Saturday, August 31, 2013

Steampunk. What is it? What does it have to do with PEM?

Why not plan to come to this event to find out?  Thursday September 26 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at PEM (the Peabody Essex Museum) here in #SalemMA there will be an event that is FREE for Salem Residents and members of PEM, and only $10 if you are neither of those two.

Given how cool this poster is I can just imagine how much fun the event will be.

If you cannot make this event, but simply want to learn more, here is a link to Wikipedia's take on Steampunk:  Wikipedia About Steampunk

Will we see you there?


Friday, August 30, 2013

Much More Than a Theater, CinemaSalem is a Part of Our Community

We adore CinemaSalem because it just so special. When you read their newsletter, the "personality" of this locally-owned and wonderful business comes shining through. Of course, you have to actually go there to eat their delicious, real-butter popcorn or to enjoy a cup of their excellent tea, but you will, won't you?

 Here is their newsletter, which includes the schedules for the upcoming week, but also has a bit of a look ahead for those of you who like to pre-plan things.

 I hope to see you here, or there!


The Boston Globe called this week to get our reflections on our Kickstarter campaign last December, especially in light of the current fundraiser going on for Newburyport's Screening Room. They're running an article this Sunday. I was thrilled to be able to pass along our perspective of gratitude and amazement for what our backers were able to accomplish in upgrading our movie theater in Salem.

We're committed to demonstrating our appreciation regularly, including four big events this weekend. We'll be presenting How to Train Your Dragon 3D on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings at 10 am. Admission is free for Kickstarter Backers and their families, and a bargain $6 for everyone else. On Sunday night at 8:30, we'll be screening a beautiful, digital print of one of everyone's favorite movies, Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, also free for backers. We hope to see you!

Now here's this week's exciting film lineup.

Now Playing: Blue Jasmine (PG13); Lee Daniels' The Butler (PG13); We're the Millers (R); Prince Avalanche (R); How to Train Your Dragon (PG); Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG); The Spirit of Salem 3D; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!.

Yes! We got Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. Miami Herald: "Just when it seemed like Allen was going to settle for cranking out a comic bauble every year for the rest of his career, he comes up with a vital and vibrant knockout of a movie." Philadelphia Inquirer: "Blanchett is steady as she goes, delivering one of the most exhilarating performances of the year." St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "There's never been a better director of women than Woody Allen. Actresses in his films have earned five Oscars from 11 nominations. Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine should make it an even dozen." San Francisco Chronicle: "Blanchett in Blue Jasmine is beyond brilliant, beyond analysis. This is jaw-dropping work, what we go to the movies hoping to see, and we do. Every few years."

Blue Jasmine will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday and Monday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30) and 6:45; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:30) and 6:45.

Prince Avalanche opens in our Screening Room on Friday, also buoyed by amazing reviews. Toronto Globe and Mail: "It's an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty." The Boston Globe: "The performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film." Chicago Reader: "David Gordon Green somehow brings together the poetic sensibility of his independent art movies and the humorous lowbrow non sequiturs of his studio comedies; the results are one of a kind and often weirdly moving."

Prince Avalanche will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:35), 7:20 and 9:30; Sunday and Monday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:35) and 7:20; Tuesday at (4:35) and 7:20; Wednesday at (4:35); and Thursday at (4:35) and 7:20.

Two-time North American box office champ, Lee Daniels' The Butler, returns to CinemaSalem for a third huge week. Detroit News: "The Butler mixes big issues and big people and real human life with surprising grace."

LDTB will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:30), (3:45), 6:30 and 9:20; Sunday and Monday at(12:30), (3:45) and 6:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:30.
Back for another outrageous week, We're the Millers is cracking people up at CinemaSalem. It opened in Great Britain this week, so let's peruse the critical response from the other side of the pond. Irish Times: "The central conceit is well established, the comedy is often impressively sour and the four leads complement one another beautifully." Daily Express: " It's consistently funny, the characters are a hoot and the anticipated family "bonding" is quite touching and doesn't interrupt the flow of big laughs." Daily Mail: " The script development is funnier and more ingenious than you might expect, and the actors have the comic timing to pull off most of it."
We're the Millers will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:40; Sunday and Monday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:45) and 7:15; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.

We got another interview request from a local magazine about the upcoming The History of Halloween, and we were happy to chat up the reporter about this historically-accurate and hilarious doc. Until that film opens on October 3, you can check out our other popular local fare. The True 1692 will screen Friday through Monday at 2:00. and 6:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at 6:30. The Spirit of Salem will screen on Friday-Monday at 11 am, and Tuesday-Thursday at 5:00. This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen Friday-Monday at noon, and Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00.

