Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cinema Salem Newsletter

Wow, another terrific lineup at our local movie theater. I have to say, there is SO MUCH to do in Salem!! Between world-class (yes, there is that word again) museums, small live theater productions, awesome special events, and this terrific movie theater, the entertainment options are unbelievable for those of us who are lucky enough to live in or near Salem (or for those of you who come to visit our fair city) -- and then add in all the great local restaurants -- Salem is the BEST!!!
I hope to see you here!

Here is Cinema Salem's newsletter for your information.


Dear Juli,

Another huge week at CinemaSalem! Tomorrow night at 9 pm we premiere SEVERE CLEAR, the Jury Award-winner at the recent Salem Film Fest (more below), and then at 10 pm, we premiere CLASH OF THE TITANS.

Did you catch the awesome review of SEVERE CLEAR in Newsweek? If not, check it out: Pretty impressive.

After the Thursday night premiere, SEVERE CLEAR will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; Monday-Wednesday at (5:00) and 7:30; and Thursday at (5:00).

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON has won over the critics and the crowds in its first week, emerging as the best-reviewed movie of the year, so far. HTTYD will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.

Lots have people have come in to see our monster stack of SHUTTER ISLAND (screening Friday-Sunday at (1:45) and 7:00 and Monday-Thursday at 7:00) and Jeff Bridges in CRAZY HEART (screening Friday and Saturday at (11:30), (4:30), and 9:45; Sunday at (11:30) and (4:30); and Monday through Thursday at (4:30).

There's been quite a bit of talk about ticket prices recently, with some theaters raising their prices by $3-4 overnight last Friday. Our admission prices are staying the same, and if you come to a show that starts before 12:30 pm on the weekends, you can get in for a mere $6!

If you prefer movies in French, you'll want to investigate French Film Night, presented each month at CinemaSalem by Club Richelieu of Salem, which will present one of the most romantic films of the recent past, THE STORY OF ADELE H., next Thursday at 7:30. This is a private party, but you can probably finagle your way in by calling 978 927-3709 and ponying up the $10 contribution. Bonne chance!

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem! Mike Scotti (pictured here in uniform), subject and accidental cinematographer of SEVERE CLEAR, will visit CinemaSalem in person for tomorrow night's premiere, accompanied by the film's director, Kristian Fraga.

Great Press for the New PEM Exhibit

If your worldview is colored by a history of the world centered on the Christian religion, or on our European roots, or if it is only U.S.-centric, this current exhibition at PEM will open your eyes to a completely different culture, and a different view of creation. It really makes you think, consider and wonder.
My husband and I both feel so fortunate to have a jewel of a museum such as PEM literally in our backyard -- the word "world-class" is so overused, but it is sincerely one of the best descriptions we can come up with to describe to you the tremendous experience that going to virtually anything that PEM presents can be.

I just received this great bit of news from our friends in Public Relations at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), and asked if it would be okay to share it with you, fair blog reader. The answer was a resounding "Yes!" so here it is.

Dear Colleagues,

The media have been diving into the Fiery Pool including The New York Times, which has honored us with an unprecedented 2 mentions in a single weekend. In Friday's Arts section, Eve Kahn wrote a very thoughtful column based on a lively interview with our own Dan Finamore, complete with a very large and wonderful image of our favorite spiny lobster.

Holland Cotter made our hearts quicken with a very supportive, lively write-up of the exhibition (plus image) on the first page of this Sunday's Arts section -- read by potentially 1.6 million people. (The weekday issues are read by closer to a million). Here it is, sans image:

The Week Ahead March 28 -- April 3

Art /Holland Cotter

Despite, or maybe because of, its hallucinatory religious imagery, pre-Columbian art seldom gets the full-dress museum treatment it deserves. But when it does, the results are unforgettably dramatic, as will undoubtedly be the case in “FIERY POOL: THE MAYA AND THE MYTHIC SEA,” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

The exhibition of 90 objects is based on the idea that the Maya, although they built cities across Mexico and Central America between A.D. 300 and 900, were a less thoroughly land-based civilization than once thought. It was only in the late 1980s — after the sign for “sea” was deciphered in the Maya writing system — that the importance of aquatic references in the culture’s literature and art became apparent.

This show traces it in images that in one way or another refer to a foundation myth that envisions the cosmos as composed of sea, sky and land in a continual process of interaction. In this view the Yucatán Peninsula is a great turtle swimming in a “fiery pool” formed by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Maya rulers appear seated on waterlily thrones. The world is populated by mythical fish, frogs and birds, and frogs that move back and forth between natural elements. Whatever the meanings of these images, their imaginative realization by Maya artists is instantly gripping. And what better place to see them than in a New England port town and in a museum whose 18th-century founding history is intimately tied to the sea? Through July 18, East India Square, Salem, Mass., (866) 745-1876,

Locally speaking, two excellent placements among those resulting from our press preview last week. A stunning layout in MetroWest Daily News and a great win for Whitney in The Weekly Dig, a publication we have long been trying to woo.

Rainy regards from Chaak's minions,

Your PR Team

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fun Food for an Event at PEM

Our chefs prepared this fun tray of passed hors d'oeuvres for the preview party for The Fiery Pool: the Maya and the Mythic Sea -- the latest (stella) exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum.
The food was so appropriate -- colorful, flavorful, and of the region. We have great talent amongst our culinary team here at the Hawthorne Hotel and Hawthorne Catering, and we are very appreciative of what they do.
I do hope to see you here (or there), and hope you have a chance to see this great new exhibit.
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Praise For Our Functions Department and Kitchen

We recently had the opportunity to host a dinner for SKAL, an international organization with chapters all over the world. The members of SKAL are well-known for appreciating well-prepared, properly served food and beverages. It was so nice to know that we lived up to their high expectations, as evidenced by these lovely thank you letters.

I hope we can help you plan an event. If so, just call our catering office directly at 978-825-4358.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 29 through April 4, 2010

This week we are continuing in our tradition of flying alphabetically the flags of each country (of the United Nations) and each state of the USA, since we have no special requests. If you have a special request, feel free to call us at 978-825-4322 or 978-825-4444.

