Friday, September 30, 2011

The Way We Were

This is an historic photo, taken from the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. The building with the bad roof in the lower left corner was the Crowninshield-Bentley House which is now located across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel, and the synagogue that you see is no longer in existence. The house that is on the center, left side is the guest house that we run as part of the Hawthorne Hotel. Right now it is called the Suzannah Flint House, but we will be changing the name of it to something more historically accurate later this year.

The street running through the photo is Essex Street, which used to have a streetcar running on it.

I hope you enjoy this look back in time, thanks to Nelson Dionne, who provided us with the image.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Salem Museum in Salem

Today I went to the official opening of the new Salem Museum located in Old Town Hall in downtown Salem.

Meet Mary-Ellen Smiley the Curator of the museum, and David Goss of the history department at Gordon College, the creator of the museum.

The panels in the museum help us know more about the real history of Salem, a story that had not really been available in one place like this before.

The museum is open noon to 5 daily. Thursdays until 7 pm. May through October.

Admission to the museum is free although a suggested donation can be left for them.

Their website is

I hope to see you here or there


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Things I Do For the Hawthorne Hotel

So it is official -- we are now the downtown hub for Salem Spins.  This is the City of Salem's program, paid for by an energy grant, and supported by the Hawthorne Hotel.  We are the issuing site in downtown.

Here I am, proving that once you can ride a bike, you can always get back on and ride again!

Juli Lederhaus, GM of the Hawthorne Hotel and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, City of Salem

Mayor Kim can also ride!

The ribbon cutting!

If you want to borrow one of these bikes, here are some key points you will need to know:

You must be 18 or older, with proper photo ID.
You must present a valid credit card (not debit card).
You will need to fill out some paperwork at the hotel front desk.
Hours the bikes are available are 8 am to 4:30 pm.  All bikes must be back in the rack by 4:30 pm each day -- no overnight rentals are allowed.
There is no charge!  How great is that -- FREE!!

I hope to see you here.  Or out on one of our Salem Spins bicycles.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Events for Families

New Events for Families at Salem Haunted Happenings

Kids of all ages will find tricks and treats!

Here is a news release from Destination Salem regarding Haunted Happenings here in Salem:


Salem, MA. . . The 30th Annual Haunted Happenings celebration in Salem, Massachusetts promises extra tricks and treats for kids of all ages. New and returning events will entertain with magic, games, rides, and costumed fun throughout the month of October.  

Family favorites including the Grand Parade on October 6, Salem Halloween Children's Day on October 15, and the Stop by for a Spell Children's Costume Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel on October 23 are all returning, providing family-fun for every budget.  The carnival on Derby Street is also returning, providing chills, thrills, and games for all ages.

Get your snuggly blanket ready for the return of the Haunted Movie Series, presented by Radio 92.9, on Salem Common.  Four family-friendly features will be shown under the stars: Monsters, Inc. (Oct. 8), Casper (Oct. 15), Hocus Pocus (Oct. 22), and Beetlejuice (Oct. 29).  There is no better place to watch Hocus Pocus than on Salem Common, where segments of the movie were filmed.  

Family Fun Days will come to Salem Common on October 22-23 and 29-30, featuring games, contests and entertainment.  A portion of the proceeds from Family Fun Days will benefit local non-profit organizations, including Salem Main Streets and the Salem Common Association.

Children with magical tendencies will want to check out Wizardly Wonders at the Witches Cottage, where a friendly wizard will lead the audience in the basics of magic. 
Each child who attends the Wizardly Wonders show receives a free glow ring.  If your child has additional magical needs, visit Remember Salem for a complete selection of Harry Potter memorabilia and magical supplies.

Salem also features several haunted houses, attractions, and tours that are perfect entertainment for tweens and teens.  Visit for program, attraction and event information.

Family-friendly events planned during this year's Salem Haunted Happenings include:
  • Surreal and Absurd Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum, October 1 & 2
  • Wizardly Wonders at the Griffen Theatre, Saturdays at 10am, Sundays at 11am
  • Haunted Movie Series on Salem Common presented by Radio 92.9, October 8, 15, 22, 29
  • The Carnival on Derby Street, October 14-31, Monday - Friday 3-10pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Halloween 12-10pm
  • Pumpkin Festival, Hay Bale Maze and Food Court on Salem Common, Daily, Oct 14 - 31
  • Witch City Cruise & Glow Car Show on Essex Street, October 14, 6-8:30pm
  • Sea Shanties on Derby Wharf, Saturday, October 15, 11am-1pm
  • Salem Halloween Children's Day, Salem Common, Saturday Oct 15, 11am - 5pm
  • Sea Shanties - Derby Wharf, Saturday, Oct 15, 11am-1pm
  • Salem Common Family Fun Days, Oct 22-23, 29-30, 11am-5pm
  • Stop By for a Spell Children's Costume Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel, Sunday Oct 23, 11am-2pm
  • Trick or Treat at Pioneer Village, Saturday, October 29, Sunday, October 30, Halloween, 2-5pm
  • Tricks, Treats & Treasures at the Phillips House, Monday October 31, 5:30pm-7:30pm
For complete information on Salem Haunted Happenings - for all ages - visit  Free printed guides are available throughout Salem and the region, and they can be requested via mail by contacting Destination Salem at (978) 744-3663 or

Monday, September 26, 2011

Salem Spins Bicycles Are Here

Salem Spins is a new program created by the City of Salem as one of our "green" initiatives, and the Hawthorne Hotel is proud to be a sponsor of this program.

The bicycles arrived today, and are ready to be checked out.  The cost is "free" which can't be beat, but you do need a few things in order to check them out.  You need to be at least 18 years old, have proper identification, and a valid credit card (not debit card.)

These are brand new bikes, and they look really easy to use.  I plan to take one out for a spin myself!

The use is limited to the hours between 8 am and 4:30 pm daily, and bikes may not be kept overnight.  They are available on a first-come basis.

In a few weeks there will be a concrete pad installed under the bicycle rack, and next year there will be a shelter for them, but the City was so enthusiastic to get this program going that they decided to launch the initiative before all the final niceties were in place.

So, if you want to check out a bike, just take a look at the rack, select the number you want based on the seat height you think would be appropriate, and come on in to the front desk of the Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope to see you here.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel Flags of the Week ~~ September 26 through October 2, 2011

Monday , September 26 Nauru and Indiana
Tuesday , September 27 Nepal and Iowa
Wednesday , September 28 Netherlands and Kansas
Thursday , September 29 New Zealand and Rainbow*
Friday , September 30 Nicaragua and Kentucky
Saturday , October 1 Niger and Louisiana
Sunday , October 2 ~~ Nigeria and Maine

The Rainbow Flag is being flown by special request this week.  All other flags are being flown in alphabetical order -- the flags of the UN and the flags of the USA's states, territories and protectorates.

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

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chocolate Candy Corn Cocktail

Meet Caroline Forrester who won the contest on our FaceBook page when we introduced our current Cocktail of the Week, the Chocolate Candy Corn Cocktail.  Her prize was an invitation to have one of these cocktails with the General Manager of the historic Hawthorne Hotel in our Tavern.  She is a big fan of candy corn, so this was an especially appealing contest to her.  When we met in the Tavern last night she said that she never wins anything so she was especially excited to be selected in this one!

I enjoyed getting to know Caroline who I learned is the editor of Northshore Life Magazine.  We had an enjoyable meeting over a yummy drink.

The Chocolate Candy Corn Cocktail:  Chocolate liqueur, cinnamon schnapps and Bailey's Irish Cream.

If you are not already a "fan" of the Hawthorne Hotel on our FaceBook fan page, we would love to have you add us.  In this way you will be able to join in the fun and games that we do for our friends and followers there.

I hope to see you here, or there.


