Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bittersweet Midnight at the Salem Theatre Company

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the first performance of this one-woman play at the Salem Theatre Company on Lafayette Street. 

It was both written by, and performed in its entirety by Judith Black.  And it was excellent.

This video is just a tiny snippet of the story that is Act 1 -- Old Towne, and is set in Marblehead in 1689, 1692, and the present day.  It is a look at not only the witch trials, but also the rich history of this area, with many interesting twists and turns.  It is only meant to give you a bit of a look at Judith Black, who is quite amazing.

For one woman to act, non-stop, in so many roles, one would think at some point she must miss what character she is, but that did not happen, and after awhile you could easily imagine all of the people in her tale.

From my perspective, Act 2 should not be called that.  It is really an entirely different genre, not having anything to do with Act 1, except for the fact that it is the same actress, and she just keeps on going, kind of like the Energizer bunny.  It is quite enjoyable as well, but does not seem well-matched to Act 1.

So if you understand that walking in the door, and can wrap your head around these two very different entertainments, that just happen to be provided by the same actress, you should have an excellent time.

As always, I enjoy the very intimate feeling that such a small theater provides, and the entire evening was very entertaining and interesting.  The value is certainly there for live entertainment, and I give it an enthusiastic recommendation.  Just know what you are getting in to, and relax and enjoy.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cinema Salem's Upcoming Movies and Special Events

As you know, Cinema Salem has a very special place in our town of Salem.  Here is their newsletter just to keep you, fair blog reader, in the know about the events taking place there.  Whatever you do, don't miss THE TOWN which is playing there right now.  I have seen it, and it is terrific.

By the way, since we are only one block away from Cinema Salem, stopping in the Tavern for a bite to eat or an adult beverage might be just the thing to do before or after a show.

I hope to see you here or there!



Besides our regular awesome movies, we have a few special events this week, such as the free screening of Fringe tomorrow night at 9PM.

Then on Saturday morning at 10AM, you and your family can kick off the Halloween season in style with a charity showing of the classic, Salem-set film, Hocus Pocus. The cost is only $5, and $1 from each ticket will support the North Shore Cancer Walk. This great film was directed by Kenny Ortega, who has gone on huge success by creating the High School Musical franchise.

Okay, here's this coming week's lineup!

Now Playing: The Girl Who Played With Fire (R); Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D; Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG13); and Ben Affleck's amazing The Town (R)!

Opening in the Screening Room is part two of the Stieg Larssen trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, which Rolling Stone loves: "Relentless suspense allows The Girl Who Played With Fire to hold you in a viselike grip. But it's the performances of Nyqvist and especially Rapace that keep you coming back for more." Time Magazine likewise has a crush on the female lead: "In Rapace, it has an actress who brings a memorable literary character to indelible movie life, as Vivien Leigh did for Scarlett O'Hara."

TGWPWF will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:40am), (2:00), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:40am), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Wednesday at (4:30) and 7:15; and Thursday at (4:30).

If you love French culture, you'll want to catch French Film Night next Thursday night in the Screening Room!

Legends of the Guardians is one of the most beautiful films you'll ever see and the first film since Avatar that uses 3D subtly, always in order to propel the story forward. The Los Angeles Times likes what it sees: "The animation itself is startlingly beautiful, as is the ancient owl world it imagines. The battles are complex and, in true Snyder tradition, heavy on the action." Be aware that the action is intense, and the film earns it's PG rating.

Legends of the Guardians will screen on Friday at (5:00), 7:10 and 9:20; Saturday at (12:00), (2:20), (5:00), 7:10 and 9:20; Sunday at (12:00), (2:20), (5:00) and 7:10; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:10.

Time Magazine also loves Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: "Moving as fast and recklessly as a trillion-dollar fat-finger stock-market transaction, the film has the drive, luxe and sarcastic wit of the snazziest Hollywood movies for most of its two-hours-plus running time." A.O. Scott of the New York Times delivers perhaps the most accurate and career-encompassing summary of Stone's current film and oeuvre in this well-formed quasi-rave: "This movie is by turns brilliant and dumb, naive and wise, nowhere near good enough and something close to great."

Wall Street 2 will screen on Friday at (4:00), 6:45 and 9:30; and Saturday at (12:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:30), (4:00) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.

