Tradition runs deep in this weekend's Jack Wax party

ATHOL - Thurman's annual Jack Wax party, set for this weekend, celebrates old-time rural traditions.

The annual community party, set for Saturday, March 12 starts at 4 p.m. with an array of food buffet-style, available until all are served.

It's not only an age-old North Country rite of sharing home-cooked food and maple syrup ladled over snow - it's far more.

The tradition of enjoying a hearty meal and greeting neighbors after a long winter, is linked with sharing and caring for others in need. The annual community party is primarily a tribute to upcoming Spring with folks savoring Maple syrup ladled on snow, but it's also a matter of reaching out to others by raising money for the American Canceer Society both for research and to help families in the area.

The party includes tables full of savory dishes, infectious mountain music, friendly socializing among townspeople and newcomers, and that indescribable feeling of community.

A local band featuriong Hoddy Ovitt will be playing traditional down-home country music starting at 4 p.m.

Prices are $10 adults, $5 from age 6 through 11 and those 5 and under are admitted free.

The now-legendary Jean Reynolds organized the party for about 40 years. She was not only a tireless worker year-round for the Jackwax fundraiser, but she knew how to press others into service - with a smile.

This year, Becky Hitchcock has assumed Reynolds' role.

"I want to keep the tradition alive," Hitchcock said.

If you have never tasted this old fashioned caramel-style dessert, heard real North Country music or experienced home-town socializing, don't miss it at the Jack Wax get-together this Saturday.

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