Monday , March 29 ~~ United Kingdom and Utah
Tuesday , March 30 ~~ United States of America and Vermont
Wednesday , March 31 ~~ Uruguay and Virginia
Thursday , April 1 ~~ Uzbekistan and Virgin Islands
Friday , April 2 ~~ Vanuatu and Washington
Saturday , April 3 ~~ Venezuela and West Virginia
Sunday , April 4 ~~ Vietnam and Wisconsin

We hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

ANOTHER Hit and Run on our little Island

Okay, I am mad!! People, (I'm assuming drunk or drug-crazed people) you need to stop killing our plants!!! Just this past week we suffered yet another hit and run on the island of plants that we maintain for the City, across from our front door.

Here are the photos of the second round of ruination for your review.

We cannot replant until the first weekend in May, so it will have to stay like it is until then, which is really sad. There were THREE flowering pink crab apple trees on that island that always looked so beautiful in the spring. After the accident last month, there were two. Now there is one, and we are praying for its safety so that we can have at least some spring blossoms this year.

If you were anywhere near here on the night of March 23 (actually 1 AM-ish on March 24) that witnessed what occurred and could be of help to us in tracking down this reckless driver, we would be very appreciative of the help. There is some reason to believe it might have been a red BMW, but that is not confirmed. We are sure that there was some damage to the transmission and other underbody parts of the vehicle, so if you are a mechanic or tow truck operator, or know of someone who is, in the area, perhaps this might ring a bell with you?

Thanks, kind blog readers, for your help and concern. I know this blog is only read by about 1,000 people each week, so if you read this and can forward the article around to your friends and family, that could have some value as well.

Now I must stop playing detective and get back to running the hotel,


The Salem Witch Trials

Reprint of their Blog Post (which is an excerpt from a longer examination that is published in the 2010 Salem Visitor's Guide), Courtesy of Destination Salem:

Exploring the Salem Witch Trials of 1692

The new NBC series, Who do You Think You Are opened on Friday with an episode featuring actress Sarah Jessica Parker on a journey to discover where she came from. Turns out, her ninth-great-grandmother was accused as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

Esther Elwell of Gloucester was accused on November 5, 1692. Lucky for Esther, Governor Phipps had dissolved the Court of Oyer & Terminer on October 29, and the spectral evidence with which she was accused was no longer admissible in court.

Sarah Jessica Parker's trip down ancestry lane, and the incredibly beautiful spring weather we are enjoying as I write this, may inspire you to want to get out and about in Salem, and explore the Witch Trial History on foot. Here is a bit of history and a few relevant sites that you may want to include in your trek.

A shorter version of this article is printed in the 2010 Salem Visitor Guide.

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692

In the winter of 1692, Salem was a Puritan community overcome by fear. Fear of the bitter cold. Fear of disease. Fear of the Native Americans. Fear of the Devil, whom this devout Christian community blamed for any ill that came to their families. We know that this fear was the catalyst for a hysteria that swept through this region, from Boston to the south to the Andovers to the north. Hundreds were accused of practicing witch craft, 19 were hung, and one man was pressed to death.

Salem residents in the 18th and 19th century were, understandably, embarrassed by what happened here in the 17th century. The old gaol (jail) was torn down, any
evidence of a hanging tree or gallows were destroyed, and the city moved on into an era of incredible prosperity and success without looking back. It wasn’t until the 20th century that Salem developed into a destination for people looking for information on the Salem Witch Trials. Playwright Arthur Miller came to Salem to research his play, “The Crucible,” which used the people of the Salem Witch Trials to depict the anti-Communism Witch Hunt that was happening in America under the direction of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today the stories of the Salem Witch Trials are ingrained in the American story as a dark and regrettable period of fear and accusation. The City of Salem has worked to identify and preserve the sites connected to the Witch Trials of 1692 through plaques and, in the case of the Corwin House, architectural preservation.

The Corwin House, or “Witch House,” was built prior to 1675. It is the only structure still standing that has direct ties to the Witch Trials of 1692. This was the home of Judge Jonathon Corwin, who served as magistrate during the Trials. Corwin investigated the claims of spectral evidence and diabolical activity being called out against members of the community. While Corwin was one of the judges who performed the initial examinations of accused witches, recent research indicates that these examinations did not happen in the house. The Witch House is located at 310 Essex Street.

On April 11, 1692, Sarah Cloyce and John and Elizabeth Proctor were examined at the First Church in Salem, which was located near the current location of the Daniel Low Building at the corner of Essex and Washington Street. A plaque on the Low Building reads, here stood from 1634 until 1673 the First Meeting House erected in Salem. No structure was built earlier for congregational worship by a church formed in America. It was occupied for secular as well as religious uses… Today, the First Church in Salem congregation worships at 316 Essex Street in a stunning English Gothic church that was dedicated in 1836.

In 1692 the courthouse in Salem stood in the middle of what is now Washington Street near the intersection of Lynde Street. A marker on the Masonic Temple at 70 Washington Street reads: Nearly opposite this spot stood in the middle of the street a building devoted from 1677 until 1718 to municipal and judicial uses. In it in 1692 were tried and condemned for witchcraft most of the nineteen persons who suffered death on the gallows. Giles Corey was here put to trial on the same charge and refusing to plea was taken away and pressed to death. In January 1693, twenty-one persons were tried here for witchcraft of whom eighteen were acquitted and three condemned, but later set free together with about 150 accused persons in a general delivery which occurred in May. The original courthouse was torn down in 1760.

The Salem jail that was used during the Trials was located on St. Peter Street, which was then called “Prison Lane,” near its intersection with Federal Street. Today there is a plaque on the building at 30 Federal Street noting the site of the former jail.

The condemned were taken from the jail to Gallows Hill. (There is a park outside of downtown Salem called “Gallows Hill Park” at the intersection of Hanson and South Streets. However, historians’ opinions differ on the precise location of the executions.) The true location of the hangings and the victims' graves have been lost to history. It was unlawful to give the condemned a Christian burial, and it is believed that most were buried in a mass grave behind the hanging tree or gallows. Some historical reports claim family members would return by the dark of night to bring their loved ones home and bury them in unmarked graves on the family’s property.

