Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Monday, April 21

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Monday, April 21, 2014.




Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Wounded Warrior Project. We are happy to be your home away from home and if you need anything at all please let us know!

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny with a highs in the mid 60’s J

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The 2014 Boston Marathon runners will be taking on the challenging 26 mile, 384 yard run today. Let the Front Desk staff know if you would like to go cheer them on as they take on one of the hardest Marathon courses. We would be happy to provide a commuter rail and T schedule as well as point you in the right direction.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Leslie Garabedian!

Flags of the Day
Burundi
Colorado

This Day in History
The first detective story is published in 1841. Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. Following the publication of Poe’s story, detective stories began to grow into novels.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 21 through April 27, 2014

West Virginia

Monday April 21 Burundi and Washington  
Tuesday April 22 Cambodia and West Virginia
Wednesday April 23 Cameroon and Wisconsin                       
Thursday April 24 Canada and Wyoming                       
Friday April 25 Cape Verde and Alabama   


Burundi


Saturday April 26 Central African Republic and Alaska                            
Sunday April 27 Chad and Arizona           

*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

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, April 20

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, April 20, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome all of the guests attending our Annual Easter Buffet. Happy Easter!

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny day with temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Servant of Two Masters
April 17th-19th @ 7:30 pm Salem State University. Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors Purchase online at: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365. http://www.salem.org/#sthash.vTC4o79B.dpuf

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Lisa Fox!

Flags of the Day
Burkina Faso     
Virgin Islands

This Day in History
The first New York state constitution is formally adopted by the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York, meeting in the upstate town of Kingston, on this day in 1777.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Beauty Takes Many Forms

The most recent special exhibit to open at PEM reflects on "California Design, 1930 - 1965 Living in a Modern Way" and it is very interesting and educational in its approach.  There are more than 250 mid-century design objects included in this unique exhibition.

This show is on through July 6, and you want want to miss it.  Here are some photos of just some of the objects that you will really want to see in person:








Love this packaging from Joseph Magnin's store in San Francisco.  The store is gone now, but they did some really cool things, which I remember from my childhood growing up in S.F.







I hope you will come to see this awesome show for yourself, and learn all about how these particular dates came to bracket this period of time, and what drove the designs of this period.  And of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, April 19

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, April 19, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. High’s between 50 and 60!

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Servant of Two Masters
April 17th-19th @ 7:30 pm Salem State University. Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors Purchase online at: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365. http://www.salem.org/#sthash.vTC4o79B.dpuf

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Janet Hoffman!

Flags of the Day
Germany
Connecticut

This Day in History
On this day in 1876, a Wichita, Kansas, commission votes not to rehire policeman Wyatt Earp after he beats up a candidate for county sheriff. Born in 1848, Wyatt was one of the five Earp brothers, some of whom became famous for their participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral in 1881. Before moving to Tombstone in 1879, however, Wyatt had already become a controversial figure. For much of his life, he worked in law enforcement, but his own allegiance to the rule of law was conditional at best.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

March's Part-Time Employee of the Month is Recognized

Andrew "AJ" Grube was surprised during his shift in the Tavern on Wednesday night so that we could award him the Part-Time Employee of the Month Award for March 2014.    You can see by these photos that he thought we were in the Tavern to take a photo of the managers who were all lined up, so he tried to get out of the picture, but then finally realized when we started singing "For he's a jolly good fellow" that we were there for him.

Left to right:  AJ with his back to the camera, Elizabeth Buchanan, Evening Manager; Rhiannon Nowak, Hawthorne Catering Chef; Maggie Johnson, Banquet Chef; Karen O'Kane, Director of Catering; Zak Leete, Dining Services Supervisor; Jasmina Conley, Assistant Dining Services Manager; and Lindsay Otis, Senior Catering Sales Manager

Here you can see AJ trying to make his way around all these managers who are at this point "in his way".  In addition to the managers named in the photo caption above, you can see Jessica Wright, Sales Manager (in the red dress) and to her right, Alaina Ferreiro, Catering Manager and Sara Norris, Catering Sales Manager.

