Friday, January 31, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, February 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, February 1, 2014.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Surette-McCarthy 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 Julie & Marc!

Weather Forecast   
Mostly cloudy skies with a high of 44 degrees and a low of 29 degrees.          

What’s Happening in Salem this week
"Fall in Love with Art"
Neighbors you are invited to a gathering at the Kensington- Stobart Gallery Thursday, February 13.
Wine and light refreshments will be served in the gallery from 6:30-7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a talk by Jim McAllister on our neighborhood's remarkable art heritage

Space is limited. To reserve please telephone the Kensington-Stobart Gallery at 978-825-0022

Flags of the Day
Rwanda
Montana

This Day in History
On February 1, 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present

I hope to see you here!

Juli

The Year of the Horse

In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Tavern on the Green is offering a special menu for today and tomorrow.  We hope you will plan to stop by for lunch or dinner on Friday January 31 or Saturday February 1 to celebrate.  Here is the menu:


Soup of the Day
Stir-Fried Chicken and Vegetable
cup 5.00 ~ bowl 6.50

Salad of the Day
baby shrimp, crispy noodles, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and shredded carrots over romaine lettuce
with a sweet soy dressing
13.95

Catch of the Day
Ginger-Citrus, Seven-Seed Crusted Mahi-Mahi
jade rice blend and sugar snap peas with a ginger-mango sauce
19.95

Burger of the Week
beef burger, grilled pineapple and crispy onions
with a sweet and sour sauce
11.95

Dessert of the Day
Coconut and Star Anise
Bread Pudding
7.50

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, January 31

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, January 31, 2014.




Hotel Notes
At a loss for Valentine’s Day plans?  Why not spend it with the Hawthorne Hotel!  We have two fantastic packages available, the Romance package and the Sweetheart package.  Call the front desk at 978-744-4080 for more details!   

Weather Forecast   
Mostly cloudy skies with a high of 40 degrees and a low of 22 degrees.                  

What’s Happening in Salem this week
"Fall in Love with Art"
Neighbors you are invited to a gathering at the Kensington- Stobart Gallery Thursday, February 13.
Wine and light refreshments will be served in the gallery from 6:30-7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a talk by Jim McAllister on our neighborhood's remarkable art heritage

Space is limited. To reserve please telephone the Kensington-Stobart Gallery at 978-825-0022

Flags of the Day
Russian Federation
Missouri

This Day in History
On January 31, 1971, Apollo 14, piloted by astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell, and Stuart A. Roosa, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a manned mission to the moon.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Holiday Party Planning Cannot Start Too Soon!

We recently hosted a really "fun" holiday party, and we thought you might enjoy learning a little bit about it, including seeing some photos.  Clearly one of our motives is to get you thinking about booking your holiday party for your company, group or family.  Why now, you might ask?  Because now is the time to get the date you really want, and now is the time to just get thinking about it, and start working with one of our talented and professional meeting and event planners.

I recently read an article that said that a good percentage of the relaxation and refreshment that comes from taking a vacation is in the anticipation of the event.  Here at the Hawthorne Hotel we have found that to be true regarding special celebratory events as well.  We know that our employees love thinking about and talking about our holiday party in advance, and giving them the "save the date" information as soon as we can helps them in making sure they will be able to attend.

So why not consider holding a date as soon as possible?





This was a local holiday celebration for a global energy company. The company wanted to celebrate this year with a “Roaring 20's / Great Gatsby” theme. We worked with them regarding their menu selections and creating a casual ballroom feel. They chose to host a cocktail reception, to urge mingling as they even brought in two casino tables (a blackjack table and roulette table.) With the Beantown Swing Orchestra and dancers to teach lessons, it really contributed to their “Roaring 20's” feel. 

Here is the menu they chose, which clearly had something for everyone:

Stationed Hors d’Ouevres
International Assorted Sliced Cheeses with French Baguettes,
Crackers and Flat Breads, Garnished with Seasonal Fresh Fruits and Berries
Mediterranean Station: Artisan Salami Array, Mixed Olives,
Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Hummus,
Basil-Caper Tomatoes, Tapenade, Grilled Pita Chips and Foccacia

Dinner
Passed Hors d’Ouevres
Scallops in Crisp Applewood-Smoked Bacon
Sesame Chicken with Ginger Pineapple Dipping Sauce
Blackened Beef Tenderloin over Pesto Cream Cheese on Crostini
Carving Station
Roast Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Relish and Mayonnaise with Assorted Cocktail Rolls
Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef with Chef's Choice of Sauce 
Pasta Station
Rotini Primavera, Penne with Marinara, Tortellini Supreme
Tossed Garden Salad with Fresh Garlic Bread
Chef’s Choice Potato
Chef's Choice Seasonal Vegetables

Dessert Station
Assorted Chef's Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Tea and Decaffeinated Coffee

I hope you enjoy seeing this nice party, and that you will consider getting us to "save a date" for you soon. Just give us a call at 978-825-4358.  We are available Monday through Saturdays, and can even do evening appointments if need be.  This particular event was handled by Catering Manager Sara Norris, so you can just ask for her if you want to do something like it!

