Friday, May 31, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, June 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, June 1, 2013.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

Special Events, Smaller Version

Just because an event is not huge does not make it any less important in our book.  Once such important event took place here in the Hawthorne Hotel earlier this week.  It was the celebratory breakfast in honor of the adoption of a darling little girl named Sadie.  Sadie is 10 months old, and has been with her parents, Kathleen and Mark Mathers, since her birth.

Left to right, bottom row:  Kathleen, Sean and Mark (holding Sadie)
Back row:  Caitlin Mathers and Anne and Owen Lynch

Thanks to a terrific member of our team, Patrice, we were able to capture the moment.  Patrice learned about this special event and she jumped in to action, taking this photo and learning more about the reason for the celebration.

Beyond the wonderful adoption finalization celebration, Patrice learned that the family has deep connections to the Hawthorne Hotel.  Kathleen and Mark had 50 of their wedding guests from Ireland stay at the Hawthorne Hotel when they were married in 1997.  In 1967 Anne and Owen Lynch were married and had their reception in the Grand Ballroom at the Hawthorne Hotel.

We love being part of the life-events of our guests, whether a grand wedding reception, or an intimate breakfast celebration.

I hope we can be part of your family life as well.

Juli

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, May 31

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, May 31, 2013.





I hope to see you here!

Juli

Cinema Salem Weekly Newsletter

I love the chatty style of the CinemaSalem newsletter.  I hope you do too!  Here is this weeks news:

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Thanks to great films -- and rain -- we had a nice holiday weekend at CinemaSalem. You could walk into any of our auditoriums and see a great film, but the most popular this weekend by far was the family-rated Epic, a beautiful and refreshing break from the blockbuster bombast. It makes you wonder why the studios don't make more movies like that!

We're bringing in two more great films this week, so let's get right to the raves!

Now Playing: Now You See Me (PG13); Koch (NR); Epic (PG); Star Trek into Darkness (PG13); The Spirit of Salem 3D; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!.

Now You See Me looks like a modern combination of Reds, The Prestige, and Robin Hood, and features an amazing cast including Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher (last seen here in The Great Gatsby), Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, and Melanie Laurent. The story pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen", a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. Sounds fascinating and the buzz is very high. However, we have no reviews to share with you since the studio is rolling out the film unconventionally, like a magic trick, without advance screenings. Sounds intriguing!

Now You See Me will screen on Friday at (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; Sunday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:30.

Another awesome film opens in the Screening Room on Friday, about which we've received tons of inquiries. Koch, a doc about the inimitable New York City mayor is wowing the critics. Entertainment Tell: "A fascinating, multi-faceted look at a very complicated man, a quintessential New Yorker who was both an uncommonly skilled politician and, at times, a tremendous jerk." Wall Street Journal: "The film advances no theories to explain his contradictions, only a thrilling, sometimes affecting account of what he did." New York Post: "Koch presents an uncommonly juicy subject for a documentary, and filmmaker Neil Barsky makes the most of the opportunity."

Koch will screen on Friday at (4:35), 7:40 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:50 AM), (2:40), (4:35), 7:40 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:50 AM), (2:40) and (4:35); Monday at 7:40; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:35) and 7:40.

Here's a late rave for Epic from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "Epic may be the thinking family's best Saturday matinee of the summer. And the date movie of the season." Epic will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:00 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45), 7:00 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:00.

And a late review for Star Trek into Darkness from Rolling Stone: "Abrams boldly goes into Star Trek Into Darkness, and crushes it again. It's more fun and more intense, without giving less to the characters." Star Trek into Darkness will screen Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:30), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:50; Sundayat (12:30), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:15.

Perhaps you have family or guests coming to town, and they're interested in the history of Salem, the history of the witchcraft trials, or a beautiful and informative tour of the natural wonders and mysteries of the North Shore. What a coincidence! We've got exactly those subjects covered in original CinemaSalem films! The Spirit of Salem will play Sunday and Monday at 11:00 am; and Tuesday-Thursday at 5:00 pm.

