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Thurman’s Jack Wax Party this Saturday has deep local roots

At the 2013 Thurman Jack Wax Party, organizer Kathy Templeton (left) serves up home-cooked food for area residents Hailey Sweet and Harley Fisk. The annual celebration heralding the upcoming arrival of spring — featuring Jack Wax or maple syrup ladled on snow — has local roots stretching back to the 1930s and likely as far back as the late 1800s. Since 1950, this party — which features live mountain music, savory food and spirited conversation — has raised money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.  This year’s edition is to be held Saturday March 15 at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol, beginning at 4 p.m. 
Photo by Thom Randall

At the 2013 Thurman Jack Wax Party, organizer Kathy Templeton (left) serves up home-cooked food for area residents Hailey Sweet and Harley Fisk. The annual celebration heralding the upcoming arrival of spring — featuring Jack Wax or maple syrup ladled on snow — has local roots stretching back to the 1930s and likely as far back as the late 1800s. Since 1950, this party — which features live mountain music, savory food and spirited conversation — has raised money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. This year’s edition is to be held Saturday March 15 at the Thurman Town Hall in Athol, beginning at 4 p.m. Photo by Thom Randall Photo by Thom Randall.

— Hoddy Ovitt and the Warren County Ramblers will be providing the musical entertainment. The requested donation is $10 adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 11, and free for those 5 and under.

This year’s party will feature a few extra activities for children, including face painting by local artist Sher Millis plus Girl Scout Troop 3426 and Boy Scout Troop 100 conducting games and other pastimes.

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.

For more information, contact Kathy Templeton, the organizer of the event, at 623-2967.

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