Archive for November 2009

Aprons: Fifties Functional Fashion

The American Textile History Museum
Aprons: Fifties “FUN”ctional Fashion
American Textile History Museum
Lowell, MA 01854
November 6, 2009 – April 18, 2010, Wednesdays – Sundays
Relive the nostalgia of the 1950s with these one-of-a-kind accessories, from the practical to the whimsical. This exhibit showcases a fun and fashionable collection of the popular accessory from the fifties. Aprons on display range from practical to stylish and bring to mind the housewives, waitresses and hostesses who wore them. A section of novelty aprons, such as those made from handkerchiefs, and travel souvenir aprons will also be on display.

Changing Landscapes-Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art

The American Textile History Museum
October 23, 2009 – March 14, 2010, Wednesdays – Sundays
First contemporary Chinese fiber art exhibition in the U.S. Includes tapestries and sculpture. This exhibit, co-curated by Ni Yue-Hong, a professor at the Fiber Arts Institute of Tsinghua University in Beijin and Deborah Corsini, curator of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, offers two-dimensional tapestries as well as sculptural work by emerging, mid-career, and master artists who study or teach at institutions of higher education throughout China. The exhibit is a snapshot of how three generations of artists working in fiber media are documenting, navigating, and responding to the tremendous economic, political, and social changes that have transformed the Chinese landscape over the past decade.

Jules Aarons: In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-76

September 26, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park

Selected from the Permanent Collection portfolio In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-76, the forty-six photographs on view by renowned street photographer Jules Aarons (1921-2008) vary in subject, site location, and span the artist’s career. While many of the images have appeared independent of each other in a variety of publications and exhibitions, grouped in this portfolio, they take on new meaning and highlight Aarons’s active exploration of historic and contemporary Jewish neighborhoods at home and throughout his many travels. This exhibition includes images of Boston’s ethnically diverse West End, the historically Jewish districts in Paris as well as places symbolic of Aarons’s childhood and family communities in the Bronx and Rockaway, NY. Organized by Koch Curatorial Fellow Nina Gara Bozicnik.

Jules Aaron

Jules Aaron

Out of the Box: Photography Portfolios from the Permanent Collection

October 24, 2009 – October, 2010

Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park

In collaboration with one of Boston’s premier venues for photography, the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University (PRC), DeCordova has invited their former curator and now independent curator Leslie K. Brown to organize an exhibition from the museum’s extensive photography collection.

Selections from eleven portfolios will be featured, ranging from the very first photographs to enter DeCordova’s collection in 1980—an abstract portfolio by Calvin Kowal—to well-known leaders in the field such as Larry Fink and Neal Slavin. In addition to the most recently acquired photographs from 2009—a portfolio by Jo Sandman—Out of the Box will also highlight the entire PRC Portfolio, published in 2008, including luminaries such as Emmet Gowin, Laura McPhee, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, and Patti Smith, among others.

Decpordova Museum Photo Show

Decpordova Museum Photo Show

Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc

Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi

September 26, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park

Lalla Essaydi is a New York-based, Moroccan-born photographer, painter, and installation artist. Over the past decade, she has risen to international prominence with her timely and beautiful work that deals with the condition of women in Islamic society, cross-cultural identity, Orientalism, and the history of art. Like her feminist Muslim expatriate contemporaries—Ghada Amer, Ambreen Butt, Emily Jacir, Sherin Neshat, and Shahzia Sikander—Essaydi has developed a powerful and personal artistic voice that calls into question prevailing myths, power hierarchies, and traditions that limit human freedom.

This solo exhibition at DeCordova is the first American museum presentation of Essaydi’s most recent body of work, Les Femmes du Maroc. Like her earlier photographic series, Converging Territories (2005), the images in Les Femmes du Maroc present Moroccan women in staged narratives. These women inhabit a place that is literally and entirely circumscribed by text, written directly on their bodies, apparel, and their surroundings by the artist herself

Ellie Thompson Jewelry Show- April 2010

Chicago designer and gemologist, Ellie Thompson, unveiled her new collection at the Hawthorne Inn on November 6 and 7, 2009.  This comes just weeks after the Field Museum opened a permanent exhibit,  and published a book “Gems and Gemstones”,  that include several pieces of Ellie’s commissioned for display. We look forward to again hosting her trunk show April 30-May 01, 2010.  It is never too late to have a signature piece, or your own custom design, delivered for a special occasion.

