MIchael J. Cohen Day

Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan and Mike Cohen – Contributed photo

How often does the mayor proclaim a day in your name? Ask Mike Cohen, who will turn 90 this week!

Here’s what the Town had to say:

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“Michael J. Cohen”
Our friend and fellow Island resident Mike Cohen will turn 90 on Saturday, December 14th.

This is a noteworthy life event for anyone, and we wish to honor Mike, as he is a distinguished member of our community. Founder of Project Nature-Connect, and a school in the discipline that boasts students world-wide,

Mike has created and experienced much in his long life.

Mike was raised in a forward thinking artistic and musical family. He has run a ski lodge in Vermont, a traveling school that took students around the country to learn from experiencing the natural world, compiled a repertoire of hundreds of folk songs and dances, and has participated greatly in the preservation of many aspects of our national folk culture.

And he brought it all here to San Juan Island in the late 1990s, where he has enriched our island with his contributions to music, dance and education ever since. You see him at his contra dance, playing music at the farmers market, entertaining customers at the Cask and Schooner, and the residents at The Village, to mention just a few of his current activities.

Friday Harbor would be much the poorer without Mike’s cheerful presence and we would like to honor him as an indispensable community member.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Mike!

Read more about Mike and this award here on his Project Nature Connect website.

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Categories: Community, Education, Government, Nature, People


  1. Mike Cohen is one of a kind and a character of the best kind around this island. I very much appreciate his expressions of creativity and informed reminders that we ARE NATURE.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKE! Keep on squeeze boxin’ and dancing and increasing nature awareness and hiking Mt Young for many more years!

    Steve Ulvi

    Comment by Steve Ulvi on December 10, 2019 at 9:19 am
  2. Welling up inside
    bursting forth and through
    Nature Love
    Thank you

    Loving Life With You

    Comment by B on December 11, 2019 at 4:49 am

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