Written by: Tierney Dennison and Tess Klammer

The Thanksgiving House feast is a time honored tradition at Providence Academy, where brother and sister houses come together to bond over games and treats.

In preparation for the week, each house designates certain students to bring treats, drinks, and tableware. Additionally, the house leaders plan activities for the feast celebration. 

The tradition of the brother houses asking the sister houses to feast with them a week before is back.

“I think it is a good tradition to invite the girl houses! It enables the boys to learn the etiquette of hosting,” says Upsilon House Advisor and History Teacher, Mr. Ian Skemp. 

Ares Amani, ’27, Anthony Rossini, ‘26, and Ryan LeMieux, ’26, make Shirley Temples at the Upsilon-Eta Feast. PAW Photo Credit: Nathan Ward

While most brother houses write a note or ask in person, they continue to get more and more creative with their proposals each year, with Theta house at the front of this movement.

“Our sister house, Zeta, was worthy of a better invitation, so we decided to spruce things up and set the standard,” says house leader Chase Millerbernd, ‘24.

This year, Literature Teacher Dr. Biebighauser, Theta’s advisor, called Mrs. Jendro, the advisor for Zeta house, and instructed the girls to look out the window. When the girls of Zeta House looked outside, they saw their brother house lined up outside the window of their classroom, each with a piece of paper that spelled out “Thanksgiving? Please.”

The feast itself was held on Tuesday, November 21st, the last day of classes before Thanksgiving break. After the Christ the King procession, the houses “ran” to their respective locations due to their eagerness for the feast. 

Clare Kistler, ’24, and Kacey Cessor-Culver, ’26, enjoying sweet treats. PAW Photo Credit: Nathan Ward

As soon as the food was set out on the table, students rushed to line up and load their plates with everything from chips to pie. While traditionally desserts are brought, this year Tau house had homemade venison stew. “I have never had anything like it at a house Thanksgiving feast!” says Aidan Flynn, ‘24. 

Skemp says the best thing that has been brought throughout his career is “krumkake,” a Norwegian waffle cookie. “It was nice because it was lovingly made, not store bought.”

After everyone has filled their plates with treats, the real bonding begins. The houses watch a movie, play games like hangman or jeopardy, or just chat. “That’s all you need: good food and good company,” comments Skemp. 

Other houses, however, have some fun traditions of their own. Zeta and Theta have the hilarious tradition of speed dating to get to know one another better. Millerbernd shared that it led him, “to meet some new people and see some new faces.”

It is safe to say the widely anticipated Thanksgiving house feast certainly delivered. From the delectable treats and good company, this feast will not be forgotten any time soon, and everyone can’t wait to see what next year brings.