Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Hawthorne Hotel Shines Again!

This week we received not one, but two local awards! We are truly honored to once again be named North Shore Magazine's Reader's Choice for Hotel and Wicked Local's Regional Favorite for Hotel. We also received Honorable Mention in Wicked Local's Best Caterer category.

We would like to thank our excellent team for making us shine, and of course we want to thank YOU, our wonderful guests, for voting us your favorite hotel year after year.

We hope to see you here!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Banquets Employee Honored

On Wednesday, a group of us gathered in our Grand Ballroom to find Mike O'Meara of our Banquets team where he setting up for our big Wedding Tasting. Mike had recently been voted by our Managers as the Full-Time Employee of the Month for May 2014, but with his busy schedule we hadn't yet been able to present his award. As one of Senior members of our Banquets staff, Mike is no stranger to this honor, but you can see below that we still surprised him!

Mike was nominated by our Assistant General Manager and Director of Food & Beverage, Claire Kallelis, for his professionalism and friendliness towards fellow staff members and guests alike. As a Senior Banquet Captain, Mike's ability and willingness to take a leadership role in his department makes him a key asset to our team, as we all know we can rely on him to do what needs to be done. This is especially helpful to Banquet Manager, Liz Dube, who knows she can look to Mike for support.

Claire Kallelis, Michael Harrington, Liz Dube, Juli Lederhaus, Mike O'Meara
  We had a large gathering of team members to celebrate Mike, including Mr. Harrington!

 Liz Dube expressed her appreciation for Mike as a leader in the Banquets department. 

Juli Lederhaus, Mike O'Meara, Liz Dube

Claire Kallelis, Mike O'Meara, Liz Dube

 Clearly he was very excited!

Thanks, Mike, for all you do!

Please keep an eye out for Mike the next time you're in the Hotel and congratulate him on this accomplishment.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

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


Monday July 21 Mozambique and New Hampshire     
Tuesday July 22 Myanmar and New Jersey
Wednesday July 23 Namibia and New Mexico                                
Thursday July 24 Nauru and New York     
Friday July 25 Nepal and North Carolina  


Saturday July 26 Netherlands and North Dakota                                     
Sunday July 27 New Zealand and Ohio                   

*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, July 19, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, July 20

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

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome Kate Andrews & Molly Kelley for their Bridal Showers. Congratulations on your upcoming weddings! We hope you enjoy your special day! If you or your guests should need anything at all please let us know! Cheers to you!

Weather Forecast   
Lots of clouds, little sunshine. Mid 70’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Salem Culture Fest!
Happening Saturday July, 19th and Sunday, July 20th on the Salem Common.
There will be food, arts and crafts, live music, children’s entertainment and more!
Saturday from 10AM to 8PM
Sunday 10AM to 6PM.
For more information, please visit www.salemculturefest.com

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Stephen Boothby!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On this day in 1933, best-selling novelist Cormac McCarthy, whose books include “All the Pretty Horses,” “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road,” which won the Pulitzer Prize, is born in Providence, Rhode Island. McCarthy’s novels, often set in the American Southwest, are known for being bleak and violent and often feature characters who are outsiders or criminals.

I hope to see you here!


Extraordinary Thank You Letter

There are times when we come to work, open our mail, and are just so very happy to be in our chosen business, and this week was one of those weeks.  On Monday morning I received a wonderful Thank You letter from a lovely couple who recently had their 50th wedding anniversary celebration here at the hotel.  I thought I would share it with you.  If you need to make them larger for better viewing, just click on the image.

The couple, as you can see from their letter, are Bradford and Linda Harding. They had their wedding reception hosted here on June 21, 1964, and so there was no doubt that this was where they wanted to celebrate their momentous 50th wedding anniversary.

There were boards full of photographs of the happy couple, and we were pleased to find one that contained not only the original engagement announcement, but the Hawthorne's bill from the reception. Prices are a little different these days!



Boards such as these ones recalled Brad and Linda's wedding day, and then memories from their 50 years together.

At their wedding reception, Brad and Linda had their photograph taken with Nathaniel, and so they asked to have their photo taken with him again at their anniversary celebration.



Congratulations again, Brad and Linda, on so many wonderful years together!

As always, we hope to see you here.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, July 19

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

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Lindsay Young and Stephen Sullivan on their very special day! We are so happy to be your home away from home during this exciting time. If you or your guests should need anything please let us know!
Weather Forecast   
Sunshine. Temperatures in the low 80s.
What’s Happening in Salem this week
Salem Culture Fest!
Happening Saturday July, 19th and Sunday, July 20th on the Salem Common.
There will be food, arts and crafts, live music, children’s entertainment and more!
Saturday from 10AM to 8PM
Sunday 10AM to 6PM.
For more information, please visit www.salemculturefest.com. 
VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Donna Murray & Robert Finn!
Flags of the Day
New York
This Day in History
On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The artifact held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been "dead" for nearly 2,000 years.
I hope to see you here!


