From the Editor

By Stephen Sapp

Welcome to the Summer 2019 edition of Ripples! I had originally anticipated that this issue would be a “light” one, given that things typically slow down in the summer, but as you can see from the Contents, it appears that Lakeport Cluster is truly a year-round operation! Thanks to all the contributors to this issue and all the others who do so much to make our cluster such a great place to live!

As we enter what for many people in Northern Virginia is a prime vacation month—with school and/or regular work schedules rapidly approaching—let’s take advantage of the many opportunities we have in and around Lakeport to enjoy the natural beauty of our area.

If you live on the lake and have a boat, I hope you get out frequently to soak up the tranquility and ever-changing scenery. If you’re not on the lake, our beautiful new community dock is a great place to take a relaxing break from your everyday routine and enjoy the view. Reston’s many miles of walking trails afford us the chance to get some exercise in close proximity to nature.

Have you been to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, just 15 minutes away on Beulah Road near Wolf Trap ( It’s a great place to spend some time wandering, relaxing, and taking in the natural beauty.

And speaking of Wolf Trap, there is still time to take in one of the many wonderful performances there in a fantastic setting, or just to visit the park and walk around ( We are indeed fortunate to have the nation’s only national park for the performing arts so close to us and so easily accessible.

If you have a favorite place or activity nearby (especially for enjoyment in the fall), send it to me at and we’ll have an article in the Fall issue featuring Lakeportians’ suggestions!

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer, and if you’re taking a road trip, safe travels.

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