Friday, June 30, 2006

Patrick and Maryellen Caulfield Celebrate Their 27th Anniversary in a Very Special Way

Our Hawthorne Hotel Private Dining specialty is a service that is far beyond the norm. Last night we were happy to help Patrick and Maryellen Caulfield celebrate their 27th anniversary in style.

Mr. Caulfield planned the entire evening, down to how we would use a little subterfuge to get Mrs. Caulfield to the Hannah Room where this was all set up, with her only believing that something went awry with their reservation in our main dining room. Working with our chef, he pre-selected menu items to fit their tastes and desires, and then the chef and our dining services staff chose wine to compliment the menu. We even ordered the flowers!

We are happy to offer this Private Dining experience, either as part of our package "For the True Romantic", or as an individual arrangement with our Nathaniel's dining room staff. The overnight package includes Deluxe Accommodations, a complimentary food and beverage amenity in the room, a customized dining experience, a bottle of wine or sparkling wine, a dozen roses and your own waiter for the evening, all for only $499 plus tax and gratuity.

We hope to be able to help you celebrate your special occasion at the Hawthorne Hotel!

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Karen Cotton feted for Twenty Years of Service to the Hawthorne Hotel


Today we surprised Karen Cotton, our Director of Catering, with a celebration of her twenty years of service to the guests and staff of the Hawthorne Hotel. To the tune of "We are Family", Bruce Whear, aka "Elvis" danced in to the Essex Room in the middle of our monthly managers meeting to remind us of the fun years that Karen has been with us.

Her co-workers prepared some photo boards to show us of just how many hair styles Karen has had over the years.

Congratulations, Karen, and we wish you many more successful years at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

You Say It's Your Birthday. . . .

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Celebrate your birthday in grand style with an amazing deal. We'll treat you like royalty on your special day. Our Birthday Package inludes deluxe overnight accommodations, colorful Happy Birthday balloons to create a festive atmosphere, a specialized birthday cake, chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling wine delivered to your room upon arrival, as well as breakfast for two in Nathaniel's Restaurant.

So make your reservations to celebrate your special day at the Hawthorne Hotel, where you can have your cake and eat it too!
Rates as low as $190, for two persons. Taxes are in addition to the package price.

I hope to be able to wish you a happy birthday, right here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Salem Rotary Presents Award to Hawthorne Hotel

Today was the final meeting of the Rotary Year for outgoing President, Dr. Richard Eisner. At our meeting today, he presented a number of Rotarians with special awards for Service Above Self.

On behalf of the Hawthorne Hotel, I was honored to accept an award given to The Hawthorne Hotel and Staff, "With Deep Appreciation in Honor and Recognition of superb service to the Salem Rotary Club."

Shown in the photo above are, left to right, from the back, (standing) Bob Anthony, Paul Herrick, John Neely, Deb Amaral, Bill Kielbasa, Frank Campbell, Jeff Holloran, Dave Wescott, Malia Griffin, Leah Weston, Kathie Strout, Dave Gendall, Trip Mason, (seated) Gig Michaud, Bruce Whear, Ken Rothwell, Bob Conley, Jeanne Scarpa, Mike McLaughlin, Jim Robinson, (front row), Dana McIntyre, Rich Eisner, Mike Wheeler, Dave Benson and Juli Lederhaus.

The Hawthorne Hotel would like to offer our own special recognition to Pres. Rich, who did an outstanding job in working with us here at the Hawthorne, to make sure that each and every event that we produced for the Salem Rotary Club (over 60 events in the past year) was executed in the best possible way we could. Thanks for all the excellent communication, Rich!

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week, June 26 through July 2, 2006

You may note that this week on Saturday we will be flying the flags of two states, rather than a country and a state flag. This is happening by special request.

Monday , June 26 ~~ Austria and Nevada
Tuesday , June 27 ~~ Azerbaijan and New Hampshire
Wednesday , June 28 ~~ Angola and New Jersey
Thursday , June 29 ~~ Bahamas and New Mexico
Friday , June 30 ~~ Bahrain and New York
Saturday , July 1 ~~ Massachusetts and Indiana
Sunday , July 2 ~~ Bangladesh and North Carolina


Sunday, June 25, 2006

John and Anthe Fillos Celebrate 60 Years at the Hawthorne Hotel

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On June 23, 1946, Anthe and John Fillos became man and wife. On June 24, 2006 they celebrated sixty years of wedded bliss with their family in Sophia 's Banquet Room at the Hawthorne Hotel.

