Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ August 2 through 7, 2011

This week we are flying Hawaii's flag by special request.  If you have a special request, call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.

Monday , August 1 ~~ Hungary and Hawaii*

Tuesday , August 2 ~~ Iceland and Minnesota

Wednesday , August 3 ~~ India and Mississippi

Thursday , August 4 ~~ Indonesia and Missouri

Friday , August 5 ~~ Iran and Montana

Saturday , August 6 ~~ Iraq and Nebraska

Sunday , August 7 ~~ Ireland and Nevada

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Golfing on the North Shore

(Hanging in the Clubhouse at Cape Ann Golf Course)

This is the signature seventh hole at Cape Ann Golf Course in Essex, Massachusetts.  It presents a challenge no matter which set of tees you play from, as you are hitting to an almost island green, well-trapped in the front, and falling away to salt marshes on three sides.

This course actually has two signature holes, this one, and the fourth hole which is a long par-four with spectacular views of the water and salt marshes of Cape Ann.  

The price to play this wonderfully scenic course is very reasonable, they take advance tee times, and even the ride from Salem is beautiful.  I highly recommend this lovely, historic 9-hole golf course to any golfer visiting the area.  

You can combine a round of golf there with a visit to Essex, which may boast one of the highest number of antique stores per capita than anyplace in Massachusetts, as well as some excellent, casual seafood restaurants.  My favorite, which is only open seasonally, is Farnham's Clam Shack.

I hope you enjoy this visit just a little bit north of Salem.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Historic House Tour at PEM

After all of these years, I finally had the opportunity to go on the tour of the interiors of three of the historic homes owned by the PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) and located only a stone's throw away from the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

The three homes currently available to tour (by ticket, as specified times) are:  John Ward House, 1683; Crowninshield-Bentley House, 1727, and the Gardner-Pingree House, 1805.

Here are some photos, mainly of the interiors, for those of you who might not be able to obtain one of the limited tour tickets:

 Crowninshield-Bentley House Dining Area
 John Ward House Interior
  John Ward House Interior
  John Ward House Interior, Kitchen above and below
  John Ward House Interior
  John Ward House Interior with our very knowledgeable tour guide.
 Crowninshield-Bentley House Exterior
(More information:
 Crowninshield-Bentley House Kitchen, above and below

Crowninshield-Bentley House Parlor

Another link to more information on these historic homes:

I will post more photos in the coming days.

I do highly recommend that you attend one of these tours in person.  Certainly no camera can catch all of the nuances of three historic homes such as these in a little more than an hour.

I hope to see you here (and don't forget that the Hawthorne Hotel does offer a nice package with PEM!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

That's Entertainment! Right in the Neighborhood!!

If you have never attended a production at the North Shore Music Theatre, perhaps this would be the time to begin.  The theater always does a great job with all their productions, and since it is theater-in-the-round every seat is a great seat.  Speaking of seats, their auditorium chairs are extremely comfortable and well-spaced, so you will be very pleased with your environment as well as your entertainment.


Live On Stage - August 16 - 28,
Tickets On Sale Now

BEVERLY, MA: The award-winning North Shore Music Theatre continues its 2011 season with the high-energy dance musical, FOOTLOOSE, opening Tuesday, August 16 – and playing through Sunday, August 28.  Press night is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Footloose is the perfect summer musical. It is packed with high-spirited dancing, eye-popping vintage ‘80s costumes and a score full of the music that defined the ‘80s. It is simply a fun night at the theatre, and we all need that,” says NSMT’s owner and producer, Bill Hanney. “Director Mark Martino and choreographer Vince Pesche have assembled an outstanding cast of talented young performers, and I am especially happy to be welcoming George Dvorsky back to the NSMT stage. As we said in the ‘80s, it’s going to be ‘totally awesome!’”

Inspired by the wildly popular 1984 movie, FOOTLOOSE thrilled Broadway audiences for nearly two years. It’s a story of American spirit — a carefree city kid transplanted to a conservative rural town where rock ’n roll and dancing are forbidden, who takes on the authorities, makes all the right moves, and wins the girl.

FOOTLOOSE, the stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. The musical features all the chart-topping music from the film (“Almost Paradise,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” “Let's Hear It For The Boy,” etc.) mixed with new material written specifically for the stage musical. The score contains music and lyrics by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford, with additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman.

