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Monday, November 23, 2009

Flashback Monday: The Original Nature House

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The shiny new earth-friendly Walker Nature Center opened its doors this weekend, fulfilling a pledge in the original Reston master plan by providing a year-round space for programs and events. Bob Simon is thrilled! But let's not forget the original Nature House, a pavilion which was home to countless activities and summer camps and odd Halloween nature walks and whatnot. Here's a picture of the original groundbreaking, which goes to show you that regardless of the era, middle-aged white folk pretending to shovel dirt (or leaves?) in a ceremonial fashion never go out of style, the end.

9 comments:

  1. What year was this picture taken and who are these people?

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  2. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonNovember 23, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    "Who are these people?"

    Umm...June Cleaver, Deputy Barney Fife, Gomez Addams, and Ethel Mertz?

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  3. Ha! They do kind of look like them, especially Gomez Adams.

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  4. Hey, isn't making fun of middle-aged white folk both agist and racist? I thought that was contrary to Reston's egalitarian roots.

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  5. The lady on the left is the widow of Vernon Walker - very sweet couple. Their sons had Harleys - VERY LOUD HARLEYS and lived at home

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  6. Anon 6:21, In political dealings with Vern over the years, the word "sweet" never came to mind.

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  7. Scuba -

    Back then I was just a boy in the neighborhood and he struck me as John Muir-ish, unassuming and quiet. My recollections may be from his latter days when he was sick.

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  8. This was taken somewhere around 1991 or 1992. (Info from RA.)

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  9. Anon 10:07 perhaps in latter days. In his heyday I'd swear he enjoyed setting folks against one another. Every time we approached agreement he'd throw some new factor into contention. Back to square one.

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