Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Special Guests Celebrate a Special Occasion at the Hawthorne Hotel

This week we had some special guests, Marvin and Marcia Reese stay with us. They were here, in part to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary, as well as to learn more about Salem. They loved visiting the Peabody Essex Museum, and definitely plan to return to Salem to more fully study the art and architecture of this region.

As members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, they seek out hotels and other lodging of historic and architectural significance when they travel.

Mrs. Reese is a sculptor, and I am very interested to see her work, so when she sends her brochure to me, I'll share it with you as well, fair reader.

Mr. Reese collects historically significant newspapers, and now plans to see what he has in his collection that might be of interest to Salem.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Charming Thank You Note

I just had to share this with you, even though it is not directly part of the Hawthorne Hotel's 'life', it involves what I do on behalf of the hotel in the community of Salem, MA, so it 'qualifies' that way. Okay, I thought it was sweet, and thought you might like to see it.

Since I am the president of the Salem Rotary Club, I received this thank you note from a few children who came as our guests last week, from the Boys and Girls Club, just down the block. The Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Anne Marie Tanzella, is a member of our Rotary Club of Salem, and she asked if she could bring the children to solicit pledges for the Walk for HAWC that they were going to participate in this past weekend, and I said yes. You see, the Rotary Club was also going to "Walk for HAWC", as part of our Biggest Loser competition with several other local Rotary Clubs.

And in case you want to know HAWC stands for Help for Abused Women and Children. This is a very worthwhile organization that does a lot of good in the communities that it serves.

Oh, and by the way, in order to understand the pictogram part of the note, you need to know my last name is Lederhaus, but is pronounced Letter-House. The children really got it!

Whew, all this for a cute thank you note.

Don't forget, if you want to see the detail of this, just click on it.


Monday, April 28, 2008

Sales Department Makes Plans

Last week our entire sales team took a 'retreat' from the day to day activities of the office, to work up their quarterly action plans. They took photos to document how hard they worked that day, and I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of them, here on our Hawthorne Hotel Blog

Kristie gets the thinking going.

Robyn, Michael, Lindsay, Kelly and Karen consider their ideas.

Some spirited discussion between the two directors, Kristie and Karen? Mike and Thomas seem to be enjoying the exchange.

Robyn, Lindsay, Ashley, Kelly and Karen pose for Thomas' camera.

I hope you enjoy seeing this other slice of life, of the Hawthorne Hotel.


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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 28 through May 4, 2008

Every day we change the flags on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel (well, actually, we do it every night,during what we call the 'overnight'. We also post in the lobby a small snyopis of each country and state, so that when guests are checking in, they can learn a little bit more about this place called the world, where we all live.

I hope you enjoy learning a bit more, too. And don't forget, we are happy to honor special requests when we receive them ahead of time, and are able to do so.

Monday , April 28 ~~ Kuwait and Texas
Tuesday , April 29 ~~ Kyrgyzstan and Utah
Wednesday , April 30 ~~ Lao People's Democratic Republic and Vermont
Thursday , May 1 ~~ Latvia and Virgin Islands
Friday , May 2 ~~ Lebanon and Virginia
Saturday , May 3 ~~ Lesotho and Washington
Sunday , May 4 ~~ Liberia and West Virginia

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Princess Tea II

If you want to see ALL the photos from today's tea, here is the link:, the Princess Tea Album for April 26, 2008. You will be able to right click on your photo, and then either print, save, or email it right from there. There is no cost, no registration. It is simple and easy.


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Princess Tea II

Today we held our Second Princess Tea of the year. The first one that we did in February was so popular that we decided to do another one, and this one was sold out almost immediately as well. We had a very long waiting list, yet again.

Here are some photos of the lucky girls who got to be princesses-for-the-day, here in the Grand Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope you enjoy seeing Kelly Ann, and her mother Karen, along with all the other lucky girls (and one boy, Prince Richard), who got to attend our very special tea.

We will most certainly do this again during school vacation week next year, so stay tuned to our website, so that you don't miss out.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

A Very Old Ad from our Files

The Hawthorne Hotel has been in business since 1925 -- a full 83 years. During that time much has changed, including several changes of ownership, clothing styles, staff, and yes, even tablecloth styles.

We found this ad in some files we were going through recently, and with the magic of technology like scanners, it is very easy for us to share this memorabilia with you, fair reader. Just based on what I know, and the styles I see, I would guess that this ad is about 25 to 28 years old. I also am guessing that the woman in the ad is Carol Manley, who used to be our Director of Sales and Marketing. Carol retired in 2002, having worked for over 20 years for us. If that is indeed Carol in the photo, then my dating of the ad is certain to be very close to accurate.

