Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ July 1 through July 7, 2013



South Dakota

Monday July 1 Nigeria and South Carolina
Tuesday July 2 Norway and South Dakota
Wednesday July 3 Oman and Tennessee
Thursday July 4 Pakistan and Texas
Friday July 5 Palau and Utah


Papua New Guinea


Saturday July 6 Panama and Vermont
Sunday July 7 Papua New Guinea and Virginia




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, June 29, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, June 30

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I hope to see you here! 

Juli

PEM Garden Summer Menu

Food, glorious food!  Here is the new summer menu being offered in the Garden Restaurant at PEM.  I snapped a few photos of the newer items that I have tried so far and I can tell you that they are as delicious as they sound.

If you want to dine with us there, please consider calling ahead for a reservation, especially if you are coming during a popular exhibit such .  The direct line is 978-542-1618, or you can call us here at the Hawthorne Hotel at 978-825-4311.  Remember you do NOT need to pay admission to the museum in order to dine in the Garden (or in the Atrium either) so come on over for an excellent lunch.  The Garden is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 3 pm, and all holiday Mondays.

PORK TENDERLOIN
sliced, seared pork tenderloin medallions with wilted baby bok choy, rice noodles and ginger-infused hoisin drizzle

Daily Special -- Lobster Roll

GRILLED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM
grilled portobello mushroom and roasted asparagus on corn and black bean salad, tomatillo relish     

SUMMER-INSPIRED VEGETABLE SALAD
avocado, cherry tomatoes, house-made queso blanco, fresh roasted corn, English cucumber and black beans  on a bed of Bibb lettuce, smoky chipotle vinaigrette   

Here is the full menu.  We also offer a list of specials each day.

SOUPS & STARTERS

NEW ENGLAND-STYLE CLAM CHOWDER
with crispy leeks     cup   6.5       bowl   8

THAI-INSPIRED GAZPACHO
with peanuts, lemongrass and coconut
 cup   6      bowl   8

SOUP OF THE DAY     cup   6       bowl   8
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

CRAB CAKE
petite crab cake, Latin-influenced cucumber and   cilantro salsa  12 

SEASONAL CHEESE AND FRUIT PLATE
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

SANDWICHES

WARM CHICKEN SANDWICH
served on a ciabatta roll with bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard    12

CRAB CAKE SANDWICH
Cajun-inspired aioli, baby Bibb lettuce and sliced tomato on a grilled brioche roll 14

PANINI OF THE DAY
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

VEGETARIAN PANINI OF THE DAY
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection
SALADS

add chicken 3.5
add poached salmon 6
add pork medallions 7
           
MIXED GREENS SALAD
julienned cucumber, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrot and red pepper strips, white balsamic vinaigrette    
demi-portion     7         regular     10.5

CAESAR SALAD
Parmesan cheese and house-made croutons
demi-portion     7         regular     10.5

RASPBERRY CHICKEN SALAD
raspberries, Mandarin oranges, spiced pecans, mixed greens, raspberry vinaigrette
demi-portion     10         regular     13.5

SUMMER-INSPIRED VEGETABLE SALAD
avocado, cherry tomatoes, house-made queso blanco, fresh roasted corn, English cucumber and black beans  on a bed of Bibb lettuce, smoky chipotle
Vinaigrette   demi-portion     10        regular     13.5

POACHED SALMON NIÇOISE
with chilled potatoes, Kalamata olives, haricots verts, cherry tomatoes and hard-cooked egg with romaine and mesclun greens, sherry-mustard vinaigrette    
demi-portion     12.5       regular     16

ENTRÉES

GRILLED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM
grilled portobello mushroom and roasted asparagus on corn and black bean salad, tomatillo relish     13

PORK TENDERLOIN
sliced, seared pork tenderloin medallions with wilted baby bok choy, rice noodles and ginger-infused hoisin drizzle     15

SOUP AND SALAD COMBO
your choice of a bowl of soup and a demi-portion Caesar or mixed greens salad    14

QUICHE OF THE DAY
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection
served with your choice of a
demi-portion mixed greens salad or sliced fruit    

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I hope to see you there.

