Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Destination Salem on "Trash Menagerie"


If you click on this link you will get to the Destination Salem blog on the newest exhibit at PEM (located only one block from the Hawthorne Hotel.) This is a terrific exhibit highlighting a connection between recycling and art. While it appears that this is a show that appeals to people of all ages, it is particularly attractive to children.

I hope to see you there (or here.)


Monday, June 29, 2009

A Very Talented Guest

Instead of centerpieces, these guests who were having a bridal shower in our Pickman Room this past weekend brought in individually decorated cakes and used those instead.

The sister of the bride does this as a hobby. They are so lovely, we thought you would like to see them.

Each table had a uniquely decorated cake, all tied together by a lovely color scheme, and each with a somewhat floral look.

Jennifer Bissell is the "pastry chef" of the family, and here she is with one of her beautiful cakes.

This shower was a very meaningful event for this special family, and they were happy for us to share this blog article with you. We loved the idea, and are pleased to help you see a little bit more of the detail that happens within the walls of the Hawthorne Hotel.


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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 29 through July 5, 2009

No special requests so far for this week.

Monday , June 29 ~~ Morocco and Indiana
Tuesday , June 30 ~~ Mozambique and Iowa
Wednesday , July 1 ~~ Myanmar and Kansas
Thursday , July 2 ~~ Namibia and Kentucky
Friday , July 3 ~~ Nauru and Louisiana
Saturday , July 4 ~~ Nepal and Maine
Sunday , July 5 ~~ Netherlands and Maryland

As always, our giant flag of the USA will be flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. I hope to see you here.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

A lovely thank you note . . .

To better view this letter, simply click on it. If you want our assistance planning a perfect event, just give us a call at 978-825-4358. I hope to see you here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Our beautiful ballroom set for a wedding on June 19

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Hawthorne Hotel Management TEAM at work

(Above, left to right: Kelly Lilly, Ken O'Keefe, Tom Bracken and Jennifer Normant)

Because of all the rain we have had in the past week, we haven't really been able to attend to deadheading the flower boxes.
So today, right after our monthly managers' meeting, we all went outside and did a big attack -- making short work of the myriad of dead and dying petunia blossoms so that new ones will take their places.

Kelly shows off for the camera.

I got to teach Jamie Scranton how to 'deadhead' a flower box. She was a quick learner!

I hope you enjoy learning more about the ins and outs of running the Hawthorne Hotel.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Twitter and Specials

Do you follow us on Twitter? If not, you might want to. We offer random specials (really special specials) for Twitter-users only.

We are on Twitter as Hawthorne Hotel.


Cinema Salem is One of Salem's Jewels

Not every community is as lucky as we are in Salem. One of the things that makes this a special place to live and work is Cinema Salem. It is an independent movie theater with the best popcorn (real butter!) and a great selection of non-traditional movie beverages.

I have already seen"UP" and it was one of the best movies I have seen this year. You should not miss it!! But bring some tissues, because there are a few places where you will need them.


Here are some excerpts from their weekly newsletter:

Coming this weekend:
The Proposal (PG13); The Hangover (R); UP (PG); and The Country Teacher (NR)

Back from Scotland, I had a chance to finally catch UP and THE PROPOSAL this past weekend, and loved both of them. The latter is worth seeing for its relentless gentle humor and occasional deep insight, as well as the sight of Rockport, Massachusetts, filling in for Sitka, Alaska, with the familiar stores, landscapes, and Motifs backed seamlessly by fog- shrouded mountains.

THE PROPOSAL (PG13 - 148 minutes), which has proven enormously popular with American audiences, even those who don't live where it was filmed, will screen this week on Friday and Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:20; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00.

I attended UP on Monday as the Father's Day guest of my peerless daughter and like everyone else, found it profound, whimsical, inventive, and visually stunning throughout. Don't forget that you can catch this amazing film (and any of our features) for only $6 by attending the first show of the day.

UP will play Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50), 7:15 and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50) and 7:15.