Friday, September 23, 2011

"Shower"-ing Us With Thanks

Earlier this week we received this lovely thank you email, which we thought you might enjoy reading too:

Hello Christine,
Just wanted to tell you how pleased I was with the outcome of the baby shower. Your staff was outstanding, from the minute we arrived loaded down with gifts and cake, they were super. The food was excellent and displayed nicely. Everything went smooth and we were able to enjoy our friends and family in the celebration. Peter Barter's flower were beautiful. A good time was enjoyed by all. Now, we just wait for "Chloe Ann" to arrive. 
Many thanks,
Phyllis B.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Historic Hotels of America and the Hawthorne Hotel

This week our Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing, Thomas MacDonald, attended an Historic Hotels of America trade show on behalf of the Hawthorne Hotel out in San Francisco.  Here is a video of an interview that he was part of out there.

The video helps to explain a little bit more about Historic Hotels of America, as well as some of the unique things about four of the member properties, including the Hawthorne Hotel.  You should note that the tour of the Salem Marine Society that Thomas speaks of  is very limited in availability, to only the guests who buy our "History and the Hawthorne" package through the HHA website, and is not available for booking directly through the Hawthorne Hotel.

Here is a link to our page of the HHA website:

I hope to see you here.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Halloween Is Just Around the Corner

So when our Halloween Ball Tickets arrived, I decided to get out my Halloween office decor to take a photo with the tickets.  Saturday Fright Fever, here we come!

Now, if you want to buy tickets from us directly, rather than over the Internet through you can call us or come on in to get them. They are $90 each, and you must be 21+ with proper ID at the door in order to come to our annual Halloween Ball.  If you wish to purchase them by phone, or want more information, call us at 978-744-4080. 

If you have never been to a Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Ball, you need to come at least once -- this is something that should be on everyone's "bucket list" to do.

I hope to see you here, in #SalemMa, on Saturday October 29, 2011!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Updates and Things To Do in Salem and Essex County

1.  Due to the death of a dear friend and long-time customer of the Hawthorne Hotel, Norma Clark, we will be flying different flags than previously noted this Wednesday.  In her honor, we will fly the flags of Massachusetts and the United States of America.

2.  There will be an interesting, open-to-the-public event here at the Hawthorne Hotel sponsored by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.  It will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday September 21, and is called:  Know thy Neighbors: Notable Salem Common Residents of Yesteryear, and is a lecture by local historian Jim McAllister. Tickets are $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the SCNA’s 2012 concerts of the Common.  

3.  If you don't already know about ArtThrob, consider yourself informed.  This is a terrific local magazine produced by people who are passionate about the arts, right here in Salem.  The focus is local, and therefore this is an excellent way to both know more about cultural and other events taking place in Salem, as well as reading some first-rate journalism and seeing some terrific art and photography.  To subscribe on line, go to and you will have this excellent piece delivered right to your e-mail box on a monthly basis, as well as receiving weekly updates.

4.  There will be a Community Yard Sale on the Common next Saturday, September 24th starting at 9:00 am.  This is also sponsored by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.

5.  Don't forget that this upcoming weekend is the second and final "Trails and Sails" weekend sponsored by the Essex National Heritage Area.  Here is a link: to a wealth of FREE events taking place in Salem and in Essex County.

I hope to see you here, or somewhere in Salem, soon!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Our Second Eagle Has Been Restored

Here you see Michael Millman, from Millman Signs of Hudson, MA, pointing to his handiwork.  He just finished restoring the eagle on the side of the Hawthorne Hotel this week.  This was a job that took a number of trips out here to Salem, to clean, and restore the eagle, and add gold leaf to it, as well as to give the eagle something to hold in its talons (a pineapple, symbol of hospitality) because this eagle is so firmly attached to the brick wall that there is no taking it down.

We are very appreciative of his dedication to his craft, and the passion he brought us in doing this project.

I hope you enjoy seeing this newly improved detail on the exterior of the historic Hawthorne Hotel.


P.S. Here is a link to help you get in touch with Millman Signs:

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ September 19 through 25, 2011

This week we have the largest number of special requests that I can remember in the six and one-half years that I have been writing this blog.  I hope you enjoy knowing a little bit about what is going on in our historic Hawthorne Hotel.

