Thursday, October 31, 2013

September's Shining Star at the Hawthorne Hotel

During the month of September we were incredibly busy, especially in our housekeeping department.  One of our team members was repeatedly recognized by her co-workers including Yudelka and Ingris, for her outstanding performance.  Her manager, Megan Campbell, was quick to nominate her for the honor of Part-Time Employee of the Month when all the managers gathered together to select worthy recipients of this honor.

Here are photos of Bethania Ortiz when we surprised her in the Employee Breakroom at lunchtime today.



 Here you see photos of Megan telling Bethania about all the reasons she was nominated.  While Bethania has not been with the hotel for very long, she picked up on her assigned work with a great deal of speed, as well as a high attention to detail.  Not only does Bethania work cleaning our guests rooms, and doing an outstanding job at that, she also works for us in the laundry.  (As you can see, Megan talks with her hands quite expressively.)


 Here is Bethania surrounded by her co-workers, who were so happy to see her honored for her great work.
I hope you enjoy seeing some of our staff members who work to keep our hotel so clean for our guests.

And of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, October 31

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, October 31, 2013.



Hotel Notes
Go Out Loud presents #ScreamOutLoud, an outrageous 18+ dance party and concert performance on Halloween night at the Hawthorne Hotel featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race winner SHARON NEEDLES: The PG-13 Tour! Additional music by KISS108′s DJ GAY JIM CLERKIN and SCARY MARY with a special HOCUS POCUS 20th anniversary tribute. Cash bars with complimentary food. Premium/VIP ticket-holders will receive a Trick R’ Treat bag full of surprise gifts, while VIP guests are invited to a private back-stage reception to meet the legendary Sharon Needles herself! Doors open at 7pm and runs until 12:30am. VIP reception begins at 7:30pm. This event WILL sell out, so purchase today! To purchase tickets please visit http://www.gooutloud.com/halloween/

Weather Forecast.   
Mostly cloudy skies with a passing shower possible with a high of 64 degrees and a low of 44 degrees.
  
What’s Happening in Salem this week
Angie Miller and “Exiting the Fall” Halloween Performance
Thursday, October 31st from 7pm-9pm on the Salem Common
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that local favorite and "American Idol" top-three contestant Angie Miller will play on the Salem Common along with her brother's band “Exiting the Fall” on Halloween night. Jon Miller, Angie's brother, along with his band “Exiting the Fall” will kick-off the entertainment in the Common beginning at 7:00 p.m. and Angie will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to all.

Flags of the Day
Ireland
New Jersey

This Day in History
On October 31, 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, is published. The book was the first collection of Holmes stories, which Conan Doyle had been publishing in magazines since 1887.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ October 28 through November 3, 2013

Wisconsin 

Monday October 28 Dominican Republic and Utah
Tuesday October 29 Ecuador and Vermont
Wednesday October 30 Norway* and Alaska*  
Thursday October 31 Ireland* and New Jersey*      
Friday November 1 Equatorial Guinea and South Carolina* 



El Salvador 


Saturday November 2 Eritrea and West Virginia 
Sunday November 3 Estonia and Wisconsin 
  

*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

More Halloween Costume Photos

Here are some more photos of people who attended our awesome Halloween Party, "Nightmare on Hawthorne Blvd." on Saturday October 26.  I hope you enjoy seeing some more of these fun costumes!


















I hope you enjoy seeing these.  If you want to see the entire group of photos, here are the two links to them all:  Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Photos, Posed Versions

Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Party Photos, Candids

Happy Halloween!

Juli

#SalemMA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ October 28 through November 3, 2013

Wisconsin 

Monday October 28 Dominican Republic and Utah
Tuesday October 29 Ecuador and Vermont
Wednesday October 30 Norway* and Alaska*  
Thursday October 31 Ireland* and New Jersey*      
Friday November 1 Equatorial Guinea and Washington 



El Salvador 


Saturday November 2 Eritrea and West Virginia 
Sunday November 3 Estonia and Wisconsin 
  

*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

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, October 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, October 30, 2013.




Hotel Notes
Looking to get in the Halloween spirit?  Stop by our pub style restaurant, Tavern on the Green, and order our cocktail of the week, the Caramel Apple Martini.  With Absolut Orient Apple vodka, butterscotch schnapps, apple juice, and a splash of lemon juice garnished with caramel sauce, it’s sure to remind you of your favorite fall treat! 

Weather Forecast.   
Mainly cloudy skies with some sprinkles or passing light showers between 7am and 11am with a high of 54 degrees and a low of 34 degrees. 