The Salem Witchcraft Trial Memorial is where we remember the victims of the trials. Located on Liberty Street behind the Charter Street Cemetery, it has twenty benches, one for each of the condemned, that are each inscribed with the victim’s name, date of execution, and method of execution. The entrance to the memorial has the words of the condemned inscribed on the stones, with stones falling onto the words to symbolize the community’s refusal to hear the claims of innocence. Six locust trees, chosen because they are the last to flower and the first to lose their leaves, represent the stark injustice of the trials.

Salem has three cemeteries that are significant to the Witch Trials of 1692. The Howard Street Cemetery is said to be where Giles Corey was taken to be pressed to death, a torture chosen because he refused to stand trial. George Corwin, who served as the high sheriff of Essex County in 1692, and his brother Jonathon Corwin, the Salem merchant who lived in the “Witch House” when he served as magistrate during the trials, are both buried in the Broad Street Cemetery. A white obelisk marks their grave.

The Charter Street Cemetery is the final resting place for at least two members of the Court of Oyer and Terminer, including physician Bartholomew Gedney and magistrate John Hathorne, who was the great-great grandfather of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. Also buried here is Mary Corry, the first wife of Giles Corey, who died in 1684. Giles’ third wife, Martha Corey, was hanged for Witchcraft during the trials.

After the Salem Witch Trials were over, wealthy Salem merchant Phillip English returned to Salem. He had been accused in 1692, but escaped and fled to New York. Sheriff George Corwin seized English’s property, and when English returned to Salem in 1693 he found his home ransacked and his warehouses empty. Tradition says that after Corwin’s death in 1693, English seized his corpse and held it until Corwin’s executors paid him reparations for his losses in 1692. In 1733 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church was established through the generous support of Philip English. Upon his death, English was buried beneath the church chapel.

Hundreds were accused during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and there are thus hundreds of stories from the trials that stretch from Salem through communities in Massachusetts’ north shore and Merrimack Valley. You can learn more of these stories at the Salem Witch Museum, where an audio visual presentation provides an introduction to the Trials and the second exhibit addresses the evolving perception of Witches in the world. The Witch Dungeon Museum has a dramatic reenactment of one of the trials and a tour of recreated dungeons where you can see how horrid the conditions in the old jail were. The Witch History Museum tells more stories of 1692 through life-sized scenes. The Salem Wax Museum traces Salem’s history including the Witch Trials through self-guided scenes. Cry Innocent: The People Verses Bridget Bishop recreates the pretrial of Bridget Bishop, and the audience is the jury.

However you choose to learn the stories of 1692 and wherever your exploration of Salem and the surrounding communities takes you, there are crucial lessons of tolerance and perspective here to learn. It is these lessons that inspire the businesses and community of Salem to continue telling the stories of 1692 into the twenty-first century.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cinema Salem's Really Interesting Newsletter

While many businesses have recently rediscovered the idea of sending out regular newsletters to stay in touch with their customers, most of them seem to send out the same old stuff, never taking the time to be creative.

Cinema Salem is an outstanding example of HOW to DO it RIGHT!!! They write with enthusiasm, and from their strong love of interesting film. They make me NEED to go to the movies. THERE!!

I hope you enjoy the fact that I pass these great newsletters along to you, fair blog reader.

And don't forget when you go to the movies at Cinema Salem, to come by the Hawthorne Hotel either before or after for an adult beverage, a snack, or a great meal.

I hope to see you here.



News Bulletin: Next Thursday, April 1, at 9 pm, CinemaSalem will welcome filmmakers Kristian Fraga and Mike Scotti to a special screening of the Salem Film Fest Jury Award-winning film, SEVERE CLEAR. Since the film played at the festival, it opened in New York City and earned glowing raves from the New York Times, the Village Voice, and this from the Daily News: "With the exception of THE HURT LOCKER, the best pictures about the Iraq War have been documentaries. Most fictional films simply can't capture the immediacy of the experience the way a raw chronicle like this one does."

As you can guess, the Jury Award goes to the film which the esteemed SFF jury considers the best movie in the exceptionally strong documentary lineup, and that's saying something. Thursday's filmmaker premiere will commence SEVERE CLEAR's weeklong run at CinemaSalem, April 1-8.

Also next Thursday, we've snagged an advance print of CLASH OF THE TITANS, which we'll show at 10 pm. We'll be showing the original Director's Cut, which is in 2D; not the postdated 3D version which industry experts have described as "passable". (But 3D might be on the way to CinemaSalem, so stay tuned.)

New this Friday is Dreamworks' HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, which has received raves all around. We don't know how long it will last, but it currently boasts a perfect 100% positive rating at, based on reviews like this from the Associated Press: "With How to Train Your Dragon, the filmmakers tone down the glib factor and tell a pretty good action yarn, a boy-and-his-dragon story filled with fiery Viking battles, swordplay and dazzling aerial imagery aboard the flying reptiles," and this from Variety: "A thrilling drama interspersed with amusing comedic elements (rather than the other way around)."

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON will screen on Friday at (4:00), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.

A movie unlike anything we've ever shown is landing joyfully in the Screening Room this week, A TOWN CALLED PANIC. Equally suitable for small children, college kids, or Nobel Prize winners, this bizarrely wonderful stop action animation soon-to-be classic will win over everyone's heart except Dick Cheney, and even he might succumb on the second viewing. The Los Angeles Times loves it: "Made with an anarchic, anything-goes spirit, this is truly a film, not to mention a town, where you never know what's going to happen next." Ditto the San Francisco Chronicle: "It may put you in mind of silent comedies and freewheeling animators of the past like Chuck Jones." Our own Ty Burr writes in the Boston Globe: "A Town Called Panic is a proudly Calvinist work -- I mean the comic strip character, not the philosopher -- that understands the delights of deep play."

A TOWN CALLED PANIC screens Friday at (4:15), 7:30 and 9:25; Saturday at (12:00), (2:00), (4:15), 7:30 and 9:25; Monday at (12:00), (2:00), (4:15) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:15) and 7:30.

Back for another week is Jeff Bridges' Oscar-garnering performance in CRAZY HEART, which will screen Friday at 4:30 and 7:00; Saturday and Sundat at (11:30 AM), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:15 PM).

