Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, October 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, October 24, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Go Out Loud and Logo TV presents an exclusive Halloween competition to crown Salem’s next Official Scream Queen with 13 of the region’s most boo-tiful stage personalities as part of a live, interactive experience. The historic Hawthorne Hotel will be transformed into a haunted dance club with DJ Gay Jim and special guest Sharon Needles with fellow celebrity judges Scott Kearnan, Deborah Macki and a surprise celebrity Blood Red Carpet correspondent.

Weather Forecast   
Early morning showers then remaining mostly cloudy. Highs around 60.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join us for our Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball!
At the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday October 25th
Ask the front desk to purchase tickets
Tickets are $90 per person

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Richard Hall & Don Crandall!

Flags of the Day
Ireland
North Carolina

This Day in History
On this day in 1945, the United Nations Charter, which was adopted and signed on June 26, 1945, is now effective and ready to be enforced. The principles of the U.N. Charter were first formulated at the San Francisco Conference, which convened on April 25, 1945. It was presided over by President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, and attended by representatives of 50 nations.

I hope to see you here!

Juli




Guest Newsletter for Thursday, October 23

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, October 23, 2014.




Hotel Notes
October in Salem - why, of course it has to be a Paint Nite Costume Party! The best costume will also win a ticket to the Hawthorne Hotel's coveted Annual Costume Party on 10/25!
Hawthorne Hotel, 7:00pm on Thursday, 10/23
Tickets are $45 available on paintnite.com

Weather Forecast   
Steady rain early tapers to a drizzle, mist and scattered showers. Highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join us for our Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball!
At the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday October 25th
Ask the front desk to purchase tickets
Tickets are $90 per person

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Doug & Martha Grady!

Flags of the Day
Bhutan
Connecticut

This Day in History
On October 23, 1993, Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter does what every kid dreams of—he wins the World Series for his team by whacking a ninth-inning home run over the SkyDome’s left-field wall. It was the first time in baseball history that a team won the championship with a come-from-behind home run.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warm Cozy Tavern Awaits

Our Tavern on the Green restaurant in the historic Hawthorne Hotel is perfect on a day like today. We happen to have plenty of parking in our lot right now, so why not come on over for a lovely lunch.








As you can see, we are in the mood for this time of the year.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, October 22

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Join us for our Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball!
At the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday October 25th
Ask the front desk to purchase tickets
Tickets are $90 per person

Weather Forecast   
Rain early… then remaining cloudy with thundershowers developing in the afternoon. High 56F

What’s Happening in Salem this week
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

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Paul Mariani!

Flags of the Day
Benin
Idaho

This Day in History
On this day in 1797, the first parachute jump is made by André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. Louis-Sebastien Lenormand fashioned a kind of parachute out of two umbrellas and jumped from a tree in 1783, but André-Jacques Garnerin was the first to design and test parachutes capable of slowing a man's fall from a high altitude.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Some of Our Favorite Guests Combined with Some of Our Favorite Things

If you come into my office this time of the year you will see a charming black cat and a beautiful "Halloween Tree" made of blown glass.  They are definitely two of my favorite things, and they were both given to me by Karen and John who are here at the Hawthorne Hotel with us each and every Halloween season for several weeks.  Karen actually makes these cats, and I just LOVE mine!  Here she is reluctantly posing with my stuff.


I asked them if they wanted their photo taken with our giant pumpkin and they agreed, so here it is. The giant pumpkin is also one of my favorite things about the Hawthorne Hotel.


Lastly, Karen and John were chosen to be our VIPs of the day yesterday, which means they got to choose the flags that we would fly in front of the hotel today.  Here they are with the flag of New Jersey, their current home state.


Be sure to stay tuned to this blog, as I am sure Karen and John will invite me to see their wonderfully decorated-just-for-Halloween room again this year.

You will not be disappointed.

Juli

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Flower Boxes

Today we switched over the planter boxes around the hotel to their fall "mums". Hope you enjoy this last splash of color before winter gets here.





And of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ October 20 through October 26, 2014

Idaho

Monday October 20 Belgium and Georgia        
Tuesday October 21 Belize and Hawaii
Wednesday October 22 Benin and Idaho                                       
Thursday October 23 Bhutan and Illinois           
                  
Friday October 24 Bolivia and Indiana  


Benin


Saturday October 25 Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iowa                                            
Sunday October 26 Botswana and Kansas                          

*Denotes special request 


FAQs about our Flag Program

Q.  Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?

A.  Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in.  He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.

Q.  How long has this program been in existence?

A.  While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.

Q.  Where are the flags flown?

A.  The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left.
Q.  How are the flags chosen?

A.  The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order.  The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.

Q.  Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?

A.  Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community.  If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.

Q.  What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?

A.  That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.   One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA.  She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel.  She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.

Q.  Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?

A.  We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date.  For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan.  We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Q.  What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?

A.  In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by.  Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.

Q.  If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?

A.  Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request.  Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)


We hope to see you here!

Juli