Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, May 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, May 1, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Soaking rain in the morning with afternoon showers. Upper 60’s!

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Marci Cole Ekberg!

Flags of the Day
Comoros
Connecticut

This Day in History
On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City's Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building's lights. Hoover's gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York.



I hope to see you here!

Juli



Creative "California" Cuisine, Tasty and Beautiful for the Salem Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday night last week Hawthorne Catering was honored to be the chosen caterer to provide the dinner for the celebration of the Annual Celebrate Salem Awards event hosted by the Salem Chamber of Commerce.  We were asked to prepare a creative menu that focused on "California-inspired" cuisine, since the theme of the event centered around the Peabody Essex Museum's show, California Design.

Here is the menu that Chef Rhiannon created, along with some photos of the event.  I hope you enjoy seeing them.  If you want to hold an event at PEM, (or at the Hawthorne Hotel) we want you to know that we always love working with a theme, and are happy to help develop menu suggestions just for you!

Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
  • Seared Scallop Medallions with Cilantro, Jalapeno and Watermelon in a Won Ton Crisp
  • Grilled Corn and Edamame Cakes with Basil, Green Goddess- Inspired Aioli
  • Smoked Duck, Lemony Ricotta, Grapefruit Relish on Crostini
  • Cola-Marinated Steak Skewer, Sorrel- and Scallion-Infused Chimichurri Dunk
  • Apricot-Glazed Pulled Chicken in Filo Cup with Toasted Almonds, Red Onion Confit

Stationed Hors d’ Oeuvres
  • California-Inspired Bruschetta Station with Crackers, Flat Breads, Grilled Breads, Focaccia and Baguettes
    • Avocado and Corn Bruschetta with Lime, Roasted Pepper Puree and Cracked Peppercorns
    • Olive Tapenade with Arugula Pesto and Roasted Yellow Tomatoes
    • Wild Mushroom Melange with Rapini and Basil
Salad Course
California-Inspired Caesar with Citrusy Dressing, Toasted Pistachios, Julienned Dried Apricots and Sourdough Croutons, Parmesan Cheese

Entree
Soy-Marinated, Slow-Roasted Beef Brisket with Caramelized- Pineapple-Dotted Wild Rice Pilaf, Baby Bok Choy


Seafood Duo – Petite Wasabi-Crusted Salmon Filet and a Crab Louis-Inspired Crab Cake with Asparagus, Tomato and Chile, Served with Steamed Rapini, Corn and Black Bean Salsa


Vegetarian- Poblano and Cheddar Polenta Cakes with Grilled Corn and Avocado Relish, Grilled Heirloom Tomatoes, Bell Pepper Coulis

Dessert

Individual Cheesecake with California Cabernet and Blackberry Drizzle – Whipped Cream and Berry Garnish

Here are some photos of some of the attendees,

Sandy Heaphy, Businesswoman of the Year Winner

Thomas MacDonald, Director of Sales, Hawthorne Hotel and Walt Lederhaus, Quality Manager, G.T.McCarthy Insurance
 
Paul VanNess, VanNess Creative and President, Salem Chamber of Commerce

Creative use of color reflects the special exhibit at PEM -- California Design:


I hope you enjoy this look at some of the work that we do.

Juli

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, April 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Cloudy with possible rain late in the day. Temperatures in the 40s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Cecily Bryant!

Flags of the Day
Colombia
Colorado

This Day in History
On this day in 1789, George Washington is sworn in as the first American president and delivers the first inaugural speech at Federal Hall in New York City. Elements of the ceremony set tradition; presidential inaugurations have deviated little in the two centuries since Washington's inauguration.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

We_Are_Salem -- a Social Media Experiment

As those of you who follow this blog may already know, I love taking photographs.  I have never considered myself a "photographer" especially since about 80% of the photos I take are with my trusty iPhone 4S.  However, I do like documenting things I enjoy, through this medium, so I was intrigued when I learned about the "We Are Salem" social media experiment being led by John Andrews of Social Palates here in Salem.

This article probably explains the project better than I can, so you can click on this link to learn more:  We_Are_Salem by North of Boston Magazine.

In any case I chose "my" date several months ago, and was excited when the day finally arrive -- Sunday April 27, 2014.  I decided to post a mix of pretty spring photos, and things that point to what a unique place Salem is -- such as the use of a very old-school silhouette of a "witch" on many City-owned entities -- just so you could get a flavor of what it is like to like in Salem, Massachusetts and have those kinds of things woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

I hope you enjoy my perspective of a "normal" spring day in Salem:

Our public library is in an old mansion on Essex St.  It has beautiful gardens as well as great books.

The House of the Seven Gables also has beautiful gardens.

View of the Andrew Safford House, with the Ward house in the background, as seen from the roof of the
 Hawthorne Hotel  -- both of these properties belong to the Peabody Essex Museum. 

The trellis entry to the Ropes Mansion Garden, 318 Essex St., Salem

View of Salem Common at the first edge of Spring, 2014, taken from the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel

The flag on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel

We love our pets here in Salem, MA.  This is one of mine, and Dewey is his name.

