Must be spring: Dairy Queen opens

Raindrops don't deter Vineyarders from slurping up Blizzards.

Photo by Ralph Stewart

Dark skies and raindrops didn’t stop hundreds of hungry Islanders from lining up at Dairy Queen for its spring opening on Tuesday. It was a long, cold blizzard-filled winter on Martha’s Vineyard and it wasn’t  clear whether those in line were more eager for DQ Blizzards, or a just an annual, reliable sign that spring was indeed on the way.

By 3 pm, the rain tapered off, and Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student correspondent Sophie Petkus reported: “There were tons of kids arriving when we got there. I ordered a grasshopper Blizzard with hot fudge. Sarah [Dawson, on break from the University of Vermont] got a chocolate Blizzard with Oreo, Heathbar and M&M’s.”

Six DQ employees— four behind the counter, and two assists — kept up with the steady demands, which appeared to lean heavily away from traditional soft-serve cones, and toward Blizzards, in all forms.

Seems appropriate.