THE HANGOVER, another surprise hit of the summer, returns for one more week at CinemaSalem, playing Friday and Saturday at (12:30), (2:50), (5:15), 7:30 and 9:45; and Sunday- Thursday at (12:30), (2:50), (5:15) and 7:30.

Gracing the Screening Room this week is THE COUNTRY TEACHER (NR - 153 minutes) boasting a hefty rating on RottenTomatoes,com. Here's a sample of the critical raving: "It's a movie that demonstrates, if you'll pardon the sports metaphor, how deep the bench is in Eastern European film." Salon. "Directed by Bohdan Sláma, it deals with weighty issues -- loneliness, sexual identity, love (straight and gay) -- in a quiet, intelligent fashion." New York Post. "The film's portrayal of farm life as a rugged pastorale lends The Country Teacher a foundation of visceral truth." New York Times. "Bohdan Sláma's direction for The Country Teacher, a film characterized by beautifully long, languorous takes, has an assured expressiveness." Slant

THE COUNTRY TEACHER will screen Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (1:45), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:10; and Sunday- Thursday at (11:45 AM), (1:45), (4:00) and 6:45.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peonies at the Ropes Garden

Peony with bee.

Ruffled pink peony.

The Ropes Mansion Garden, part of the Peabody Essex Museum, is open to the public, and right in my neighborhood. In fact I often walk through there on my way to work. I love seeing flowers to start my day, and am particularly fond of peonies. Not only are they beautiful, but their scent is fabulous.

I hope you enjoy these photos that I snapped with my iPhone last week.

If you want to see the Ropes Gardens, just walk out the Essex Street door of the Hawthorne Hotel, turn right, and walk about 5 blocks to the 300 block of Essex St, just past the First Church.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Destination Salem

We are so fortunate in Salem to have a great organization that has as its main mission to promote Salem to visitors. That organization is Destination Salem, and their website is www.Salem.org

In addition to a great website, they too have a blog, and they Tweet on Twitter as well.

You see, while Salem has a wicked long history, we are also very forward-thinking as well, and many of us have embraced the new technology of Facebooking and Twittering and Blogging and so on.

I hope you will visit Destination Salem's website, and see their blog. There is lots to see there, and plenty to do in Salem this year.

BTW, are you following the Hawthorne Hotel on Twitter? We hope you are!!!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 22 through 28, 2009

Monday , June 22 ~~ Mauritania and District of Columbia
Tuesday , June 23 ~~ Mauritius and Florida
Wednesday , June 24 ~~ Mexico and Georgia
Thursday , June 25 ~~ Micronesia and Guam
Friday , June 26 ~~ Monaco and Hawaii
Saturday , June 27 ~~ Mongolia and Idaho
Sunday , June 28 ~~ Montenegro and Illinois

So far there are no special requests for the country or state flag that we change out each day on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel. If you have a special request, simply calll Lucie at 978-825-4322, and leave her a message.

We hope to see you here.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Flowers with Brick, Again

One of my favorite themes for taking photos is to snap pictures of flowers juxtaposed with the antique brick sidewalks of Salem. I just love how the soft, fresh colors and textures of flowers contrast with the old, worn bricks.

These photos were all taken with my iPhone in the McIntire District of Salem this Spring.

I hope you enjoy seeing them, and I hope to see you here.

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Today's specials at the Garden & Atrium Cafes at the PEM

Garden Restaurant

Daily Specials
June 20, 2009

Basil Lemonade
Two Seventy-Five

Featured Panini
Turkey Breast, Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Basil-Pistachio Pesto, Sliced Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onion on Sourdough Bread
Ten Ninety-Five

Catch of the Day
Salad of Herb Grilled Scallops, Goat Cheese, Grilled Red Onions, Asparagus, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers on a Bed of Baby Spinach with Herb Vinaigrette

Special Soup
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Basil Oil
Cup Four-Fifty ~~ Bowl Six