Hurtling toward Oscar nominations (my early prohibitive favorite for Best Supporting Actress is Blake Lively) and $100m in box office revenue is The Town, which is gaining Ben Affleck amazing reviews like this one in the Houston Chronicle: "Affleck's direction is clipped when the plot requires, but he lingers on character-driven scenes (at a garden, a restaurant, a corner) in no apparent rush. Why hurry, after all? He's arrived." Time Magazine has uncovered the secret of his success: "Ben Affleck has a good brain for filmmaking -- he's clearly a smart and avid student of the medium -- but the elements that make his second outing as a director, The Town, such an enjoyable and exciting movie have more to do with what's in his heart."

The Town will screen on Friday at (4:40), 7:20 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:40), 7:20 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:40) and 7:20; and Monday-Thursday at (4:40) and 7:20.

Don't forget that you can reward yourself or your employees, friends, and family with a CinemaSalem Movie Card. It never expires and can be redeems for movie admissions, concessions, specialty drinks in the Café, even tickets to our upcoming live music concerts. Keep these useful Movie Cards in mind as the holidays approach.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Paul Van Ness




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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Elizabeth Manzi Named Employee of the Month for Hawthorne Hotel

This week we finally caught up with Elizabeth Manzi honor her as our Full-time Employee of the Month for August.  At the presentation I noted that if you could look up the word "hospitality" in our hotel dictionary, you would see a photo of Elizabeth there.  She really embodies that quality to our guests, and even to her co-workers.

Elizabeth was so startled when I walked up behind the desk.  Here you see her scolding the rest of the management team for surprising her. 

As one of our lead desk agents, Elizabeth does everything from take reservations to check our guests in and out of the hotel, and many, many other tasks in between.  You can always count on her to handle things with the utmost precision and kindness.

Elizabeth was honored for August, but she is a star in any month.  Here she is with her supervisor, Lucie Ogeron.

Congratulations, Elizabeth, and thank you for all that you do.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Official Start of Fall

Tonight we had our first-of-the-season crackling fire in the Tavern fireplace.  I thought you might like to see it too. 

To really enjoy the crackling sound, real wood fire aroma, and lovely warmth, stop in to the Tavern at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. 

I hope to see you here.


Trade Show-Conference Set-up in the Ballroom

If you frequently read our blog, you have probably seen a lot of photos of our Grand Ballroom. However, they are usually taken when the Ballroom looks particularly pretty, as for a wedding, or has unusual decorations. We took the photos you will see here this past week when we had a different kind of double set happening -- this was for a trade show and conference.

The group that had the room for several days seemed well-pleased with the set up, so I thought I would share it with you as well, fair blog reader. Perhaps you are part of an association or company or group that might benefit from holding a business meeting here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel?  If you would like more information, please call our Sales and Catering Office at 978-825-4358.

In any case, I hope to see you here.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week

Contest this week -- see below.

Our contribution to your understanding of the larger world, our flags displayed on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel this week are:

Monday , September 27 ~~ Spain and American Samoa

Tuesday , September 28 ~~ Sri Lanka and Arizona

Wednesday , September 29 ~~ Sudan and Arkansas

Thursday , September 30 ~~ Suriname and California

Friday , October 1 ~~ Swaziland and Colorado

Saturday , October 2 ~~ Switzerland and Connecticut

Sunday , October 3 ~~ Sweden and Delaware

Do you know this flag pictured?  First correct answer entered as a comment to this blog post will win a gift certificate from the Tavern. 

I hope to see you here. 


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Celebrity Sighting at Hawthorne Hotel

Boston's newest Celtic, Shaquille O'Neal, stopped in to the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel today for lunch with his children.  He was sightseeing in Salem so our staff filled him in on what to do and see. They all seemed to enjoy their sandwiches, including one of the Tavern's best-sellers, a towering three-layer classic chicken club sandwich.

We asked if we could take a photo or two but he politely declined.  However, as they were leaving one of the weekend's grooms staying in the hotel, who was sharing a pre-ceremony beverage with his groomsmen, managed to get a photo.  I am sure this made their day extra-memorable.

The staff seemed pretty pleased to be waiting on such a big sports celebrity.