The cast of FOOTLOOSE will be led by John Jeffrey Martin (Broadway’s Hairspray, Rocky Horror Show and Good Vibrations) as Ren McCormack and Chelsea Morgan Stock (Broadway’s The Little Mermaid and Baby Its You!) as Ariel Moore. Also featured will be long time NSMT audience favorite George Dvorsky as Reverend Shaw Moore, Maureen Brennan as Vi Moore, Marci Reid as Ethel McCormack, Stephen Berger as Principal Clark, Matthew Dorsey as Willard, Gwen Hollander as Rusty, Gary Lynch as Uncle Wes/Cowboy Bob, Marissa Rosen as Wendy Joe and Sean Watkins as Chuck Cranston.

The company of FOOTLOOSE also includes Meredith Akins as Tammy, Steven Boyd Baker as Lyle, Garrett Broadwell as Garvin, Andrea Collier as Urlean, Katharine Heaton as Eleanor Dunbar, Erin Mary Henry as Belinda, AJ Hughes as Bickle, Jen Jenkins as Aunt Lulu/Betty Blast, Kara Kimmer as Ruthann, Nathan Thomas Madden as Jeter, Joe Moeller as Travis and Terry Moore as Coach Dunbar.
FOOTLOOSE will be directed by Mark Martino (NSMT’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Chorus Line), with choreography by Vince Pesce. The creative team also includes Musical Director Eric Alsford, Scenic Designer Michael Schweikardt, Costume Designer Jose Rivera, Lighting Designer Chris Chambers, and Sound Designer James McCartney, Production Stage Manager Natalie A. Lynch, Assistant Musical Director James Olmstead and Assistant Stage Manager Maggie Kayes.

Tickets for FOOTLOOSE are priced from $35 - $65. Performances are August 16 – August 28, Tue – Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm.  For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly. 3- Show Trio Packages are available to purchase. FOOTLOOSE is produced in association with The Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA.

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatrepost-show audience discussion with the artists on August 23 after the 7:30 pm performance August 27 after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc. Distilleries and Sparkling Soirées) on August 25 after the 7:30 pm performance.

The 2011 season continues with The King and I (September 27 – October 19), Legally Blonde (November 1 - 13), and concludes with the return of New England’s brightest holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, December 2 –23, starring David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Craig Kent Named Employee of the Month

Today we surprised Craig Kent of our Housekeeping Department with the Part-Time Employee of the Month Award for June.

His supervisor and department head, Megan Campbell, spoke about why she nominated Craig for this honor.  She mentioned that Craig has demonstrated the ability to learn quickly, works very fast and thoroughly, is both a people-pleaser in his attitude, has been able to help out all over the hotel, and that he has shown a maturity uncommon for someone of his age.

You can see how surprised Craig was when we showed up in the lunchroom to give him his award.

He immediately stood up, at attention and stood there, smiling broadly as we talked about his nomination.

If you happen to see Craig around the hotel, please be sure to give him a shout-out about this honor.  I know he will be pleased!

I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New "Painting" Show at PEM

Today I was privileged to be able to preview the newest exhibit at PEM, entitled "Painting the American Vision" which is simply yet another amazing show.

I especially love the guided tours of these exhibits given by the curators, in this case Sam Scott.  I learn so much, take furious notes, hoping to convey to you, fair blog reader, all I have learned, rush back to the hotel, get to my computer and become mute for the right words to really tell the story as eloquently as he does.

So the best I can do is to share with you my interpretation of what he said, a sort of "Juli Notes" version that will hardly do the subject justice, but I hope it will help you understand a little bit more of this subject than you knew before you read this post.

The American painters at the time were schooled in the European style, were craving recognition and attention, and while painting in the European style, began to paint in a fresh newness our young and relatively untouched landscape.  Over time they really did develop their own style, which has become known as the "Hudson River School".  To me it seemed the defining and unifying issues were a passion for "nature", the importance of preserving natural sites for future generations, a depth of field that brings the viewer's eye from the detail in the foreground to the far-away vista and a dedication to making the viewer really care about the land they were viewing.

I have included some images, generously provided by the wonderful staff at PEM, but honestly, images such as these really need to be seen to be appreciated.  There is nothing like seeing grand paintings in the wonderful light-filled galleries of the new wing of PEM to really appreciate them.

Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) Donner Lake from the Summit, 1873
Oil on canvas, 72 1/8 x 120 3/16 in. (183.2 x 305.3 cm)
Gift of Archer Milton Huntington, 1909.16
Courtesy of The New-York Historical Society

The Solitary Oak, 1844
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm)
Gift of The New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1858.75
Courtesy of The New-York Historical Society

Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) Sunset, Lake George, New York, 1867
Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 44 in. (61.6 x 111.8 cm)
Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-126
Courtesy of The New-York Historical Society

Shrewsbury River, New Jersey, 1859
Oil on canvas, 18 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (47 x 77.5 cm)
Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-229
Courtesy of The New-York Historical Society

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) Catskill Creek, N.Y., 1845
Oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 36 in. (67.3 x 91.4 cm)
Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-157
Courtesy of The New-York Historical Society

I hope you will make plans to get here soon, for I predict that this show will become wildly popular, very quickly.  The sooner you come, the more likely you will have plenty of time to really relax and take in the powerful beauty of each piece.

