Friday, August 20, 2010

Felice anniversario! Paula & Giovanni......

Tonight, we're hosting a special couple spending their 22nd Anniversary at the Amelia Payson House. Like all busy business owners, special celebrations can take second stage, but as a surprise for Giovanni, (chef and co-owner of Caffe Graziani here in Salem) his wife Paula was not going to let their Anniversary go uncelebrated. Rather than return home to East Boston after they close their restaurant for the night, they will be staying in Salem and hopefully enjoying some nightlife before settling into their accommodations at our B&B. We are so glad that Paula gave us a last minute shout and we are thrilled that we could accommodate them. While they may not be here for our breakfast, as they too serve breakfast at the restaurant, they at least will be able to lounge in a bit longer than usual as their their travel time to the Caffe in the morning will be more of a short stroll over to Washington Street as opposed to a earlier mad dash from Boston. Don and Ada wish Paula & Giovanni a very Happy Anniversary and many more years of wedded bliss.......and sweet sauce success at the Caffe.

Celebrating 19 Years in Salem 1991 - 2010
"A bit of Europe in America" "An Italian restaurant in Salem celebrating the family".

At Caffe Graziani, Giovanni, Paula ,and the whole family strive to extend a welcoming family feel at their restaurant. Located on Washington Street in downtown Salem, their business card logo features a child's drawing of the family with the slogan, "The Family Place". Their menu is pure home style Italian and plentiful, and their desserts are homemade.
A real favorite with the locals are their special International Wine Dinner Nights; a five course indulgence, no guilt.
Their Hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and closed Monday.
You can visit their website at:

Giovanni in his groove.........

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Salem is the Birthplace of the National Guard and the Governor came to make it official!

It's not every day you get your picture taken with the Governor. He was here to sign a bill distinguishing Salem as the Birthplace of the National Guard.
I just happen to be walking into City Hall today, my normal routine on Thursdays, and he escorted me up the stairs to the Council Chambers where our Mayor, Kim Driscoll welcomed Governor Duval Patrick, Congressman John Tierney, State Senator Frederick Berry, State Representative John Keenan, and many esteemed National Guard Servicemen and Women that were here to celebrate and participate in the signing of this historic acknowledgement.

Taken from the Salem Evening News.......
SALEM — It may have taken 373 years, but the city is finally getting some long-overdue recognition. State legislators last week designated Salem "the birthplace of the National Guard," officially commemorating the 1637 muster of the country's first militia on Salem Common.
In substance, the bill merely calls for state highway workers to put up signs along the entrance corridors proclaiming Salem's special designation. Champions of the bill, however, say the recognition is yet another badge of honor for this city of historic firsts.
"I think it reinforces the fact that we're not just about witches," said state Rep. John Keenan, the bill's sponsor. "We have a maritime history and now history with the National Guard. This is a way to declare to other folks in Massachusetts and the entire country that we are the birthplace of the National Guard, which is something to be extremely proud of."
"It gives Salem another dimension," Moran said. "It's another thing where it's a first."
Exactly when the National Guard was officially created may be open to some interpretation.
The state's Executive Office of Public Safety and Security claims the first units of the Massachusetts Militia were organized in Plymouth in 1621, Salem in 1629 and Boston in 1630.
The National Guard was born on Dec. 13, 1636, when town militia companies were organized into three regiments: North, South and East. (At the time, the colonists faced threats from nearby Pequot Indians and the colony wanted militia members to be ready in case of attack.)
Salem's birthplace claim centers around a muster on Salem Common in the spring of 1637. According to the Massachusetts National Guard, the Salem men represented "the country's first militia," and the muster "began the foundation for what would become the National Guard."
Salem's claim to a piece of the origins of the American military has so far gone unchallenged — quite unlike the heated rivalry between Marblehead and Beverly, which both squabble over being dubbed the birthplace of the U.S. Navy.
"I'm not aware of any other state with a designated area that conflicts with ours, so, yes, I do believe that's correct," Keenan said of Salem's spot in American military history.
Moran hopes to some day create a Museum of the First Muster, which he thinks will be helped by the city's new designation.
"That's a real possibility with the recognition now," Moran said. "It'd be easier for the groups to get grants for things like that."
Next up, Moran said, is federal recognition.
"John Tierney knows about it and knows we'll be knocking on his door with a petition to take before the Congress, which I don't feel will be a tough ride," Moran said.
The bill passed in the waning moments of the legislative session last week. At one point, its fate was in jeopardy after the Mass Department of Transportation refused to cover the expense of the sign, Keenan said.
"We'll find a way to pay for the sign," Keenan said.