Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Annual Staff Picnic

 Joann Delp is corralled by Angie Agolli into getting her picture taken with her second ice cream bar.
 Tina Piechowicz, Bryant Winberry and Thomas MacDonald smiling for the camera.  Do I see an ice cream bar just on the edge of this photo?  It is hard to resist the unlimited access to an ice cream truck, hosted by the hotel!
 Chef Steve Nelson made sure the food was scrumptious for our team members.
 Claire Kallelis made cotton candy much to the amusement of and appreciation by many, including Bryant Winberry and Kristie Poehler.
 John Goss with his darling grandchild.
We did games in the style of Minute To Win It

Here they are doing Cookie Face

I'm not sure if they had more fun playing the game or eating the cookies!

And Puddle Jumper

This one is called Nose Dive.  Carrying a cotton ball on the tip of your nose is not the easiest thing, but this young lady won with a record time!

Shoe Fly Shoe is always popular.  Where else do you get to kick shoes onto a table?

The Elephant March is such a picture-perfect game!  Sandy Sinagra and Debbie Stephanides were great sports, but it was Sandy's record time that took the prize again -- that makes this her game two years in a row!

Noodling Around was the Big Challenge.  This is one tough game!

The weather was perfect after Hurricane Irene scrubbed the sky of all humidity and made it a crystal-clear day for us.  The event was our mid-year break, and it appeared that everyone who came had a great time.

I hope you enjoy getting a look at us at play!


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Salem Garden After Hurricane Irene

As you can see from the photos of the Ropes Mansion Gardens below, Salem fared just fine in as Hurricane Irene tore through New England.  We seemed to be out of harm's way, while other areas felt a significant impact. 

So our message to you is that Salem is a-okay, come see us soon!

Even the bumble bees are back at work, as you can see in this photo above.
I hope to see you here.
#SalemMA #HurricaneIrene

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Chef Jennifer Now in the Final Five of Hell's Kitchen

Executive Chef Steve Nelson with Chef Jennifer

In case you are not a "friend" of ours on FaceBook, you may have missed some of the conversation there about our own Chef Jennifer's progress on the Fox network's show "Hell's Kitchen" here is our post from last night, after the show, along with some of the comments that our friends have made about her.

This was a big moment in the show, where the teams get cut to the final five, and each contestant earns their black jacket.  Jennifer got hers, and we are very proud of her accomplishments so far.

As you can see, she has a lot of fans, and we hope you are among them.  
Our Post:
Hawthorne Hotel

‎#HellsKitchen #SalemMA -- And then there were the final five, and our Chef Jennifer is one of the elite. WTG, Jennifer! We are proud of you!!

Specific Comments from some of our friends:                              
Tracy DiCecca Hilker No way!!!! She's my favorite, didn't know she was from Hawthorne hotel!!!
Terri J Lambing Go, Chef Jen! You're my favorite!!!
Fara Beeman Andre Can't believe I missed it tonight. I stopped watching that show a couple of yrs ago but chef jennifer is the only reason I started watching again. WTG local girl!!!
Denise De Lucrezia wtg jennifer i knew she will be one of the top five
Renee Holloran Go Jen... keep kicking it especially that Alise.  Hope you go all the way Jen you deserve it!!!
Samantha Stevens We were screaming for Chef Jen-whoo Hoo she got the black jacket!
Mari-Ann Jennings Thanks to the stupid football game we had to wait until 12:30 am to watch it but we did! Go Jen! Can't wait for next week!
I hope you enjoy knowing what is going on in our lives here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Our Most Popular Overnight Package

Let the Hawthorne Hotel show you Salem the way it’s meant to be seen!

Museums, Great Lodging, Delicious Food!

This package includes:
~Overnight accommodations at the historic Hawthorne Hotel
~Breakfast for 2
~Two Entrees for the Price of one in Nathaniel’s
(reservations are recommended)
~Tickets for 2 to TWO Museums from the following:
Peabody Essex Museum
House of Seven Gables
Witch Museum
Witch History Museum
Witch Dungeon
Pirate Museum**
**In November and December, please choose ONE museum from the following:
Peabody Essex Museum
House of Seven Gables
Witch Museum
Rates are as follows and are based on double occupancy:
July 4—July 31 -- $215 plus tax
August 1—September 29 -- $235 plus tax
November 2—December 30 -- $201 plus tax
Not valid during the month of October or on December 31
Based upon Availability

You can reserve this package on line at: Hawthorne Hotel Reservations

or call us at 978-744-4080 any time.