Juli



Guest Newsletter for Saturday, June 29

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Juli

Friday, June 28, 2013

CinemaSalem Perfect for this Weekend

Here is the newsletter from CinemaSalem.  With rain in so much of the forecast, I thought this would be the perfect time for you to go to my favorite movie theater ever.  Don't forget that the Tavern on the Green here in the Hawthorne Hotel is perfect for a pre- or post-movie meal or adult beverage.

I hope to see you here (or there)!

Juli

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This week marks the beginning of our busiest season, with movies all day, every day, and only two sets of showtimes: Friday and Saturday; and Sunday-Thursday. The theaters are cool, the popcorn is fresh, and summer is finally here!

And here are this week's awesome showtimes!

Playing Friday: The Heat (R); Monsters University (G); Man of Steel (PG13); The Silence (NR); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R); The Spirit of Salem 3D; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!.

As mentioned, The Heat arrives at CinemaSalem on Friday carrying with it an incredible buzz, based mostly on director Paul Feig's pedigree (Unaccompanied Minors, I am David, and Bridesmaids) and the immense popularity of Melissa McCarhy and Sandra Bullock. Although the "buddy cop" premise is familiar, the clichés are freshened by the apparently hilarious banter between the two leads. Filmed in Boston, this looks like a hit.

The Heat will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:30.

Opening in the Screening Room is a remarkable modern film noir, The Silence, which has critics amazed. Seattle Times: "A story of obsession, of the permanence of loss, of how deeds of the past haunt us, closing over our heads like water. It leaves you shivering, yet thrilled; waiting anxiously for this talented new filmmaker's next work." East Bay Express: "Stunning performances and cinematography." The St. Paul Pioneer Press asks a provocative question: "How might criminals who get away with murder behave, the movie asks? Just like everyone else."

The Silence will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:50 AM), (3:30), 7:15 and 9:50; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:50 AM), (3:30) and 7:15.

Monsters University won this week's Box Office Championship, and continues to amaze the critics. an Francisco Chronicle: "Animation, monsters and the Socratic method? (Director) Scanlon and the crew make it work." MU will screen Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:30; and Sunday through Thursday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45.

Man of Steel is also wowing the critics, including those who labor for the Toronto Star: "The casting is impeccable, beginning with Cavill as an uncommonly brooding but refreshingly deep Superman." MOS will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:40 AM), (3:00), 6:30 and 9:40; and Sunday through Thursday at (11:40 AM), (3:00) and 6:30.

Until The History of Halloween opens October 3, you can enjoy one of our excellent home-brewed films. The Spirit of Salem will play Friday- Thursday at 11:00 am.

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

And we're celebrating Pride Week in Salem with a special presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday evening (technically Sunday morning) at midnight.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Sandra and Melissa aren't super thrilled about the idea of you not going to their movie!

Photo from The Heat
Paul Van Ness  

CinemaSalem

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, June 28

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Juli

Helen Hailed As Hawthorne's Employee of the Month

This week the managers all gathered together to surprise Helen Bielawa as she was ending her shift as breakfast host in Nathaniel's Restaurant.  She was awarded the Part-Time Employee of the Month Award for May, 2013.  This is Helen's second time to receive this award -- the last time was when she received it for her work at the Peabody Essex Museum in our Atrium Cafe.

She was so surprised, and had such great expressions on her face in these photos that I decided to post all of them.



 She was SO very pleased to not only be recognized, but to be able to express to all of us how much she enjoys taking care of our guests.

 Here you see Adam McInnes explaining to Helen why he nominated her for this award.

 And here you see Helen explaining to all of us why she loves coming to work at the Hawthorne Hotel each and every time she is scheduled.
 Left to right:  Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager; Adam McInnes, Dining Services Manager; Helen Bielawa, Employee of the Month; Rebecca Cope, Assistant Dining Services Manager
I hope you will join me in congratulating Helen on her outstanding hospitality, and great work for our guests.

Juli

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, June 27

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Juli


Salem Celebrates the Fourth




Salem Celebrates the 4th

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that there will be a full afternoon and evening of exciting entertainment at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf on Thursday, July 4th. This family-friendly celebration has proven to be one of Salem's signature events, drawing record breaking crowds year after year.  