SHUTTER ISLAND also returns for a suspenseful week, starting Friday at 9:15; Saturday at (1:45) and 9:15; Sunday at (1:45); and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

Also back is Disney's magical ALICE IN WONDERLAND, to which the Washington Post paid the ultimate compliment: "Even considering the liberties Burton has taken with the original text, it's tempting to think that Carroll himself would consider him an altogether frabjous match."

ALICE will screen Friday at (5:00), 7:15 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:15), (2:40), (5:00), 7:15 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:15), (2:40), (5:00) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:15.

Bringing SEVERE CLEAR back reminds us of all the great North Shore businesses which helped sponsor screenings at the Salem Film Fest, or provided food, hospitality, or awesome products to make the event truly special and unique. One of those places, our neighbor PAMPLEMOUSSE, is sponsoring a really fun event this Saturday night, March 27 at Old Town Hall. Called "Spring Fling", this bacchanalia celebrates art, food, wine, beer, and music, and sounds like a ton of fun. Starts at 6 pm and over at 9 pm.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Firey Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea at PEM

We are so excited about this new exhibit that is opening this weekend at PEM, just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel. Here are some details:

Saturday, March 27th 9:30 am - 3 pm

Opening Weekend –– Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Members-only Gallery Talks (It's really easy to become a member) 9:30 am
Meet at the information desk Reservations by March 26th Members only, $15
Curator Daniel Finamore talks about newly discovered Maya connections to the sea as revealed by ancient works of art.

Docent-led Gallery Talk 12:30 pm

Meet at the information desk Reservations by March 25th

FILM: Lost Kingdom of the Maya (2001, 60 minutes) 1:30 pm

Over a thousand years ago, one of the world’s most advanced societies vanished, leaving behind temples, the ruins of cities and works of art in the now-overgrown jungles of Mexico and Central America. We call them the Maya. And while the abrupt end of their civilization is still a mystery, the people who live on carry forward some of the ancient traditions. Maya expert George Stuart, whose presentation follows, appears in the film. Reservations by March 25th.

TALK: Surrounded by the Sea, The Ancient Maya & the Power of Water 3 pm

Renowned Maya expert George Stuart reflects upon the role of the sea in the Maya world. Stuart was a major figure at National Geographic magazine for nearly 40 years, where he worked as chairman of the Committee for Research and Exploration, staff archaeologist, vice president for research and exploration and senior assistant editor for archaeology. Stuart participated directly in a number of the most important archaeological investigations of the past 50 years, including mapping of the Maya ruins at Dzibilchaltun and studies of Maya art and writing at Balankanche Cave. He plays a pivotal role in the organization and funding of archaeological research worldwide and is noted for his efforts to ignite interest in research discoveries by making them accessible to the public. He has produced a series of outstanding works that have become classic descriptions of the ancient Maya, including The Mysterious Maya, Lost Kingdoms of the Maya, and Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya (co-authored with his son David, himself an eminent Maya scholar). Reservations by March 25th.

Sunday, March 28th 9:30 am

Members-only Gallery Talk Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea
Meet at the information desk Reservations by March 26th Members only, $15

Curator George Schwartz talks about newly discovered Maya connections to the sea as revealed by ancient works of art.


Remember -- it is super-simple to become a member. For only a few dollars more than your admission, you can come to every "Members-only" event at PEM all year, enter as many times as you want, and get discounts in the gift shop and the restaurants. The big question is -- why wouldn't you want to do it? You DO!!

I hope to see you there. Or here!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Nice Thank You Note

I love it when people still write proper thank you notes (even though I am a big email/Internet user) there is something so polite about the nicely done note.

Hope you enjoy reading this too.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

A New Book, and a Contest, About Salem -- What Fun!

With many thanks to Destination Salem for letting me reblog their blogpost:

Brunonia Barry's second novel, The Map of True Places, will be released on May 4, 2010. To celebrate the release of the novel, William Morrow and Destination Salem have created a sweepstakes to give a lucky reader and their guest the opportunity to visit Brunonia Barry's home town... bewitching Salem, Massachusetts.

Brunonia's first novel, The Lace Reader (2008) was also set in Salem, where Towner Whitney's journey took her from Salem Common to Derby Wharf to the Salem harbor islands and back again. If you have not yet read it, The Lace Reader is available in paper back from booksellers and shops throughout Salem.

The Map of True Places is another suspenseful novel set in the historic streets of Salem - along Turner Street, at the House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Athenaeum, and out and around Salem harbor.

Click here to enter to win a trip to Brunonia Barry's Salem. You can visit Brunonia's web site here, and you can visit our page about The Lace Reader in Salem here.

The sweepstakes prize features:

$500 American Express Gift Card to use toward travel expenses to and from Salem;

Dinner for two at Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel;

A two-night stay for two at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites;

A private tour and a one year membership at the Salem Athenaeum, and a copy of the book, America's Membership Libraries;

Passes for two to The House of the Seven Gables, the Peabody Essex Museum, The Phillips House, Schooner Fame of Salem, Salem Trolley, the Salem Ferry, and City View Trolley in Boston.

Dinner for two at Sixty2 on Wharf; and

Two signed copies of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places.

Total estimated value of the prize is $1,400!

There are some travel restrictions on the prize, so please visit the HarperCollins Sweepstakes page for complete rules.

Many thanks to all of the sites, particularly the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites, for contributing to this sweepstakes. Good luck!!

Once again, here's the sweepstakes page!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week

Here is a list of the flags we will be flying this week:

Monday, March, 22 ~~ Tunisia and Pennsylvania
Tuesday, March, 23 ~~ Turkey and Puerto Rico
Wednesday, March, 24 ~~ Turkmenistan and Rhode Island
Thursday, March, 25 ~~ Tuvalu and South Carolina
Friday, March, 26 ~~ Uganda and South Dakota
Saturday, March, 27 ~~ Ukraine and Tennessee
Sunday, March, 28 ~~ United Arab Emirates and Texas

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

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Laura Abraham Joins Our Sales Team

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Say hello to Laura Abraham, the newest member of our Sales and Catering Team. Laura used to work for us a number of years ago, so you might already know her. If you want to call Laura and welcome her back yourself, her direct line is 978-825-4345.

