Monday, April 30, 2012

More About the Salem Chamber Awards Event

As you already know from reading this blog, the 100th anniversary of the Salem Chamber was celebrated at the Peabody Essex Museum on Wednesday April 25. One of most-anticipated activities of the annual event is the handing out, Oscar-style, of various awards to different people and entities in Salem. This year I was seated at a table with a number of other nominees, and as it turned out, most were winners of their respective categories.

From the Salem Chamber's Release:

"The “Celebrate Salem Awards”, now in their eleventh year, are handed out annually in six categories. Juli Lederhaus of the Hawthorne Hotel, who stepped in as President of the Salem Chamber in 2011 for the second time, was awarded Businesswomen of the Year. Businessman of the Year Bill Hanney was acknowledged for the spectacular job he has done with of the North Shore Music Theatre. Shelley Matthews accepted the New Business of the Year Award on behalf of her two Salem stores re-find and re-find mens. Delande Lighting has been a staple in the Salem business community since 1918 and won the Excellence in Retail Award. Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) which provides free services to victims of domestic violence was the winner of the Community Service Award. The final award, the Long-Term Achievement Award, went to the oldest candy company in America, Ye Olde Pepper Companie.

Winners received a “Centennial Wave”, an original piece of art created by Salem State University professor and glass blower John Volpacchio. 
 The event was a “who’s who” of business and community leaders. Among those in attendance were Mayor Kim Driscoll, past Mayors Stan Usovicz and Tony Salvo, a great number of Salem Chamber past Board Presidents, past Salem Chamber Executive Directors Ellen DiGeronimo, Rose Fisher, and Denise Flynn. City Council President Joan Lovely was also in attendance along with City Councilors Robert McCarthy, Joseph O’Keefe, Paul Prevey, Todd Siegel, Jerry Ryan and Josh Turiel. 
 The mission of the Salem Chamber of Commerce is to make Salem a better place to live, work, and do business. The Salem Chamber serves as the voice for member businesses, representing, advocating and working to enhance the business and civic environment. With over 625 members, we are the largest business organization in Salem"
Left to right:  Thomas MacDonald, Hawthorne Hotel; Ruth Bitchell, HAWC; Paula Gomez-Stordy, HAWC,
Juli Lederhaus, Hawthorne Hotel, Karen Cotton, Hawthorne Hotel and Mike Ceceri, North Shore Music Theater
Juli Lederhaus, GM, Hawthorne Hotel and Walter T. Lederhaus

I cannot let this blog post go out without acknowledging my husband of 37 years, Walt Lederhaus, who stands behind me and beside me at every critical juncture, and who supports me so much.  He is always understanding of my need to work many late nights and weekends, of the need for me to receive phone calls in the middle of dinner or the middle of the night, and who is the best PR guy a gal can have. As you can see, he was beaming on this night, and I was so happy to have him with me!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 30 through May 6, 2012

Here are this week's flag selections, chosen to fly in alphabetical order, the flags of the United Nations and the States of the USA.

The flags that will be featured are those of Colorado, Rwanda, and San Marino.


The flag consists of three alternate stripes of equal width and at right angles to the staff, the two outer stripes to be blue of the same color as in the blue field of the national flag and the middle stripe to be white, the proportion of the flag being a width of two-thirds of its length. At a distance from the staff end of the flag of one fifth of the total length of the flag there is a circular red C, of the same color as the red in the national flag of the United States. The diameter of the letter is two-thirds of the width of the flag. The inner line of the opening of the letter C is three-fourths of the width of its body or bar, and the outer line of the opening is double the length of the inner line thereof. Completely filling the open space inside the letter C is a golden disk, attached to the flag is a cord of gold and silver, intertwined, with tassels, one of gold and one of silver.

The blue is meant to represent the skies, the gold stands for the sunshine enjoyed by the state, the white represents the snowcapped mountains and the red represents the red colored earth (from Spanish colorado, meaning “red”).

In a 2001 survey of 72 state, provincial and territorial flags in North America conducted by the North American Vexillological Association, Colorado's flag was ranked number 16.