"Last year Salem was recognized by American Profile, a national publication, as one of the top ten best places in America to celebrate the 4th and this year will be no different,” Mayor Driscoll stated. “Celebrating July 4th in Salem is as good as it gets. It's not just an amazing fireworks display, we have live entertainment from beginning to end, so come early and stay late."

Salem's residential and business community has come together to ensure that this first-class event continues, even in this difficult financial climate. Mayor Driscoll commented, "I am truly grateful that Salem's residents and businesses continue to generously support this annual celebration,” Mayor Driscoll commented. “I’d like to express a special thank you to Footprint Power - Salem Harbor Station and to Salem Five, along with Aggregate Industries, Tache Real Estate, Market Basket, Eastern Bank, KV Associates, and Tavern in the Square. Without their generosity and our other many sponsors, this event would not be possible."

Live entertainment on the Main Stage begins at 4:00 p.m. with the band Britannica and continues at 5:30 p.m. with Julie Dougherty and Friends. Both Salem-based bands are local favorites and are a great way to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Free children's activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with the opening of the Kids' Space, where young ones can play games, do crafts, and get their face painted, all thanks to the generosity of the Gathering, the MeetingHouse Church, the Salem Beautification Committee, and the Salem YMCA. Food tents open at 4:00 p.m., with plenty of hot dogs, french fries, fried dough, kettle corn, and other fair favorites.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m. when Mayor Driscoll, Congressman John Tierney, and National Park Superintendent Michael Quijano-West – accompanied by the Salem Veterans Color Guard and Salem Boy Scout troops – will parade down the wharf to welcome the crowd.  Salem High School students Lydia Grasberger and Samantha Dupuis will lead the crowd in the singing of the National Anthem.  This year the venue, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, celebrates its 75th Anniversary as the first historic site established by the National Park Service in 1938.  

Following the Opening Ceremonies there will be a two-hour 'POPS' concert performed by the 40-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra (HFO). The HFO has become a widely acclaimed 'POPS' orchestra in the greater Boston area. This year's featured soloist, Rebecca Robbins, is currently performing on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of The Opera at the Majestic Theatre. Dr. Dirk Hillyer, the orchestra's conductor, has selected songs from Rags and Candide to showcase Ms. Robbins lyric soprano voice.

Even intermission is jammed packed with live entertainment, with performers from the Marblehead Little Theatre's production of Spamalot taking to the Main Stage.

At 9:15 p.m, Salem ends its Independence Day celebration with a fireworks extravaganza, accompanied by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra playing the 1812 Overture and other patriotic music throughout the entire fireworks display.

Part of the allure of this celebration is its setting. The first National Historic Site in the National Park System, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of waterfront land and houses a dozen historic structures. These include the Custom House, where famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne worked, and Derby Wharf, which was used by America's first millionaire Salem merchant Elias Hasket Derby. Historic Salem Harbor, with hundreds of boats moored and the replica of a 1700's sailing vessel, the Friendship, as a backdrop, Independence Day in Salem is filled with the history that helped make American the free nation it is today.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence - July 4 - 9:00AM - Salem Common

Also on July 4th, join Mayor Driscoll on Salem Common at 9:00 a.m. for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The special program begins with the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Salem High School's award-winning a cappella group “Witch Pitch?”. This year the Declaration of Independence will be recited by Dann Anthony Maurno. Dann is a Salem resident and actor who has appeared onstage in a variety of area venues, including the Salem Theatre Company. An author, his short story "Something Real Fine" won a Salem Literary Festival award for best fiction. Musical selections will be performed by Robert Kendall on keyboard and local singer Maureen Dalton ends the program with America the Beautiful.

July 4th is the perfect day to spend in historic Salem, Massachusetts. Start off bright and early at Salem Common for the reading of the Declaration of Independence, spend the rest of the morning and early afternoon visiting the City’s numerous historic sites and attractions, dine at one of dozens of remarkable restaurants, and end your day at historic Derby Wharf for one of the most spectacular live concerts and fireworks extravaganzas anywhere in Massachusetts.

For more information check www.salem.com or call Salem City Hall at 978-745-9595, ext. 5676.

