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The 2013 Thurman Jack Wax Party is set for Saturday March 9, so stop by and enjoy the mountain music, great food presented buffet style, warm socializing and of course that traditional rural favorite, Jack Wax, or maple syrup drizzled over shaved ice or snow. See elsewhere in this issue for details.

Jack Wax parties have been held by North Country folks forever, and this confection, it has been said, probably originated with the Native Americans.

In a Thurman diary from 1930, the writer tells of a Jack Wax party held at Athol Methodist Church, which once stood between The Thurman Town Hall and the Harris House. The event raised funds for the church, but one year the call went out to help the family of a young local boy stricken by leukemia. The next year, the church had closed and the young boy's life had been lost. Organizers decided to carry on the tradition of hosting the meal, and to donate the funds to the American Cancer Society. This year marks 54 years that the dinner has been held for this purpose.

Menu items at the party will include fresh turkey from Whitefields’ farm, spiral hams donated by the Witz family, corned beef provided by local grocery stores, baked macaroni and cheese prepared by Loraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan of Nettle Meadow – let’s not forget to thank their goats; maple carrots donated by Sally Feihel; breads and pastries by Myrna Keeler; a green-bean casserole created by Yvonne MacNeil; a baked ham donated by the Ligons; cranberry-topped green beans provided by yours truly; garden salads donated by the Terrells; other savory dishes by Adrienne Gliha-Bell, Susan Jennings, Gretchen Millington, and much, much more! Thank you to you all for your generosity. Appreciation also goes out to all of the volunteers as well — you know who you are! Also, others seeking to donate may drop off cooked side dishes just prior to the event and they will be warmed up for serving.

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