Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A New "Game" In Town

I had to steal this photo from the Destination Salem FaceBook page today because it features the historic Hawthorne Hotel with a wonderful new adventure to do here -- touring Salem with Witch City Segway.

If you follow this blog, you will already know that I LOVE riding on Segways, and so I am thrilled that we have this adventurous touring method available to visitors to our city -- Salem, MA.

If you go, and are staying at the Hawthorne Hotel, be sure to say so.  You will get a nice discount.

I hope to see you here.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Returning for an Anniversary Stay

We recently had yet another couple stay with us to celebrate their wedding anniversary. This was just a second anniversary, but it was very special for our couple who were married here in 2009.

While they weren't ready for my camera's lens this time, they did share these photos that they just love of their wedding here, and I thought I would put them up for you to see:

If you got married here, and are planning to return for a special anniversary, please let us know so we can feature you right here on our blog.

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pretty in Pink -- Wedding at the Hawthorne Hotel

A few weeks ago there was a wedding here at the Hawthorne Hotel that used PINK in a big way.  We thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of photos.

These photos certainly show that the Hawthorne Hotel's Ballroom, while beautiful in its own right, is also neutral enough to serve as a stunning backdrop for virtually any color one wishes to use in there.

I hope you enjoy seeing another aspect of the Hawthorne Hotel.


Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 30 through June 5, 2011

As always, we will be flying our huge American flag on the roof today.  And also as usual, we are flying the flags of the members countries of the United Nations on the front of the hotel.  They fly on one side of the entrance, and a flag of one of the States flies on the other, rotated in alphabetical order unless there is a special request.  There is always information posted in the lobby, to the right of the elevators, telling a little about the countries and states, changed daily.

Monday , May 30 ~~ Bahrain and Louisiana

Tuesday , May 31 ~~ Bangladesh and Maine

Wednesday , June 1 ~~ Barbados and Maryland

Thursday , June 2 ~~ Belarus and Massachusetts

Friday , June 3 ~~ Belgium and Michigan

Saturday , June 4 ~~ Belize and Micronesia

Sunday , June 5 ~~ Benin and Minnesota

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Another Update on Flags of the Week

We had a relatively last-minute request to fly the following flags on Sunday, May 29:

Army and Pennsylvania



Special Arts Festival Event Here at the Hawthorne Hotel

Mark your calendars for Thursday evening, June 2.


As its contribution to the 2011 Salem Arts Festival, Kensington-Stobart Gallery has mounted a small exhibition entitled “Painters and Painting in Salem, 1850-1950” that will run from June 2 through July 1. An opening reception will be held next Thursday, June 2 from 5-8 p.m. and will be followed by a lecture on area artists and art organizations from that period by local historian Jim McAllister.

"The intent of this show is to help local residents discover or rediscover a small piece of Salem's wonderful art heritage" says gallery Director Sandra Heaphy." It features paintings or works on paper by a number of former Salem residents, like Frank Weston Benson, Philip Little, Ross Sterling Turner, and Mariquita Gill, who built national reputations during their lifetimes. But it also introduces a pair of other other Salem painters who devoted their lives to their art but shunned the spotlight: long-time Salem High School art teacher Festus Rousseau, and his reclusive Broad Street neighbor, Quinton Jones."

Rounding out the show are works by printmaker Philip Kappel, Philip Von Saltza, Henry Orne Ryder, Harry Powers, Warren Butler and Ross Turner's brother-in-law, Henry Blaney. All lived in Salem at some point in their careers.

The exhibition was curated by Jim McAllister, who over the years has written and lectured on many of these artists. His 8 p.m. talk will focus on the greater Salem art scene between the years 1850 and 1950 but also briefly survey other important artists and their organizations in Cape Ann and Ipswich.

The talk will be held in the Hawthorne Hotel's Essex room at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Seating is limited. Reservations may be made by telephone at 978-745-6314 or e-mail at culturecorner@gmail.com.

The Kensington-Stobart Gallery is located in Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel and is open from 10-5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10-8 on Thursdays, and 12-5 on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information about the exhibit or gallery visit www.kensingtonstobartgallery.com

I hope to see you here.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Planning Your Summer?

There are many festivals and celebrations taking place this summer on the North Shore.  Staying at the Hawthorne Hotel is the perfect location for attending any and all of them.  Here is a list of some of them so you can mark your calendar:

Salem Arts Festival -- June 3 through 5.  For more information go to www.SalemArtsFestival.com

Danvers Family Festival -- June 18 through July 4 -- Fireworks on July 3.  For more information go to www.Danversfamilyfestival.com

Marblehead Festival of Arts -- July 1 through 4.  For more information go to www.MarbleheadFestival.org

Beverly Homecoming -- July 29 through August 7.  For more information go to www.beverlyhomecoming.com

Salem's Heritage Days -- August 5 through 14.  For more information go to www.SalemMainStreets.org

Crane Beach Sand Sculpting Competition -- August 6.  For more information or to register, go to www.ttor.org

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival -- August 20 and 21.  For more information go to www.SalemJazzSoul.org

Peabody's International Festival -- September 18 -- International food, entertainment that celebrates the diversity of the people who have made Peabody what it is today.

The Topsfield Fair -- September 30 through October 10.  For more information go to www.topsfieldfair.org

We hope to see you here this summer.  By the way, if you make your reservation now, on our website, you can get a 15% discount for prepaying your room reservation.  Use the Advance Purchase Rate Code in the drop-down menu.  This special rate is only available on our website.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Nice News! Hawthorne Hotel Wins Awards

Our Director of Sales and Marketing, Kristie Poehler, just received this email today, and we are very excited to be selected for these awards.

They are due in great measure to the efforts of our outstanding staff members.  Thank you to all of them!!

Thanks so much to our loyal customers and supporters who voted for us!  You are the best!!!



Hi Kristie,

The Readers Choice ballots are in and Hawthorne Hotel won "North of Boston Favorite" and Regional Gold in the hotel category.



Kevin J Smith
Account Executive serving Salem and Swampscott
GateHouse Media New England


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sandy Sinagra Named Part-Time Employee of the Month

Here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, we really do value our team members. One of the ways we show that is in our Employee of the Month program. Each month we select one full-time and one part-time team member to honor with this award. We go wherever that person is working at the time, and surprise them with their honor.

Here you see us surprising Sandy Sinagra, one of our long-time banquet captains. You can see by the expression on her face how delighted she was to be chosen for this recognition again (she last received it in 2009.)

Left to right:  Liz Dube, Banquet Manager; Sandy Sinagra; Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager and Director of Food and Beverage.

Sandy is one of those team members who truly seem delighted to work here, and it shows in everything she does.  Sandy is a veteran, and is often the person training a new team member in the ways of the Hawthorne Hotel's banquet department.  We all love having her work for us and with us, and are so happy to be able to honor her.

Congratulations, Sandy!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Change to Flags of the Week

We are flying the flag of Bermuda today by special request.  Many of you know Thomas MacDonald, our Assistant Director of Sales.  He is from Bermuda, and provided the flag and information for us to post in the lobby today.  The reason?  Today is Bermuda Day and he wants all of us to share in that special day with him.


I drew this digital post card to wish him well.  Will you join me?

BTW, here is a link to Bermuda.com:  http://www.bermuda.com/ so you can get more information on this glorious destination.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Still Making History -- In More Ways Than One!

As noted on this blog several months ago, Salem, Massachusetts has a new logo and tag line. "Still Making History" is the tag line, and the logo is here for you to see once again.
At a recent (Thursday, May 19, 2011) Destination Salem Board of Directors meeting, past president and board member Tina Jordan from the Salem Witch Museum shared a photocopy of a photocopied article that was discovered as one of their associates was cleaning out files, preparatory to leaving her position at the Museum. It is dated July 30, 1925.  Because it is a copy of a copy, it is a bit hard to read, but can be made out nonetheless.

Tina read it aloud to all of us who had sat through months of meetings, presentations, and votes to come up with our new logo and tag line. As Tina read, we all were reduced to gales of laughter, because what we had just experienced was actually called for in July of 1925. Yes, over 85 years ago! So, see, we really are "Still Making History" here in Salem.  For the record, we got the job done!