The photo was obviously taken in our Tavern, which now has carpet instead of the wood floors in the section you can see in the photo. We no longer use tablecloths in the Tavern, as today's more casual service style doesn't mesh with that kind of look.

If you happen to know the exact date of the ad, let me know. In any case, I thought you might enjoy seeing it.


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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dear Diary, today we worked on the ceiling

Since this blog is a daily diary of life here at the Hawthorne Hotel, we thought you might be interested in these photos of the Ballroom ceiling repair work that we are doing this week. The ceiling is old (as is most of the building, no surprises there), and it is a constant battle to combat what gravity wants to do. So, it is part of our routine here to patch it up and repaint it so that it always looks good for our guests. One of the challenges that comes with the territory of maintaining an historic hotel.

The person you see doing this work is Tim Cheney. If you read our blog regularly, you may remember that he was recently featured as our Employee of the Month. His great attitude about work is fully evident in these photos. I hope you enjoy knowing a little bit more about the daily workings of the Hawthorne Hotel, here in Salem, Ma.

I hope to see you here.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cinema Salem and a Lot of NEW Movies

Since I had seen all of the moview that Cinema Salem was playing last week, I was having "movie withdrawal" this past weekend. No more! This Thursday they have a great new line-up in store for us. Here is their weekly newsletter. I hope to see you here or there.


Once more, we have a varied lineup of great films opening this week, and
yes, we have once again crammed four movies onto our three screens. We could
say, "You do the math!" but we already said it last week, and even then, it was
an overused fad phrase, and we don't think it's appropriate to command other
adults to do schoolwork.

So do no math, now, or ever, at least not on account of CinemaSalem.
Our first new movie this week is BABY MAMA (PG-13 - 96 minutes) which sports
a hefty (an hefty?) 88% fresh rating at, where the critics
love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Before we give you the showtimes, we'd just like to surprise you with
the shocking information that BABY MAMA will be the Mom and Baby feature this
coming Monday at 1 pm. Tell all your baby friends!

BABY MAMA will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00),
(4:30), 7:15 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:15; and
Monday-Thursday at 4:40 and 7:20.
Another great new (to us) feature is 21
(PG-13 - 123 minutes), the based-on-a-true-story tale of MIT grads who invent a
method to beat the casinos in Vegas. (Don't I sound sophisticated referring to
the gambling mecca as "Vegas"; Next I'll be dubbing Cape Ann "Ann".) Empire
Magazine loves 21: "The Ocean's Eleven: The College Years mood makes for a
breezy good time."

21 will play on Friday and Saturday at (11:00 AM), (1:40), (4:20), 7:00
and 9:40; Sunday at (11:00 AM), (1:40), (4:20) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at
(4:20) and 7:00.
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (PG-13 - 105 minutes) is the #1 movie
in America this week, and also #1 in the critic's hearts including the famous
Richard Roeper who called it "one of the more entertaining movies we've seen in
recent months."

FORBIDDEN KINGDOM will run Friday-Sunday at (12:00), (2:20),
(4:45) and 8:00; Monday-Wednesday at (4:30) and 7:10: and Thursday at (4:30).
What's up with the odd-ball one show on Thursday, you may ask. Well, that's
where our fourth movie comes in! You do the spelling! (No, just kidding; use

The long-awaited first monster blockbuster of the summer, IRONMAN,
starring Robert Downey Jr., is opening on Friday, May 2. But just today we
learned that the studio is allowing us to do a special preview screening on
Thursday at -- not midnight, not 10 pm, not 9 pm, -- but at 8 pm, right in the
sweet spot of the evening.

Apparently, the only person who's seen IRONMAN (PG-13 - 126 minutes)
writes for SciFiMovies: "IRONMAN is the first blockbuster of the summer (I
already told you that, by the way.} It's hugely entertaining fluff. What makes
the movie work is an electrifying performance by Robert Downey, Jr."

This week, IRONMAN's only screening will be Thursday night at 8 pm. You
can buy your tickets online right now.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Wild, Wild East? A Turkey Visits the McIntire District

Tonight when I was walking home from working at the Hawthorne Hotel, I was startled to have this wild turkey walk right across my path. As quickly as I could, I pulled out my iPhone to snap a few photos, as much as anything to make sure I wasn't dreaming this. I wanted to show my family what was roaming around our old McIntire District neighborhood.

After I downloaded the photos, I decided that perhaps our loyal blog readers might enjoy seeing these photos as well. Obviously the turkey was moving right along, so the photos are not quite as clear as I would have gotten with a little more advanced camera than that in my phone.

He (or she) looked fairly well-fed and healthy, so I am really curious what he is doing in such a populated area.


