Sunday, February 28, 2010

This week we have five special requests for flags to be flown on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel for special visitors.

Monday , March 1 ~~ Slovakia and Michigan
Tuesday , March 2 ~~ Portugal and Massachusetts
Wednesday , March 3 ~~ Slovenia and Mississippi
Thursday , March 4 ~~ Solomon Islands and Hawaii
Friday , March 5 ~~ Somalia and Alaska
Saturday , March 6 ~~ South Africa and Michigan
Sunday , March 7 ~~ Spain and Micronesia

If you ever wish to request a special flag, please call us at 978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chef Steve Nelson & Sous Chefs Win An Award

Above, left to right: Paul Sacco, Executive Director of MLA; Phill Stamm, Chairman of MLA and Steve Nelson, Executive Chef, Hawthorne Hotel
Yesterday I went to the Stars of the Industry award luncheon at the Omni Parker House Hotel with our Executive Chef, Steve Nelson. At the luncheon Steve and all of the sous chefs of the Hawthorne Hotel were recognized for their accomplishments towards Diversity in the Workplace by the Massachusetts Lodging Association.
The award recognized the culinary team for their participation in a program with Salem High School that gives special education students who are done with their basic high school classes the opportunity to do a work internship program in local businesses and institutions like Salem State College and North Shore Medical Center. If you read this blog regularly, you will know that we already featured two of our students in this blog a couple of months ago.
The Prism Diversity Award is a new award this year, and we were honored to be the first recipient.
Now Chef Steve will be entered in the National Stars of the Industry Award competition, so we all wish him the best in this as well.
I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about all the different things we do a the Hawthorne Hotel to make our community a better place for us all.
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Salem Film Festival is Coming SOON!!

Okay, if this photo doesn't pique your curiosity, what will?
Mark your calendar and check out this news tidbit from Paul VanNess regarding the upcoming all-documentary film festival that is now in its third year here in Salem, MA.


I hope you don't mind me sending out this reminder about the Salem Film Fest, which runs from this Friday, February 26 through next Thursday, March 4, presenting 34 engaging, beautiful, and challenging documentaries from all over the world. In three years, the festival has grown to be one of the largest all-documentary festivals in the country. All the details are at

If you don't know what film to attend, may I suggest the film which I'm sponsoring, MAMACHAS OF THE RING, playing on Saturday, February 27, at 11 am (that's in the morning!). It is truly a unique film which deals with Bolivian female wrestlers, and the filmmaker will be present to discuss the film afterward.

A review below, and the photo above, to entice you.
Thanks for your consideration!
Paul V.

Posted: July 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM
By Willa Paskin

After The Wrestler, Nacho Libre, Rocky, When We Were Kings, and scores of other films about hand to hand combat, you would be forgiven for thinking there's nothing that could go down in a ring you haven't seen before. You would be wrong.
Check out the awesome trailer forMamachas Del Ring, a documentary about four indigenous Bolivian women who became national sensations when they began wrestling in their country's main league, in petticoats and bowler hats, thank you very much.
Carmen Rosa, one of the wrestlers, is the star of the film, and though her moves are impressive (really, watch some of those flips), her dedication is even more so. After appearing on Peruvian television in 2006, she and her fellow female wrestlers were kicked out of the Bolivian league, despite being fan favorites and obviously, patently amazing. The four Mamachas decide to start their own league and organize their own shows ("We don't want to be managed by a man, because he exploited us too much. We want to be independent."), committing to running a fledgling business while keeping their day jobs (Rosa works as a street vendor) and taking care of their families.
"Sometimes I love wrestling more than my family," Rosa says, which makes her husband's ultimatum, to choose between wrestling and her family, all the more heart wrenching. Seriously, forget Harry Potter and all the remaining summer blockbusters; this is the only movie I really need to see this season.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yet Another Great Thing (actually things) to Do in Salem, MA this weekend

There are so many things going on in Salem, MA this weekend, it makes one dizzy just contemplating what to enjoy. Film Fest at Cinema Salem. Check. Chinese New Year at PEM. Check. Live theater at Salem State College. Check. Lecture and Wine Tasting at Pamplemousse. Check.

Here is the information on the Lunar New Year Events at PEM:

SALEM, MA –– Join the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) on Saturday, February 27th to celebrate the Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the Year of the Tiger. Enjoy a full day of festivities including film, dance, music, art activities and more. Be sure to take in the spectacular Lion Dance performances by the Gund Kwok Asian All Women’s Lion Dance Troupe, learn kung fu moves inspired by animals, explore the Museum’s galleries, and create your own Chinese paper lanterns to take home!