I hope you enjoy this little bit of our tourism history.

Here is what I believe it says:

“The Witch City” Might be Improved Upon

“The Witch City” is a fairly good trade mark.

Hawthorne Land” sounds good too. It talks of the famous author and brings in the new hotel, too. [Of course, we LOVE this part!!]

“Blubber Hollow” is a rugged trade name.  It satisfies tanners.

“City of shoes” no longer fills the bill.  Salem has lost too much shoe business of late.

“Where we make your sheets.”  Might get a cheer from the Naumkeag cotton mills.

“Settle in Salem and succeed” . . . was heard, but the population is less than it used to be.

“City of Homes” is too commonplace.

“Historic Salem” is familiar but it tells of the past.  Somebody ought to get up a new trade mark for Salem and everybody ought to sound it.

A city can struggle along without a trade mark, just the same as a man can struggle along without a name.  But it sounds better to have a trade mark.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 23 through 29, 2011

Monday , May 23 ~~ Armenia and Idaho

Tuesday , May 24 ~~ Australia and Illinois

Wednesday , May 25 ~~ Austria and Indiana

Thursday , May 26 ~~ Azerbaijan and Iowa

Friday , May 27 ~~ Bahamas and Kansas

Saturday , May 28 ~~ Bahrain and Kentucky

Sunday , May 29 ~~ Bangladesh and Louisiana

If you have a special request, just give us a call at 978-825-4322 or email us at info@hawthornehotel.com

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Maria MacLeod Named Employee of the Month for April, Full-Time

Maria MacLeod is one of those quiet members of our team upon whom we can count to do her job well, day in and day out, with the greatest attention to detail, and always with a smile.  She makes sure every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed, and in her position that is so very important.  The last thing we would want is for one of our team members to have their paycheck not be correct, or to have any part of our reporting system go haywire.  Maria is the one to make sure it is all perfect!

Maria works for the accounting department as our payroll clerk.  She is pictured above with our controller, Joann Delp.

Thank you so much for all that you do, Maria!  Congratulations and thank you from all of us.

While it is unlikely that you, dear guest and blog reader, will have an interaction with Maria, I can assure you she is as important to your stay with us as any of our team members are.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Smiling Broadly

We love hearing from our happy guests. This letter says it all, and more.  If you want to enlarge the image, just click on it.

If you are planning a function, give our Catering Department a call at 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here, and to hear from you, too!


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Living Green Fair This Saturday

The Hawthorne Hotel is proud to be the Title Sponsor  in the annual Salem Chamber of Commerce's Living Green Fair that is taking place in Salem this weekend.  It is happening at Old Town Hall, from 10 am to 3 pm and  just a couple of blocks from the Hawthorne Hotel.

There is so much to see and do including:

-- a band that eschews electricity from the grid, using "leg power" supplied by bicycles, audience participation is encouraged

-- a film about a truck garden that is literally growing in the bed of a pick-up truck, teaching children about sustainability
Headed for the Big Recycling Bin in the "Sky" on Saturday
-- an ethically correct e-waste recycling drop-off station for only $1 per pound
(We are dropping off some non-so-historic computer stuff ourselves.)

-- a seed-swap

-- a garden sale

-- lots more!

Admission is free!  For more information, click on the link below:

I hope to see you there, or here!


Another First for the Hawthorne Hotel

This photo is of the Comcast team that came to the Hawthorne Hotel on Tuesday to cut over our cable signal to a High-Definition signal. We were visited by such a huge group of technicians because we are the first hotel in New England and about the second or third in the country to receive this service.  They all wanted to be on the ground to see how to make it work.

The beauty of this installation style is that we have NO BOXES in our guest rooms. Just a simple television, with a very simple-to-use remote control that does not need an engineering degree to understand.

This was a really important issue to all of us here at the hotel, because we like to provide our guests with the best, but to be able to make things simple-to-use is equally an issue.

Thanks to this group, giving the V for victory sign (and the rest of you who were not in the photo) for providing us with a seamless cut-over, and a nice new service for our VERY IMPORTANT GUESTS here at the historic, but technologically-forward, Hawthorne Hotel!