Custom Design-Ellie Thompson

Custom Design-Ellie Thompson

Your Innkeeper,Marilyn, is Ellie’s representative and can arrange preferred scheduling and pricing. Preview the Collections.

Concord to Celebrate 375th Birthday

Concord was the first English settlement above tidewater in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. On September 11 + 12, 2010 we will celebrate with a weekend full of events: Lectures, Activities,  Music Concerts, a Magical Ball and culminating with a Spectacular Fireworks Display . Book early to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
You can purchase a  375 th Commemorative T-Shirt  by calling the Inn. Priced @  $20.00, includes tax / shipping. Proceeds to pay for the Firework display.

Spicey Layer Cake


30 Prunes, Pitted

1/2 Cup Brandy

¼ Cup Water

1 Stick Butter

1 Stick Margarine1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 Cup White Sugar

4 Large Eggs

3 & 1/3 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 & ½ Teaspoons Cinnamon

1 & ½ Teaspoons Cardamom

¾ Teaspoons Nutmeg

¾ Teaspoons Cloves

½ Teaspoon Allspice

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 & ¼ Cups Buttermilk

1 Teaspoon Vanilla


1)       Simmer Prunes in Brandy & Water for 15-20 Minutes ‘Till Full & Tender

2)       Cream the Butter, Margarine and Sugars

3)       Add Eggs & Beat Well

4)       Sift All Dry Ingredients

5)       Drain Prunes & Save ½ Cup Liquid

6)       Alternate the Flour Mixture, Buttermilk & Prune Liquid to the Butter Mixture and Beat Well After Each Addition

7)       Beat in Vanilla

8)       Stir in Prunes


Bake @350 in a Preheated Oven in 2 Buttered & Floured Cake Pans for about 35-40 MinutE









1 Stick Butter

8 Ounces Cream Cheese

1 & ¼ Teaspoons Vanilla

4 Cups Confectionary Sugar

1 & ¼ Tablespoons Lemon Zest

Fresh Lemon Juice


1)       Beat Butter, Cream Cheese & Vanilla

2)       Slowly Beat in Confectionary Sugar

3)       Beat in Lemon Zest

4)       Add Some Drops of Lemon Juice to Taste & to Thicken


Frost Cake and Refrigerate until Cold

Remove for about 40 minutes before serving




Grilled Bananas

4 Bananas:  unpeeled
Maple Syrup or Honey

1) Halve the Bananas Lengthwise & Bush the Cut Half with Maple Syrup or Honey & Cinnamon
2) Grill, cut side down, for about 5 minutes; turn over & grill for a few more minutes

Vanilla Ice Cream
Spiced Rum

Serve:  Place Banana Halves, skin side down, on a plate
Top:  With Ice Cream & a Splash of Rum

Chocolate Cake


2 & 2/3 Cup Cake Flour

1 & ½ Teaspoons Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

¾  Cup Dark Brown Sugar

¼ Cup White Sugar

¾ Cup Corn Syrup

1 & ½ Sticks Butter:  softened

3 Eggs

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1 & ½ Cup Buttermilk:  room temperature

4 Oz. UnSweetened Cocolate or SemiSweet Chocolate;  Melt & Cool Slightly


1)      Sift together dry ingredients

2)      Beat together Sugars & Butter

3)      Beat in Eggs

4)      Beat in Corn Syrup & Vanilla

5)      Beat in Chocolate for several minutes

6)      Alternately Beat in Buttermilk & Flour:  do NOT overbeat!


Bake @350 degrees in Three Buttered, Floured Cake Pans for about 30-40 minutes