In attendance were: Becky Gidas, sister of the bride, her daughter Stacey Dickos, who came in from Philadelphia for the occasion, sons of the guests of honor Steven and Demetri Fillos; daughters Pamela and Deborah and their husbands. respectively Ted Soteropoulous and Peter Pantazelos. Their grandchildren in attendance were Mimi Soteropoulous and friend Chris Anastasiadas, as well as Thanasi and Yianno Pantazelos with friend Kate Otto.

The bride and groom had a virtual mini wedding reception including the cutting of a wedding cake and a dance to their wedding song, "Dearly Beloved," played especially for them by our pianist Steve Belgiorno. It was a wonderful evening for all.

The Hawthorne Hotel holds special meaning to the Fillos family as Anthe worked here as a waitress in the seventies when the restaurant was called the Main Brace. In addition,
the Fillos family home overlooked the hotel property years ago.

Congratulations from the Hawthorne Hotel! We wish you many more happy years together.


Saturday, June 24, 2006

We get letters, all kinds of letters

Today I received a long hand-written letter from a guest who has been staying with us for a few days. It was an unusual letter, but I thought I would share some parts of it with you, because it shows that our kind of understated, kind, genuine and down-to-earth hospitality is appreciated by a broad spectrum of people.

This guest said,

"I have long hair, tattos and play in bands. I've been to so many hotels, inns, etc. Despite an awkward situation. . . everyone, from cleaning staff, bartenders, and management have been so courteous, polite and respectful. I can sit and have champagne and appetizers, while wearing a Beatles shirt, and it's the same as Armani.

"I was writing a song and needed a full-size piece of paper, pencil and envelope. The man at the desk said "Sure", stopped what he was doing, without a fake smile, mind you, and accommodated me.

". . . through the most stressful days in my life I felt safe and very comfortable, but mostly respected. You and all of your establishment should feel pretty good about yourselves and about that. I will be sure to tell everyone in my travels, nationwide, you are the best. Thanks so much, Rock on Hawthorne. "

We hope to see you soon, fair reader, here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


Friday, June 23, 2006


Here I am, presenting a special award to Lucie Ogeron, our Very Special Intern, from France, on her final day as an intern with us.

She will be missed.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Lucie and Friends

Posted by Picasa Left to right are Kaitlin, Rudy, Abby, Susan, Lucie, Shannon and Carol.

So long, Lucie, so long

Here are some of our staff members saying so long to Lucie, our intern from France, as she heads back home. Lucie has spent the past four months with us, learning everything she could about the Rooms Division of the Hawthorne Hotel. During her time here she worked at the front desk, in housekeeping, and in the sales department.

She will be missed by all of us.

Left to right are:
Kaitlin, Sheila, Abby, Susan, Lucie, Shannon and Carol.

Au revoir, Lucie!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Scott O'Meara named full-time employee of the month for May, 2006

Scott O'Meara, Employee of the Month, May 2006, and Claire Kallelis, Director of Food and Beverage.

Today we honored Scott O'Meara of our banquet department with the full-time employee of the month award for May. Scott has been with our hotel for approximately four years, and during that time he has worked as a banquet server, banquet captain, banquet bartender, and off-site beverage coordinator.

Scott's versatility and adaptability are only two of the reasons we selected Scott as employee of the month. Scott has a special way of taking care of families with small children, and he loves to go the extra mile to make sure that families get the extra attention that they need.

Scott genuinely cares about our guests, and it shows in the comments we receive about the events that we do.

Congratulations, Scott, and thank you for all you do!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

How do you blend the Boston Red Sox and a Hawthorne Hotel wedding?


Here is one way. Outfit our servers with Boston Red Sox ballcaps, hawker's trays full of cookies frosted to look like baseballs, and other goodies, and send them around the banquet room passing those treats to the wedding guests. Have the band play appropriately themed music, and you're there.

Friday night's wedding did exactly that, and this was the result. A big hit with the groom, who was obviously missing one of his favorite things to do on a Friday night!What a nice surprise from the bride and her family to the newest member of their family.

Having a view into other people's lives here at the Hawthorne Hotel makes our work that much more interesting. We thought you might enjoy seeing this too.

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week -- June 19 to June 25, 2006

Here at the Hawthorne Hotel, one of the tasks completed each night by the overnight custodian is the changing of the flags. While done without any pomp and circumstance, it is every bit as important a task as is the changing of the guard at some palaces in the world. After all, many people in the area drive by the Hawthorne Hotel each day to see the flags. From time to time, if we do something different (out of rotation), they stop by to ask us why. Although, now that we have this blog, and are able to let folks know about the changes, the questions come less frequently.