We are doing this on a six-month trial basis, so let us know what you think of this new, upgraded service!

I hope to see you here.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Behind the Scenes, in the Hotel Laundry

Sometimes things happen behind the scenes here at the Hawthorne Hotel that we think you might be interested to see.  This week was one of those times, when we received a new commercial dryer for our laundry.

For some reason, the new dryer fit into the building just fine, but the old dryer was another story.  It had to be cut literally in half in order for the workers to get it out of the building.  Here are the photos that our building maintenance department took of that:

The photos show the drum, in the foreground, and the housing in the background.

 Here is the new dryer below:
We can only hope that the new dryer gives us as good and long service as the old dryer did.

I hope you enjoy this look at a little bit of the "back of the house".


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fun, Fun, Fun!

Are you interested in a Hawthorne Hotel souvenir that simply screams "FUN"?   Then one of these martini/cosmo glasses might be just what you are seeking.

They have the Hawthorne Hotel( H) logo on them, and they come complete with a battery that lets you light them up in a changing rainbow of colors, as you see here.  One glass, many looks.

These are available in our Gift Shop, for only $5 each, and are limited in availability so do not delay if you do really want some for your memorabilia collection, or just for fun!

Call 978-744-4080 to order yours right away.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Flash Sale Special for Social Media Friends

Social Media Special TODAY -- Say you saw this on FB/Twitter/Blog and get 50% off our regular room rates 

for 5-16, 5-17, 5-18 and 5-19!! Doesn't get any better than this!!!

Given the dreary weather forecast for this week, and our proximity to the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Witch Museum, House of the Seven Gables, and much more, that are all indoor activities, this FLASH SALE might be just the ticket for you to be able to experience the Hawthorne Hotel for the best rate of the summer!

We'll even loan you an umbrella if you forget yours.

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 18 through 22, 2011

 Here is the lineup for this week's flags.

Monday , May 16 ~~ Afghanistan and Connecticut

 Tuesday , May 17 ~~ Albania and Delaware

 Wednesday , May 18 ~~ Algeria and District of Columbia

 Thursday , May 19 ~~ Andorra and Florida

 Friday , May 20 ~~ Angola and Georgia

 Saturday , May 21 ~~ Antigua and Barbuda and Guam

 Sunday , May 22 ~~ Argentina and Hawaii

Please call us or email us if you have a special request.  978-825-4322 or info@hawthornehotel.com

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Bicycle Built for Two

Since Saturdays are always so busy with weddings at the historic Hawthorne Hotel, I thought today you might enjoy a peek at this old photo of a wedding.

The couple chose to be introduced into the room riding a bicycle built for two. What a hoot!

In the background on the left side of the photo, you can see Karen Cotton, our current Director of Catering, who was working that event as the wedding coordinator.

I hope you enjoy this look back in time, at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

And I hope to see you here.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

A New Welcome Gift for Canine Guests of the Hawthorne Hotel

Our wonderful friends at "Living with Pets" have (literally) cooked up these terrific welcome gifts for our canine guests at the Hawthorne Hotel. They took our logo, a fanciful letter H and baked it into a dog cookie, then iced it with decorative green dog-friendly icing swirls.  They are packaged up with a keychain fob that contains a plastic bag (we all know what that is for!) and a discount card good at their wonderful store located just a block away from us.

How cute is this!

If you are someone who likes to travel with your pet, you can be certain that we will welcome you here.

I hope to see you soon.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wizard of Paws

This event taking place tonight here at the Hawthorne Hotel is a fund-raiser for the Northeast Animal Shelter.

Tickets are still available and are only $50.

They will have some terrific raffle and door prize items, comedy entertainment well as some great food.

This prize shown below was donated by our great friends at Living With Pets -- a huge bone basket filled with all manner of gourmet jerky treats and handmade dog cookies. It has a retail value of $100.

The event starts at 7 pm in the Sophia's..

