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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Denim Wash and Cranberry Cocktails: Meet Your Cluster of the Year

winterport.jpgIt's awards season in Hollywood, but the foreign press missed the really big award this past week, when Winterport Cluster was named the Neighborhood Association of the Year by the RA.

RA has been giving the award since 2000 to the association or cluster who implemented changes to make the neighborhood more environmentally friendly, inspired community involvement, made moneysaving or lighting/security improvements and updated cluster standards.

Winterport's recent changes included removing non-native plants and taking steps to remedy soil erosion.

"It took a couple of years to figure out what needed to be done," said Bob Kraus, Winterport cluster president. "A lot of it was driven by the age of the cluster - we are 30 years old."
We're as much for eradicating non-native plants as the next person, but as somewhat expert "web loggers," we'd like to give the cluster an award based on its fancy website, which forgoes all those fancy Twitters and "Web 2.0" trappings the kids keep talking about to get straight to the heart of the matter:

fun rules.jpg
You had us at "door color." And just thinking about a door painted "Roasted Sesame Seed" is making us hungry.

In recognition of its high honor, the RA will present the cluster with a 90-foot bronze statue of Bob Simon, which will be placed in a visitor's parking space near the entrance to the neighborhood, where it will be visible from the Toll Road until another cluster with an even radder color palette takes home the award next year, the end.


  1. Wow! I'm glad I don't live in that intrusive, coercive, totalitarian cluster!

  2. Just Bought A Particleboard MansionJanuary 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Reading that kind of regulation makes me want to get everybody in a block to mutually consent to paint their door the same color... Preferably the most obnoxious color of the available palette.

  3. I think that Restonian should give a cluster-of-the-year award to Fairway Cluster for having door color choices such as Ardent Coral, Mystical Grape, Positive Red, Brave Purple, Nervy Hue, and (I kid you not) ...Cranberry Cocktail!

  4. Why do they stop at mandating a particular paint brand? Are they going to amend their covenants to mandate that every resident must drive a vehicle by the same manufacturer? I can imagine it:

    1. Drive ONLY Toyota Camry SE.
    2. DO NOT drive any other brand or model.
    3. Your car must be the same color as the car of the previous owner of your property.
    4. No two adjacent cars may be the same color...

  5. What's the problem people?

    We need the iron fist of the RA DRB to maintain order!

    The alternative is an anarchic mish-mash of clashing colors which would make Reston no better than Sterling. (And we are much, much better than Sterling.)

  6. Give me a break -- for that abuse you PAY the RA non-deductible tax???

    Not even a sheen variance?

    And you have a festering dump like Lake Anne with its incandescent bulbs and dysfunctional a/c system?

    Thank God I did not by a place in Reston!!!

  7. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJanuary 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM


    I think the strong reaction here to Winterthur's regs is not so much the pretty decent color palette that's allowable, but the fact that it appears to be a crime against humanity to have your door the same color as your neighbor's. I mean, really, this is borderline obsessive and something that I would expect to see in North Korea.

    And by the way, I think Anon 8:56 is trying to bait you.

  8. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJanuary 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    My bad -- I meant Winterport, not Winterthur. Doh.

  9. Specifying the brand is fascist. Ours is Pratt & Lambert, which I assure you is not sold at Home Depot or Lowe's, but only at little shop in Vienna that is open 10-4 on weekdays only. And which is twice the price of anything else reasonable. ""Right theno mates. Give me the color chip..." Then I'm off to Duron to get a paint match in a non-identifable, non-labeled can (in case of neighbors watching). I dare you to challenge my sheen.

  10. Well, thank gawd for all that is right in the world that you do not live in Reston. Zuch blatant disregard for der rulz ist unforgiveable. Vis out der respect for der laws, society vould surely collapse.

    Undt ve should rename Reston Parkway as der Restonstrasse.

  11. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJanuary 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Anon 4:15 said

    "I dare you to challenge my sheen."

    All right then: Martin's OK but Charlie isn't.

  12. 8:56,

    Why on the earth(tone) do you frequent our community blog when you did not purchase (is that what you meant by 'by' rather than buy?)

    Is it only so that you can insult the beloved jewel, the true heart of Reston that is Lake Anne?

    Well sir, I'll take your bait and offer you my refrain:


  13. Hey Anon 8:56:

    Ddid you mean "bye" or "buy" in Reston. LOL Ignorant, too.