Laura will be handling bookings for both group rooms, and catering. If you need either, you can certainly feel comfortable in working with her, and her terrific background has made her an ideal candidate to fill this important position.

Laura left to have a family, and now she is able to come back into the work force. When that day arrived, she let us know that she was available, so when another member of our team had to leave us (for the same reason that Laura left in the first place), Laura was ready, willing and able to come back to the Hawthorne Hotel TEAM!

We are so blessed to enjoy such loyalty from staff, that they feel totally connected to us even after leaving and want to return as soon as they can.

Welcome back, Laura!


Friday, March 19, 2010

A Nice Article About the Hawthorne Hotel in the Salem Gazette

Salem has two newspapers, one of which, the Salem Gazette, features news ONLY about Salem, MA. It is published weekly, and can be obtained for free from corner news boxes, or on line, at -- and as you can see by the link below, they wrote about our 85th anniversary today. So, click away if you want to read what they wrote, and see the photos they took.

They also included a link to the video I shot and put on YouTube of our "rooftop treasure", the Salem Marine Society, which is not open to the public. If you want to see it, this video is a good way.

I hope you enjoy this article.


I'm Blushing

This month I was honored to be selected as the Massachusetts Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year for Small Hotels for 2009. I was totally caught off-guard by this award, because I was already so-honored with the same award for 2005.

When Donna Daly, our Purchasing and Receiving Manager, (shown with me in the photo above) told me that she had nominated me, I was flattered and honored, but really never expected to win. I was certain that because I had won the same award so recently, that there was no chance that they would choose me. I was so surprised!

I asked Donna what she said in the nomination, and she replied, "I told them to just look at the blog! Everything you need to know about what you do is right there for everyone to see! Just look at it!"

So, I asked Donna if she would have her photo taken with me, to post on our blog, so that you, fair blog reader, could know a little bit more about what goes on here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Thanks so much, Donna!

Still blushing, I remain,

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A New Video of the Hawthorne Hotel

There is a terrific website called .

It is owned and produced by Greg Boghosian, and has many excellent segments on it about places to see, and things to do in New England. There are articles, still photos, and videos. You can be a virtual armchair traveler through his excellent site, but hopefully it will make you want to visit those places in person.

This past fall Greg asked if he could do a segment on the Hawthorne Hotel. I am always happy to have a microphone to talk to, especially when the subject is near and dear to my heart -- as it the Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope you enjoy seeing this segment. Please feel free to browse around the entire website, and let Greg know what you think. I know he would be happy to hear from you. In addition, please feel free to pass this article along to friends and family who might be interested in learning a bit more about Salem, and the Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope to see you here (in person), soon!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Lovely Response That Touched Our Hearts

A couple of weeks ago you may recall that someone did a 'hit and run' on our island in front of the hotel, wiping out about half of our carefully nurtured plants. Growing things on an island like that is fraught with many dangers, including an overdose of salt from the winter salting trucks, the exposure to the brutal winter winds, general abuse of people jay-walking through there, and even the occasional mulch fire. We have experienced it all.

But the biggest damage ever was done by a hit and run driver. When we posted the photos right here on our blog of that incident, one of our very loyal and regular readers (and loyal guest) contacted us and asked to help with replanting the island. She explained that her mother had passed away the day before, and she wanted to do the planting in memory of her mother.

I cannot express to you how much that meant to all of us here at the Hawthorne Hotel, that a customer would feel such a connection to what happens to our business, to want to participate in this way. That kind of customer loyalty is so rare in this hustle-bustle, impersonal world that we seem to encounter in an evermore increasing quantity we were speechless for a little bit.

After dabbing away a few happy tears, we responded to her request, and now the date is all set for this to occur. She is so pleased, and we are thrilled. You can be assured that the progress will be posted right here on our blog, in early April when we can plant again. So stay tuned.

Nice things like this don't happen every day, and while this is hardly the stuff that sells newspapers, it sure did make our month.

I hope you enjoy learning this little 'rest of the story' and will enjoy the happy ending that is about to occur.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Karen Cotton Gives Us the Look

Karen Cotton, Director of Catering, Hawthorne Hotel
Sometimes in business it is good to just have a moment of silliness. This was the case when we needed someone to practice taking a photo of -- Karen was the handy 'victim' and she really got into it by giving us her best 'model look'.
Since she dared me not to go public with this on our blog, you have to know that I would have no other choice than to do just that!
I hope you enjoy getting a little insight into our more playful side, here at the Hawthorne Hotel.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

PEMs Gift Shop Is a Very Special Place

It occurred to me, as I was checking out the big annual sale at PEMs gift shop, that I probably have never done a photo essay on this remarkable store for you, fair blog readers.

Located in the Peabody Essex Museum, only one short block from the Hawthorne Hotel, PEMs gift shop is a rare gem of stores. It seems to have something for everyone, from stunning neckties and great books, to children's toys, lovely jewelery and home accessories.

I hope these photos will pique your curiosity, and that you will drop in there soon.

We do offer some terrific packages for the hotel that include shopping gift cards to this great store. Right now the "Trash Menagerie Package" does include this neat place.

I hope to see you here, AND there!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Ken & Brooke and Baby

Part of what most all of us who work here at the Hawthorne Hotel enjoy about our work is that we function as a very large family. Because of that, we enjoy knowing what is going on in each other's lives.
Here you see Chef Ken O'Keefe and his son, when his wife and baby stopped in to try out Chef Ken's new menu.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will remember when his son was born, and we had some photos of the happy family when they stopped by for baby's first visit.
I hope you enjoy keeping up with this growing family of Hawthorne Hotel babies.
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Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week

Here is a listing of the flags we will be flying this week:

Monday, March 15 ~~ Tajikistan and New Mexico
Tuesday, March 16 ~~ United Republic of Tanzania and New York
Wednesday, March 17 ~~ Thailand and North Carolina
Thursday, March 18 ~~ Timor Leste and North Dakota
Friday, March 19 ~~ Togo and Ohio
Saturday, March 20 ~~ Tonga and Oklahoma
Sunday, March 21 ~~ Trinidad and Tobago and Oregon

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

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Baby Showers Are Us

We recently received this email, and thought it might be helpful to you if you are considering holding an event here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


From: Janice T.

Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 9:45 AM

To: Robyn Sheather

Subject: Re: Thank You--Event Evaluation





Author of Three Cups of Tea to be Honored in Salem

Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, will receive the 2010 Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice for his advocacy work in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The program will be held May 1st at Salem High School and is free for Salem residents. This is a great opportunity to meet an extraordinary person and to hear his incredible story.


SALEM, MA - 03/08/2010 - Greg Mortenson will be the recipient of the 18th annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice, to be presented on Saturday, May 1st at Salem High School, Salem, MA at 7:30 PM. The Salem Award is presented annually to an individual or organization working to promote tolerance and end injustice. Mortenson is being recognized for his work supporting peace efforts and building schools, especially for girls, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is well known for these efforts and for the best-selling books that chronicle his work, Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools.

Ever since a failed attempt to climb Pakistan's K2 in 1993, when Mortenson was rescued and nursed back to health by the residents of the village of Korphe, he has dedicated his life to promoting community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in the mountainous regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 1994, he co-founded the nonprofit Central Asia Institute (, of which he is Executive Director and which has worked in close cooperation with tribal villagers to complete 131 schools in many provinces of the two countries.

Today these schools are educating about 58,000 students. Mortenson's approaches and achievements in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been so successful that many higher-ranking officers of both the U.S. State Department and military are required to read his books. His work has not been without incident. Twice he had hostile fatwas issued against him; he was held captive for eight days by independent, tribal Waziris; and he witnessed the refugee camps in Pakistan filled with thousands of Afghanis who had fled in terror as the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in the late 1990's.

The award presentation is scheduled for 7:30 PM, and will be preceded by a buffet dinner at 5:30 PM with Greg Mortenson. Both events will take place at Salem High School and admission will be by ticket only. Tickets for the Salem Award program are available for purchase through the Salem Award website, Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for college students and $3 for K-12 students. Tickets to the buffet dinner with Greg Mortenson are $50.00. There is no charge for program tickets for Salem residents and students as well as Salem State College students. Salem residents who wish to receive free tickets may pick them up at Salem City Hall, Legal Department; Salem State students may receive free tickets at the College Student Life Office. Due to limited seating capacity, there is a maximum of 2 free tickets per person.

The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice was established following the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials in 1992. The Salem Award Foundation's mission is to recognize, honor and perpetuate the commitment to social justice and human rights of individuals and organizations whose work is proven to have alleviated discrimination or promoted tolerance. The Salem Award is our attempt today to acknowledge what happened more than 300 years ago and, in a small way, atone for the mistakes of the past.

We applaud Greg for his efforts and are looking forward to the public exposure his visit should bring to The Salem Award.

I hope to see you there.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Meet Our Staff

Kristie Poehler, our Director of Sales and Marketing, is relatively new to the Hawthorne Hotel Team, having joined us just over two years ago. While that might seem like a long time to the casual observer, if you have been following this blog for any length of time, you will know that makes her a newbie on the Hawthorne Hotel management team. Many of our managers have been here well over 10 years, and some as many as 25 years.

But in Kristie's case, it feels like she has been with us for a very long time, because she fit right in with our team, contributing in a very positive way right from the beginning.

Kristie actually carries the title of Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, because she also handles this important role for our sister Hotel, the Publick House, in Sturbridge, MA.

In addition to her work with us in both hotels, Kristie is passionate about most all things "Civil War", and she even writes a newsletter called "The Battlefield Journal", and has had her work profiled on Public Television.

Kristie lives here in Salem with her two cats, in a great apartment with a million-dollar view overlooking the Friendship and Salem Harbor. She is learning to golf, loves to travel, loves to shop -- especially for bargains, loves history -- especially the Civil War, and has just finished writing her first novel.

I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about the Hawthorne Hotel TEAM.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Jessica Spencer Named Part-Time Employee of the Month for February, 2010

Here you see me surprising Jessica Spencer with her Employee of the Month Award for February. Jessica has worked for us for over three years, primarily in our Banquet Department. A few months ago, she asked about picking up more hours, and was offered some work in our Dining Services Department. She accepted, and has been working for us in the Tavern, and doing a terrific job. It is so nice to see someone blossom as Jessica has in her new role. While she was always a good server, it seems this new position is 'just right' for her.

Jessica is already well-known for her terrific smile and great attitude. I hope you have the opportunity to come in and enjoy the Tavern, and Jessica's hospitality soon.

Juli Lederhaus and Jessica Spencer

Claire Kallelis, Director of Food & Beverage and Assistant General Manager; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; Jessica Spencer; Penny Petronzio, Dining Services Manager

Whenever we award a staff member the Employee of the Month Award, we gather together as many of the managers that are part of our management team to go to that employee's workplace to recognize them. This particular day we were lucky to have nearly all of them available. One of our team members suggested a photo showing us all, so this is the result.

Congratulations, Jessica!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Behind the Scenes and a Contest Answer

Our contest that started here on this post last month:

is over, and unfortunately we had no winners.

But now I can tell you "the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would have said.

These photos were all found on a digital camera 'chip' that we found in the hotel. Rather than simply tossing it into the gigantic lost and found bin that we have each month, we decided to do some investigatory work to see if we could locate the owner. After all, photos can be very precious memories of family events that cannot be reproduced.

When we put the chip in our 'chip reader' we found about 300 photos that spanned several years of special occasions -- family gatherings including graduations, a sweet-16 party, Easter dinner with extended family, summer boat outings, a day at a beach, an award at the Topsfield Fair for some home-grown vegetables, a first job, and much, much more. These photos seemed especially 'important' to me, so we decided to do a little more than the norm. Through a variety of clues on the photos, we were able to get in touch with the owner of the chip, and they were reunited shortly afterward.