This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore, featuring Kristina Lindborg, will screen Saturday-Monday at noon; and Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00 pm. The True 1692 will screen Friday at 6:30, Saturday-Monday at 2:00 and 6:30; and Tuesday through Thursday at 6:30.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, May 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, May 30, 2013.




Come hang out at the Tavern on the Green and enjoy the cocktail of the week, Limoncé.  With, Limoncello, lemonade, cranberry juice and a splash of soda on the rocks, it’s like summertime in a glass. 

Head over to the Peabody Essex Museum this Saturday or Sunday for the opening weekend of their new exhibit:
In Conversation: Modern African American Art
This premier collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures by 43 prominent African American artists presents conversations about art, identity and the rights of the individual. The artworks reflect an America that celebrates the multi-faceted nature of society.

This Day in History
On May 30, 1593, playwright Christopher Marlowe, 29, is killed in a brawl over a bar tab. While still in school, Marlowe wrote his play Tamburlaine the Great, about a 14th century shepherd who became an emperor. The blank verse drama caught on with the public, and Marlowe wrote five more plays before his death in 1593, including The Jew of Malta and Dr. Faustus.


I hope to see you here!



Juli

June 11 - 23 NSMT Features "The Sound of Music"

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE!
‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’
AT NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE
June 11 thru 23, 2013 - All tickets on sale now!

BEVERLY, MA: Let’s start at the very beginning… the award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC as the treasured musical takes the stage for the first time since 1989.  Opening Tuesday, June 11 and playing through Sunday, June 23, Press Night is set for June 12 at 7:30pm.

“When I selected The Sound of Music to open the 2013 Musical Season, I could never have predicted how popular it was going to be, and this production is going to be a knock out. With a talented cast, led by Lisa O’Hare, under the direction of James Brennan, I have confidence this production won’t disappoint,” said owner and producer Bill Hanney. “This show has already outsold some productions from past seasons.  We haven’t even had our first performance yet but I have added one performance and will determine soon if we can add more.  I expect tickets to become scarce.”  

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a novice nun proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. Featuring a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is filled with some of the most memorable and well-loved songs of all time including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “So Long, Farewell.”

The cast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be led by Lisa O'Hare playing Maria Rainer. Lisa returns to NSMT following her critically acclaimed performance in the 2011 production of My Fair Lady. Other credits include Camelot (Guinevere), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Gigi, Copacabana, and television appearances on “Castle,” “The Closer,” and “Undercovers.”  Following this production, Lisa will be headed to Broadway in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Stage and screen actor David Andrew Macdonald will play Captain Georg von Trapp. David has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Coram Boy, and Two Shakespearean Actors, and in the National Tour of Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls for which he received a Jeff Award nomination in Chicago. His television credits include “Sex and the City,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” and ten years (1999-2009) playing Edmund Winslow on The Guiding Light.

The cast will also feature Suzanne Ishee (Mother Abbess), James Beaman (Max Detweiller), Jacquelynne Fontaine (Elsa Schrader), Deidre Haren (Liesl von Trapp), Andrew Tighe (Rolf Gruber), and Osborn Focht (Herr Zeller).
                         
Several local young performers will play Captain von Trapp’s younger children, 12 year old Newburyport resident Maggie Budzyna (Louisa von Trapp), 14 year old Gloucester resident Giacomo Favazza (Kurt von Trapp), 8 year old Lynnfield resident Paige Catherine Martino (Gretl von Trapp), 14 year old Reading resident Kyle Mungenast (Friedrich von Trapp), 6 year old Winthrop resident Haven Pereira (Marta von Trapp), and 12 year old South Hamilton resident Bryn Smith (Brigita von Trapp).
                         
The 28 member cast also includes Leigh Barrett, Bentley Black, Maureen Brennan (Sister Margaretta), Stowe Brown, Joy Franz (Frau Schmidt), Miranda Gelch, Leah Jennings, Mark Manley (Franz), Kevin B. McGlynn (Admiral von Schreiber, Baron Elberfeld), Cheryl McMahon (Sister Berte), Edward Miskie, Ellen Peterson, Meredith Swanson, and Dawn Tucker (Sister Sophia).

THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be directed and choreographed by James Brennan, who helmed last season’s record-breaking production of Annie. The creative team also includes Dale Rieling (Music Director), Jeff Modereger (Scenic Designer), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Costume Coordinator), Michael Barnett (Lighting Designer), Charles Coes (Sound Designer), Gerard Kelly (Wig and Hair Design), John Godbout (Production Stage Manager), Binder Casting (Casting), Phill Madore (Assistant Stage Manager), Ben Krauss (Assistant Music Director), Karen Maria Pisani (Children's Local Choreographer), and Cassandra Marsh (Children's Local Music Director). THE SOUND OF MUSIC is produced at North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Arianna Knapp (Artistic Director), and Beth Vasta (Associate Producer).

Tickets for the THE SOUND OF MUSIC are priced from $45 - $75. Performances are June 11 thru June 23, Tue - Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm.  There has been a 2pm matinee added on Thurs, June 20.  Kids 18 and under save 50% on ‘Family Friday’ June 14. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, Massachusetts.  Discounted Five- Show Subscriptions and Trio packages are available. THE SOUND OF MUSIC is sponsored by Abiomed.

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatrepost-show audience discussion with the artists on June 18 after the 7:30 pm performance and June 22after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc. Distilleries and Sparkling Soirées) on June 20 after the 7:30 pm performance.

The 2012 musical season continues with The Wizard of Oz (July 16 – 28), Cats (August 20 – September 1), La Cage aux Folles (September 24 - October 6) starring Charles Shaughnessy, Miss Saigon (November 5 - 17), and concludes with the return of New England's brightest holiday tradition A Christmas Carol (December 6 – 22), starring David Coffee, celebrating 20 years as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’ Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts and children’s programming.

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If you have never been to the North Shore Music Theatre, you really should check it out.  This is theater-in-the-round done right.  There is simply not a bad seat in the house, and even the seats themselves are very comfortable.  There is plenty of free parking, and it is a short 12-minute drive from the Hawthorne Hotel. 

I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Concert at PEM is Amazing!

On Saturday night, May 25, we were fortunate to attend a sold-out performance by PEMs new Composer-in-Residence, Matthew Aucoin, who also conducted this amazing event.  Since I am not a "music writer" I am happy to pass along some commentary by the Boston Globe and WBUR, as you can see by the links below.  I was able to snap a few photos with my iPhone, as as well a snippet of video so that you could hear a tiny bit of this grand musical event.

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about what makes Salem such a special place to live and visit.


I loved how the whole thing was reflected in the glass ceiling at the end of the Atrium.

video
This video is more about the wonderful sound, so be sure your speakers are on.

The audience was seated right in an among the musicians, adding a wonderful proximity to the music and the performance.

Matt Aucoin's debut concert receives a tremendously positive review in today's Boston Globe:

“Tracing a Line” was an innocent-looking title for the program offered Saturday in the Atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum. The line ran from a 17th-century German chorale through a Bach cantata to the Berg Violin Concerto. But PEM composer-in-residence Matthew Aucoin didn’t just trace the line, he explored it, in the tradition of the seafarers who founded the museum. And he extended it into the 21st century by incorporating the chorale into a startling work of his own that provided the magnificent climax to a magnificent evening. [...] Bach and Berg would have had ample reason to nod approval.

And WBUR's Andrea Shea profiles the museum's young Composer-In-Residence, observing:

Aucoin continued to paint a vivid picture, “You’re sitting 75 rows back between two people who are falling asleep, and another one who shushes you every time you move a muscle.” Aucoin rebels against that, asking his musicians to sit scattered among the audience. He inserts poetry and choreography so the players move about the room. The lighting is sophisticated — it illuminates the composer, who also conducts, sometimes up on his tippy toes. At times Aucoin looks a bit like a rock star in his ripped jeans and black sneakers.

I hope you will have the opportunity to attend another such event in the future.  Stay tuned right here for more information.

Juli


Monday, May 27, 2013

Don't Miss When Visiting Salem


Here is a link to our Travel's with Nathaniel Blog post written by Linda Orlomoski for us.  There are lots of great photos on it, which you should not miss.

Travels with Nathaniel's Visits the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House

The beautiful Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House has opened for the season in Gloucester and should be on your list of places you MUST see this summer! For further information, check out their Facebook page or their Historic New England website (Click on this Link to Beauport-Sleeper McCann House) where you can find answers to all of your FAQs and take a look at their Events Calendar which includes a "Voyage Into Vodka" lecture which is followed by a taste of Beauport Vodka produced by Gloucester's own Ryan and Wood Distillery on Saturday, June 29, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House

Guided tours are available on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m. Come see this eclectic house on the Gloucester Harbor.

I hope you have a chance to see this great site, located only 25 minutes from Salem.

Juli

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Monday, May 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Monday, May 27, 2013.


The Hawthorne Hotel would like to thank all Veterans and current service members for their courage on this Memorial Day. Thank you for all that you do for our country.

Today the city of Salem will observe Memorial Day with a parade beginning at 10:30am on Commercial Street. Any veterans unable to be march can take a free trolley ride through the parade route as well. Following the parade there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Green Lawn Cemetery at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.

This Day in History
On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Marin County, California, officially opens amid citywide celebration. Named for the narrow strait that marks the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed from January 1933 to May 1937. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, at 4,200 feet.


I hope to see you here!


Juli

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 27 through June 2, 2013


Monday May 27               Laos and District of Columbia
Washington D.C.
Tuesday May 28              Latvia and Florida
Wednesday May 29         Lebanon and Georgia
Thursday May 30             Lesotho and Guam
Friday May 31                  Liberia and Hawaii

Liberia
Saturday June 1               Libya and Idaho
Sunday June 2                 Liechtenstein and Illinois


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.
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.)


We hope to see you here!

Juli

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, May 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, May 26, 2013.






The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Aimee Belliveau and Jason Alcarez on their wedding today. We are so thrilled to be a part of your special day, and we hope that you and all of your guests have a wonderful time here with us. Cheers!

On Monday, May 27 the city of Salem will observe Memorial Day with a parade beginning at 10:30am on Commercial Street. Any veterans unable to be march can take a free trolley ride through the parade route as well. Following the parade there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Green Lawn Cemetery at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.

This Day in History:
On this day in 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops. Stoker would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was his 1897 novel Dracula that eventually earned him literary fame and became known as a masterpiece of Victorian-era Gothic literature.


I hope to see you here!



Juli

Memorial Day Observances in Salem

Courtesy of Destination Salem, with some addresses added by Hawthorne Hotel.

Here is the schedule of Salem's Memorial Day observances for this weekend.

Photo by Leighton O'Connor
Sunday, May 26

10:30 AM . . . Wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Section of St. Mary's cemetery 226 North Street, Salem, MA

11:30 AM . . . Mass at St. John's 28 Saint Peter Street, Salem, MA

12:30 PM . . . (Approximately) following Mass will be a naval cannon salute to those lost at sea, at Winter Island, Salem, MA
         
1:00 PM . . .  (Approximately) Collation at the Polish League of American Veterans (PLAV) club at 9 Daniels Street, Salem, MA.   All are welcome to attend.

Monday, May 27

10:30 AM . . . Parade departs from Commercial Street near North St.  Free Salem Trolley ride for any veteran unable to march.

11:00 AM . . . Memorial Day ceremony at Green Lawn Cemetery.  Green Lawn Cemetery is near North and Orne Streets, about 6 minute drive from the Hawthorne Hotel.  Guest speaker is Gold Star mother, Christina Ayube

12:30 PM . . . (Approximately) Collation at the VFW, 95 Derby Street. All are welcome to attend.

Whether you are in the area or traveling this weekend, have a safe and enjoyable time, and please pay your respects to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

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I hope to see you here.

Juli

Such a Cute Theme

Earlier this month we hosted a darling wedding, featuring a bride who is a die-hard Yankees fan and a groom who could not be more pro-Red Sox.  We thought how they pulled this off as a wedding theme was so cute that we had to take some photos, and they are all in the attached blog post.

Great Sports Rivalry-Themed Wedding

Just click on the link above.