Soup of the Day
Herbed Vegetable Primavera
Cup $3.75 Bowl $5.00

Sandwich of the Day $ 7.50
Sliced Chicken, Grilled Pineapple, Jade Rice Salad, Frisée, Teriyaki Sauce and
Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette

Salad of the Day $8.25
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Shaved Gruyere Cheese, Caramelized Shallots, Hard Cooked Egg, Yellow Pear Tomatoes on a Bed of Baby Spinach with Caramelized Vidalia Vinaigrette

Salad of the Month $8.25
Sliced Chicken Breast, Herbed Feta Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts, Sliced Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Yellow Bell Peppers on a Bed of Mesclun Greens
(Chef Suggests: Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing)

Chicken Salad of the Week $6.50
Poblano-Lime and Fresh Corn
(Also Available on Salads for an Additional $3.75 per Scoop)

Friday, June 19, 2009

PEM Events -- Fun for the Summer!!!

Trash Menagerie Opens on Saturday, June 20. Check out this article in the Boston Herald:


Here is the complete museum calendar of upcoming events for July – August 2009

Peabody Essex Museum


Saturday, July 11, 10am – noon,
Down by the sea! Create a Giant Sea Turtle
Dead Horse Beach, Salem Willows Park
Free (parking is also free)
Comb the shore for flotsam and debris to create a collaborative sea turtle with environmental artist Kyle Browne. You’ll clean up the coast to protect wildlife and the environment and have fun making a huge ephemeral artwork. Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations).

Sunday, July 12
Flotsam Fun
Reservations by July 10
Flotsam, a wordless picture book by David Wiesner, features fantastical images of an underwater world retrieved from a camera that washed up on the beach. Create your own story and images inspired by flotsam collected at local beaches as well as artwork on view in Trash Menagerie.

Thursday, July 16, 9:30 am,
Members-Only Gallery Talk: The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes
with Curator Daniel Finamore, Dutch Seascapes Galleries
Reservations by July 14
Members only, $15

Friday, July 17, 4–10 pm
Surf’s Up! A PEM Beach Party
Museum admission: members free; nonmembers $10
Learn how to surf, build a sand castle, watch films, design your own surfboard and dance under the stars. You won’t go hungry. We’ve planned a casual summer menu of pizza, burgers (beef and veggie), hot dogs, veggies, fruit salad and cool drinks. Cash bar available.

The following events will be going on all day!

Surfboard Design
Kevin Cunningham displays his eco-friendly hollow wooden surfboards and the tools he uses to shape them. Watch as he transforms raw materials into a surfboard and talks about the inspirations for his designs.

Sand Sculpture
Kristie Haupt from Elwin Designs turns ordinary sand into beautiful sculptures. Haupt, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is a sculptor, painter, illustrator and graphic designer.

Music and Dancing
Ernie Houle from Locomotion DJ Productions keeps the beach party hopping with your favorite summer tunes.

Learn How to Surf with Brickhouse
Meet surfers from Brickhouse, a local surf shop and school. Hear what it’s like to surf in New England year-round and learn the basics of paddling and getting up on a board.

Surfing Simulator
Catch a wave without getting wet! Test your surfing skills on an arcade surfing simulator.

Be sure not to miss these exciting activities at night too!

Family Fun Art Activities
4-8 pm, Art Studios
Design your own surfboard and create your own photograph.

Story Time
4 pm, SurfLand Gallery
Recommended for children up to age 7

SurfLand Gallery Tours
5, 6 and 7:30 pm
Half-hour tours with museum docents.

Surf’s Up
5–6:30 pm, FILM
2007, 85 minutes, directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck
Meet Cody Maverick, a penguin with a passion for surfing and a dream to compete in the Big Z Memorial Surf Off.

The Women and the Waves
7–8 pm, FILM
2009, 48 minutes, directed by Heather Hudson and Peck Euwer
This documentary explores the lives of female surfers who paddled head first into the male-dominated sport of surfing and found a place of their own. Meet generations of surfers, introduced with breathtaking images by SurfLand photographer Joni Sternbach, who explain why surfing is a dominant force in their lives.