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about some of the 'behind the scenes' activities that can occupy our time at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

And I hope to see you here, and that you are able to keep track of all of your possessions so they don't wind up in our lost and found.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Looking Ahead to St. Patrick's Day

From 11 am to 11 pm, we will be serving the following specials at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Bubble and Squeak
potato and cabbage soup with bacon

Corned Beef Dinner
red brisket, steamed cabbage,
baby carrots, red bliss potatoes,
and a light horseradish-mustard sauce

Irish Cod Cobbler
baked cod with cheese sauce and cheddar scone topping,
boiled potatoes and steamed carrots

Irish Cream Bash
white chocolate mousse, chocolate cake crumbles,
and Irish cream liquor
We hope to see you here.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Luke Healy Named Full-Time Employee of the Month for February 2010

Luke Healy and Juli Lederhaus

Executive Sous Chef, Ken O'Keefe; Executive Chef, Steve Nelson; Juli; Luke; Off-Site Chef, Ian Delph

Luke Healy was named our full-time employee of the month for February. While Luke is relatively new to the Hawthorne Hotel Team, he has already garnered rave reviews from all of his co-workers. He is part of our culinary team, working as a line cook at whatever station we need him to man.

Luke always has a smile, and he has a great disposition, keeping things on a very even keel in our kitchen. If you have ever worked in a commercial kitchen, you will recognize that as a rare attribute, one that is prized by all who work in that kind of hectic environment.

We as so pleased to have Luke as part of our TEAM, and very happy to recognize him in this way.

Congratulations, Luke!


Monday, March 08, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week

Here is a list of the flags we will be flying this week:

Monday, March 8 ~~ Sri Lanka and Minnesota
Tuesday, March 9 ~~ Sudan and Missouri
Wednesday, March 10 ~~ Suriname and Montana
Thursday, March 11 ~~ Swaziland and Nebraska
Friday, March 12 ~~ Switzerland and Nevada
Saturday, March 13 ~~ Sweden and New Hampshire
Sunday, March 14 ~~ Syrian Arab Republic and New Jersey

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

I hope to see you here.


Tavern Menu with Photos

Spinach Salad with Bacon is SO GOOD!! This is my new favorite salad.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich, served open-faced on brie-glazed sourdough, and is topped with grilled onions and sauteed spinach. It is so delicious! I chose the marinated cucumber side dish rather than French fries because it seemed appropriate and it was a grand choice.

Harvest Pasta is also a new item that I love. It has gigandes beans which are so creamy and delicious, sauteed spinach, tomatoes and Kalamata olives. I ordered it with the optional grilled shrimp, but it would be equally good as a vegan pasta dish. So tasty!!
Mexican-style haddock sports fresh avocado slices and fresh salsa.
The Southwestern Salad is another great salad offering on the new Tavern menu. The avocado vinaigrette makes this salad special.

If you are looking for a simply sandwich, the egg salad with bacon is a good choice.
Here is the rest of the menu for your perusal:


Add to any salad ~~ Chicken 3.95 Shrimp 7.95 Grilled Salmon 6.95 Pan-Fried Crab Cake 5.50

Raspberry Chicken Salad
mesclun greens, grilled chicken, Mandarin oranges, spiced pecans and raspberry vinaigrette
small 9.50 ~~ large 12.95

Southwestern Salad
Avocado, diced cucumbers, pico de gallo, shredded jack and cheddar cheeses, tortilla chips and avocado vinaigrette small 8.95 ~~ large 11.95
Warm Arugula and Smoked Salmon roasted cauliflower, red onions, fried capers
and lemon-herb vinaigrette medium-size 8.50

Hawthorne Hotel Caesar Salad
romaine greens, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic croutons, Parmesan and house-made Caesar dressing small 8.95 ~~ large 11.00

Greek Salad
romaine greens, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, red onions, roasted peppers
and Greek dressing small 8.95 ~~ large 11.00

Mesclun Green Salad
dried cranberries, spiced pecans, bleu cheese, tomatoes, croutons and Champagne Vinaigrette
small 8.95 ~~ large 10.00

Spinach Salad
hard-cooked eggs, Swiss cheese, crispy shallots, tomatoes, sliced red onions
and caramelized onion vinaigrette small 8.95 large ~~ 11.95 add bacon .50

Tavern’s Grilled Salmon Salad
goat cheese, roasted red peppers, sliced red onions and Romaine, balsamic vinaigrette
16.95 ~~ without Salmon 9.95


Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Ravioli
yellow pepper cream sauce and arugula 13.95

Lobster Ravioli
lobster-chive sauce, tomatoes and corn 22.95

Tavern Penne
grilled chicken, plum tomatoes, asparagus, smoked mozzarella and fresh basil
small 10.25 ~~ large 13.25

chicken, spinach, walnuts and Gorgonzola cream sauce small 10.95 ~~ large 13.95

Harvest Pasta
garlicky tomatoes, gigandes beans, olives, mushrooms and spinach with orecchiette pasta
13.95 ~~ add chicken 16.95 ~~ or shrimp 20.95
Served with your choice of French fries, potato salad, or cucumber salad
Substitute sweet potato French fries or onion rings 1.50

House Chicken Club
Three-layer sandwich with sliced chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise
on toasted wheat or white bread 10.50

Classic B.L.T.
Bacon, lettuce and tomatoes with mayonnaise on toasted wheat or white bread 7.95

Untraditional B.L.A.T.
Bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomatoes with mayonnaise on toasted wheat or white bread 10.95

Turkey Sandwich
Cranberry relish, mayonnaise and baby spinach on multi-grain bread 6.95

Grilled Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Sandwich
Your choice of cheddar or American cheese 7.50

Pan-Fried Crab Cake Sandwich
Lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle aioli on a brioche bun 10.95

Fried Haddock Sandwich
Lettuce and tomatoes on a brioche bun, choice of tartar sauce or chipotle aioli 10.95

Egg Salad and Bacon Sandwich
Lettuce and tomato on multi-grain bread 6.95

Grilled Portobello Mushroom
Brie cheese, caramelized onions, spinach and tomatoes on open-faced sourdough bread 7.95

Braised Barbecued Boneless Short Rib Sandwich
Chipotle-orange barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese on a toasted brioche bun 7.95

Chicken Caesar Wrap 7.95

Served with lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickle and French Fries
Substitute sweet potato French fries or onion rings 1.50

Half-Pound of Ground Beef
Grilled as you like, on a toasted brioche bun 9.95

Turkey Burger 9.95

Grilled Chicken Breast 8.95

Add-ons ~~ aged Vermont cheddar, Swiss, provolone, American or bleu cheese,
caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, roasted peppers and bacon .50 each

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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Wow! Another Innovative Set of Programs at PEM

This sounds so terrific -- I want to do them ALL!! I think of PEM (the Peabody Essex Museum) here in Salem as 'our' museum, but it really is a world-class museum of great distinction. In my personal opinion, one of the things they do best is blending ART and CULTURE (which is their mission) in a way that is unique among museums. These programs for next weekend seem to exemplify that mission.

