After cooking and eating in the open air, Host Families treated Sanvino to a wholly different affair. Host family dinners were all held in family homes. Most everyone combined with other families to create another big (aka American) affair. I was priviledged to attend the traditional Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Turcotte family. Every November, Americans celebrateThanksgiving in millions of homes across the country. The centerpiece of the meal is a whole baked turkey. It is often accompanied by mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy. As the story is told, Native Americans helped the new arrivals to the country by providing the food. For us, all families contributed dishes. And our interpreters even brought some rice balls to round out the meal!