All programs FREE with museum admission For reservations, please call: 978-745-9500 x3011

SATURDAY, February 27th
Flim: Kung Fu Panda 10 am Morse Auditorium Reservations by February 25
Don’t miss the Oscar-nominated film, Kung Fu Panda, on the big screen! Rated PG.

Gallery Exploration 10:30 am – 2 pm Atrium
Learn your Chinese zodiac animal sign and then look for your animal in artwork in the galleries.

Dance Performance 11:30 am – noon Atrium
Enjoy a traditional Chinese dance performance by the Kwong Kow Chinese School.

Dance Performances Noon – 12:30 pm & 2:30 – 3 pm Atrium
See electrifying Lion Dances performed by the Gund Kwok Asian All Women’s Lion Dance Troupe.

Music Performance 12:45–1:15 pm Atrium
Hear the Dulcimer Ensemble from the Kwong Kow Chinese School perform in the Atrium.

Drop-in Art Activity 1 – 4 pm East India Marine Hall
Learn how to make Chinese paper lanterns and take home what you create.

Martial Arts Demonstration 1:30 – 2:15 pm Atrium
Learn how Kung Fu forms emulate animals and aspects of nature and try them for yourself.

Kung Fu Weapon Demonstration 3:30 – 4 pm Atrium
Examine classical kung fu weaponry through a demonstration of authentic spears, swords and more.

I hope to see you here, or somewhere in Salem, MA this weekend.


Bananas Wrapped in Bacon, Onion Marmalade

What can I say, except YUM!!! This new appetizer in the Tavern is so delicious. If you like bacon (and who doesn't?), the 'candy of meats' this is for you!

I hope to see you here.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wedding Update

There are two new posts on our wedding blog, including some new photos. Here is the link:

I hope you enjoy them.


Yet Another Aspect of Art and Culture (and WINE!) in Salem, MA

We are so fortunate, here in Salem, MA to have such a broad range of things to do. Here is yet another example, which is being put on by one of our favorite people, Jim McAllister. If you have never heard Jim speak, you really owe it to yourself to attend this event. He is so entertaining, interesting, and just fun!


"Sam Chamberlain at Home and Abroad"
Lecture and Wine-tasting
At Pamplemousse
Tuesday, March 2 from 7:30-9 p.m.

Join Jim McAllister as he chronicles the life, achievements and work of Sam Chamberlain, printmaker, photographer, world traveler, writer and gourmand.

Before moving to Marblehead in the mid-1930s, Chamberlain spent nearly a decade and half exploring the architecture, culture, and food and wine of Europe. Those travels, and his American later experiences, are chronicled in the more than 80 books he “authored” or “co-authored” in his lifetime. Included in his output are a number of books, some produced in conjunction with his beloved wife “Biscuit”, related to the gastronomy and wines of Europe.

On the subject of wine: patrons will be given the opportunity to sample a number of wines from European stops on Chamberlain's extended "Grand Tour".

The program will run from 7:30-9 at Pamplemousse, corner of Essex Street Mall and Central Street in Salem.

Tickets $20. Space is limited so please sign up early at Pamplemousse or at

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ouch! We are the Victims of a Hit and Run

Last night someone hit the island in front of the hotel and wiped out half of our plantings, and then took off.

It seems like it must be a vehicle with a pretty high clearance to so this much damage and still be able to drive off.

We filed a police report, but it was some time after the fact.

If you witnessed this accident, and have any information that might be helpful to the police in solving this crime, please contact the Salem Police Dept. on their non-emergency number 978-744-1212.

We pay for and plant and tend these bushes and trees all year long, and now we get to start all over again. We would love to find out who did this, so we could have him or her pay for the damage they caused.

Thanks for any help you might be able to provide.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel in the Snow

Here is a photo I snapped last week when it snowed lightly here in Salem, MA. Now all that snow is gone, since we had a string of 40+ degree days with sun! Forecast for this week looks like 44 degrees and sunny today, and then a run of cloudy days with some rain and snow mixed for the coming week.

It is that time of the year when snow may come, but it is usually as quick to disappear. That means spring is right around the corner, a time we all look forward to with great anticipation.

I hope to see you here.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~

Here are this week's flags. We do not have any special requests, at least so far.

