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The Caper – July/August 2021 Edition

Things are finally starting to come back to “normal”. The clubhouse can now be rented at full capacity and the Strawberry Festival will come roaring into the Cape on August 28th 2021. Ahh, normal, my how we’ve missed you. We hope you’re having a great summer so far.

Don’t forget that our next Quarterly Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday July 27th at 7:30pm. It will be virtual again, details on how to sign up to attend are right here. This summer, Goshen Farm has been doing their weekly summer concert series. The next event is scheduled for July 23rd and will feature Julie Kurzava & Diane Kinsley/24 Karat and will start at 6:30pm at Goshen Farm. See this month’s Caper for more dates on this great series. The Garden Club takes the summer off but I’m sure they will be ready to go come September. More details on when and their upcoming fall events are in this month’s Caper.

In Cape Conservation Corps news, Weed Warriors continue their work every Wednesday night from 5-7pm at the Serene Ravine. Mark your calendars for their native plant sale to be held on September 25th at the clubhouse field. More details in the Caper!

In Strawberry Festival news, the signup forms for the contests are in this Caper so don’t miss out! We can’t wait to see everyone on August 28th. More details can be found in the Caper or on their website.

See you around the Cape!

The Caper – June 2021 Edition

After a bitterly cold (and record breaking) start to the summer, we think Mother Nature is ready to get back on track. Looks as though we’ll be safely leaving those temperatures in the 50’s in the rear view mirror. Let’s sure hope so. In this month’s Caper, Jeff talks about the great job our teachers have done throughout this past year. It’s been a crazy and challenging time for them and for our students. He also talks about being mindful of the Cape and Anne Arundel County rules. Have fun but be lawful and safe. Also, if you don’t use Facebook and want updates on CSCIA, please add your email address to our website. You’ll be emailed when new things are a foot! Be sure to read Jeff’s full message, it’s outstanding.

Ryan, our Town Manager, will be celebrating his three year anniversary this month. It’s hard to describe the positive impact he has had on the daily comings and goings within the Cape. In his message, as we get ready for the 4th of July, he talks about firework safety. He also wants to remind you that our quarterly membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 27th at 7:30pm.

In community group news, Goshen Farm is having their raffle for a chance to win 2 Daylite lifetime 8ft kayaks and paddles. The drawing will be in July. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at https://goshenfarm.org The Garden club’s virtual plant sale, that was held in May, was another success. Don’t forget to visit capegardenclub.wordpress.com to see what’s coming up in June and beyond. Cape Conservation Corps has another great article submitted by Stacey Wildberger on their recent Native Plant Swap. Check it out. Don’t forget that they meet every Wednesday @ 1037 Lake Claire Drive for their invasive weed pull. More details on their website: https://capeconservationcorps.org

We are excited to announce the 4th of July Parade and Celebration will resume this year! A float entry form and more details are in the Caper. Don’t forget that the Strawberry Festival is scheduled for August 28th. Signup form are in this month’s Caper so please make sure you review them and submit.

See you around the Cape!

The Caper – May 2021

That disease which must not be named has started to loosen its grip on our dailies. Jeff, in his Presidential message dives into how TDWMNBN has affected the community over the past year. We’re all looking forward to whatever the new normal can be. As we all start to get outside more and <GASP> see other humans, Jeff has a reminder to all of you on brushing up on the rules and regulations of the community, including our boat ramp and beaches. Check our site for more details.

Ryan, our Town Manager, has a great message on things in bloom and ways to improve your landscapes. Maintaining turf grass is one of the easiest ways to prevent soil erosion in your yards. The University of Maryland Extension office recommends tall fescue as the species of choice for our state. More information in this month’s Caper.

In Community group news, Goshen Farm is doing their Annual Goshen Farm kayak raffle. $5 tickets can be purchased on their website: https://goshenfarm.org. Drawing will be in July. More details on this and their current membership drive are in this Caper. The Garden Club is running their “virtual” plant sale. Hurry now over to http://capegardenclub.wordpress.com to order your plants. Contactless curbside pickups for your online orders will be May 13-16. More details inside on this and ways to keep those pesky mosquitos at bay.