Monday , September 19 France* and Hawaii
Tuesday , September 20 Mozambique and Idaho
Wednesday , September 21 United States* and Massachusetts* (revised September 20)
Thursday , September 22 Namibia and Queens University*
Friday , September 23 Nigeria* and Belgium*
Saturday , September 24 Canada* and Bermuda*
Sunday , September 25 ~~ Nauru and Indiana * denotes special request(s)

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

We hope to see you here.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stolen With Permission

This interesting blog post was written by Kate Fox at Destination Salem.  She was happy for me to share it, so here you are. If you have an interest in the Salem Witch Trials, this is really for you.

Salem Witch Trials Lecture by scholar Marilynne Roach

The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice and the City of Salem Witch House will host a lecture/presentation titled Reflection on and Learning from the Lessons of 1692 at Old Town Hall, Salem, MA, on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Click here to register.

Leading scholar Marilynne Roach, author of The Salem Witch Trials, a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, will illuminate the events leading to the final day of executions during the Salem witch hysteria of 1692. She will focus on the eight individuals who lost their lives on that fateful morning, September 22, 1692, on Gallows Hill. Ms. Roach's talk will help fill in historical gaps and reflect on who these victims were.

Alison D'Amario, former Director of Education for the Salem Witch Museum, will share the story of the concept and mission behind the Salem Witch Trial Memorial. How and why did this Memorial come to be in 1992?

Tickets are available at for $10.00 (students/senior citizens $5.00). Please call 978-744-8815 for more information.

For more information on the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice, visit

I hope to see you here.



Friday, September 16, 2011

Haunted Happenings Parade

The annual Haunted Happenings Parade, scheduled for Thursday, October 6 now has a theme -- "Honoring Those Who Serve."  I thought you might like to know.


So Much To Do In Salem AGAIN -and- an Opportunity to See Our Rooftop Treasure

There is so very much going on in Salem right now.  Layered on top of everything else is the 10th year of Trails and Sails, a program of the Essex Heritage organization.  Here is a link to learn more about all of these FREE events happening both this weekend and next:

One of the events will be right here at the Hawthorne Hotel, tomorrow, Saturday September 17.  It is a tour of the Salem Marine Society, an area normally off limits to anyone who is not a member of the Society.  So if you have always wanted to see our "rooftop treasure" this is your opportunity.

Please understand that we can only allow 18 people per tour, and there will be three tours on Saturday afternoon, at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm.  We will be taking sign-ups at the front desk beginning Saturday morning at 8 am.  Once the tours are filled, we will not be doing this again until next year, so don't miss this opportunity.

I hope to see you here.



A Very Unusual Theater, and a Free Screening

We are so fortunate, those of us who live in #SalemMA and the surrounding communities, to have so many wonderful, unique ventures within our midst.  One of those entities is CinemaSalem.  Besides having the very best movie popcorn ever (with REAL butter), Fresca, and an excellent selection of teas to enjoy, they offer the lowest prices around on first-run/terrific mainstream films  But even more than that are the special films that they show.

Their newsletter which is copied here for you mentions two of those films; "A Good Death" and "The True 1692".  For more information you can always go to their (wonderful) website,

Here's an advance alert about a special screening we'll be holding at CinemaSalem on Sunday, November 20, at 3 pm, a film that's close to my heart.

Many of you may have known or heard about Howie Rich, a Danvers school teacher and a popular figure around the North Shore. He was also the pastor of the church I attend. When he received a diagnosis of brain cancer a couple years ago, he and his family chose to make a response to the disease that proved to be courageous and inspiring, and a pretty interesting and entertaining story. It's tragic, of course, but also exceptionally human, funny, and ultimately hopeful.