I hope to see you here.

Juli


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, January 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, January 30, 2014.




Hotel Notes
At a loss for Valentine’s Day plans?  Why not spend it with the Hawthorne Hotel!  We have two fantastic packages available, the Romance package and the Sweetheart package.  Call the front desk at 978-744-4080 for more details!   

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny skies with a high of 29 degrees and a low of 11 degrees.     

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday, February 1st to celebrate the Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Enjoy a full day of festivities including traditional lion dance, a film set in Boston’s Chinatown, sword play, traditional crafts and more!

Flags of the Day
Romania
Mississippi

This Day in History
On January 30, 1781, Maryland becomes the 13th and final state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, almost three years after the official deadline given by Congress of March 10, 1778.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Halloween in January?

Sometimes things that are the best are worth waiting for, and that is certainly the case with The Distracted Wanderer's blog post featuring our annual Halloween Costume Party.  For 2013 our theme was "Nightmare on Hawthorne Boulevard".

Here is Linda Orlomoski's post which is really self-explanatory.  Just click on the link, and be sure to leave her some "love" in her comments!  This was just published for the first time last week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Halloween at the Hawthorne Hotel by The Distracted Wanderer


Thanks,

Juli

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, January 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Calling all Tiramisu fans!  Stop by the Tavern on the Green and try our drink of the week, the Tiramisu Martini.  With a blend of vanilla vodka, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao, it’s like desert in a glass! 

Weather Forecast   
Early light snow possible than partly sunny skies with a high of 25 degrees and a low of 15 degrees. 
       
What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday, February 1st to celebrate the Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Enjoy a full day of festivities including traditional lion dance, a film set in Boston’s Chinatown, sword play, traditional crafts and more!

Flags of the Day
Republic of Moldova
Vermont

This Day in History
On January 29, 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ January 27 through February 2, 2014

Montana

Monday January 27 Portugal and Michigan         
Tuesday January 28 Qatar and Micronesia   
Wednesday January 29 Republic of Moldova and Vermont*            
Thursday January 30 Romania and Mississippi               
Friday January 31 Russian Federation and Missouri  



Portugal

Saturday February 1 Rwanda and Montana                
Sunday February 2 Saint Kitts and Nevis and Nebraska       
 
  

*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

Weddings + Time = Anniversaries = History

Last week as I was making table visits in the Tavern I made the acquaintance of a lovely couple and their adult daughter.  In chatting with them I learned that they had been married at the Hawthorne Hotel in 1954.  In fact, they had had their 50th wedding anniversary party here at the Hawthorne Hotel as well, almost 10 years ago -- their anniversary date is in October so they are nearing 60 years together.

As we chatted it became very clear why they have had a successful marriage -- they are both very engaging and happy people.  I learned their names, Mary and Robert Bonefant, and that Mary is a Salem native, and that Robert was from Swampscott.  They still live here in Salem to this day.

I was happily surprised when Mary pulled a photo from her purse, as it was a photo of their wedding reception here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

I asked if I could scan the photo for our archives, and if I could take their photo for this daily diary post, and as you can see I was quickly granted permission.  I think you can tell by these photos the great spirit that exists between this lovely couple, and their daughter, Stephanie Hooper, as well.



I hope you will join me in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Bonefant many more years of wedded bliss, and of course, I hope to see you here!

Juli

Monday, January 27, 2014

Time for a Guessing Game



Our Banquet Manager, Liz Dube, thought you might enjoy a guessing game based on this photo of the wedding that took place in the Grand Ballroom on December 21, 2013.  Can you guess how many of the following items it took to set all the tables in the Grand Ballroom for this event?

Total Spoons (soup spoons and teaspoons)

Total Forks  (salad, entrée, dessert and serving)

Total Glasses (water and champagne flutes)

Whoever comes the closest without going over will win a package of goodies from the Hawthorne Hotel including a gift certificate.

Some helpful hints:

1.  Our Grand Ballroom is usually used for weddings between 125 and 190 people.
2.  We use tables set for between 7 and 12 people depending on the size of the wedding, the needs of the wedding couple, and other factors.
3.  There are five tables set for this wedding that you cannot see in this photo.

A couple of simple technicalities:
  • We will close this contest on January 31 at 11:55 pm.
  • You need to guess all three things, Spoons, Forks and Glasses.
  • By the way, employees of the Hawthorne Hotel are not eligible to enter this contest.  Sorry folks!
Good luck and start counting!

I hope to see you here.

Juli


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Monday, January 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Monday, January 27, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Calling all Tiramisu fans!  Stop by the Tavern on the Green and try our drink of the week, the Tiramisu Martini.  With a blend of vanilla vodka, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao, it’s like desert in a glass! 

Weather Forecast   
Predawn snow showers, mainly cloudy skies, followed by afternoon rain or snow showers with a high of 39 degrees and a low of 20 degrees.       

