Saturday, May 31, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel Names Chris Madigan Part-Time Employee of the Month, April 1008

In these photo collages you see us surprising (and delighting) Christine Madigan, with the Part-time Employee of the Month Award for April 2008. We caught her entirely offguard, even though she attends every one of the managers' meetings where we nominate and vote for this award -- by using a bit of email subtrefuge.

Christine is my Administrative Assistant, so surprising her was not easy task, but as you can see, we were quite successful.

Congratulations, Christine! Thanks for all you do.


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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Our Multi-Talented Staff Continues to Surprise Us!

Last week I went to the Salem High School Awards Ceremony to receive an award on behalf of the Salem Rotary Club, of which I am the president through June of this year. Imagine my surprise to see one of our staff members, a busser and host, Edi Rovi, on stage, playing the grand piano. He was doing an excellent job, and looked totally relaxed and at ease. I snapped these photos with my iPhone to share with our faithful blog readers, because I thought you might enjoy knowing this extra bit of information about Edi.
If you are a long-time, regular reader of this blog, you will already know that Edi received our Part-time Employee of the Month Award for January 2007.

I understand, through Edi's sister, Angie, who also works here at the Hawthorne Hotel, that Edi is going to be playing in the Salem High's version of "High School Musical", which will be performed this coming weekend at the school. These performances are always well-done, and tickets may be hard to come by, but worth the effort.

I hope to see you here (or there!)


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Very Special Award for a Very Special Friend of the Hawthorne Hotel

Tonight the Essex National Heritage Commission honored its first "Heritage Hero", Jim McAllister, shown in the photo above at left, and in the photo below. Jim is Salem's historian, and a great friend of the Hawthorne Hotel. In this photo above, you see Jim with Michael Harrington and Robert St. Pierre.

The commemorative booklet that also served as program for the night's festivities said that the purpose of the award is to "recognize the unsung heroes and passionate stewards who work in our midst to preserve our history, educate others about our rich heritage, and share their passion for the culture and resources with the Essex National Heritage Area. In short, Heritage Heroes make history "come alive" for local residents and visitors alike."

When you speak about Jim, that is really putting it mildly. Jim is beyond passionate about everything he does, whether history, photography, writing or speaking, or his dogs, Jim is the quintessential hero. Congratulations!

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Cinema Salem's Newsletter is the Best

If you are coming for a visit to stay in Salem, you will of course want to stay here at the Hawthorne Hotel. Or, if you live in the area, you will want to come to eat and drink here at the Hawthorne Hotel, in the Tavern or Nathaniel's (casual and fine-dining, respectively). So, what do you want to do for entertainment? Well, one of my favorite places is Cinema Salem, where we get first-run movies, coupled with a unique and special atmosphere that you will never find at a multiplex theater. And, it is only one block away!

Here is their current newsletter, reprinted with permission, of course:

Good news for the legions and legions and legions of fans who've been calling and emailing the theater: We DID land a print of SEX AND THE CITY (R - 145 minutes) and it premieres this Friday! Since we opened, no movie has been awaited with as much passion and anticipation by its fans, so we're happy to accommodate.

Early reviews are glowing: "Sarah Jessica Parker is the pivot for this fabulous, fun frolic in which laughter and tears are shared through thick and thin, but always with glamour and style," writes Urban Cinefile. SEX AND THE CITY plays Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (3:00), 7:00 and 10:00: Sunday at (12:00), (3:00) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:10) and 7:10.

I hope you have not forgotten our "$6 before 6 pm" special all this summer, which allows you see any of our great films like SEX AND THE CITY, INDIANA JONES, KUNG FU PANDA, GET SMART, THE DARK KNIGHT (and many more) for the astonishingly affordable price of $6, as long as you come to a show that starts before 6 pm. If you come after 6 pm, you'll still pay astonishingly low admission prices. Many people, upon hearing the evening ticket price, respond, "But I'm not a senior!"

(Now we could have raised our ticket prices in the past month, like every other theater. But we've discovered that there are still boatloads of people out there who don't even know we exist, and we hope this stunning promotion will catch their attention and get them out of the boat and into CinemaSalem, where they will become fans for life!)