For information regarding our mobility impaired/wheelchair seating section, please call 978-745-9595, ext. 5676.

SALEM CELEBRATES THE 4TH SPONSORS

Skyrocket Sponsors
Footprint Power - Salem Harbor Station
Salem Five

Star Spangled Sponsors
Aggregate Industries
Eastern Bank
KV Associates
Market Basket
Peabody Essex Museum
Tache Real Estate
Tavern in the Square
White Dog Productions

Red, White & Blue Sponsors
Atlas PyroVision
Claire & Jim Bailey
CDM Smith
Kelley & Ryan Associates
Murphy's Restaurant & Pub
N. Granese & Sons
Northside Carting
Pickering Wharf Realty
Red's Sandwich Shop
Shetland Properties
Terry Hanley Audio
Thai Place
Ti-SALES
Woodard & Curran

Friends of the Fourth Sponsors
BETA Group Beverly Co-op Bank Element Productions Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc.
Fiesta Shows Lotus Gifts RCG Ronan, Segal & Harrington Salem Trolley The Salem Witch Museum Serafini, Serafini, Darling & Correnti Tighe & Bond Witch Dungeon Museum

Color Guard Sponsors
Carpenters Union Local #26 EJ Prescott The Gathering Glass and Etc. The MeetingHouse Church New England Civil Engineering Pickering Wharf Merchants Assoc. Point Productions
Pumel Enterprises St. Jean's Credit Union The Salem Inn The Salem Beautification Committee
Salem YMCA Ti-Sales, Inc. Tinti, Quinn, Grover & Frey The Trolley Depot Weston & Sampson Services, Inc. Witch City Segway

National Park Service – Michael Quijano-West, Superintendent


The City of Salem – Kimberley Driscoll, Mayor

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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I hope to see you here! 

Juli

Fabulous Faberge For You

Admiring fabulous works of art is such fun!  For the time you spend with each object, you can imagine touching it wearing it, or having it adorn your home.  The experience can transport you in a way that little else may.

Seeing Faberge Revealed at the Peabody Essex Museum is one of those kinds of experiences.

I had the opportunity to see it not once but two times already, and I can assure you I will return for yet another visit, because there is so much detail to see there that you really cannot absorb it all at once.

The first visit I made was as part of the "press preview" which was terrific because we had Curator Dean Lahikainen there to explain a good deal to us.  For this post I will include the images that PEM has provided to the members of the press.  They are very high quality, and hopefully will whet your appetite to come and see the exhibit in person.

Since they allow photos to be taken by visitors to this exhibit, I will post some of the photos that I took while seeing the exhibit in my next post about this wonderful show.

Imperial Pelican Easter Egg, 1897.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, 1903.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg with Portraits, 1915.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.


Star Frame, before 1899.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.


Parasol Handle, 1899-1908.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Travis Fullerton.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Imperial Presentation Box, 1899-1908.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Statuette of a Sailor, about 1913.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Travis Fullerton.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Imperian Column Portrait Frame, 1908.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Imperial Tsaesarevich Easter Egg, 1912.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Imperial Tsaesarevich Easter Egg, (detail) 1912.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Katherine Wetzel.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Miniature Easter Egg Pendant.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Travis Fullerton.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

Miniature Easter Egg Pendant.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt.  Photo by Travis Fullerton.  @ Virginia Museum of Art.

I hope to see you here, or there!

Juli


Monday, June 24, 2013

Dr. Seuss-Themed Baby Shower Is a Hit!!

We adore being able to see how our clients "theme" their events!  This baby shower is certainly in our "top 10" for 2013.  The theme is Dr. Seuss as you can easily see, and it is pretty apparent that the theme was chosen because of the childhood memories of the family.

Awesome candy station with lots of locally made candies and treats.











Each table was "named" for a certain Dr. Seuss book.


Such a cute cake!

Lots of childhood memories.

The Cat in the Hat greeted everyone!


The guest of honor was greatly surprised and surely delighted at all of the attention to detail.


A family friend was The Cat in the Hat!  Wouldn't you like having a family like this?





I hope you enjoy peering over our shoulders at this darling event in our Grand Ballroom.  If we can help you plan a lovely affair, just give us a call at 978-825-4358.

Juli