Labor Day Holiday at The Wentworth

Many of us have forgotten how Labor Day came about; to most of us it is just a long weekend – another excuse for a last minute getaway. Being in the hospitality business our staff will have to work on Labor Day, although we will get some time off after the weekend and have our annual staff golf tournament and barbeque (always a good time). The attached photo shows Ike Garland – our dishwasher since 1985 with the staff of The Wentworth when he was awarded with “Restaurant Employee of the Year for the State of NH” in the year of 1998 by the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association. We have a wonderful staff here at The Wentworth, we also have Pat Davis at the Front Desk - an employee since 1984 who was awarded Lodging Employee of the year for the state of NH in 1996, Laurie Pettengill who is along with working at The Wentworth also is one of our State Representatives and many wonderful staff that have been with us for many years and contribute so much to The Wentworth experience. Come up and visit us on Labor Day weekend, either Friday, Saturday or Sunday as we do not have any minimum stay requirements and rates start as low as $144.00 for two guests including a full breakfast for two.
We would like to remind you of the origins of Labor Day with the below information provided by the US Department of Labor Day.

 How it Came About; What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Founder of Labor Day
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television. The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Weddings Are In Full Swing at The Wentworth

This is by far my favorite time of the year.  With the kids out playing in the water and the sun beaming on my face while I watch the vactioners have a great time relaxing, how can you not love summer in The White Mountains.  I say to myself quite often, “imagine you actually get to live here”.  What could be better?  Easy……my job

Summer is the season of the weddings and we have a wedding scheduled every weekend until the middle of November here at The Wentworth.  I absolutely love working with all my bridal couples.  I have, by far, the best job in the hotel.  It’s happiness all the time.  So far we’ve had about 6 weddings this year.  All are very different in their own way but each just as beautiful as the next.  The little details, creativity and personalization that goes into planning a wedding has always been my joy.  The vendors my brides choose have been amazing.  A “must see” is the work of Carrie from Dutch Bloemen Winkel, a local florist here in Jackson as well as the work of some photographers like Meg Simone, Jay Philbrick or Anne Skidmore.  

Fridays are great here at the hotel.  The bridal couple has checked in and friends and family fill up the inn with laughter and warm greetings.  The back office transforms into a wedding wonderland with all the welcome baskets, card boxes, favors and decorations.  Usually there is some sort of a Welcome Reception on Friday night and typically in the summer months it is a low key fun filled BBQ on the back deck.  Saturday is always such a beautiful day.  Everyone dressed in their best and the tent transforms into a page from a catalog.  The brides, gorgeous, all of them!  It’s a bitter sweet moment for me.  All of our hard work coming together and seeing the guests and bridal couples reaction is wonderful but I know that this will be the last day I get to work with them.  Bitter sweet indeed.  Bonds are formed and some even turn into long lasting friendships.

Oh, the joys of summer and weddings in The White Mountains!

The Wentworth Taste of Summer Festival

In support of regional farmers, fisherman and food purveyors The Wentworth Dining Room is proud to present our Taste of Summer Festival. Our Chef creates nightly specials using the freshest ingredients he can find. Some of our most recent specials have been Veal from Northeast Family farms and here is an example of Chef Brian Gazda nightly specials:
Bone-in Veal Chop – this was served simply grilled with a salad made of fresh picked spinach, mint, feta and olives with a light lemon vinaigrette.

A popular appetizer has been Coast of Maine Calamari Salad served with a light frisee salad with a little kick added by chiles.

Chef Brian Gazda

Come and visit our AAA four diamond rated restaurant soon. we serve a Prex Fixe Menu for only $35.00 which offers a choice of any two courses plus dessert. Reservations can be made by calling us at 800-637-0013 or reserve on-line using open table.

 

Summer Strawberries have arrived!

It is time for fresh locally grown strawberries! This year our Chef Brian Gazda has made a strawberry and arugula salad that is out of this world and we have a strawberry rubarb shortcake for dessert. Don’t forget breakfast on the deck at The Wentworth – ask for our strawberry pancakes.
Check out our current menu on our web site www.thewentworth.com/dinner-menu  or book your table on line.
Our Prix Fixe menu offers you any two courses plus dessert for only $35.00 per person.

 

 

Summer Fun Packages

There is so much to do in Jackson Village and at The Wentworth for the summer. Relax by our outdoor heated pool or play tennis on our clay court and of course there is always golf at The Wentworth Golf Course right next door.

