Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TV Show "Chronicle" Visits Salem and the Hawthorne Hotel TONIGHT

About 2 weeks ago I received a phone call from the television show "Chronicle" on WCVB Channel 5 Boston. They wanted to do a show based in Salem and centered around what our concierge would recommend for visitors to Salem to see -- some things that they might not otherwise find out about. They also wanted to know about some of the "weirder" requests that our front-line staff members get from visitors to Salem. After some thought and conversation with my staff, we decided that Melissa Kelly would be an ideal person for the TV show to interview. She works at the front desk, lives in Salem, and has had a number of unusual requests from guests.

Here are some photos of the day of the shoot, which took place about 10 days ago.

The first series were about the time that a large international company had a multi-day meeting in the hotel.  They wanted their attendees to have a little bit of fun while they were here, so they enlisted Melissa's aid in writing a message to each guest with fake blood on each of their bathroom mirrors.

Here is Melissa re-enacting that special service she helped to provide.

This next series of shots is from their visit to Ziggy's Donuts. It is a neighborhood gem of a place, and one that our tourists are very unlikely to find, since it is not located right near anything that they would ordinarily visit.  It is, however, just a few block walk to get there from the Hawthorne Hotel.  Believe me when I tell you their donuts are worth walking for, but you actually do not need to go there yourself, since we get a delivery of Ziggy's which we serve in Nathaniel's as part of our Continental Breakfast Buffet each and every morning.  We love supporting local businesses, and hope you will too.

These next photos may look like juicy hamburgers and tangy hot dogs, but they are actually special-order donuts from Ziggy's.  They are such FUN and so delicious.  If you want these as part of your special event or meeting here at the Hawthorne Hotel, just inquiry with your catering sales manager at 978-825-4358 when you are booking your event.

Last but not least, here are the photos of Melissa's stop at Ye Olde Pepper Companie (the Oldest Candy Company in America) to watch how Gibralters are made.

Craig Berkinshaw working the candy into Gibralters

The finished product comes in Lemon and Peppermint

One of the most fascinating things about a visit to this cool old shop is this jar of Gibralters that is supposed to be 181 years old.  Be sure to check it out in the shop when you visit.  It even has a connection to the Hawthorne Hotel.  Here is a link to their website history page:  History of Ye Olde Pepper Companie

Still edible after all these years!
Melissa was pretty happy to be surrounded by all the candies in this cool shop.
Our special thanks to Melissa for stepping way outside of her job description to help host this cool show.

I hope you will check out the show tonight as there is even more to see.  And of course, I hope to see you here.


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