At some point early in Howie's journey with brain cancer, I thought that it might be valuable to periodically interview him, his family, his doctor, and his friends to chronicle the challenges and benefits of confronting a terminal diagnosis the same way Howie had confronted life: with a clear eye toward the realities, but responding with faith and hope, and in the comforting company of friends.
The result of these many interviews over time is a film called A Good Death, which we'll be screening on November 20. We won't be charging admission for the film, but we'll encourage people to think about making a donation to support the brain cancer research being conducted by Howie's doctor, Dr. Eric Wong, who's on the faculty at Harvard and practices medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

So consider yourself invited to this special screening. We'll remind you a few more times between now and the show. And now, on to this week's films!

Now Playing: The Tree (NR); Contagion (PG13); The Debt (R); and The Help (PG13)!
Many people supported CinemaSalem and the richness of their own imaginative and cultural life by attending movies at the theater this past week. When that happens, we hold over our film slate for another week, so we're showing three awesome movies again, and bringing in a new flick in the Screening Room.
The consensus 2011 Top Ten film The Help will screen on Friday at (4:00), 7:00 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:30), (4:00), 7:00 and 10:00; Sunday at (12:30), (4:00) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 7:00.

Steven Soderbergh's  riveting Contagion will play at CinemaSalem starting Friday at (4:50), 7:30 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (4:50), 7:30 and 9:50; Sunday at(12:00), (2:30), (4:50) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:50) and 7:30.

The third of our super popular movies, The Debt , will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:40 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:40; Sunday a (11:40 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:15.

The new film making its CinemaSalem debut this week is The Tree (no longer confused with Tree of Life). The Tree is a favorite of the world's film critics: Radio Times (Australia): "Combining simple family drama with hints of understated magical realism, the feature sees grief-stricken mum of four Charlotte Gainsbourg struggling to get her life back on track following her husband's sudden death." East Bay Express: "By now it should be obvious that Gainsbourg is one of international cinema's most versatile portrayers of characters, as well as one of its most adventurous." St. Louis Post Dispatch: "The Tree might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing performance."

The Tree will screen on Friday at (5:00), 7:20 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:15), (2:15), (5:00), 7:20 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:15), (2:15), (5:00) and 7:20; and Monday-Friday at (5:00) and 7:20.

One final note: tickets are already selling for The True 1692, our original 3D film about the Salem Witch Trials which will premiere at CinemaSalem on September 30!

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!


I hope to see you here, or there!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Only You Can Make This Work

There are two things that many people absolutely hate to do, and in which I believe very strongly, because without them both, our society would not be a very good place.  They both create interuptions in our normal life, but they are both very important.  Both are things only one human can do for another human.

One of them is the jury system, and the other is donating blood.  Think about it -- without a voluntary source of human blood, we would have to rely on the people who want to sell theirs -- not a very savory thought.

Now, you cannot easily volunteer to do jury duty, but you can easily volunteer to give blood.  And here at the Hawthorne Hotel we are making it even easier for you.  On Monday September 19 we are hosting a Red Cross Community Blood Drive right here in the Ballroom of the Hotel.  It is from 2 pm to 7 pm, to make it easy for you to stop by after work.

So while this is not glamourous or necessarily fun, it is important, and we hope to see you here.

Monday September 19, 2011
Ballroom, Hawthorne Hotel
2 pm to 7 pm

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Another Historic Post Card For Our Collection

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The Hawthorne Hotel has a good friend and neighbor, Michael Coleman, who loves to collect historic information about Salem, and he is always on the hunt for things "Hawthorne Hotel" as well.  He recently sent me these images of the hotel which are so fun to see.  

As you can see there was a building to the rear of the hotel.  This was the Now and Then Club, a local social club that was very popular for a number of years.  At some point the club was torn down to make way for a parking lot for the hotel.

In reading the postcard back, it appears that the person who wrote it used it as a kind of journal, never meaning to send it to anyone.  The interesting statement about "no charge for our rooms" causes much speculation about why.  Of course we would love to know the answer, but will likely never learn it.

I hope you enjoy seeing this little slice of our history.