What's the biggest picture in the world? Yes, you're right, it's INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (PG13 - 123 minutes) which drew vast crowds of all ages throughout this bright, balmy, summerlike, and sunny Memorial Day weekend. Visitors to CinemaSalem were lucky enough to meet Indiana Jones in person, and rumor has it, he will be back this coming weekend, if he's not busy with an academic conference or a whip-braiding seminar.

INDIANA JONES plays Friday and Saturday at (11:10 AM), (1:45), 4:25, 7:15 and 9:50; Sunday at (11:10 AM), (1:45), 4:25 and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at 4:20 and 7:20.

My personal favorite film of the year so far is PRINCE CASPIAN (PG-125 minutes), the second in the NARNIA series, which, according to Cinemaphile, "...continues in the tradition to create vivid, imaginary and enthusiastic interpretations of the most memorable children's books of the past century." PRINCE CASPIAN plays Friday through Sunday at (11:00 AM), (2:00), (5:00)and 8:00; and Monday through Thursday at (4:00) and 7:00.

Thanks again for supporting CinemaSalem!

Paul Van Ness

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Claire-Marie Gauthier Named Hawthorne Hotel's Employee of the Month for March 2008

In these photos you can see the sequence of photos taken as we approached Claire-Marie last week to present her with the Full-Time Employee of the Month award for March 2008. She knew what was coming, because all of the managers available at the time approach in a group, and she could tell that we were after her! I love the expressions that crossed over her face as she realized that she was the one being honored this day.

Claire-Marie works as a banquet coordinator, and has done so for a number of years. She also handles the majority of the work surrounding handling our liquor business at the Peabody Essex Museum, and she does an excellent job no matter what her assignment.

Left to right, Claire Kallelis, Director of Food and Beverage; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; Claire-Marie Gauthier; Steve Nelson, Executive Chef; and Liz Dube, Banquet Manager.

If you are ever hosting a function at the Hawthorne Hotel, and Claire-Marie is your assigned coordinator, you can be certain that the event will run flawlessly. Congratulations, Claire-Marie!

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 26 through June 1, 2008

On Thursday and Friday we have a special request for the Chinese flag to be flown, so we are planning to honor that request.

Monday , May 26 ~~ United States and Morocco
Tuesday , May 27 ~~ United States and Mozambique
Wednesday , May 28 ~~ United States and Myanmar
Thursday , May 29 ~~ United States and China
Friday , May 30 ~~ United States and China
Saturday , May 31 ~~ United States and Namibia
Sunday June 1 ~~ United States and Nauru

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Ropes Mansion Gardens are Blooming Again

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you will already know that one of my favorite places in Salem is the gardens of the Ropes Mansion, on Essex Street. The gardens are maintained by the Peabody Essex Museum, and are open to the public. I walk through them on my way to work most days, and I like to pretend that they are my gardens, because they are so lovely.

I do wish there was some way for you to smell just how beautiful the wisteria is right now, but since that does not yet seem possible, here are some photos I took with my iPhone.


A Special Birthday

Here you see a family that came all the way from Newton, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel's today to celebrate a very special birthday. Today was Charles' 90th birthday! He is the dapper gentleman seated at the right of the group.

I hope you enjoy knowing that the Hawthorne Hotel is a great place to celebrate special occasions, and I hope to see you here.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

More Delicious Meals at the Garden Cafe at the PEM

We operate the two restaurants at the PEM, and these are photos of two items that we enjoyed there last week. Above is the appetizer of the day, which was a lovely smoked salmon plate with micro herbs.

This item is on the regular menu, and it is a lovely grilled chicken breast with steamed broccoli and colorful rice, served with a fresh pineapple sauce. Refreshing and light for the summer!

If you want to make reservations for lunch, simply call us at the PEM, at 978-745-9500 extension 3157. We are open for lunch Wednesday through Sundays.