I hope you enjoying being in the know about the comings and goings at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Halloween is for Pets, Too

I recently learned that Living with Pets, located just about a block from the Hawthorne Hotel, carries Halloween costumes for your pets.  These are photos of some of them.

I love that Nancy used stuffed animals to photograph these cute costumes.  They are too cute!

Nancy Ripa, the owner of Living with Pets, has a very supportive relationship with us here at the Hawthorne Hotel.  I do hope you will stop in her shop when you come to visit Salem, whether you are shopping for something for your pet, or to bring back home to a colleague, friend, or relative.  This is a special place to shop.

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

More Trails and Sails this Weekend!

How good is FREE??? In the case of Trails and Sails in Essex County, MA, it is the BEST!!!

September 25 and 26 is the final weekend for this only-in-September set of events, which are so terrific, you ought to have to pay double. But they are all FREE!!!!

Experience Inspiration as you explore the living landscape of natural, cultural and historic treasures that define the Essex National Heritage Area.

Explore the birthplace of the US Coast Guard in Newburyport;

Survey Babson Farm Quarry in Rockport and see traditional stone-splitting;

Walk in the footsteps of millionaire industrialists whose fortunes transformed the mill cities and towns of the Merrimack Valley;

Take in the vistas of several spectacular saltwater farms along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway, learning the histories of families who lived and worked there;

Dig up the dirt on hardy American plants at Boxford's Kelsey Arboretum;

Discover the decorative arts collection at Manchester's historic Trask House;

And much, much more ...
Over 100 FREE adventures await you at

Search the schedule of events & create your own customized itinerary.

Connect while on the go via Facebook, Twitter and the TRAILS & SAILS mobile website.

FREE printed guides are available at 10 Essex Heritage Regional Visitor Centers

I hope to see you somewhere in Essex County, MA, this weekend!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

. . . Survey Says!!!

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Whenever anyone has an event here at the Hawthorne Hotel, we always send an event survey out to them afterwards to find out what we can do better for next time. We strongly believe this is part of why we provide excellent customer service -- because we try very hard to listen to what our guests have to say about their experiences here.

Today we received a survey back that was such a delight to read, we simply had to share it with all of you.

It seems this client had originally booked their event in another venue, and after much bad service from that venue in simply trying to plan the event, they decided to seek help elsewhere. The "elsewhere" turned out to be here, and you can see that they were very happy with their choice.

Please join me in offering my thanks to the excellent TEAM of the historic Hawthorne Hotel. They are the BEST!!!

I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fellow Blogger Writes of Hawthorne Experience

A recent guest of the Hawthorne Hotel writes a blog called "Are we there yet?" about her travels. She recently stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel, and wrote in great detail about her experience. In addition, she took lots and lots of really nice photos.

There is really nothing better than a first-hand account of a visit to a hotel like this one. She and her daughter even ordered and photographed their room service breakfast. How terrific is that? By the way, did you know we are the ONLY hotel in Salem that offers a full room service menu?

Here is a link to her post:

Please join me in congratulating this blogger on a job well done!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Fun "Ghost Story" by a Former Guest

We have a new feature on our website -- we are able to invite people to "tell us their stories" about memories of their visits to the Hawthorne Hotel, or similarly related things. This past week we received one that Kristie Poehler, our Director of Sales and Marketing called "the best yet" so I thought I would share it with you, fair blog reader.

I did enjoy it myself, and hope you do too!

If you have a Hawthorne Hotel story to share, we would love to hear from you as well. Just go to



We've stayed at the Hawthorne a few times but the very first time we stayed
we arrived late. I left the room to get ice. As I walked down the hallway I
heard a whisper of what I thought was my name. Mind you this was our first stay,
at night, in October in a hallway that reminded me of The Shining. I froze. I
hear the noise again, then a "pssst ....." I finally realized it was my husband
trying to call to me down the hall from the room but was whispering as to not
wake other guests! Certainly a scary start to our Halloween weekend in

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ September 20 through 26, 2010

Last week as I wrote the post for our flags of the week, I truly prayed that the situation with the person in Florida who was talking about burning another faith's holy books could somehow deescalate, for all of our sakes. This week, as I write this post, it occurred to me that was exactly what happened, and I am very thankful that it did.