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ August 29 through September 4, 2011

Monday , August 29 ~~ Lithuania and Virginia

Tuesday , August 30 ~~ Luxembourg and Virgin Islands

 Wednesday , August 31 ~~ Macedonia and Washington

 Thursday , September 1 ~~ Madagascar and West Virginia

 Friday , September 2 ~~ Malawi and Wisconsin

 Saturday , September 3 ~~ Malaysia and Wyoming

 Sunday , September 4 ~~ Canada* and Alabama   *Canada is by special request this week.

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

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Flowers at Ropes Mansion Gardens

It seems appropriate to post these photos of the Ropes Mansion Garden today, as Hurricane Irene is barreling up the coast, perhaps through Salem.

The flowers in the Ropes Garden are at their peak right now, and I am sure that they will not look so good after the wind and rain that we expect tonight and tomorrow.

I love the dew on these climbing roses.
Water lilies in the pond.

I wish I knew the name of these unusual flowers.  Unfortunately all of the tags for the garden are sitting all together in a few flower pots on the grounds.  Wish they would put them in with the actual flowers.

Anyone know what these might be?

I pray the garden is spared too much destruction today, but hope you enjoy seeing it as I did yesterday.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Doggone Good

We love being a pet-friendly hotel.  We get to meet and pet some of the cutest animals ever right in our lobby.  Meet Samuele and Lorenzo, two darling Havanese dogs visiting us from Apex, North Carolina.  There were here with their owners who were up in the area having a nice vacation.  They chose to stay at the Hawthorne Hotel because they found our pet-friendly listing on . . .and we are happy they did.

While this was not Samuele and Lorenzo's first stay in a hotel, it was their first visit to the Hawthorne, but I think it won't be their last, because they seemed like they were having a really good time.

I hope to see you (and your well-behaved pets) right here in the historic Hawthorne Hotel.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Something Fun to Do Tonight to Escape the Storm

We’d like to invite you to the final Summer Evening Party at PEM, beginning at 5:30 tonight. Stop by for a drink after work, some interactive art and some live blues! Tonight we focus on Ripple Effect with the theme “Waterworks,” and the weather seems to be playing along, so we’re moving the program indoors for a dry and comfortable evening. Come on down and escape the storm!

The event tonight features constellation pools by Watermist artist Joan Brigham, beautiful hand-built wooden surfboards by Grain Surfboards, an interactive sound sculpture by Andrew Sempere, and a large-scale art project which you can contribute to: “The Wave,” a hanging, dynamic, colorful representation of water in motion.

Chef Ken O’Keefe of the Hawthorne will show some blanching and steaming techniques for cooking with water that are perfect for fresh summer vegetables, and blues musician Dan Stevens will provide the soundtrack with tunes from America’s rivers and the Gulf Coast.


Got to love being in Salem, with all there is to do!


The Towne Family Reunion Loved Their Time at the Hawthorne Hotel

We routinely send out event evaluations to our sales and catering clients to solicit feedback for our future growth and betterment.  Here is one that arrived this week, from the organizer of the Towne Family Reunion.

From: Sarah
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 4:03 PM
To: Robyn Sheather
Subject: Re: Thank You--Event Evaluation

Dear Robyn,

I will be happy to fill out the evaluation et al-and will do this once I have completed two articles on the event-

Suffice it to say it was truly wonderful, and I cannot think of any other venue that would have been  as welcoming, elegant, hospitable, flexible, stellar as the Hawthorne. Laura was a rock and an inspiration for me. Without her this reunion would not have been the success it was. Over 1/3 of those attending were new to the family reunion-and all were aux anges. It gave me great pleasure to see so many happy faces.....and to your staff who faithfully fetched me milk at 2am hearty hugs-that is "going the extra mile". And Alaina was a perfect adjunct to help keep things together.

I hope that the next reunion in the area takes advantage of the Hawthorne. Had we chosen any other place it would not have been quite so perfect, so lovely, so warm-and the food so delectable....ah eggs benedict.......




I hope we will please you as much as we pleased this group.  Special thanks to Laura Abraham, Alaina Ferrero, and Robyn Sheather of the HH staff.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another Neighboring Building


In posting the photos of a neighboring house earlier this week, I was reminded of the fact that one of our closest neighbors, the Salem Witch Museum, does a terrific job of maintaining their building and the grounds around it, even going to the extent of planting and maintaining the island where Salem's founder, Roger Conant stands.

