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

People from near and far will be gathering this weekend in Thurman to savor the tasty age-old treat of Jack Wax, or maple syrup ladled onto ice crystals — but they'll also be enjoying Adirondack mountain-town hospitality as the local residents raise money to fight cancer.

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