The Colorado state flag is also incorporated into the design of Colorado's state highway markers.


The flag of Rwanda was adopted on October 25, 2001. The flag has four colors: blue, green, and two forms of yellow (standard yellow for the middle band and what the Pantone system calls "sun yellow" for the sun). The blue band represents happiness and peace, the yellow band symbolizes economic development, and the green band symbolizes the hope of prosperity. The sun represents enlightenment.  The new flag represents national unity, respect for work, heroism, and confidence in the future. It was adopted to avoid connotations to the 1994 genocide.

The flag was designed by Alphonse Kirimobenecyo.

San Marino

The oldest attested flag of the republic dates back from 4 September 1465, when it was commissioned from a manufacturer in Florence. It showed a horizontal tricolor of orange, white and purple, with the old emblem of San Marino depicted on the white stripe. It is not known how long it remained the state flag of the republic or when did the white-blue bicolor appeared. In 1797, most likely influenced by the wave of reforms in France, the Supreme Council of the Republic commissioned a white and blue cockade, which, coincidentally or not, was identical to the one used by the French revolutionaries.[6][7]
The current flag was adopted on 6 April 1862 by a Decree of the Supreme Council and since then, little but graphic details of the coat of arms and some proportions were changed.

Monday , April 30 Russian Federation and Colorado
Tuesday , May 1 Rwanda and Connecticut
Wednesday,     May 2 Saint Kitts and Nevis and Delaware
Thursday , May 3 Saint Lucia and District of Columbia
Friday , May 4 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Florida
Saturday , May 5 Samoa and Georgia
Sunday , May 6 San Marino and Guam

If you have a special request, please call Kelly Lilly at 978-825-4444 or Lucie Ogeron at 978-825-4322.

I hope to see you here.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Amber Miller Receives Award

On Thursday we honored one of our part-time employees with the similarly named award for the outstanding employee during the month of March.  Her name is Amber Miller, and she is a member of our culinary team, working for us part-time, both in our offsite division and here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

As is our wont, the managers who were available all wandered into the kitchen where Amber was working to surprise her with her award.  She was surprised and delighted as you can see from these photos.

 But nothing made her happier than the joke she shared with Chef Steve Nelson and Offsite Chef Rhiannon Nowak, as you can see in the photo above.
 While we were lining up for the formal photos in the lobby, Claire Kallelis finally made it out of the kitchen and into the lobby to join us (she recently broke her foot and is on crutches.)  During this time Chef Steve was horsing around as you can see in the photo above.
 And here are the two formal poses for the record.  Above, left to right are Claire Kallelis, Assistant GM and Director of Food and Beverage; Rhiannon Nowak, Offsite Chef; Amber Miller, Executive Chef Steve Nelson; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager and Executive Sous Chef, Ken O'Keefe.
Congratulations from all of us, Amber!  Keep up the great work and the terrific attitude.  We enjoy having you on our team.


Friday, April 27, 2012

More "New-ness" in the Tavern

We are nearing the home stretch in the Tavern refurbishing. This week we received our new placemats and napkins, so now our new oak tables sport a lighter look on top of them. You can see them with the new wing chair sample that arrived a couple of months ago, along with the new leather side chairs which are also already in place.

We expect the rest of our new wing chairs to arrive by the end of next week, and then we can have a professional photographer come in to photograph the whole room for us. I

n the meantime, I hope you enjoy seeing these interim improvements along the way.

 And of course, I hope to see you here.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Beautiful Award

Last night I was honored by the Salem Chamber of Commerce at their 100th birthday party, as Salem's Businesswoman of the Year for 2011. I was delighted to say the least, both with the recognition, and with the beauty of the award itself which was made by John Volpacchio, a glass artist in residence at the Enterprise Center of Salem State University. The award was etched by another Salem artist, Jack Walsh, of Dancing Sand. I thought you might enjoy seeing it, but I can assure you it is even more beautiful in person.

For the past 13 years I have held the position of General Manager of the historic Hawthorne Hotel, having come here to assume this role. I believe that I have the longest tenure of any GM at this property, and part of the reason for my long tenure is the fact that I really enjoy the business community in Salem.

 I would like to offer my sincere thank you to the Chamber, and to those members who voted for me, and to the entire TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel who support what I do every day.

 I am indeed honored.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Don't Miss This!!

This article references visiting one of my favorite places, which while it is not in Salem, is run by the National Park Service entity that is headquartered in Salem.  Saugus is just a 15 minute drive from here, and this site, the Saugus Iron Works, is just a great place to visit.  And it's free!

So don't miss it.


A Lovely Anniversary Stay "Thank You"

I just received permission to post this kind email on our blog.  I love the back story!  I hope you enjoy peering over my shoulder to read my mail.

It certainly is interesting to see how long someone remembers poor service and rude staff, and we are delighted that is not what our guests would encounter here, either now, or 25 years ago.


From: Dan P

Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 2:17 PM
To: Juli Lederhaus
Subject: Our Recent Stay

Juli – My wife and I recently stayed at the Hawthorne once again – our first time was on our honeymoon 25 years ago.

A bit of a backstory if I may:

25 years ago, we were originally scheduled to stay at the Sheraton Tara in Braintree for our honeymoon. After two days there, due to the amazingly poor service and rude staff, we decided to check out, and find somewhere else to stay. Driving north, we decided to check out Salem, a town where my wife had gone with her family as a child.

We saw the Hawthorne, and decided to check in. What a great decision that turned out to be! The staff treated us like we were royalty! Nathaniel’s was being renovated at the time, so we ate in the bar, by the fire each night. Service was amazingly attentive and friendly. It was a fantastic experience, and one we have related to many people over the years. Hence our decision to stay for our 25th this past weekend. I have to say, our anniversary stay was every bit as memorable as our honeymoon. You have an amazing staff, who clearly care about their guests! The food was excellent, and the servers were great! I have a background in the hospitality industry, so I tend to be a bit….. picky…about service! Once again, everything was absolutely perfect!

I just wanted to thank you personally, rather than through a survey, for a fantastic stay, more great memories, and a beautiful weekend. I would like to make reservations for our 50th in 2037…

Thanks again for such a memorable anniversary!


Daniel P
East Lyme, Ct

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Crossover Post from Our Wedding Blog

Sometimes there are posts on our wedding blog that I believe have more universal appeal that would make them of interest to our more general readership on our daily diary.  That is the case with this post:

The LOST Wedding

I hope you will take the time to look at it.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Making Good Progress

In case you were wondering about how things are going with putting our hotel back together again after the flood of February 27, I just wanted to update you.

Things are going very well, and we are making great progress.  We do believe that 99% of the rooms will be back together again by this weekend, just in time for a really big group to check in.

In remembering the nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty, I am feeling like we ARE going to be put back together again, and relatively speaking, in record time.

Stay tuned as we will be sure to post some more about it as we get finished.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 23 through 29, 2012

Featured flags from our list of the week are:

State of Arkansas

A diamond on a red field represents the only place in North America where diamonds have been discovered and mined. The twenty-five white stars around the diamond mean that Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state to join the Union. The top of four stars in the center represents that Arkansas was a member of the Confederate States during the Civil War. The other three stars represent Spain, France and the United States, countries that had earlier ruled the land that includes Arkansas.

Republic of Moldova

Moldavian Flag Description
The flag of Moldova consists of three equal-sized vertical stripes - the left stripe is blue; the middle one yellow; and the right stripe is red. In the middle of the yellow stripe and the flag is the country's coat of arms, which consists of an eagle with the red and blue horizontally divided shield of Moldova on its chest. The shield contains various traditional emblems surrounding a stylized aurochs (European bison) head.

The Moldavian flag was based on the Romanian national flag and represents Moldova's shared heritage with Romania. The coat of arms consists of the eagle of Walachia holding an Orthodox Christian cross in its beak and an olive branch in one talon, with the scepter of Michael the Brave of Walachia in the other. Walachia is a historic region of Eastern Europe.

