Monday, October 31, 2005
The Kissing Booth was a semi-finalist at the Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday night, here in Salem, Massachusetts.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Not many of us have jobs where greeting killer trees becomes part of the routine. My job is certainly the exception. Once a year I have the opportunity to hand out the cash awards to the winners of our annual costume contest, which is part of the Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Ball. This year's theme, Medieval Madness, was well-represented by this killer tree, which looked like something out of a medieval forest. A perfectly creative and unusual costume, that was certainly a crowd favorite.
At the start of every Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel, we have a staff meeting in the Ballroom. It takes approximately 100 staff members to put on the Ball, and here is a photo of most of them.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Maria MacLeod and Diane Wojcik, members of the accounting department, are preparing decorations for their assigned room for the Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Ball. This year the ball's theme is "Medieval Madness".
Every year the Hawthorne holds a Halloween Ball on the Saturday before Halloween. Each year we have a different theme for the ball, and we create decor for each of the seven areas of the Hawthorne that are used to host the ball.
We have a contest which allows the different departments of the hotel to decorate an area, and we give the winning department a very nice cash prize. Judging is done by local dignitaries from the community, who bid for the honor of being a judge at the Salem Rotary fundraising auction, held in early winter each year.
One of the amusing parts of this saga is that we save many of the decor items for reuse by the various departments in another year, and we store the Halloween decor in the basement of our Bed and Breakfast, the Suzannah Flint House. Last year, shortly after we moved all the decor items into the basement, we received a phone call from a guest at the B & B, who was quite upset because she thought there was a body in the basement. You see, the floor boards have some gaps in between a couple, and someone had left the lights on in the basement. The guest actually was peering down between the gaps and spied one of our 'body part' mannequins that was in storage. After we explained what was really going on, she got a good laugh out of the situation.
Life at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts -- always has something to lighten my day.
Michael O'Meara, of the Banquet Department and Susan Dodge of the Sales Department appear to be playing tug-of-war with a man-of-war. They are seen here getting things decorated for the great Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Ball, themed "Medieval Madness" for this year.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Today at the monthly managers meeting of the Hawthorne Hotel here in Salem, Massachusetts, we honored Claire Kallelis, our Director of Food and Beverage, for her outstanding achievements in the third quarter of 2005.
Claire has a multitude of responsibilities in her position, from directing the work of the entire department (which includes Banquets, the Tavern, Nathaniel's and the Kitchens) to working as a function coordinator for weddings and other important events.
This award is results-based, and by every measure Claire produced outstanding results during the prior quarter of this year.
This is the second time Claire has been honored as the manager of the quarter; the other time was in 2001.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Here is an email we received yesterday, along with a photo of some very happy guests. Can you make out their smiles??
I can tell you that these spunky women turned many heads during their visit to Salem.
Recently, we enjoyed a very fun visit to Salem and an enjoyable stay at your hotel. I just have to tell you that the women working behind the registration desk were the very best--the couldn't more pleasant or more helpful. Thought you might enjoy this picture of the witchy women.