I hope to see you here.




Join us for a weekend of creative explorations at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) on March 13th - 14th, 2010.

Nine distinct 45-minute tours offer visitors a unique perspective on the Museum’s world class collections and encourage new ways of looking at art. Tours are FREE with museum admission and are designed to cover and array of interests, from history and politics to fashion and romance.

“We want our visitors to be moved to laugh, to question, or to gain new appreciation of a work of art,” says Ellen Soares, Docent Manager at PEM. “We devised these new tours to help people explore and experience our collection in different ways.”


Triumph and Tragedy on the High Seas SATURDAY at 11:30 am SUNDAY at 3 pm
The sea is the setting for adventure, drama, tragedies and triumphs in this exciting tour of maritime art.

Love Stories SATURDAY at Noon SUNDAY at 2:30 pm
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Passion, unrequited love, happily ever after — the Museum's art tells many love stories.

Art & Politics SATURDAY at 12:30 pm SUNDAY at 2 pm
Some objects carry a political message. Come see what our art has to say about power, rebellion and political agendas.

Yakkety Yak, Please Talk Back SATURDAY at 1 pm SUNDAY at 1:30 pm
Some art seems to talk — to someone in the painting, to the world at large or perhaps to you. Have fun speculating on what some works of art might be saying.

Sailing by the Stars SATURDAY at 1:30 pm SUNDAY at 1 pm
Follow the stars and move with the wind. Learn about square-riggers, celestial navigation, dead reckoning and how art played a part in the great age of sail.

Look ... and Look Again SATURDAY at 2 pm SUNDAY at 12:30 pm
Uncover the story within the story in this exploration of several intriguing works of art.

The Library Connection SATURDAY at 2:30 pm
Explore the far-ranging influence of the renowned Phillips Library on PEM through its treasure trove of art, architecture and astonishing collections.

The Humongous Teeny-Tiny Tour SATURDAY at 3 pm SUNDAY at 11:30 am
Does one size fit all? See if and why an object's size matters as we look at some of the museum's smallest and largest works of art.

Keeping Up Appearances SUNDAY at Noon
Dress for power, dress for allure, dress for function or fun. Fashion crosses time and cultures at PEM.

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 22 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

Friday, March 05, 2010

Thursday, March 04, 2010

March Madness at the Hawthorne Hotel

We are now offering a special rate for March.

The first night is our regular rate, which will vary depending on the room type and number of people and the second night is 25% off the regular rate. As with all reservations, it is based on availability, and is only for new reservations booked from today onwards. It is available for every room type.

Guests must ask for the March Special in order to get this rate. This is a special rate for folks who learn about it on our website, this blog, Twitter or Facebook. Guests who want this rate need to ask for the "March Special".

Reservations should be made by calling the hotel directly at 978-744-4080, as soon as possible.

I hope to see you here.


Performing Artists from Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi and Massachusetts

This is an informative memorandum from our friends at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)


Hello all-

Yes, it is that time of year again! Performing Artists from Alaska, Hawai`i, Mississippi and Massachusetts will be coming to the East Coast for the 10th consecutive year of the ECHO Performing Arts Festival, to enrich the local school curriculum and entertain and educate PEM's general audiences.

ECHO's 2010 Performing Arts presentation Celebrate-- Song, Dance &Story! has appeared in Alaska (cities and villages), Hawai`i (2 islands) and Mississippi, before finishing the tour this year in New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut.)

PEM will host school performances all week, but our big public performance will be on Saturday, March 6th. Individual performances of music, dance and stories in the galleries will augment the main performance piece (3:00-4:30) in the atrium,to produce an inspiring and engaging program that runs all day (12:00- 4:30).

And if you miss the group here in Salem, you can catch the main performance piece at the Children's Museum on Sunday morning, March 8th, at Brown University (sponsored by the Haffenreffer Museum) in Providence late that afternoon, at New Bedford's AHA! celebration on Thursday evening March 11th at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and new this year, at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum on Saturday afternoon, March 13th.

This years' cast:

Annawon Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag), representing PEM

Joe Vinagre, Portuguese, representing the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Allison Warden (Iñupiaq), representing the North-Slope Borough of Barrow, Alaska

Stephen Blanchett (Yup'ik), representing the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

Ani Lokomaika`i Lipscomb, representing Bishop Museum of Hawai`i

Ed Bourgeois, (tour and stage manager) from the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

Please join us in welcoming the storytellers and support staff, and take the opportunity to engage them in conversation. They are traveling far from home, and will appreciate friendly gestures. In addition, they are all very interesting and talented people.

We hope to see you and your guests on Saturday, March 6th, for what promises to be an exciting, engaging, interactive celebration of storytelling, music and dance.

Dan E. and Merry G.

The ability to create and connect...lies at the very heart of any creative use of the mind...." George J. Seidel, U.S. Philosopher

Merry Glosband
Assistant Director, ECHO Project
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Tavern Specials for March

Guinness Beef Stew

Pasta Primavera

Fresh Salmon with Dilled Hollandaise Sauce

Two Dinners For $29 (or one for $14.50)
The Tavern at The Hawthorne Hotel
On Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
From 5pm – 10pm
March Choices
Guinness Beef Stew
Guinness-simmered lean beef with celery, carrots,onions, peas, and corn
Roasted Salmon
dilled Hollandaise, lemon rice, and sautéed spinach
Spring Pasta Primavera
penne pasta, julienne zucchini, summer squash,asparagus, and carrots
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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