Monday, June 30, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel Is Number One in Softball

Several months ago I saw a post on Facebook in a group I belong to that fosters communication between Salem restaurants.  The post was about a softball league being potentially started for those of us who work in the restaurant/hospitality business.  I sent the notice around the hotel to see if there was any interest, and there seemed to be a lot of interest, so we said "sign us up!"

The league started the first week in June, and the Hawthorne Hotel has had a shining record so far, winning every game but one.

Today I went to the game to take some photos, so that you could see our awesome team members in action:

Andy Seidel, Team Captain

Our TEAM, left to right, back row:  Brent Orlowski, Cody Guardino, Anthony Cappelluzzi, Ken O'Keefe, Andy Seidel, (Team Captain), Ceni Qoshja, Zak Leete, Anthony DiOrio, Tyler Austin, Geoff Kellum, Colby Boulay.  Front Row: Anna Dokina, Liz Hunter, Brynn Zamboni, Tess Brady

Having fun!

Here are some action shots of our team members during practice and during the game, which we won, 6 - 3 over A & B Burgers of Salem.
Liz Hunter, Pitching

We are so pleased to have our team members enjoying some quality recreational time, and happy to be sponsoring this fledgling league.  Since this organization came together at the last moment, the team jerseys are lagging a bit behind, but I am assured they are on the way.

If you are interested in watching our team play, let us know and we will post the details on FaceBook.  The games are always at 11 am on Mondays.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 30 through July 6, 2014


Monday June 30 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and Guam
Tuesday July 1 Liechtenstein and Hawaii
Wednesday July 2 Lithuania and Idaho                               
Thursday July 3 Luxembourg and Illinois    
Friday July 4 Macedonia and Indiana  


Saturday July 5 Madagascar and South Carolina*                                    
Sunday July 6 Malawi and Iowa                   

*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!


Guest Newsletter for Sunday, June 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to extend a warm welcome and congratulate the Silva Family on your new addition. Wishing you nothing but joyous times with your new baby. Please let us know if you need anything at all!

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny and warm with temperatures in the mid 80’s!

What’s Happening in Salem this week
St.Vasilios Church of Peabody will be having a Greek Family Picnic. Delicious Greek Specialties, Homemade Greek Pastries, Greek Music and fun for all ages. Happening tomorrow Sunday June 29 from 11:00AM-9:00PM at Winter Island. Stop by the front desk for event coupons and more information!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, James Smith!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

I hope to see you here!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cinema Salem Newsletter

Here is this week's CinemaSalem newsletter.  As you may already know, we LOVE CinemaSalem, and think there is no better theater on the North Shore, or maybe in all of Massachusetts, or even on the East Coast.  See, we really are very passionate about this theater we helped to save when they did a KickStarter campaign to raise money to convert to digital.  

If you are staying in the Hawthorne, remember this gem is only one block away from us.  Or, if you want to have a meal and a show, the Tavern on the Green is the perfect place to come before or after a how, especially since we serve food until 11 pm every night.

Here is the news:

We have three new films coming in over the next week, two starting Friday and one opening next Tuesday, leading up to the huge holiday weekend.

So let's not waste any more time with idle chit chat. Here's the schedule!

Starting Friday:  Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG13); Cold in July (R): Chef (R): How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG); The Fault in Our Stars (PG13); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!

Her royal highness, Queen Melissa/Tammy, making one of a series of bad decisions.

Tammy (R):  doesn't arrive until next Tuesday at 8 pm, but personally, I'm finding it hard to wait. There are no reviews yet, and I'm sure some stuffy critics may not like it. But based on the trailer (which you can find on our website), it looks like a quintessential Melissa McCarthy vehicle, aka, a total hoot. Not unlike The Heat.

So we expect to see all of you there next Tuesday at 8 pm, or Wednesday or Thursday at (12:15), (2:30), (4:45) and 7:00.