I hope to see you here to support this terrific shelter that does not destroy animals.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jewel of a Little Theatre in Salem

Going to see live theater at the Salem Theatre Company is like having your own set of very talented friends who like to act just for you.  The setting is so intimate, with just 48 seats, that you cannot help but feel that way.  

However, the comparison ends there, because the acting is always done so professionally, as is everything about this great little jewel of a theater.  I do hope you will check it out, and let me know how you enjoy it.

Here is their most recent press release, which has all of the pertinent information about the production that is opening tomorrow:

Salem Theatre Company presents
Painting Churches by Tina Howe
Directed by Janet Neely

Set on Beacon Hill, retired and famed poet Gardner Church and his wife Fanny are preparing to move permanently to their summer cottage on Cape CodGardner slips in and out of senility, as Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat.  Their daughter, Mags – a painter on the verge of artistic celebrity – has come home to help them with the move and, she hopes, to paint her parents’ portrait, to come to terms with them and they with her.

May 12 – June 4
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12 - $22
STC Theater – 90 Lafayette Street, Salem

Contact Information:
Gary LaParl, Executive Director                                        
Email: gary@salemtheatre.com
Phone: 978-590-3276
 Fannie and Gardner Church (Hazel Grenham and Brian Casey) play around at their daughter Mags (Katie Donovan) expense in a scene from STC’s Painting Churches which opens May 12 and runs through June 4.

I hope to see you here, since I got to enjoy the final dress rehearsal tonight!  Don't forget that the Tavern at the Hawthorne is open form 11 to 11 for food service, so if you are hungry or thirsty after the production, the hotel is a great place to stop on the way home.


More to do in Salem, This Weekend

Salem, MA ~~


happening in Salem, Massachusetts, May 12th, 13th, and 14th

The 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, a three-day poetry extravaganza, is taking over Salem, Massachusetts the weekend of May 12th, 13th, and 14th. Festival programming includes more than 70 events: readings, workshops, panel discussions, talks, musical performances, and a small press fair with over fifty presenters. This year we will have 100 plus participating poets, artists, scholars, and musicians representing the creative legacy of Massachusetts and beyond!

You may see the schedule of events at http://masspoetry.crowdvine.com/calendar (Kristine Doll will be reading at Green Land Cafe on Saturday between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM.)

Highlights of the festival include a day of workshops for high school students led by esteemed poets, a showing of the award-winning film Louder Than a Bomb, a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, and a reading of favorite poems by poetry lovers of various walks of life. Headline events, taking place Friday and Saturday nights, will feature special appearances by internationally renowned poet Mark Doty, singer-songwriter Kim Richey, and slam artist Patricia Smith, as well as Enzo Surin, Brian Turner, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jericho Brown, Elisa Gabbert, Tom Sexton, and Ravi Shankar.

You will hear everything from hip-hop to haiku, New Formalism to the new poets on the block. Celebrate Elizabeth Bishop's 100th birthday with a talk by Bishop scholar and editor, Lloyd Schwartz. Enjoy a coffee and share conversation with book lovers at a reading of poets connected to the Boston Review. Attend a reading, to be held in the Japanese Art Gallery of the beautiful Peabody Essex Museum, by members of Boston's Haiku Society. Participate in a workshop at the historic House of the Seven Gables. You can even travel to the festival on Saturday by riding one of our MBCR sponsored Poetry Trains, departing North Station at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., with area poets reading on board.

Events will take place at a variety of locations around Salem, but the festival centers around the publishers' fair at Old Town Hall and the main stage at Salem's Derby Square, where there will also be vendors selling delicious things to eat and drink.

Many festival happenings can be experienced for free. For others, all-festival admissions buttons can be purchased in advance or on the day of the festival: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. You can reserve buttons in advance on our website, where you will also be able to sign up for events which require pre-registration. Extra seats for pre-registered events will be given away at the door of individual programs.

The 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival is hosted by MassPoetry, a non-profit founded to support the Massachusetts poetry community.



Salem is such a wonderful place to live and visit -- there always seems to be more things to do than one can actually accomplish in a week, and that is a very good thing indeed.

I hope to see you here.