Cape Conservation Corps has their weekly Weed Warriors event at Lake Claire Drive. They meet at 5:00 and go to 7:00 every Wednesday. Stacey has a great article on Understory trees for your home landscape so don’t miss it. Also, they announced their 2021 2nd quarter winner as EMILY BROWN. More details inside.

On May 14th and 15th from 9am to 4pm, we will be doing Cape Cleanup. There are some limitations with this year’s event so please be sure to read the article on page 11 to understand what you can and can’t bring.

The Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival, even though it won’t be in June, will be held on August 28th. We’re so excited to have this event and we hope it will be the best yet. More details on it are in this month’s Caper.

Don’t miss the write-up on the CSC Shoreline Beach Restoration Ribbon Cutting ceremony that was held on April 13th. It was a great event held to celebrate the board’s resiliency over the past 8 years to get it done.

Bottom line, read this month’s Caper, it’s LOADED with the information you need.

See you around the Cape!

The Caper – April 2021

What an exciting time to live in the Cape. Phase 1 of Site 1 of our beach project is complete. Next up are the plantings which will really make a huge difference to our views. Jeff Roche, in this Presidential message, outlines where we are as far the beach project for Site 1 and Site 2. It’s an exciting time indeed.

Ryan, our town manager, in his message reminds everyone that we are hiring for Beach Attendants for this summer. We lowered the age limit to 15 and we are hoping to get kids interested in making some money this summer.

Sadly, Goshen Farm had to cancel their Java Jazz and Tunes but hope to have another event in April. Stay tuned for information on that. The Garden Club will be hosting their annual Dividing Perennials Workshop outdoors on Saturday April 10th @ 1pm. Their plant sale will also be hosted virtually for the 2nd year in a row. Online orders will open up on May 1st. More details inside this Caper!

The Cape Community Swap will be held on Sunday April 11th at 10am at the clubhouse. More details inside this edition of the Caper. Cape Conservation Corps has a great write-up about pollinators and their affect on the environment. Don’t forget to sign up for their Wednesday Weed Warriors! Details inside.

See you around the Cape!

The Caper – March 2021 Edition

FINALLY, after 7 years, the beach project is ready for lift off. Mobilization begins March 1st so expect to see activity down by the beach starting on Monday March 1st 2021. We are so excited… we hope you are too. In his Presidential message, Jeff, thanks all the President’s who had to deal without a Town Manager. We cannot sugar coat the amount of help that Ryan, our current Town Manager, brings to the position every, single, day. In Ryan’s message, he wants to make sure you remember about paying the $10 maintenance fees. Get those yellow cards in! Our next membership meeting will be held on April 27th at 7:30, look out for more details on that soon.

In community news, the Garden club wants you to remember about their annual plan sale to be held in May. More details on this will be released soon. On March 14th 2021, Goshen is having their tea & tunes fundraiser at the Cape St. Claire Clubhouse, safe distanced of course. Check out details in this month’s Caper. Cape Conservation Corps will kick off their Wednesday Weed Warriors with an open house at the Serena Ravine on March 26th at 5:30pm. That’s at 1037 Lake Claire Drive… don’t miss it!

Spring is just around the corner and with it… we hope… comes a sense of normalcy again. Let’s all cross their fingers and hope.

See you around the Cape!

 

The Caper – February 2021 Edition

As we ushered in the new year, we’ve also ushered in changes to the Cape board. Want to give a congratulations to Jeff Roche for rising to the role of President. We know he will do a great job. His first President message is something you shouldn’t miss. Ryan, our town manager, delivers some great tips on keeping your pipes from freezing. Don’t forget that every home owner should’ve received their yellow cards. Your $10 is due by March 1st so get them in!

Goshen Farm offers a great history record on the farm property. Don’t miss that overview in this issue. Goshen is hoping to have Java & Jazz on March 14th, pending the Executive Orders being lifted. The Garden Club is hoping to have a great year this year as well. In February, they are planning on having a nature walk at a local botanical garden. Cape Conservation Corps has another great post by Stacey Wildberger, don’t miss this and all of our other community groups in this issue of the Caper.

See you around the Cape!

 

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!