While much is said and written about how easily any person with a weird agenda can get press coverage these days, perhaps that is actually a good thing. Whenever I think about how easily some of the really nasty rulers in history gained power, in part it was because the press was already being controlled, or because news did not get out to a wide audience easily.

Today, with our easy access to the Internet, and with so many people blogging, YouTubing, tweeting, and otherwise getting the word out, it seems less likely that really crazy ideas can fly along under the radar they way they used to. It seems what we witnessed recently was a good example.

Our flags of the week are the Hawthorne Hotel's salute to a world where we can live in peace with each other. By flying the flags of other countries, we are paying our respects to a world where differences can coexist. We do not have to believe another person's beliefs to respect that person, and we feel the same way about other countries, and other states.

We hope you do too.

Monday , September 20 ~~ Sierra Leone and Virgin Islands
Tuesday , September 21 ~~ Singapore and Washington
Wednesday , September 22 ~~ Slovakia and West Virginia
Thursday , September 23 ~~ Slovenia and Wisconsin
Friday , September 24 ~~ Solomon Islands and Wyoming
Saturday , September 25 ~~ Somalia and Alabama
Sunday , September 26 ~~ South Africa and Alaska

And of course, we hope to see you here!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Very Busy, Fun Weekend in Salem

Wow, today really felt like the start of the crazy-busy high season in Salem! There were people EVERYWHERE!! There were people in town for the Essex National Heritage "Trails and Sails" events (tomorrow too, so don't miss out on these) -- people were here for the literary festival this weekend, there was a dog-related activity on the Common, and of course, there were multiple weddings at the hotel.

The air is crisp and clear, with temperatures in the low 70's. It is a perfect day. Fall is here for sure!

The Ballroom wedding had a very unique wedding cake, which we photographed and put on our wedding blog. If you wish to see it, click the link below:

I hope to see you here soon.


Friday, September 17, 2010

The Newest Blockbuster PEM Exhibit

Portrait of the Qianlong Emperor; Ink and colors on silk: 99-1/2 x 59 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing

Shrine and statue of Jingang; Calcite or lapis lazuli, gilt copper, silver and glass; 15 1/2 x 11 x 7 1/2 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing
(Detail of) Hanging panel with niches; zitan, painted and gilt clay, colors on silk; 65 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing

Mandala; Cloisonne; 22 1/2 x 19 inches; Copyright the Palace Museum, Beijing

I was very fortunate to be invited to a preview party to see this fabulous exhibit last week before it opened to the public, and the photos above are just a few of my personal favorites among many.
However, no photo, no matter how good, can really convey what seeing the original of an piece like these can, and so, you really do need to come to experience this exhibit yourself.
Because much has already been written about the exhibit, "The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City" I have decided that you may wish to read these much more professionally written pieces than what I can do, and therefore I have listed some links below. There is even a link to a video piece done by one of the Boston television stations.
So, do read up in the articles below, and enjoy, but really, what you will want to do is make plans to come to SEE and EXPERIENCE this amazing exhibit for yourself. In person. Before it goes to the MET. Before it goes to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Before it returns to the people of China (they have not had the opportunity yet to see any of this.)

I hope you will.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Love That Endures

At the Hawthorne Hotel there are a number of us who are in love with the idea of love, especially that kind of love that endures. Today we were so fortunate to be able to meet a couple who had their wedding reception here over 57 years ago.

The terrific part is how much in love they still seem, and you can see it in these photos.

Jim and Ruth Teague, of San Jose, California, were married at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953, and had their reception in our Grand Ballroom.

Today, Ruth's younger sister, Barbara LaCombe and her husband Richard, surprised Ruth and Jim by bringing them back to the Hawthorne Hotel for a trip down memory lane, as well as a nice lunch in our Tavern Restaurant. By the way, Barbara was a junior bridesmaid in that wedding, at the tender age of nine.

Their server, Debbie Stephanides found out what they were up to, and let me know so I could take their photos and let the world know about just how happy we are to welcome couples back to the hotel.

