Back for an encore performance to help celebrate Black History Month, Reston's two leading divas - Beverly Cosham and Menda Ahart - entertained music lovers with a set of popular jazz and blues songs (accompanied by pianist Felicia Kessel-Crawley) at the Reston Museum on Thursday.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Reston Historic Trust seeks old home movies, photos for use in movie project.
The Reston Historic Trust and Storycatcher Productions need your help in gathering materials for the a movie in production for Reston's 50th anniversary celebration in 2014. They are looking for home movies and videos related to the Bob Simon years in Reston, 1961-1967. In particular, they are seeking movies of community gatherings such as festivals, openings, meetings, and protests—particularly Simon's farewell to the community in 1967. They would also like footage of early community institutions, such as Common Ground, Lake Anne Hall, businesses on Lake Anne, and volunteer groups. Finally, they are looking for quality photos of Bob Simon, Bill Conklin, Chuck Veatch, Fran Steinbauer, Glenn Saunders, Jim Rossant, Jane Wilhelm, Carol …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Museum shop has locally made items - as well as Reston-themed gifts.
Looking for a special holiday gift for a Restonian The Reston Museum and Historic Trust gift shop has many items - including pottery, jewelry and handmade ornaments - made by local artisans - as well as items uniquely Reston. Some top sellers: Reston T-shirt ($12.95) "The Nature of Reston" book by Chuck Veatch and Claudia Thompson-Deahl, featuring fine nature photos shot in Reston ($20.00) Reston Roast Coffee - Reston Roast is the RHT's own custom blended coffee. Available in four-ounce packets of organic, free-trade, ground coffee in either Sumatra or Lake Anne blend ($6.25/half pound). Museum members enjoy a 10 percent discount on nearly all store items. Stop by the museum or visit the online store by clicking here.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Reston Historic Trust program looks at how the "new town" was marketed in the 1960s and '70s.
How did developers sell the new town to potential Reston residents when it first began? That is the topic of the Reston Historic Trust's upcoming program, "The Early History of Reston: Translating the Dream to Reality.” The free program takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne. The event will concentrate on the marketing and public relations efforts from 1964 to 1974. Peter McCandless and Chuck Veatch, along with a panel of other early marketing experts, will present a program on the origins of Reston, the nation’s first large-scale planned community that changed the face of the suburban landscape in America. The presentation will cover Robert E. Simon Jr.’s unique vision for Reston incorporating …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Final stop takes a look at nature through photography.
The final stop on the 11th annual Reston Home Tour isn't in a home at all. The tour - which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13, culminates at the offices of Nature's Best magazine, where Reston Historic Trust board member Chuck Veatch will be on hand to discuss award-winning photos. Each year, Nature's Best, located at 1877C Metro Tech Dr., installs the Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. This year alone they received over 20,000 images from 47 countries. The exhibit will be open until May 2013. At the final stop at Nature's Best, Reston Station developer Comstock will give a presentation about plans for Reston Station - located at the Wiehle Metro stop - and the future…
Friday, September 14, 2012
New exhibit highlights Reston's strong commitment to public art.
The Reston Museum and the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) will debut a new exhibition on Reston's public art history this weekend. The exhibit "Reston: The Art of Community" opens Saturday and will run through Nov. 11 at the Reston Museum. Opening night festivities begin with the showing of a 12-minute film produced by Reston filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. The film, which will be shown at 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center - Lake Anne, highlights Reston's long public art history. The segment may be used as part of a bigger project as Wingert-Jabi is working on a longer film to honor Reston's 50th anniversary in 2014. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Reston founder Robert E. Simon, exhibit curator Mary …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
"Living on the Edge" will show some of Reston's finest homes.
When the 11th Annual Reston Home Tour takes place on Oct. 13, participants will get a peek at "living on the edge." "Living on the Edge" is this year's theme, and every home represents the edge of something specil - lakes, a park, a golf course or Reston Town Center, says tour chair Bonnie Haukness. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket cost is $25 each if purchased prior to Oct. 6 and $30 each after that date and online. They are available at GRACE and Appalachian Spring in Reston Town Center, at The Wine Cabinet at North Point and at Lake Anne Florist and the Reston Museum at Lake Anne Plaza. This is a self-guided tour of six private residences (addresses will be given out at ticket purchase) with an additional stop at Nature’s …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The Reston Museum and Historic Trust is cleaning out some of its artifact storage - and you can own a part of Reston history. For sale at the museum are some of Reston's original sales literature (some autographed by founder Robert E. Simon), as well as 1960s magazines featuring articles about Reston. Also available: vintage Reston maps; an original painting by Reston artist Brenda Belfield; copies of the 25th Anniversary Reston Triathlon posted (by Reston artist Dana Scheurer, among other items. Prices vary, but most are in the $5-10 range. Proceeds benefit the Reston Museum and Historic Trust. The sales runs through March 26.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Reston Historic Trust presents a look back farther than 47 years.
Before there was Lake Anne Village Center - before there was even a Lake Anne - there was the Virginia countryside, the town of Wiehle and the Bowman family. The Reston Historic Trust (RHT) and Museum will be exploring some of the area's history in several public programs this fall. On Thursday, Sept. 8 RHT will present "Before Reston: An Intimate View of the Town of Wiehle." Historical researcher Audrey Haugan will present an overview and slide show of the town founded by Dr. Carl Adolph Max Wiehle on land that is now Reston. Wiehle was in place more than 60 years before Reston founder Robert E. Simon's vision took shape in the early 1960s. Haugan will feature a slide show of some old Wiehle family photos plus anecdotes to reveal a …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Robert E. Simon and Oscar Haynes are living history at Reston Museum.
What brings a standing room crowd to the Reston Museum on a hot Sunday afternoon? The opportunity to enjoy the wit and wisdom from two men who have lived long and lived well. Robert Simon, the 97-year-old founder of Reston, Oscar Haynes, 95, were the headliners at a Living History event at the museum on Sunday. The two men were introduced by 9-year-old Eli Au, who also led the questioning for the first half of the program. In the second half, Ellen Graves, member the Reston Museum's Board of Directors, took questions from the audience. Au asked both men what they considered their greatest accomplishment. One might expect Simon to point to the success of Reston as his greatest achievement. Instead, Simon recalled a time when he had the …