Also new this week, and opening on Friday is the spectacularly successful Transformers: Age of Extinction, screening in both 2D and 3D. Some of the critics love it. IGN: "Lovers of all things explosions, visual effects marvels, and Autobots will be granted a wealth of all of the above, plus a few intriguing and unexpected twists." Screen International: "For audiences seeking the same polished, vacuous grand scale spectacle that has become synonymous with both the series and its director, Transformers: Age Of Extinction gives the series a new lease of life." Variety: "Resurrected to take on man-made knock-offs of themselves, these metallic superheroes cause so much destruction, it's as if they're trying to find a literal new definition for the term "blockbuster" - and indeed, as in the 2007-11 trilogy, which raked in $2.6 billion globally, helmer Michael Bay continues to evolve ways to make robotic shape-shifting look increasingly seamless and realistic in 3D."

Transformers IV will screen in 2D Friday-Thursday at noon and 6:30 pm. The excellent 3D version will screen Friday and Saturday at (3:15) and 9:45; and Sunday-Thursday at 3:15.

Also new this week is Cold in July, shown in the Screening Room. Most of our Screening Room fare is beloved by the critics, and this dark film is no exception, based on the 90% positive score. Arizona Republic: "It is a brutal, beautifully shot movie that starts out to be about revenge but then becomes something more, something even more primal and disturbing." Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "A tense, engrossing Texas thriller with a sense of humor as sharp and wounding as a Bowie knife." Philadelphia Inquirer: "Pulp fiction doesn't come much better than Cold in July, a gritty, grisly - and perversely giddy - crime yarn."

Cold in July will screen on Friday at (11:45 AM), (2:40), (4:35), 7:15 and 9:40; and Saturday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (2:40), (4:35) and 7:15.

Pop Quiz: What was the most popular film at CinemaSalem this past weekend? Answer: Chef, about which (apparently the website for the entire country) writes: "Jon Favreau's Chef is a sort of five-course meal stuffed onto a three-course plate: an exposé of the restaurant business, a family drama, a road trip, a slice of food porn (don't arrive hungry) and possibly a metaphor for Favreau himself."

Chef will screen on Friday and Saturday at (1:50), (4:20), 7:00 and 9:30; and Sunday-Tuesday at (1:50), (4:20) and 7:00.

One final mini-week for the beautiful and haunting The Fault in our Stars, which will screen Friday-Tuesday at 11:15 am.

With the holiday arriving, perhaps some out of town family will as well. If you want to give them a real treat, bring them to see one (or all) of our home-grown flicks: The Spirit of Salem will screen Monday-Thursday at 5:00. This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen Monday-Thursday at 4:00. The True 1692 will screen every day at 6:30, and Saturday and Sunday feature a bonus screening at 2:00.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, June 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to send out a warm welcome and Congratulations to Kimberley Schultz & Steve O’Connor on their very special day! We are so happy you chose us to host this exciting day. If you or your guests should need anything at all please let us know!

Weather Forecast   
Sunny skies with low humidity. High’s in the 80’s!

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Come and experience Historic Salem, Massachusetts via Segway!
Tours are led by Adventure Captains that are ready to show you the city, sights and fill you in on some history along the way! 1 Hour tours are available for $60 and 2 Hour tours are available for $90. They also have group rates! Stop by the Front Desk for more information and directions.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Kathleen Woods Masalski!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.

I hope to see you here!


Our "New" Lobby

Over the past few months we have sent out all of the lobby furniture to be reupholstered in a totally new color scheme.  Yesterday we had our interior decorator, Regina Reis, in to help us rearrange everything to create a more comfortable, open floor plan for the lobby.  I took some snapshots with my iPhone because I could not wait to share this news with you, fair blog and other social media friends.

We will be having the lobby, as well as some other areas of the hotel, professionally photographed in mid-July, so stay tuned for those photos.  In the meantime, these photos will at leave give you an idea of what we did:

I hope you enjoy seeing how we have rearranged our lobby the next time you stop by the hotel. We hope you like it.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, June 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, June 27, 2014.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Bethany Persenaire and Joel Kenney on their wedding day! We are so honored you chose us to be your home away from home during this exciting time. Have a wonderful evening! Cheers!