Remember that we do always offer a PEM package here at the Hawthorne Hotel which includes passes to the museum, as well as a gift certificate to use in their outstanding gift shop.

I hope to see you here soon.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Morning Smiles

At the Hawthorne Hotel we work especially hard on the weekends, so when something like the following letter turns up on a Monday in my in-box, it certainly makes me smile.

I thought you might enjoy seeing it too. To enlarge it, just click on it.

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I hope we can make some magic happen for you as well, here at the Hawthorne Hotel.


P.S. Lindsay Otis is our Catering Sales Manager who handles weddings and other special events, both at the Peabody Essex Museum, and here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ July 25 through 31, 2011

Here is this week's flag lineup.  The flag of Japan is being flown by special request to honor a group staying with us in the hotel.

Monday , July 25 ~~ Japan* and Kentucky

Tuesday , July 26 ~~ Grenada and Louisiana

Wednesday , July 27 ~~ Guatemala and Maine

Thursday , July 28 ~~ Guinea and Maryland

Friday , July 29 ~~ Guinea-Bissau and Massachusetts

Saturday , July 30 ~~ Guyana and Michigan

Sunday , July 31 ~~ Haiti and Micronesia

* denotes special request(s)


Saturday, July 23, 2011

On-Line Reviews and How to Complain To, and Compliment a Business

If you are like me, whenever I travel to a new destination I always use on-line reviews to help in determining where to stay and where to eat while we are there.  There are several sites we use, such as and, and

For as many times as I use those resources, I find myself with many good intentions to write reviews of the places we go, but seldom do.  What about you?  Do you do the same?

At the Hawthorne Hotel we love hearing from our guests about their experience in our Hotel, and our Restaurants.  We especially love it when the "hearing" is through a glowing on-line review.  More importantly , we really do appreciate it when, if something goes wrong, that the guest will let us know (in person, by phone or even an email) as soon as possible so we can work hard to make their visit more pleasant RIGHT AWAY!

Yet, sometimes when I talk to people about this issue, they will say "Oh, we don't like to complain!"  Of course, you all know that many of those same people who won't complain to the business are the first people to go out and tell 11 of their best friends and closest relatives all about the not-so-good experience.

Or even worse, they will go home and write a horrible review in an on-line service, never having given the hotel or restaurant the opportunity to make things right.  And yes, I fully understand that things should be "right" from the beginning, each and every time we provide service to you, but the fact is that sometimes things just don't go right! 

Which is why I am writing this blogpost.  I am hoping that by letting you, fair blog/Facebook/Twitter reader know about this situation, you will be more forthcoming, both in writing reviews and in letting the hotel or restaurant you are patronizing know if something doesn't go just right, while they have the ability to do something about it.  If the business truly cares about you as a customer, they will be appreciative of the time you take to do either, and will be responsive.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you have been a guest of our hotel or restaurants, or even attended a banquet at our hotel, we would love to hear from you.  My email address is

I hope to hear from you!


Friday, July 22, 2011

So Much to Do in Salem This Weekend, Newer Version with More!

Besides coming to the Hawthorne Hotel on Sunday to enjoy our delicious (and may I say SERVED) Sunday Jazz Brunch, here are some more things to do in our fair city this weekend:

Today, Friday July 22, is FREE day at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM).  For more information go to and admission is free to everyone, not just Salem residents.

Late-breaking new addition to this blog post from Destination Salem's blog post: sixth annual Hearth & Field Day at the Witch House, featuring Colonel Bailey's 2nd Massachusetts Regiment reenactment group, is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, July 23rd.

This is an great opportunity to interact with 18th century reenactors who will be demonstrating weaving, cooking, sewing and other household tasks from the 1700s. There will be a mess tent set up on the front yard where the women (presumably!) will be preparing a meal, and the men (again, I'm presuming a gender-based division of tasks!) will discuss the militia and weaponry of the time.

Each year the group brings different reenactors, providing a new focus and different experience for visitors, and new insight into the life of 18th-century colonial life.

