Thursday, January 31, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, February 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, February 1, 2013.   


Hotel Notes

Tonight is First Friday in Downtown Salem! Local shops and restaurants all over downtown will have extended hours and specials for customers. Stop by the Front Desk for a full listing of nearby participants. The events begin at 5:00pm tonight.

Last chance to see Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at the Peabody Essex Museum before the exhibition closes on February 3. There will be extended museum hours until 9 pm, Wednesday, January 30 through Saturday, February 2 and a reduced admission of $10 after 5 pm for these dates.

The Garden Restaurant at the Peabody Essex Museum is now open year round, Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30AM-2:30PM. For reservations call 978-745-9500 ext. 3118. 

This Day in History: On February 1, 1884, the Oxford English Dictionary was first published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million English words.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Salem Marine Society Video Tour

In case you were curious about our "rooftop treasure" which is not really ours but just happens to be located on our roof, here is a video that we shot a number of years ago with permission from the Salem Marine Society.  Salem Marine Society Video Tour with Jim McAllister

Also included in this blog post is a slide show of the society space.  You can see that it is very small, but very interesting.   Slide Show of Salem Marine Society

This room is NOT open to the public, so that is why we put these two opportunities for you to see the space together for you.

I hope you enjoy seeing this.

Juli

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, January 31


Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, January 31, 2013.   



Hotel Notes

Looking for somewhere special to bring your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Starting February 14 through the 17, our regular, already-delicious Nathaniel’s menu will be supplemented with some romantic Valentine's Day specials. We also have several romantic packages available for overnight stays. Please call 978-744-4080 for more information.

Last chance to see Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at the Peabody Essex Museum before the exhibition closes on February 3. There will be extended museum hours until 9 pm, Wednesday, January 30 through Saturday, February 2 and a reduced admission of $10 after 5 pm for these dates.

Special Wedding Packages Available. Call the Catering Department at x4358 for more information and to plan your special day!

This Day in History: On January 31, 1865 the United States House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that abolished slavery in the United States.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

More for Your "To Do" List in Salem and Essex County

Wow, what a beautiful exhibit.  We are so blessed with a myriad of cultural and other things to do in this area, that it is hard to keep up with it all.  Just when we thought we were pretty well connected, up pops yet another event that we had no idea even was on the radar.

This link will take you to one such event:  Art at Abbott Hall

When you go to this event, be sure to make time to see the "Spirit of '76" that is also located in Abbott Hall in Marblehead.  This is indeed the very famous painting of the American Revolutionary war that is probably one of the top five paintings that Americans recognize.

I have blogged about it before, and here is a link to my much earlier blog post about this famous painting.
The Spirit of '76

I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hallways Nearing Completion

If you have been following our blog or FaceBook page, or even Twitter, you will already know about the new paint and wallpaper in the guest room corridors. Now the new carpet is going in, and the total effect is really lovely.


I hope you enjoy seeing the progress we have made in recovering from the great flood of February 27, 2012.  We have come a long, long way from this:


We are so happy to finally be able to have our hotel looking the way it should look, after months of being halfway repaired.

Juli

Monday, January 28, 2013

Another Interesting Unique Event

Don't forget to reserve your spot...
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Strange Typographic Tales
Discover strange stories, legends & tales of type!
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001dOc2rKiE4dmxmaNMbPODY1iI63ndbIyc9Bs6zb0sZ20gqPLTUdpwgT-qcO0t9qiRajUGqHBb5B-e7sRnY4_7KskTayKpjlJd0IT1R1QE2Ighy8TD8VOrdv3m1xatvmvctSl06uTonrO8sJWeG_bTwg_9_FAoU6kXNzTiFTy5QjJkHDSwoSXycg7fM0iSbnHYSVeS7omMbHwIVI_8ngVCAT-pUPA0ZhjDXVyeVJpbuXHb-aM6njqwbloBto5n74dwPq83Oq2Ah9vjCVD73Y7uTu-zLf4JlqDjeyTCFpP78DZjYnCqJc-rKKyeUQFhNkjK5kXMf96NMwARqzsG13zP2XtsglZBfqcTgkySqzFyC1aiSGQXE2BmPHKAeFh3a4amLeQIsE7Y5cE= Dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, graphic design, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship, The Museum of Printing holds the most extensive collection of materials and machines east of the Mississippi River.  Explore the museum and experience the evolution of printing from Gutenberg's invention of movable type to your personal portable phone or tablet; advancements in printing and type technologies have been the predecessors to changes in civilizations. Industry expert and President of the Museum of Printing Frank Romano will share some of the strange typographic tales that he has collected in his travels around the world. 

