Saturday, November 30, 2013

Things to Do in Salem This Weekend

Hopefully "Black Friday" is in your rear view mirror, and you can now focus on some of the wonderful things there are to do in Salem this weekend.

Here is my personal suggested "to-do" list:


1.  PEM.  Do not miss the Impressionists on the Water, and Future Beauty exhibits.  Also, if you have not yet seen Toshiro Shibata, don't miss that fabulous photo exhibit either.  And while you are at it, check out the new Art and Nature Center.  So much to see, really you could spend an entire day there.

2.  Have lunch in the Garden Restaurant at PEM.  Yummy seasonal cuisine, with a charming view of the Asian garden.

3.  Movies at Cinema Salem.  Always good ones, but my personal pick for right now is Catching Fire.

4.  Shop "Local" -- if you go on line and register your American Express card, and use it in our Salem shops, you get a nice bonus, and we get the benefits that come when we shop in our home town.


5.  Stop in the Tavern and enjoy a libation near the real wood-burning fireplace.  Doesn't get much better than that!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and of course, we hope to see you here.

Juli

Friday, November 29, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, November 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, November 30, 2013.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Leandro- Miville Wedding! We hope that you all enjoy this special night and Congratulations to Andrea and Andrew!

We would also like to welcome the guests of the Rymsza-Ahern Wedding, Congratulations Kimberly and Bill!

Weather Forecast   
Partly cloudy skies with a high of 31 degrees and a low of 15 degrees. 

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Second Annual Menorah Lighting
Saturday, November 30th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Lappin Park
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Chabad of the North Shore are pleased to announce the second annual Menorah Lighting in Lappin Park on Saturday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. The entire community is welcome to celebrate the Festival of Lights in a public display of unity as the City kindles the giant twelve foot Menorah. Chanukah -the Festival of Lights- brings back for many fond memories of childhood years and renews a sense of identity. The Chanukah lights provide warmth, joy, strength, and inspiration. Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration. Following the kindling, the program will feature Chanukah treats and live music. For more information, contact Chabad of the North Shore at (781) 581-3833 or visit www.northshorechanukah.com.

Flags of the Day
Costa Rica
United States of America

This Day in History
On November 30, 2004, after winning 74 straight games and more than $2.5 million--a record for U.S. game shows--Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings loses. Jennings' extended winning streak gave the game show a huge ratings boost and turned the software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah into a TV hero and household name, at least temporarily.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Holiday Lights

Getting the Hawthorne Hotel ready for the holidays is something that takes a lot of effort every year, but we really do enjoy doing it for our friends, guests and even for our staff.

Here are some photos of what took place here this week:

On Tuesday our electricians, along with the City of Salem electricians, put up more lights in the entry to Salem Common.  Here you can see them working:





On Wednesday, in the pouring rain, our maintenance team of Barry and Wayne put up all the wreaths in all the windows of the Hawthorne Hotel.  It was raining so hard I wimped out and took these from the inside of my office.  Thanks for dealing with this job in the ugly weather, Barry and Wayne!

Left to right:  Wayne Griffen and Barry Eliuk


And here are some photos of the finished product that I took on Wednesday night:



I hope you enjoy yet another look at what we do to make things nice here at the Hawthorne Hotel, and here in Salem.

Today we will be installing all the poinsettias.  Just wait until you see THAT finished product!

Last but not least, if you want to see the lighting of the Salem Holiday Tree, here is that information -- it is happening tonight:

Downtown Salem Tree Lighting

  • 6:30 pm - 7:00pm
  • Lappin Park (Corner of Washington and Essex Streets)
  • www.SalemMainStreets.org
  • Come to Lappin Park (where the Bewitched statue is located) for the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony.

- See more at: http://salem.org/calendar_main/day/2013/11/29#sthash.HVsP9okz.dpuf

Happy Holidays!

Juli and the TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel

Guest Newsletter for Friday, November 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, November 29, 2013.



Hotel Notes
Join us for a Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan victims.  Taking place on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 6pm-9pm at the Hawthorne Hotel.  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by the chefs at the Hawthorne Hotel, and entertainment by The Ward Eights Band and DJ Patrick Runne.  All proceeds from this event will go to the American Red Cross to support disaster recovery and relief efforts in response to this tragedy. 
 Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Call 978-825-4358 to purchase tickets or for more information. 

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny skies, windy, with a high of 35 degrees and a low of 30 degrees. 

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Downtown Salem Tree Lighting
Friday, November 29th from 6:30pm-7:00pm at Lappin Park (Corner of Washington Street and Essex Street)
Come to Lappin Park (where the Bewitched statue is located) for the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony.