Weather Forecast   
Mixture of sun and clouds. Highs reaching the 80s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Come and experience Historic Salem, Massachusetts via Segway!
Tours are led by Adventure Captains that are ready to show you the city, sights and fill you in on some history along the way! 1 Hour tours are available for $60 and 2 Hour tours are available for $90. They also have group rates! Stop by the Front Desk for more information and directions.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Anna Bauerlien!

Flags of the Day
District of Columbia

This Day in History
On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea. The United States was undertaking the major military operation, he explained, to enforce a United Nations resolution calling for an end to hostilities, and to stem the spread of communism in Asia. In addition to ordering U.S. forces to Korea, Truman also deployed the U.S. 7th Fleet to Formosa (Taiwan.)

I hope to see you here!


A Tiny Wedding

Last week, on Friday June 13 to be precise, I met a family who was having breakfast in our dining room. Their visit was not going as they had planned, nor as how we wanted it to go for them, and the weather that day was the icing on the cake, and not in a good way.  It was raining in the morning, and the forecast was for ugly raining and foggy and chilly weather all day and into the evening.  Their plans for a 7 pm wedding outdoors on the Common were not looking anything close to ideal.

Not being able to change the weather for them, and knowing that the hotel had played a part in their concerns that morning, I decided to offer them the Pickman Room for the evening so that they could have this special event take place inside where it was nice and dry.

They happily accepted my offer, and the photos below show what a happy ending the day had for this loyal-to-the-Hawthorne Hotel family.  The Abraham-Tramontana family was formally created that evening here at their favorite hotel.

For a little bit more of the "rest of the story" -- here are some of Kimberly's words:  I don't think there is much else to say about us...Sam's heart attack in May really put a lot of things into perspective for us...especially how quickly we could lose so was time to get married and officially make us a family after being together for 6 yrs...our 15yr old daughter Katlyn picked the date for us 3 yrs ago because it is so rare to have a Friday the 13th on a full moon...and she was hoping by picking a date we would start planning a actually forgot about it until Sam was in the hospital waiting for his Cardiac Catheterization...the girls were so elated that he only needed stints and was coming home, that the date a wedding came back up quickly...2 days after he was out of the hospital he made me drive to Salem for a marriage license...everything after that is history thanks to you :)

At the Hawthorne Hotel, just like every place else in the world, there can be an occasional hiccup in what we do.  I believe that it is in how we both recover from, and learn from the mistakes that we get better at what we do.  We believe that no matter what, it is our mission to offer hospitality.  I think in this case that hospitality really made things into a magical happy ending/beginning for this nice couple and their lovely family.

I hope you will be able to enjoy Hawthorne Hospitality some day too.  Kimberly called me her guardian angel for the day -- a role I was honored to have played.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, June 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Hotel Notes
Looking for a fun summer night activity? Come to Paint Nite! The Hawthorne Hotel will be holding its first Paint Nite on Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Reserve your spot today before it sells out!
You can buy tickets by visiting our website.

Weather Forecast   
Mostly cloudy & muggy with scattered t-storms.  Highs in the upper 70s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Come and experience Historic Salem, Massachusetts via Segway!
Tours are led by Adventure Captains that are ready to show you the city, sights and fill you in on some history along the way! 1 Hour tours are available for $60 and 2 Hour tours are available for $90. They also have group rates! Stop by the Front Desk for more information and directions.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Pierre De Chalais!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On June 26, 1948, U.S. and British pilots begin delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city is isolated by a Soviet Union blockade. When World War II ended in 1945, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though located within the Soviet zone of occupation, was also split into four sectors, with the Allies taking the western part of the city and the Soviets the eastern.

I hope to see you here!


Summer is the Theme, Sailing is the Topic

This month many of our blog posts are about summer.  Can you tell we are happy that it has finally arrived in New England?