I hope you enjoy seeing this, and of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Friday, May 24, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, May 25

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, May 25, 2013.



The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Kim Catalano and Matt Lombardi on their wedding today. We are so thrilled to be a part of your special day, and we hope that you and all of your guests have a wonderful time here with us. Cheers!

On Monday, May 27 the city of Salem will observe Memorial Day with a parade beginning at 10:30am on Commercial Street. Any veterans unable to be march can take a free trolley ride through the parade route as well. Following the parade there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Green Lawn Cemetery at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.

This Day in History:
On this day in 1977, Memorial Day weekend opens with an intergalactic bang as the first of George Lucas' blockbuster Star Wars movies hits American theaters. With its groundbreaking special effects, Star Wars leaped off screens and immersed audiences in "a galaxy far, far away."


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Nathaniel's Spring-Summer Menu Debuts

TripAdvisor reviewers rank Nathaniel's as the Number One Restaurant in Salem, MA.   Here is our Spring-Summer Menu for your enjoyment.

For reservations, please call 978-825-4311 or 4360 or reserve on-line right here:  RESERVE HERE via Open Table

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Appetizers, Soups and Salads
The Demi-Portions of our Entrees also make great Appetizers

Smoked Salmon
wasabi caviar, crème fraîche, arugula, crispy lavash bread
Nine-fifty

Grilled Asparagus Mimosa
chopped eggs, fried capers, lemon aioli
Eight-fifty

Seared Sea Scallops
sweet pea purée, pea shoots, white balsamic drizzle
Ten

Ragout of Spring Mushrooms

Ragout of Spring Mushrooms
stewed leeks and garlic over grilled ciabatta bread, truffle oil, Parmesan cheese
Ten

Soup du Jour
an ever-changing creation
Seven

Caesar Salad
choice of Mediterranean white anchovies
or applewood-smoked bacon,
 Parmesan cheese and garlic croutons
Eight-fifty

Steve’s Seafood Chowder
of historic proportion, our well-loved version includes shrimp, scallops, haddock, clams and potatoes in a creamy New England-style soup
Seven-seventy-five

Mixed Greens Salad
dried cherries, candied walnuts,
honey-fig Wensleydale cheese,
citrus vinaigrette
Ten

Crispy Spring Salad
fennel, radishes, celery hearts, goat cheese and arugula tossed with olive oil and lemon
Ten

Roasted Beet Salad
baby greens, pistachio pesto, Great Hill bleu cheese
Ten


Entrees

Shrimp and Scallops Sophia
Our signature dish, named for Sophia Peabody Hawthorne
sautéed shrimp and seared scallops with sauce Béarnaise,  grilled asparagus, steamed spinach and herbed risotto
Twenty-nine ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Surf and Turf
grilled petite filet mignon with grilled shrimp skewer, wild spring ramp butter,
garlic-mashed potatoes, steamed fresh asparagus
Twenty-eight

Pan-Roasted Flounder
Meyer lemon-butter sauce, new spring potatoes,
sautéed snap peas and julienned carrots with mint
Twenty-six ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Seared Salmon
sweet pea hummus, grilled fennel and snap peas, farro pilaf
Twenty-six ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin
New England Family Farms – natural pork tenderloin, rhubarb chutney,
new potatoes, roasted beets and wilted greens
Twenty-six ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Grilled Swordfish
spring herb pistou, jasmine rice, balsamic-glazed beans and greens
Twenty-seven ~~ Demi-Portion Nineteen

Demi-Portion of Spring Lamb Chops

Spring Lamb Chops
minted three-spring onion jus, quinoa pilaf and sautéed Swiss chard
Twenty-seven ~~ Demi-Portion Nineteen
Farro Pilaf-Stuffed Yellow Pepper


Farro Pilaf-Stuffed Yellow Pepper
sweet pea hummus, roasted beets, steamed pea pods and Swiss chard
Twenty ~~ Demi-Portion Fifteen

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Early Dining Special:  Guests ordering a full-sized entree before 5:30 will
receive a complimentary small mesclun salad and a Chef’s choice of dessert.
This may not be combined with any other special promotion, coupon or discount.

