Before students began heading in all different directions off campus for the Thanksgiving holidays, they had the unique opportunity to celebrate the day of thanks with their Saint Mary’s family. On Nov. 19, Student Activities and Chartwells co-hosted the first annual Saint Mary’s Family Thanksgiving Dinner in the Toner Dining Room. Guests sat at tables decorated with linens and real flowers and enjoyed the festive ambiance as they dined on the traditional Thanksgiving staples of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and even pumpkin pie.
Juniors Katie Nicoson, Hayley Ellingson, and Vivian Ann Johnson spoke about their enjoyment of the experience, saying that the fresh, traditional food felt like a real Thanksgiving. “I like it because it makes me feel like Saint Mary’s is thankful for us,” remarked Johnson.
Sophomore Angela Messer enjoys Thanksgiving dinner with her Saint Mary’s family.
Photo by Grace Homer
Sophomore Sarah Egbert and freshman Erin McElligott agreed, calling the dinner “refreshing.” They suggested sooner and more noticeable promotions for the event, as most students heard about the dinner the day before and were unsure of what to wear or expect.
The overall consensus seemed to be that the pilot Thanksgiving dinner was a good one, and the students would like to see the experience built on in years to come so that it becomes a Saint Mary’s tradition. This writer would personally love to see more stuffing.
Sophomore Grace Homer summed it up when she said, “If they have leftovers of this tomorrow for lunch, I won’t be upset about it.”