The flag of Qatar was officially adopted in 1949.

The story goes that Qatar's original flag used an unstable red dye, and the relentless sun faded that red into a shade of maroon, and that color is referred to today as Qatar Maroon. The toothy edge between the maroon and white fields, and the flag's width, helps to identify it from that of Bahrain's flag, a Gulf State's country that it was formerly associated with.

Monday April 23 Peru and Wyoming
Tuesday April 24 Philippines and Alabama
Wednesday April 25 Poland and Alaska
Thursday April 26 Portugal and American Samoa
Friday April 27 Qatar and Arizona
Saturday April 28 Republic of Moldova and Arkansas
Sunday April 29 Romania and California

I hope you enjoy learning just a little bit more about the flags of other countries and states, and that you are able to use this knowledge to prompt more interest in the peoples of the entire world.

The changing flags on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel are our small contribution to world peace.

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


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fan Mail for Our Blog

Sometimes my email or mail brings a lovely reminder of how nice it is when a guest reaches out to us to let us know we have made a difference for them.  Such was the case this week.  I'll let you read our correspondence for yourself to see why this week was a particularly happy one for me:


From: Linda H
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 11:28 AM
To: Juli Lederhaus
Subject: thanks for the blog

Hello Juli,   (I live in the last house on Herbert St, right next to your hotel parking lot)

I accidentally found your blog when I was on the hotel website.  Thanks for taking the time to keep it up.  I signed up to be a follower but I'm not sure yet what that means.  I love the pictures of the Titanic Tea Party.  Those costumes were amazing and the hats are awesome!  I would love to see more pictures if you get them.

I tried out the Salem Spins bike last week.  I appreciate how the hotel is participating in the program.  I just rode the bike down to the Willows and then rode back to the hotel and returned the bike.  It was a very simple transaction.  I hope everyone takes good care of those bikes so the program lasts a long time.  I think it's a great idea.

You're such a helpful resource for newcomers like me.  I've been reading some of the past blogs.  It's a very easy website to navigate.  I've lived here since last June and love learning about the activities that are going on around town.  I'm starting to feel like I belong in Salem now.  I will recommend your blog to other people in town.

Linda S. H.

Salem MA


On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM, Juli Lederhaus wrote:

Wow! What a way to make my day!!  

I always wonder if anyone is reading my blog.  Thanks so much for being a fan.  Do you mind if I post your email on the blog?

I hope I have a chance to meet you someday.

Warm regards,


"Linda H
Re: thanks for the blog
April 20, 2012 10:52:23 PM EDT
"Juli Lederhaus"

sure.  feel free to post it on your blog.

I'll stop in to say hi the next time I check out a bike.

take care,

linda h

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Lovely Alternative For Mother's Day Brunch

If you would prefer a served, sit-down brunch rather than a large buffet brunch, this event at the Peabody Essex Museum might be just the place for you.  Please note that the seatings are filling up very rapidly here, that you do not need to purchase admission to come to the brunch, and that everyone who dines at this event will receive a coupon for a discount in the gift shop at PEM.


Three-Course Luncheon

In the Garden Restaurant

Chef’s Amuse Bouché
A palate-pleaser from the Chef to begin your dining experience

Choose One

New England Clam Chowder
topped with crispy leeks

Chilled Minted-Melon Soup
with lemon crème fraîche drizzle

Petite Mixed Greens Salad
with julienned carrots, cucumber, bell peppers,
 and cherry tomatoes in white balsamic vinaigrette

Sliced Fruit Plate
seasonal fruits with vanilla-honey drizzle
served with vanilla yogurt and granola

Choose One

Crispy Prosciutto,  Asiago Cheese and Roasted Tomato Quiche
baked in a potato crust and served with your choice of
sliced fruit or a petite mixed greens salad

Roasted Balsamic Chicken
sliced and served over spring vegetable ratatouille and herbed gnocchi

Sliced Flank Steak
over roasted corn and black bean salad and topped with tomato-cilantro salsa

