Friday, November 21, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, November 22

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Hotel Notes
 Try our Seared Scallops in Nathaniel’s Restaurant!
Served with parsnip puree, plum tomato jam, and fried parsnip chips.
Weather Forecast   
A mix of sun and clouds. Windy with highs around 40.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Peabody Essex Museum presents In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould! Revealing 20 exemplary works of Gould's furniture alongside paintings, archival materials, decorative arts and digital media elements that provide insight into the makers and consumers of 18th-century American design and culture.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Diane Vuole!

Flags of the Day
Puerto Rico

This Day in History
On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible.

I hope to see you here!


U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Area Committee Meeting

Recently we had a meeting take place in the Hawthorne Hotel for the Area Maritime Security Committee which was attended by among others,  the Salem Police Chief, Paul Tucker and Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll.  

We received this lovely thank you email and photos after the meeting wrap-up was completed.  Lindsay is Lindsay Otis, our Senior Catering Sales Manager:

Good Morning Lindsay,

Please accept my belated thank you for your patience and understanding in dealing with the federal government procurement regulations for our meeting last week.  I apologize for all the 'issues' that kept popping up.  Having said all that, I just wanted to pass along my thanks for such a great meeting venue.  

I received many positive comments from our attendees about the great venue and how impressed they were.  I was anxious that given the horrible weather a good many of our attendees might be no-shows but the vast majority made it and all had positive thing s to say about the Hawthorne.  

This was the first meeting of our group outside the metro-Boston area and I'm happy to say it was a huge success.  The room was perfect, the set up was perfect and the service was also perfect.  

I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance that day to chat with you but it was kind of a hectic day for me.

I trust that the payment FINALLY was processed properly by our fiscal experts but if you still have lingering issues please let me know asap!

Once again, thank you very much, the Hawthorne contributed significantly to our meeting being a success.


Phillip Smith
Commander, USCG (Ret)
Port Security Specialist
Executive Secretary
Boston Area Maritime Security Committee
U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Boston

Left to right above and below:  AMSC Vice Chair, Ms. Jenn Ball who is the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Sr. Advisor for Homeland Security; Capt. O'Connor; Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll 

Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker and Capt. O'Connor

The 'trophy' held by Capt. O'Connor, chair of the Boston AMSC, is an award for the best AMSC in the country awarded by our headquarters in Washington. Although the 'trophy' says Port of Boston on it, the Port of Boston AMSC committee covers the entire MA coast from the NH border to just south of Plymouth so Salem is a member of the committee.

We do love hearing from our guests, especially when we can make them this happy with our facilities and our services.

I hope we can assist you in planning a meeting, wedding, shower, or other event here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.  Just give us a call at 978-825-4358.


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, November 21

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, November 21, 2014.

Hotel Notes
Try our Pork Tenderloin in Nathaniel’s Restaurant!
Served with roasted pear, sage glace, roasted sweet potatoes and herbed green beans.
Twenty-five ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen
Weather Forecast   
Very cold with temperatures in the upper 30s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Peabody Essex Museum presents In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould! Revealing 20 exemplary works of Gould's furniture alongside paintings, archival materials, decorative arts and digital media elements that provide insight into the makers and consumers of 18th-century American design and culture.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Lee Frankl!

Flags of the Day
South Dakota

This Day in History
On this day in 1877, the American inventor, Thomas Edison, announces his invention of the phonograph, a way to record and play back sound.

I hope to see you here!


Allison Austin

This week we honored Allison Austin as our Full-Time Employee of the Month for September.

This is not the first time Allison has received this honor and it is unlikely it will be the last.  Allison is such a dedicated partner on the Hawthorne Hotel Team -- she is always one of the most-recognized employees -- by our guests and by her fellow team members.  She is behind the Tavern Bar (and out on the floor) five nights a week, and she works there like it is her own "place", welcoming our guests, tending to their needs in a way that makes them feel part of the Hawthorne Hotel "family" and providing outstanding service at the same time.

Here you see Jasmina Conley giving a speech to those team members assembled to honor Allison in the Tavern.  We like to recognize our staff members this way right where they work, and are happy to have our guests witness these small ceremonies.

Allison Austin and Claire Kallelis
I hope you will drop by the Tavern some evening soon and join us in showering Allison with kudos on receiving this special award.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, November 20

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Hotel Notes
Try our Warm, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Chimichurri in Nathaniel’s Restaurant!
Served with warm roasted pepper and arugula salad.

Weather Forecast   
Morning clouds with a chance of flurries. Afternoon is partly sunny with temperatures in the low-40s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Salem Winter Market will feature a number of local vendors selling a variety of products such as, local produce, meats, cheeses, spices, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and more. 
Artist’s Row
Thursday, November 20th at 3:00pm to 7:00pm

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Ginger Berenson!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On this day in 1945, Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.

I hope to see you here!


Baby Shower

This past weekend we helped to host a lovely baby shower.  Here is the thank you note we received on Monday morning:

GOOD Morning Sara!!

What a wonderful shower my daughter had yesterday. EVERYTHING was just perfect.  Liz and the entire wait staff were a dream to work with.  The food was amazing.  People were raving.  

In fact, many folks said it was better than most weddings they have attended at other locations.  

The cupcake cake was perfection!!  

Thanks so much for all that you did to make this such a wonderful family memory for all of us.

Here are excerpts from some of the planning emails that went on between the organizer and our catering manager, Sara Norris.  

One game is to have guests write some baby advice on paper onesies and clip them with tiny plastic clothespins on a ribbon clothesline.  We will need a small table for the guests to use to write out their advice. Many clients will actually pin items like this against a particular table.