For the past two years they have worked on the masonry, and their big leaded glass window, painstakingly restoring it, and here is the result.

While many, many people think this is a statue of a an early witch, nothing could be farther from the truth.  This is Roger Conant, who is credited with founding the community of Salem, Massachusetts.  I imagine he is one of the most photographed statues in all of the Commonwealth (which is what Massachusetts is -- not a state but a Commonwealth.)

I hope you enjoy this look around our neighborhood.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wine Week in Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel


Wine Week Specials
Every entree comes with one glass of the recommended wine

What a terrific value, a great way to try a new wine that is already perfectly matched to your entree, and to enjoy our lovely Nathaniel's Restaurant


Shrimp and Scallops Sophia
Our signature dish, named for Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
sautéed shrimp and seared scallops with sauce Béarnaise, grilled asparagus, steamed spinach and herbed risotto
2009 William Hill Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA
Thirty-five ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty-four

Grilled Swordfish
three-tomato and basil sauce, herbed pappardelle and grilled broccolini
2010 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Thirty-four ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty-three
 Roasted Haddock
blueberry-lemon relish, fragrant basmati rice and glazed baby carrots
2009 William Hill Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA
Thirty-four ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty-three

Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Grilled Chicken
natural Statler-style chicken breast, roasted potatoes, broccolini and baby carrots
2009 Bear Flag, White Blend, CA
Twenty-nine ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty-one

Pork Flat Iron Steak
brined for juiciness, drizzled with peach-balsamic gastrique, served with warm potato salad and steamed asparagus
2007 Merlot, Raymond, CA
Thirty  ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty-two

Grilled Top Sirloin Steak
garlic aioli sauce, sweet potato pommes frites, grilled zucchini, eggplant and green beans
2008 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, CA
Thirty-four ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty-three

Vegetable Couscous
 broccolini, asparagus, baby spinach, sunchokes and chickpeas, lemongrass-coconut curry sauce, toasted coconut and fresh cilantro
2009 Santa Marina Pinot Gris, Delle Venzie, Italy

Twenty-three ~~ Demi-Portion Seventeen

Pan-Seared Salmon
kefir lime, cardamom and coconut milk sauce,
served over couscous with carrots, baby spinach and sunchokes
2009 Alamos ChardonnayArgentina
 Thirty-one ~~ Demi-Portion Twenty-two

I hope to see you here.  For reservations call 978-825-4311, or just come on in and we will find a way to fit you in!  Don't forget you can also order this special menu combination in our Tavern Restaurant during the dinner service hours of Nathaniel's Restaurant.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Lovely Home in Our Neighborhood

This lovely historic home is located just a few hundred yards from the Hawthorne Hotel.  I walk by it all the time and always am impressed with how lovely it is kept.  While there is not much of a yard, they take full advantage of all the space they have to add greenery and flowers all around this nice old brick building.

Their flower boxes are always lovely, every season of the year.

I love this side yard with its variety of greenery.

I hope you enjoy this slice of Salem life.


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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ August 22 through August 28, 2011

We have many special requests for flags this coming week.  Here is the lineup.  The days that carry asterisks are by special request:

 Monday , August 22 ~~ Lesotho and Tennessee
 Tuesday , August 23 ~~ Liberia and Texas
 Wednesday , August 24 ~~ Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Utah
 Thursday , August 25 ~~ Liechtenstein and Vermont
 Friday , August 26 ~~ Canada* and Maryland*
 Saturday , August 27 ~~ United States of America* and Hawaii*
 Sunday , August 28 ~~ Canada* and Massachusetts*
 * denotes special request(s)

We are so happy to be able to welcome special guests with their country or state flag.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Wedding of Your Dreams, With Super-Value Pricing?

If you (or someone you know) have always wanted a beautiful wedding, but thought you could not afford one at the Hawthorne Hotel, you may need to rethink that thought!  If you have some flexibility for your wedding date, you should check out this super-duper wedding value package that we have just posted on our website.  There are four dates where this excellently-priced package is available for only $37 per person!

Here is a link to all the details:

And to see more actual Hawthorne Hotel and Hawthorne Catering weddings, check out our wedding diary right here:

For more information, call our catering office Monday through Saturday, at 978-825-4358 so we can help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

I hope to see you here.


Friday, August 19, 2011

More (Free) Things to Do in Salem -- This Weekend!!

We here at the Hawthorne Hotel are very pleased to be one of the sponsor's of this great event, The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. I hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy it.


 "Salem Jazz and Soul Festival... the best free music money can buy..."  Boston Herald

"Big Easy in Witch CIty" - Salem News
@ Salem Willows (Free)
Saturday/Sunday, Aug 20-21, 11:30-6 p.m.


Performance Schedule:
11:30: Salem High School Jazz Band
12:15: Bobby Keyes Trio
1:30: Nicky Egan
3:00: Charles Neville & Harvey Diamond Quartet
4:30: Bonerama

Music Education Series:
1:00 -1:30: The Drummer's Role [Roll!] - Play Music!
2:30-3:00:  The Bonerama Horns.
4:00-4:30: If I Can You Can Music Program with Chris Keating and Jeff Laphant.


Performance Schedule:
11:30:  North Shore Jazz Project Allstars
12:15:  Goldberg, Miksis, Langone with Scott Aruda
1:30:  Thaddeus Hogarth
3:00:  Club d’Elf
4:30:  Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Music Education Series:
1:00 -1:30:  If I Can You Can Music Program with Chris Keating and Jeff Laphant.
2:30-3:00:  Learn How to Bellydance!  With OmBellyCo
4:00-4:30:  Wind Instrument Workshop  with Henley Douglas Jr.

KIDS TENT (Open both days, all day) 11:30 am - 6 pm.  Parental supervision required.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Learning Something New From Our Guests

This week as I was going through the dining room talking to our guests, I was asked a question about one of them that stumped me for a minute.  However, I got on the Internet, and then the phone, and learned all about the subject.  

The question was about the bus that goes from Salem's train station to Logan Airport.  I had literally never heard of it, in the 12 years I have been managing the Hawthorne Hotel.  I guess you would have to say "shame on me" for not knowing about this nifty service.

The bus, the #459, leaves Salem's "T" station pretty much every hour, and takes about an hour to get to Terminal C at Logan Airport.  From there you can take a free inter-airport shuttle bus to your particular terminal if it is not C.

The really good news is that the cost is only $3.50, or 40 cents if you are a senior!  That is simply amazing, considering that other methods of transport start more in the $40 price range and go on up from there.  So, $40 or 40 cents -- you can travel to or from Logan Airport.

I asked our guest if she would let me know how it was, and she did so pretty much instantly.  Here is here emailed report to me:

Thank you for your hospitality!

Got to Terminal C in little more than an hr on the MBTA bus. It was just like any big-city bus--just fine. No steps @ Salem depot; easy off @ Logan. Not much luggage space, but my carry-on presented no problem.

The amazing thing was the fare--$0.40 for a senior.

Best, Carole T-S


So this is another option for anyone traveling from or to Logan Airport and visiting Salem, thanks to my new friend, Carole.

I hope you enjoy learning this "something new" that is likely very old, with me today!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Purple Petunias are Planted

Last week we removed the ivory petunias which were getting almost past their prime and planted the purple ones in their place.

I hope you enjoy keeping up with what we have going on here at the Hawthorne Hotel


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Free Bicycle Rentals Coming to Salem

The Hawthorne Hotel will be participating in this upcoming bicycle sharing program.  It is slated to begin some time in September.  We are very excited!

I hope to see you here.


Monday, August 15, 2011

So Much To Do Continued

A friend of mine who lives in another state routinely tells me how lucky I am to live in Salem because there is always so much going on here.  The Peabody Essex Museum is certainly a BIG contributor to that state of affairs for us lucky residents of Salem.

Here is the anticipated calendar of PEM events for SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2011

PLEASE NOTE: Information is current as of August 3, 2011. All information is subject to change. To make a program reservation, please call 978-745-9500 x3011

Saturday, September 10
1 - 3 pm
All ages
Art Studios
FREE with museum admission

Art Buffet: Join us for an art buffet! We’ll have tables and tables of different materials for you to experiment with, from chalk pastels to paint. You can create anything you can imagine! Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Saturday, September 17
10 am - 4:30 pm
All ages
FREE with museum admission

Weekend Festival: Exploring Land and Water

Immerse yourself in art inspired by the great outdoors in celebration of the landscapes on view in Painting the American Vision. You’ll meet a few critters, too!

10 am - 3 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Birch Bark

See and feel the wonderful textures, patterns and shades of birch bark. Create your own piece with torn paper and colored pencils.