Jim and Ruth Teague, of San Jose, California

Barbara and Richard LaCombe of New Hampshire

The two couples enjoyed a Champagne toast in the Ballroom after their lunch.
At the entrance to the Grand Ballroom

Fair blog reader, I hope you enjoy knowing some of these stories about the people who are part of the fabric of our day to day life here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Congratulations to Ruth and Jim! We look forward to welcoming you back again.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

KrisTina Wheeler Named August's Part-Time Employee of the Month

Yesterday we pulled off the BIG surprise, awarding KrisTina Wheeler the award for our part-time employee of the month. The reason it was a BIG surprise is that KrisTina sits in on the meeting each month where we nominate, discuss, and vote for the employee of the month. She even collects and counts the votes.

We went behind her back and nominated an obscure employee from the banquet department at the meeting, all the while everyone else knew that it was KrisTina. KrisTina is my administrative assistant, so she even has to type up the certificates, letters, check requests, and related that go with these awards each month. So when we went to present the award, she was totally caught off guard, because she thought it was going to a man who is part of the banquet department. Surprise!!

KrisTina does so much for all of the members of the Hawthorne Hotel team, and in such a terrific way, that we just had to recognize her for all these accomplishments. She writes the in-house employee newsletter, which has never been better since she took charge of it, and does many other things for the benefit of the entire hotel.

Therefore, the final photo you see in this blog post features all of the managers who were present when we gave her this honor, to show just how much we ALL appreciate everything she does.

Congratulations, KrisTina!

(left to right) Kristie Poehler, Tina Piechowicz, Thomas MacDonald, Lucie Ogeron, Steve Nelson, Kristina Wheeler, Claire Kallelis, Donna Daly, Adam McInnes, Tom Bracken, Laura Abraham, and Karen Cotton

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about how we run the historic Hawthorne Hotel, and all of the people that it takes to make up the terrific TEAM we have here.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Trails and Sails is THIS WEEKEND!!!

One of the VERY BEST reasons for visiting Essex County it taking place this coming weekend, and here is some more information. Included in the HUGE list of activities is the very unique opportunity to visit the Salem Marine Society on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. This is never open to the public, so the three tours that will be offered will fill up fast. If you are interested, come to the hotel early in the day to get your name on the list. That is the only way to get a spot on one of the three tours being hosted by our own historian, Kristie Poehler.

I hope to see you here!


Experience Inspiration as you explore the living landscape of natural, cultural and historic treasures that define the Essex National Heritage Area

Explore backstage at the newly re-opened North Shore Music Theatre;
Unearth natural treasures while geo-caching in Manchester's Wilderness Conservation Area;

Discover the daring risks and unsung actions that helped win independence while walking in Marblehead;

Learn bow from stern from top rowing crew coaches on the Merrimack River;
Taste what artisanal farms have to offer in Topsfield;

Hear the walls whisper storied fisherman tales in Gloucester City Hall;
Celebrate the special anniversaries of Salem's historic treasures during a progressive garden tour;

And much, much more ...

Over 100 FREE adventures await you at

Search the schedule of events & create your own customized itinerary.

Connect while on the go via Facebook, Twitter and the TRAILS & SAILS mobile website.
FREE printed guides are available at 10 Essex Heritage Regional Visitor Centers

Monday, September 13, 2010

More October/Halloween Tidbits

October is closer than it seems! In case you want to know, here are some "save the date/time" pieces of information for you for those of you interested in all of the festivities that are part of Haunted Happenings each October here in Salem, MA.

· The Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - Theme is “Around the World” takes place on Thursday, October 7 from 6 -8 p.m. This is a great event for the entire family, with it being a very special event for children, and for those of us who live in Salem.

· The Halloween fireworks and grand finale is scheduled for October 31 at 10:00 p.m.

· Trick or Treating with the Mayor where businesses give out free candy starting at 5:30 p.m. will take place on Friday, October 8.

· Mayor’s Night Out, where attractions and museums are asked to give free admission to Salem residents runs from 3 – 10 p.m. Friday, October 8

Here is some further information, in case you are interested in getting your business' name out in front of all the people who come to Salem in October, the City is looking for sponsors of the Haunted Happenings light pole banners. If you have any interest in doing that, either to promote your business, or to help Salem just look her spiffiest, please contact Ellen Talkowsky at City Hall here in Salem. Her phone number is 978-745-9595 (well, actually that is City Hall), and her email address is

I look forward to seeing you here.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ September 13 through 19, 2010

As the world is engaged with a major divergence of opinion over the potential building of a mosque at the site of a horrific event, and the potential burning of a holy book, we remind everyone who reads this blog that we are all human beings in the world, and we hope that peace will prevail in the respect of each person, and each person's right to practice their own beliefs.