The GARDEN Restaurant at PEM is Open for the Season

The Garden Restaurant at PEM is probably the most civilized and lovely place to dine in all of Salem, MA.  Whether inside so you can admire the beautiful collections of colored glass, or outside dining al fresco in the garden, you will feel like you are in a capital city in Europe someplace when you eat at this charming place.

Here are some photos and the menu:

Here is the menu:

Chilled Asian Five-Spice Shrimp
basil-ponzu sauce, julienned cucumbers
light, cool and refreshing

New England Clam Chowder
Chive Oil
Cup,  Six ~~ Bowl, Seven-Fifty

Caesar Salad

Romaine, Parmesan, sun-dried tomato crostini

Demi Portion, Six-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Ten

Crab and Corn Chowder

Cup,  Six ~~ Bowl, Seven-Fifty

 Garden Vegetable Herb Soup
vegetable broth, asparagus tips, peas,
pea pods, mint and basil

Cup,  Five-Fifty ~~ Bowl, Seven

Mixed Green Salad
carrot ribbons, daikon radish, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and sesame-soy vinaigrette

Demi Portion, Six-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Ten

Curried Roasted Vegetable Stack
roasted potatoes and goat cheese

Raspberry Chicken Salad

chicken, raspberries, Mandarin oranges, spiced pecans, mixed greens and raspberry vinaigrette
Demi Portion, Nine-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Thirteen 

Chicken Caesar Salad

Romaine, chicken breast, Parmesan,
sun-dried tomato crostini
Demi-Portion, Nine-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Fourteen

Crab Trio

crab cake with basil-ponzu sauce,
chilled citrus-chive crab, crab and corn bisque

Seafood Special ~~ Panini Specials
See the daily special sheet for today’s choices
We offer a vegetarian panini too!

Soup and Salad Meal

Choose a bowl of chowder or soup
and a demi-portion Caesar or mixed greens salad
bread and tapenade spread


 Seared Statler Chicken Breast
chicken stuffed with cranberry-goat cheese, served with pear compote, roasted potatoes
and green beans amandine

 Hoisin-Barbecued Flank Steak
ginger-scented rice
and mélange of spring vegetables

Asian Five-Spice Shrimp
served warm over mixed greens with sesame vinaigrette, carrot ribbons, daikon radish, Mandarin oranges, cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds
Demi-Portion, Twelve-Fifty ~~ Entrée Portion, Eighteen

Open Holiday Mondays and Every Wednesday thru Sunday 11:30-2:30 pm
Reservations Recommended   978-542-1618

I hope to see you there, or here!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thomas MacDonald Joins Salem Theatre Company Board


SALEM – The Salem Theatre Company is pleased to welcome the newest member of their Board of Directors, Thomas MacDonald of Salem.

MacDonald, a native of Bermuda, has had a long and rich career in travel and tourism, including many years operating offices for the Bermuda Department of Tourism in Chicago, London, and Boston.  Since moving to Salem he has joined the team of the Hawthorne Hotel as their Assistant Director of Sales and serves on the Board of Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) and two committees of the First Church, Salem.

“We are delighted to welcome Thomas to our ever growing Board of Directors,” said Board President Margaret Voss Howard.  “His years of experience in the tourism trade, as well as his valuable familiarity with the hospitality industry, will be of great benefit to the STC.  Thomas brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to our group and we are extremely pleased that he has joined us.”

About the STC

The Salem Theatre Company - a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – was founded in 2002 and enriches the artistic, cultural, and economic life of the Greater Salem region through the performance of classic, contemporary, and new works of exceptional theater. The STC hopes to move and inspire, and to build connections with new, diverse audiences and theatre artists through the performing arts and arts education outreach

Now completing its Eighth Season – “Plays By and About Women” – the Salem Theatre Company is led by Artistic Director John Fogle, Executive Director Gary LaParl, and Board President Peg Howard.  Details about tickets, the new STC theater, and the announcement of Season Nine are all available at www.salemtheatre.com.