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I hope to see you here.

Juli


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, May 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, May 24, 2013.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

It is a Ferry Good Time

Coming to Salem is something you can do in many different ways.  Certainly you can drive, but you can also take the train -- the MBTA commuter rail (called the Newburyport-Rockport line) comes here in 29 minutes from North Station in Boston.

The most fun way of all, now that the season is finally here, is to come here by taking the Salem Ferry.



Link to More Information about the Salem Ferry

Left to right:  Bill Henning, Beverly Cooperative Bank; Thomas MacDonald, Director of Sales, Hawthorne Hotel; Alex Dominguez; Tinia Suggs, Sales Manager, Hawthorne Hotel; Jessica Wright, Sales Assistant, Hawthorne Hotel; Paul Wright; and Joe Welch, owner, TradeWinds Insurance & Financial.  Our sales team members attended the kick-off voyage of the Salem Ferry this week.  While the weather was a bit on the blustery side, a great time was had by all.

We think being on the water is just plain fun!

Of course, some people think they can come to Salem on a broom!   What's your favorite way to get to Salem?

Whatever it is, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, May 23

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, May 23, 2013.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

The Library

The Hawthorne Hotel has a number of "hidden gems" of space, including a second lobby on the second floor, and the Library which is a function room located on the lower level of the Hotel.

One of our catering sales managers pointed out to me how few photos she has of the room and asked for my assistance, so I took the following photos with the panorama feature on my iPhone.  This was especially helpful for the Library since like its first letter, it is an "L"-shaped room.








The following photos were taken without the panoramic feature, by my Nikon.  I do have a wide-angle lens on that camera.





I hope you enjoy seeing another view of the Hawthorne Hotel.

Juli

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, May 22

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, May 22, 2013.




Cloudy skies ruining your outdoor plans?  Come hang out in our pub style restaurant, Tavern on the Green, and enjoy our cocktail of the week, our Peach Margarita.  With Sauza Silver tequila, peach schnapps, Stirrings peach puree and sour mix on the rocks, it’s a little taste of summer.  

On Saturday, May 25th, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) invites you to Tracing A Line a boundary-breaking, immersive performance. Combining literary, theatrical, choral and orchestral elements, Tracing A Line marks the dramatic debut performance of the museum's composer-in-residence, Matt Aucoin.
Hawthorne Hotel guests receive the special price of $10 (regularly priced at $55)
For Reservations call 978-745-9500 extension 3011 and mention you are a guest of the Hawthorne Hotel.

This Day in History
On this day in 1843 a massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, sets off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri. Known as the "Great Emigration," the expedition came two years after the first modest party of settlers made the long, overland journey to Oregon.


I hope to see you here!



Juli

Visual Upgrade

One of the challenges of running an historic hotel is that operating systems for guest comfort, such as air conditioning, and kitchen ventilation legal requirements were not even thought of at the time of the hotel's construction.  So, over time, those items had to be added to the building, in the only place they could go, which is on the kitchen roof.

The drawback to that is the kitchen roof is visible from the back of the building, and from the guest rooms that have "interior" views.  Add that fact to the issue that mechanical equipment is only built for function, and not esthetics, and eventually you have a hodgepodge of metal equipment to look at.  This is not something we enjoy, so we figured our guests would appreciate a "visual upgrade" and we set about doing just that.

The painting contracting firm (McDonnell Painting) that we work with is so helpful, and when our Chief of Building Maintenance spoke to them about what we could do to "faux" paint that equipment so it disappears a bit from view, they came up with a sponge painting technique to apply a pattern that looks like the brick on the rear of the hotel.

Here are a couple of "before" photos.





Here are some "in-process" photos:




Here is one of the "finished" project.



I hope you enjoy yet another kind-of-behind-the-scenes look at what we are doing here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Juli


Monday, May 20, 2013

Special Price For Hawthorne Hotel Guests



On Saturday, May 25th, at 8 PM the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) invites you to Tracing A Line a boundary-breaking, immersive performance. Combining literary, theatrical, choral and orchestral elements, Tracing A Line marks the dramatic debut performance of the museum's composer-in-residence, Matt Aucoin.

