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The Caper – June 2020 Edition

Typically at this time of year, we’re finishing up the preparations in time for the Strawberry Festival. Yet this year, as you probably don’t need reminding of, we are unable to have it … yet. I’ve said this for many months but it’s a strange time, not only for Cape St. Claire but the Nation as well. I won’t wax poetic here on all of the issues and concerns that all of you already know about. This isn’t the place for such things. Especially since many of these issues can simply be too divisive. The one thing I really wish we would all agree on is to love thy neighbor. It’s so sorely needed here. Patience. Respect. We’re all on edge during this chaotic time… all of us. It’s corny and used too frequently perhaps but we are all in this together.

I’ll put my soapbox away and talk about what you came here for, the latest Caper goodness. Bill’s Presidential message tries to put a lighthearted touch on phrases we hope to never hear again after this pandemic is over. (WHEN?) Don’t miss it. In addition, he offers his sincerest thanks to the hard work from the board this year. It’s been quite a challenging year and we’ve all risen to the task to manage.

Ryan Anderson, Town Manager, has been managing the community for 2 years now. Congratulations and thanks to him for doing a great job in managing this community.

In Community news, has everyone noticed the Goshen Farm historical sign on Cape St. Claire Road? Awesome to see that kind of recognition on the main highway into the Cape. Big congrats to the Garden Club who hosted their first ever virtual spring sale. More photos and details on this are in this month’s Caper.

In preparation and hope, the 2020 Strawberry Festival signups are in this issue. We’re hoping to have it and we’ll let you know when.

As the shopping center restaurants start serving food and drinks to their customers outside, please take some time and visit them, it’s been a hard few months. See you around the Cape!

The Caper – May 2020 Edition

It’s a strange time indeed. Uncertainty. Masks in public. Social distancing. I’ve heard about these things so much in recent months, that I hesitate to say them anymore here.

So I won’t. In bad news, the Strawberry Festival has been postponed. šŸ˜¢ The Strawberry Festival committee is working on rescheduling it. In this Caper, Mary has a heartfelt message for all of you about this cherished event. In addition, the Strawberry Festival Princess Entry form is in this issue. It’s not too early to get those submissions in. The President’s message talks about those things we shall not name and tries to give hope. The Town Manager, Ryan, shares great lawn care tips as well as updating the community. Don’t miss it.

Normally, this is the spot where I’d go into all of the upcoming events. Sadly, there aren’t that many. The Garden Club is doing a virtual plant sale. Pre-orders are available now. Choose your plants online and pick them up curbside. It runs from May 8th through the 11th. Head on over to https://cape-garden-club-plant-sale.myshopify.com/ to order online!

This issue also contains a letter from our County Executive Steuart Pittman. He discusses the shoreline project and the next steps. We also share great tips on “The Disease that Must Not Be Named” as well as its impact on garbage collection, etc.

Capers, stay safe, be well. We’ll see each other real soon.

The Caper – April 2020 Edition

It’s a time of major uncertainty. As I type this now, Governor Larry Hogan has shut down the state of Maryland with his Stay at Home order. If your business is not essential, you are not allowed to be open. If you want to go for a walk, do so with your family only and at a social distance. These measures are necessary to stop the spread of this disease. All citizens of Maryland need to conform.

Strange times we are living in now. There are a lot of great resources you can use to get more information on this pandemic. Some more interesting sites to check out is the one by Johns Hopkins. Another great resource is by healthdata. You can see when the experts think it will peak in this state and all others. I encourage you to check it out.

It’s a time for us to come together, remotely of course, to try to stop its spread.

In the meantime, I’ve got the newest Caper for you to check out. The President’s perspective is up to date as of last week and since then more changes have been enacted. Still, his message still speaks true. Most of the events listed in the Caper will probably be cancelled but no official word is out on that. Check back for updates.

Ryan, our Town Manager, puts out a call for Beach Attendants for the upcoming summer season. We have lowered the minimum age to 15. We are hoping to A) have a great beach season B) have a great staff to ensure everyone’s safety. For details on how to apply, see this month’s Caper.

There’s a great write-up on the history of Goshen Farm and a 45th anniversary of the Garden club write-up as well. This should take up a little of your quarantine time. Cape Conservation Corps has another great article in this Caper by Stacey Wildberger. It’s a must read. The Cape Swim Club has posted a great article on the history of the pool. Check it out.

Please remember, ALL EVENTS you read about in this Caper are up in the air so please assume nothing. We’ll try to keep you posted as we know.

Stay healthy and safe everyone.

Caper – March 2020 Edition

With only two days left in February, we are that close to marking an occasion not seen since the late 1800’s; not one flake of traceable snow has fallen at BWI in the month of February. Seems crazy right? As we get closer to March, we get closer to Spring and that brings all of the wonderful Cape events back.

Bill, in his message, mentions the upcoming Java & Jazz/Tea tunes put on by Goshen Farm on March 8th at 3pm-5pm at the clubhouse. Cape Conservation Corps will be hosting a guest speaker, Chris Pax, on April 17th at 7pm, also at the clubhouse. Bill also gives some fascinating Cape History so don’t miss it.

In Ryan’s message he mentions that maintenance fee renewals are due by March 1st; that’s only 2 days away, so if you haven’t paid them, get on down to the clubhouse! He also mentions the upcoming Quarterly Membership meeting being held on Tuesday April 21st at 7:30pm. Please note that this is a week earlier than normal due to a primary election.

The beach restoration project is coming really really soon. We’ll make major announcements as we get ready to break ground. With the major project we have in store, it will be an exciting year to be a Cape resident.

This Cape issue also contains important information about the Coronavirus and what you can do to help prevent it.

Information about the Easter Bunny coming to town and how to sign up is in the issue, so please check it out! The event is due to take place on Saturday April 4th at 11:15am.

See you around the Cape!