Today the topic is sailing, and here are some suggestions that are available right here in Salem, convenient to the Hawthorne Hotel:

1.  Take a ride on the Salem Ferry to Boston, or from Boston to Salem.  Our fast ferry takes about an hour either way, and you get such a nice ride, along a beautiful coastline, and the trip is lightly narrated so you find out what you are seeing.  It is a very reasonably priced way to get out on the water.  Here is the link to their website:  Salem Ferry rates and schedules

Here are a few photos that were taken on this year's inaugural sail, an event hosted by the City of Salem and the Salem Chamber of Commerce:

As you can see, you can even enjoy an adult beverage on the Nathaniel Bowditch, and it is a great place to network and sail at the same time.  Left to right are:  Josh Turiel, Salem City Councilor, Jeff R from New York Life, and our own Thomas MacDonald, Director of Sales of the Hawthorne Hotel.

2.  Another way you can go out on the water is on the Schooner Fame.
 Here is a link to their website :Schooner Fame Website

3.  And a third way is to take a sail on a Mahi Mahi cruise. Here is the link to their website:

I hope you will make plans to enjoy not only Salem's maritime history, but also its maritime activites.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, June 25

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Hotel Notes
Join the Peabody Essex Museum
 for their new exhibit Turner & the Sea!
In the first full-scale examination of Joseph Mallord William Turner's lifelong preoccupation with the sea, this exhibition features iconic works spanning the artist's career from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes produced towards the end of his life.

Weather Forecast   
Partly sunny with a little more humidity. Highs from 80-84!

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Come and experience Historic Salem, Massachusetts via Segway!
Tours are led by Adventure Captains that are ready to show you the city, sights and fill you in on some history along the way! 1 Hour tours are available for $60 and 2 Hour tours are available for $90. They also have group rates! Stop by the Front Desk for more information and directions.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Stephen True!

Flags of the Day
United Kingdom

This Day in History
On this day in 1988, pop sensation Debbie Gibson saw herself not as the next Madonna, but as the next Carole King. And when her single "Foolish Beat" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on this day, she achieved something very much in keeping with that goal: She became the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform her own #1 pop single.

I hope to see you here!


Behind the Scenes, Our Involvement with Salem Schools

One of the "behind the scenes" things that we do here at the Hawthorne Hotel is our participation in the extended high school/technical training classes at the school. Many of the students there have challenges beyond the norm, and some of them participate in a vocational training program where they go into area businesses and learn some work skills that will hopefully translate into lifelong skills that they can take with them into their future.

Yesterday two of "our" students were ending their involvement with this program, so we wished them a farewell with certificates celebrating their time with us.

In addition, their workplace coach, Brigette, is also leaving the program at this time, as she enters a new phase of her educational career.

Sue, Caitlin Curry, Brigette Smith, Alex
 Brigette was very touched, as we gave her not one but two Thank You cards to accommodate everyone's good wishes to her as she goes on to her next challenge -- graduate school.
Claire Kallelis giving achievement award to Josh

Claire awarding Alex his achievement certificate.

 Alex was very touched, and could not believe this award was for him.  He made sure we know he will be hanging it up on the wall at his home.
Left to right, Chef Ken O'Keefe, Bob Strom, one of the teachers of the program at Salem High School, Andy Seidel, Sue, Caitlin Curry, and Brigette Smith.

Alex, Brigette and Josh

I hope you enjoy getting a little bit of a look behind the scenes, to see the Hawthorne Hotel's involvement in the local community.  By providing opportunity and a willingness to work with these very special students, we help all of us.

See you here.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Has Arrived, at the Ropes Mansion Gardens

Every year I have to write about a number of things that one needs to do on a visit to #SalemMA. One of those "things" is to visit the Ropes Mansion Gardens.  Located at 96 Essex Street, just next to the First Church in Salem, off of Summer Street.

Here are some photos to whet your appetite for this visit.  In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that the gardens are much more beautiful in person than any photograph can capture, and in addition a photo cannot convey the wonderful aromas that one finds in a lovely flower garden.

So you will just need to put this on your agenda for your next visit to Salem.  By the way, did I mention it is FREE!

I hope to see you here, or there.