Saturday, September 30, 2006

A lovely bride and her flower girl, in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel

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Last night I saw this beautiful bride and her flower girl waiting for her ride to the church, with the rest of her wedding party in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel. I asked her if I could take their photo and put in on our blog, and she agreed. So now you can see another slice of our life here in Salem's historic Hawthorne Hotel. We are so lucky to be able to work in such a lovely place, with so much activity and interesting things to see.

I hope you have the opportunity to come to the Hawthorne Hotel soon. I can't promise you will see Megan and her charming little attendant, but I know you will enjoy your stay at this unique hotel.


Friday, September 29, 2006

Dining on the North Shore of Boston

If you are looking for the perfect place to have dinner on the North Shore of Boston, look no further than the Hawthorne Hotel. With two different restaurant choices, the casual Tavern, and the more elegant Nathaniel's to choose from, we have what you need.

Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite 'fun' quotes about dining.

It is from the Observer, 1965, attributed to Nubar Gulbenkian, who said, regarding Dinner Parties:

"The best number for a dinner-party is two: myself and a damn good head waiter."

Whether you are a "party of two" or a real party, we welcome you to the Hawthorne Hotel, and we will make sure that you have a "damn good head server".


Thursday, September 28, 2006

Happy 25th Anniversary to the North Shore of Boston's Finest Banquet Bartender

Today we celebrated Jane Fuller's twenty-five years of service to the guests of the Hawthorne Hotel. Residents and visitors to the North Shore of Boston have been enjoying Jane's mixology skills for the past 25 years, whenever they have attended weddings and other functions here at the Hawthorne.

Because we know Jane always likes to partake of the leftover wedding cake whenever she can, we decided to splurge and buy Jane her 'own wedding cake' for her anniversary party.

Our gift to Jane was an engraved martini shaker, thanking her for her years of service beginning in 1981.

It was clear that Jane has enjoyed her work here at Salem's finest hotel, the Hawthorne, and we look forward to working with her for many, many more years to come.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Coming Soon to the North Shore Music Theater

“Welcome to the 60’s”
North Shore Music Theatre
Starring MADtv’s Paul C. Vogt as Edna Turnblad.
Special 4 week run October 24 – November 19, 2006 - Tickets on sale now.

Beverly, MA: The award winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) will conclude its 2006 Musical Season with the Regional Theater Premiere of HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s big fat smash hit. NSMT is the first regional theater in the country to create an original production of this 1960’s musical comedy for its audiences. Playing from October 24 – November 19, 2006, Press Night is scheduled for October 26 at 7:30pm. Comcast is the presenting sponsor of the 2006 Musical Series.

“North Shore Music Theatre is honored to produce the regional theater premiere of Hairspray,” said Jon Kimbell, NSMT’s Artistic Director and Executive Producer. “We have built a strong reputation both regionally and nationally for taking Broadway musicals and tailoring them for the regional theater market. The licensing companies who grant us these exclusive rights trust our integrity and artistic vision. From the orchestrations to the costumes to the casting and the production values, it’s a process we are proud of and a responsibility we take very seriously.”

Based on the 1988 John Waters film, audiences will journey back to 1960’s Baltimore and join our heroin Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big dreams and even bigger hair. She’ll do whatever it takes to claim a spot on a popular television dance show, win the heart of Link Larkin, and turn the town upside down in her efforts to racially integrate television. HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony® Awards, features a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman.

HAIRSPRAY will star Paul C. Vogt as Edna Turnblad, the role he recently played in the Las Vegas production of the show. Audiences will remember Paul from his seasons on “MADtv” and as the breakout star of NBC's “The Rerun Show” in which he played another Edna; Mrs. Edna Garrett from “The Facts of Life.” He recently appeared in Garry Marshall's Happy Days: The Family Musical! and made his opera debut in LA Opera’s production, The Grand Duchess. In addition to many regional theatre credits, he can be seen in the films Princess Diaries 2, Good Boy, and Raising Helen. Other television credits include “Maximum Bob,” “Hannah Montana,” “Arrested Development,” “Reno 911,” and “Chicago Hope.”

Playing the heroine Tracy Turnblad will be Bridie Carroll, a 2005 Boston Conservatory graduate. Bridie has recently been seen in regional productions of Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), and I Love A Piano (Sadie). Other credits include: City of Angels (Oolie/ Donna), The Rivals (Lucy), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy), Anything Goes (Bonnie), and Forward (original cast recording). She received a BFA cum laude from The Boston Conservatory in 2005.

HAIRSPRAY also includes the special voiceover talent of 7NEWS Anchor Randy Price. Randy has been with 7NEWS since 1998 and is widely recognized for his professional and personal accomplishments. He was the only Boston news anchor to have his own nightly news magazine program, and was the first Boston TV journalist to anchor news programs on two different Boston stations. No stranger to the stage, Randy has appeared at NSMT with the Holiday Pops.

The supporting cast of HAIRSPRAY features Inga Ballard (Motormouth Mabel), David Coffee (Harriman F. Spritzer, Principal, Mr. Pinky, Guard) Dick Decareau (Wilbur Turnblad), Todd Dubail (Corny Collins), Valerie Fagan (Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Matron), David Larson (Link Larkin), Deb Lyons (Velma Von Tussle), Sarah Elizabeth Nischwitz (Penny Pingleton), Dashaun Young (Seaweed) and Dana Zihlman (Amber Von Tussle).

The cast of 29 also includes Jamie Buxton, Allison Blackwell, Kevin Curtis, Mike Evariste, Amy Hillner, Michael Jablonski, Lisa Kassay, Colleen Longshaw, Shua Potter, Franklyn Warfield, Kara Tameika Watkins, Steven Wenslawski and Curtiss Wesley.

HAIRSPRAY will also showcase three local young performers. Thirteen year old Simone Senibaldi, of Everett, MA will be featured as Little Inez. Natasha Ashworth, of Rowley, MA, and Michael Taglieri, of Newburyport, MA, will be part of the ensemble.

The creative team for HAIRSPRAY includes Barry Ivan (Director/Choreographer), Dale Rieling (Musical Director), Howard C. Jones (Scenic Designer), William Ivey Long (Original Costume Design), Jack Mehler (Lighting Designer), John A. Stone (Sound Design), Gerard Kelly (Hair and Wig Design), Bethany Ford (Production Stage Manager), Alicia D. Reece (Assistant Stage Manager), Brian Cimmet (Assistant Musical Director), David Kaley (Costume Coordinator / Wardrobe Supervisor) and Alison Franck & Matt Schreiber (Casting).

Tickets for HAIRSPRAY are priced from $75 to $40: Senior & Youth Discounts and Rush Tickets are Available. Performances are October 24 – November 19, 2006, Tue – Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees Wed at 1:30pm, Sat and Sun at 2pm. For tickets:, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915. HAIRSPRAY is sponsored by Danversbank.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Corinne Felton announces her engagement

The Hawthorne Hotel is like one big family at times, so when one of our own gets engaged, we are all very excited.

That is the case yesterday when Corinne, our Assistant Catering Manager, announced to us that she had received the proposal and the ring over the weekend.

Here she is, with her 'bling', and since she plans to have her reception right here, we'll try to look in on those plans from time to time, and share them with you.

If you want Corinne to help you with your wedding plans, you can call her on her direct phone line at 978-825-4363.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week -- September 25 through October 1, 1006

Here at the Hawthorne Hotel, located on Boston's North Shore, we pride ourselves on being more than a hotel. We are an integral part of Salem's unique community. One of the unusual things that we do is to change the flags that fly on the front of the hotel, each and every day, rotating alphabetically through all of the countries that are members of the United Nations, and all of the 50 U.S. States and Territories.

We do this so everyone here in Salem, and each person that passes by or stays at the Hawthorne Hotel can be reminded that world peace begins with understanding. So, even if we aren't flying the flag of your particular 'favorite' country, we hope just seeing these fly will help you to pause and consider that we are all part of this planet earth, and we have to be tolerant and respectful of each other's differences for that peace to reign.

Monday , September 25 ~~ Latvia and District of Columbia
Tuesday , September 26 ~~ Lebanon and Florida
Wednesday , September 27 ~~ Lesotho and Georgia
Thursday , September 28 ~~ Liberia and Guam
Friday , September 29 ~~ Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Hawaii
Saturday , September 30 ~~ Liechtenstein and Idaho
Sunday , October 1 ~~ Lithuania and Illinois

We will also be happy to fly flags of particular states or countries, by special request, so if you are going to be staying with us, and want something special flown in your honor, please let us know.


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Two Views of the Grand Ballroom at the Hawthorne Hotel

Our ballroom is a bit of a chameleon, taking on a casual or formal appearance depending on the desires of the couple getting married. Here are two views from weddings that occurred here this weekend.

I hope you enjoy getting to see another slice of life here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

A most gracious thank you letter. . .

We received this lovely letter just this week, and thought you might enjoy reading it as well. It was addressed to Susan Babine, our Director of Sales and Marketing.
Dear Susan,

On behalf of the Mary Washington Branch of The Association of Virginia Antiquities/Preservation Virginia, I send our sincere appreciation to you, Juli, and the other executives and staff of the Hawthorne Hotel.

From our arrival on September 12th to our departure on the 15th, you did so much to welcome us and assure our comfort as guests. An easy and smooth check-in is vital for those who’ve traveled hundreds of miles by motor coach, and you were on hand to accomplish that with efficiency and grace.
The warm personal greetings for our entire travel group set the right tone for the rest of our stay, and I’m much in your debt for the extra courtesies that helped me relax and enjoy the trip even while I was the tour leader.

The small gathering you arranged for us on our final night was a hit with everyone, and you have many new advocates and preservation friends in our part of the country. I congratulate you on a job superbly performed and thank you for
creating our new impression of New England hospitality.

I wish you all expanding success as you continue the traditions of serving your community and the traveling public. Your area has incredible resources beyond the better-known witch attractions, and I await my next return with happy anticipation.

Salem has an exciting future, and I know the Hawthorne Hotel will always be a part of it. Your grand old building deserves to shine and be proud forever. Surely it will do so in your care.

Most sincerely yours,

Rebecca Starling
Travel Chairman

Letters such as this one make us all so proud of what we do here at the Hawthorne Hotel. We hope to be able to show you our own brand of New England hospitality as well.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel Catering Recognizes Our Outstanding Staff

Yesterday the management team headquartered here at the Hawthorne Hotel all walked over to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) join our team there, to celebrate and recognize the achievements of one of our outstanding staff members on the Hawthorne Hotel Catering team.

Chosen as our full-time employee of the month, Francisco Moran, was happy to shake his boss, Ken O'Keefe's hand as we all decended on PEM's kitchen area to surprise him.

Francisco has worked as part of the culinary team at PEM since the Museum's reopening in 2003. He has an amazingly strong work ethic, having fought back from a very serious medical condition to return to the PEM just after we were transitioned back to running that operation last November.

We are so happy to congratulate and recognize Francisco, who is one of the people that work so diligently in an area that very few of us, and certainly none of our guests, see.

Thanks, Francisco!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

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Two of "our" neighborhood pets

Lucy (left) and Ethel (right) are two of "our" neighborhood pets. They stop by often with their owner, Maryanne Piechocki, to visit us and get a treat.

The Hawthorne Hotel, located on North Shore of Boston, is Salem's most pet-friendly hotel.

We even offer a VIP (Very Important Pet) package if you want to stay here with your pet.

If you are planning a trip to Salem or the North Shore, be sure to check out our packages. You can access them right on our website, by clicking on the check availability and reserve icon. Just go back to to see what we have available for you.

We look forward to your visit with us.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Italian TV comes to the Hawthorne Hotel

Today an Italian television show that promotes travel came to to profile the Hawthorne Hotel, as part of an upcoming show in November which will feature ideas for a trip from Italy to New England. It will tell Italians how to fly into Logan, rent a car and drive from Boston to Maine, and points in between, for a lovely New England vacation.

We understand that there will be two different thirty-minute segments on Salem alone! That is certainly good news for those of us in the visitor business in Salem, Massachusetts, and we at the Hawthorne Hotel are particularly proud that we are being featured so prominently on this show.

The photo above is of cameraman, Andrea DeMartino. The 'star' of the show is the hostess, Savina Confaloni. If you can read or understand Italian, you might want to look at her website, which is

We sent greetings to all of our friends in Italy!

Ciao from Salem!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006



Just up Essex Street on the pedestrian mall there is a charming shop that specializes in kitchen gear, as well as items for your bath and your home, and fine wines. It is called Pamplemousse, which you may know means grapefruit in French. That word has always intrigued me, and I am delighted to see that the same word has amused someone else.

Pamplemouse is just one of many delightful places to shop in downtown Salem. So do stop by and see them, and tell them Juli from the Hawthorne says 'hi'.

I hope to see you here soon.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Flags of the Week at the Hawthorne Hotel September 18-24, 2006

Monday, September 18
Jordan and American Samoa

Tuesday, September 19
Kazakhstan and Arizona

Wednesday, September 20
Kenya and Arkansas

Thursday, September 21
Kiribati and California

Friday, September 22
Kuwait and Colorado

Saturday, September 23
Kyrgystan and Connecticut

Sunday, September 24
Lao People's Democratic Republic and Deleware

If you have a particular flag that you would like us to fly, please don't hesitate to ask. We do our best to meet all requests.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Yin Yu Tang at PEM

Occupants of Yin Yu Tang used the heavy grindstone in the courtyard to press beans into a liquid to make "doufu" (bean curd) and to grind red-hot chili peppers that are ubiquitous in the cuisine of the region. Both of these photos are provided courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum, and were taken by Dennis Helmar.

This long, narrow east-west courtyard, known locally as a "sky well," is typical of the region. Its orientation and size allow sunlight to filter into the house but obstruct much direct sun during the hot summer months. The "pools" in the courtyard provide readily accessible water within the house in case of fire.

PEM is short for the Peabody Essex Museum, which is located only one block from the Hawthorne Hotel. If you want more information, please click on this link to go directly to their website:

If you have not yet seen Yin Yu Tang, I hope you will consider a visit here soon.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Sometimes we can have a bit of fun in what we do. . .

Like every other work group, we do like to have a smile and a laugh from time to time. Here is a photo we took while I was demonstrating to the catering office staff how to use the digital camera. I showed them how to use the self-timer function, and this photo was the result.

Left to right we are: me, Kelly Newell, Corinne Felton, and Karen Cotton

I thought you might enjoy this impromptu meeting with some more of our team.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities


This week we had the honor to be host to this charming group of (mainly) Virginians, who came to Salem on a field trip conducted by The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Our main contact was Rebecca (Becky) Starling, but each and every one of the members of this group were a joy to have at the Hawthorne Hotel.

We even learned that there is a unique connection between part of this building, and the essence of historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. It is indeed a small world!

We can't wait for you all to come back again.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Fall Harvest Wine Dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel Is a Big Hit

Roasted Eggplant-stuffed Mushrooms with sauteed leeks and local goat cheese.

Roasted New Enlgand Cod, Fresh Thyme and Bacon, local summer beans and baked spaghetti squash
Rare Sliced Duck Salad, roasted native beets, cranberries, aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil, Savoy cabbage, and crispy duck cracklings
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Wine Dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Finale

New England Dessert Sampler, warm apple crisp, Indian pudding and gingered pumpkin ice cream with candied ginger 

Left to right, some of our most loyal regular wine dinner guests, Bob Moroney, Roseanne and Tony Baglio and Barb Moroney. Last night we gave away two door prizes of dinner for two in Nathaniel's. One of the two winners was Tony Baglio. Congratulations!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wine Dinner Tonight

This is your last chance to attend our Fall Harvest wine dinner in Nathaniel's Restaurant this evening. We have only four seats left. If you are interested, please call us at 978-825-4311.

I'll be there and I hope to see you there as well.


P.S. Here is the menu and the wines:

Vermont Quail Wrapped in Apple Bacon
skewered with pearl onions
Curry-Seared Yellowfin Tuna Crisps
on hand-made potato chips with sweet corn relish
Roasted Eggplant-stuffed Mushrooms
sautéed leeks and local goat cheese
Vermont Rabbit in Filo Purses
braised with red wine and garlic, in a clay pot
2004 Bridlewood Syrah, Central Coast
2004 Bridlewood Reserve Viognier, Central Coast

Roasted New England Cod, Fresh Thyme and Bacon
local summer beans and baked spaghetti squash,
2005, Frei Brothers Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Rare Sliced Duck Salad
roasted native beets, cranberries,
aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil, served over Savoy cabbage,
topped with crispy duck cracklings
2002 Bridlewood Estate Syrah, Santa Ynez

Braised Short Rib of Beef Northeast Farms
reduced with onion, turnips, leeks and French shell beans,
served with wild mushroom-stuffed potatoes, spiced cider glazed delicata squash
2004 Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

New England Dessert Sampler
warm apple crisp, Indian pudding and gingered pumpkin ice cream
2005 Sebastiani Vineyards Symphony, Sonoma Valley

Wednesday September 13, 2006 at 6:30pm
$75 Per Person including tax and gratuity
For ticket information please call (978) 825-4311

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

New flowers fill the flower boxes at the Hawthorne Hotel

Today was planting day on the Hawthorne Hotel 'block' here in Salem, Massachusetts. As you can see by these photos, the planter boxes were all planted with some flowers that are new to us -- Rudbeckia, aka Becky Mix. These lovely plants were grown by Calvicchio Greenhouses in Sudbury.

I hope you have a chance to come by to see them yourself, but if not, here are some views for you to enjoy.


Ray Gagnon

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week -- September 11 through 17, 2006

Monday , September 11 ~~ Iran and Virginia
Tuesday , September 12 ~~ Iraq and Virgin Islands
Wednesday , September 13 ~~ Ireland and Washington
Thursday , September 14 ~~ Israel and Wisconsin
Friday , September 15 ~~ Italy and Wyoming
Saturday , September 16 ~~ Jamaica and Alabama
Sunday , September 17 ~~ Japan and Alaska

Remember, if you have a special reason for wanting us to fly a flag that has significance to you when you, or a special guest, is staying with us, please write to us and we will do everything we can to make that happen for you.