As you know, Raiders of the Lost Ark will screen Sunday night at 8:30, and How to Train Your Dragon 3D will screen Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings at 10 am. Both are free to Kickstarter Backers and their immediate families!
Just another week at CinemaSalem, where we're presenting nine films on our four screens.

For you culture vultures, on September 12 at 7 pm we'll screen A Dancer's Dream, which earned this ultimate rave from the New York Times: "Is this the future of the American symphony orchestra? We hope so." A mix of Stravinsky and ballet this unique film will play one time only at CinemaSalem on the day it's released nationally.

And don't forget that on November 7, we''ll be presenting a stunning 3D version of the world's most beloved ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake!

As always, thanks for supporting CinemaSalem! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Friday, August 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, August 30, 2013.

Hotel Notes
Our Halloween Party tickets are now on sale! The party will take place on Saturday, October 26, from 8 pm to midnight. This year’s theme is “Nightmare on Hawthorne BLVD.” Buy them now at and receive the early bird special of $85 per ticket. This special is only available on Ticket Web and won’t last long!

Weather Forecast
A mix of sun and clouds with a high of 83 degrees and a low of 61 degrees.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Sunday, September 1st from 8:30am-5:30pm on Pickering Wharf
FAME is sailing to Gloucester for the Schooner Festival! The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates the contribution of the fishing schooner to the history of Gloucester and of New England. On Sunday, September 1 they will form up for a Parade of Sail and then head out to compete in the Mayor's Race for the Esperanto Cup, a trophy from the first International Fishermen's Races sailed in 1920. Join us on the Schooner FAME as we depart from Salem for a 5-hour adventure. We will join the other schooners and tall ships in Gloucester and sail out with them before returning to Salem in the afternoon.

Flags of the Day
United Arab Emirates
South Dakota

This Day in History
On August 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He would remain on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.   

I hope to see you here!


Who is Yes-sica?

Earlier this week we surprised Jessica Herrick of our Front Desk Team with the award for Part-time Employee of the Month, July 2013.  Here are some photos of the presentation, starting with the surprise on Jess' face as we ambushed her right at the Front Desk:

 In this photo below you can see a number of the managers who filed behind the front desk to join me in congratulating Jessica on her selection for this award.
Back Left to Front:  Joann Delp, Controller; Alaina Ferriero, Sales Manager; Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager; Elizabeth Buchanan, Evening Manager; Andy Seidel, Front Office Manager; Jessica Herrick; and Juli Lederhaus, General Manager
 In these photos above and below you see Andy Seidel who is our Front Office Manager giving a speech about why he nominated Jessica for this award.  He started off by saying how incredibly busy and hectic that July was, with many changes and personnel situation going on.  He then segued in to the fact that he had renamed Jessica "Yes-sica" because she always says "Yes" whenever he asks her for help.  We all broke out laughing at this quip, but it is indeed very true.

While Jessica has a full-time job elsewhere, she seems to remain firmly rooted at the Hawthorne Hotel, caring deeply about our guests and her co-workers.  So now you too can call her "Yes-sica" and understand why that nickname is so apt, and so likely to stick around.
 In this photo below you see Jess shaking hands with guests Dominic Marinelli from Buffalo, NY.  He was checking in to the hotel at the time we were doing this presentation, and he got right in to the spirit of the event.  He even agreed to be blogged!

Above, Left to Right:  Andy Seidel, Front Desk Manager; Elizabeth Buchanan, Evening Manager; Jessica Herrick, Employee of the Month; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager

Congratulations, Jessica!  I hope all of our Blog, FaceBook and Twitter friends will join me in congratulating you!

Special thanks to Thomas MacDonald for taking these great candid photos!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, August 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Hotel Notes
Looking for a way to beat the heat?  Stop by our pub style restaurant, Tavern on the Green, and enjoy our cocktail of the week, the Apple Martini.  With Hammer + Sickle vodka, DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker schnapps and a splash of apple juice, it’s the perfect way to cool down!  
Weather Forecast
A mix of sun and clouds with an isolated evening shower with a high of 76 degrees and a low of 64 degrees.     

