Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ March 23, 2015 through March 29, 2015


Tunisia


Monday, March 23 Timor Leste and Alaska      
Tuesday, March 24 Togo and Arizona
Wednesday, March 25 Tonga and Arkansas            
Thursday, March 26 Trinidad and Tobago and California
Friday, March 27 Tunisia and Colorado

Arizona

Saturday, March 28 Turkey and Connecticut 
Sunday, March 29 Turkmenistan and Delaware


*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


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Friday, March 20

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, March 20, 2015.


Hotel Notes

Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection
This winter, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents an exhibition celebrating the beauty and sensuality of wood art. International in scope and diverse in form, Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection showcases one of the world’s finest contemporary wood art collections with more than 100 singular works.

Weather Forecast  
Mostly cloudy with some patchy light snow/flurries by afternoon & into the evening. Highs in the upper 30s.


Around Town
Salem Food Tours
Saturday, March 21st, 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Salem Food Tours are guided food and cultural walking tours of historic Salem, Massachusetts. They are the perfect way to explore Salem while enjoying tastings at some of Salem’s best food shops and restaurants. Enjoy talking with chefs and fellow food lovers while learning about colonial dinners, local history and the Spice Trade. Tickets: $54.


VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Terry Delbaso!

Flags of the Day
Bulgaria
South Dakota

This Day in History
On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson notifies Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will use federal authority to call up the Alabama National Guard in order to supervise a planned civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.


I hope to see you here!

Juli
 

Front Desk Gets a Facelift

This week we decided to renovate our front desk. We took down the divider and changed the glass out on some of the remaining surround. We are so pleased with the results. We thought we would show it to you now, even though we are planning on adding a granite countertop to the desk.



I hope you enjoy our new look.
And of course, I do hope to see you here.  I will be around for a few more weeks.  April 17 will be my last day at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Best wishes,

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, March 19

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, March 19, 2015.


Hotel Notes

Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection
This winter, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents an exhibition celebrating the beauty and sensuality of wood art. International in scope and diverse in form, Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection showcases one of the world’s finest contemporary wood art collections with more than 100 singular works.


Weather Forecast  
Sunny skies with a High of 33F. Winds NW at 15 to 25mph.  Mostly Clear skies at night with Low of 17F.


Around Town
Spring Salem Restaurant Week

Salem Spring Restaurant Week, featuring the best local cuisine at value pricing.  For 10 days only, participating Salem  restaurants will offer either a two-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $18, or a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $28, or both.   For Participating Restaurants visit:
www.salem-chamber.org/pages/RestaurantWeek


VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Ms. Sofie Robinson!!

Flags of the Day
Germany
Massachusetts

This Day in History
On this day in 1852, in New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business;
Wells Fargo and Company.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, March 18

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, March 18, 2015.


Hotel Notes

Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection
This winter, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents an exhibition celebrating the beauty and sensuality of wood art. International in scope and diverse in form, Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection showcases one of the world’s finest contemporary wood art collections with more than 100 singular works.

Weather Forecast  
Partly sunny, windy and much colder.
High of 27F. Winds NW 21mph with gusts up to 40mph.

Around Town
Open Mic Shindig at the Gulu-Gulu

Every Wednesday night, the Gulu-Gulu Cafe hosts their weekly open mic night. Event is free and all are encouraged to participate.

Sign up for merrymaking at 7:30. Spree begins at 8:00.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Sascha Kleis!

Flags of the Day
Netherlands
Massachusetts

This Day in History
On this day in 1766, after four months of widespread protest in America, the British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act, a taxation measure enacted to raise revenues for a standing British army in America.


I hope to see you here!

Juli