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For many York Countians, it's been a Thursday evening ritual for decades.

Jamming at the Franklintown and Community Fire Company....country and blue grass style.

It's an evening that includes dinner, prepared and served by fire fighters and station volunteers.

A mainstay fundraiser that helps Station 65 serve two boroughs and three municipalities.

Fourth generation fire fighter and station chief Mike Whitzel calls the weekly jam sessions a big plus for the company, financially and socially.

"It helps us defer some of the costs of our 200-thousand dollar a year budget," said Whitzel. "It helps us do the day to day operations of paying bills."

"You can see from the folks that come in, it's the older generation and this gives them the opportunity to come socialize. They all know one another," he added.

From pick up sessions in the coat room, to spotlight performances on stage, these long time friends and lifetime players remain a downbeat away from another tune.

Ray Riley is one of the regulars at the jams, travelling forty miles round trip from Spring Grove.

"I like the different instruments that they use and play," said Riley. "I always enjoyed that style of music. And it's soothing to me."

"We also get to dance a little bit. We need the exercise," he added with a chuckle.

Session leaders say new musicians and guests are always welcome. They need only to bring their instruments, appetites and dance shoes.

 

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