I am having a Tutus and Tiaras theme, so will be having a ‘cake’ made of cupcakes in the shape of a dress complete with tiara.  The other cupcakes (including the gluten free ones I will have the bakery make) can be displayed around the princess dress ‘cake’.  We will need a table for that too. Absolutely. We will have one provided for you.

One game we have is ‘My water Broke’  I have frozen tiny plastic babies in ice cubes, I have plastic cups to put them in all of the guests will get one, and when their ice cube melts and the baby floats free they shout My Water Broke and get a prize.  We thought we’d have the Dads pass them out when the guests have arrive.  Should we bring 3 of our own trays or could they use 3 from the Hotel?? 
I would recommend bringing your ice cube trays prepared and frozen, and our coordinator will happily place them in the freezer while you set up.   

Here you see Dad-to-Be, James, and Mom-to-Be, Stephanie, with the cake table.
I hope you enjoy getting in on a little of the behind-the-scenes activities here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

If you are planning an event and want our help, please call our catering department at 978-825-4358.

Thank you.


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, November 19

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Hotel Notes
Try our Pumpkin Seed-Encrusted Haddock in Nathaniel’s Restaurant!
Served with red onion jam, herbed risotto, and maple-glazed acorn squash.
Twenty-eight ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty

Weather Forecast   
Mainly sunny. High near 35F.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Karaoke Night at Victoria Station
9:00 pm - 12:00am
Victoria Station (86 Wharf Street)
Head to Victoria Station every Wednesday for Karaoke Night! No Cover Charge.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Paulette Vantrease!

Flags of the Day
Rhode Island

This Day in History
On this day 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

I hope to see you here!


Fabulous Furniture at PEM

Last week I was able to preview the amazing new exhibit at PEM called "In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould".

While this is a relatively small exhibit with only 17 pieces of furniture on view, the curators have been able to flesh the show out with portraits, prints, clothing, and other period pieces, as well as the centerpieces of the show which are the record books which were recently discovered and led to important new scholarship about these great pieces of furniture.

In addition there are two interactive, up-to-date media stations where you can really get a more encompassing sense of these pieces of furniture, how they were made, and why they are so important.  And at many of the displays there are things you are encouraged to touch and discover for yourselves.  

As usual, PEM has done a spectacular job of merging art and culture so that one can really understand what you are seeing.  When I say "as usual" that might sound almost boring, but it is akin to watching a great golfer hit shot after perfect shot -- we have come to expect the spectacular, the extraordinary, the perfect from the curators and exhibition staff at PEM and they deliver yet again.

Here is a link to an article in the New York Times about this show.  Their writer definitely tells the story better than I can, so you should definitely read it:  New York Times Article

While the following are some photos I was able to take, you really must go see this exhibit.  I know you will take away so much by seeing it in person.

On view November 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015  -- Don't miss it!

These books are really the centerpiece of the show, because without them there would be no "there there" as they formed the basis of identification of these awesome pieces of art.

 These two desks above show how similar pieces of furniture can be so different -- check out the detailing on the one to the right.  However, the piece on the left has its original finish, which makes it very valuable in its own right.

Discussing the connections that make this exhibit so interesting.

The Revere teapot is from PEM's collection and it is exquisite.  I love how this museum takes pieces and puts them together in one exhibition to create more knowledge for the viewer.  Art + Culture = a great experience.
I just love the detailing that you can barely see in this side view of this drop-leaf table.  Such beautiful work that is almost hidden.

These three small pieces showing life in Salem at very early dates are amazing in their own right.  There is detailed information about them below.
View of the House and Farm of the Hon. Benjamin Pickman, c 1765

View of School St. (now Washington St.) in Salem prior to the Revolutionary War

Benjamin Pickman House at 165 Essex St.

Based on the cost difference, I would definitely be going with the carved set, wouldn't you?  Especially when you see how much work goes in to them -- something you can do quite easily in one of the two interactive displays in this exhibit.
 This trompe l'oeil piece (above) is right next to the entrance to the show.  What a great introduction!

 The photos above and below are of the interactive media exhibits that help one understand this show.

I hope to see you here, or there!  I have seen this show twice now, and I am sure I will go back at least one more time before it ends in late March.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Salem's Winter Market

Borrowed from Destination Salem's Blog, with permission, and thanks to Kate Fox:

Salem Farmers' Market Winter Market

This winter the Salem Farmers’ Market returns to its previous indoor location at Artists’ Row -- adjacent to Derby Square’s Old Town Hall where the Winter Market has been hosted the past few years. The Winter Market commences on the 13th of November with five weeks of operation: Thursdays November 13th, 20th and December 4th, 11th, and 18th.  The Market runs from 3-7 pm, one hour longer than last year’s Winter Market.

“The Winter Market is a fantastic opportunity to support local farms and artisans through the holiday season,” states Kylie Sullivan, manager of Salem Main Streets and organizer of the market. “We’re very excited to showcase so many farmers’ market favorites as well as some new vendors in this unique space.”  

A diversity of local vendors will be present at the Winter Market with a weekly rotation of booths and goods.  Patrons can expect to find an assortment of foods and artisan crafts including but not limited to dried fruit and nuts, oatmeal crisps, hard cider, chowder, upcycled clothing, jewelry, gluten/dairy free baked goods, wreaths, berries, handmade soaps, spices, honey, pickles, wool crafts, gourmet ravioli, candles, cheeses, eggs, and various produce.  

For further information regarding current vendors and Winter Market updates, refer to SalemFarmersMarket.orgFacebook, and Twitter pages, or contact Kylie Sullivan.
The Salem Farmers’ Market and Winter Market are organized by Salem Main Streets with assistance from Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the City of Salem,
Mass in Motion Salem, Salem Chamber of Commerce, and numerous volunteers. 


I hope to see you here, or there.