Cinema Salem's Weekly Newsletter -- It Is Fun to Read!

We love CinemaSalem.  One of the myriad on our list of "Why/how do we love CinemaSalem. . .?" is their cleverly written weekly newsletter.

Here is this week's edition, just in time for you to make plans for the upcoming weekend:


Thanks to all our loyal, sophisticated, and good-looking patrons for voting CinemaSalem the Best North Shore Movie Theater, for the sixth consecutive year. We're very grateful for your continuing support and attendance, and in response, we feel it's our obligation to bring in the best movies we can find, -- and we've got some great ones this week.

One of them is an all-time classic, the first true blockbuster film, and a movie that retains its ability to scare people days after they've seen it. The movie? 1975's Jaws, playing next Thursday, July 24 at 7 pm. The influential masterpiece earned a ravishing 98% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com. The New Yorker (Pauline Kael, in fact!): "It may be the most cheerfully perverse scare movie ever made. Even while you're convulsed with laughter you're still apprehensive, because the editing rhythms are very tricky, and the shock images loom up huge, right on top of you." Radio Times: "John Williams's Oscar-winning music and the excellent performances of Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss add to the ingeniously mounted tension that cleverly plays on all our deepest primeval fears." The Guardian: "This is a suspense classic that leaves teeth-marks."

Admission to Jaws is free for our Kickstarter Backers and Friends of CinemaSalem (and immediate families or a friend), and available to everyone else at our regular, reasonable ticket prices.
Now let's take a peek at the rest of our fabulous lineup!

Starting Friday: Planes: Fire and Rescue (PG); Video Games: The Movie (NR); Begin Again (R); Jaws (PG); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG13); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!
Finally, an awesome summer family flick! Planes: Fire and Rescue sounds like just what the doctor ordered from the Disney/Pixar stable. Village Voice: "There are honestly stirring moments to be found in the movie's heartfelt tribute to the virtues of teamwork, courage and sacrifice, and in its soaring 3D visuals." Newark Star Ledger: "There are enough silly jokes and simple excitement here ... to keep the youngest ones interested, and a few mild puns to make the adults smile."

Planes: Fire and Rescue will screen in 2D Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), 6:15 and 8:30; Sunday-Wednesday at (11:15 AM), (1:30) and 6:15; and Thursday at (11:15 AM), (1:15), (5:15). The film will soar in 3D (my favorite) on Friday-Wednesday at (3:45); and Thursday at (3:15).

We're thrilled that our in-house booking braintrust has landed a print of Begin Again, a new film by the auteur who gave us the indie classic, Once. The Advocate: "Irish writer/director John Carney is a master at depicting musicians on the cusp of something special." UK Daily Mirror: "Fans of Once - or, indeed, anyone with a heart - will be swept away by the gentle, sweet-but-sad story." UK Observer: "I found it moving, funny and really rather charming, provoking more than enough laughter and tears." Irish Times: "The result is a film that, while fitting into various great traditions, still bears the unmistakable thumbprint of a singular film-maker."

Begin Again will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00.

In the Screening Room is the wonderful Video Games: The Movie, an entertaining documentary about the birth and development of one of America's high tech pastimes. Variety: "A slick, entertaining survey of electronic gaming's history to date. The film points at the seminal moment in 1962 when MIT staff and students created a game to showcase the abilities of a new computer with a then-novel display screen. Leading the charge into commercial arcades was Atari, which debuted "Pong" in 1972. Founder Nolan Bushnell says it soon became clear that the most popular games were "simple to learn but impossible to master," making them addictively engrossing." Village Voice: The movie opens with a barrage of statistics before segueing into a sketchy history lesson-cum-industry promotion."

Video Games: The Movie will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:40), 7:15 and 9:15; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:40) and 7:15.

Of course, we're bringing back one of the best-reviewed films of the year, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, about which old friend, Wesley Morris, late of the Boston Globe, writes this for Grantland: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets to be exciting and to say something about the world instead of merely blowing it up. The apes are among the more intellectually complex characters you're likely to spend time with this summer."

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:15), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:40; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:15), (3:30) and 6:45.

We've seen a recent spike in attendance at our home-grown flicks: The Spirit of Salem will screen Monday-Thursday at 5:00. This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen Monday-Thursday at 4:00. The True 1692 will screen every day at 2:00 and 6:30.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Here's a representative romantic and musical scene from Begin Again.