Monday, April 21, 2008

Spring is in the air in Salem, MA

I wish that this blog had "smell-0-vision" so you could experience the lovely the fragrance of these blossoms. Their season is quite brief, so if you want to experience it for yourself, you need to come to Salem soon.

This tree is on the property that belongs to the Peabody Essex Museum, right in between Armory Park and the Phillips Library, only one-half block from the Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope to see you here, soon!


Are you planning to visit the North Shore in May?

The North Shore of Boston is so very fortunate to be home to the North Shore Music Theater. Only a 10 minute drive from the Hawthorne Hotel, this theater produces some of the best productions I have seen, in a very comfortable atmosphere, and with theater in the round, every seat is a great seat. Here is their most recent press release:

North Shore Music Theatre is proud to be the producer of‘THE PRODUCERS’ The New England Regional Theatre Premiere! May 13 – June 1, 2008 Tickets on sale now!

Beverly, MA – “I wanna be a Producer…” That’s what everyone will be singing after experiencing North Shore Music Theatre’s New England Regional Premiere of Mel Brooks’ 12-time Tony® Award winning hit THE PRODUCERS. Kicking off NSMT’s 2008 season, THE PRODUCERS runs May 13 - June 1, 2008 and Press Night is scheduled for May 15 at 7:30pm.

“What better way to begin this spectacular season than with the musical that has won more Tony® Awards than any other show in history,” said Barry Ivan, NSMT’s new Artistic Director and Executive Producer. “We are also paying tribute this season to the legendary Tony® Award-winning Susan Stroman who originally directed and choreographed THE PRODUCERS for Broadway, making it a perfect fit.”

Based on the hit 1968 film of the same name, this Mel Brooks masterpiece chronicles the hilarious adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of showbiz. What they don’t know is that after all their hard work, the musical ends up being a smash hit! It’s a comic tour-de-force that spoofs the big, old-fashioned Broadway musical while paying tribute to it at the same time. The classic score contains such gems as “I Wanna Be A Producer,” “When You Got It, Flaunt It,” “Springtime for Hitler,” and “Prisoners of Love.” With a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, THE PRODUCERS will have audiences laughing out loud.

“The Producers unites the audience with its jokes, sight gags and over-the-top musical numbers,” remarked Ivan. “Leave it to Mel Brooks to create an outrageous musical comedy featuring tap dancing old ladies, a kick line of German soldiers, and leggy show girls- all on one stage!”

This uproarious comedy stars Scott Davidson as down-and-out producer Max Bialystock, Jim Stanek as Max’s timid accountant Leo Bloom and Amy Bodnar as Ulla, the Swedish bombshell that Bialystock and Bloom hire as their receptionist. Most recently, Davidson has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray and in the roles of Franz Liebkind and Roger Debris in the national touring companies of The Producers. The ‘Bloom’ to Davidson’s ‘Bialystock,’ Jim Stanek comes to NSMT fresh off his featured role in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at New York’s Westside Theatre. Stanek also originated the role Louis de Pointe Du Lac in Elton John's musical Lestat, and was featured in the Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, in Indiscretions with Kathleen Turner, and in the off-Broadway production of Frankenstein. Amy Bodnar has appeared on Broadway in Ragtime and Oklahoma and has appeared in the national tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The cast of THE PRODUCERS also features Stuart Marland (Roger DeBris), Patrick Wetzel (Frank Liebkind), and Fred Berman (Carmen Ghia). The ensemble includes Noah Aberlin, Kristi Ambrosetti, Gale Bennett, Joel Briel, Kyle Brown, Jameson Cooper, Ashley deZeeuw, Veronica DiPerna, Madeleine Doherty, C.K. Edwards, Valerie Fagan, Tim Falter, Leslie Flesner, Alexa Glover, Shari Jordan, and Robin Lewis.

The creative team includes Bill Burns (Director/Choreographer) who served as Resident Director and Choreographer for a U.S. national tour and Las Vegas company of The Producers, NSMT Resident Musical Supervisor Dale Rieling (Musical Director), Campbell Baird (Scenic Designer), Jack Mehler (Lighting Designer), John A. Stone (Sound Designer), Gerard Kelly (Wig Designer), Mungioli Theatricals/Arnold J. Mungioli, C.S.A. (Casting), Michael Gacetta (Assistant Musical Director), Laurie Silipigno (Production Stage Manager), and Alicia Reese (Assistant Stage Manager).

