Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, October 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, October 30, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Haunted Happenings Carnival!
Step right up to Fiesta Shows while visiting Salem and act your age somewhere else! Games, rides and all the fun rolled up in one!
Mon-Fri 3-9pm, Weekends 1pm-10pm.
289 Derby St, Salem, MA

Weather Forecast   
A mix of sun and clouds with temperatures around 50.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Cry Innocent: The People vs Bridget Bishop
Old Town Hall 32 Derby Sq, Salem, MA 01970
1:30pm, 2:30pm
The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and you are the Puritan jury. Hear testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the outcome. Play your part in history!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Linda Marciniak!

Flags of the Day
Italy
New York

This Day in History
On this day in 1735, John Adams, the son of a farmer and a descendant of Plymouth Rock pilgrims, is born in Braintree, Massachusetts. He enrolled in Harvard University at age 16 and went on to teach school and study law before becoming America's second president.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Costume Contest Winners Individual and Couple Category

Every year we have such fun presenting the winners of our annual Halloween Costume Contest. We have three categories, with First, Second and Third Place in two of them (Best Group, and Best Individual or Couple.)  
Here is the complete list:


Individual/Couple
(1)   Lucifer
(2)    A Skeksi from the Dark Crystal
(3) Gothic Queen and her Demon Dog
The Seven Seas
Bad Day to be a Girl Scout
Day of the Dead
Edgar Allan Poe and the Raven

BEST GROUP
(1) Tribute to Robin Williams (Front Desk helped them set up a proposal this week!)
(2) Corpse Bride and her Zombie Bridesmaids
(3) Mardi Gras Paper Dolls
Beetlejuice Group
Medusa and her Statues
Visitors from the Underworld
A League of Their Own

BEST THEME
Mardi Gras Float
Runner Up: Voodoo Goddess
Mardi Gras Marionette
Victorian Mardi Gras
Fire Queen & Ice King
Mardi Gras Queen & VooDoo Man


Today we will give you photos of the Individual/Couple category winners, and runners' up.  The costumes were AMAZING.  We hope you enjoy seeing them.

First Place went to "Lucifer" by Benton Murray of Los Angeles, California




Third Place was given to the Gothic Queen and Her Demon Dog  (we have not received their information sheet back.)
The Seven Seas
A Bad Day to Be a Girl Scout


Day of the Dead






Edgar Allan Poe and the Raven


Tomorrow we will post the Best Group, and on Halloween we will post the Best Theme of the Party.

So stay tuned.

Juli


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, October 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, October 29, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Haunted Happenings Carnival!
Step right up to Fiesta Shows while visiting Salem and act your age somewhere else! Games, rides and all the fun rolled up in one!
Mon-Fri 3-9pm, Weekends 1pm-10pm.
289 Derby St, Salem, MA

Weather Forecast   
Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers. Temperatures in the 60s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Haunted Harbor Cruise with Mahi Mahi Cruises
Discover the ever-changing scenery along the haunted coastlines of Salem, Marblehead, Beverly and the remote Misery Islands. 90-minute tour features face painting, fortune telling, spooky photo ops, & a professional storyteller spinning tales of local pirates, haunted islands, and living monsters who wreak havoc on local ships to this very day! Full bar & grill plus hot beverages.
Daily in October 3PM, 5PM & 7PM. Adults $25.00, Children $15.00.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Edward Reidler

Flags of the Day
United States of America
California

This Day in History
Black Tuesday hits Wall Street as investors trade 16,410,030 shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. In the aftermath of Black Tuesday, America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

The "Halloween Decor Package"

Every year since they came to the Hawthorne Hotel in 1998 two guests, John Marsicano and Karen McCrory, have been staying with us and decorating their room for Halloween.  They started out very simply, with just a banner and some lights, and over the years other things started being added to the mix, until by 2000 they were in full-blown decorate-every-square-inch-of-the-room mode.

One of the things that has happened over the years is that other guests walking down the hallways have glimpsed inside this special room, and when they see John, and ask about the room, he loves to joke with them that this is the "Halloween Decor Package" and to just call the hotel a month ahead of time to order it.  He lets them pick their jaws up off the floor before telling them he is just kidding!

We started profiling this fun guest-happening on our blog in 2007, and have done so every year since then.  The reason we are able to make a news story out of this year after year is that every year they add new things to their decor, and so it is always fun to go and see what is new.

Here are this year's photos:

The painting on the left in this photo above is new this year, and the one below has not made the trip here before.



This harlequin witch (below) has not been on display here either:

Another new piece:
The pumpkin was left over from the Scream Out Loud event:
Another new painting"

Obviously this year's Black Cat Tours piece for 2014 is new:
This piece is not new, but was hung in a new place and looked new to me:
John surveying his domain, rightfully proud:
Another new painting by John Clarke:

 And another new painting by John Clarke as well:




This miniature coffin is new:
This Wheel of Misfortune is also new, made from a repurposed antique side table.  So cute!  And it works!


This jolly pumpkin person is also new:
And so is this witch with the green face:

These candle holders and candles are new:
The skull-embellished beer steins are also part of this years' new additions:

So is the blown glass "witch ball""

And this piece below is also part of the 2014 collection:

 The following five photos are of some special lighted blown glass ornaments which are not all new, but a few are in fact very old, and very special.  They are made by the Old World Christmas Ornaments by Merck.  Here is a link to the haunted house night light you see below:

Haunted House Night Light

This ghost coming out of the pumpkin is one of John's very favorite pieces, and this year it was accidentally broken when he was setting up the room, so he was thrilled when he was able to find one to replace it right away, through the magic of the Internet.



In this photo you can see that the "haunted house" also is available as a regular tree ornament:

The following photos show the room in its entirety:







One of the great things about John and Karen, and what they do to this room, is that when they leave there is not a trace of what they have done to this room.  Everything is put back exactly as they found it, and not a spot is left on the walls, ceiling or furniture.  Now those are some special guests!

I hope you enjoy seeing all of this, and of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli