You might as well rename the Harvest Dinner “the pre-Thanksgiving meal before Thanksgiving”. This is one event that occurs before the break each year, as the Bates Dining Staff work hard to ensure the success of all of its efforts. Not only is a bounty of Thanksgiving-appropriate foods served (such as chowder, lobster-stuffed haddock, cranberry sauce, cheese & crackers, turkey, stuffing, and roast beef), but a cornucopia of desserts, cider, photo booths, and activities filled throughout the rest of the night.
And if that weren’t enough on your plate, there’s also the Fashion Trashion show, an environmental version of a typical haut couture fashion runway show- usually featuring outfits constructed from recycled materials such as cardboard and garbage bags. (Here’s a look at last year’s winner: http://www.bates.edu/x187289.xml)
Also lined up is the concert a-cappella group Merimanders will be throwing (A few “notes” to take about this group: http://abacus.bates.edu/people/orgs/merimanders/).
In addition to feeding the entire Bates population, the Harvest Dinner is also open to the public. With the exception of the search for free seats and long waiting lines for food, I honestly have to give kudos to the Dining Staff’s joint efforts for piecing all this together. To me, the Harvest Dinner is more than a special occasion thrown by Commons or spiritual culinary celebration, but in the true spirit of Thanksgiving: it’s about being grateful for the close-knit family of friends with whom we’ve gotten to share the Bates experience- of the ultimate four years of our lives.
I’ll leave you to digest all this.