Our antique homes here in Salem are greatly prized.  This is one of four working fireplaces in my home, built before the turn of the century.  That would be before 1800.

The Peirce-Nichols House on Federal St. in Salem.  Owned by PEM, very rarely open for tours of the ground floor.

Spring is popping up all around us (finally!)  This is a home in the Federal St. neighborhood district.

Our high school's mascot is the Witch.

So is our municipal golf course.


Our parks have jolly names like Gallows Hill Park.

Our police sport patches with the Witch City logo as well.

Our fire department has a touching memorial to the first responders in New York City who died dealing with the 9/11 tragedy.


Salem Willows Park is located at the water's edge.   Just go past the Hawthorne Hotel down Essex St. and keep going until you get to the park.
I waited until after the children were in bed to post this, my slightly irreverent post of one of my very favorite places -- Hobbs -- famous for the best popcorn in the world.  Hot buttered popcorn that is, and they don't just pour butter over it, they toss it with butter and just the right amount of salt.

I hope you enjoy this look at some of my favorite things about Salem.  This is hardly an all-inclusive list, and we would love to hear about your favorite places  And we would also like your feedback on my photos.

Juli



Monday, April 28, 2014

Bicycles Are Here! And they are FREE!!!

There are many things that the Hawthorne Hotel does to make Salem a better place.  One of those things is that we serve as the volunteer Downtown Hub for the Salem Spins Bicycle Program.

This year, with the winter seemingly FINALLY behind us, the arrival of the bikes was much anticipated. They finally arrived on Friday April 25, and we thought you might like to know.



I think the signs make it pretty self-explanatory.

Please, we just ask one favor -- if our clerks are busy taking a reservation, or assisting a hotel guest who might be checking in or out, or otherwise is doing business with the hotel, PLEASE, be patient.  We will get to you as soon as we can.  Our "work" regarding the bike program for the City is purely a volunteer function, and we need to keep our business viable in order to continue to offer this free service to the City of Salem.

Thank you, and I hope to see you here.

Juli

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Updated Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 28 through May 4, 2014

District of Columbia

Monday April 28 Italy and Rhode Island (by special request)
Tuesday April 29 China and California
Wednesday April 30 Colombia and Colorado                        
Thursday May 1 Comoros and Connecticut                        
Friday May 2 Democratic Republic of Congo and Delaware   




Colombia

Saturday May 3 Greece* and District of Columbia                             
Sunday May 4 Costa Rica and Florida            

*Denotes special request 


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

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, April 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, April 27, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of Quagrello Frist Communion as well as the guests of Katz Bar Mitzvah. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you! Congratulations & Mazel Tov!

Weather Forecast   
Rain showers in the morning becoming more intermittent in the afternoon. Temperatures in the high 40’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Gary Liberatore!

Flags of the Day
Chad
Arizona

This Day in History
On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Cinema Salem Hosts Ernest and Celestine, and More

Here is the weekly newsletter from CinemaSalem, our favorite movie theater ever!  I edited a bit just because I can, to put the movie I plan to see on top.  And I added a link to a trailer of that movie, which looks darling.

Trailer for Ernest and Celestine

Dear Juli,

Open Friday in the Screening Room is the lovely Ernest & Célestine, of which 97% of the world's cynical and jaded film critics roundly approve. Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "The unlikely cross-species friendship of Celestine the mouse and Ernest the bear teaches a gentle lesson about irrational intolerance in this French animated charmer." Seattle Times: "A joyous rediscovery of hand-drawn animation, all witty and expressive lines, spare backgrounds and gorgeous, watery hues." Austin Chronicle: "The pace and the style of E & C, not to mention its wonderful attention to detail, lift the film from being merely sweet to being something special." Orlando Sentinel: "Despite the rumors of its demise, 2D hand-drawn animation isn't dead. In fact it's becoming vital again in Europe, and this is a brilliant example of what it could be again."

Ernest & Célestine will play in our intimate Screening Room on Friday and Saturday at (12:15), (3:00), (4:30), 7:10 and 8:45; Sunday at (12:15), (3:00), (4:30) and 7:10; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:10. This version is in English, so no reading of subtitles is needed.
Back for another colorful and fun week is Rio 2, which will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:00), 6:15 and 8:45; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:00) and 6:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:15.

As always, we have lots of special events going on a CinemaSalem, and two of them are happening next Thursday, May 1. The first is the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at 7:00 pm. The film already opened overseas, and the praise is rolling in. This is London: "[Andrew] Garfield is impressively lithe in the suit, plausibly vulnerable out of it, and it's hard to imagine a better Spidey."