I hope to see you here.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Wine Dinner

If you have never been to one of our wine dinners, this is the one to get to. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed! Reservations are filling up fast, so call soon to make your reservation. Here is the event, with details on making your plans.
The Hawthorne Hotel Presents an Evening of
Fine Food and Wines
Featuring the Select Wines from Italy
“Uncommon Food and Wine, on the Common in Salem, MA”


Assorted Summer Bruchetta
Chilled Tomato and Eggplant Soup with Ricotta
Fresh Mozzarella Pizza, with Tomato, Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Prosciutto
Fantinel Prosecco, Spumante Extra Dry
L’oca Ciuca, The Drunken Goose, 2004 Toscana


Spring Vegetable and Shrimp Orzotti
Barley Risotto with Asparagus and Peas
Pinot Grigio 2006, Collio Vigneti, Sant Helena

Penne with Sausage
Porcini and Portabella Mushroom, Plum Tomatoes, Arugula and Asiago Cheese
Briccotondo Barbera 2005, Fontana Fredda

Garlic-Studded Rosemary Roasted Lamb
Fresh Fig Compote, Pinenut, Leek and Potato Gratinee
and Grilled Marinated Baby Zucchini
Negroamaro 2005 Solyss, La Corte

Chefs Creation
Faretti, Biscotti Liqueur, Italy

Wednesday June 4, at 6:30pm
$85 Per Person including tax and gratuity
For ticket information please call (978) 825-4311

Hawthorne Hotel
On the Common
18 Washington Square West
Salem, Ma 01970

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Spring Harvest Fest -- Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel

Here are some more photos of our Harvest Fest menu items. The menu is changing daily, so there are always lots of different, fresh items for you to choose.

If you want to see a slide show of all the photos we have taken this week, just click here:

I hope to see you here.


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A Tour of Our Neighborhood or "Location, location, location."

One of the things that we hear time and time again is that the Hawthorne Hotel is so conveniently located to everything in Salem. I thought I would take some photos that really demonstrate that very fact, so here is a link to a slide show of photos that I shot from the Hawthorne Hotel:

I hope you enjoy the tour.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Helping the Community and the World

One of the things we have been doing to 'go green' is to recycle toner cartridges. There is a local school, called the Phoenix School, that has a Rotary "Early Act" club. They raise money however they can, and then use it to do there own good works in the community and the world. They come to pick up our toner cartridges for recycling, and these images are from the thank you note that they wrote to us recently.

I hope you enjoy learning this little bit of life here at the Hawthorne Hotel, and what we do to help the community.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A View from the Top, of our current excitement

If you are wondering what all the hubbub is about right in our neighborhood, here is the answer:

Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, and Candice Bergen, and a few of their pals are shooting a movie called "Bride Wars" right here. I went up to the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel to shoot these photos, so you could see that they really are right in our 'front yard'.

I hope you'll stop in to the Hawthorne Hotel for a bite to eat or something to drink, while you are in the neighborhood to rubberneck the local shooting of this major motion picture.

I hope to see you here.

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Spring Harvest Menu in Nathaniel's for this week Only

Our chefs are going to be offering special menus for dinner this week that are all crafted around locally available seasonal offerings, in our Nathaniel's Restaurant. Here are some of the menu items that they will be serving. Please understand that with seasonally availble, locally sourced items, things can change pretty rapidly, so please do not be disappointed if you come in for a certain item and we are already serving something else.
For reservations call 978-825-4311.


Cavendish Farms Quail
stuffed with herbed quinoa, local pea tendrils tossed
with locally-grown African blue basil vinaigrette
(see photo #1 below)

Maine Greenhouse Whopper Tomatoes,
South Coast Farms Crumbled Goat Cheese,
local garlic-chive and sherry vinegar reduction
(see photo #2 below)

Salad of Local Micro Herbs
tossed with white balsamic vinaigrette


Northeast Family Farms Top Sirloin Steak from Ioka Valley Farm
spring onion demi-glace, buttered local ramps and nettles, baby fingerling potatoes Connecticut-harvested yellow oyster mushrooms
(see photo #4 below)

Butter-Poached Massachusetts Lobster
grilled local asparagus, local spring garlic-au gratin potatoes
Westport sparkling wine and chive blossom buerre blanc