Monday , February 22 ~~ Sao Tome and Principe, and Indiana
Tuesday , February 23 ~~ Saudi Arabia and Iowa
Wednesday , February 24 ~~ Senegal and Kansas
Thursday , February 25 ~~ Serbia and Kentucky
Friday , February 26 ~~ Seychelles and Louisiana
Saturday , February 27 ~~ Sierra Leone, and Maine
Sunday , February 28 ~~ Singapore and Maryland

If you do have a special request, please call us at 978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Princess Tea 2010, at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA

Banquet Chef and Chief Hawthorne Hotel Princess, Jenn Normant, who dreamed up the Princess Tea idea for us over three years ago, stands next to the castle that she built, and has maintained for us for the past four teas.

Princess Amanda sings with all the little princesses. They really seemed to be enjoying themselves, dancing and singing along with her.

I love the white gloves on this little princess! By the way, if you are missing your little white gloves, please contact Penny Petronzio to claim them. A pair was left behind by someone. Was it you? (978-825-4311)

Our Hawthorne Hotel Princesses, Amanda, Kate, Abby and Emily, form a receiving line to welcome in all our little guests.

Dolls were optional, but most welcomed.

The buffet table, with its castle lording over all, stands ready to receive all the little princesses.

While this little one was too shy to have her photo taken with one of the
Hawthorne Princesses, she seemed to love to be singled out by my camera. Her angelic wings seemed to suit her sweet demeanor.
This annual event is one I would never miss. It is so sweet to see all these little girls enjoying being treated royally by the staff of the Hawthorne Hotel, and watching the little ones grow up each year enjoying this tradition.
I hope to see you here, next year, for the Annual Princess Tea.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Donna and May

Meet Donna Daly, and her charming dog, May.

Donna is a member of the Hawthorne Hotel management team -- she is our Purchasing and Receiving Manager, and a terrific member she is, indeed. You may not realize that we even must have such a department, but it is an integral part of the smooth operations of the Hawthorne Hotel to have this position (wo)manned by such a dedicated person as Donna.

Last week her son dropped by with Donna's dog, May, who had just gotten come from one of her twice weekly visits to her second-favorite place, Doggy Day Care at Your Dog's Nanny in Beverly. As you can see, May is young and energetic, and she really didn't want to sit still for my camera, so Donna and Dave (one of our bartenders) tried to restrain her for her big moment.

Donna is devoted to this newest member of her family, and I think May is just a tad spoiled because of it.
I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about "us" here at the Hawthorne Hotel. It does take a dedicated TEAM of staff members to accomplish as much as we do here, and we are grateful for each and every team member's contributions.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

CinemaSalem's Line Up Is Terrific!!

If you read this blog often, you might think I'm on the payroll of CinemaSalem. However, I am simply a raving fan. I love what they do there and want to see them continue to be able to do it. So I SHARE!!!

This week we get the opportunity to see something quite unusual -- a number of the cool 'short films' that have been nominated for Academy Awards. I don't know about you, but every time I watch that awards show, I am momentarily sad when they show clips of the 'shorts' because I haven't even had the opportunity to see them.

This week, CinemaSalem is fixing that (I'd like to think they read my mind and are doing this just for me, but that is way too self-agrandizing) and they are showing them in a kind of mini-film festival.

So, you will certainly see me there, if you plan to go.

Wow -- real butter on popcorn, great hot tea, Fresca, yummy treats from the Cafe AND a terrific line-up of short films!! I can't wait!!!


Now Playing: Les Blank Short Films; Oscar Nominated Short Films; Five-Minute Student Film Contest Awards Show; Valentine's Day (PG13); and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG)!

Dear Juli,

As you can see from the headline above, this is a busy week at CinemaSalem, full of rich and diverse programming -- an appropriate lead-in to next week's Salem Film Fest!

An especially good ramp-up to that leading American documentary film festival is our presentation of three Les Blank documentary shorts in the Screening Room this week, which will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday at (12:30), (2:30), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:00; Sunday at (12:30), (2:30), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00. Les will be attending the Salem Film Fest in person between February 26 and March 1, participating in discussions before and after the presentation of his films. He's also participating in an event at Harvard next Wednesday, February 24, if you happen to be in Cambridge that evening.

Les Blank is arguably the most accomplished living American documentary maker, winner of numerous prizes including a British Academy Award for this masterpiece, BURDEN OF DREAMS, which will be presented during the festival. His accomplishments are especially noteworthy considering the fact that his personality and production approach are low-key, self-effacing, and devoted to his subjects, who are often gifted artists who live and create on the edges of society.