Join us to learn the history of type that your teacher never taught you and the type designs that we see every day! Reserve online, or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444.
Please note: The exhibit space at the Museum of Printing is handicap accessible but the lecture space on the 2nd floor is accessible via stairs only. 
Saturday
February 2, 2013
10:00 AM

at
The Museum of Printing
800 Massachusetts Ave.
North Andover, MA 01845

Reservations Required
Members: $10
Non-Members: $15

Sunday, January 27, 2013

**REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ January 28 through February 3, 2013

** We have changed the flags for Saturday to the flags of India and Massachusetts, by special request.  The new PEM exhibit, "Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India After Independence" is opening to the public on Saturday February 2, and we are recognizing both the country of India, and the collectors of these works, Chester and Davida Herwitz, of Worcester, Massachusetts with these two flags on that date.

Monday January 28 Spain and Wyoming
Tuesday January 29 Sri Lanka and Alabama

Sri Lanka

Wednesday January 30 Sudan and Alaksa
Thursday January 31 Suriname and American Samoa
Suriname

Friday February  1 Swaziland and Arizona
Saturday February 2 India and Massachusetts **
Sunday February 3 Sweden and California



It was only a happy accident that California's flag will be flying on Superbowl Sunday.  Go 49ers!!

For more information please look at our FAQs post of Monday January 21.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Very Worthy Cause -- Fighting Polio World Wide


One of the Clubs that I participate in, on behalf of the Hawthorne Hotel, and because I believe very strongly in its mission, is the Salem Rotary Club.

This year, Salem, MA Rotary Club Members John Hall, Joanne Scott and Dr. Viktoria Talebian will represent the Salem Rotary Club in the POLAR PLUNGE being orchestrated by ROTARY DISTRICT 7930

This will be the third annual Polar Plunge and will take place on Saturday February 9, 2013 at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:30 A.M.  The event is part Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime.

The event is expected to see more then 250 people plunging into the cold waters off Cap Ann adjacent the Cape Ann Motor Inn.  The Gloucester Rotary Club is the host for this event.  Last year close to 160 people braved the icy waters in an effort that is considered one of fellowship, public awareness, and fundraising. Last year’s efforts raised more then $34,000. Polar Plunge and Polio Chairman Bob Gravino of the Ipswich club has set this year’s goal at $100,000.  That amounts to $2,100 per club for 48 clubs from Boston north to Salem NH and East to the Cape Ann communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester.

The district is also utilizing an electronic fundraising process this year in efforts to help clubs and members raise the targeted $100,000.  Supporters are encouraged to log on to:  http://preview.tinyurl.com/bhz4a8f and make a pledge to help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate polio in the world – a dreaded disease that is nearly wiped from the earth – but not completely – which is why we need to continue this effort. 

For as little as 60 cents per dose, your donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life.  Please support Rotarians across 48 clubs in more then 50 communities north of Boston as they brave the icy waters off Gloucester to help their fellow humankind eradicate polio in our lifetime.   The public is welcome to attend.  Hot refreshments will be served by high school students composed of local Interact clubs (formerly junior Rotarians).  More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event. 

If you would like to help out or participate in some way please feel free to contact Committee Chairman Bob Gravino RCGRAVINO@aol.com or Josh Arnold the Event’s Public Relations Chairman at josharnold@verizon.net

Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including: The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to name a few.   The disease was prevalent here in the United States in the years following the first two world wars.  Since then, efforts spearheaded by Rotary International to eradicate Polio from the Philippines in 1985, and then based on the success of the Philippines endeavor, Rotary International (R.I.) embarked on the mission to eradicate Polio from the world entirely. 

Since that time, more then a billion dollars has been raised by Rotary clubs worldwide with a large contribution from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  When R.I. took on the battle against this disease more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted.

Today there are three countries left where it has not been eradicated, namely Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

The year 2012 was an historic year in the battle against polio as 429 million children have been vaccinated against polio.  Less then 300 cases of polio were reported in 2012.  That figure represents a decline of more than 60% from 2011. In order for a country to be certified as having the disease eradicated, it must sustain three successive years of zero new cases of polio reported within its population.

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I hope you will consider helping out in this worthy event.

Juli


Friday, January 25, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, January 26


Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, January 26, 2013.  


Hotel Notes

The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Kelly Robertie and Kevin Jones on their wedding here today. We are so happy to be able to help you celebrate this special day!

Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  With tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95.  All prices inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311. 

Tonight at the Gulu Gulu Café on nearby Washington Street there will be live music featuring Glass Onion, a popular Beatles tribute band. Stop by and enjoy their wonderful craft beer selection and enjoy the music!

Local Mexican restaurant Howling Wolf, located about two blocks away on Derby Street, will also be hosting live music tonight. Come down to see the North Shore Acoustic Project and warm up with some Mexican food and a wine margarita.

Special Wedding Packages Available. Call the Catering Department at x4358 for more information and to plan your special day!

This Day in History: On January 26, 1962 “The Twist” by Chubby Checker ended its record-setting run of more than a year atop the Billboard Hot 100.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Our Wedding Open House

Are you thinking of a wedding reception, or related event? If you are you should certainly make plans to attend our Wedding Open House taking place here on March 6, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm.

Please call 978-825-4358 to RSVP and if you do pre-register, you will be entered in a drawing that evening for a night's stay here in the historic Hawthorne Hotel.  Remember there is no charge to attend.


To better view this flyer, simply click on it to enlarge it on your computer screen.

 I hope to see you here.

 Juli

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, January 25

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, January 25, 2013.




Hotel Notes

Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  With tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95.  All prices inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311. 

Today beginning at 4:30pm local pub In a Pig’s Eye will be hosting a blues jam featuring local musicians. Stop by for a pint and enjoy the free live music!

Tonight at 9:00pm there will be live music at local restaurant 43 Church on nearby Church Street. Join Qwill and the Soul Review project with musicians Jon Aruda, Michael Feingold, and Dennis Monagle with special guest DJ Forrest James. As always, there is no cover charge.

Join us in the Tavern today from 4:30-6:00pm for our Happy Hour Appetizer – Baked Stuffed Clams, Just 90 cents each!

This Day in History: On January 25, 1905, a 3,106 carat diamond was found at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa. This is the largest diamond ever found, weighing 1.33 pounds and known as the “Cullinan.”

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Free Showing of The Princess Bride


This Saturday is shaping up to be a big day for CinemaSalem. We're holding a free screening of The Princess Bride at 10 am, presented in classic 35mm film. When we made the announcement last week, a bunch of people begged us to also show that fun cult classic at midnight on Saturday, and we said "Yes!".
Some other people asked if one or both of the shows could be pajama-friendly, and we said, "If you want to!", since it's so appropriate for the film.

It's all in celebration of our recent successful Kickstarter campaign, and both Saturday shows are totally and absolutely free, so bring your family and all your friends.

Here's the rest of this week's schedule!

Now Playing: Silver Linings Playbook (R); Any Day Now (R); Zero Dark Thirty (R); Les Miserables (PG13); The Spirit of Salem 3D (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 3D!

New to CinemaSalem this week is the multi-nominated Silver Linings Playbook. Rolling Stone: "Tinged with shadows and ignited by Lawrence and Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook raises the bar on romantic comedy. It's crazy good." USA Today: "Silver Linings is consistently entertaining, with its scrappy, well-drawn characters, offbeat humor and indefatigable positive outlook." LA Times: "Dramatic, emotional, even heartbreaking, as well as wickedly funny, it has the gift of going its own way, a complete success from a singular talent."

 
Silver Linings Playbook will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:10 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:15), (4:45), 7:10 and 9:35; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:15), (4:45) and 7:10; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:10.

Also new in the Screening Room is Any Day Now, another brilliantly-reviewed film based on a true story. New York Times: "An outraged, unblinking depiction of institutionalized homophobia three decades ago, when the prevailing court opinion in adoption cases was that exposing a child to a homosexual environment was harmful." LA TImes: "(Alan) Cumming is the linchpin, and the actor does an exceptional job of moving across the vast galaxy of universal emotions about partners and parenthood. He takes us to the heart of the matter in ways that matter most." NPR: "It would take a heart of stone - or zero tolerance for soap - to resist Any Day Now, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome."

Any Day Now will screen on Friday at (4:00), 7:15 and 9:20; Saturday at (12:00), 7:15 and 9:20; Sunday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:45) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.

Zero Dark Thirty is packing them in at CinemaSalem. This week the Best Picture favorite screens on Friday at (3:30), 6:45 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:15), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:50; Sunday at (12:15), (3:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (3:30) and 6:40.

The magnificent and moving Les Miserables will screen on Friday at (3:15), 6:30 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:15), (2:30), 5:50 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:15), (3:00) and 6:15; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 6:50.

To fully understand the heart of Salem's identity, formed over centuries, you'll want to catch The Spirit of Salem, screening Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am.

The True 1692, our popular 3D film which presents the actual events of the Salem Witch Ordeal, will screen on Friday at 6:30, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

Also screening is This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore, which got a great writeup recently. You can see it on Saturday and Sunday at noon; and Monday-Thursday at 4:00 pm.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem, and see you at The Princess Bride on Saturday at 10 am or midnight!

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are awesome in Silver Linings Playbook, and so are Robert DeNiro and Jackie Weaver. In fact, it's the first film in 31 years to earn Oscar nominations in all four acting categories!

SLP


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Don't forget that the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel serves food from 11 am to 11 pm daily, so this is the ideal place to come for lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack before or after one of these great films.

I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, January 24


Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, January 24, 2013.



Hotel Notes

Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  With tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95.  All prices inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311. 


Tonight Finz Restaurant on nearby Pickering Wharf will be hosting “Jazz on the Half Shell” with local jazz legend Henley Douglass and the Cool Times Trio. This free event begins at 8:30pm and includes a half price Oyster and Raw Bar special as well as draft beer flights.

Tomorrow night at 9:00pm there will be live music at local restaurant 43 Church on nearby Church Street. Join Qwill and the Soul Review project with musicians Jon Aruda, Michael Feingold, and Dennis Monagle with special guest DJ Forrest James. As always, there is no cover charge.

Join us in the Tavern today from 4:30-6:00pm for our Happy Hour Appetizer – Fried Shrimp Cozy with Sesame-Garlic Dip, Just 90 cents each!

This Day in History: On January 24, 1935 the world’s first canned beer, Krueger’s Cream Ale, went on sale in Richmond, Virginia.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Menu From a Bygone Era

In Nathaniel's, our fine-dining restaurant, we serve a contemporary menu of seasonally changing dinner items.  However, we know two things that we think are important, and have a solution for those two issue.

The first is that not every guest who dines with us likes "contemporary" food.  Some of our guests like plainer food, items where they recognize every part of what the menu says about it.

The second issue is that we are running an historic hotel, and to that end we like to respect the idea that some of our menu items should be reflective of the time and place that the hotel occupied when it first opened, which was 1925.

So our dinner menu has a page that we call "Echoes of the Hawthorne Hotel" -- Menus from a Bygone Era and here it is.  It features items for the "Meat and Potatoes Gourmet -- from when life was at its simplest, vegetables were cooked well-done, and one easily recognized everything on the menu."

I hope you enjoy learning just a little bit more about us.

And of course, I hope to see you here, or in Nathaniel's.

Juli

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, January 23


Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, January 23, 2013.



Hotel Notes

Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  With tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95.  All prices inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311. 

Tonight is Open Mic Night at the Gulu Gulu Café on Washington Street! Be sure to stop by to check out their great craft beer selection and local live entertainment. This lively event starts at 8:00pm and there is no cover charge!

Tomorrow (Thursday) Finz Restaurant on nearby Pickering Wharf will be hosting “Jazz on the Half Shell” with local jazz legend Henley Douglass and the Cool Times Trio. This free event begins at 8:30pm and includes a half price Oyster and Raw Bar special as well as draft beer flights.

Join us in the Tavern today from 4:30-6:00pm for our Happy Hour Appetizer – Beef Burger Sliders, Just 90 cents each!

This Day in History: On January 23, 1957, the first Frisbees were produced by toy company Wham-O. Ten years later, Ultimate Frisbee was invented by a group of high school students in Maplewood, New Jersey.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Time is Running Short for HATS

Terrific national press for HATS at PEM.  If you haven't seen this exhibit yet, you are running out of time. . . the exhibition ends on February 3 so you have about 10 days left to get there before it is gone.

Click on this link to learn more:  Sunday Morning on CBS via YouTube.

I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli

Something New for Our Archives

Ephemera -- an onomatopoeic word in my opinion -- is a word I enjoy.  One definition of ephemera is "any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved.  It derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day."

Thankfully there are people in the world who have seen the value of retaining and preserving such items because certain of these things can help tell a story of the history of a place or occasion.

One such story is that of the Hawthorne Hotel, a historic hotel that has not always thought of itself in those terms, and so has not always collected its own story along the way.  Therefore we have found ourselves searching for such items of our history, and one place that we often look is on eBay.  Thankfully we also have friends here in Salem who watch out for such items for us, and recently, one of those friends, Nelson Dionne, located such an item and let us know about it.  We headed right over to eBay and purchased it!

What is it?  It is a placemat printed with a map of Salem, complete with points of interest to a visitor.  When is it from?  Well, we had our friend Jim McAllister, another local historian take a look at it, and between us all we figured out a narrow range of dates.  More on this after the image.

Here it is:

You may click on it to see a larger version on your computer monitor if you wish.

Now, for the fun part for you faithful blog readers.  We think we know a small range of dates that this would have been in use, but we do not really know for sure.  If any of you can "date" this for us more specifically, with reasons why you believe you know the date, we would surely find it in our hearts to reward you for your efforts.

So, for all you armchair Salem historians out there, have fun, and let us hear from you.  You can email me at Juli@HawthorneHotel.com with your responses.

Thanks in advance!

Juli

Monday, January 21, 2013

Recipe for Tuesday's Soup

As we continue our tribute to National Soup Month, here is the recipe for the Potato-Leek Soup that we are serving here on Tuesday January 22.  I hope you are able to stop by and have a cup or a bowl.  It seems like the perfect soup for the weather that is forecast for the day.


Potato-Leek Soup

Ingredients

1 bunch leeks, white parts cleaned and chopped.
Discard dark green tops
4 TBL Butter
Large Pinch of Salt
4 Yukon or Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced
8 cups of chicken stock or vegetable broth
1 cup heavy cream
½ tsp white pepper
2 TBLS fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 TBL freshly-chopped chives
Salt to flavor


Instructions

Heat butter in saucepan and sauté leeks with salt for five minutes. Turn to low and sauté leeks until tender, 25-30 minutes, stirring throughout.  They need to be soft but not brown at all.  Add vegetable or chicken stock and potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer until potatoes are soft, 35-40 minutes.  Purée in a blender, or with an immersion blender.

Add cream, white pepper, and still well, then add lemon juice, then reheat and season to taste.

Sprinkle chopped chives at service.

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I hope to see you here.

Juli

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, January 20


Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, January 20, 2013.



Hotel Notes

The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Johanna Sanchez and Vincent Gibson on their wedding today! We are so thrilled to be a part of your special day and we hope that you and your guests enjoy your time here with us.

Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  With tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95.  All prices inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311. 

Tomorrow night (Monday, January 21) is open mic night at the nearby pub In a Pig’s Eye. Stop by for a lively night of entertainment and drinks. As always there is no cover charge. 

Tuesday night at Tavern in the Square on nearby Washington Street will be hosting Stump Trivia! Come by to show off how much you know and enjoy drinks with friends! Trivia begins at 9:00pm.

Special Wedding Packages Available! Call the Catering Department at 978-825-4358 for more information and to plan your special day!

This Day in History: On January 20, 1981 the Iranian hostage crisis ended. 52 Americans were released after being held for 444 days at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Our Flag Program -- FAQs

FAQs about our Flag Program

Q.  Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?

A.  Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in.  He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.

Q.  How long has this program been in existence?

A.  While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.

Q.  Where are the flags flown?

A.  The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left. See the example below which was taken when South Carolina was flying (the blue with white flag), as was Saudi Arabia (the green flag)



Q.  How are the flags chosen?

A.  The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order.  The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.

Q.  Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?

A.  Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community.  If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.

Q.  What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?

A.  That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.   One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA.  She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel.  She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.

Q.  Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?

A.  We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date.  For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan.  We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Q.  What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?

A.  In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by.  Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.

Q.  If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?

A.  Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request.  Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)


I hope this Frequently Asked Questions post will be helpful to you, and of course, I always look forward to seeing you here.

Juli




Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ January 21 through 27, 2012

For more information on our Hawthorne Hotel Flag Program, see the post of FAQs that will be posted tomorrow.


Monday January 21 Sierra Leone and Utah
Sierra Leone

Utah


Tuesday January 22 Singapore and Vermont
Wednesday January 23 Slovakia and Virginia
Slovakia

Thursday January 24 Slovenia and the Virgin Islands
Friday January 25 Solomon Islands and Washington
Saturday January 26 Somalia and West Virginia
Sunday January 27 South Africa and Wisconsin
South Africa


I hope to see you here.

Juli

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine's is More Than a Day

Our chefs have created some delectable specials for you to enjoy while dining with us in Nathaniel's Restaurant during Valentine's weekend.

Nathaniel's is now considered the number one-rated restaurant in all of Salem, by TripAdvisor reviewers, out of the 105 restaurants rated.  We know you will join these other diners in your enthusiasm for our top-notch dining experience right here in the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

These specials will be offered in addition to our full regular dinner menu, Nathaniel's Dinner Menu
 from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17.

Reservations for this special weekend would be highly recommended.  Call us at 978-825-4311 or go to OpenTable via this link to reserve on line:  Reserve a Table at Nathaniel's in the Hawthorne Hotel

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Appetizers

Sweet Red Pepper Bisque
with heart-shaped goat cheese-crouton
7.5

Three-Hearts Salad
of artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and Romaine hearts
with pink peppercorn dressing
9

Wellfleet Oysters
on the half-shell with Champagne mignonette
12


Entrees

Seared Tuna
with spicy Mediterranean-style relish, potato stew and wilted rocket
28

Grilled Tenderloin of Beef
with roasted garlic-demi glace, morel risotto and “aspiration”
29

Roasted Rack of Lamb
minted Hollandaise, artichoke heart barigoule, and herbed couscous
29


Desserts

Valrhona Chocolate Torte for Two
with fresh raspberries and vanilla custard sauce

Red Velvet Cake
with blackberry compote

Champagne Sorbet
with fresh fruit and minted syrup

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I hope to see you here.

