It was nice to see a positive event being held here in Thurman this weekend. With so much negative politics lately, it was so refreshing to hear about positive thing happening here in our small town.
This weekend marked the start of the annual Maple Days for Thurman. This happens every year in the month of March. The first day was Saturday March 10th, which meant the annual Maple Sugar Party, AKA Jackwax Party, took place at the Thurman town hall. It was once again sponsored by Thurman Station Association. TSA member Nancy Decker work with organizer Susan Shelper, working together with other volunteers, they made this years event a huge success once again. Susan Shepler worked tirelessly organizing the food as well as working with DOH to obtain the food permit. Nancy Decker organized the raffle baskets, going to different businesses to get donated items as well as many gift cards that were raffled off as well as putting together beautiful baskets for the raffle which raised and extra $200.00 for the American Cancer Society.
Councilwoman Gail Seaman and Councilman Doug Needham were there to lend a helping hand as well. Gail Seaman worked with Nancy Decker at the entry tables and Doug Needham boiled down the maple syrup for the Jackwax goodness. To-go food orders were also offered, which allowed some folks to enjoy this delicious meal at home.
There were volunteers that worked hard serving food and drinks, without them all coming together this event would not be possible. There were three children that also came to lend a hand. Ella and Lauryn Constantineau as well as Austin Shelper, helped clear tables as well as deliver desserts and helped serve when needed. This is the kind of values that it is so refreshing to see being instilled into the children of our town. These three children decided on their own to take all tips that were so graciously given to them by the people that came for dinner and donate it all to the American Cancer Society. The actions of these children speaks volumes of their character as well as the to the parents who instilled these values in them.
There is much preparation that needs to be done for this event, it takes weeks of planning and days of hard work by organizers and volunteers. The day before the event volunteers joined organizers Nancy Decker and Susan Shelper helping get food prepped and tables decorated.
Hoddy Ovitt and the Warren County Ramblers were also there to entertain folks with their toe tapping tunes.
As always, all proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society, which is something that has been done for many years. This year marked the 59th year, showing that Thurman folks can and do come together for the good of others.
Thank you to the organizers Susan Shepler and TSA Members Nancy and Don Decker, to TSA and all of the hard working volunteers and the wonderful children Ella and Lauryn Constantineau and Austin Shepler, you have helped restore some of my faith in humanity once again.