Thanks to all who came out to help clean up Mayo Beach on Sunday, April 19. The daffodils were blooming and the ospreys were protecting their nests as the BABA team and Team Mayo took care of business.
Tom Caswell headed up the project and was assisted by Colin Pitts, Fan Pat, Guillaume Vernieres, Warren Evans, Helen Van Gelder, Bill Anderson, Mike McCormick, Ann Jackson, Bob Catzen, Chris Wattengel, Kevin Sherlock, Mick Y (sorry don’t know your last name), and Boy Scout Ernie Seppiayton and his father Ernest. If we missed your name, please reply in the comments – we really appreciate everyone’s help. The Big Bean in Severna Park donated coffee and pastries and Mayo staff brought out donuts, granola bars and water for the volunteers.
After the elections (and some food and drink) at the season opener party, we recognized several BABA members for their stellar service. Mike McCormick, outgoing chair, was recognized with the Pat Pugh Service Award and a gift certificate to East of Maui. Thank you Mark Bandy and Mark Saunders for sponsoring the award. Mike served as chair of BABA for 2 years, leading the steering committee through simple and complex decisions. He also established the Mayo Water Sports Fun Fest in partnership with Anne Arundel County Rec and Parks. 2014 will be the 3rd year for the event. Last year we had over 100 attendees – half and half between BABA members and members of the public. This event has really helped enhance our relationship with AA Rec and Parks and they appreciate our efforts to help the public enjoy the park, windsurfing and other human-powered water sports.
Ann Jackson and Mike McCormick hosted the season opener party at their house on the Severn River on March 22. It was a gorgeous day to take in a view of the water and hang with lots of BABA friends. We had a brief peek at spring in between the big March snow storm and the following week of snow, record low temperatures and slurpee-like frozen stuff falling from the sky.