For summer adventure we have partnered with Black Mountain Stables to offer you horseback riding right here in Jackson Village. Feeling adventurous – we offer Zip Line and Gondola rides at Wildcat Mountain or how about a canoe or kayak trip down the Saco River – Saco Bound will take care of all of your river needs. Storyland is another family favorite and our lodging packages with Storyland offer you pre purchased tickets so you can breeze through the ticket line. Our two and three bedroom condominiums make the ideal family lodging.  Moose Tours – another fun adventure and the company we recommend has a 96% – 98% success rate at seeing a Moose. Call us today at 800-637-0013 or make your reservations on our web site www.thewentworth.com and we will help you plan your summer vacation.

Golf Packages are here!

With spring comes many good things. Flowers, sunny days, April vacation, and stay and golf packages at The Wentworth! We offer seven different courses for you to choose from . Some of the courses we offer include The Wentworth Golf Course, The North Conway Country Club, and The Mt. Washington Resort Golf Club.

Midweek rates start at $148 for two adults, including your accommodation,  a full country breakfast, and 18 holes of golf. Weekend rates start at $168 for two adults, including your accommodation,  a four course dinner, a full country breakfast, and 18 holes of golf at The Wentworth Golf Course. For more information on pricing and availability either visit our website, give us a call at 1-800-637-0013, or email any questions to reservations@TheWentworth.com. Happy Golfing!

The History of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine.

   

    Valentine’s Day began as an ancient Roman celebration to honor St. Valentine. There are many legends about St. Valentine and why he has had this day of remembrance and celebration named after him. One legend claims that St. Valentine was a priest during third century Rome. During the time that Valentine was a priest, Emperor Claudius decided he would outlaw marriage for young men. He thought that unmarried men made better soldiers because they had nothing to loose, and he felt that outlawing marriage would leave him with many more young men, wifeless and childless, to serve in his army. Valentine had defied Claudius and continued to preform marriages, saying that it was God’s will to have young ones fall in love and commit to each other with the holy vows of marriage. When Claudius discovered what Valentine had been doing, he ordered to have Valentine put to death. The day he was executed, February 14th, became Valentine’s Day.

     This day would be a day to apprieciate what St. Valentine had risked in allowing marriages and encouraging the bonds of love. People would pray to the St. to find love, or to keep there love going strong. People would also send letters to their loved ones. This tradition reflects how St. Valentine sent romantic letters to his love while he was in jail awaiting execution.

    Over the many, many years people have recognized Valentine’s Day, the traditions have changed. In the Roman ages the day was used to celebrate St. Valentine. As the tradition of Valentine’s Day went on, the traditions of the special day changed. In Victorian England, Valentine’s Day took on the new tradition of gift giving. They kept the importance of celebrating marriage and being faithful to your partner, as God had selected this love for you and you should be thankful to him. Some gift traditions that were acquired during that time period were chocolates, a delicacy, and flowers, the ”poor-man’s gift” becuase they could be gathered from fields, free of charge.  The letter writing tradition carried on also. They did however, find it less important to honor the St. himself. Today, in the modern world, Valentine’s Day is bigger than ever. Most people celebrate the day by being with their loved ones. Today, husbands and wives are not the only people who celebrate their love on this day, the religious affiliation with the day has lessened, and many more countries have picked up on the tradition, making Valentine’s Day a world-wide celebration of love!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

16th Annual Ice Carving Contest!

Monday, January 10th, The Wentworth Inn hosted the 16th Annual Ice Carving contest in Jackson, NH. Many talented ice carvers from around New England, joined us to compete and see who would win the honor of first place for their beautiful ice creation.  As the day went on, we watched as the plain heavy ice blocks transformed into beautiful ice masterpieces. The artist crated everything from Sea Turtles to Wall-E. We are proudly displaying these carvings at the front of our inn. Stop by The Wentworth Inn  to see these wonderful ice carvings, and maybe warm up with some homemade fondue and a cocktail in our lounge.

The Butterfly

Holidays at The Wentworth

The Wentworth, in Jackson Village NH will be serving a traditional Christmas Dinner from 3:00PM until 9:00PM. The inn will be decorated in it’s Christmas finery and we will have Christmas Carolers strolling through the dining room singing your favorite Christmas Carols while you dine. We would love for you to join us.x-mas

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Wentworth, in Jackson Village of the White Mountains of New Hampshire will be serving our traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 2:00PM – 8:00PM. Our turkeys were organically raised here in Jackson at the Davis Farm and we will also be serving tenderloin of Beef, Pork and North Atlantic Salmon. Of course do not forget our delicious choices for appetizers, soup, salad and dessert. We hope you will join us!