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Salem Farmers Market
Thursday, August 29th from 3pm-7pm in Derby Square
Over 30 vendors offering a wide range of fresh produce, fresh bread, cheeses, fresh seafood, chowder, wine, meats, pasta, art items and much more. Each week you will find new activities at the Market like cooking demos from local chefs and restaurants, along with music and other sponsored activities.

Flags of the Day
South Carolina

This Day in History
On August 29, 1911, Ishi, described as the last surviving Stone Age Indian in the contiguous United States, is discovered in California. 

I hope to see you here!


Ropes Garden in Full Bloom

If you have never been to the Ropes Mansion Garden for a walk around (or just to sit and enjoy) now is the perfect time to go.  Here are some photos I took this week.

I hope you enjoy one of the "Top Ten Free Places to Visit in Salem" when you come here to visit!

And of course, I hope to see you here.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, August 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the Excelitas group, who will be here with us for the next couple of days! We are thrilled to be your home away from home while you are here. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Weather Forecast
Partly cloudy with a chance of showers late in the day with a high of 80 degrees and a low of 64 degrees. 

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Salem Farmers Market
Thursday, August 29th from 3pm-7pm in Derby Square
Over 30 vendors offering a wide range of fresh produce, fresh bread, cheeses, fresh seafood, chowder, wine, meats, pasta, art items and much more. Each week you will find new activities at the Market like cooking demos from local chefs and restaurants, along with music and other sponsored activities.
Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On August 28, 1996, after four years of separation, Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess Diana, formally divorce.

I hope to see you here!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Because we get asked a number of questions over and over again, we thought that putting together a list of them, with our answers to those questions, would be helpful.  The Frequently Asked Questions list is located as a link, right on the home page of our website.  For your convenience, fair blog reader, here is the link, FAQs   and here they all are as well:

What time is check-in at the Hotel?

Our guaranteed check-in time is 4pm. If you would like to request an earlier check-in, please let
us know in advance so we may inform housekeeping on the morning of your arrival. While it is
not guaranteed, we always do our best to make sure any guests who request early check-ins are
accommodated as quickly as possible.

What time is check-out?

Check-out time is 11am. Please let the front desk know if you would like to request a late checkout. We do our best to accommodate these requests on a case-by-case basis and subject to
availability. If you need to extend check-out time significantly, we do offer half-day rates
depending on availability. It is highly likely that if you need to leave your car in our parking
lot later than the check-out time we will easily be able to accommodate that until at least 4 pm.
Please just check with the front desk.

Is there Internet access, what kind, and what is the charge? 

We provide complimentary Internet access via Wi-Fi for all hotel guests. It is password
protected, so you will need to obtain the password when you check-in to the hotel. It is very
robust service, having been completely upgraded late in 2012 with increased bandwidth as well.
It is important to know that it is “area” specific, so if you log-in in your guest room, and want to
use it in the lobby instead, you will need to re-log-in to the “Lobby” room, or the name of the
room where you are using it, for the best possible experience.

Is there parking for guests at the Hotel?

There is a complimentary parking lot located directly behind the Hotel building, as well as a
satellite lot just across the street. We provide parking passes for overnight guests upon checkin. People attending events at the Hotel or dining at one of our onsite restaurants may park in
the lots as well, although parking is only guaranteed for our overnight guests.

Do you offer valet parking?

Occasionally we will have a special event take place here that wants to have valet parking made
available to their guests. That would be the only time valet parking would occur. Generally it
is not available.

Do you need reservations to dine in your onsite restaurants?

If you are interested in dining in Nathaniel’s, our fine dining restaurant, reservations are not
always needed, but are much appreciated and highly recommended. You can make
reservations through the Hotel’s front desk or by calling (978) 825-4311, or extension 4311 from
your guest room phone. Reservations for Nathaniel’s may also be made through or through the link to OpenTable on our Hawthorne Hotel website.

Our casual restaurant, the Tavern on the Green, does not accept reservations; seating there is on
a first-come basis. However, we can take your name down on our waiting list, if there is one,
and call you in your room, or on your cellphone, when your table is ready.

Is there a pool at the Hotel? 

We do not have a pool located in the Hotel; however we do offer complimentary passes to the
Salem YMCA for our guests. The YMCA has two swimming pools and a very large fitness
center with indoor walking track, men’s and women’s steam and sauna rooms, and two indoor
basketball courts as well. The YMCA is located approximately an 8-minute walk, or 3-minute
drive from our hotel. There is a metered lot there.

Is there a fitness center at the Hotel?

