Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Wedding of Interest

Even though we usually only post about weddings on our wedding blog, this wedding was so unique to us that we thought our "regular" blog readers might enjoy seeing this post as well:
I hope you enjoy seeing it.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flicks for the Long Weekend, at CinemaSalem

If you aren't planning a big getaway for the long weekend, and are looking for something to do around here, perhaps checking out some of the latest movie releases might be up your alley.  Here is CinemaSalem's e-newsletter for your review.

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you will already know that I love CinemaSalem for its very reasonable ticket and concession pricing, real-butter popcorn, interesting tea selection, Fresca, and terrific community spirit.  I hope you will support them.

Here is the newsletter:

Assuming you're as busy as we are, we'll keep this nice and short this week.

Just one quick reminder that next week is the first Thursday of the month, which means it's time for French Film Night at CinemaSalem, this week feature the French language version of The Red Violin, one of my favorite movies of all time. The charge is $10 and the time is 7:30, and it's sponsored by the Club Richelieu de Salem.

Now, on to the films!

Now Playing: Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D (PG13); Cars 2 (G); Green Lantern (PG13); and Bride Flight (R)!

I didn't think I'd love Super 8 as much as I did, so I'm also looking forward to another Spielberg produced blockbuster, Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D. already loves it: "Easily the best Transformers of the series, Dark of the Moon is everything that's boisterous and lively about our big studio cinema." And guess what? It opens today! It will screen today and tomorrow at (12:20), (3:30) and 6:45; Friday and Saturday at (12:20), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:20), (3:30) and 6:45. And it's in gorgeous 3D at CinemaSalem.

Also new this week is Bride Flight which I'll let the Seattle Times describe: "For anyone who shrugs at today's movies and thinks "they don't make 'em like they used to," here's a classy, good-looking chick flick in the old-school tradition." The Newark Star-Tribune chimes in with another in the 80+% positive rating on "What's truly moving here are the characters, who all feel real enough to make you want to shout an occasional warning, like a fan in a horror movie. Except this time it's not 'Don't go in the basement!" but "Don't marry him!'"

Bride Flight will screen starting Friday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:20 and 9:50; Sunday-Wednesday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:20; and Thursday at (11:30 AM), (2:00) and (4:30).
Back for more is the awesome Cars 2 (G) which the Los Angeles Times adores: "Cars 2 teaches gentle kid-friendly lessons about the importance of friendship and being yourself and introduces some great new characters in its parallel spy drama and auto racing plots." has another great take on the flick: "Cars 2 might be a better James Bond film than five or six of the actual Bond films, and the fact that its hero is a bucktoothed, redneck tow truck without a hood does nothing to detract from its appeal.=
Cars 2 will screen Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50), 7:15 and 9:40; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50) and 7:15.

Finally, Green Lantern has won its share of praise, like this blurb from CinemaDope: "... a shame this fantasy-adventure arrives in a summer swamped by superheroes. It's the best of the batch so far, but it's in danger of being snubbed by the seen-one-seen-'em-all contingent."
Green Lantern will screen Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:45), (5:10), 7:30 and 10:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (2:45), (5:10) and 7:30.
Scene from Bride Flight

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

I hope to see you here (or there!)


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Fourth

There is so much going on in Salem for The Fourth of July, Independence Day!  You really just need to be here and soak it all in.  While Boston might have the Esplanade, we have Salem Harbor, and the National Park Service Historic Site as the background for our fireworks and musical celebration.  The schedule is in the flyer below, and you can click on it to enlarge it on your computer monitor, if you like.

In addition, at 9 am on the Common there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence by an outstanding (and might we say costumed) orator, along with the singing of the National Anthem and other activities, to help us all remember why we celebrate this special day.

We do have a few rooms left for the weekend, but don't wait around to make your reservation if you want to come, as they will certainly be snapped up quickly.  If you live locally, just come for the day, and enjoy all the festivities. 

I hope to see you here.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Teddy Bears Bring Out the Kid in All of Us

I recently purchased these two darling, nearly life-size teddy bears, and had them sitting in my office.
When Christine Turner dropped by to check them out, she could not resist hamming it up for my camera.

Frank (on the left, named for our founder) and TBD on the right, are available for children's events and baby showers,
and will be front and center of course, for our annual Teddy Bear Tea in December.

Meanwhile we are going to have a contest to name our girl bear (Frank's friend), with the winner getting a gift certificate for Teddy Bear Tea (what else!)

I hope to hear from you soon.

The contest will end on July 31. In case of a tie, the first name received will be the winner.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 27 through July 3, 2011

Here is this week's flag line-up for the Hawthorne Hotel. We post these different flags of each of the countries of the United Nations as our owner's way of encouraging world peace. By understanding each country a little bit more, we help to humanize the globe. I trust you will enjoy seeing these colorful standards, icons of other lands, and that it will cause you to pause and think a little more globally.

We also post, in the lobby, a fact sheet about each country, so come on in and check out the day's posts.

Monday , June 27 ~~ Costa Rica and Utah
Tuesday , June 28 ~~ Cote d'Ivoire and Vermont
Wednesday , June 29 ~~ Croatia and Virginia
Thursday , June 30 ~~ Cuba and The Rainbow Flag (in honor of "Out" Day in Salem)
Friday , July 1 ~~ Cyprus and Washington
Saturday , July 2 ~~ Czech Republic and West Virginia
Sunday , July 3 ~~ Denmark and Wisconsin

We also will post flags by request for our guests, and for other compelling reasons. If you want to make a special request, just give us a call at 978-825-4322 or 4444.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

More Fun at the Salem Theatre Company

Moments of Play - 10-Minute Play Festival
Salem Theatre Company presents 10 10-Minute plays
July 13 - 17
Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

FREE Playwrights’ Panel Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 with Kate Snodgrass, Richard Dresser and Bill Cunningham.
Adults: $18, Seniors: $15, Students: $10
All Seats: $15.00
STC Theater – 90 Lafayette Street, Salem

June 20, 2010

10-Minute Play Festival a Fan Favorite at STC

SALEM – The Salem Theatre Company brings its popular Moments of Play (MoP) festival of original 10-minute plays back to the stage from Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 17 at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette Street in downtown Salem.

“This will mark MoP’s fifth year. To date we have produced over 50 10-minute plays, and given scores of playwrights from across the country the opportunity to showcase their talents. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best yet,” explained STC Artistic Director John Fogle.

The ten selected plays for the 2011 Moments of Play festival will be presented on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. and will repeat Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

“During last year’s Festival, we added a playwrights' panel and brought in four nationally recognized playwrights to view the plays and review them with the MoP playwrights,” said Catherine Bertrand, Co-Producer of MoP. “We are happy to be repeating the Playwrights Panel this year.” The Playwrights Panel will take place in the theater on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to this free event. If you plan on attending any of the 10-Minute Play presentations, you’ll want to join the panelists as they discuss the plays, theatre and other topics.

The 2011 panelists are Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights Theatre, Richard Dresser (Johnny Baseball, Rounding Third) and Bill Cunningham, Chair of the Salem State University Theatre Program and writer of the award-winning play, Course Work.

Last year, Kate Snodgrass started the playwright panel by telling the audience that the presentation was "beautifully curated." MoP was not only inspired by, but based on the Boston Theatre Marathon which Kate had created through the Boston Playwrights Theatre.

“’Moments of Play’ has been a personal inspiration,” says co-producer Caroline Watson-Felt “It has opened STC more broadly to the community and welcomed in a wide array of new actors, directors, and playwrights. It's fresh, it's different, and it's always exciting - it breathes such life into all of us -- new and old to STC!”

The 10 10-Minute Plays to be performed this year are The Oracle of Delphi by James C. Ferguson of Plainville, Knuckleheads by James McLindon of Northampton, Upstairs Fred by Georgette Beck of Marblehead, Do Not Disturb by Patrick Hume of Dorchester, Perfect Strangers by Peter Snoad of Jamaica Plain, February First is an Annual Thing by Cassie M. Seinuk of Boston, On a Patch of Old Snow by J.A. Curcione of Philadelphia, PA, Give and Take by Bara Swain of New York, NY, Designated Sitter by George Sauer of Dedham, and The Rabbit Lesson by Christopher Kent of Redondo Beach, CA.

Tickets for all performances are $15 and can be purchased online at as of July 1. Tickets may also be reserved for pick-up at the box office on the day of show by phoning 978-90-8546 or e-mailing Online ticketing ends 24 hours in advance of each performance.

“Moments of Play” is produced by Catherine Bertrand and Caroline Watson-Felt and is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

I hope to see you here or there~


Friday, June 24, 2011

New Dinner Menu in Nat's

Last night we debuted our Summer Dinner Menu in Nathaniel's. Here are a few photos of some of the new dishes. I hope you have your mouth watering, and your fingers dialing for reservations, as soon as you are done reading this post.  978-825-4311
 Vegetable Couscous
Appetizer Lobster Salad

 Tiny Tomato Salad with Pesto and Prosciutto
Pork Tenderloin Appetizer
 Pan-Seared Salmon
Grilled Swordfish

Appetizers, Soups and Salads

The Demi-Portions of our Entrees also make great Appetizers

Sweet Pea Ravioli

three-tomato sauce, basil chiffonnade



Cornmeal-Fried Oysters

fresh greens and buttermilk dressing with orange zest


Seared Harissa-Spiced Pork

drizzled with cinnamon honey, served with spinach and chickpea couscous


Backyard Garden Gazpacho

chipotle sour cream and cilantro
(vegan version available)

Soup du Jour

an ever-changing creation

Steve’s Seafood Chowder

 of historic proportion, our well-loved version includes shrimp, scallops, haddock, clams and potatoes in a creamy New England-style soup

Soup Sampler

a tasting of all three soups

Lobster Salad

served in a butter lettuce cup with julienned jícama and red peppers and mango-chili dressing

Strawberry and Bibb Lettuce

sliced sweet onions, Mandarin oranges, toasted almonds and creamy orange dressing


Caesar Salad
choice of Mediterranean white anchovies or apple-smoked bacon,
 Parmesan cheese and garlic croutons
Tiny Tomato Salad
dressed with pesto, fresh mozzarella
and prosciutto  

Iceberg Salad

tiny tomatoes, bacon  

and bleu cheese dressing


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
Twenty-nine ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Grilled Swordfish
three-tomato and basil sauce, herbed pappardelle and grilled broccolini
Twenty-eight ~~ Demi-Portion Seventeen
Roasted Haddock
blueberry-lemon relish, fragrant basmati rice and glazed baby carrots
Twenty-eight ~~ Demi-Portion Seventeen

Pan-Seared Salmon
kefir lime, cardamom and coconut milk sauce,
served over couscous with carrots, baby spinach and sunchokes
 Twenty-six ~~ Demi-Portion Seventeen

Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Grilled Chicken
natural Statler-style chicken breast, roasted potatoes, broccolini and baby carrots
Twenty-four ~~ Demi-Portion Sixteen

Pork Flat Iron Steak
brined for juiciness, drizzled with peach-balsamic gastrique,
served with warm potato salad and steamed asparagus
Twenty four  ~~ Demi-Portion Sixteen

Grilled Top Sirloin Steak
garlic aioli sauce, sweet potato pommes frites, grilled zucchini, eggplant and green beans
Twenty eight ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Vegetable Couscous
 broccolini, asparagus, baby spinach, sunchokes and chickpeas,
lemongrass-coconut curry sauce, toasted coconut and fresh cilantro

Eighteen ~~ Demi-Portion Twelve

(Available with Basmati Rice in place of Couscous for Gluten-Free Entrée)

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

What a Great Couple!

On Wednesday night this lovely couple came to Nathaniel's to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.  We were thrilled to have them with us, and asked if we could take their photo for this blog.  They happily agreed, telling us that they met when they were 16, and were married at just 20.

Congratulations to Meryle and Marvin Sandler, and we wish you many more happy years together.

Juli and the TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mobile Version Is Live

I have to say that I just love BLOGGER.  They keep making it better and better.  The latest improvement is that they have a "Mobile Site" version available now.  I only had to click one button to make that live, and it is done.

So if you ever want to look at this blog (or our other blog, you only need to open it with your mobile device and it will send you the mobile version which is much easier to load to your mobile, and much easier to navigate around in as well.

Wow, I feel so technologically adept today!  And all because of Blogger.


What a Nice Editorial

In a recent edition of the Salem News, Nelson Benton wrote a lovely editorial piece about the portrait that we were recently given by Peter Poor and his family.  He helps to paint a picture of the history of Salem, and how events are forever interconnected, whether we know it or not.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Here is the link to the editorial:

Thanks, Nelson, for the history lesson.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ropes Garden Welcomes the First Day of Summer

I snapped these photos with my iPhone and blogged this on my way to work this morning.  What a glorious day in Salem.

The Ropes Mansion Garden, open to the public and located behind the Ropes Mansion at 318 Essex St. here in Salem, MA.  This is a wonderful free thing to do when you visit, or if you live here.  Lovely gardens, well maintained, an oasis of beauty and calm.

I hope to see you here.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Yet Another New Exhibit at PEM

If you are looking for a reason to come to Salem in the coming year, here is yet another exhibit at PEM.  And to make it easy for you to come, we have a PEM package all ready for you.  Just give us a call at 978-744-4080, or go to our website, and click on the link for reservations which will allow you to browse all our packages.


 JUNE 18, 2011 – APRIL 2012

SALEM, MA –– This summer, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) dives into the dynamic, varied and beautiful world of water to present Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O. Inspired by natural phenomena such as fog, snowflakes and geysers, the 16 artists featured in Ripple Effect explore water in its liquid, gas and solid states as a rich source for creative expression. The exhibition presents artworks in a variety of mediums, including blown glass, photography, clay and sound, and challenges visitors to consider this life-sustaining substance often taken for granted. On view in PEM’s interactive Art & Nature Center, Ripple Effect opens to the public on Saturday, June 18.

“Not a moment goes by that we don’t encounter water. It surrounds us in the air we breathe and fills every cell in our bodies, yet we rarely take notice of it — except when we don’t have enough of it or encounter too much of it,” says Jane Winchell, curator of Ripple Effect and PEM’s Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Art & Nature Center. “Ripple Effect invites visitors to experience water as a unique artistic medium and to consider its remarkable physical properties, which also make life possible.”

Water is the only natural substance on earth that exists in three forms — liquid, solid and gas. Ripple Effect is organized around these physical states and features artworks, media elements and hands-on stations that let visitors explore the art and science of water.

Compelled by water’s movement, moods and life-giving properties, many artists who work with it focus on the liquid state. New England-based artist Janet Fredericks makes drawings directly in bodies of water, recording what she calls “the language of flowing water.” For her work Tracings, New Haven River, Fredericks placed a large drape of watercolor paper in the bed of the New Haven River to capture the network of shadows, currents and play of light with lithography crayons. At the nearby interactive Water Shadows station, visitors investigate the effects of light and shadow in water as they generate their own wave patterns.

Artists in Ripple Effect also work with myriad forms of ice, ranging from intricate snowflakes to towering glaciers. Norwegian musician and composer Terje Isungset responds to the sounds natural ice produces by crafting instruments made of glacial ice. In Ripple Effect, visitors watch a video of Isungset at work and listen to the haunting and utterly unique sounds produced by his ice horn and percussion instruments.

Being invisible, water vapor is a challenging artistic medium. But water vapor in transition to liquid — in the form of clouds, fog, mist or steam — has captured artists’ imagination. In Ned Kahn’s Sea of Clouds, visitors interact with an undulating pool of ultrasonic fog. When air currents are altered through touch and motion, mesmerizing fog patterns morph and transition from liquid to vapor and back again. Visitors can further investigate water vapor at the nearby Fog Chamber interactive, where they can make ephemeral clouds out of thin air.

Burble’s Gradient, 2005, Peter Wasilewski. Pigmented inkjet photograph.

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collection is one of the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collection, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of special exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays) and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.


I hope to see you here, or there.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~June 21 through 26, 2011

Here is this week's flag line-up.  These flags are flown on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel.  The flag of the USA flies on the giant flagpole on the roof.

Monday , June 20 ~~ Central African Republic and Pennsylvania

Tuesday , June 21 ~~ Chad and Puerto Rico

Wednesday , June 22 ~~ Chile and Rhode Island

Thursday , June 23 ~~ China and South Carolina

Friday , June 24 ~~ Colombia and South Dakota

Saturday , June 25 ~~ Comoros and Tennessee

Sunday , June 26 ~~ Congo and Texas

If you have a special request, just give us a call.  978-825-4322 or 98-825-4444.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

We Found Our Founder -- Frank Poor's Portrait Arrives at the Hawthorne Hotel

Who is Frank Poor and what does he have to do with the Hawthorne Hotel?  He is an important part of our history.

Frank Poor (1879 – 1956) was the founder of Hygrade/Sylvania Lighting Company, and President of Salem Hotel Corporation. Mr. Poor led the Salem Rotary Club and Salem Chamber of Commerce in the creation of the Hawthorne Hotel in 1923-1925, and he and his company donated all the light bulbs for the hotel’s grand opening.  If you look at the share of stock that is framed in our Nathaniel's Restaurant, you will see Frank's signature there.  If you look at the historic "tote board" photo also in that display, you will see Frank's name listed among the leaders in fund-raising for the hotel.

We recently were contacted by Frank's grandson, Peter Poor.  He told me his grandfather founded the Hawthorne Hotel and he wanted to give us a photo of the opening of the hotel which included his grandfather.  I had always thought the hotel was founded by a committee, basically made up of members of the Salem Rotary and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.  But in really thinking about it, and looking at all the evidence at hand, it does seem more likely that there was actually one person who had the vision to create the committee, and lead the charge, and that person was very likely Frank Poor.

We made arrangements to meet, and for him to give us the photo.  While we were visiting about that, Peter mentioned that Sylvania (now Osram-Sylvania) had taken down his grandfather's portrait from their lobby a number of years ago, and it was in storage.  Peter was disheartened about that fact, and shared his feelings with me and Kristie Poehler, our Director of Sales and Marketing.  Upon hearing that news, we suggested he ask the company for the portrait, and somewhat to his surprise, they gave it to Peter.

Peter contacted me to see is my casual assertion that we would love to hang it in the hotel was real.  I assured him it was.  He agreed to bring the portrait to us, and arrangements were made, culminating in the presentation that occurred this week.  You can see it in the photos below.

Frank Poor's portrait, with me, Juli Lederhaus, and Peter Poor, Frank's Grandson, at the presentation in
our lobby this week.

Left to right:  The Poor family -- Amanda, Sharon, Alyson and Peter. 

We also learned this week that it was Peter's daughter, Amanda, who had the idea to present the photo from the opening (that had been hanging in her parents' bedroom for many years) to the Hawthorne Hotel.  Amanda works for EBSCO Publishing, and she had been to the hotel this past year for her employer's holiday party.

So we send thank-yous all around, to Peter, and his family, and even to Osram-Sylvania.  Because of all of you we now have a portrait that will help to tell more of the story of the historic Hawthorne Hotel, and we are very grateful.

We plan to hang the photo, the portrait, and one more item of interest to this story as soon as the photo is re-matted and re-framed.  So stay tuned.

I hope to see you here.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Love Salem? Here is a Presentation for You!

Yet another wonderful thing to do in Salem -- this is such a happening community, with so many things to see and do.  One would never be bored here, for certain!  Not only with this be an enjoyable event, but you will also be supporting tourism in Salem at the same time.

A number organizations that promote tourism in Salem and the surrounding communities – including the Essex National Heritage Commission and the North of Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau –will be the beneficiaries of an upcoming fundraiser sponsored by Jim McAllister of Derby Square Tours.

The event, a “somewhat nostalgic” one-hour slide presentation by McAllister entitled “Love Song for Salem: A Visual Tribute” will be held on June 30 in the auditorium at the Salem Visitor Center on New Liberty Street .
McAllister calls the show “an impressionistic portrait of a place, a visual poem , a nostalgic time capsule containing almost than 300 images representing four seasons, five neighborhoods, and fifteen years (1978- 1993) of photographing.” There are images of sunsets and snowstorms, streetscapes and street people, walking malls and walking trails, and museums and mansions . Also featured are many past Salem event: sports celebrations, house tours and garden tours, concerts - and circuses - on the common, parades, museum openings, and, of course, Halloween “scenes.”

The majority of the photographs in the show were taken in the downtown business district, Salem Willows, Derby Street, the Salem Common, and the McIntire Historic District. But the people - among them familiar faces like the Cahill brothers , Laurie Cabot, Ted Buczko, Tony Salvo, ‘Sailor Bill,” Buddy Hobbs, and Jello the Clown – who appear come from all corners of the city.

There will be two showings of “Love Song for Salem: A Visual Tribute” on June 30th, at 5:30 and 7:30.

Admission is $10. For reservations and tickets contact Jim at or (978)745-6314.

I hope to see you here, or there!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Tribute to One of Our TEAM

Yesterday a long-time member of our Hawthorne Hotel family, Donna Daly, passed away unexpectedly. This photo blog is posted here for those of you who knew her, and for those of you who did not, so that you might learn a little about this special woman. Donna was a very unique member of our team, working primarily in the heart of the hotel, and unseen by our guests. But what she did was very important to all of us, and the way she did it, always with a smile, was even more important.

Donna loved dogs as much as people!

Donna was a proud and active member of the safety committee.

It was fun to surprise Donna!

Jonah Pringle was Donna's assistant for many, many years, and they
shared a very close bond.

So long, Donna. We will miss you. Heaven is in better hands now that you are there.

Juli and the TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel.
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Hawthorne Hotel Names Jennifer Rodriguez Employee of the Month

Today we honored Jennifer Rodriguez, a Supervisor in the Housekeeping Department, for her exemplary work over the past year. Jennifer has risen from an entry-level employee of that department through increasingly more responsible roles to arrive where she is today, and it is because of the level of pride in her work, commitment to the guests and staff of the Hawthorne Hotel, and dedication to us that she is receiving this award.

As you can see in the photos below, we clearly surprised her when we all arrived in the lunch room today to present her award:

As you can see in the next photos, she was also clearly delighted with the recognition.

Jennifer's co-workers happily agreed to be photographed with us. 
Left to right:  Ingris, Juli, Maria, Elizabeth, Mayra, Jennifer, Minerva, Andrea, Yudelka, and Megan

Megan Campbell, Housekeeping Manager nominated Jennifer, who was voted in by acclamation of all of the managers of the Hawthorne Hotel.

Congratulations, Jennifer!  Thank you so much for all that you do.


I Love Top Ten Lists

Last week Destination Salem posted their Top Ten List about all the reasons to love the Salem Ferry.  Here is the link to that list, in case you missed it when they posted it on their blog.

Do you have a favorite top ten list?  I would love to see it!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ten Great Reasons to Come to Downtown Salem

Another Top 10 List:

1, 2 and 3:
Here are three of the four new public art sculptures on display this summer:

4.   Salem's Farmers' Market

Come downtown Salem Thursday, June 16 for opening day at the Salem Farmers’ Market and enjoy delicious local fruits, vegetables, lobster, breads, pastries, cheese and much more. The market bell will ring promptly at 3 p.m. signaling the start of the market. The market is located in Derby Square on Front Street downtown Salem, MA Thursdays June 16 – October 20.  For more information visit the website or call market organizer Salem Main Streets (978)744-0004. The market will host many of the same farms and vendors from last year as well as numerous new vendors. EBT card accepted.

Opening Day Festivities

Opening Day Festivities include (beside fresh vegetables, fruits, breads, and so on …)
At 3:30 p.m. Chef Tony Bettencourt from 62 Restaurant and Winebar will do a cooking demonstration

At 4:15 p.m. the Kiwi Kids

What are Kiwi Kids? They sing songs about Recycling and what we can all do to help our Earth. There will also be a basket of instruments for the little kids in the audience to use.

From 5 – 7 p.m. there will be live music by Qwill.

And something new, Diane DeGuzman will be at our market. She is a Health Coach and will be talking about healthy ways to use the things you buy. This week, Strawberries for Breakfast. Learn how to spice up those all important whole grains with delicious strawberries. No need to bring a pen and paper, recipes will be available. (Maybe bring a pen.)

5.  Cinema Salem

Here's this week's great lineup of films at CinemaSalem!
Now Playing: Super 8 (PG13); Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG); The Hangover, Part II (R); and 13 Assassins (R)!

CinemaSalem crowds flocked to Super 8 this past weekend, proving prescient the vast majority of critics who loved it, such as Rolling Stone: "A retro monster mash with a child's heart, a prodigy's unstoppable imagination and FX dazzle to spare," and Roger Ebert: "Super 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action." Super 8 will screen starting Friday at (4:45), 7:15 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:15), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:40; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:15), (4:45 and 7:15l and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.
New in the Screening Room this week is 13 Assassins, which currently sports an even higher critical score at RottenTomatoes than Super 8. The estimable Mr. Eberts again weighs in: "13 Assassins has what many action pictures need, a villain who transcends evil and ascends to a realm of barbaric madness," and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reduced to sentence fragments: "Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining."

13 Assassins will screen on Friday at (4:00), 6:45 and 9:30; 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.
Back for at least another week is the marvelous Kung Fu Panda 2 3D, which will screen on Friday at (4:20), 7:00 and 9:15; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:20), 7:00 and 9:15; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:20) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:20) and 7:00.
Also back is The Hangover Part II, screening on Friday at (5:00), 7:30 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 9:50; Sunday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:30.

Next week, we'll be premiering Cars 2 from Pixar, whose releases are always a CinemaSalem highlight. There's also a pretty good chance we'll be bringing in The Green Lantern the same day, so if you can hold off seeing it a week until we get it, awesome!

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Did you know that 13 Assassins has one of the longest continuous action/fighting scenes in movie history?

6.  PEM
So many things to see and do there.  Go to for all the details.

7.  Salem Theatre Company
Go see SMUDGE.  Details at

8.  The Ferry is back.

9.  Just enjoy the shopping, strolling, and snacking available all around you.

10.  Come see us!  The staff of the Hawthorne Hotel is always ready to see you on your visit.  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks any time, a place to meet, see and be seen.  Remember all roads lead to the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1955 Was the Year, The Hawthorne Hotel was The Place

I recently received these four images, found on two postcards dated 1955, from our good friend, Nelson Dionne.  Thanks, Nelson!

The top photos appear to be (L) the room we now call the Library (which was called the Flag Room then), and (R) our Grand Ballroom.  Can you imagine? They covered over the the beautiful Palladium windows in order to make the hotel look more "modern" when they called it the Hawthorne Motor Hotel!!

The two photos above appear to be (L) the Tavern (was the Essex Room), and (R) Nathaniel's and Sophia's (was the Main Brace).  If you wish to see more detail in these photos, click on the image to enlarge it on your screen.

Now for some editorial commentary -- Don't you love the fact that the women sitting in the cocktail lounge were relegated to the tables, and the men all got to sit at the bar?  What about all the hats?  I know that in 1955 no self-respecting woman went out in public without a hat!  How times have changed!!

It's always so much fun looking at the historic photos of the Hawthorne Hotel.  I hope you enjoy seeing them as well.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Free Admission to PEM (and other museums) for Military Personnel and Their Families

I just happened across this information and thought it was worth sharing with you, fair blog reader.  Please feel free to share this with your friends!

Blue Star Museums
This summer, PEM joins more than 1,300 museums nationwide to offer free admission to military personnel and their families. The Blue Star Museums program runs from Memorial Day (May 30, 2011) through Labor Day (September 5, 2011) and is available to active-duty members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve. Military personnel -- and up to five family members -- gain free museum admission with their military ID. A complete list of participating museums is available

I hope to see you here, or there.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 13 through 19, 2011

Monday , June 13 ~~ Bulgaria and New Mexico

Tuesday , June 14 ~~ Burkina Faso and New York

Wednesday , June 15 ~~ Canada* and North Carolina

Thursday , June 16 ~~ Burundi and North Dakota

Friday , June 17 ~~ Cambodia and Ohio

Saturday , June 18 ~~ Cameroon and Oklahoma

Sunday , June 19 ~~ Cape Verde and Oregon

* We are flying the flag of Canada for a special request on this date.  A certain someone's birthday!

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

I hope to see you here. 


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Another Charming Thank You Letter

Sometimes when I open my mail I get a lovely surprise such as this letter. We so much appreciate it when our guests take the time out of their very busy lives to share something like this with us. This letter especially was welcomed because it pointed out the terrific service given by a number of our team members!

I hope you enjoy reading my mail!


By the way, if you click on the image it will enlarge it on your computer screen.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yet Another Terrific Thank You Email

From: alsuejoe
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 11:32 AM
To: Laura Abraham
Subject: Logrippo Shower

Hi Laura,

I just wanted to write to tell you how absolutely wonderful everything turned out on Sunday! The room looked beautiful, the food was so delicious and the staff was great! I got so many compliments on how great all the food was! I want to give high praise for the head wait-staff person, Cheryl, who did a unbelieveable job! My husband and I got there pretty early to set up all our things and she was more than accommodating. She was so helpful with anything I asked for and always handled it with a smile! Claire was wonderful as well and handled any little request with ease! All in all, a GREAT day!

Thank you again Laura! You went above and beyond!

Sue Logrippo

p.s. the mini quiches were a nice surprise!! Here is a link to the shower pictures if you would like to see the centerpieces!


(I would highly recommend you look at this page to see the darling cake-centerpieces for this lovely shower. The cake stands were very fanciful, looking like a pair of women's legs peeking out from under a cute skirt, and ending in a darling pair of women's shoes. The cakes were each done differently, each topped with a different women's shoe as well. And the invitation also talks to the "shoe" theme. Check it out!)

I hope to see you here.



Thursday, June 09, 2011

Planning Your Summer Visits to PEM?

Here is the list of activities that are planned at the Peabody Essex Museum for this Summer.  Now you have no excuse for missing anything here at the fabulous PEM.

Saturday, July 9 | 9 am – 3:30 pm | Members $55, nonmembers $65 (includes boxed lunch)
Adult Photography Workshop: Body and Architecture As Storytellers: Self-Portraiture
San Francisco–based artist Airyka Rockefeller begins with an introduction to contemporary, multicultural self-portraits to provide inspiration for making your own images during the second half of the class. The workshop includes a visit to Ropes Mansion to stage your shots, a tour of Swiss artist Marianne Mueller’s FreePort [No. 002] exhibition and a critique of the group’s photographs. Note: Participants must bring a camera and tripod, have a working knowledge of their equipment and be comfortable using self-timer settings. Space is limited, reservations by July 1.

Thursday, July 14 | 10:30 am – 12:15 pm | Families with children ages 3 and up
Family Movie: A Bug’s Life | Reservations by July 11 | See August 23 for another movie.
Create your own bug mask to wear as you watch Flik, a misfit ant, try to save his colony from a greedy gang of grasshoppers. Rated G, 96 minutes.

Sunday, July 17 | 2 – 3 pm | Children ages 5 to 8 with adult | Meet at information desk
Story Trails: Dynamo H2O | Reservations by July 15 | See August 21 for another Story Trails.
Trace the path of water, from mist hovering over ponds to storms growling around mountains as we read Water Dance, by Thomas Locker. Create your own rain gauge.

Thursday, July 21 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm | Adults | Members and Salem residents $8, nonmembers $10
NEW! Summer Party Series Art After Hours: Surrealism | No reservations required | Cash Bar
Visit Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism and explore the hidden realms of the imagination through photography, Surrealist games (interactive human chess) and randomized art. Music by Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys (a “wildly unusual Dada-esque circus carnival run amok”) and a demonstration by a chef from the Blue Ox restaurant in Lynn, Mass. Signature drinks. Enter though Asian Garden on Essex Street. See August 25 for another Art After Hours party
Friday, July 22 | 8 – 10:30 pm | Adults and teens | Members $55, nonmembers $60
Concert: Music at Eden’s Edge 30th Anniversary Gala Performance |Reservations by July 20
Journey, A Seagoing Narrative with Music evokes the era of tall ships, and Listening to the Sea Winds celebrates the poetry of Vincent Ferrini, the late Poet of Gloucester. Black tie optional.

Saturday, July 23 | 1 – 3 pm | All ages | Art Studios
Studio Saturday: Porcelain Plates | See August 27 for another Studio Saturday.
Explore Asian export porcelain and create your own plate design. Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Saturday, July 30 | 10 am – 4 pm | All ages
Weekend Festival: Inspired by Land
Rustic-furniture-making demonstrations, musicians, art activities, outdoor painting workshops and more re-create the mood when artists embraced the natural world on view in Painting the American Vision.
10 am – 4 pm | Atrium
Demonstration: Rustic Furniture Making
Master furniture artisan Barry Gregson, of the Adirondack Rustics Gallery, demonstrates the techniques and tools used to make stools, benches, rocking chairs and more.
10:30 – 11 am | Families with children ages 4 and up
Story Time: Henry Works | Tickets available at admissions desk on day of program
 Follow Henry the bear, modeled after Henry David Thoreau, as he steps outside and decides that it is “the perfect day to walk to work.” Henry, in D.B. Johnson’s Henry Works, makes his way through the landscape until his most important work is revealed!
11 – 11:30 am and 3:30 – 4 pm | Adults & teens | Meet at Painting the American Vision galleries
Concerts: The Course of Empire
Nell Shaw Cohen presents an original piece for string quartet she composed in response to the themes represented in Thomas Cole’s five paintings The Course of Empire.
11 am – noon | Families with children ages 8 and up | Art Studios | Reservations by July 28
Workshops: Watercolor Sketching
Join artist Bill Mitchell and learn how to sketch with watercolors.
11 am – 3 pm | Meet in Armory Park, across from museum entrance
Drop-in Art Activity: Family Painting En Plein Air
Drawing inspiration from nature, drop in to experience watercolor painting in the open air.
Noon -12:40 pm and 3:30–4:10 pm | Adults and teens | Meet at information desk
Tours: Art and Nature with Henry David Thoreau
Explore the paintings of Hudson River School artists with actor Richard Smith as he portrays Henry David Thoreau and shares his thoughts on art, nature and the changing American landscape. Space is limited, reservations by July 28.
Noon – 1:30 pm | Atrium
Demonstration: Pressed-Seaweed Art
Artist Lisabeth Billingsley shows how to create abstract art from pressed seaweeds, a modern interpretation of a 19th-century tradition.
1 – 2 pm | Tickets available at the admissions desk on day of tour
Docent Tour: Painting the American Vision
2 – 2:30 pm | Families with children ages 5 & up  |Tickets available at admissions desk day of
Family Gallery Exploration
Explore Painting the American Vision on this 30-minute adventure designed just for families!

