The Silver Thaw

Pam Weeks


In the winter of 1998-9, Maine was blasted with the biggest ice storm in memory. I remember standing in the Arts Center at Hebron Academy (where I worked at the time) watching the huge elm trees just outside the Arts Center gradually lose their limbs to the weight of the ice. Some of the trees (elms and apples) lost on campus were 150 to 200 years old. I was living in a little trailer at the time with electric heat. I had no electricity for over 2 weeks. My landlord did come up with a propane space heater for me. Ever since then I have refused to live anywhere without a wood stove! Anyway, I heard on the radio one day that this kind of ice event in the middle of the winter is called a "silver thaw", thus the name of this jig.


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