Flags of the Day
Philippines
Connecticut

This Day in History
On November 29, 1929, American explorer Richard Byrd and three companions make the first flight over the South Pole, flying from their base on the Ross Ice Shelf to the pole and back in 18 hours and 41 minutes.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Thursday, November 28, 2013

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ November 25 through December 1, 2013

Maine

Monday November 25 Iceland and Iowa  
Tuesday November 26 India and Kansas 
Wednesday November 27 Indonesia and Kentucky      
Thursday November 28 Iran and Louisiana        
Friday November 29 Philippines* and Connecticut*    


Iceland

Saturday November 30 Costa Rica* and United States of America*      
Sunday December 1 Ireland and Maryland   
  

*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

Happy Thanksgiving








Here is the menu that you will find when you come to our Grand Buffet today at the Hawthorne Hotel for Thanksgiving:

THANKSGIVING DAY Grand BUFFET

November 28, 2013

11am-7pm

Appetizers, Salads and Breads
Smoked Salmon, Red Onion- Caper- Tomato Salad with Petite Bagels
New England Cheddar and Other Cheeses with Dried Fruits and Nuts
Mixed Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette and Creamy Orange-Peppercorn Dressing
Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Brown Sugar-Sage Vinaigrette
Assorted Artisan Breads, Cornbread, Biscuits, Muffins, Danish, Sliced Fruit Breads
Ten-Grain-Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cranberries, Pecans and Cranberry Vinaigrette
Thai Baby Shrimp and Three-Cabbage Slaw with Chili-Lime Dressing
White Bean-Tomato Orecchiette Pasta Salad with Creamy Tomato Dressing
Assorted Fresh Fruits and Berries

Chafing Dishes
Strata in the Style of Eggs Benedict
Hawthorne Green Bean “Casserole”
with Fresh Green Beans, Mushroom-B├ęchamel Sauce and Crispy Fried Onions
Roasted Butternut Squash with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted Salmon with Pecan-Basil Pesto
Sweet Potatoes with Orange- Brown Sugar-Butter and Marshmallows
Cranberry Wild Rice and Almond Stuffing
Traditional Bread Stuffing ~~ Herbed Cornbread Stuffing
Old-Fashioned Mashed Potatoes
Autumn Harvest Ravioli with Walnuts, Spinach and Cinnamon Cream Sauce

Carving Station
Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Relish, Cranberry Jelly and Turkey Gravy
Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus, Horseradish-Sour Cream Sauce

Desserts
Traditional Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan and Blueberry Pies
Pumpkin and New York Cheesecakes
Handmade Brown Sugar Cake with Cranberry Compote
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Carrot Cake
Warm Dutch Apple Crisp
Freshly Whipped Cream
Assorted Mini-Pastries, Cookies, Brownies and Cupcakes

$44.95 Adults; Children $2 per year of age

978-825-4311 for Reservations

And here is the link to the photos we will take of each group of guests who desires this complimentary service on this special day:

Thanksgiving Day Photos

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

I thought you might enjoy some photos of what we are doing today to get ready for Thanksgiving at "our" place -- the historic Hawthorne Hotel.  When you serve about 800 people a bountiful Grand Buffet like we do, you have to be organized and prepared.  Here are just a few sights that I have seen around the hotel today.

We planning out who is going to do what:

Liz Dube, Karen O'Kane, Richard Mullaney and Ken O'Keefe working on planning for not just Thanksgiving, but also for everything that will go on this weekend and into next week.
 We are cutting lots of beautiful salmon into serving-sized portions:


We are roasting lots and lots of turkeys -- here is a view of them as they are just getting going in our slow-cooker ovens:


Here they are nice and golden brown.  Some of the turkeys are done for now -- we will carve some of them to expedite service tomorrow, and lay them out in pans with our homemade turkey stock to keep them moist.
 We received hundreds of flowers to decorate the tables:








And we baked off a lot of fruit pies.


This is just a tiny bit of what went on here today to get ready for Thanksgiving.  I am sure that if you are getting ready for this special day at your home you are also doing a lot of extra cooking and decorating.  We hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful special day together.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Juli and the TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Delicious Vietnamese Dining

I know from personal experience that having a variety of dining experiences to choose from is something that can make a destination very appealing.  Salem is very fortunate in that regard, because we have a number of interesting restaurants both right in Salem, and in the surrounding communities.


One such restaurant is an excellent Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant called Sugarcane.  It is located just over the border between Salem and Peabody, at 106 Main Street in Peabody.  Here is a link to their website, from which you can see all of their menu options:  Sugarcane Restaurant Website.  Not only is it conveniently located only about a 10 minute drive from the Hawthorne Hotel, but they also deliver to Salem, making it just about perfect in my book.  Add on to all of that the fact that they are open every day, and have extended dining hours (you can get a late lunch or early dinner which I find very convenient),their prices are very reasonable and the restaurant is clean and nicely decorated, making it a restaurant you should not miss.



