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

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!


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.


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.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

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


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  


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!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

What a Sweet Story

Sometimes our "wedding" stories are too sweet to only be read on our Wedding Blog.  That is the case with Adam Drolet and Sarah Zdanowicc.

On the day of their wedding in September, with the ceremony and wedding reception to take place in our Grand Ballroom, arrangements were made for Sarah to be able to get ready in the Skylark Room -- one of our small function rooms.  Adam wanted to make it very special for her, so he went behind her back to surprise her with a very special "get ready" room.  He worked with Alaina, their catering manager, in secret, to create a place where some special memories could be relived, and others created.

We were so touched with this story that we took some photos to share with you here on our blog.

Adam brought in "family photos" and set them up on this table so she would have some warm memories around her while she got ready:

Alaina arranged for some comfy furnishings to be added to the room, along with a video player and monitor to show Sarah a special video that he created just for this occasion.

He brought her flowers and a card as well, as you can see in the photo below.  If you don't have a little tear in the corner of your eye by now, well, we feel for you.  We sure do!

With a sweet husband like this, we are sure that Sarah has found her "happily every after" and we are so pleased to have been part of their special day.

I hope we can help you plan a special event here at the Hawthorne Hotel.  Our Catering Sales Department stands ready to help make your dream a reality.  Just give them a call at 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here.


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Friday, October 17, 2014

How Do I Say This?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I write it every day, and have for nearly 10 years.  I am nearing 5,000 posts, which is pretty amazing by any blog standards I think.  I was an "early-adopter" of this (and other) technology, and when I found blogging I knew I had arrived at something that fit "me" perfectly.

I have often told people who want to understand more about social media that Blogging is like a magazine article, filled with lots of color photos.  FaceBook is a lot like a newspaper.  Smaller, more quickly read articles with just a single photo are what show up in a FB feed.  I think Twitter is more like a radio announcement that you read instead of listen to.  It shows up, and then is quickly swallowed by the latest "Tweet" to come along in your stream.

All of this is given as background for those of you who have not heard this from me before, and preparatory to what I am about to say.

Because this blog and our FaceBook page are so much a part of "me" I have chosen this medium to announce my departure from the Hawthorne Hotel early in 2015.  This is a decision that I have wrestled with for about 18 months, and is due entirely to my family situation.

I am returning to my roots on the West Coast after nearly 16 years in Salem, Massachusetts, so that I can be near to my family once again.  I actually took this position here in Salem for that exact reason -- to be near my family, but 18 months ago that family changed direction, and moved back West.  In the past 15 plus years I have discovered even more family, and they are all in the West, which makes the pull in that direction even stronger.

The plan is for me to leave the Hawthorne Hotel around mid-April of 2015, so there will be plenty more blog posts from me.  I am hopeful that whoever follows me in this position (and I get to help to determine who that will be) will keep this blog going -- perhaps they won't want to do it daily, but hopefully they will do it often enough to keep all our fair blog-readers and FaceBook friends interested, informed and engaged with this delightful hotel call the Hawthorne.

In the meantime, I hope that I get a chance to say "so long" to many of you in person.  And so, as usual, I will sign off by saying . . .

I hope to see you here.


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager