a train whisking through it.

For five days Executive Chef Edward Deng, Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Key, and their team of engineers meticulously craft the highly detailed candy structures the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, carrying on a 22-year-old tradition that began when the Hyatt opened in 1990.

We all wish we could take a big bite out of it, but this magical creation may even be too sweet for Willy Wonka, amazingly containing:

100 pounds of flour
2 gallons of molasses
2 gallons of honey
145 pounds of sugar
1 ½ pounds of cinnamon
1 ½ pounds of nutmeg
15 pounds of pretzels
90 pounds of candy

And the result is spectacular!

 

So come by the Hyatt Regency Reston day or night, November 21 through December 27, and join in the holiday spirit with a favorite holiday tradition in Reston Town Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!

The fall fashion season has begun and Reston Town Center shops are ready with some of the season’s top trends! Fall Fashion Week 2012 taught us to keep the bright accent colors from our spring wardrobe, to embrace the color wine, and get cozy with patterned and textured looks.

We took all that advice and hand-picked an easy fall look that is perfect for weekend outings, wine tastings, casual dinner or just enjoying your shopping day at Reston Town Center.

                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Starting with a neutral-colored palette, we added color and shine with accessories and outerwear. The jeans are 1969 sexy boot cut jeans from Gap, which create a slimming look on the legs with a dark wash and boot cut.  Because we were using a grey for the blouse, we found this tweed textured top from Ann Taylor that is perfect for work or casual afternoons.

The statement piece is the wine trench from Banana Republic that mimics the hues of fall and conjures images of crisp, fall walks. We love the large collar and the versatility of the removable belt to accent the waist.

To bring a pop of color to the outfit and keep a bit of summer close to our hearts, we chose this Izumi round double drop pendant necklace from South Moon Under. For the accessory that every woman needs, we chose a foresty hunter green leatherette satchel from Francesca’s Collections that can be a cross-body, handheld, or shoulder bag that adds yet another blend of color to the outfit and can easily be worn into the winter.

In fall, good boots are a must and we jumped at these chocolate Stevie lace-up booties with goldtone hardware from Banana Republic. It has a feminine look with a wide heel for stability – perfect for looking good while being able to trek for miles. But if your feet do happen to get tired, you could always slip into these Gigi lavish bronze skimmer flats from Chico’s with snakeskin texture.

And last but not least, we accessorized with hints of gold sparkle to tie in the hardware on the satchel and shoes. For earrings we chose pave goldtone drop hoops from White House Black Market that have a subtle sparkle that won’t compete with your bright smile. The chunky croc-etched toggle bracelet from Talbots adds a higher-polished shine to the wrist with 10kt gold plating and works with the snakeskin print of the shoes. We love that even fall jewelry has texture to it!

You can re-create this or a similar look at the shops right here in Reston Town Center. And if you’re looking for some high-fashion exposure, Fashion’s Night Out is just around the corner on September 6. It’s a celebration of all that is fashion with special limited-edition products, events, celebrity appearances and unforgettable performances all over the world. Whether you are looking for high fashion or reliable clothing staples, as you embrace this year’s fall styles, you can easily find your cool-weather look at Reston Town Center.

It’s no real surprise to people already living in Reston, but the rest of the world is being reminded that Reston is one of the best small cities to live in America! Our master-planned community ranked seventh in the recent poll by CNN Money – go Reston!

Ranked on factors like strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime and plenty to do, it’s no wonder Reston was rated so highly. Our “uber-urban downtown,” (aka Reston Town Center!) offers shops, restaurants, live concert series, wine and beer festivals, seasonal ice skating and family events year-round. Add in our unique, creative neighborhoods with sidewalks and quiet streets and ongoing recreation of pools, miles of trails, parks, lakes and the W&OD winding through it and you wonder how we didn’t make number one! With new companies moving into the area creating new jobs all the time, it’s also a great place to start a career.

Recently ranked as one of Four Square’s “Top 10 Romantic Spots in the US,” Reston offers its visitors and residents a unique setting that is both intimate and urban. Designed as a community to foster connectivity, relationships both new and old can grow while a steady stream of new people keeps life and experiences fresh. After all, the people you are with are often what add the ‘awesome’ to where you are!

As the locals know, Reston is only 30 minutes outside Washington D.C. and acts as a respite from the bustling city life. It’s also a mere 10 minutes from Washington Dulles Airport and within the next few years, the new metro extension will connect all three easily.

Thank you to all the Restonians for making Reston the “best place to live”!  For those unfamiliar, come visit and see for yourself!

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