Maple Sugar Party (site
#8 on the map below)
Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Rd., Athol
Saturday, March 11th only, 4 p.m. until all are served
Fighting cancer for 58 years...
all-you-can eat sumptuous buffet is crowned with a dessert of genuine
jackwax. Serving begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until all are served. $10
adults, $5 for kids 6-11. free for those 5 and under. During the day of the event, call town hall kitchen, 518-623-4050. Join
the fun as area musicins perform lively music.
Jackwax parties have been held
by North Country folks forever, and this confection, it has been said,
probably originated with the Native Americans.
A Thurman diary written in the
1930s tells of the jackwax party held at Athol Methodist Church, which
once stood between town hall and the Harris House. It raised funds for
the church back then, but one year the call went out to raise money
with a Jack Wax party 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 as a fundraiser to help those with this disease, and
that year - and every year since, the dinner has raised money for the
American Cancer Society. 2016 marks the 57th year that the dinner has
been held for this purpose.
Performing at the Maple Sugar Party:
Hod Ovitt and The Warren County Ramblers
Back - l-r: Hod Ovitt, Ken Meyer, Pete Bolster, John Mosher
Front - Jeannie Jenkins
A guest enjoys old-fashioned jack wax
Thurman Maple Sugar Party
Simmering syrup to just the right consistency photo
A volunteer simmers syrup to the perfect
consistency for jack wax
Each weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Family Fun on
Bring the whole family to visit all
the sites! Watch maple syrup being made before your eyes. Our four maple
farms - Adirondack Gold, Valley Road, Hidden Hollow and Toad Hill -
all are in the same business, but differ in many respects, so plan to
visit them all. You'll see syrup, maple sugar, maple peanuts and candies
being made, as well as maple tea and coffee and souvenir clothing items.
Wonderful maple treats will tempt your palate, and special activities
will fill your day with fun. Sugarhouses will open their doors for touring
and tasting, sampling and shopping; Martin's Certified Tree Farm will
offer demonstrations of their sawmill operation, showing beautiful grains
of the sugar maple, and wood sawed from a tree tapped in bygone days,
as well as craft demonstrations and items for sale. Just down the road,
find Nettle Meadow Farm, with tasting of goat and sheep cheeses and,
weather permitting, farm tours each hour..Turn off Mountain Road to
find the third generation operation at Adirondack Gold Maple. On High
Street, near the Toad Hill turnoff, stop in at Peru Llama farm to meet
(and be kissed by) Critter, and learn more about llamas. See detailed addresses and descriptions
of all the sites and a map showing their locations.
Valley Road Maple Farm invites you to come early (9 a.m.) to enjoy a
pancake breakfast dripping with...what else?...pure Thurman maple syrup!
Service continues until 1 p.m.
JACK WAX !
And don't forget the Maple Sugar Party on March 19th. It's a delectable
all-you-can-eat buffet topped off with a dessert of old-fashioned jackwax,
accompanied by local musicians. Held at Thurman town hall, 311 Athol
Road, Athol, NY, the affordable dinner begins at 4 p.m. and lasts till
all are served.
Find brochures with
maps at each site, at Thurman Town Hall and around the region, or download
one on this website. Many visitors navigate by GPS readings, and
others just watch for signs, follow their noses or ask a friendly resident..
Read about all of our farm hosts and our advertisers below.
Follow signs to fine family fun.
Photo by Amy Drexel
Firing up the evaporator for boiling at Adirondack Gold Maple Farm
Photo by Sally Feihel
Mike Hill serves pancakes and Oscar's sausages
1. Valley Road Maple Farm
190 Valley Road; 9 am-4 pm
Sugarmakers Mike Hill and Ralph Senecal host breakfast each morning
beginning at 9 a.m. maple sausages from Oscar's, hot, fluffy pancakes
with pure maple syrup drizzled over the top! MMmmmmm. They'll keep flipping
flapjacks till 1 p.m. and the Upper Hudson Maple Queen will be guest of honor during those hours. Tour the facility, too! Valley Road Maple boils
in a state-of-the-art sugarhouse. They have expanded their operation
to 3,400 taps on vacuum with reverse osmosis, producing syrup, cream,
candy, sugar, maple roasted nuts, maple peanut brittle and maple cotton
candy. Valley Road Maple won first place in the Vermont international
maple syrup contest for light amber syrup and the 2008, 2009 and 2012,
New York State Fair first prize for maple candy. Come see why!
2. Martin's Lumber & Lucyann's
280 Valley Road
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gary and Wini Martin have a one hundred-acre Certified Tree Farm with
a portable bandsaw mill. Martin's is also the home of Lucyann's Stained
Glass Stepping Stones and Paper Bead Jewelry. You can now shop for these
items and participate in interactive demonstrations of the crafts in
a cozy indoor display room. The Martins carefully manage their woodland
resources and will talk to you about silviculture, explaining the principles
of sustainable forestry. They will demonstrate operation of their sawmill,
and show selectively cut maple that bears the indications of tapping
in bygone days. Their displays will include maple boards, showing some
of the unique and beautiful grains of the sugar maple, many available
as slabs for table or bar construction. Also available each day, fine wooden wares by craftsman John Los, who will demonstrate his skills March 19, 26 and April 3. Gary's mill will be on operating,
too, weather permitting, and he'll display along with some old logging tools. Caleb Martin will display his chain maille hammered silver jewelry.
