Old Salem “Miser” Pays for a Saltonstall Playground Via Murder Mystery

Old Salem “Miser” Pays for a Saltonstall Playground Via Murder Mystery 

Goodnight, Captain White, an interactive whodunit, to play at the Hawthorne Hotel

Salem, MA March 10, 2015:  History Alive, Inc., more familiar as the producers of downtown Salem’s Cry Innocent, is bringing the story of the 1830 death of sea captain Joseph White to comedic life. The March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd performances of the interactive whodunit will be in the library of the historic Hawthorne Hotel. To add to the fun, it’s a play for a playground. Saltonstall School, which moved back into its location on Lafayette Street almost three years ago, still needs play equipment for the older students. History Alive, Inc. is donating ticket proceeds to the Saltonstall PTO for this effort.

Arielle Kaplan photo by Creative Salem

Playwright Mark Stevick, who also wrote Cry Innocent, says of the playground fund drive, “As a parent of kids who love to play outdoors, I’m eager to see Saltonstall have that extra incentive for all kids to enjoy the fresh air and just enjoy moving their bodies. It’s too easy for kids to get drawn into a cyber universe and miss out on the tangible world.” 

Nick Gesualdi, Saltonstall’s interim principal, notes how much he enjoys absorbing history when he walks around Salem. “As a former history teacher, I love that we can take advantage of the unique and important history that Salem offers. Leveraging the arts and history to help us raise funds for our school is awesome, and we are grateful for the generosity and support.”

President of Saltonstall’s PTO, Emily Froeschel, says, “Everybody gets to play here. Grownups from all over the north shore get a night out to laugh and solve a mystery together, and the school gets closer to the play equipment we need.”

To assist in the campaign to raise funds, each evening a member of the Saltonstall community (teachers, staff, and parents) will play the role of the Deputy in the play. The Deputy is usually appointed from the audience.

Tickets are $26 or $36, and $10 of the higher-priced admission will go to the playground fund. The show has the potential to raise $900 for the K-8 school on Lafayette Street. Tickets can be purchased at goodnightcaptainwhitehh.bpt.me

Partner Story - Hawthorne Hotel Nominated for Prestigious Awards

We are pleased to announce that the Hawthorne Hotel was nominated by Historic Hotels of America for the 2015 Awards of Excellence and selected for both the Best City Center Historic Hotel, as well as Best Historic Hotel (76-200 guest rooms). 

As the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that its 260 member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America. 

“We are thrilled to be nominated in these categories alongside a distinct group of historic hotels, including The Plaza in New York City, The Jefferson in Washington DC and Boston’s Omni Parker Hotel,”, explains Patrick Cornelissen, General Manager of the Hawthorne Hotel, “and it speaks volumes of the entire hotel team that is being recognized for their hard work and exemplary customer service.” 

Cornelissen joined the hotel about 5 months ago as GM and, together with a team of 150 employees, has been working on elevating the property to the next level. “While any historic property comes with its own challenges, it also provides a tremendous opportunity to stand out and be different. We are fortunate to be part of Salem’s main tourism triangle, marked between the Hawthorne, the Salem Witch Museum and the PEM, yet we embrace the entire city’s heritage, culture and renewed vitality that was established under the leadership of Mayor Driscoll”, explains Cornelissen. 

Together with entities such as the House of Seven Gables, and a vibrant city center that has become a culinary destination rivaling Portland Maine, Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel offers a unique historic perspective for people looking for more than just a cookie-cutter stay and who wish to be in the center of the action. The hotel recently celebrated its 90th anniversary and has been an integral part of the city’s growth into a destination that has long transcended just weekends and special holidays. The hotel offers 93 guests rooms and hosts two award winning restaurants: the pub-style Tavern on the Green and the European inspired Nat’s. 

Award recipients were selected from nominations received by historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and these awards recognize the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories. The final award winners will be announced early October to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels across the United States. The 2015 award nominees are as follows:

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)

Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Harbor View Hotel of Martha's Vineyard (1891) Edgartown, Massachusetts 

Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts

Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 

Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa

The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923) Washington, DC

Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort (1935) St. Simons Island, Georgia

La Fonda on the Plaza™ (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Old Edwards Inn and Spa (1878) Highlands, North Carolina 

The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado

Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee 

Best City Center Historic Hotel

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco, California 

Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Massachusetts

Haywood Park Hotel (1923) Asheville, North Carolina

Hilton Milwaukee City Center (1928) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hotel Boulderado (1909) Boulder, Colorado 

Hotel Brexton (1881) Baltimore, Maryland

Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana 

Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland

Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts  

Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh (1916) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois 

The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee

The Plaza (1907) New York, New York

Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine

The Strater Hotel (1887) Durango, Colorado

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Looking to stay or book an event at the Hawthorne? Visit us online at www.hawthornehotel.com or give us a call at 978-744-4080. The Hawthorne Hotel is located on 18 Washington Square West, Salem, MA.