Juli

Friday, January 18, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, January 19


Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, January 19, 2013.



Hotel Notes

Congratulations to Kristan Davis and Peter Horemiotis who will be celebrating their wedding here with us tonight! We are so happy to be a part of your special day, and we hope that you and all of your guests have a wonderful time. Cheers!

Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  With tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95.  All prices inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311. 

Tonight the Gulu Gulu Café on the corner of Washington and Essex Streets will have free live music featuring Radio Scotvoid. Be sure to stop by and check out the entertainment as well as their fantastic craft beer menu and dessert crepes.

The Howling Wolf on Derby Street will also be hosting free live music tonight, featuring Joel LaRue Smith. Stop by for some excellent music and Mexican food.
Join us in the Tavern today from 4:30-6:00pm for our Happy Hour Appetizer – Baked Stuffed Clams, Just 90 cents each!

Special Wedding Packages Available! Call the Catering Department at 978-825-4358 for more information and to plan your special day!

This Day in History: On January 19, 1809, poet and author Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe’s most famous works are “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Purloined Letter,” and the poem “The Raven.”

I hope to see you here!

Juli

PEM Announces 2013 Special Exhibition Schedule


In order to fully enjoy Salem when one visits here, it is our opinion that a visit to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is simply mandatory.  To that end, I thought you might enjoy receiving this list announcing the coming special exhibitions that will be there this year. That way you can plan your trip(s) to Salem according to what you want to see.

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Image Credits (Left to Right):

Tyeb Mehta, Sequence, 1981, oil on canvas. Peabody Essex Museum, gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection. © The Estate of Tyeb Mehta. Image courtesy Peabody Essex Museum, photograph by Walter Silver.

Okawa Village, Kochi Prefecture, 2007, Toshio Shibata, Color couple print, Courtesy of the art, ©Toshio Shibata

Benny Andrews, Portrait of Black Madonna, 1987, oil and collage on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Andrews Humphrey Family Foundation, © Estate of Benny Andrews/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after Independence
From the Peabody Essex Museum’s Herwitz Collection

February 2, 2013 - April 21, 2013

When the clock struck midnight on August 15, 1947, India’s independence from British rule fueled a revolutionary art movement that continued through the economic boom of the 1990s. Newly unfettered by traditional cultural expectations, three generations of Indian artists embraced their individual identities, stayed true to their roots and embraced the world’s artistic community.

Nearly 60 works by 23 leading artists were selected from PEM's Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection -- internationally recognized as one of the largest and most important collections of modern Indian art outside of India. They are presented alongside conversational groupings of key works by more familiar artists including Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall and Andrew Wyeth, lending context to the development of this movement in the wider world of modern painting.

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FreePort [No. 006]: Nick Cave

March 2, 2013 – May 27, 2013

Artist and designer Nick Cave creates category-bending Soundsuits. Equal parts sculpture, costume and performance, Cave's larger-than-life-size creations take on a life of their own. Constructed from a colorful bricolage of materials including twigs, sisal, beads, sequins and feathers, Cave's Soundsuits are faceless and otherworldly, obscuring the wearer's identity, gender and class. For the installation at PEM, three never-before-seen Soundsuits commissioned by PEM will make their debut along with an immersive film projection.

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Toshio Shibata

April 20, 2013 – Fall 2013

One of Japan’s preeminent landscape photographers, Toshio Shibata (b. 1949) is known for exploring the delicate balance between human-made structures and nature. Photographing erosion control barriers, water catchments, roads, dams and bridges, he examines the unique appearance of such structures in his native land. Through his lens, riverbeds can look like origami, and waterfalls resemble kimono.