There is modest fitness center on the second floor of the Hotel. It is a small facility that has a
very nice, large treadmill and exercise bicycle, and some free weights, as well as a television,
and which can be accessed by your guest room key. If you seek a larger space and range of
equipment, and even classes, we do offer complimentary passes to the Salem YMCA.

Are your rooms pet-friendly?

Some of our rooms are set aside for our guests traveling with pets. We offer a doggie room
service menu, and our canine friends receive a complimentary welcome gift from the
Hawthorne Hotel when they check in. There is a daily fee per pet of $15, and pet-owners must
register all pets and sign a pet-policy form on arrival.

If I know what specific room I want can I request that room? 

We can take requests for specific room numbers; however we cannot guarantee that a certain
room will be available for certain dates. We will also do our best to find a room most similar to
the one you have requested if for some reason your first choice is not available.

Do you have “smoking” rooms?

Yes, we have five such rooms, all located on the second floor. Smoking is not allowed
anywhere else in the hotel, by Salem ordinance. Smoking in a non-smoking room carries a
hefty fee, so we respectfully require adherence to our non-smoking policy in our non-smoking

Is there an elevator in the hotel?

Yes, there are two. While they are quaint in appearance, all of the operating equipment for
them is the latest-available technology.

Are there microwaves and refrigerators in the rooms?

No, there are not. However, you can rent a mini-fridge from us for a small fee. Simply reserve
the refrigerator when you reserve your room. While we do not have microwaves available, we
are happy to do something like warm a baby’s bottle for you at either restaurant.

Are there hair-dryers and related kinds of devices in the guest rooms?

Yes, there are hair-dryers, magnifying makeup mirrors, irons and ironing boards, clock radios
with iPhone/iPod docking stations and connections for other devices through an MP3-

Many of the table lamps have additional electrical receptacles built-in to the base, so it makes
connecting your personal devices such as computers and cell/camera chargers very easy.

Are there coffee makers in the rooms?

No, there are not. However, we do have complimentary coffee and tea service available in the
lobby every morning from 5am to 11am, and all of our overnight guests may receive
complimentary coffee/tea “to-go” from our Tavern Restaurant from 11am to Midnight. If you
want this service during the overnight hours, the front desk staff can assist you in obtaining
coffee or tea with our compliments during this time.

Do you provide transportation from Logan Airport to the Hotel?

While we do not have our own shuttle service, we do work with several car service companies
in the area and we would be happy to make reservations for you to get to and from the Hotel.
The charges vary.

Is there public transportation from Logan Airport to Salem?

Yes, there is a bus that runs from Logan Airport to Salem. This is definitely the least expensive
way to get to Salem. It is the #459 bus on the MBTA system. There is little room for luggage,
but a carry-on would probably be acceptable. Here is a link to the information that the MBTA
has on-line as of June 2013. The first link is to the Route Map and the second is to the schedule:
MBTA link 1

MBTA link 2

What about getting in to Boston by other public transportation?

Boston is easily accessible by Commuter Rail to North Station (which is also the site of the TD
Bank Garden, home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins). The trip only takes 29 minutes
from Salem into North Station. The Salem T stop is located 3 blocks from the Hawthorne Hotel.
During the summer months the Salem Ferry runs from Blaney St. wharf to the New England
Aquarium at 1 Central Wharf in Boston. For more information, go to their website:
Salem Ferry Link/

If I am having something shipped to the Hotel prior to or during my stay, how should I go 
about that?

Simply have the package shipped to the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem,
MA, 01970, Attention: Your Name, Arrival Date: ___________. When it arrives, the front desk
will hold it for you to pick-up at your convenience. It is a simple as that!
If you are shipping multiple packages, for example for a conference, we would appreciate a
phone call in advance notifying us of the shipment. Call 978-744-4080 for more information.
There may be a charge for handling and storing large quantities of packages.

We are planning to have a party in our room. What is your “quiet-time policy?”

Thank you for asking. We have a quiet-time policy of zero tolerance for noise after 12:15am
each and every evening.

In addition please note that due to license restrictions on our liquor license, no “outside” 
alcohol may be brought into the hotel. Only liquor purchased from the Hawthorne Hotel may
be consumed anywhere in the Hawthorne Hotel, including the Hotel guest rooms.

Do you have a laundry facility?

Within the building there is not a self-service laundry facility. There is a self-service laundry
located about three blocks from the Hotel. We do offer same-day wash-and-fold service to our
overnight guests, as well as same-day dry cleaning service, Monday through Friday. Items
must be turned in to the front desk by 8am to be handled the same day. Please note that service
is not available on weekends and holidays.