Step into Liquid
8:15–10 pm, FILM
2007, 90 minutes, directed by Dana Brown
Check out the surfers and prime locations all over the world, including Oahu’s North Shore (monstrous waves), the Gulf shores of Texas (where oil supertankers churn things up), the ice-cold waters of Ireland and the tropics of Rapa Nui.

Our evening at the beach is inspired by the exhibition SurfLand: Photographs by Joni Sternbach.
The SurfLand and Trash Menagerie exhibitions will be open until 9 pm.
Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations)

Friday, July 31, 7 - ­9 pm
21st Annual Salem Maritime Festival
Derby Wharf, downtown Salem,
The city's Maritime Festival at Derby Wharf celebrates New England¹s long seafaring history and traditions. It kicks off Friday night with a concert by local favorite Entrain. On Saturday, enjoy more music, demonstrations, exhibits, tours of the tall ship Friendship, the Custom House and the Derby House, food and family-friendly activities. Made possible in part by PEM and ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations).


Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2, 10 am–6 pm
21st Annual Salem Maritime Festival
Derby Wharf, downtown Salem

The city’s Maritime Festival at Derby Wharf celebrates New England’s long seafaring history and traditions. Enjoy live music, demonstrations, exhibits, tours of the tall ship Friendship, the Custom House and the Derby House, food and family-friendly activities. Made possible in part by PEM and ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations).

Sunday, August 9
Honey Makers
Reservations by August 7
Follow a bee to its hive by listening to The Bee Tree, by Patricia Polacco, and then meet a real beekeeper, taste local honey and discover what it’s like in a real bee hive! Create your own bee tree with collaged recycled paper.

Thursday, August 20, 6:30–9:30 pm, Atrium
Dutch Beer Tasting
Reservations by August 14, Members $50, nonmembers $60
If you love a great beer, join us for this special event! You'll get a chance to try six of the finest Dutch and Flemish beers and delicious Dutch foods -- with plenty of both. Our guests for the evening are a knowledgeable and enthusiastic beer aficionado and an expert of Dutch art and culture.

Open Galleries, The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes
6–9 pm

Gallery Talk with George Schwartz, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research
6:30 pm, Dutch Seascapes Galleries

Discussion: Connoisseurship of Dutch Beer and Culture
7:15–9 pm, Atrium
Peter G. Rose, art and food historian, along with a renowned beer expert, talk about great Dutch beers and the connection between beer and Dutch culture from the 17th century until now. Rose is co-author of Matters of Taste: Food and Drink and Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art and Life. One beer and food pairing will be served during the discussion.

Afterward, sample five more varieties of Dutch and Flemish beer paired with foods that fit the evening’s theme: fabulous cheeses, Dutch-style fries, seafood, chocolate and more. NOTE: These special Dutch and Flemish beers have a high alcohol content. We encourage participants to bring a designated driver, who will be admitted free and will be treated to soft drinks, food, an exhibition tour and the beer/culture discussion.


Daily, 3-4pm
Story Times
For children ages 3 to 6 with accompanying adult
Reservations required for children participants only
Included with museum admission
Made possible by Target

Mondays, 5–6 pm, $12 per session
Wednesdays, 12:15–1:15 pm, $7 per session
Drop-in Yoga Classes
Phillips Library Auditorium
Instructor Susan Himml leads these all-level Hatha yoga classes. For information, call 978-745-9500, ext. 3043.

First and third Wednesdays of each month, 10:30–11 am
Story Time for Tots, Book Buddies
Meet at the information desk, Included with museum admission
Meet other parents and caregivers and introduce your young child to the wonderful world of museums through stories and related activities in the PEM galleries.

Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, 1–3 pm
Weekend Art Activities
Included with museum admission
Drop by the Art Studios for hands-on art activities the whole family will enjoy! Museum educators lead various projects inspired by art in PEM galleries. Schedule subject to change. Visit pem.org/events for details. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

About the Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at http://www.pem.org/.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Compromise Planter Box Solution is Reached

It is petunia season now at the Hawthorne Hotel. These photos show them off very nicely.

If you have been following our blog in the past month, you will know that we were asking our blog readers for their opinion about some new bushes that we planted in these planter boxes in front of the hotel.

Well, dear readers, you spoke, and we listened, but nature wasn't in on the deal. The cedar trees that we planted were evidently from a defective batch, and one of them died. It turned out that wasn't the only one -- every one of the cedars that our nursery bought from a grower failed save one, and we had the 'one' -- so we sent them both back, and compromised with these boxwoods that you see here.

We think the compromise is a good one. I was looking for something that matched the 'weight' of the planter boxes, and we think that these bushes are much more fitting than the mugo pines that we had in there previously.

I hope you like the final choice!

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We Make Both Individuals and Groups Happy at the Hawthorne Hotel

We think this letter is self-explanatory. To have a clearer view of the leter, simply click on it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We Claim this Island in the Name of the Hawthorne Hotel

The island across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel recently sprouted this sign, saying it was sponsored (i.e. maintained) by the Boys and Girls Club of Salem. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If you are a loyal reader of this blog, you will already know that.

We contacted the City Department that handles putting out these signs each year, and found out that it was indeed a clerical error. The sign has been moved where it belongs (on the island across from the Boys and Girls Club), so in case you were wondering, that is the story. The island is ours (and so was the bill for new shrubs and bark and labor, and the job of keeping the weeds pulled) again this year.

All in the life of a hotel manager,

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tavern Specials for June 2009 ~~ Sundays through Wednesdays at Dinner

Two Dinners For $29 or one for $14.50

The Tavern at The Hawthorne Hotel

On Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
From 5pm – 10pm

June Choices

Jerk-Spiced Chicken Salad
sliced Caribbean-style spiced chicken,
pickled peppers, diced tomatoes, cucumbers,
avocado and coconut,
mixed greens, tamarind-soy vinaigrette

Grilled Steak Tips with Andouille Sausage
rice pilaf , corn on the cob

Thin Crust Scampi-Style Pizza
basil, olive oil, roasted garlic,
fresh mozzarella

Each Entrée served with a Small Mixed Green Salad
Or Cup of the Soup of the Day, Chef’s Choice of Dessert
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Spring Means Lilacs

I realize this post is a little late, but I just got around to pulling some photos off of my iPhone that I took in May, and found these of the lilacs on the grounds of the Peabody Essex Museum. I thought the photos came out really well, so I thought I would share these anyway. Maybe you will want to make plans early to come and visit during next year's lilac season?

I hope to see you here.

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Update on the Cardinals in the yard at the Suzannah Flint House

The baby is in the photo above. You can see his/her claws fairly clearly, but the rest is hard to see since he was trying his best to blend in with the nest and the tree limbs.

Dad cardinal

Mom cardinal

Mom cardinal is looking a little better now. She was looking pretty peaked right before the babies were born.

Here are some photos that Jay took on Friday and Saturday. There is one that lets you see the baby cardinal that was just hatched. The others are of Mom and Dad cardinal.
I hope you enjoy this peek at the nature that surrounds us, even in a city-center hotel.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 15 through 21, 2009

As of this post, there are no special requests for the coming week.

Monday , June 15 ~~ Madagascar and American Samoa
Tuesday , June 16 ~~ Malawi and Arizona
Wednesday , June 17 ~~ Malaysia and Arkansas
Thursday , June 18 ~~ Maldives and California
Friday , June 19 ~~ Mali and Colorado
Saturday , June 20 ~~ Malta and Connecticut
Sunday , June 21 ~~ Marshall Islands and Delaware

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Nice Thank You eMail Note

Today we received the following email message from a client that we provided a function for this week. I thought you might like to read it, too:


Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 8:06 AM
To: Christine Madigan
Subject: Higgins Reception

Christine and Lindsay,

Our cocktail reception yesterday was lovely! The presentation of the
stations was beautiful and the passed hors d'oeuvres delicious. My
thanks for your help in putting it all together.