At 12:45 PM the Regiment will march from the Witch House to Derby Wharf, via Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, for a musket firing demonstration at 1:00 PM. & Field Day is free to the public.
Saturday, July 23, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Guided tours of the 17th-century Witch House are available for $10.25 ($8.25 for seniors, $6.25 for children 7-14). Self-guided tours are $8.25. The Witch House is the only structure in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials open to the public today. It was the home of Judge Jonathon Corwin, a magistrate during the trials. Self-guided tours cost $8.25

For more information call The Witch House at 978-744-8815.

The Salem CultureFest is happening on both Saturday and Sunday, on the Common.  Included in the CultureFest is an ethical "e-waste" recycling event, to benefit the sponsoring organization that puts on CultureFest each year, and that will be noon to 4 pm.  For more information, including the schedule of entertainment, click on this link:

On Sunday there will be an event here in the Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel where you can have fun, learn a new skill and donate money to a good cause at the same time.  Here is the link to that event, for which all the necessary components (including the use of our Grand Ballroom) were donated in order to make sure every dollar spend will go to fighting cancer.  For more information:

Last but not least:

Fundraiser aboard the Friendship Join Historic Salem, Inc. aboard the Friendship of Salem on Sunday, July 24, 6:30-9 p.m., for its annual summer fundraiser, called Summer Sipping. Cost: $50 for members of Historic Salem, Inc. and $65 for non-members. Tickets purchased on the day of the event cost $65. Advance tickets are suggested, as this event typically sells out. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 978-745-0799, or by visiting the HSI at 9 North St. The Friendship will be dockside. Attendees can sip a selection of wines, sample cuisine from Salem’s finest purveyors and bid at the silent auction, which will feature a selection of prizes from local hotels, restaurants, cultural attractions and retailers. HSI thanks the National Park Service for their help with this event. Donations of prizes and food were provided by businesses, individuals and organizations. The event is handicapped accessible but prior notice is requested to best fulfill the attendees’ needs. Soft-soled footwear is required by the NPS. For information, call 978-745-0799 or e-mail

I hope to see you here, or at one of these events!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Cool Activity to Help You Beat the Heat

As you know if you've driven through Dunkin Donuts recently, Captain America: The First Avenger is opening this Friday. In a summer filled with superhero movie adaptations, this seems to be the one with the most buzz, especially about whether or not the movie does have a surprise ending after the credits. Apparently the official version shown to the press did not have the ending, but later public sneak peaks did. Whatever they send us, we'll play it in our cool theaters in affordable and comfortable 2D, starting Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:50), (4:30), 7:15 and 10:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:15 AM), (1:50), (4:30) and 7:15.

Stake Land is a movie that Roger Ebert loves: "Director Jim Mickle, who co-wrote the film with his star Nick Damici, has crafted a good-looking, well-played and atmospheric apocalyptic vision." The San Francisco Chronicle agrees wholeheartedly: "Stake Land bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters."
Stake Land will grace our Screening Room Friday and Saturday at (12:15), (2:45), (5:15), 7:30 and 9:50; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:15), (2:45), (5:15) and 7:30.

I thoroughly enjoyed last Thursday's midnight premiere of Harry Potter 7B: enjoyed the film, enjoyed shooting the breeze with lots of dyed-in-the-wool Potter-lovers like myself (books and films), enjoyed leaving the theater with a sense of resolution, exhaustion, and gratitude. I'm planning to see it at least once more while it's in theaters in order to catch some of the nuance I might have missed the first time -- at 1:45 am, or so.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 3D will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:30), (3:45), 6:45 and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:30), (3:45) and 6:45.

Finally, Woody Allen's marvelous Midnight in Paris returns for another beguiling week starting Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (4:45), 7:00 and 9:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:30), (4:45) and 7:00.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!


I hope to see you here, or there!

The air conditioning is working perfectly at CinemaSalem, just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel.

Now Playing: Captain America: The First Avenger (PG13); Stake Land (R); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 3D (PG13); and Midnight in Paris (PG13)!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Northshore Magazine Announces This Year's Winners

And for Best Hotel they said:

For out-of-towners or locals who just want a night “away,” the historic HAWTHORNE HOTEL is the ultimate retreat. Centrally located in downtown Salem, this stunning hotel puts you steps away from the best shops, restaurants, and activities that Salem has to offer.

With two on-site restaurants, you won’t even have to step outside to enjoy to enjoy fine New England dining. Whether your calling is for upscale Nathaniel’s fresh and inventive cuisine or for a beer, burger and ball game at The Tavern, The Hawthorne covers all the bases when it comes to quality, service, and hospitality.

18 Washington Sq., Salem, 978-744-4080,

Given this award is for the entire North Shore Region, and not only Salem, we are most sincerely flattered.