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Angie Miller and “Exiting the Fall” Halloween Performance
Thursday, October 31st from 7pm-9pm on the Salem Common
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that local favorite and "American Idol" top-three contestant Angie Miller will play on the Salem Common along with her brother's band “Exiting the Fall” on Halloween night. Jon Miller, Angie's brother, along with his band “Exiting the Fall” will kick-off the entertainment in the Common beginning at 7:00 p.m. and Angie will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to all.

Flags of the Day
Norway
Alaska

This Day in History
On October 30, 1811, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility is published anonymously. A small circle of people, including the Price Regent, learned Austen's identity, but most of the British public knew only that the popular book had been written "by a Lady."

I hope to see you here!

Juli

More Halloween Costume Photos

While not everyone can be the "winner" of a costume contest, we recognize that everyone thinks that his or her costume is worthy of being seen.  To that end, we thought we would share some more of the photos that we took on Saturday night with you, fair blog-reader.

I'll share more in the coming days and weeks.

I hope you enjoy them.

Juli





Knight-Mare







REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ October 28 through November 3, 2013

Wisconsin 

Monday October 28 Dominican Republic and Utah
Tuesday October 29 Ecuador and Vermont
Wednesday October 30 Egypt and Virginia 
Thursday October 31 Ireland* and New Jersey*      
Friday November 1 Equatorial Guinea and Washington 



El Salvador 


Saturday November 2 Eritrea and West Virginia 
Sunday November 3 Estonia and Wisconsin 
  

*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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Costume Contest Winners (and some Finalists and Semi-Finalists too)

Every year one of the highlights of our Annual Costume Party is the Costume Contest.  The competition is TOUGH, which makes being a Judge at this event one of the toughest jobs you will ever love.  And I can assure you that our Judges love this job so much they actually bid for the position through local charities, or otherwise do lots of extra things for the Hawthorne Hotel in order to win a place on The Bench.  We offer our special thanks to our panel of hard-working judges.

Here is this year's panel:
Left to right, Bruce and Heidi Whear, Linda Orlomoski, and Mary Woodcock
This first section is for the Best Theme of the Party.  This year's theme was "Nightmare on Hawthorne Blvd." and we were hoping that people would come up with your worst nightmares.  They did!

Here is the winner, "Your Soul to Take", by Stacey and Tom Waters of Taunton, MA:
Your Soul to Take



Here are the runners' up in the Best Theme Category:

The "Bridge is Out" is some people's worst nightmare.



 Clowns are some folks worst nightmare -- how about co-joined clown twins?  Yikes!

Best Individual or Couple

First Place
 The WINNER in the Best Individual or Couple was the "Ironman of Maine", created and worn by Tom Lemieux.  Tom took 5 months to create this amazing costume.

Runners up in Best Individual or Couple
Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock's "THE BIRDS" won Second Place

Aileen Benson of Boston, MA is no stranger to our stage.  You may recognize her from her appearance here last year when she was "Crash Test Barbie"
 Third Place -- Rasputin
Michael Hayes of St. Petersburg, FL created his own costume complete with motorcycle battery-powered staff


Best Group -- First Place Winner was The Grinches  -- Who, What, Thing 1 and Thing 2
This family is from Beverly, Massachusetts. 

They started putting makeup on at 11 am to be ready for our doors to open at 7:30 pm.



Best Group - Second Place
New York City Tourists
 Best Group - Third Place
Justice League Retirement Community, from Florence, SC
James Carter, Krystal Souther, Holly & Chad Schwinn
 Semi-Finalists
Beetlejuice

Villains of Batman

Two-Face

Gravestones of Famous Women

The Ice Queen

The Seven Deadly Sins Flanked by Evil and Good

Women of Horror

Bad Eye-Dear, Good Eye-Dear

Blizzard of 1883

I hope you enjoy seeing all of these fabulously creative costumes.  Every year it seems to get tougher and tougher to pick the winners because so many of our guests get so creative.

We do look for costumes that are put together in unusual ways, costumes that are outside the "norm", ones that display creativity and attention to detail, and ones that are just plain fun.

We gave away a total of $1,700 in cash prizes to the winners and some places in these categories.  The winners got to strut their stuff on our stage to show off to the entire crowd, and also received the adoration of many of our guests before, during and after the competition.

If you have never been to our annual Halloween Bash, you should certainly consider coming here at least once in your life.  It is a party like no other.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager
HAWTHORNE HOTEL