10 am - 3 pm

Demonstration: Birch Bark Canoe

Passamaquoddy birch bark artist and canoe builder David Moses Bridges demonstrates the techniques, tools and traditions he uses for his boats.

11 am - 2 pm

Demonstration and Drop-in Art Activity: Field Sketching from Nature

Try nature sketching with guidance from wildlife artist and educator Clare Walker Leslie.

11 - 11:30 am
For families with children ages 4+
Meet at information desk

Story Time: Henry Works
Tickets available at admissions desk

Follow Henry the Bear, modeled after writer Henry David Thoreau, as he uses his knowledge of nature to help his neighbors.

Noon - 1 pm

Animal Presentation: Curious Creatures

Look at wild animals from the American landscape. If you like, sketch the critters in your own work of art.

1 - 2 pm
Meet at information desk

Docent Tour: Painting the American Vision
Tickets available at admissions desk

2 - 3 pm
Morse Auditorium

Film: Chased By The Light: A Photographic Journey With Jim Brandenburg

Nature photographer and filmmaker Jim Brandenburg presented himself with a difficult assignment: capture the spirit of Minnesota’s rugged Northwoods by taking only one photograph a day for 90 days. 2003, 56 minutes. Reservations by September 15.

2:30 - 3 pm
For families with children ages 5+
Tickets available at admissions desk

Family Gallery Exploration: Painting the American Vision

Explore Painting the American Vision on this 30-minute adventure.

4:30 pm
Derby Wharf

Birch Bark Canoe Launch!

David Moses Bridges demonstrates canoe construction, handling characteristics, and paddling and sailing abilities. Paddlers with their own watercraft are invited to join (paddle at your own discretion). Offered in partnership with Essex National Historic Areas Trails & Sails weekends.

Sunday, September 18
2 - 3 pm
Children ages 5 - 8 w/ adult
FREE with museum admission

Story Trails: Red Sings from Treetops
Reservations by Sept. 16
Meet at information desk

Explore color in landscape through works on view in the Painting the American Vision exhibition and poems in Red Sings from Treetops, by Joyce Sidman. Then create your own sketchbook.

Tuesday, September 20
9:30 - 10:30 am
Meet at information desk
Members $15

Members-Only Gallery Talk: Painting the American Vision
Reservations by September 16

Coordinating curator Sam Scott leads this tour.

Saturday, September 24
9:30 - 11:30 am
Members $20, nonmembers $25

Meet at information desk
Reservations by September 22

Saturday Art Series: Art 360º
Classes also on October 15 and November 5

Art 360° is a new series of classes with three sessions, various presenters and many unique takes on the same works of art. Join us for one session, or attend all three for the full effect.

In this first class, Sam Scott, coordinating curator of Painting the American Vision, Trevor Smith, curator of contemporary art, and John Forti, curator of historic landscape at Strawbery Banke Museum, lead a lively discussion on connections and contrasts in the depiction of the riverscape by 19th-century landscape artists, and by contemporary filmmaker Peter Hutton in his Two Rivers installation. Forti also discusses the growing habits, symbolism and practical use of flora depicted in the paintings.

Saturday, September 24
2 – 3:30 pm
FREE with museum admission

Presentation: All for the Love of Thee, The Ballad, Francis Child and How Massachusetts Helped Invent the Modern Folk World
Reservations by September 22

In partnership with the Salem Literature Festival, PEM offers a presentation on the traditional ballad. Featuring folk singer/author Scott Alarik and PEM Contemporary Art Curator Trevor Smith in a lively concert and conversation aimed at getting to know Francis James Child, a brilliant 19th-century Harvard professor who devoted his life to an epic collection of 305 ballads, still known as the Child Ballads. Joining them is folk musician Jake Armerding and PEM’s own Jennifer Evans, an accomplished ballad singer. Offered in conjunction with Susan Philipsz’s FreePort project, If I With You Would Go a haunting sound installation at PEM inspired by the Child Ballad The Daemon Lover. A book-signing reception follows.


Saturday, October 1
10:30 am - 4:15 pm
FREE with museum admission

Weekend Festival: Surreal and Absurd

Step into the surreal and experiment with Surrealist techniques, experience dreamlike films and make friends with odd creatures from Big Nazo.

10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Art Studios

Drop-in Art Activity: Wacky Hats

Look at images of fantastic creations, and then make a wild, wacky or creepy hat.

