Sunday, February 01, 2015

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 2, 2015 through February 8, 2015


Monday, February 2 Netherlands and Delaware      
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 Hawaii 
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 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!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, February 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Hotel Notes
Come down to the Tavern on the Green and watch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX!
Come eat, drink and root for the home town team to bring home another ring!
Kickoff is at 6:40pm

Weather Forecast  
Mostly sunny during the day with snow showers overnight. Temperatures in the teens.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
For more than 100 years, the City of Salem has had the good fortune to have an annual series of free winter concerts presented by the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra.
An opera double feature!
Salem High School Auditorium 
(77 Wilson Street, Salem, MA)
Sunday, February 1 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Nadia Ivanova!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On this day in 1861, Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union when a state convention votes 166 to 8 in favor of the measure.

I hope to see you here!


A Poet of Our Own

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.



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!
I hope to see you here.
Juli Lederhaus
General Manage

Friday, January 30, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, January 31

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Rena Phillips & David Sousa on their wedding today! We are proud to be a part of your special day!

Please let us know if you or your guests should need anything at all.

Weather Forecast  
Early snow with sun in the afternoon. High of about 19F.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
"The 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.

Saturday, January 31 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Cabot Theatre (286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA)

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

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On 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."

I hope to see you here!



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.

Wednesday morning and our sidewalks are clear!