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Juli Lederhaus, General Manager
You may remember a few years ago we wrote about Robert Leonard's book of poems that had been published. Robert is a member of the Hawthorne Hotel team who works for us in our Banquet Department. His book was recently reviewed by The Columbia Review, and I thought you might be interested in reading this interesting review. Perhaps that will inspire you to consider buying your own autographed copy of this lovely book of poetry from our gift shop at the Front Desk. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
IN THE MURMURING TREES (2012)
REVIEWED BY: THE EDITORIAL BOARD The Editorial Board of The Columbia Review selects new books and films of interest, as well as paid submissions and sponsored reviews from authors, publishers, directors, agents and producers.
“In The Murmuring Trees” by R. Tirrell Leonard JR. is an imaginative volume of poems and prose of great spirit, rich creativity, and three-dimensional imagery.
Readers of poetry often seek to understand not only the meaning of the words themselves, but to perceive who the poet really is. One might speculate that Leonard may be revealing himself best with the first line in the poem “A Post in Furies Winds:” “I know I differ from the normal view …”
This collection of poems and prose is also a unique exploration of a common sentiment – love – but here it is to a place, as the title of another song reads: “A Magical Country Dance.” One cannot miss Mr. Leonard’s deep love for the State of Massachusetts — both its people (Contemporary and natives) and its raw physical beauty (land and coast).
Most of the pieces may fit on one page, but many would serve as food for thought for a whole evening. And while the poet speaks of losing his voice, his writing comes across loud and clear with great charm and natural rythm. Adding to this volume’s value for the reader are snippets of true perception and tickling humor. For example, who among us, lovers of poetry, don’t remember a sleepless night made longer by the crickets singing through the open window, driving us “near the brink.”
In particular, some of Mr. Leonard’s poetry attains the cloak of youthful wit, alluding to figures from the sphere of fantasy and the world of magic, which would make much of this volume easily accessible and happily enjoyable for younger readers, as well.
In summary, this meticulous and beautiful collection leaves the reader shaken, elated and reflective, perhaps as the poet concludes the title poem (or close to it), “In Murmurings Through Trees:” “Skies with lightning flashes bright and brawling, fill my mind with wonders still and installing.” Indeed!
Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, January 31, 2015.
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Rena Phillips & David Sousaon
their wedding today! We are proud to be a part of your special day!
let us know if you or your guests should need anything at all.
Early snow with sun in the afternoon. High of about 19F.
What’s Happening in
Salem this week
Beatles...nicely played!" is a perfect description of 4EverFab,
a phenomenally-talented and meticulously-exact Beatles tribute band whose
beautiful harmonies and arrangements help get audiences in touch with why they
loved the Beatles in the first place.
January 31 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Cabot Theatre (286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA)
VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel
would like to welcome their VIP of the dayMichael Giroir!
Flags of the Day
This Day in History
this day in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment
to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read,
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United
States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
While I have already posted most of these photos on our FaceBook page, it occurred to me that not everyone who reads this blog is also a friend on FaceBook, so I thought it would be good for those readers to post these here.
These are photos that I took during Blizzard "Juno" earlier this week.
Those small dark dots you see just below the fence in the top of the photo above are the heads of the parking meters across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel.
(Above) A view of Salem Common from room 520. You can barely see the tops of the bollards that surround the entrance to the Common.
Guests from the local area who cross-country skied here to enjoy the Tavern.
Guests who snowshoed to the Tavern to eat and enjoy an adult beverage. We love our neighbors who will brave any kind of conditions to come to use our facilities.
Another guest who skied over to dine with us.
It was blowing so hard that our doors, which are about 20 feet under cover, were covered with windblown snow.
This collage is of photos that were taken on the first night of the storm, around 11 pm.
A view from the inside of the Tavern, looking through our historic windows at the back of the window boxes.
We presented the award for the Manager of the Quarter for the final quarter of 2014 this morning. It went to Sara Norris, who is one of our top-notch Catering Sales Managers.
Among other things Sara exceeded her goal for the final quarter by 79%, and she did so with such a great attitude, attention to detail, and excellent team spirit that this recognition is very well-deserved indeed.
Sara was totally surprised when I announced her name, and seemed so excited and pleased to be recognized.
If you want Sara to help you book an event here at the Hawthorne Hotel, you can call our Catering Department at 978-825-4358. I know she will be happy to be of help to you.
Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, January 30, 2015.
Peabody Essex Museum Sale of the Year 2015!
miss this opportunity to save up to 50% off select items at the Museum Shop!
jewelry, home furnishings, books and toys for young and old! The Museum Shop
offers an array of merchandise inspired by PEM's renowned collection and
A mix of rain and snow. Temperatures drop below 10F in
What’s Happening in
Salem this week
Beatles...nicely played!" is a perfect description of 4EverFab, a phenomenally-talented and meticulously-exact
Beatles tribute band whose beautiful harmonies and arrangements help get
audiences in touch with why they loved the Beatles in the first place.
31 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Cabot Theatre
(286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA)
VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel
would like to welcome their VIP of the dayElizabeth Yukins!
Flags of the Day
This Day in History
this day in 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the political and spiritual
leader of the Indian independence movement, is assassinated in New Delhi by a
There are certain aspects of movies that I just love. One of them is seeing all of the Oscar-nominated shorts, and animation shorts. So it made me really happy to read the weekly newsletter for Cinema Salem this week, and I just had to share it with you. I hope to see you there. Juli ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Juli,
We've got a special event screening at CinemaSalem this evening of a new documentary called Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. Presented by The Yellow Umbrella and narrated by Vanessa Williams, this film sheds light on the risks, myths, and hard truths of this widespread epidemic. Our guest speaker tonight is Christine Baze, founder of The Yellow Umbrella Organization. (Don't forget to sing "Happy Birthday" to her!) This important and informative event starts at 8 pm.
This Saturday night at the Cabot in Beverly brings 4EverFab, the region's best Beatles Tribute band. Their concert starts at 7:30 pm.
And don't forget that there's just a little over a month before Salem Film Fest, presenting the world's best documentary films from the past year. That awesome and transformative festival starts on March 5.
And now, here's the rest of CinemaSalem's showtimes!
Starting Friday: 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts and Live Action Shorts (NR); The Imitation Game (PG13); Paddington (PG): Selma (PG13); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 in 3D.
A huge attraction every year is our presentation of all the nominations for the Animated and Live Action Shorts Academy Awards. These categories always present work that's a little more adventurous than the feature nominations, and offer a glimpse of new filmmakers making their mark.
The Animation Shorts will screen on Friday at (5:00) and 9:35; Saturday and Sunday at (12:30) and (5:00); Monday at (5:00 PM); Tuesday at 7:15; Wednesday at (5:00 PM); and Thursday at 7:15.
The Live Action Shorts will screen on Friday at 7:15; Saturday and Sunday at (2:45) and 7:15; Monday at 7:15; Tuesday at (4:30); Wednesday at 7:15; and Thursday at (4:30).
If you're looking for the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts, they will be playing at the Cabot next weekend, February 6-8, screen that Friday at 4:30 and 7:30; Saturday at 1:00; 4:30, and 7:30; and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Don't forget: that's next weekend, not this one!
We're holding over our three feature films because they're high quality (all top-rated onRottenTomatoes.com) and popular with the people!
Selma will screen on Friday at (4:15), 7:00 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:15), 7:00 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:15) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:15) and 7:00.
Paddington will screen on Friday at (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (12:15), (2:15), (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (12:15), (2:15), (4:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 6:45.
The Imitation Game will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:15 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.
And for a much more local focus: This Perfect Place will screen Monday-Thursday at (4:30); The Spirit of Salem plays Monday-Thursday at 5:30; and The True 1692 will screen every day at 6:30; and also Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 2:00.