The other special event next Thursday is a art reception showcasing the photos currently hanging in our lobby, "My Grandfather's Photographs", 100-year-old negatives recently given to me which disclose both Alaska in 1914, and the personality and artistic sensibilities of a grandfather I never met. The reception is free and open to the public. It runs from 7:00-8:30 pm, and will feature wine and cheese and the opportunity to view the actual negatives and a demo of the digital detective process that brought these images to light.
Mark your calendars! On Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm, we're bringing in the fun and fabulous Moulin Rouge, a ballet which has been seen live by more than 110,000 people across North America, here presented in gorgeous HD. This presentation will be free for Kickstarter Backers and Friends of CinemaSalem (and their immediate family or a friend). Non-backers can attend for our normal, incredibly reasonable admission.

After that, the next Kickstarter Backer/Friend event will be on Sunday, May 25, when we'll be screening Back to the Future at 8:30 pm. That's the day before Memorial Day, so a perfect time to view one of the best movies ever made.

Late-breaking news: We'd hoped to nab a print (technically a digital file) of The Grand Budapest Hotel this week, but the studio is asking us to wait until next Friday, May 2. If you love filmmaking as well as films, you might want to attend our next Cinematography Screening, focused on this Wes Anderson masterpiece. That fun event will be Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00 pm (discussion in the Café) followed by the film itself in one of our big theaters. The discussion is free, and admission to the film is only $6 if you remember to mention the magic six-syllable word: Cinematography. The discussion ranges to all aspects of filmmaking, not just camerawork, so feel free to attend even if your own personal passion is editing, or lighting, or acting, or scoring, or makeup, or sound design, or Key Gripping, or Best Boying, etc.

And don't forget that tomorrow night, Thursday, April 24 at 8:30 pm, we'll be screening the documentary, Raw Faith, a story of a Maine family's attempt to build a sailing ship. Here's a rave from the Portland Press Herald: "A description of the new documentary Raw Faith sounds like the sort of nice, well-meaning inspirational story that secretly makes peoples' eyes glaze over: The true-life tale of a Maine family's dream of building a ship in order to take people with special needs on sea cruises. Instead, Gregory Roscoe's compelling film recalls nothing so much as a Maine version of a Werner Herzog movie, where a man becomes obsessed with an eccentric dream that brings him too close to the inherent dangers of nature, and risks losing literally everything to his quest."

Now here are this week's showtimes!
Starting Friday: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG13); Ernest & Celestine (PG); Transcendence (PG13); Rio 2 (G); Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG13): The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!


Also back is one of my favorite Marvel films ever, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:15), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:15), (3:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 6:45.
CinemaSalem is also your destination for films about local history or natural history. The Spirit of Salem will screen Monday-Thursday at 5:00. This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen Monday-Thursday at 4:00. The True 1692 will screen every day at 6:30, and Saturday and Sunday feature a bonus screening at 2:00.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Technically, mice are supposed to fear bears, and bears are supposed to eat mice. but Ernest and Célestine are a bit more evolved than that!


Paul Van Ness  

CinemaSalem

I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli

Friday, April 25, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, April 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, April 26, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Hilary and Brian on their wedding day! We are so happy to be hosting this special occasion and we hope that you and all of your guests have an excellent night! Cheers!

Weather Forecast   
Rain showers throughout the day.  Highs in the 40s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Scott King!

Flags of the Day
Central African Republic               
Alaska

This Day in History
On April 26, 1986, the world's worst nuclear power plant accident occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Soviet Union. Thirty-two people died and dozens more suffered radiation burns in the opening days of the crisis, but only after Swedish authorities reported the fallout did Soviet authorities reluctantly admit that an accident had occurred.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

A Hawthorne Scavenger Hunt -- Can You Find These Items?

If you've been to the Hawthorne, you know that each area of the Hotel is full of beautiful paintings and decorations, as well as a number of useful items. We've put together this little scavenger hunt to see if you know the Hawthorne well enough to be able to identify some of these objects and where they are located within the hotel. Each object can be found within the Hotel itself (not outside or in our Guest House.)

So can you find the following items within the Hotel? Comment with your guesses below, and be specific! One guess per person, please. The contest will close on April 29 and the winner will receive a special prize.  If you want to keep your guess "secret" email us at marketing@HawthorneHotel.com.  If we receive multiple correct entries we will do a random drawing from the correct entries.

Please no responses from employees or their family members.

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Good luck!

Juli and the TEAM

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, April 25

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, April 25, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Sun and clouds, some showers in the afternoon. Low 60s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Amanda Hall!

Flags of the Day
Cape Verde
Alabama

This Day in History
On April 25, 1917, jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Virginia. She was called "The First Lady of Song," an honor whose meaning is captured in a compliment paid to her by the great composer Ira Gershwin: "I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them." Quite apart from the quality of her voice, there was a warmth and intelligence behind it that gave even melancholy songs a plausible tilt toward optimism.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

We have recently made a few additions to the hotel -- some new mirrors to add sparkle to some of our function rooms.  Here are some photos so you can see for yourself (yes, pun intended!)

In Sophia's Function Room, between the two doors.


In the Grand Ballroom

In the Grand Ballroom
I hope you enjoy seeing these enhancements to our lovely hotel.

Juli