Do you have adjoining rooms?

There is a common misconception regarding the term “adjoining rooms” regarding hotel rooms.
The term adjoining simply means the rooms are right next door to one another. Often times
people use that term when they mean “connecting rooms” whereby there is a door between the
rooms for passage between the rooms without going out into the hallway. Obviously we have a
number of adjoining rooms, but we do not have any connecting rooms, save those rooms which
are sold as “one” rooms, such as our suites, and room 325 which consists of two bedrooms
connecting through the shared bathroom. If you describe to us what you are trying to
accomplish, we can make recommendations about the best way to provide for your needs.

Do you have a gift shop in the Hotel?

We offer some items of a “gift shop” nature in the hotel, although there is not an actual shop
here. You can see some of the items in the curio cabinet next to the entrance to the Tavern on
the Green. There are postcards, cards and books available to browse through at the Front Desk,
and you can purchase the items you see in the curio cabinet there, as well as some popular
sundries such as OTC pain killers, contact lens solution, playing cards, breath mints and similar

We have an “on-line” gift shop which features a few of our more popular gift items. You may
access it at Hawthorne Hotel Gift Shop.

What if I want to order an amenity to be delivered to my guest room, or that of a friend or 
business colleague?

We offer a number of amenities to be delivered for you, including fresh flowers, the traditional
fruit and cheese amenities, as well as cold milk or Hawthorne Hotel root beer and warm
chocolate chip cookies. For more information please call 978-744-4080. If you are ordering
these for yourself, you can easily add them on to any reservation that you book on our website,

When was the Hawthorne Hotel built?

The Hawthorne Hotel opened to the public in July of 1925. It was built by “public subscription”
in a fund-raising drive that for its day was much like “KickStarter” might be today. The drive
was led by the Salem Rotary Club and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, with Frank C. Poor
leading the way.

Is the Hotel haunted?

Not that any of us have experienced. We had T.A.P.S. do an investigation a number of years
ago, and they could not find anything. You may still be able to find that episode on YouTube.

Are bicycle rentals available at the Hotel or nearby?

Yes, seasonally the City of Salem has a dozen bicycles that are available to check-out for day rides, free of
charge, and they are located right here at the Hawthorne Hotel. One only needs to present a
current ID and Credit Card to check out a bike at the front desk. Must be 18 years old or older
to use this program.


I hope to see you here, with all your questions answered!


Monday, August 26, 2013

Pizza and the Hawthorne Hotel

We do not pretend we do everything here at the Hawthorne Hotel.  We do a lot of things, but making great pizza is not one of them (generally speaking of course.)  So when our guests ask us for a place to get pizza our new recommendation of choice is The Flying Saucer Pizza, located at the corner of Washington Street and Essex, just a short four-block walk from the Hawthorne Hotel. And they deliver as well!

Their pizzas are top-notch, and in addition they make awesome salads -- not a combination you usually find everywhere you go for this stand-by menu item.  In addition they have a great selection of beverages to accompany your meal, including a broad range of beers and carefully-chosen wines.

Here is a link to their menu:  Flying Saucer Menu Link

I hope to see you here, or there.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Monday, August 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Monday, August 26, 2013.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the Excelitas group, who will be here with us for the next couple of days! We are thrilled to be your home away from home while you are here. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Weather Forecast
Mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers with a high of 80 degrees and a low of 58 degrees. 

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Artist Bar: Painting on the Wharf
Tuesday, August 27th from 7pm-9pm at Victoria’s Station (86 Wharf Street)
Round up your friends, your date, or even your Mom and sign up today for a waterfront painting session! Learn the art of painting, with a refreshing cocktail, great food, blue water glistening behind you and a light ocean breeze in your hair. Visit for more information and to book your ticket today.
Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On August 26, 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

I hope to see you here!


REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ August 26 through September 1, 2013


Monday August 26 Canada* and Ohio*
Tuesday August 27 Canada* and California* 
Wednesday August 28 Canada* and Illinois*  
Thursday August 29 Ukraine and South Carolina   
Friday August 30 United Arab Emirates and South Dakota  

United Arab Emirates

Saturday August 31 United Kingdom and Tennessee      
Sunday September 1 United States of America and *Maine (by Special Request)

*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, August 24, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, August 25

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Hotel Notes
Looking for a way to beat the heat?  Stop by our pub style restaurant, Tavern on the Green, and enjoy our cocktail of the week, the Apple Martini.  With Hammer + Sickle vodka, DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker schnapps and a splash of apple juice, it’s the perfect way to cool down!    
Weather Forecast
Mostly sunny skies with a high of 81 degrees and a low of 49 degrees.  

