Annual Reston Home Tour raises money for Historic Trust
by Janet Rems
Special to The Times
Home tour buffs most likely have the annual Reston Homes Tour already on their calendars. The self-guided tour, always held in October, is regarded as one of Northern Virginia’s best.
This year’s tour, always a fundraiser for the Reston Historic Trust and its Reston Museum, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19.
The theme of the 2013 tour is “Celebrating the Vision,” said Bonnie Haukness, the tour’s longtime chairwoman.
“With Reston’s 50th Anniversary just around the corner, I thought it would be good to celebrate the vision that was [Reston founder] Bob Simon’s. He was a man who could see what could be, rather than what was, and that has made all the difference in the way Reston has evolved and grown,” she said.
The tour features five distinct and noteworthy private homes, plus two Reston-related films that will be screened at the recently upgraded Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston Town Center.
“The documentaries at Bow Tie Cinemas will bring some of Simon’s vision to life for the tour attendees. I always ask the homeowners why they selected their home. Every one of this year’s owners responded with an answer that was about their attachment to Reston, to its community spirit and amenities and especially to the open space,” Haukness said. “And, what creative and exciting homes they have all created — another vision to celebrate!”
Both films were produced and directed by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker who grew up in Reston.
Shown at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the first is a short documentary, made especially for the Initiative for Public Art-Reston in cooperation with the Reston Museum. That film will give viewers a sense of the scope of public art in Reston and explain how public art has always been part of that community’s original vision.
That film will be followed by the first public showing of the trailer for “The Reston Story,” currently being produced for Reston’s 50th Anniversary in 2014.
Following the films there will be a discussion, featuring IPAR Executive Director Anne Delaney and Wingert-Jabi. The entire program — screenings and discussion — will last approximately one hour.
Reston Homes Tour tickets are $30 online from restonmuseum.org when paid for with a credit card. They are $25 each when purchased prior to Oct. 12 and $30 from Oct. 12-19. They may also be purchased in groups of 10 at $20 each.
Tickets are sold at the Wine Cabinet at North Point Shopping Center, the Greater Reston Arts Center and Appalachian Spring at Reston Town Center, Reston Museum and Reston Florist at Lake Anne Village Center.