We also post some brief information about the flags and their countries/states in the lobby each day, so stop by and say hello, and check out the information we have for you.

I look forward to seeing you here.


Monday , June 19 ~~ Algeria and Michigan
Tuesday , June 20 ~~ Andorra and Micronesia
Wednesday , June 21 ~~ Angola and Minnesota
Thursday , June 22 ~~ Antigua and Barbuda and Mississippi
Friday , June 23 ~~ Argentina and Missouri
Saturday , June 24 ~~ Armenia and Montana
Sunday , June 25 ~~ Australia and Nebraska

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Officiant's View of the Ballroom

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An unusual view


On Friday evening a couple got married in the Ballroom at the Hawthorne Hotel. The mother of the bride did the flowers herself, and the view from the back of the hotel, peeking into the Ballroom was lovely.

While my photography did not do it justice, I still felt it worthwhile to share this shot with you. I hope you enjoy looking at another slice of life at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

A special occasion calls for special linens

Are you planning a special occasion here at the Hawthorne Hotel? These new overlays are simply lovely, especially in our Ballroom. If you are interested, simply let your catering contact, Karen, Christine, Corinne or Amy, know you want these. They will make it happen.


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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Historic Preservation Award given in honor of National Preservation Month

Yesterday the Hawthorne Hotel was pleased to honor Samuel L. Zoll by presenting the annual Hawthorne Historic Preservation Award during a reception at the hotel on Wednesday, June 14, 2006.

The award is the highlight of the both national and local observance of National Historic Preservation Month celebrated throughout the month of May. This year’s theme, “ Sustain America-Vision, Economics, Preservation” could not more appropriately define this years honoree who has dedicated a lifetime to public service and defines his achievements not by single-handed accomplishments but successful partnerships.

In 1971, immediately upon assuming the office of Mayor, Zoll embarked upon a change of direction of the urban renewal plan by calling for the development of a new plan to replace the earlier one that had already begun. The earlier plan called for “bulldozing” many of the city’s downtown historic treasures. A shift of focus was to preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation. He was extremely fortunate to attract to this effort many committed citizens who shared his vision and passion for the city. Among them, people who for many years had been associated with the city's preservation efforts namely, William Tinti, Attorney Timothy Noonan and Dr. David Johnson.

The new plan that was put in place was designed with expedition and sensitivity, ultimately saving 175 historic structures in the community, and by doing so preserved the city's rich history, its heritage, and its local and national treasures.

Additionally, while Mayor, he was the driving force to successfully return Winter Island Park to the city, thereby thwarting a Federal Government plan to use this beautiful oceanfront park for obsolete vehicle storage or make it available for commercial development. The act drew national attention because during this period of military de-acquisition of prime land, it was the first time local government challenged the national government in the interest of preservation. According to Zoll, this could never have been successfully accomplished without a visionary and dedicated group of people serving in local government and the community-at-large who supported this effort.

In a recent article published by the Court Compass, Zoll was quoted as saying “I owe so much to the city of Salem for giving me my start and taking a chance on me. They were always there for me at every turn.” Upon learning that he was selected to receive this award Zoll said, “ I am deeply honored to be in the company of the earlier recipients of this award and am most grateful to those that caused my selection. While I take great pride in the activity of years as Mayor, I will always view the willingness of so many of our city's citizens to give so much of their time, energy, inspiration and support to our mutual endeavors as the source of my greatest satisfaction.”

In 2004, Zoll retired after serving 28 years as Chief Justice of the District Courts of Massachusetts, and Presiding Justice of Salem District Courts. He is presently serving as Chair of the Commonwealth’s Joint Labor-Management Committee for Police and Fire. Previous public offices include Salem City Council, President Salem City Council, and State Representative. Judge Zoll has been a resident of Salem for most of his life where he currently resides with his wife Marjorie (Waldman) formerly of Lynn and Swampscott. They have four children residing throughout the country, and five grandchildren.

The Hawthorne Hotel’s annual Historic Preservation award is designed to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to preserving, protecting, and promoting Salem’s historic treasures. The most recent recipients include William Tinti, Joan Boudreau, John Goff, Staley McDermet, Tom Leonard, Dolores and Alice Jordan, Dean Lahikainen, Jim McAllister and Peter LaChapelle.