That is one of the goals of our Flags of the Week program.

Monday , September 13 ~~ Samoa and South Carolina
Tuesday , September 14 ~~ San Marino and South Dakota
Wednesday , September 15 ~~ Sao Tome and Principe and Tennessee
Thursday , September 16 ~~ Saudi Arabia and Texas
Friday , September 17 ~~ Senegal and Utah
Saturday , September 18 ~~ Serbia and Vermont
Sunday , September 19 ~~ Seychelles and Virginia


Saturday, September 11, 2010

September Super-Special

See notes below for why this is a great special for Twitter, Blogger & FaceBook friends!

Only the very BEST time of the year to visit Salem -- September is THE month as far as us locals are concerned. The weather is ideal, and the craziness that is October is still waiting to happen. And THIS September we have the great new exhibit at PEM -- Treasures from the Forbidden City -- The exhibition from China that has yet to be seen even IN China, and that is going to the MET in NYC after it leaves here!


It’s a 2-night deal (2-night minimum & 2-night maximum)
So you MUST stay with us on Tuesday and Wednesday night

Special deal available: 09/14 & 09/15 – 09/21 & 09/22 – 09/28 & 09/29
based upon availability

Just call us at 978-744-4080 or 800-SAY-STAY and mention the September Mid-Week Special to get this GREAT deal!

Now, here is our Social Media special DEAL -- if you mention that you read about this special here, on our Blog, on Twitter, or on FaceBook, we will give you passes to the PEM for your use while you are here -- that is a $28 value on a room for two, and more, because these passes will also get you discounts in the gift shop and the two great restaurants there at PEM.

I hope to see you here, and I hope you remember to ask for the Social Media Special when you call to book your Tuesday-Wednesday stay.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Halloween Face and Special Effects Painting

Ginny Colangelo is a Fantasy and Special Effects make up artist and owner of Gin C. Productions. She will be taking her team of artists to The Hampton Inn Hotel in Revere, MA for the weekend of Halloween. (This is not far from Salem, and a relatively easy trip down route 1A)

For the past 10 years Ginny and her team have been servicing many of our clients who come to Salem to celebrate with us. They take appointment or you can walk in. I suggest calling for more information.

The phone number is 617-610-4720 and they will be there October 29, 30 and 31. So if you are coming to our Ball, Bedlam Behind Bars, and need a great make up job for this best-of-all Salem Costume Balls, Ginny is the person to see!

I hope to see you here (make up and all!)


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Segway Tours Possibly Coming to Salem

Ever since my husband and I saw a group touring a historic city in Europe on Segways we have wanted to do that ourselves. Recently we learned that there are Segway tours of Boston, so this past Sunday we took one. It was a blast! After we got over the initial panic that the training video gave us, and got our hands-on lesson, we were fine, and we really enjoyed the entire two hours we spent touring Boston. Here are some photos:

Walt and Juli Lederhaus touring Boston on Segways

Maybe Paul Revere would have enjoyed a Segway ride instead of his horse?

So, you can imagine my enthusiasm when I opened the Salem News this morning to find that there are two people who are hoping to open a similar business here in Salem. Here is a link to that story:

We certainly hope that this additional option for a cool, contemporary way to visit our historic city is made possible by the City of Salem, and wish Witch City Segway all the best in their efforts!

I hope to see you (and them) here.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Halloween is Creeping Up on Us

To help you get in the mood, we are now selling these handmade earrings in our hotel "gift shop" which is actually part of the Front Desk. They are only $15 per pair, plus tax.

These are much nicer than the typical holiday earrings you see for sale around the different holidays like Halloween, and certain of the styles are more timeless as well.

If you are interested, you can certainly stop by the front desk to pick yours up, or we can handle a shop-by-mail request as well. Simply call Lucie at 978-825-4322. Leave her a message if you get her voicemail and she will certainly return your call.

They will also soon be available for purchase in our virtual gift shop, on our website, so stay tuned.

I hope to see you here (with or without your Halloween earrings!)