Each and every day we post something new to our "Daily Diary" here, to help us keep in touch with our guests, our staff, and our community.
We look forward to seeing you here, in Salem, Massachusetts, USA.
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Juli Lederhaus, General Manager
Tuesday, February 3 New Zealand
and District of Columbia
Wednesday, February 4 Nicaragua and Florida
Thursday, February 5 Niger and Georgia
Friday, February 6 Nigeria and Guam
Saturday, February 7 Norway and
Sunday, February 8 Oman and Idaho
*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
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
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
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
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.)
You may remember a few years ago we wrote about Robert Leonard's book of poems that had been published. Robert is a member of the Hawthorne Hotel team who works for us in our Banquet Department. His book was recently reviewed by The Columbia Review, and I thought you might be interested in reading this interesting review. Perhaps that will inspire you to consider buying your own autographed copy of this lovely book of poetry from our gift shop at the Front Desk. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
IN THE MURMURING TREES (2012)
REVIEWED BY: THE EDITORIAL BOARD The Editorial Board of The Columbia Review selects new books and films of interest, as well as paid submissions and sponsored reviews from authors, publishers, directors, agents and producers.
“In The Murmuring Trees” by R. Tirrell Leonard JR. is an imaginative volume of poems and prose of great spirit, rich creativity, and three-dimensional imagery.
Readers of poetry often seek to understand not only the meaning of the words themselves, but to perceive who the poet really is. One might speculate that Leonard may be revealing himself best with the first line in the poem “A Post in Furies Winds:” “I know I differ from the normal view …”
This collection of poems and prose is also a unique exploration of a common sentiment – love – but here it is to a place, as the title of another song reads: “A Magical Country Dance.” One cannot miss Mr. Leonard’s deep love for the State of Massachusetts — both its people (Contemporary and natives) and its raw physical beauty (land and coast).
Most of the pieces may fit on one page, but many would serve as food for thought for a whole evening. And while the poet speaks of losing his voice, his writing comes across loud and clear with great charm and natural rythm. Adding to this volume’s value for the reader are snippets of true perception and tickling humor. For example, who among us, lovers of poetry, don’t remember a sleepless night made longer by the crickets singing through the open window, driving us “near the brink.”
In particular, some of Mr. Leonard’s poetry attains the cloak of youthful wit, alluding to figures from the sphere of fantasy and the world of magic, which would make much of this volume easily accessible and happily enjoyable for younger readers, as well.
In summary, this meticulous and beautiful collection leaves the reader shaken, elated and reflective, perhaps as the poet concludes the title poem (or close to it), “In Murmurings Through Trees:” “Skies with lightning flashes bright and brawling, fill my mind with wonders still and installing.” Indeed!
Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, January 31, 2015.
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Rena Phillips & David Sousaon
their wedding today! We are proud to be a part of your special day!
let us know if you or your guests should need anything at all.
Early snow with sun in the afternoon. High of about 19F.
What’s Happening in
Salem this week
Beatles...nicely played!" is a perfect description of 4EverFab,
a phenomenally-talented and meticulously-exact Beatles tribute band whose
beautiful harmonies and arrangements help get audiences in touch with why they
loved the Beatles in the first place.
January 31 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Cabot Theatre (286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA)
VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel
would like to welcome their VIP of the dayMichael Giroir!
Flags of the Day
This Day in History
this day in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment
to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read,
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United
States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
While I have already posted most of these photos on our FaceBook page, it occurred to me that not everyone who reads this blog is also a friend on FaceBook, so I thought it would be good for those readers to post these here.
These are photos that I took during Blizzard "Juno" earlier this week.
Those small dark dots you see just below the fence in the top of the photo above are the heads of the parking meters across the street from the Hawthorne Hotel.
(Above) A view of Salem Common from room 520. You can barely see the tops of the bollards that surround the entrance to the Common.
Guests from the local area who cross-country skied here to enjoy the Tavern.
Guests who snowshoed to the Tavern to eat and enjoy an adult beverage. We love our neighbors who will brave any kind of conditions to come to use our facilities.
Another guest who skied over to dine with us.
It was blowing so hard that our doors, which are about 20 feet under cover, were covered with windblown snow.
This collage is of photos that were taken on the first night of the storm, around 11 pm.
A view from the inside of the Tavern, looking through our historic windows at the back of the window boxes.