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The Caper – September 2020 Edition

Larry Hogan announced yesterday that Maryland will be in Phase 3 of COVID recovery on Friday. That’s good news. Some would argue that’s too fast and others would say it’s too slow. No debate on that here. It’s nice to see us climbing out of the COVID doldrums and trying to find out sense of what normal used to be. Events around the Cape still continue to be cancelled. We hope to have something in October but perhaps that’s simply wishful thinking. Maybe we can light the Cape tree in December. Maybe Santa can come for a visit…? I’m skeptical but am hopeful.

We’ve received most of the required permits to get started on the beach project(s). Now, we have to wait for the contractor(s). Due to the project’s delays, we won’t be able to start in 2020 but we’re on target to start (and complete!) work on both projects at the same time in the spring of 2021. We absolutely cannot wait for that, It’s been a long road to get to this point. Thanks to all board members for their hard work this year and in previous years to get us to where we are today.

Bill’s Presidential message is the standard stuff from that stiff … say that 5 times fast. Ryan’s town manager message talks about the ways you can get your lawn ready for the fall. He also reminds everyone about the Quarterly meeting, scheduled for October 27th 2020. Cape Cleanup is scheduled for September 18th and 19th. This Caper has more information about that. Cape Conservation Corps is hosting their fall plant sale on Saturday September 26th from 9am until noon at the field behind the clubhouse. They will be practicing safe social distancing. The Garden Club is hosting their annual Seed and Cutting Exchange on Tuesday, October 6th, 5-6pm. They will practice social distancing, in the parking corral behind the Clubhouse.

Please don’t miss out on the tribute to Josephine Gardner. A long time Cape board member, she was a tremendous influence and hard worker for this community for so many years. She will be missed. Don’t miss the beautiful tributes by many Cape St. Claire board members and residents.

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Caper. It’s a smaller issue. Interested in making a contribution to the Caper with an article? Email caper@cscia.org. We’d be happy to have you help out.

 

 

 

Quarterly Meeting for July is ON

Hello fellow Capers. The quarterly meeting for spring was cancelled but we are having our July meeting tomorrow, July 28th at 7:30. Here is the call in information: CSCIA Quarterly Meeting

Tue, Jul 28, 2020 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/262547237

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 262-547-237

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/262547237

Please note that we will not be voting but will be going over and catching everyone up on where we’ve been since the last meeting back in January. Hope to “see” you there!

 

The Caper – July/August Edition

Summer has most definitely arrived. Temperatures have been soaring in the 90’s pretty regularly and that means people have been out and about. With that comes mask wearing and keeping a safe distance from others. Staying safe and staying cool has certainly been challenging in a year full of challenges.

Sadly, as the summer months continue, there’s nothing but uncertainty about all of the Cape events. So many cancellations. The Strawberry festival is still on a postponed status. We are hoping to be able to have a Strawberry Festival Fall theme this year. Please stay tuned for more details on that.

The clubhouse will be reopening to 50% capacity starting August 1st. There will also be a $100 COVID cleaning fee which is necessary to offset the costs associated with cleaning the clubhouse between every event. More details can be learned by emailing clubhouse@cscia.org.

We will be hosting the Quarterly Meeting on July 28th at 7:30pm. It will be remote using GoToMeeting. There will be no votes taken and will simply be informational to catch everyone up on what’s been taking place since we last met back in January. We will be posting to Facebook and this website once we have the links and information ready.

This Caper is not the normal one. It’s normally stuffed full of color photos and information about the fall season which will be here before you know it. The President’s message gives some information on the Beach Project. Come to the quarterly meeting in 2 weeks for more on that. In this Caper, Ryan talks about being respectful to the beach attendants and talks about the rules for using our beaches. To stay up to date on the latest events taking place, please visit our website and our community organizations: https://capeconservationcorps.org or https://goshenfarm.org/ or https://capegardenclub.wordpress.com.

See you around the Cape!

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. 😢 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.