This morning I was photographing beloved children’s band Rocknoceros perform at Reston Town Center. They were set up in the usual Saturday morning concert spot: the center of Town Square Park, with the splash pad turned off, of course.

      This is how concerts have been set up for many years, so it was a total surprise to everyone when, out of the blue, the fountain turned on! The band and their equipment were suddenly engulfed by water!

      This is the moment when it happened:

      The story has a happy ending:

      Staff members from Reston Community Center were able to turn off the water and electricity immediately. No one was injured. Parents hurried to the band’s assistance, pulling blankets, towels, and dry clothes out of their diaper bags and wiping off the equipment. The band members remained cheerful and optimistic. I’ve heard their equipment will be fine, and I certainly hope that’s true.

      Rocknoceros, I hope everything is drying out ok! Thanks for being such great role models for the kids of how to behave in a crisis.

      If you’d like to me photograph your event, please contact me and tell me what you’re planning. I hope no one gets wet there, but if they do, I’ll be ready to document it!

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      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.