Sunday, July 31 | 10 am – 4 pm | All ages
Weekend Festival: Inspired by Land (See July 30 listing)
10 am – 1 pm | Art Studios | Space is limited; reservations by July 28
Adult Workshop: Create Your Own Pressed-Seaweed Art
Artist Lisabeth Billingsley explains the process of creating seaweed art, then helps you create your own work to take home.
10 am – 4 pm | Atrium
Demonstration: Rustic Furniture Making (See July 30 listing)
11 – 11:30 am | Tickets available at admissions desk on day of program
Story Time: Henry Works (See July 30 listing)
11 am – 3 pm | Meet in Armory Park, across from museum entrance
Drop-in Art Activity: Family Painting En Plein Air (See July 30 listing)
11 am – 1:30 pm | Atrium
Demonstration: Printmaking
Artist and printmaker Bill Mitchell shares his techniques and discusses his inspiration from the American landscape.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Tickets available at admissions desk on day of tour
Docent Tour: Painting the American Vision
Noon – 1 pm and 3 – 4 pm | Atrium
Concerts: Songs from the American Land
Using instruments, homemade folk toys, historical knowledge and humorous stories, Jeff Warner shares musical celebrations of the vast land of mountains, pastures, rivers, lakes and waterfalls on view in Painting the American Vision.
1 – 1:30 pm | Tickets available at admissions desk on day of program
Family Gallery Exploration (See July 30 listing)
1 – 1:40 pm and 3 – 3:40 pm | Meet at information desk | Reservations by July 28
Tours: Art and Nature with Henry David Thoreau (See July 30 listing)
2:30 – 3:30 pm | Bartlett Gallery | Reservations by July 28
Presentation: Artist’s Talk with Bill Mitchell
New Hampshire–based serigraphy artist Bill Mitchell discusses inspirations for his landscapes and how artists featured in Painting the American Vision, such as Thomas Cole, have influenced his work.


Wednesday, August 3 | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Meet at information desk | Members $15
Members-Only Gallery Talk: Painting the American Vision | Space is limited; reservations by July 29
Exhibition curator Sam Scott leads this tour.

Friday, August 5 | Adults | Reservations by August 4
Talk and Walk: Historic Gardens — In Your Own Backyard
11 am presentation, PEM | 1:30 pm tour of Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex St., Salem, Mass.
Garden historian John Forti explains how to source and choose plants, planting patterns, structures and furnishings that bring elements of the past to life. Forti is curator of historic gardens and landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. Made possible by the Ropes Botanical Garden Lecture Fund.

Thursday, August 11 | 7:30 – 9:30 pm | Atrium | Members $55, nonmembers $65
Beer Tasting: A Pint of the Past — Ancient and Historic Beer | Reservations by August 4
Beer has been an integral part of culture since the dawn of civilization. In fact, it traveled along trade routes that brought some of the first objects to the East India Marine Society. Come explore the world of ancient and historic beers through PEM’s unique art collection with George Schwartz, assistant curator for exhibitions and research, and Nate Heck, head brewer at Salem Beer Works. Sample several modern beers based on archaeological evidence or historic recipes, including a British IPA brewed specially for the program by Salem Beer Works. Each beer will be paired with appropriately themed food.

Saturday, August 13 | 9:30 – 11 am | Families with children ages 5 and up | Reservations by August 11
Family Field Walk: Water Wonders
Forest River Conservation Area, Salem, Mass. | Members $8, nonmembers $10, children $6
Join Jane Winchell, curator of Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O, on a water and marsh exploration along the Forest River. Directions sent upon registration.

Sunday, August 21 | 2 – 3 pm | Children ages 5 – 8 with adult | Meet at information desk
Story Trails: Lighthouse Heroes | Reservations by August 19
Listen to the story of two young girls left alone to tend the lighthouse during the War of 1812, in Stephen Krensky’s Sisters of Scituate Light. Design your own lighthouse-lens sun catcher.

Tuesday, August 23 | 10:30 am – noon | Families with children ages 3 and up
Family Movie: Mulan | Bartlett and Copeland galleries | Reservations by August 19
Follow Mulan, a high-spirited Chinese girl who disguises herself as a man and joins the Chinese army. Mushu is the tiny dragon her family hires to discourage her. Make your own dragon to take home. Rated G, 88 minutes.

Thursday, August 25 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm | Adults | Members and Salem residents $8, nonmembers $10
NEW! Summer Party Series: Art After Hours: Liquid Visions | No reservations required | Cash Bar
Explore Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O in the Art & Nature Center and experiment with water in interactive sculpture, decorated papers and Chinese calligraphy among other unexpected uses. Features Andrew Sempere’s Bowl of Oceans sculpture and Susan Fishman and Elena Kalman’s The Wave, an interactive installation in the Asian Garden. Enter through Asian Garden on Essex Street.

Saturday, August 27 | 1 – 3 pm | All ages | Art Studios
Studio Saturday: Korean Screens
Draw inspiration from the screen in the Korean Art Gallery. Then create your own screen using various painting techniques. Made possible by American Dental Partners


Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays | 11:30 am – noon | Families with children ages 5 and up 
Family Tours: Family Gallery Explorations |Tickets available at admissions desk on day of program
These 30-minute gallery adventures are designed just for families. Hands-on activity included.

Select Wednesdays | 10:30 am | Drop-in | 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 and Sundays | 1 – 3 pm | Art & Nature Center | Free with museum admission


Mondays | 5 – 6:15 pm | Phillips Library Auditorium | To register, call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011
July 11, 18, 25 | $30 for the month; $13 drop-in
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | $50 for the month; $13 drop-in


I hope to see you here (and don't forget that we have a terrific package here a the Hawthorne Hotel which includes multiple PEM elements.  Call us for more information:  978-744-4080