Join us for the annual Founder’s Day celebration on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. This year, along with celebrating the anniversary of Simon's birthday we celebrate Uruguayan-born artist Gonzalo Fonseca as 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. Fonseca created many of the beloved play sculptures around Lake Anne. He is also an internationally recognized artist, world traveler and was polylingual. The day will kick off at 12 p.m. with 123 Andrés and will be filled with family-friendly activities. Learn more below 


Musical Performances & Remarks

  • 12 p.m. 123 Andrés

  • 12:30 p.m. Opening Remarks & Brick Dedication by Reston Museum Board Representative Chuck Veatch

  • 12:33 p.m. Remarks by community representatives:

    • Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn

    • Reston Community Center Board Chair Beverly Cosham

    • Congressman Gerry Connolly's Deputy Director of Outreach Maddy White

    • Public Art Reston Board Chair Maggie Parker

    • Reston Town Center Association Executive Director Robert Goudie

    • Reston Forward Representative

    • Reston Association Vice President John Mooney

  • 1:10 p.m. Foley Irish Academy of Dance

  • 1:50 p.m. Reston Chorale

  • 2:10 p.m. Reston Community Orchestra Brass Ensemble

  • 2:50 p.m. Lopez Studios

  • 3:30 p.m. Reston Community Players

Schedule of events at Reston Community Center

  • 1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Multilingual Birthday Party: enjoy cake and learn birthday phrases in other languages.

  • 2 - 3 p.m. Community is what it is all about: an ode to lake anne book launch with the book creators Cheryl Terio-Simon and Eric MacDicken. Preorder the book now!

  • 3 - 4 p.m. Film Series about Reston and Reston's Public Art:

    • "Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston's Public Art" by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

    • Fonseca Film Project by Ryan Burke

    • "Moon Viewing Platform" by by Raphael Chambers (2nd Place winner of the "My Community" video contest celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Reston)

    • "If You Lived Here: Reston" by PBS

Vote in the sun boat design contest!

View community decorated wooden boats by the Sun Boat sculpture and vote for your favorite! Voting will end at 3 p.m.

All Day Activities

  • Visit Reston Museum to view the Gonzalo Fonseca exhibit. Pick up a free self-guided tour of Fonseca's Lake Anne artwork.


  • Art projects with the Reston Art Gallery & Studios, Public Art Reston, the Japanese Culture Club, and Robert Bernhards at Reston Art Gallery & Studios.

Founder’s Day is presented by Reston Museum and Reston Community Center

with support from Public Art Reston and hosted by Lake Anne Plaza.

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