Lucky Seven Pork Porterhouse
Vermont applewood-smoked bacon, white wine and garlic-chive butter sauce, with
pan-fried white polenta with cheese and sautéed fresh-picked red chard
(see photo #3 below)

Dartmouth-made Linguiça and Cape Cod Littleneck Clam Stew
spring ramps, spring garlic and fresh New Jersey escarole


Richardson’s Vanilla Ice Cream with Massachusetts Rhubarb and Cinnamon-Honey Compote

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Another look at what the Hawthorne Hotel does

One of the things that the Hawthorne Hotel does is to provide opportunities for people in the community to have what is often a first job. As part of that, we do offer internships through connections with some local schools as well. Here is a lovely thank you note from an intern who recently completed her internship. I thought you might like to see it. If you click right on the image, it will enlarge it on your screen for better reading.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Sew Gulls! What's That?


Last week we had a small meeting of a local club here at the Hawthorne Hotel. The club is called the "Sew Gulls" and they are the North Shore Neighborhood Group of the Bosotn Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. I took them on a tour of the hotel to see some of my decorating handiwork, and took their photo.

Here you see, back row, left to right:
Lisa Carberry, Karen Sehl, Maureen Sullivan and Jan Flaherty

Seated row, left to right:
Edith Garrant, Norma Lord, MaryLou Schneider and Joanne Brown

The tour was arranged for by Maureen Sullivan who happens to be my daughter's guidance counselor at Salem High School. For some of them it was their first visit to the Hawthorne Hotel, but I strongly believe it will not be their last.

I hope to see you here too, fair blog reader.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 19 through 25, 2008

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will already know that we have had to make a change, temporarily, in what flags we are flying. The fierce winds that blew through New England last week snapped the rope on our rooftop flag, and we are awaiting the flagpole climber who will come to rehang it for us. In the meantime, we will not be flying a 'country' flag on the front of the building. This is the schedule for the week:

Monday , May 19 ~~ United States and Guam
Tuesday , May 20 ~~ United States and Hawaii
Wednesday , May 21 ~~ United States and Idaho
Thursday , May 22 ~~ United States and Illinois
Friday , May 23 ~~ United States and Indiana
Saturday , May 24 ~~ United States and Iowa
Sunday May 25 ~~ United States and Kansas

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Another Lovely Letter, and Nice Note

We simply LOVE to receive such lovely letters, and nice notes. We thought you might enjoy them too! Just click on each one to make them full-sized on your screen.


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Friday, May 16, 2008

Behind the scenes at the Hawthorne Hotel, and the Tavern

This week we shot this first photo to use for marketing purposes for the Tavern here at the Hawthorne Hotel. We recently added a big screen TV (52"), which is housed in the cabinet that you see to the right of the photo, so we needed a more up-to-date shot. I pursuaded four members of our sales and catering team to be the 'customers' you see here. Left to right are Michael Kernander, Christine Turner, Karen Cotton and Thomas MacDonald.

I hope you enjoy this slice of life here in the Daily Diary of the Hawthorne Hotel. We certainly enjoy sharing it with you.


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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Flag Alert

Just to keep you updated, we have had a bit of misfortune regarding our flag on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. In a recent wind storm the entire apparatus that holds the flag came apart and the flag is now off, and there is no way for us to get it back up the 35-foot flagpole on top of our 60-foot building.

We have hired a professional flag-pole climber, who will be here next week, so in the meantime we are flying "Old Glory" on the front of the building. That means no "country of the day" flag, since we don't have enough flag poles on the front of the building.

I am certainly going to try to get some photos of the flag pole-climber for this blog, so stay tuned.


"Who Knew" at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery

The Art Gallery located in the Hawthorne Hotel is currently featuring an exhibition of local artists that we know, not necessarily for their art, but for the other things that occupy their time. I thought the exhibit was lovely, and snapped a few photos to hopefully intrigue you, so that you'll stop in to see the rest of the works. If you do go to the Kensington-Stobart Gallery to see this, be sure to tell them you read about it on the Hawthorne Hotel Blog.

I hope to see you here.

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