Reston residents Wen and Mick Rooney sat on stools at one of the many high boy tables beneath a large communal white tent soon filling up with people. Others gathered on covered staircases and under umbrellas. They all appeared to appreciate American folk music, a genre that blends early blues, country, folk, rhythm & blues, and rock elements.
The availability of beer and wine on the plaza and takeout lunch from one of the local eateries contributed to the laid-back atmosphere.
"It's a good environment," said Wen Rooney as she sipped her beer and listened to the performers. "It's a good environment to get out of the house with a little one," she reiterated, looking down at her baby "chill'n" to the music. Nick, her husband, agreed. "It'll be a relaxing Saturday with beer and music," he said.
The Reston Community Center, Fairfax County, Friends of Lake Anne, Lake Anne Brew House, and Lake Anne Washington Plaza sponsored the six-and-a-half-hour event, which featured six performers.