Thanks again,


Pat M

If we can help you with a function, please contact our catering office at 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Exhibit at PEM

The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes
On view from June 13 through September 7, 2009

On Saturday a new special exhibit will open at PEM here in Salem, and I got a sneak preview earlier this week.

This weekend there will also be a very special "Atrium Alive" program that is open to all visitors with a paid admission, and promises to be a compelling and interesting event. (Don't forget that Salem residents with ID always get in free, as do children 16 and under.)

One of the things that I find particularly interesting about this show is that an art conservationist will be working right in the gallery, conserving one of the paintings. (See the bottom two photos.) There is also a video to watch, which shows terrific footage of the conservation process -- something I had never seen before.

The photos below show some of the pieces in the show, but you really need to go and see them in person to appreciate the art itself. A photo is never really a good representation of a painting -- which is why it is so spectacular that we have a museum of "art and culture" right here in our own backyard.

This first photo is my favorite of the show. The curator suggests you look to see how many shipwrecks are in the painting? Are they all the same ship, in varying stages of the wreck, or different ships? Does the painting represent moral issues, or only a shipwreck?

The Wreck of the Amsterdam, c 1630, Oil on canvas, 1257 x 1778mm, C. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

(Above) The Port of Genoa, c 1660, Adriaen Van Der Cabel, Oil on canvas, 955 x 1475 mm, C National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

(Above) Mediterranean Harbour Scene with the Saint Jean Cathedral at Lyons, 1660, Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraten, Oil on canvas, 755 x 1055mm, C National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

(Above)Italiante Harbour View with a Fantasy Building and Man-of-War, 1697, Abraham Storck, Oil on canvas, 760 x 915mm, C National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

Photos above and below of on-the-scene conservation courtesy of PEM.

I hope to see you here or there.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Halloween Ball Tickets on Sale Now!!!

If you have been waiting with breathless anticipation for your opportunity to buy tickets to our Halloween Ball, wait no longer. Here is the link:


Through Ticketweb, tickets are $85 each plus Ticketweb's fee which varies according to how many tickets you purchase. Tickets through the hotel are not available yet, but they will be $90 each from the hotel, so Ticketweb is really the way to go.

Our theme this year is "Reality Bites!!!" and is our crazy look at the myriad of reality television shows that seem to be everywhere you look. From lost to hell's kitchen, and surviving every challenge, we will take them on and make them uniquely Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.

Three floors of entertainment, food, dancing, live and DJ music, photos, people-watching to the max, all for your enjoyment.

The hotel rooms are sold out, but you might try the Emerson-by-the-Sea in Rockport, as they are an easy commute into Salem on that craziest of nights. They are also packaging with us, if you want them to provide everything including transportation to our door.

Our ball takes place ON HALLOWEEN this year, Saturday, October 31. It doesn't get much better than this.

Tickets are available now, so gather together your friends, make plans, and we hope to see you here!


Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Our Chefs Teach a Cooking Class

Executive Chef Steve Nelson and Hawthorne Catering Chef, Brooke O'Keefe get started teaching a duet of crab dishes to the class that assembled in Sophia's on Thursday night.

Guests Marci and Jim Fleck with Chef Brooke

Julie Seavey, Kendra Spotts and Taylor Emery represent the younger cooks in attendance.

Tabitha Aybar and Anne Gauthier appear to have had an excellent time.

Chef Steve is instructing the students and enjoying every moment.

Breading the crab cakes with panko crumbs

Browning the crab cakes.

Crab Salad a la Brooke, with Avocado and a light, lemony dressing

If you are interested in being invited to a future cooking class here at the Hawthorne Hotel, please post send an email to my attention and we will add you to our mailing list. If there is enough interest, we will do more classes in the future.

I hope to see you here.