Polenta Cake
served warm with pesto-marinated heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella

Pan-Seared Tilapia
with orange-ginger beurre blanc on a bed of braised rainbow Swiss chard
served with roasted fingerling potatoes

Choose One

Chocolate Mousse
house-made with gaufrette and seasonal berries

Thai-Style Tapioca
tapioca pearls suspended in lemongrass-infused coconut milk
served with mango sorbet

Espresso Crème Brulee
served with a cinnamon-rolled chocolate truffle

Apricot-Ginger Bread Pudding
with crème Anglaise

$32 per person
not including beverages, tax, or gratuity

For reservations, please call 978-542-1618 or 978-825-4360

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Visit PEM During Special LATE Hours

Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 | 5 - 9 PM

Reduced admission $10 | FREE to Salem residents & Museum Members

Salem, MA – The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) celebrates the closing week of Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art with extended evening hours on Thursday, April 26, and Friday April 27. Join us from 5 to 9 pm for your last chance to experience the exhibition that critics are calling “one of the most thrilling shows you are likely to see this year.” Shapeshifting closes to the public on Sunday, April 29, after an exceptional run.

Shapeshifting is one of the largest Native American art exhibitions to open in North America in more than 30 years. Nearly 80 works from public and private collections offer a far-reaching exploration of Native American art as a continuum, juxtaposing historic and contemporary artworks. Through constellations of objects created in a range of media - ­­­­sculpture, painting, ceramics, textiles, photography, drawing, video and monumental installation - visual and conceptual connections are drawn between generations of Native people, art traditions and cultures.

See what the critics have been saying:

"Ambitious but not strained, loaded but not cluttered, interactive but gently, and finally, richly humorous" –– ArtScope Magazine

"It transforms perceptions about Native Americans and their art" ––Metrowest Daily News

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Yet Another Interesting Photography Exhibit at PEM

I was invited to the press preview of this exhibit, but was unable to attend.  So what is the next best thing I could do for you, fair blog reader?  The answer was to send fellow blogger and good friend Linda Orlomoski  (who just happened to be coming to Salem that evening) to it in my place.

Here is her thoughtful post in her wonderful travel blog called The Distracted Wanderer.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  And I hope to see you here, or there.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Titanic Tea

These photos were snapped by our event coordinator at Saturday's Tea. We hope to receive more from their official photographer, and if we do we will share them with you. All of the costumes were handmade, and many were made by Quinn Burgess, a Vintage Costume Designer. Her website is in case you want her assistance!

This past weekend we were fortunate to be able to host another very special event -- this tea that was held here in the Grand Ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel.  It was one of several events that were put on by a group called "Commonwealth Vintage Dancers" in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The group seemed to have a lot of fun, and we are hopeful that they will share their "official" photos with us as well, so we can share them with you, fair blog reader.

If you are planning a special party, be sure to give us a call at 978-825-4358 so we can assist you in putting on just the right event here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

I hope to see you here.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 16 through 22, 2012

Here is this week's line-up of flags that we will be flying on the front of the Hawthorne Hotel.  We have no special requests this week.  If you would like to request a special flag, please call 978-825-4444.

The flag of Norway is red with an indigo blue Scandinavian cross outlined in white that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark.

The flag of the state of Vermont consists of the state's coat of arms and motto. The Vermont General Assembly adopted the current flag on June 1, 1923.
Multiple versions of the flag have been included throughout history. Originally, the flag was the same as the flag of the Green Mountain Boys. It was then changed to look similar to the flag of the United States, consisting of red and white stripes, and a blue canton. It was changed to be dissimilar to avoid confusion. Proposals have been brought up to revert the flag back to the Green Mountain Boys' flag, but none have succeeded.

bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, symbolizes protection in peace and war. The sego lily, the state flower of Utah, represents peace. The state motto "Industry" and the beehive represent progress and hard work. The U.S. flags show Utah's support and commitment to the United States. The state name "Utah" appears below the beehive. The date 1847 represents the year the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, while 1896 represents the year that Utah was admitted as the 45th state to the Union.
In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of all 72 U.S. stateU.S. territorial and Canadian provincial flags. Utah's flag was ranked 58th out of the 72 flags.