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Salem Summer Concert Series presents Jon Waterman
August 25th from 3pm-6pm at 15 Peabody Street (Salem Harbor Walk)
Singer and songwriter Jon Waterman writes and performs an earthy, gospel tinged blend of blues, roots rock and old time jazz. His lyrics often feature storytelling, and his music has a retro quality, influenced by the styles and sounds of artists such as the Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, and CCR. All are welcome to attend each and every one of these free, family-friendly events.

Flags of the Day
Rhode Island

This Day in History
On August 25, 1939, The Wizard of Oz, which will become one of the best-loved movies in history, opens in theaters around the United States.

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Hawthorne Hotel Recognizes Its Staff

Each month we select two different members of our team to receive the Employee of the Month Award, one for Full-time and one for Part-time.  While we know many other companies in the world do these same kind of recognition events, we of course think our employees are more special than the average.

Yesterday we recognized one of the super-stars of a great team -- Ana Jerez, who was elected to be our Full-time Employee of the Month for July.  Ana is a member of our culinary team, and a strong backbone to it.  She cooks for the Tavern, for Nathaniel's and for the Garden Restaurant at PEM.  She also helps to prepare banquets.  There is literally no job in the kitchen that Ana has not done.

The month of July saw a confluence of events that caused a severe shortage of culinary team members for us, and Ana stepped up to the plate in a huge way to help make sure that everything went perfectly out to our guests.  For that reason and many others, Ken O'Keefe, our Acting Executive Chef, nominated Ana for her contributions.

Here you can see how we surprised (and delighted) her while she was working the line at the hotel tonight:

 Chef Ken telling the assembled team members why he values Ana's contributions to our efforts/
 Karen O'Kane, Rhiannon Nowak and Claire Kallelis enjoying Chef Ken's speech.
 Claire Kallelis speaks with her usual passion about Ana's contributions to our TEAM.

 Ana is always cracking us up!
So this is as formal as we get.

I hope you enjoy learning more about what it takes to keep things going here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

And of course, I hope I see you here.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, August 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, August 24, 2013.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Comak-LeDoyt wedding. We are so happy to be your home during this special occasion, and we hope that you have a wonderful time tonight celebrating. Congratulations Heather & Travis!
Weather Forecast
Partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees and a low of 54 degrees.
What’s Happening in Salem this week
31st Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival
Saturday, August 24, 2013
11:00 am - 5:00pm at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina
$5 entry fee, free for children 12 and under
A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats, board vessels, meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boat! A crafts market, artists, old-time band music, children’s activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!
Boats don’t have to be in “show” condition. The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them.
Info & Boat Entry: 617-666-8530,

Flags of the Day
Puerto Rico

This Day in History
On August 24, 79, after centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history.

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Creepy (in a Good Way) To Say the Least

It is very rare that when I write a blog post the hair on the back of my neck stands at attention.  However, that is definitely the case with this one.

Last Thanksgiving as I was going table to table in the dining room I met a young man by the name of Christopher Cinquemani.  (BTW, Cinquemani means "five hands" and yes, that is his family name.)  He shared with me that he was relatively new to Salem, that he had an on-line store that dealt in "strange medical devices and Victorian oddities, etc, and that he was looking for a storefront in Salem.

Well, the store-front hunting experience turned out well for Christopher, and his business is now located at 2 North Street (at the corner of Essex Street) right across North Street from the Salem Witch House.

As predicted the store is specializing in strange medical devices, Victorian oddities, macabre and dark antique items, scarce erotica, bones, cemetery, occult and more, with strong focus on a dark design element as key.

When I asked Christopher about his shop, he said he did it because he has "a love of the items" and that he finds them "cool and interesting, different and unique, and wonderful."  When you hear him talk about his merchandise there is clearly a passion in his voice for what he does.

A visit to this shop should be the "must see" list of anyone who visits Salem because they enjoy the macabre. While photos inside this cool little shop are not allowed, the owner, Christopher, let us take photos to share with you, fair blog readers, so consider yourselves privileged!  Here are our shots:

In case you are wondering, all items are obtained through legal channels, and you will not find Christopher sourcing his items in a macabre manner.  His website explains more.

5 Hands Curiosity Shop (Tumbler site)


FaceBook Page

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