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The unofficial close of the Summer season is upon us but there is still plenty of activities going on at the Club with beautiful September weather setting in and expected relief from the oppressive heat. A perfect time to enjoy the outdoors especially if you are on the water.
Croquet will continue through mid-October on Thursdays starting at 6:00pm. Accompanying the croquet we will continue to offer live music through September with the following:
9/5: Pete Baker
9/12: Joe Hickey
9/19: Pete Baker
9/26: Bobby Reed
The Gazebo will remain open in September, weather permitting, with hours of 5:00pm-9:00pm on Fridays and Sundays from 4:00pm-8:00pm.
Speaking of the Gazebo, I have taken the liberty to attach an article written by Board member Tom Kranz of a heartwarming event that took place this summer at the Gazebo involving our bartender Laurel Atkiss. A random act of kindness.
The Ironman event will take place Saturday, September 28th with much of the activities occurring around and in front of the Club. CYC is a great place to relax and watch the festivities.
We concluded a very active August with several events highlighted by the Log Canoe races on Saturday, August 18th. A large crowd enjoyed the festivities Saturday evening with music provided by Golden Touch. It is beautiful to watch these elegant boats back on the Choptank in front of CYC. The log canoes made a race of it despite variable winds. Many of the log canoe captains and crew were very complimentary of our event as the broad waters of the Great Choptank provide a unique venue to their racing schedule. Many thanks to our Fleet Captain, Bill Clyde, for his tireless work in organizing this event. We hope and expect this tradition to continue-on as an annual basis going forward. Also, thanks to the many members who volunteered their time and boats to make this event a success.
Please also mark your calendars for October 10, 2019 when we will hold our nomination night for the 2020 election of our Flag Officers and Board members. Election night will be held Saturday, November 2nd, polls open at 5pm.
I hope to see you at the Club enjoying the fine weather and our Fall activities.
Finally, for those of you who have visited the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas you know what a beautiful place it is, the islands, water and especially the people. In my case it is Hopetown on Elbow Cay. Please join me in extending our thoughts and whatever support, financial or otherwise, we can provide to help rebuild that special place back to something close to what it was.
A Time to Move On
One evening a Mom abandoned two of her children. She moved the others out of their home leaving two far too young to do so, to fend for themselves. They were doomed to perish.
Alas, that’s the way Mother Nature works. It was time for Mom to teach her other six Mallard ducklings to swim and to see their world, and Mother Mallard just couldn’t wait for the one that had just hatched or the other unhatched egg.
Enter our Heroine: “Not on my watch!” said Cambridge resident Laurel Atkiss who took the sad looking, scrawny and still wet-from-birth hatched duckling, as well as the unhatched egg, under her wing…so to speak.
Sadly the unhatched egg never did. 30 days after being abandoned however, that formerly scrawny duckling is growing like a weed and doing beautifully.
“Ah, excuse me, do you know that duck is following you?” said a passerby the other day when Laurel had Goose as she/he has come to be called by “Mom” Laurel, at Gerry Boyle Park. She did of course because Goose follows her everywhere unless Goose is in her pen where, if left too long as the sun begins to rise in the morning, she/he will begin to cry for her.
Laurel doesn’t know if Goose is a boy or a girl at this point in its maturity. While it’s easy to discern male from female in an adult Mallard, it’s not so much in a duckling of this age. They all pretty much look alike, it turns out.
Ducklings follow their Moms around for 50-60 days then fly the coop. The plan for Goose is for Laurel to release her/he in that range somewhere between Gerry Boyle Park and the Marina so Goose will be close to where it hatched. While it’ll be a sad day no doubt, Laurel assures us she won’t mind getting this eating pooping machine out of her own home, either.
Mother Nature’s cycle of life can be relentless but this time she was delayed when heroine Laurel stepped in to care for one little duckling.