Archive for June, 2017

Beach Chairs and Umbrellas

We have gotten out of the Beach Chair business. There are just to many cheap ones and we always have to go through them and toss them out in the fall. As of this writing I do not believe that we have any of them at all.

You will find the island stock so so and expensive.

I would suggest bringing your own or ordering them and having them shipped direct to the island.

Here are my recommend items – I own these and endorse them. If these end up at the house we probably will not toss them.

I bought a Sport-Brella XL and chair for $99 on a special direct from the Sport-Brella company.

Sport-Brella XL Beach Umbrella

Sport-Brella XL Beach Umbrella

Sport-Brella Beach Chair

Sport-Brella Beach Chair

Sport-Brella Beach Chairs

Sport-Brella Beach Chairs

These are pretty good models. I own two.

Tommy Bahama Beach Chair with cooler and backpack

Tommy Bahama Beach Chair with cooler and backpack

Amazon has a good selection too. Just search and enter Beach Chairs.


Ticks and Lyme Disease

I don’t want to be an alarmist but knowing about ticks is VERY important. Prevention starts with you. You cannot be clueless and careless especially where Deer Ticks are prevalent.

Martha’s Vineyard is an island of mostly sand. The population changes dramatically from one season to the next. Martha’s Vineyard has a year-round population of about 15,500 swelling to 115,000 in the summer. Approximately 63% of the Island’s housing stock is second homes for seasonal residents, and an additional 10,000 visitors are coming and going on ferries, in private boats and via air travel every day mid-June through Labor Day. A lot of them bring pets.

Since 2014 The Captain Morse House discouraged pets due to the hitchhiking of pests into the home. The hardwood floors and in town location provide a degree of comfort for our guests and an inhospitable climate for pests. Additionally we use Terminex to treat the interior and exterior of the house. All of this means we are doing the best we can to provide you a pest free environment.

I was recently asked about Deer Ticks by an incoming guests. Deer ticks are smaller than Wood Ticks and are the only Ticks to carry Lyme Disease. Lyme is a very serious disease. In general an in-town yard is safe as it is not part of the deer habitat however when you go to the beach or dogs get into the yard ticks may drop off onto the short grass. As mentioned before this is one of the reasons that I do not allow pets anymore is the ability of them to bring sand fleas and ticks into the house.
Edgartown does not nearly have the issues that they have in the woods where ticks cling to long grass and literally jump onto you. If you must go to the woods use long pants and tuck them into your socks. We prefer white socks to make it easier to see ticks beginning to make their march up from your shoes. You should check your legs every now and then as it is not uncommon in a wooded area to be able to intercept them.

How you act is very important to keeping ticks away. I highly recommend taking an evening bath or shower after being out and about on Martha’s Vineyard island. This evening ritual is important for washing off any poison ivy, ticks, sun screen etc. that is used during the day. Children should be carefully examined after playing and after bath or shower.

How to protect yourself from Ticks

Here are some resources for Tick identification.

Tick Research

Treat Clothes with Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent

For ten hour protection Repel 100 Insect Repellent

Both of these are available from Amazon

I recommend shipping them ahead of your stay.

A celebration of a man and his family

There is no doubt that the house is perfect for family reunions and celebrations but it is rare that it gets used by such a wonderful group with such a colorful story.

Paul Simko celebrated his 90th Birthday surrounded by his large family who came from as far away as Switzerland and Argentina. They maxed out the house and enjoyed every inch of it. Paul escaped from Austria to La Paz Bolivia just before the start of WW II. He emigrated to Argentina in 1946 and started a successful import export business there.

Paul has a wonderful large family and became a US citizen in 2010. His birthday celebrations have been large affairs and have been held in various wonderful locations around the world. We were lucky to have hosted him.

Paul Simko Book Cover

Paul Simko Book Cover

You can read more about Paul in his book

Here is the back cover

Simko Book back cover

Simko Book back cover

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