The Hawthorne was originally built in 1925 by a group of civic-minded citizens determined to create "Salem's own hotel to meet the particular needs of Salem, its guests and visitors...” In 1991, after extensive renovations, which restored the hotel to much of its original charm, the Hawthorne earned the distinction of being named one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, " recognition of its important history, architectural quality and outstanding preservation efforts."

Hawthorne Hotel Presents Annual Preservation Award to Judge Sam Zoll

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Judge (and former Salem Mayor) Samuel Zoll chat before the award presentation.
Guests Annie Harris, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, and former Hawthorne Preservation Award-winner, William Tinti
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Judge Zoll with the Hawthorne Hotel's Director of Sales and Marketing, Susan Babine

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tarragon Shrimp Salad


The Nathaniel's Restaurant June specials, available Sunday through Wednesday evenings, include this luscious summer salad. This is the second of the two entrees which are included in our very special, two three-course dinners for only $50.

For reservations, call the restaurant directly at 978-825-4311.

We look forward to seeing you here.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel takes Safety Seriously

As a guest of the Hawthorne Hotel, there are certain things that go on here that we hope you never need. One of those things is our very serious Safety Committee, that is working behind the scenes to keep the Hawthorne Hotel a safe place for both our guests and our staff members.

Since June is National Safety Month, I thought it would be appropriate to mention our committment right here on our blog. I hope you will also commit to being safe in your world.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 12 through June 18, 2006

Monday , June 12 ~~ Venezuela and Iowa
Tuesday , June 13 ~~ Viet Nam and Kansas
Wednesday , June 14 ~~ Yemen and Kentucky
Thursday , June 15 ~~ Zambia and Louisiana
Friday , June 16 ~~ Zimbabwe and Maine
Saturday , June 17 ~~ Afghanistan and Maryland
Sunday , June 18 ~~ Albania and Massachusetts

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sunday, Sunday -- A Casual Meal in the Tavern

Each Sunday through Wednesday evening we offer three special meal choices each month, for a great value price of $26 for two people. This is a three-course meal.

Here is the fusilli dish that is on the menu below.

I hope to see you here for Sunday supper, from 5 to 11 pm, or any other day, for that matter.

The Tavern is open for food service from 11 to 11 daily, making it a great place for early to late dining.

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The Tavern at the Hawthorne is a Local's Favorite

Often when I am visiting guests dining in the Tavern, I inquire about where they are from. Inevitably I find that the great majority of our guests are from within a few miles of our doors, many, many from the neighborhoods that surround the hotel. To us, that is sweet music indeed, because we know that there are many choices, yet these guests return again and again because they enjoy the Tavern and our food and service.

On Sunday through Wednesday evenings, from 5 to 11 pm, you can enjoy our two-for specials, with two complete, three-course dinners for only $26 (yes, $13 per person).
Here are our June Choices:

Filet of Sole Florentine
mushroom cream sauce,
roasted red potatoes, carrots

Grilled Italian Sausage
peppers, onions, roasted steak potatoes

Fusilli Toscana
garlic, olive oil, basil, tomatoes,
Romano and ricotta

All of these dinners come with a garden salad and choice of dressing,
and the chef's choice of dessert.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Carl and Erin Topp Celebrate Twenty Years at the Hawthorne Hotel

The Hawthorne Hotel is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America, a Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. One of the National Trust's public service ads shows a couple in their wedding finery standing in front of a gas station, and the caption suggests that location was where they were married, but it no longer exists.

One of the lovely things about working at the Hawthore Hotel is meeting couples like the Topps, who were married right here, 20 years ago. It is so nice that we are able to be here, year after year, providing a 'touch-stone' for people who want to come and celebrate their fond memories of their special days.

Having the National Trust and HHA to help us market ourselves as part of a group of historic hotels, which in turn helps to keep us all in business, so that we will be here year after year, helping to preserve such memories.

In visiting with the Topps, Marianne Stewart, one of our Dining Services Managers, learned that where they were married within our building has been changed to another use, but their reception took place upstairs in a meeting room that is still there. She said they were just as happy this evening as they were with their meals and their event, 20 years ago.

Congratulations, Carl and Erin. We look forward to welcoming you back, year after year, at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel.

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Baby Showers are a Specialty of the Hawthorne Hotel

This cake was so unusual and so charming, I just had to put some photos of it on our blog. This was for a baby shower that was held here at the Hawthorne Hotel last week.

If you are planning any kind of social occasion, I can assure you that we will make it very special for you. To call our catering office directly, you can dial 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here.


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