Edgartown: Happy Birthday Dr. George Cohn

Dr. George Cohn celebrated his birthday at the Square Rigger with his wife Sally, right, and friend Naomi Goldberg-Haas. – Photo by Linley Dolby

It’s so exciting to see bits of lawn peeking through what was beginning to feel like a permanent blanket of white. Suddenly people are out on the bike paths, walking, jogging, and generally getting the lead out, and I’ve even spied the sun a couple of times. Perhaps spring has heard our call. Can I get a Hallelujah?

I was ripping around town yesterday on a trip to return a few embarrassingly overdue library books, when what did I see coming toward me down Pease’s Point but a shiny new white Jeep towing a U-Haul trailer, and carrying the entire Ward family, completing their migration home from their winter digs in Wellington, Fla. After a long ride, ending with a freight-boat trip, without an opportunity to even walk around a boat, everyone was clamoring to get out of that car — in fact, I thought the dog was about to jump out the window. Well, now you are home, and welcome to all. I will be happy to see your faces on the regular.

We had a visit this weekend from Grant Tankoos and Mia Hargadon, just about long enough that if you blinked, you’d miss it, but we did get a chance to catch up over Parmesan peppercorn-doused salad and baked stuffed shrimp at the Square Rigger. Grant and Mia had stayed the night at the Kelley House, where they were tickled to awaken to the Wee Parade of St. Patrick’s Day revelers making the arduous trek up Dock Street and around the corner. You never know what you’ll find in Edgartown in March.

My parents and I participated in the parade for the first time this year, and a highlight for me was when, as we milled about the Dock Street parking lot amid bagpipers and green-beaded glad folks, my mother said, “So we should find a good spot to watch the parade,” to which I responded, “Mom, I think we are the parade.” Such fun.

Back to dinner at the Rigger, if I may bounce around a bit here — it was quite an eventful weekend after all — we were happy to witness the birthday festivities of Dr. George Cohn, who was celebrating his March 13 birthday with the help of wife Sally and friend Naomi Goldberg-Haas. It was a pleasure to make the acquaintance of this fellow, who has had a long career in psychiatry, helping many, and who continues to volunteer his time helping others through Island Health Care. Here’s to many happy birthdays to come.

I don’t know about you, but I will be at the Harbor View Friday night, eating my way through the aquacultural bounty of our Island at “Romancing the Oyster.” Friday, March 20, at 6 pm, we are invited to taste the Harbor View Hotel culinary team’s delicious creations with Martha’s Vineyard oysters, and to meet the men and women behind this amazing product. The event benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Inc., a nonprofit organization composed of the shellfish departments of the six Island towns. For more than 35 years, the group’s community-based resource-management program has sought to preserve and expand the Island’s traditional shellfisheries. Key to this effort has been the operation of a solar-assisted shellfish hatchery, the application of innovative aquaculture technology, and a continuing vigilance to improve and maintain the good surface-water quality crucial to a viable shellfish industry. Tickets are available through hvromancingtheoyster.brownpapertickets.com.

Birthday wishes go out to Michael Snowden, Helen Plummer, and Zach Townes, who celebrate March 19; to Dan Townes and Dave Berwind, March 20; to Emily Leighton, March 21; to Becky Bonds and Caroline Fournier, March 22; to twins Jim and Patrick Joyce, March 23; and to Nina Kiersted, March 25.