 16 ~~ 

Norway and Utah

 17 ~~

Oman and Vermont
 18 ~~

Pakistan and Virginia

 19 ~~

Palau and Virgin Islands

20 ~~

Panama and Washington

21 ~~

Papua New Guinea and West Virginia

22 ~~

Paraguay and Wisconsin

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New (To Us) Artwork in the Tavern

We recently began putting all new furnishings in the Tavern. New Roman shades, new side chairs, tables and bar stools, and soon we will have new wing-back chairs, new placemats and new napkins, which will finish the make-over of this popular restaurant.

We thought that "new" artwork would be just the ticket to continue the improved "new" look in this lovely old room. So we commissioned Jim McAllister, who is a local historian and art collector, to come up with a selection of pieces that had a connection to the North Shore, Salem, Massachusetts, or dining out in an historical context.

Jim came up with an eclectic collection of theater posters, maps, political history, embroidery, and water colors, all with their very own reason for being part of our Tavern collection.

Here is the detail of the List of Art Works Chosen by Jim McAllister, Historian of Salem

As you stand to the left of the fireplace, and look clockwise to your right, around the room

1. “Plain Jane” Theater poster, probably late 1920s Empire Theater, 285 Essex Street, Salem (no longer extant; see postcard below)

2. “Fish Dinner” Watercolor, 1959, Artist Unknown

3. “7th Heaven” Theater poster, probably late 1920s Empire Theater, 285 Essex Street, Salem (no longer extant; see postcard below)

4. “Railroad Saloon – twenty minutes for refreshments” Hand-colored woodblock engraving on newsprint, late 19th century, Artist unknown

5. Massachusetts Senate, 1913 Calvin Coolidge third from right, top row

6. Hand-colored Map of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1855, JH Colton Co

7. “Rockport” (Mass) Steeple Watercolor, 1935, Artist Unknown

8. Coastal Scene Early 21st century watercolor Pat Macaulay

9. Shipbuilding, Gloucester Harbor Woodblock engraving on newsprint, 1873, Winslow Homer

10. Haying Undated Watercolor, FC Brooks

11. Map of Salem, Massachusetts 1891, Geo Walker and Co

12. Federal Doorway with Flowers Long-stitch embroidery, 1935 Emma Powell
This piece was already there.  It is a photo of Al Luttringer and his dog, King, checking in to the Hawthorne Hotel, showing that our being "pet-friendly" goes all the way back to the beginning of our operation as a hotel.

Posters of events featuring the "Luttringer" Players

The new bar stools are super comfortable.
I hope you will stop in and see us soon!


Photo Credit:  Linda Orlomoski

Friday, April 13, 2012

Francisco Moran Honored

 Here is Francisco waving to all the managers lined up to honor him as he came into the kitchen bearing not only the item that Chef Rhiannon asked him for, but other things as well.  He knows how to save trips!

Francisco works as a prep cook and dishwasher, and all-around helper in the kitchens of our offsite operation, Hawthorne Catering at the Peabody Essex Museum.


Executive Sous Chef Ken O'Keefe congratulates Francisco

Members of the Management Team went to PEM to applaud Francisco on his award.
Left to right, Francisco Moran, Ken O'Keefe, Rhiannon Nowak, Karen O'Kane, Adam McInnes, Lindsay Otis, Christine Turner and Tom Bracken
Francisco is a "rock" of our PEM crew, and when he was nominated the Chefs who work with him made such a solid case for his selection that the rest of the management team (who do not see his work on a regular basis) voted for him unanimously.
In the Atrium, left to right:  Thomas MacDonald, Juli Lederhaus, Francisco, Ken O'Keefe, Rhiannon Nowak, Adam McInnes, Tom Bracken, Gina Medros and Christine Turner

Congratulations Francisco!  Thank you for all that you do on our behalf.