Now that he "gets it" AJ seemed pretty happy.


 After the initial ambush we took him out to the lobby for the formal presentation and small speeches that we have as part of this ceremony.


Jasmina expressing her feelings about what a terrific team member AJ has been for us.

While AJ has only been with us for a little more than six months, during that time he has developed into a very loyal, dedicated and hard-working team member of the Dining Services Department.  He has worked in the Tavern, Nathaniel's and the Garden Restaurant at PEM, all as part of our great team.

I hope when you see him you will congratulate him for his terrific work, and wonderful attitude.

Juli

Special thanks to Elizabeth Buchanan for taking the photos.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, April 18

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, April 18, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Partial Sunshine with a drizzle in the morning! High’s in the 40’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Servant of Two Masters
April 17th-19th @ 7:30 pm Salem State University. Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors Purchase online at: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365. http://www.salem.org/#sthash.vTC4o79B.dpuf

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Raymond Heyse!

Flags of the Day
Italy
Colorado

This Day in History
On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy waits for word on the success of a covert plan to overthrow Cuba's government. Kennedy had authorized Operation Zapata, the attempt to overthrow Cuba's communist leader, Fidel Castro, on April 15. The failed coup became what many have called the worst foreign-policy decision of Kennedy's administration.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Employee of the Month for March -- Sarah Dunne

This week we honored one of our wonderful full-time front office staff members with the Employee of the Month Award for March.  Sarah Dunne is a person who has the best smile, most terrific happy attitude, and combines that all with excellent accuracy when handling any of a myriad of details that make up the work of a front desk staff member.  In addition to the work she does at the front office, Sarah also occasionally helps out in the banquet department, and I can assure you she is just as smiling and efficient there as she is at the front desk!

Here are some photos of her as we gave her award:


Juli Lederhaus, General Manager, awarding Sarah this recognition.





Sarah Dunne with Front Office Manager Andy Seidel

Please join me in offering your congratulations to Sarah for a job continually "well-done!"

Thanks to Kayleigh Merritt for taking these photos.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, April 17

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, April 17, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Chilly with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures in the high 40’-50’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Servant of Two Masters
April 17th-19th @ 7:30 pm Salem State University. Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors Purchase online at: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365. http://www.salem.org/#sthash.vTC4o79B.dpuf

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Michael Palermon!

Flags of the Day
Armenia
Hawaii

This Day in History
On this day in 1972, Apollo 16 departs for the moon from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Apollo 16, the fifth of six U.S. lunar landing missions, is successfully launched on its 238,000-mile journey to the moon.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sounds Like So Much FUN!!

Thank you to Kate Fox at Destination Salem for this great blog post.  This production sounds like so much fun, I will be sure to attend, and hope you do too!  Coming up soon!!!
If you attend, show your tickets afterwards in our Tavern Restaurant which serves a full menu until 11 pm each night, and receive 10% off of your purchase of all food items.


https://www.facebook.com/events/224060461125027/
Take a young couple about to be wed, add two manipulating fathers, a saucy maid, a gourmet innkeeper, a misjudged killer, a woman dressed as a man, awkward porters and rude waiters with a dash of a mischievous servant and you have Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece, The Servant of Two Masters.

At its center is the scheming (and perpetually hungry) servant, Truffaldino, who concocts a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. While Goldoni’s Venetian romp was written in the eighteenth century, audience members will recognize timeless comic devices reminiscent of the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Little Tramp.”

Directed and choreographed by David Allen George with scenic Venice designed by James Fallon and the elaborate costumes and traditional masks of the Venice Carnival designed by Jane Hillier-Walkowiak, this wildly funny and totally enjoyable classic is a guaranteed delight.
  • The Servant of Two Masters
  • Directed by David Allen George
  • April 17-19, April 24-26, 7:30 pm and April 27, 2 pm.
  • Salem State University. Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St.
  • Tickets are $15 general/$10 students and seniors
  • Purchase online at: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365.
Pre-show talk: What’s So Funny? Universal Humor on April 24 at 6:30 pm.

I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli