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The Caper – December – January 2021 Edition

Well, we’ve made it… to the end… of the year referred to as 2020. It’s been a real piece of work. In this month’s Caper, Bill’s Presidential message is a bit reflective as his 2 one year terms are officially coming to an end. He talks about the Cape’s legacy as he leaves office. More information on the upcoming Beach project(s) are contained in this message as well. Ryan, in his town manager message, shares his holiday safety tips. He also reminds us of the upcoming Annual Membership meeting on January 12th at 7:30pm. More details on this meeting will be coming soon.

Speaking of the Annual Meeting, this Caper does include the ballot as well as the bios for the incumbent board members as well as one new one. All ballots must be received no later than Wednesday January 6th to be counted. We will count every legal ballot and can guarantee the legitimacy of this election. In addition, we’re asking for a $25 increase in the SCBD cap, we are not increasing the SCBD fee this year.

Thanks to everyone who attended the virtual Tree Lighting this year. I hope you’ve had the time to swing by the tree and put up whatever ribbon or decoration you’d like to see up there. Please note that any decoration you add to the tree will NOT be returned after the Holiday season.

Goshen, Cape Conservation Corps, and the Garden Club provide great articles, there’s an awesome holiday word search and we’ve even included the history of the candy cane in this issue.

See you around the Cape!

The Caper – November 2020 Edition

Fall has settled over Cape St. Claire. It was a GREAT Halloween Saturday night, it was truly great to see so many Capers having a safe and fun time. So many tables setup and the conveniently placed beer tubes were a real treat! Yes, things are different but does that mean it has to be bad? If Halloween was proof that change can be a good thing, I’m excited for the holidays. The new Caper has landed in everyone’s laps. The President’s message talks about trying to keep your mental health at the forefront of your minds… as the temperatures get colder, it’s important to look out of you, especially during these times. Don’t forget that the Yearly meeting will be taking place virtually on January 12th at 7:30pm; more details to follow.

Ryan, the town manager, discusses the train wreck that has been 2020 and delivers a great yearly review. He does mention that electricity will be installed at the guest shack in time for the Christmas Tree lighting. He also reminds us that we’ll be voting on the budget in the January meeting.

This Caper does contain the budget that will be voted on at the upcoming yearly meeting. Please review and email us with any questions. The Garden Club’s next meeting will be held at Bay Head Park Pavilion on Sunday, November 29th at 3-5pm. More details on this are in this Caper. Goshen Farms highlights Becky Benner in their article this month as well as a reminder that they could sure use your donations. Information on how to do so is in this Caper. Cape Conservation has a great article by Stacey Wildberger that highlights their 2020 so don’t miss it.

We will be having the Christmas Tree Lighting on November 29th.. more details to come! Stay safe everyone and see you around the Cape.

The Caper – October 2020 Edition

I’ve run out of words to describe 2020. There’s truly never been anything like it … at least in my lifetime. I wanted to chat about the amazing fall events coming up. Can’t. I want to hype up what’s on the horizon for our Holiday events. Can’t. I’d love to talk about back to school and how much the parents have needed that after a long summer. Can’t. Can’t. Can’t. I’m going to add a facepalm emoji here… 🤦‍♂️.

Bill’s Presidential message is more of the same. He does bring more clarity to the pier situation. If you haven’t read about that yet, jump into this month’s newest Caper. The beach project(s) will begin in full force by the spring of 2021. Both site 1 and site 2 projects will be done concurrently. It’s going to be a great time to be a Caper. Ryan discusses some changes to how the county will be picking up the falling leaves this year. I won’t spoil that news to you here. Our quarterly meeting is scheduled for October 27th at 7:30pm. We hope to have a more viable option to host it this time around. Also, don’t forget, Sunday November 1st at 2:00am, the clocks fall on back an hour.

With all things COVID, Halloween Happenings will be different this year. They will be doing a “Guess the weight of the pumpkin” contest outside of the clubhouse. In addition, they will be driving Charlie Brown and the Great Halloween Pumpkin throughout the community. More information can be found on their Facebook page as well as this month’s Caper!

Goshen Farm needs your help! This year has been a tough one for fundraising and so they could sure use your help. See information in this month’s Caper for information on how you can contribute to this great historical landmark.