Monday, September 12, 2011

Our Operations Team Make Us Shine

Many times the people who make things happen are not recognized as much as they should be.  One of the members of our team at the Hawthorne Hotel who really makes it happen for the hotel is Claire Kallelis.  She is our Director of Food and Beverage, and also carries the title of Assistant General Manager.  When I am not at the hotel she is the senior member of our team.  She runs the department that produces everything that you eat or drink at the hotel, including Dining Services, the Kitchens, and Banquets, as well as our off-site division, Salem Hospitality Group which runs the food and beverage service at the Peabody Essex Museum.

I recently received a copy of the thank you note that you see here.  Claire is a working manager who often runs the events herself.  She is phenomenal in all her roles, especially running weddings, as you can see.

If you need to make this larger to see it more clearly, just click on it.

Thanks, Claire, for all that you do for us all!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ September 12 through 18, 2011

Here is the list of flags that will appear on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel.  We fly the flag of the USA on the roof, and out of respect to world peace, we fly the flags of the countries of the U.N. and the flags of the other states and territories/protectorates of the USA alphabetically on the front of the hotel, changing them overnight.

We do accept special requests, so if you have your own requests, please call us at 987-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.

Monday , September 12 ~~ Mauritius and Colorado
Tuesday , September 13 ~~ Mexico and Connecticut
Wednesday , September 14 ~~ Micronesia and Delaware
Thursday , September 15 ~~ Monaco and District of Columbia
Friday , September 16 ~~ Mongolia and Florida
Saturday , September 17 ~~ Montenegro and Georgia
Sunday , September 18 ~~ Morocco and Guam

By the way, we did change today's flags, from what we posted last week.  We are flying the flags of Washington DC and New York, in remembrance of the events of 10 years ago.


#SalemMA #911

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Do You Love a Good Yard Sale?

The Salem Common is our downtown "yard" and about once each year the Salem Common Neighborhood Association hosts a gigantic yard sale on our Common. Here is their poster. I hope you will print this out and share it with everyone you know, or repost it on your FaceBook page, or reTweet it or whatever you do to share news like this. It is always a great event

!I hope to see you here or there.


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Friday, September 09, 2011

Hawthorne Hotel's Part-Time Employee of the Month for August

Today we surprised Juana Valdez De Vittini as she was getting ready to enjoy her employee lunch in our breakroom with her colleagues from the Housekeeping Department.  As you can see, she was quite surprised to be honored, and her fellow workers were very happy for her.

During the presentation her Department Manager, Megan Campbell, and her Supervisor, Jennifer Rodriguez, spoke about the reasons for Juana's selection as our Employee of the Month.  They cited her always upbeat attitude when she comes to work, her ability to leave her outside problems behind as she enters her work area, her loyalty, hard work and dedication to our Hawthorne Hotel guests, and the way she gets along with everyone she encounters.

Here is Juana surrounded by some of her fellow housekeepers, left to right: Ingris, Jennifer, Andrea J, Minerva, Juana, Andrea M, Mayra and Carmen.  They are usually somewhat camera-shy, but they all lept at the chance to support Juana by being in this picture, evidence of her co-workers esteem.

Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; Juana Valez De Vittini; Jennifer Rodriguez, Housekeeping Supervisor; Megan Campbell, Housekeeping Department Manager

Congratulations, Juana, and thank you so very much for all that you do!


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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Locals' Specials in the Tavern for September

Every month we change the three specials that we offer on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the Tavern. These entrees are served as part of a three-course dinner which includes your choice of the soup of the day, or a mixed green salad, and the chef's dessert of the day. All of this for only $15.50 per person.

Here are the specials for September:

Truffled Cheese Ravioli with sauteed wild and domestic mushrooms and spinach, browned butter and fresh herbs.

Parmesan-Encrusted Goujonettes of Sole, native corn tartar sauce, onion rings and cucumber salad.

Tomato-Eggplant Stew, locally grown eggplants, tomatoes and fresh herbs, basmati rice and asiago cheese.

