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.