3. Nettle Meadow Farm
484 South Johnsburg Road
10 - 4
Nettle Meadow will offer an indoor cheese tasting (ask about Maple Chevre!) if the weather is bad, and will be selling their brand new cook booklets, telling about their nationally and inter-nationally-awarded cheese*, the animals, and the history of the place, along with great recipes using their wide assortment of cheeses. Farm
tours will be offered each hour if the weather is good. Meet this year's baby goats and lambs! Land at this
site has been farmed since John Thurman deeded acreage to the Johnson
family, which founded Meadowbrook Stock Farm and ran it for generations.
Nettle Meadow is now primarily a goat farm and artisan goat and sheep
cheese shop. See, sample and shop their gourmet goodies. See the newly-restored
historic barn loftand the cheese shop!
*Nettle Meadow's Kunik was awarded World Champion Cheese Contest and won first place for our Kunik and Apple Cider Fromage Frais cheeses in Madison, WI, competing against cheesemakers from across the US, and Canada, Switzerland, Germany and other countries around the world.
4. Adirondack Gold
74 Bear Pond Road
10 to 4
Adirondack Gold will not be open on the final weekend this year.
Here third generation maple producers operate an old fashioned sugarhouse.
They have 1200 taps (1100 with tubing and 100 in buckets) and a 2' x
6' wood-fired stainless steel evaporator. Come browse the Kenyons' full
line of maple products--coffee, tea, cotton candy, cookbooks, and maple
donuts--to get your "maple fix" and stock up on gifts for
the year. Family
activities are planned at Adirondack Gold Maple Farm for both days of
each weekend. "Tapper" will show the kids how to tap,
gather sap and boil it. Bring snowshoes to try out, snow permitting.
Their "Big Foot" snowshoes will be available, or bring your own. Test your tastebuds
with different syrups to see if you can discriminate between grades,
and between what is real and what is artificial. Adirondack Gold offers
maple recipes, to show you that maple syrup isn't just for pancakes
anymore! Face painting for kids, March 19=20.
5. Toad Hill Maple
151 Charles Olds Road
10 to 4
The Galusha family has produced pure Adirondack maple products at
Toad Hill Maple Farm for more than 40 years. In 2011 they opened their
large new timber frame sugarhouse, which included a new energy-efficient
process for producing pure maple syrup utilizing a wood-fired evaporator,
a reverse osmosis machine and large stainless steel tanks. In stark
contrast, see the old cast iron kettle hanging outside, with sap boiling
over an open fire. Toad Hill gathers sap from more than 3,700 sugar maple trees. Take a
tour and see the new maple kitchen where Toad Hill packages the syrup
and makes maple cream, candy and sugar. Enjoy samples and browse the
expanding list of products in the gift shop, now offering such exotic
maple delicacies as cotton candy, popcorn, tea, coffee, cookbooks &
some non-maple items like balsam pillows & hats. Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride, and don't miss "Woodchuckin'" by the mammoth new trebuchet.
6. Peru Llama Farm
661 High Street;
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Peru Llama Farm, 661 High St., 10 - 4. (Park across road.) Pucker up for a free llama kiss and capture the moment with a photo. Learn about the life of a llama, diet, herding, survival, and complex communication. Role play in a training demo: how owners teach a llama not to fear humans. Buy bags of odorless and highly effective low cost llama fertilizer produced at this mini-farm. Kids will enjoy a "hay crawl" while their parents reminisce about bygone childhood farm adventures; souvenirs will be given to young children. Talk to Irv about "Breaking the Rules: A fresh approach to building on the strength and courage of our struggling youth," a book which details his approach to help kids in need. Maple Days' Special - 50% off each book.
7. Hidden Hollow Maple
312 Dippikill Rd.,10
a.m to 4 p.m.
of the Wallace family work together to produce pure Adirondack maple
syrup, maple cream, delectable maple candies, and many specialty products such as maple jelly, cinnamon maple sugar. maple pepper and much more. Old meets new in this
operation, with a traditional woodfired evaporator processing sap already reduced
by reverse osmosis. The Wallaces have expanded their operation to over 5,000 taps. Find Dippikill Road just a hop and a skip off Valley
or Glen-Athol Road by taking Parker Cross Road (which connects them),
and turning NNW onto the road to Hidden Hollow, just beyond the Loveland
Road turnoff. Email them, and like Hidden HollowMaple Farm on Facebook
8. Thurman Town Hall - Site of the Maple Sugar Party
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