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Astronomy Observation Night
Monday, January 27th from 7pm-10pm at Salem State University, Meier Hall

Ever wonder what you are actually seeing when you look into the night sky? Head to the Collins Observatory on the roof of Salem State University's Meier Hall for a free night of star-and-planet gazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club to find out. Collins Observatory is normally open on CLEAR, or MOSTLY CLEAR Monday nights from 7-10 PM. The observatory is closed on school holidays and when the school is on vacation. Please visit the website above, before your visit, for the most up-to-date information on the Observation Night. Event is free and open to all ages.

Flags of the Day
Portugal
Michigan

This Day in History
On January 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C., for "the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge."

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ January 27 through February 2, 2014

Montana

Monday January 27 Portugal and Michigan         
Tuesday January 28 Qatar and Micronesia   
Wednesday January 29 Republic of Moldova and Minnesota            
Thursday January 30 Romania and Mississippi               
Friday January 31 Russian Federation and Missouri  


Portugal

Saturday February 1 Rwanda and Montana                
Sunday February 2 Saint Kitts and Nevis and Nebraska       
 
  

*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 Sunday, January 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, January 26, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Offering tea, music, and photos with the “Hawthorne Hotel” princesses, this event is sure to delight young royalty.  Children 12 and under are $20.95, children 3 and under $12, and adults are $30.95. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-825-4311.

Weather Forecast   
Partly cloudy skies, breezy, with a high of 22 degrees and a low of 11 degrees.      

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Astronomy Observation Night
Monday, January 27th from 7pm-10pm at Salem State University, Meier Hall

Ever wonder what you are actually seeing when you look into the night sky? Head to the Collins Observatory on the roof of Salem State University's Meier Hall for a free night of star-and-planet gazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club to find out. Collins Observatory is normally open on CLEAR, or MOSTLY CLEAR Monday nights from 7-10 PM. The observatory is closed on school holidays and when the school is on vacation. Please visit the website above, before your visit, for the most up-to-date information on the Observation Night. Event is free and open to all ages.

Flags of the Day
Poland
Massachusetts

This Day in History
On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. After overcoming a period of hardship, the fledgling colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date with great fanfare.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Saturday, January 25, 2014

More To Do In Salem, January 29

Treasures from the Pacific: The Oceanic and Polynesian Collections of the Phillips House Museum
Salem, MA


The annual winter lecture partnership with the Salem Athenaeum and Historic Salem, Inc. will be taking place on January 29, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Salem Athenaeum. Each year, the topic highlights a particular aspect of Salem’s rich history. This year, Historic New England will be loaning objects from the Phillips House Museum’s Oceanic and Polynesian collections for a small exhibition. Susan Leavitt, a graduate student with Harvard University's Museum Studies program, will discuss these treasures and others found in the collections as well as share the stories and histories of Pacific islanders. A reception is planned for attendees as well.



The exhibition will remain open at the Salem Athenaeum during regular hours for the month of February. Historic New England will be hosting a special behind the scenes tour focusing on their Oceanic collections on June 28-29, 2014. Many items are also on view during regular tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Advance tickets are strongly suggested and can be purchased at www.salemathenaeum.net. The cost is $10.00 for members of Historic New England, Historic Salem, Inc., and Salem Athenaeum members and $15 nonmembers. This lecture is free for students with valid identification. Please call 978-744-2540 for more information.

The Salem Athenaeum is located at 337 Essex Street in Salem, Mass.

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I hope to see you here, before or after, this interesting event.

Juli

Friday, January 24, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, January 25

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, January 25, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Spheekas- Peter Wedding! We hope that you all enjoy this special night and Congratulations to Bethany and Dan!

Weather Forecast   
Mainly cloudy skies with evening snow showers likely with a high of 37 degrees and a low of 14 degrees.    

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Salem Theatre Company presents Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man”
Showing January 23rd-February 15th Thursdays-Sundays.  Shows Thursday-Saturday start at 7:30pm, shows on Sunday start at 3:00pm

Tony Award-winning and Drama Desk winner, The Elephant Man, is based on the true story of John Merrick, known as the “elephant man” because of his hideous deformity. This powerful and moving story chronicles his amazing odyssey from a desperate existence in a Victorian freak show to his days as the toast of London high society. Playwright Pomerance weaves Merrick’s tale into a parable on virtue, innocence and human dignity.

Flags of the Day
Greece
Colorado

This Day in History
On January 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine's superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds, and christened the "Cullinan," it was the largest diamond ever found.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ January 20 through January 26, 2014


Iowa
Monday January 20 Panama and Iowa        
Tuesday January 21 Papua New Guinea and Kansas  
Wednesday January 22 Paraguay and Kentucky           
Thursday January 23 Peru and Louisiana              
Friday January 24 Philippines and Maine 


Peru 


Saturday January 25 Greece* and Colorado*               
Sunday January 26 Poland and Massachusetts      
 
  

*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