Congratulations to Louise Zeitlin for being the Cape Conservation Corp’s 3rd quarter Habitat Hero winner. See the great write-up in this month’s Caper.

Leaves are changing… temps are getting cooler… but we still need those masks. Stay safe Capers.

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.

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.

The Caper – February 2020 Edition

A new year has begun! I’m sure many New Year’s resolutions have already been broken but for those who have stuck with them, big props to you. Bill’s message in this Caper talks about changes to the Cape and hopes for 2020.

The Shoreline Project is full steam ahead with plans on it starting in April. We cleared a major hurdle with getting the proper permission from the County to get a loan to finish the funding that we require.

Even though CSC has been snow-less this winter, Ryan, our Town Manager, gives great snow removal tips and tips for keeping your pipes from freezing for when mother nature finally decides to make it cold and give us snow.

It’s that time of year where most of the community organizations meet to prepare for the Spring and summer. Goshen Farm kicks off their 2020 schedule on March 8th with Java & Jazz/Tea and Tunes. The Garden Club welcomes Debby Ward of Prior Unity Garden on February 4th to the clubhouse to speak about Growing Edibles in Small Spaces. Cape Conservation Corps holds their Guest Speaker Event on April 17th at 7:00pm. Don’t miss CCC’s great article by Stacey Wildberger called “Got Host Plants? Get butterflies!”

Stay healthy while the Winter Blues march on. See you around the Cape!

The Caper – November 2019

Fall is in full swing here now. If you hung around the shopping center yesterday between 5:30 and 6:30, you know exactly what I mean. The kid’s excitement from all of the candy is how the Cape kicks off Halloween. Looks like mother nature will cooperate and give Halloween Happenings, which is due to take place this Saturday, a chance to go off without a hitch.

The new Caper is full of what you would expect for the end of October. Bill’s message talks about the tragedy that recently struck the Cape and how we can help cope with it. Ryan, the town manager, talks about leaf litter and how it poses a threat to our water quality. His message this month is not to be missed. In upcoming events, as I’ve already said, Halloween Happenings is due to take place this Saturday from 10am to 3pm. CCC is holding their 5th annual Harvest Bash next Friday, November 1st. Tickets are still $25 but will go up at the door.

This month’s Caper also contains the upcoming budget for 2021. Please remember that the Annual meeting is due to take place on January 14th at 7:30 at the clubhouse. We’ll be electing new board members and voting on the budget. Please take the time to review.

Hate to jump ahead but Santa is due to the guardhouse on December 1st and then will be stopping by for Breakfast with Santa, taking place on December 14th. More information on Breakfast with Santa is in this Caper.

See you around the Cape!

The Caper – October 2019

It certainly doesn’t feel like it but fall has officially arrived. Cool weather is coming but summer is hanging on for dear life. Bill’s message in this Caper talks about things to come with this wonderful season. He also gives an update on the entrance sign on Cape St. Claire Road which I’m sure will dazzle. It’s also a call for anyone who is interested in serving this great community, it’s time for nominations for new board members so please drop Ryan Anderson a line to get more information.

So many events are set to take over the Cape over the coming month. Are you ready? Here’s a quick breakdown:

Goshen is having their Fall Harvest pasta dinner on October 12th at Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The Garden Club is set to have their next meeting on Tuesday October 3rd at 7pm at the clubhouse. On Sunday October 20th, they will also be hosting their Annual Dinner Potluck with the season’s Yard of the Month winners as their honored guests. The Cape Community Swap is set for Sunday October 20th from 10am-2pm at the cape clubhouse fields.

The shopping center will be giving out the candy on Thursday October 24th at 5:30. Candy usually goes fast so please be there by 5:30. Halloween Happenings, the 2nd biggest event of the year, is set for October 26th down at the cape clubhouse fields from 10am to 3pm. Admission requires $5.00 per child and the donation of non-perishable food items. More details on this and the registration form can be found in this month’s Caper.

Photo submission for the 2020 Calendar Photo contest are set for Thursday October 4th. More details on how to enter are in this Caper. And lastly, to round out October (okay, err, and slightly into November), Cape Conservation Corps will be having their annual Harvest Bash at the cape clubhouse on Friday, November 1st from 7pm to 10pm. Be there!

I’ll see all of you around the Cape!