This exhibition of 28 large-format works will be the artist’s first solo show in an American museum since 1995. Long recognized for his striking black and white prints, the artist has been working increasingly in color. His color pictures will make their American museum debut at PEM. Shibata was recently featured in a two-person show at the National Arts Center, Tokyo, and in a solo retrospective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum

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In Conversation: Modern African American Art                                                       

June 1, 2013 - September 2, 2013

Created at significant social and political moments in America, this spectacular selection of 100 paintings, photographs, sculpture and prints by 43 prominent African American artists invites conversations about art, identity and the rights of the individual.

Key works by artists including Allan Rohan Crite, Sargent Johnson, Renée Stout, Roy DeCarava, Romare Bearden, William H. Johnson and Norman Lewis address a range of subjects including the African diaspora, jazz, nature, the persistent power of religions, identity and the rights of the individual from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era, and beyond.

The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Fabergé, From the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 

June 22, 2013 – September 29, 2013

The name Fabergé is synonymous with refined craftsmanship, jeweled luxury and the Russian imperial family. More than 230 singular treasures created by the House of Fabergé in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are featured, including enameled clocks, gold cigarette cases, hardstone carvings, ruby encrusted brooches and four signature imperial eggs made for Nicholas II and the Romanov family. This exhibition, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, explores ideas of luxury, innovation, entrepreneurship and imperial patronage while providing insight into Peter Carl Fabergé's life, business and legacy.

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PEM’s New Art & Nature Center Opens with Artist–Animal Collaboration

October 19, 2013 - Summer 2014

The redesigned Art & Nature Center opens in October 2013. You’ll find two exhibition spaces, adjacent art studios and a nursing room. One exhibition area will feature engaging objects from PEM’s collection paired with hands-on stations plus a zone designed especially for young families. The revamped changing exhibition area will showcase contemporary art in new interactive shows every 10 months, beginning with collaborations by artists and animals. Elephants paint pictures, dogs pose for photographs and birds create art installations.

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Impressionists on the Water

November 9, 2013 - February 17, 2014

As an artistic subject, there could be no better match for the Impressionists than the element of water.  The play of light, sense of atmosphere and physical experience of floating in a groundless world were irresistible for artists like Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Signac and Caillebotte  (an accomplished sailor in his own right)  -- key Impressionists who spent many hours at sea, on river boats, leisure craft and floating studios.

These artists painted in gestural techniques to suggest movement and the ephemeral, yet also frequently made specific notations of changing configurations of hull, sail and rigging. In the process, they celebrated the experience of gently drifting on a riverboat, or braving the elements on a ship at sea.

Through more than 80 oil paintings, works on paper, models and small craft, this exhibition illuminates the importance that access to the sea and France’s extensive inland waterways played in the development of one of the world’s most robust artistic movements.

Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion

November 16, 2013 - January 26, 2014

Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto reshaped fashion in the early 1980s. The narrow silhouettes of Western couture gave way to flowing, sculpted forms. A reduced range of color emphasized cut and proportion. The voluminous spaces they created between body and fabric boldly redefined Japanese avant-garde fashion and forced people to reconsider the relationship between art, design and fashion. Co-organized by the Kyoto Fashion Institute and Barbican Art Gallery, London.

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ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

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

HOURS: Open Tuesday‐Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am‐5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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

INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit their Web site at www.pem.org

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I hope to see you here, or there!

Juli

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, January 18


Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, January 18, 2013.



Hotel Notes

Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  With tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95.  All prices inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311. 

Tonight at 9:00pm there will be live music at local restaurant 43 Church on nearby Church Street. Join Qwill and the Soul Review project with musicians Jon Aruda, Michael Feingold, and Dennis Monagle with special guest DJ Forrest James. As always, there is no cover charge.

Today beginning at 4:30pm local pub In a Pig’s Eye will be hosting a blues jam featuring local musicians. Stop by for a pint and enjoy the free live music!

Join us in the Tavern today from 4:30-6:00pm for our Happy Hour Appetizer – Baked Stuffed Clams, Just 90 cents each!

This Day in History: On January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson requested funding for the Western American exploration mission of Lewis and Clark before Congress.

I hope to see you here!

Juli