Thanks to everyone who provided any input on this prestigious award!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chef Jennifer's Television Premier on Hell's Kitchen

On Monday night, we hosted a premier party for Chef Jennifer's debut on the television show, Hell's Kitchen. Here are some photos of the event.

We all cheered whenever she appeared, and were relieved at the end when she and the whole women's team was left as continuing candidates.

Way to go, Jennifer!!  We will be watching again tonight at 8 p.m. to see Part !! of your debut.  Keeping fingers crossed for your success.
Signing autographs.
Food served were favorites of Jennifer, or had some special meaning to her.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the spread.
Jennifer's Hawthorne Hotel mentor, Executive Chef Steve Nelson, with Chef Jennifer
The crowd settles in to watch the show.
Kristie got her autograph, which now graces the wall of her office.
I asked the Team Members (l to r:  Steve Nelson, Ken O'Keefe, Clarie Kallelis, Karen Cotton and Maria McLeod) who were present to "strike the pose" and they did.  Unfortunately I only had my iPhone handy at the time and this photo did not come out as well as I would have liked.  But it is still too much fun to leave behind.

I hope you enjoy seeing some tidbits of the party last night.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Tarzan Comes to the North Shore Music Theater

Audiences of all ages will marvel as the jungle comes to life when North Shore Music Theatre presents TARZAN, the musical based on the popular 1999 Disney film and beloved story by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 

This classic tale unfolds in early 1900’s as a shipwreck leaves an infant orphaned on the West African shore. The helpless baby is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human, Jane Porter, both of their worlds transform forever.

TARZAN features the songs from Disney's film as well as many new songs written specifically for the Broadway production. 

The show's Grammy Award-winning musical score, written by singer/songwriter Phil Collins, sets the jungle beat for this high flying musical, making this the “must see" show of the summer in 2011.


Show us your tickets and get 10% off dinner in Nathaniel's the night of your performance or the day afterwards.

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ July 18 through 24, 2011

Monday , July 18 ~~ Finland and Guam

Tuesday , July 19 ~~ Gabon and Hawaii

Wednesday , July 20 ~~ Gambia and Idaho

Thursday , July 21 ~~ Georgia and Illinois

Friday , July 22 ~~ Germany and Indiana

Saturday , July 23 ~~ Ghana and Iowa

Sunday , July 24 ~~ Greece and Kansas

No special requests for this week.

I hope to see you here, especially tomorrow night, Monday July 18 for Chef Jennifer Normant's Hell's Kitchen preview party in the Ballroom, 6:30 pm. 


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Salem Common, Part Two

The Gazebo is a favorite spot for wedding, prom, engagement and other types of photos.

Lots of dappled shade makes the park a pleasure no matter the temperatures during the summer.

Taking a Segway break in the shade.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

I hope to see you here.


Salem Common, City Park Extraordinaire

The Salem Common is a huge city park, located just next door to the Hawthorne Hotel.  It is used for a myriad of purposes, from weddings, to photos, to playing games, walking the dog, having picnics, shooting hoops, and yes, playing on the playground that was just installed last year.

I'm posting this in two blogs, so be sure to check out the other post for more photos.

I hope to see you here.


Friday, July 15, 2011

A New Package at the Hawthorne Hotel

Explore Salem Package

This package is a great opportunity to see Salem the way it's meant to be seen, and do it at a great value price as well!

   House of the Seven Gables, with Gardens
Package includes:

  • overnight accommodations for two 
  • breakfast for two, 
  • two entrees for the price of one in Nathaniel's (reservations are recommended),
  • Tickets to TWO of the following museums: Peabody Essex Museum, House of Seven Gables, Witch Museum, Witch History Museum, Witch Dungeon and Pirate Museum**

**During November and December, please choose ONE museum out of the following: Peabody Essex Museum, House of Seven Gables, Witch Museum

July 4--July 31--$215 plus tax (for 2 people)
August 1--September 29--$235 plus tax (for 2 people)
November 2--December 30--$201 plus tax (for 2 people)

Not valid during the month of October or on December 31.

To make reservations, you can go to our own reservation site:

I hope to see you here.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Unique Groom's Cake

For the longest time Groom's Cakes were out of fashion.  However, in the past couple of years we have noticed they are returning, and being used to showcase a special personality of the groom.  This one was obvious!

I apologize for the poor quality of my photos in advance.  I was not at the top of my game this evening.  But you get the idea.  I especially loved the strap made of fondant, and really made to look like a woven guitar strap.

I hope you enjoy this peek at another aspect of weddings at the Hawthorne Hotel.