Contact Information:
Gary LaParl, Executive Director                                        
Email: gary@salemtheatre.com
Phone: 978-590-3276

Monday, May 09, 2011

Tavern's Yummy May Specials for Our Locals

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

May Choices

Three-Cheese Ravioli
fresh tomatoes, green olives and Manchego cheese 

Asparagus Risotto 
with essence of porcini mushroom and Asiago cheese 


Baked Haddock Creole
lemon rice, beans with spiced pecans


Each Entrée served with a Small Mixed Green Salad
or a Cup of the Soup of the Day
and Chef’s Choice of Dessert

$14.50 per person




I hope to see you here for these delicious and very reasonably priced dinners.  


More Photos of the Catholic Charities "Peacock" Event

Every year we are asked to come up with the theme for the annual Catholic Charities of the North Shore gala.  We are given a fairly free hand in conceptualizing the theme and menu, as well as doing the decor for this event.

Here is the menu and a number of photos from this year's event, which used the Peacock as a theme.  We used the strong colors, and complementary colors, of the peacock to come up with the menu items, as well as in decorating each room.  They were bright blue, teal, purple and hot pink.

I hope you enjoy seeing all of this.


The Menu:


Ratatouille Stars
Fig and Fontina Triangle
Artichoke Hearts Parmesan
Smoked Salmon Pin Wheels
Brie and Raspberry Filo Stars
Spinach Roll Ups and Spiced Sour Cream
Manchego, Serrano and Quince in Pastry
Asian Tuna Tartare, Wontons, Micro Sprouts
Mini Asparagus Fold – Cous Cous, Shiitake and Lemon
Roasted Tomato and Olive Bruschetta with Purple Kohlrabi
Multi Colored Vegetarian Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Boursin
Salmon Cake with Smoked Paprika Aioli and Miso Red Amaranth
Blue Cornmeal Cakes with Lime Sour Cream and Micro Bulls Blood

Four Colorful Stations of Contemporary American Cuisine

Station One
Braised Chicken with Goji Berries, Apricots and Spring Garlic
Rainbow Chard Cooked with Apples and Raisins
Red Rice with Rainbow Lentils

Station Two
Sliced Skirt Steak Fajita Style, Colored Flour Tortillas,
Multi Colored Corn and Cilantro Salsa
Blue Corn Chips with Tomatillo and Pico de Gallo Salsas
Station Three
Smoked Shoulder of Pork, Braised Red Cabbage with Red Berries
and Port Wine, Boiled Micro Patriot Potatoes

American Hard Cheese Display
Cheddars from Across the USA,
International Blue Cheese Display, Flat Breads, Crackers,
Mini Toasts with Red and Green Grapes
Breads and Crackers, Fruits and Berries

Station Four
New England Red Fish, Baked with Ginger Orange Sauce with Stripes of Pomegranate Gastrique, 
Red Noodles with Garlic Peas and Scallions
Belgian Endive and Radicchio Salad with Poached Asparagus and Citrus Vinaigrette, Toasted Pine Nuts and Shredded Manchego Cheese

Station Five
Steamship Round of Beef,
Homemade Steak Sauce, Horseradish,
Sour Cream and Spicy Harissa Dipping Sauces

Bibb and Frisee Salad with Blueberries, Mandarin Oranges,
Shaved Sweet Onions and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Assorted Macaroons, Bright and Colorful

Strawberries Dipped in Dark and White Chocolate

Peacock Fruit Skewers, Kiwi, Mango, Strawberry,
Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon

Colorful Spring Petit Fours

Coconut Layer Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Mini Fruit Tarts

 These beautiful silver teapot flower arrangements were done courtesy of:  The Arrangers of Marblehead -- Anne Flynn, Sarah Hitchcock, Rebecca Robinson, Diane Sponholtz, Nancy Donaldson, Judy Rawding and Cheryl Conte.
Marblehead Neck Winter Garden Club -- Rosemary Doorly, Barbara Schaye and Ann Dowling Green.
Nahant Garden Club -- Laura Erlich, Marie Ford and Edie Hunnewell
Nells Pond Garden Club -- Virginia Doocy and Norma Burnett.

The teapots themselves were donated to Catholic Charities a number of years ago, and this new purposing of them proved to be a big hit.  Each arrangement was sold that night for at least $50.  This helped to raise additional funds for Catholic Charities good work.