Since the Oscars are only a couple weeks away, this is a perfect time to screen the 2010 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS, which often represent a glimpse into the future of commercial filmmaking. We'll be presenting the full lineup of nominated films in both the "Live Action" and "Animated" categories, screening separately.

The Oscar Shorts will screen on the following schedule. Friday: Animated at 5:30 and 9:45 and Live Action at 3:30 and 7:45. Saturday: Animated at 1:30, 5:30, and 9:45 and Live Action and 11:30, 3:30, and 7:45. Sunday: Animated at 1:30 and 5:30 and Live Action at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:45. Monday-Wednesday: Animated at 4:40 and Live Action at 7:00. Thursday: Live Action at 4:40.

Rounding out the rich slate of independent films this week is the award ceremony for the Five-Minute Student Film Contest of 2010, showcasing some of the best young filmmakers in Massachusetts. The free event will begin at 7:00 pm next Thursday, February 25 at CinemaSalem. Many of the winning filmmakers will be attending in person.

Also screening this week is VALENTINE'S DAY, this week's current box office champ, which stars everyone you've ever heard of in Hollywood, and which will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:20 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (2:00), (4:45), 7:20 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:20; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:20.

In serious competition for best young adult movie of the year as well as longest title in history is Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which will screen on Friday at (5:00), 7:30 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 9:50; Sunday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:30.

Don't forget to start planning now for the Salem Film Fest, a celebration of documentary film which will run from February 26 through March 4, and will feature more than a dozen appearances by directors and producers who will be accompanying their films to Salem and enjoying the bracing discussions and sophisticated perspective of North Shore filmlovers. All the details about the films and about how to purchase indidvidual tickets and Festival Passes are readily available at

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Photos From the Past


Can you guess why we are posting these photos on our blog? First correct answer wins appetizers for two from our new Tavern menu. Email your answer to, to my attention.

Bonus if you can correctly name each person in the photos -- dinner for two to go along with your appetizers.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What's Valloween?

It is a holiday created by this fun-loving group of friends who aren't as high on Valentine's Day as they are on Halloween. In fact, they love Halloween so much they want to celebrate it twice -- hence their new holiday, Valloween!! We thought it was cute, and perhaps you do too!

Hey, maybe this idea will go viral?

Happy Valloween!!!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Room Photos Updated

I just added some more photos to the online album of photos of our guest rooms, including room 325, which was requested by one of our blog readers.

While most of our rooms are available on our new web booking site, accessible through our homepage of our website, the photos of the rooms I just added are not. They are pretty much all one-of-a-kind rooms, so we are booking those only through the hotel.

I hope you enjoy the slide show!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 15 through 21, 2010

The flags that will be flying on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel this week are:

Monday , February 15 ~~ Russian Federation and District of Columbia
Tuesday , February 16 ~~ Rwanda and Florida
Wednesday , February 17 ~~ Saint Kitts and Nevis and Georgia
Thursday , February 18 ~~ Saint Lucia and Guam
Friday , February 19 ~~ France and Candada (by Special Request)
Saturday , February 20 ~~ Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Hawaii
Sunday , February 21 ~~ Samoa and Idaho

This is a revised post, since we had a late special request for Friday.

If you wish to request a certain state or country flag be flown, call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sweet Doggies from New York Visit Us for Valentine's Weekend

The little sweetie pie is Bootsy, and the big sheepdog is Skipper.

This is their first visit to the Hawthorne Hotel, but I don't think it will be their last.

Aren't they SWEET??!!! Just in time for the sweetest day of the year.

I hope to see you here, too.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

What Do These Photos Have To Do With Us?


Guess the answer and win complimentary appetizers for two from our New Tavern Menu here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Send answers to

Contest closes on Sunday, February 28 at 5pm.

Good luck!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Princess Tea at the Hawthorne Hotel is Just Around the Corner

Do you have a little Princess in your life? If you do, you certainly should consider bringing her to the Hawthorne Hotel's annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 20, beginning at Noon.

Our castle has been refurbished, and now sports a pink and purple motif as you can see in the photo above. That will set the tone for the decor this year!

For reservations, call 978-825-4311. We sell out of tickets every year, and do not expect this year to be any different. So remember that you read it here, and have been forewarned to make haste, oh royal ones!

I hope to see you here,

Regally speaking,

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