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Founder's Day
Founder's Day

Founder's Day

Founder's Day event celebrates 20 years and Reston celebrates its 60th! Live, Work, Play Bob Simon's Way. Come to Lake Anne Plaza to enjoy community performances, a book fair with 2 dozen local authors and organizations, exhibits, & family-friendly activities.

Time & Location

Apr 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Reston Museum , 1639 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190, USA

About the Event

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View event map - Shows where author booths are located 

11 am - 12 pm: Community Cleanup with Volunteer Reston. Meet at Volunteer Reston's table near Bronze Bob. Supplies will be provided. 

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 pm: South Lakes High School Drumline, welcome and celebratory remarks

12 - 4 pm: Performances:

  • 12:45 P.M. Trout Fishing in America
  • 1:35 P.M. Foley Academy of Irish Dance
  • 2:15 P.M. TDC Dance Studio
  •  2:35 P.M. The Cardinal Cloggers
  • 3:15 P.M. South Lakes High School Theatre Arts

12 - 4 pm: Book fair / author talks with over a dozen local authors of various genres. Author talks are 15 minutes long. 

  • 12:15 P.M. Samantha Mina - Science fiction & fantasy at Reston Museum 
  • 12:15 P.M. Mike Maggio - Poetry at Reston's Used Book Shop
  • 12:45 P.M. Bret Peters - Children’s books ages 3-13 at Reston Museum
  • 12:45 P.M. Ann Marie Stephens - Children’s books at her booth 
  • 12:30 P.M. Suzanne Goodwyn - Fiction at Reston Community Center
  • 1:00 P.M. Reston Baby story time at Reston Museum’s booth
  • 1:00 P.M. Nancy Spannaus - History at Reston Community Center
  • 1:15 - 1:45 P.M. Robert Simon's Vision for Lake Anne and Reston with Cheryl Terio-Simon, Reston author, and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, filmmaker and Restonian at Reston Community Center
  • 1:15 P.M. Jonathan Payne - Thriller at Reston Museum 
  • 1:15 P.M. Edward Belfar - Fiction at Reston's Used Book Shop
  • 1:45 P.M. Friends of Reston Regional Library - Children’s books at Reston Community Center
  • 1:45 P.M. Patricia Pearson - Nonfiction History 10+ at Reston Museum 
  • 1:45 P.M. Ann McCallum Staats - Nonfiction YA and adult at her booth 
  • 2:00 P.M. Sarah Carpenter - Children’s books at Reston Community Center
  • 2:15 P.M. Amanda Shaw - Poetry at Reston's Used Book Shop 
  • 2:15 P.M. Sarah Hickner - Memoir at Reston Museum 
  • 2:45 P.M. The Reston Letter - Community Newspaper at Reston Museum 
  • 2:45 P.M. Donna Andrews - Mystery at Scrawl Books’s booth
  • 2:30 P.M. Louise Seirmarco-Yale - Art at Reston Community Center
  • 3:00 P.M. Jonna Mendez - Espionage at Reston Community Center
  • 3:15 P.M. Ellen Smith - Reston Memoir at Reston Museum 
  • 3:15 P.M. Chuck Cascio - Fiction at Reston's Used Book Shop
  • 3:45 P.M. Margaret Rodenberg - Historical Fiction at Scrawl Books

12 - 4 pm: 

  • Drawings at Reston Museum table. Over $1000 worth of gift cards and gifts.
  • Exhibits at Reston Museum and Reston Community Center including Famous Restonians, League of Reston Artists, and Reston Children's Center 
  • Decorate a journal with Public Art Reston at Reston Art Gallery & Studios 
  • Enjoy food from Veloci Deli and Uncle Fred's BBQ today only! 
  • Dine lakeside at Kalypso's Sports Tavern, Cafe Montmartre, Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar, Big Wonton, Nordic Knot, Elden Street Tea Shop, or Lake Anne Brew House. 
  • A $1 of every purchase of the Founder’s Day IPA pint from Lake Anne Brew House will be donated to Reston Museum!
  • Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA Premiers online


  1. Samantha Mina - SciFi & Fantasy 
  2. Louise Seirmarco-Yale - Art
  3. Cheryl Terio-Simon - Reston nonfiction
  4. Kristina Alcorn - Reston Biography 
  5. Chuck Cascio - Fiction 
  6. Daniel Olmes - Fiction
  7. Jonna Mendez - Espionage
  8. Bret Peters - Children’s literature
  9. Patricia Pearson - Nonfiction History
  10. Suzanne Goodwyn - Fiction
  11. Pat Williams - Travel 
  12. Ellen Smith - Reston Memoir
  13. Sarah Hickner - Memoir
  14. Jonathan Payne - Thriller
  15. Nancy Spannaus - History
  16. Sarah Carpenter - Children’s literature
  17. Ann Marie Stephens - Children's Books
  18. Ann McCallum Staats - Nonfiction YA and adult
  19. Joan Waites

Community Organizations and Merchants:

  • Reston's Used Book Shop with authors Mike Maggio- Poetry, Edward Belfar - Fiction, Chuck Cascio - Fiction
  • Scrawl Books with authors Terry Catasús Jennings (1-2 PM), Donna Andrews (2-3 PM), Margaret Rodenberg (3-4 PM)
  • Friends of Reston Regional Library
  • RoSigle Foundation
  • Volunteer Reston
  • Reston Letter
  • Reston Children's Center
  • Public Art Reston will be at Reston Art Gallery and Studios
  • Rotary Club of Herndon-Reston
  • Frying Pan Farm Park


Uncle Fred's (Today Only) 

Veloce Deli (Today Only) 

Big Wonton

Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar

Nordic Knot

Elden Street Tea Shop

Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar

Lake Anne Brew House (Special Founder’s Day IPA and Simon Stout!)

Nordic Knot

Cafe Montmartre

Chesapeake Chocolates

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern


El Triunfo

El Miguelena Market

Dollar Bazaar

Founder’s Day is presented by Reston Museum and Reston Community Center with support from Public Art Reston and hosted by Lake Anne Plaza. Founder’s Day Community Cleanup managed by Volunteer Reston

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