10:30 am - 3 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Surreal Collage

Create an amazing artwork inspired by two unrelated objects.

10:30 am - 4 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Randomized Poetry

Arrange random words and phrases into a poem of your own or add to an existing group poem.

11 - 11:45 am, 12:30 - 1:15 pm, 2 - 2:45 pm, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Performances: Big Nazo!

Meet Big Nazo, the international and intergalactic creature troupe from Providence, R.I., that united to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life characters and spectacles.

11 am - 4:15 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Surreal Landscapes

Make your own Surreal landscape. Then have it projected on the wall and step into your creation!

For families with children ages +
Tickets available at admissions desk

Story Time: There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

In Mercer Mayer’s book there is a big, scary nightmare living in a boy’s bedroom closet. Find out what happens when the boy decides to confront the unwanted guest.

1 pm
Meet at information desk
Tickets available on day of tour

Docent-Led Gallery Tour: Man Ray
Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism

1 – 2:45 pm
Morse Auditorium

Film: Labyrinth
Reservations by September 29

With a cast of Jim Henson’s imaginative puppets, Jennifer Connelly and glam-rocker David Bowie, Labyrinth takes us on an amazing and at times musical journey to the City of the Goblins and the castle of their king. 1986, 101 minutes. Rated PG.

Sunday, October 2
10:30 am - 4:15 pm
FREE with museum admission

Weekend Festival: Surreal and Absurd

Step into the surreal and experiment with Surrealist techniques, experience dreamlike films and make friends with odd creatures from Big Nazo.

2 - 3 pm
For children ages 5 - 8 with adult
Meet at information desk

Story Trails: See Like a Surrealist

Listen as we read Dinner at Magritte’s, by Michael Garland, and then create a dream room using one of the Surrealists’ favorite collage techniques. Reservations by September 30.

10:30 am - 3 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Surreal Collage

Create an amazing artwork inspired by two unrelated objects.

10:30 am - 4 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Randomized Poetry

Arrange random words and phrases into a poem of your own or add to an existing group poem.

11 - 11:45 am, 12:30 - 1:15 pm, 2 - 2:45 pm, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Performances: Big Nazo!

Meet Big Nazo, the international and intergalactic creature troupe from Providence, R.I., that united to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life characters and spectacles.

11 am - 1:30 pm
Art Studios

Drop-in Art Activity: Wacky Hats

Look at images of fantastic creations, and then make a wild, wacky or creepy hat.

11 am - 4:15 pm

Drop-in Art Activity: Surreal Landscapes

Make your own Surreal landscape. Then have it projected on the wall and step into your creation!

1 pm
Meet at information desk
Tickets available on day of tour

Docent-Led Gallery Tour: Man Ray
Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism

1 - 2:20 pm
Morse Auditorium
Tickets available at admissions desk

Film: Alice in Wonderland

In Victorian England, a bored young girl dreams that she has entered Wonderland, a world populated by fantastic characters. This black-and-white version features Gary Cooper and Cary Grant. 1933, 60 minutes. Not rated.

Friday, October 7
9:30 - 10:30 am

Gallery Talk: Painting the American Vision
Reservations by October 5

Coordinating curator Sam Scott leads this tour. Meet at information desk.

Friday, October 14
6:30 - 9 pm
Members $8, nonmembers $10, at the door
Surrealist Film and Game Night with Devil Music Ensemble
Refreshments available

Enjoy a Surreal evening of games, classic animated cartoons and films by the great Surrealist filmmakers. Devil Music Ensemble performs live, original scores. Man Ray
Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism is open for viewing throughout the evening.

7 - 8 pm
Surrealist games and Max Fleischer film shorts

Enjoy Surrealist games, a Disney classic (The Mad Doctor, 1933) and ongoing film shorts by Max Fleischer: Minnie the Moocher, 1932, with Betty Boop and Cab Calloway; and Chess Nuts, 1932, with Betty Boop in a realistic chess game that becomes a chaotic, animated quest.

8 - 9 pm
Devil Music Ensemble performance

Devil Music Ensemble returns to perform original musical accompaniments to five silent film shorts from the 1920s: Les Mystères du Château de Dé (Man Ray, 1929), Vormittagsspuk (Ghosts Before Breakfast, Hans Richter, 1928), Anémic Cinéma (Anemic Cinema,Marcel Duchamp, 1926), Ballet Mécanique (Fernand Léger, 1924), and Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, 1924).