For more information, see the Press Release below.

Hawthorne Hotel guests receive the special price of $10 (regularly priced at $55)


For Reservations call 978-745-9500 extension 3011 and mention you are a guest of the Hawthorne Hotel.

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DEBUT PERFORMANCE, TRACING A LINE, PREMIERES SATURDAY, MAY 25

SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the launch of a musical initiative and the appointment of Matt Aucoin as the museum’s first Composer-in-Residence.  Aucoin, a recent graduate of Harvard College and Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, presents an immersive, boundary-breaking, 90-minute performance, Tracing a Line, at PEM on Saturday, May 25.  Subsequent concerts in the series to follow in September 2013 and throughout 2014.

"Embedding music and performance into the museum experience presents an opportunity to celebrate art, culture and creativity in multiple dimensions and innovative ways," says Robert N. Shapiro, the President of PEM’s Board of Trustees. “Tracing a Line is a bold inaugural performance that promises to change the way people think about and experience classical music.”

Combining literary, theatrical, choral and orchestral elements, Tracing a Line seeks to upend classical music performance conventions and provide a platform for direct interface between artist and audience. This singular performance, conceived by Aucoin and his two collaborators Victoria Crutchfield (director) and Keir GoGwilt (first violinist), follows a single melody through time, from Johann Rudolph Ahle’s 17th-century folk chorale to Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata BWV 60 and Alban Berg's modern violin concerto. Working within the distinct architectural context of the museum’s Atrium, Aucoin notes, “We want to situate all participants, both musicians and listeners, in such a way that the concert itself becomes an art object to which the listeners have the kind of intimate access they have to other art at PEM.”

Generous support for PEM’s music initiative has been provided by Eunice and Jay Panetta, longtime museum supporters. Jay Panetta, former professor of music at Wellesley College and current member of PEM’s Board of Overseers, notes, “The museum’s music initiative will afford an opportunity to re-imagine and re-animate the concept of a ‘serious concert.’ By collaborating with notable talents like Matt Aucoin, PEM aims to cultivate cross-disciplinary experiences that will be quite revelatory.”

TRACING A LINE | SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013 | 8 PM | DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 PM
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT PEM.ORG/CALENDAR | MEMBERS $45 | NONMEMBERS $55 | CHILDREN $25

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I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 20 through May 26, 2013


Monday, May 20 Japan and American Samoa
Tuesday, May 21 Jordan and Arizona
Arizona
Wednesday, May 22 Kazakhstan and Arkansas
Thursday, May 23 Kenya and California
Kenya
Friday, May 24 Kiribati and Colorado
Saturday, May 25 Kuwait and Connecticut
Sunday, May 26 Kyrgyzstan and Delaware






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.
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.)


We hope to see you here!

Juli

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Hawthorne Hotel's Karen O'Kane on NECN

Yesterday we hosted the grand finale of "Wedding Week" on NECN (New England Cable News) and we were so happy with the results.

Here are some still shots of the shoot.  The links to all the video segments are at the end of this post.

 


 Hawthorne Hotel Catering Director, Karen O'Kane with Jackie Bruno of NECN.  Karen talked about the trends we are seeing in food choices for weddings.  You can see the entire show in segments, using the links at the end of this article.





 Wedding Cakes by Montilio's Bakery
 Beautiful tabletop by Amy Kimball Events
 Montilio's also will make favors such as these cookies, for weddings or other special events.



This dress in the photos above and below was designed and made by the young woman on the left in this photo above.  Her name is Erika Williams, from Plympton, Massachusetts, and she is a Junior at Mass Art.  This was one of nine projects she had to do this year, and she had two weeks to do it.  I would say you should be on the lookout for this delightful artisan.


Wedding Segment on NECN Featuring the Hawthorne Hotel

Wedding Cakes by Montilio's Video

Head-turning Wedding Dresses Video

The Table Makeover

I hope you enjoy all of the information in this post.  We certainly enjoyed participating in NECN's Wedding Week.

Juli