Tickets for THE PRODUCERS are priced from $79 to $42: Senior & Youth Discounts and Rush Tickets are Available. Performances are May 13 – June 1, 2008, Tue – Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. There will be an ASL interpreted performance on May 31 at 2pm. For tickets:, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

THE PRODUCERS is recommended for theatergoers 16 years and over. When it comes to outrageous comedy, Mel Brooks is a self proclaimed equal opportunity offender. This musical is not recommended for audience members who are easily offended by bawdy comedy based on race, religion and sexuality. Contains strong language and adult humor.

During THE PRODUCERS, NSMT is introducing a new Kids Club program for parents and kids. With the purchase of an adult ticket to the Sunday, May 25 production of THE PRODUCERS, parents are invited to enroll their children in a special free theater workshop on site at NSMT while they attend the show. NSMT’s qualified and experienced teaching staff will lead classes in acting, dancing, and singing at the theater. The Kids Club is open to children ages 4-11. This program is free of charge but advanced reservations are required by the Friday before the Sunday show. The Kids Club will have a designated date for each mainstage musical production in the 2008 season.

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatre: post show audience discussion with the artists on 5/20 after the 2 pm performance and 5/31 after the 7:30 pm performance; Spotlight on History, a free pre-show discussion focusing on historical issues related to the performance on 5/25; Out at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post show reception on 5/29.

Operating since 1955, NSMT has evolved into the largest non-profit producing theater in New England, with approximately 300,000 patrons annually. NSMT has gained a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, specifically in the areas of developing new works and providing outstanding theater arts and education programs. NSMT has received numerous industry awards including The Elliot Norton Award, The Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’ Equity, and The Moss Hart Award. NSMT annually produces a six musical subscription series and an acclaimed concert series. With its celebrated Theatre for Young Audiences program, a school touring program, and year-round classes for children, NSMT has become one of the region’s leading providers of theater arts and education.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 21 through 27, 2008

Monday , April 21 ~~ Italy and Oregon
Tuesday , April 22 ~~ Jamaica and Pennsylvania
Wednesday , April 23 ~~ Japan and Puerto Rico
Thursday , April 24 ~~ Jordan and Rhode Island
Friday , April 25 ~~ Kazakhstan and South Carolina
Saturday , April 26 ~~ Kenya and South Dakota
Sunday , April 27 ~~ Kiribati and Tennessee

Let us know if you have a special request for a flag to be flown on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel. We'll do our best to accommodate you.


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Historic Photo Shows that the Hawthorne Hotel has always been Pet-Friendly

Last week our new director of sales and marketing, Kristie Poehler, was going through some boxes in her office, trying to determine what to keep and what needed to be gone, and she found this photo.

It definitely shows that the Hawthorne Hotel has been a pet-friendly hotel for a long time, much more so than many puppy-come-lately hotels that are just recently developing pet butlers or pet concierges and all that frou-frou to make their hotels stand out. The Hawthorne is a much more comfortable, down-to-earth kind of hotel.

This photo also shows the lobby and the front desk of the hotel in an entirely different position. It used to be located near where the staircase is, next to the coat check.

I hope you enjoy this little slice of history, courtesy of the Historic Hawthorne Hotel, right here in Salem, MA.


Friday, April 18, 2008

We Love to Work with a THEME for Special Events

This week's Salem Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Peabody Essex Museum. Hawthorne Catering was the chosen caterer, and we were happy to work with the theme of the event, which was keyed to the upcoming exhibit at the PEM called "Wedded Bliss".

We arranged for miniature wedding cakes for each table. They served as a highlight of the event, since they were centerpieces, dessert, and a conversation-maker. Each table had an appointed CEO/Wedding Planner who got to either cut and serve the cake, or who got to appoint such a person from amongst his or her tablemates. Much good-natured fun was had by all as the cakes were cut and served. There was even some cake-swapping going on between tables, as chocolate was exchanged for vanilla, and so on.

I thought you would enjoy seeing this other slice of life that is part of what we do at the Hawthorne Hotel -- Hawthorne Catering at the PEM.

I hope to see you here (or there!)

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

What does a Lace Maker have to do with the Hawthorne Hotel?

Today we were pleased to host the scene you see here in these photos. What is going on, you ask?

Paul Fireman, of Fireman Creative, was here to shoot a bit of a scene for a book trailer, based on a new book, which is being released by William Morrow of Harper Collins Publishers at the end of July. The book is called THE LACE READER, and it is a novel that is set in Salem, Massachusetts.

The buzz has it that this is a book with huge potential, including (who knows) Best Seller, and a possible movie at some point.

In the photo above you see Linda Lane, of South Hamilton, Massachusetts, who is a lace maker. Obviously this is an important part of the story.

Linda has been making lace for about 10 years. She saw it demonstrated a few times and decided to learn. She bought a book and taught herself from that. I thought this was so interesting, and suspect that you would too.

Stay tuned for more on this book and hopefully the movie.


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