I hope to see you here.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Live Entertainment for Your Visit to Salem

September 27 – October 9
Tickets On Sale Now

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BEVERLY, MA: The award-winning North Shore Music Theatre is transporting audiences back to 1862 Siam with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King and I, starring Lorenzo Lamas, opening Tuesday, September 27 –and playing through Sunday, October 9.  Press night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.

“I am excited to bring The King and I back to the NSMT stage after a 25 year absence,” says NSMT’s owner and producer, Bill Hanney. “I am also thrilled to have the multi-talented television, film and stage star Lorenzo Lamas starring as the King. Under the direction of Richard Stafford, who has staged some of NSMT’s biggest hits, including Singin’ in the Rain, Swing! and Cats, The King and I promises to be classic musical theatre at its best.”

This captivating and timeless treasure of wills, wits and wisdom has been enchanting audiences for almost 60 years. Set against an exotic background, The King and I is the moving true story of a young English widow and her son who travel to Siam to tutor the King's children. In Siam, she encounters an unfamiliar world full of grand beauty, but mixed with rigid Old World traditions. As the King decides how to bring his country into a new age, he and Anna begin to see beyond traditions and prejudices into what makes people special and what makes a man a true king. The lush Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” “I Whistle A Happy Tune” and “Hello, Young Lovers.”

THE KING AND I will star Lorenzo Lamas as the King of Siam. Lorenzo Lamas is an International Film, Television, and Stage Actor, Director, Producer, and Singer. With over four decades in the entertainment industry, Lorenzo is recognized as one of the World’s most admired stars. Best known for his nine year run as Lance Cumson on “Falcon Crest,” and for his five year run as Reno Raines on “Renegade.” Lorenzo’s other stage roles include Zach in A Chorus Line, Dracula in Dracula, El Gallo in The Fantasticks directed by Tom Jones, the original writer.

Kate Fisher will play the role of Anna at North Shore Music Theatre. Kate has stared as Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Misérables and originated the role of Jo March in the National Tour of Little Women. Kate will be joined on stage by Joshua Dela Cruz (Lun Tha), Mel Sagrado Maghuyop (The Kralahome), Manna Nichols (Tuptim), Ron Wisniski (Captain Orton, Sir Ramsey) and Brookline resident, Lisa Yuen (Lady Thiang). THE KING AND I also features two local young performers, Gloucester resident Jack Favazza as Anna’s son Louis and Methuen resident Ellis Gage as the Prince

The ensemble includes Karl Josef Co, Lynn Craig, Jan Javier, Anna Laghezza, Paul HeeSang Miller, Rommel Pierre O'Choa, Rumi Oyama, Marcus Shane, Laura Yen Solito, Sai Somboon, Maxine Stewart, Jee Teo, and Tiffany Toh.
Rounding out the cast of THE KING AND I will be 8 additional local young performers: Beverly residents Nekhebet Juch (age 12) and Uatchet Juch (age 12), Middleton resident Kendall Klipper (age 9), Needham residents Alana Tow (age 8) and Mikayla Tow (age 5), Revere resident Brandon Barbosa (age 9), Salem resident Elizabeth Pasquale (age 9),  and Wenham resident Abby Spinney (age 8)

Richard Stafford returns to North Shore Music Theatre to direct and choreograph THE KING AND I. Richard’s work is seen around the country, and his previous hits at NSMT include Crazy for You, Singin' in the Rain, Fame, Swing!, and Cats. The creative team also includes Craig Barna (Musical Director), Erik D. Diaz (Scenic Designer), Jack Mehler (Lighting Designer), Paula Ninestein (Costume Coordinator), Gerard Kelly (Wigs and Hair Designer), Melissa Daroff (Production Stage Manager), Cassandra Marsh (Assistant Musical Director), Jesse Factor (Associate Choreographer), and Natalie A. Lynch (Assistant Stage Manager). The local children’s ensemble will be taught by Karen Maria Pisani (Choreography) and Robert L. Rucinski (Music).

Tickets for the KING AND I are priced from $35 - $65. Performances are September 27 – October 9, 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, Massachusetts.