Saturday, October 15
9:30 - 11:30 am
Members $20, nonmembers $25

Saturday Art Series: Art 360º
Reservations by October 13
Meet at information desk

Classes also on September 24 (see listing) and upcoming on November 5.

In this second class, artist, author and educator Clare Walker Leslie leads an interactive nature journaling class. Engage in close observation of plant and animal life, and learn techniques for documenting observations in artistic journals, using methods related to those of the landscape artists in Painting the American Vision.


Select Wednesdays, 10:30 am, drop-in
For families with children up to age 5

PEM Pals
Meet at information desk

This fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Saturdays & Sundays, 11:30 am - noon
For families with children ages 5+

Family Tours: Family Gallery Explorations
Tickets available at admissions desk on day of

These 30-minute gallery adventures are designed just for families. Hands-on activity included.

Saturdays and Sundays
1 - 3 pm
Art Studios

Drop-in Art Activities

Come create! Explore art, nature and more.

Mondays, 5 - 6:15 pm
$30 for the series; $13 drop-in
Phillips Library Auditorium

To register, call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ August 15 through 21, 2011

This week the Hawthorne Hotel will be flying the flags of:

Monday , August 15 ~~ Kiribati and Oklahoma

Tuesday , August 16 ~~ Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Oregon

Wednesday , August 17 ~~ Kuwait and Pennsylvania

Thursday , August 18 ~~ Kyrgyzstan and Puerto Rico

Friday , August 19 ~~ Lao People's Democratic Republic and Rhode Island

Saturday , August 20 ~~ Latvia and South Carolina

Sunday , August 21 ~~ Lebanon and South Dakota

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Heritage Days in Salem

Heritage Days is a week plus two-weekend-long celebration of summer by the people of Salem, and various organizations. Since last weekend has some severe weather, a number of events were postponed to this weekend.

Therefore there is a LOT to do in Salem this weekend!  Some things are the crafts fair on the pedestrian mall, the dog fair and contests on the Common tomorrow morning, and Improv on the Bricks behind Old Town Hall both today and Sunday at 3:30 pm.  The Hawthorne Hotel is one of the sponsors of the Improv!

So, if you are wondering what to do this weekend, a visit to Salem should definitely be on your radar.

I hope to see you here.  I will definitely be out and about seeing some of these cool events.


Friday, August 12, 2011

A New Round of Our "Where's Nathaniel" Contest

We are really having fun with this new social media contest.  Thanks to Kristie Poehler, our Regional Director of Sales and Marketing who came up with this idea, we have been traveling around Salem to take the photos for this contest.  

Taking a clear photo of Nathaniel, with a fuzzy, out-of-focus background is sometimes a challenge for this self-taught photographer.  But somehow we have gotten a nice collection together, and we plan to take more.

The first place we will post each round of the contest is on FaceBook, and sometimes that will be the only place, so if you are not already a "friend/fan" of the HawthorneHotel on FaceBook, and you want to play this game, you will need to go there and do that!

We already announced our first round winner today.  Congratulations to Pamela K!!

I hope you have as much fun trying to figure out where Nathaniel is as we did in putting him there.  Many more photos to come!  Start guessing!!!  If we have multiple correct answers we will do a drawing from those.


P.S. We have already had a request from one of our fans who wants to buy a little Nathaniel doll of their very own.  These are handmade just for us, and so if you want one too, just let us know.  We are working on the pricing with the woman who made "Nat" for us, so we will let you know that later.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cheryl Ennis Named Employee of the Month

Yesterday we honored Cheryl Ennis of our Banquet Team as our Part-Time Employee of the Month for July.

Here you can see when we surprised her as she helped our team set-up the Ballroom for the wedding tasting.

In this photo you see Claire Kallelis giving a speech about why she nominated Cheryl for this recognition.  Cheryl has been working with and for Claire for 22 years, and while she only works part-time, she definitely gives us a full-time+ effort each and every time she works.  Cheryl fills many roles for us, from server to captain to coordinator and hostess, and she handles each one with aplomb.  I always know if I see Cheryl on an event that everything will be perfect!

Left to right: Mike Ferrara; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; Cheryl Ennis; Kristen Doucet; Robert Leonard; Steve Nelson, Executive Chef; and Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager and Director of Food and Beverage.

Congratulations to Cheryl!  We are honored to have you on TEAM HAWTHORNE!!

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