Personally I prefer Vietnamese foods from this restaurant, mainly because I like the fresh, light flavors of that cuisine.  I thought you might enjoy some photos of what constitute our favorite foods there:

First up are the Chicken Lettuce Cups.  On the current menu these are $8 and you get enough "stuff" to make about 6-8 lettuce wrapped bundles of deliciousness.  Ground chicken is sauteed with tiny pieces of fresh green beans and a lot of other tasty things, and served with a sweet sauce based on hoisin, and a stack of crisp iceberg lettuce cups.  This is a delicious appetizer that you cannot miss.




 Next you see some Summer Rolls.  Here is the menu description:


Fresh Summer Roll (2 pc.)
Shrimp, pork, lettuce, basil and vermicelli wrapped in fresh rice paper, served with peanut dipping sauce.
4.50


 We also adore the Nem Cuon which we did not order this time, but is one of our favorites.
"Nem Cuon" Summer Roll with grilled meat. (2 pc.)
Grilled meat (pork), cucumber, fresh basil & crispy noodle wrapped in rice paper.
6.50

Next you see the Spicy Beef Salad.  This is so refreshing, but you must like "spicy-hot" because this menu item lives up to its name.  It does say medium-rare beef, and that is always what is delivered. 
Spicy Beef Salad 
Medium-rare sliced beef tossed with celery, carrots, mint leaves, peanuts, scallion, and onion.
9.00
 Again in the spicy vein, you will see their Singapore Noodles.  These are so tasty, and loaded with all kinds of meats and shrimp.  Just the best!

Angel Hair Singapore Style 
Spicy curry rice noodle with chicken, roast pork, shrimp, onion, peppers and bean sprouts.
9.00


I hope you enjoy this pictorial look at one of our favorite restaurants.

Oh, and if you enjoy a cocktail, beer or wine with your meal, this restuarant has a full liquor license as well.

I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli (and Walt who always enjoys this part of his "husbandly-duties")

Monday, November 25, 2013

Debbie Stokes Honored

On Friday we were able to catch Debbie in between the two shifts she was working for us. At lunch she worked as a banquet server, and in the evening she was going to check coats for the wedding that we had taking place in the Grand Ballroom.  That is just a kind of "normal" sample of Debbie's work ethic, which is extraordinarily high, and why her manager, Liz Dube, nominated her for the recognition of Part-Time Employee of the Month for October.


As you can see by the number of team members who magically gathered together to congratulate Debbie, her selection was universally and roundly approved.
Here you see Debbie being congratulated with the reasons for her selection by Liz Dube, her Manager, while Scott O'Meara, Banquet Captain, nodding in vigorous agreement.
And here is Sous Chef Maggie Johnson adding her commentary about why she completely agrees with Debbie's award.
The Banquet Team members who were present during this presentation.

Thanks again, Debbie, for all that you do for us!  We sincerely appreciate your great attitude, dedication, reliability, and energy that you bring to every job you do for us.

I hope our clients join me in thanking you.

Juli

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ November 25 through December 1, 2013

Maine

Monday November 25 Iceland and Iowa  
Tuesday November 26 India and Kansas 
Wednesday November 27 Indonesia and Kentucky      
Thursday November 28 Iran and Louisiana        
Friday November 29 Iraq and Maine   

Iceland

Saturday November 30 Costa Rica* and United States of America*      
Sunday December 1 Ireland and Maryland   
  

*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

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, November 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, November 24, 2013.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Sarah Miles and Andrew Feland on their wedding today!  We are delighted to be hosting your celebration, and we hope that you and your guests have a wonderful evening. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable.   

Weather Forecast   
Sun and clouds with a high of 30 degrees and a low of 22 degrees. 

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run
Thursday, November 28th from 8am-12pm, starting at the Salem Common
The 10th annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile run will take place on Thanksgiving Day morning at 8am leaving the Salem Common and heading down to the Willows, running through Winter Island and finishing in front of the Boys & Girls Club. This is the largest race on the North Shore. It was voted the best Holiday race by North Shore Road Race Guide. This being the 10th anniversary, runners who have done all ten races will receive a special gift.

Flags of the Day
Maryland
New York

This Day in History
On November 24, 1993, Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams as a divorced father who disguises himself as an elderly British nanny in order to spend time with his children, opens in theaters. Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and based on a 1987 novel by Anne Fine titled Alias Madame Doubtfire, the film co-starred Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein and Pierce Brosnan. With Williams following in the footsteps of such actors-in-drag as Dustin Hoffman (1982's Tootsie) and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis (1959'sSome Like It Hot), Mrs. Doubtfire was a big commercial and critical success.

I hope to see you here!

Juli