Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Fall is in the Air in Salem

I hope you enjoy seeing our fall foliage beginning here in Salem.  And of course, I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, October 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Staff Welcomes Starbucks Coffee Co.
Starbucks Coffee, is an American global coffee company and coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington. Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world ahead of UK rival Costa Coffee, with 23,305 stores in 65 countries and territories, including 13,049 in the United States, 1,909 in China, 1,555 in Canada, 1,089 in Japan and 927 in the United Kingdom.

Weather Forecast   
Remaining cloudy and cool, temperature in low 60’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
19th Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - October 2, 2014

The Salem Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate in the 19th Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on Thursday, October 2, 2014.  This year’s event will feature the theme “Fantasy”. This time honored kick off of the Halloween season is full of color, pageantry, music and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college and our local business owners.  Their participation is what makes this a highly successful, cherished event for our community.  The choice of costumes for this year’s parade is endless, based on the many fantasy themed movies and books, we’re expecting to see a lot of characters from Frozen, Harry Potter, Narnia, Spiderman as well as Ghostbusters (30 year anniversary and re-release), Avatar and the Hunger Games.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Janet Schmelling!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On October 1, 1908, the first production Model T Ford is completed at the company's Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford would build some 15 million Model T cars. It was the longest production run of any automobile model in history until the Volkswagen Beetle surpassed it in 1972.

I hope to see you here!


Destination Salem's Blog on the Salem Witch Trials

From time to time, the Director of Destination Salem uses some of my material in her blog, and I sometimes repost hers.  This is one case of the later circumstance.  In June she wrote an excellent synopsis of the Salem Witch Trials, and I thought it would be good to share it right here.  The timing seemed right now, as we expect our heaviest influx of visitors to Salem in the month of October.

I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to share your comments, either here or on the original post as noted:

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 05:00 AM PDT

We commemorated the anniversary of the hanging of Bridget Bishop, the first victim of the Salem Witch Trials, on June 10.  The Witch House hosted an excellent lecture by historian Margo Burns as well as a brief ceremony at the Witch Trials Memorial.  Bridget Bishop was the first of twenty to be condemned and executed during the Salem witchcraft hysteria of 1692.

The Salem Witch Trials are a fascinating time in American history, and the stories of the victims and their accusers have withstood the test of time, holding the fascination of people from around the world.  Any great story changes and evolves as it is told and retold, and from time to time it is good to check back in with the facts.  There are many misconceptions of the Trials and the hysteria, as well as frequently asked questions, and the Salem Witchcraft Trials has inspired retellings in literature and film for centuries.  

Here is our “top-ten” list of misconceptions, frequently asked questions, and favorite retellings.
It all happened in Danvers, not Salem.  The Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692 happened throughout the region, with accused and accusers coming from Salem, Ipswich, Gloucester, Andover, Methuen, and other communities.  Salem Village is now the town of Danvers, and some of the sites associated with the trials and hysteria are in Danvers.  Salem Town, modern day Salem, is where the trials actually took place, as well as the hangings and the pressing of Giles Corey.  The Salem Award Foundation has produced a Visitor’s Guide to 1692, which is available through Destination Salem, the Salem Regional Visitor Center, and several participating sites. 

Gallows Hill is a soccer field today.  Maybe, but maybe not. There is definitely a soccer field up on a hill in a neighborhood that is called, "Gallows Hill." That much is true. That said, the location of the gallows or hanging tree (we are not sure which was used) is not on any modern map.  We recommend people go to the Witch Trials Memorial, adjacent to the Old Burying Point, to remember the victims and consider the past.  Please treat the Memorial with respect when you visit, and note that the Witch Trials Memorial is closed between dusk and dawn.  

The House of the Seven Gables was part of the Salem Witch Trials. The mansion does date back to 1668, so it was here during the trials, but the house itself does not have direct ties to the Witch Trials. The Turner family lived in the house in the 17th-century, and they made their fortune at sea.  Nathaniel Hawthorne’s great-great-grandfather was Judge John Hathorne, one of the “hanging judges” during the trials, and his involvement with the Witchcraft Hysteria drove Hawthorne to add the w to his name and write The House of the Seven Gables, which is fiction.

The victims really were witches. Doubtful.  It is equally doubtful that the accusers were witches.  The Salem Witchcraft Trials were a social hysteria that spun out of control. 

The accused were “swum” to determine if they were a witch.  Not in Salem. The practice of swimming a witch was widespread in Europe, and it was used in Connecticut, but not in Salem.

Victims were burned at the stake.  Not in Salem.  Burning at the stake was punishment for heresy, a crime against the church, in Europe.  Witchcraft was a felony in the colonies, a crime against the government.

The Hysteria ended in October.  The Court of Oyer and Terminer was dissolved by Governor Phips in October, and a new Superior Court was convened to try the remaining witchcraft cases. The Superior Court condemned three additional people in January 1693, but Governor Phips pardoned them and all who were still imprisoned on the charge of witchcraft.  Not everyone was freed, however, as prisoners had to pay for their imprisonment before being released.  

On stageThe Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a remarkable play that is set in Salem in 1692. Miller wrote the story as allegory for the House on Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that was having its own social witch hunt for communism in the 1950s.  The play is fiction, inspired by actual events and actual people.  Historian Margo Burns writes more in her essay, “Picky, Picky, Picky.”

On the big screen: Hocus Pocus is definitely fiction, but it sure is fun.  A bigger hit in DVD and on network television each October than it was in theatres when it was released in 1983, the story of the Sanderson sisters, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimi is one of our favorites, and many of the locations where they filmed in Salem are still here, and were featured in the 2013 Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings

In literature: The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent, is about Martha Carrier’s family. Told from the perspective of Martha’s daughter, Sarah, it is a wonderful work of fiction inspired by actual events.  Katherine Howe’s novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, is also an engaging work of historical fiction inspired by the events of 1692.

Resources and References 

The Salem Award Foundation gives the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice annually and maintains the Witch Trials Memorial.

The Salem Witch Museum FAQ Page, Witch Trials Weekly, and Miscellany, Historian Margo Burns

Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth Century New England, David D. Hall
In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, Mary Beth Norton
The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-By-Day Chronicle of a Community under Siege, Marilynne K. Roach
Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, Bernard Rosenthal  


I wholeheartedly agree with her assessment of the two books, The Heretic's Daughter and the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.  They are both well-written and excellent story telling.

I hope to see you here.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Plan Ahead for October

Some helpful info about October events/ road closings:
Road Closings in October
October 2: Haunted Happenings Parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at Shetland Office Park on Congress Street. Residents should anticipate traffic delays on Route 114 and Route 1A. Route 1A from Derby Street to Brown Street will be closed to traffic from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Other road closures are Congress Street, Washington Street, Essex Street from Washington Street to Union Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Washington Square West, North, and South. There will be no parking tow zones along the entire parade route.

October 4 and 5: Haunted Happenings BizBaz. There will be no parking at the meters along the portion of Essex Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and New Liberty Street beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday October 5 through Sunday October 6 at 9:00 p.m. This section of Essex Street will also be closed to through traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

October 19: Witch Ride Motorcycle Ride. Route 114 and Route 1A will be impacted, but not closed to traffic, from Marblehead to New Derby Street. Route 1A, including Derby Street, will be closed to traffic between Lafayette Street and Congress Street. Congress Street will also be closed to traffic. Residents should anticipate road closures and traffic delays from noon to 3:00 p.m. There will be a no parking tow zone on Derby Street between Lafayette and Congress Street from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October 18: Salem YMCA Haunted Happenings 5K road race starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Salem Willows. No road closures are planned, however residents should anticipate traffic delays along the following roadways: Memorial Drive, Essex Street, Route 1A, Route 114 including Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, and Fort Avenue, ending at Restaurant Row.

October 25: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Avenue. No road closures are planned, however residents should anticipate traffic delays until 10:30 a.m. on the following roadways: Fort Avenue, Derby Street, Szetela Lane, Webb Street, Andrews Street, Washington Square, Essex Street, Charter Street, Central Street, Derby Street, Winter Island Road, Columbus Avenue, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Drive. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Drive, Victory Road, and Larkin Lane.

October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic delays throughout Salem for the entire day and night. Residents should expect major traffic delays on Route 114 and Route 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4:00 p.m. These road closures include: Essex Street at Crombie Street and Barton Square to Union Street, Washington Street from New Derby Street to Bridge Street, Federal Street from St. Peter’s Street to North Street, Washington Square North and West from Essex Street to Brown Street, Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Route 1A, Congress Street near Pickering Wharf, Charter Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Lafayette Street from New Derby Street to Front Street. Bridge Street at the Bypass Road will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps the Bypass Road from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for the closing fireworks.
The Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - Thursday, October 2
The annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade is a night-time tradition that brings out the entire city and people from all of the surrounding cities and towns to kick off the Halloween season. It is filled with color, pageantry, music and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college age and local business owners. This year's parade theme is "Fantasy."

Grand Opening Parade Route
The parade route is as follows: From Congress Street at Shetland Park, the parade will take a left onto Derby Street, a right onto Central Street, a left onto Front St., a right onto Washington Street, a right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, a left onto Washington Square and into the Salem Common.

No Parking – Tow Zone Areas
A parking ban will be in effect on 10/2/14 on the following streets between 5pm and 9pm. Any vehicle parked in these areas will be towed.
  • Congress Street both sides from Derby Street to Harbor Street.
  • Essex Street from Washington Street to Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Central Street both sides from Charter Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street both sides from Congress Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Front Street both sides from Washington Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Washington Square both sides from Essex Street to Brown Street.
  • Parking meter spaces at the intersection of Charter Street, Front Street, and Central Street.
  • Washington Street between Essex Street and Front Street, metered spaces.

Road Closures
The following roads will be closed on 10/2/13 from 6pm until approximately 9:30pm.
  • Congress Street will be closed from Harbor Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street will be closed from Congress Street to Central Street.
  • Commuters will not be able to use Route 1A between Dodge St. and Brown Street which includes Derby Street, Hawthorne Boulevard and Washington Square at the Common entrance.
  • Front Street and Washington Street between New Derby Street and Church Street.
  • Essex Street will be closed at Washington Street.                 
Mayor's Night Out - Friday, October 3, beginning at 3:00 PM
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, in partnership with Salem’s local attractions, museums, and downtown merchants, is pleased to announce that this Halloween’s “Mayors Night Out” will take place on Friday, October 3, 2014. 

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. participating museums and attractions will open free of charge to Salem residents. Residents must provide a photo identification showing proof of Salem residency to gain free admission. Students may use a school identification card, bus pass, or a Salem Public Library card. As part of Mayor's Night Out the Museum Place Mall Garage and the South Harbor Garage will offer free parking to Salem residents after 4:00 p.m. (proof of residency will be required when you exit the garages).
Mayor's Night Out Trick or Treat - Friday, October 4, 5:30 PM

Trick-or-treating will begin at the big fountain by the Museum Place Mall at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Driscoll will lead youngsters down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and around the shops in the Museum Place Mall. Then families can venture on their own and visit other participating businesses elsewhere across the downtown and Pickering Wharf (check for complete listing). Trick or Treat bags will be provided and costumes are encouraged!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ September 29 through October 5, 2014


Monday September 29 Venezuela and Tennessee      
Tuesday September 30 Vietnam and Texas
Wednesday October 1 Yemen and Utah                                      
Thursday October 2 Zambia and Vermont         
Friday October 3 Zimbabwe and Virginia   


Saturday October 4 Afghanistan and Virgin Islands                                            
Sunday October 5 Albania and Washington                       

*Denotes special request 

FAQs about our Flag Program

Q.  Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?

A.  Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in.  He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.

Q.  How long has this program been in existence?

A.  While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.

Q.  Where are the flags flown?

A.  The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left.
Q.  How are the flags chosen?

A.  The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order.  The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.

Q.  Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?

A.  Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community.  If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.

Q.  What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?

A.  That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.   One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA.  She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel.  She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.

Q.  Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?

A.  We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date.  For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan.  We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Q.  What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?

A.  In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by.  Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.

Q.  If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?

A.  Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request.  Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)

We hope to see you here!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Garden Menu at PEM Changes to Fall

The Garden Restaurant at PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) is run by a division of the Hawthorne Hotel.  We change the menus seasonally, and wanted you to know "what's new" there as of this week, so here is the complete menu with the items which have changed for the season pictured:


with crispy leeks     cup   6.5       bowl   8


with parsnip, rutabaga and roasted tomatoes
cup   6      bowl   8

SOUP OF THE DAY     cup   6       bowl   8
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

with Great Hill bleu cheese, served with carrot crisps, crackers and breads, for the table     15

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection


add chicken 3.5
add poached salmon 6
julienned cucumber, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrot and red pepper strips, white balsamic vinaigrette     
demi-portion     7         full    10.5

Parmesan cheese and house-made croutons
demi-portion     8         full    12

raspberries, Mandarin oranges, spiced pecans, mixed greens, raspberry vinaigrette
demi-portion     12        full    15

with chilled potatoes, Kalamata olives, haricots vert, cherry tomatoes and hard-cooked egg with romaine and mesclun greens, sherry-mustard vinaigrette     
demi-portion     13      full    17

with Bibb and red leaf lettuces, roasted, spiced butternut squash, crumbled bacon, candied walnuts, tart green apple, dried cranberries and Great Hill bleu cheese in a maple-balsamic vinaigrette
demi-portion     13        full    16


served on a ciabatta roll with bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard    13

with roasted zucchini, winter squash, red onion, tomato and eggplant, served hot with melted Boursin cheese on grilled, herbed focaccia    11

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection


your choice of a bowl of soup and a demi-portion Caesar or mixed greens salad    15

your choice of a bowl of soup and a half vegetarian or meat panini of the day  15

see daily specials sheet for today’s selection
served with your choice of a demi-portion mixed greens salad or sliced fruit  

sage-infused mashed butternut squash and orange-roasted Brussels sprouts, molasses-cider reduction    16

served with roasted pears and parsnips, asparagus and apple brandy jus    17

If you would enjoy dining there, here are the particulars:

Open Tuesday through Sunday for Lunch only.
Reservations are accepted and may be made by calling 978.542.1618 or 978.825.4311.

Remember you do not need to pay admission to dine in the restaurants there.  Just tell the guards that is what you are doing in the Museum.