Friday, February 28, 2014

Do You Like to Choose the BEST?

A message from Salem News:

Salem hosts a number of great restaurants, shops, and services—what are your favorites? Honor your favorite local businesses by voting in Salem News’s first Best Bets contest. You may complete a hard copy of the ballot, published in today’s paper (no photo copies!), or go online to complete the ballot:http://www.salemnews.com/bestbets.

From the online ballot:

Here is your chance to give your favorite North Shore businesses the spotlight! Vote in our Best Bets of 2014 contest to help us recognize the best of the best. Just fill in your choice for the best business in the area in each of the categories listed.

Enter to win: 1ST Prize: $100 gift card to one of the Best Bets Restaurant picks. 2ND Prize: $50 gift card to one of the Best Bets Restaurant picks.

Contest rules:
1. You must be at least 18 years or older to enter.
2. You may only submit one completed ballot — additional submissions will automatically be disqualified.
3. All entries must be received by March 12, 2014.
4. The winner will be chosen by random drawing.
5. The Best Bets of 2014 winners will be determined by the highest number of votes from the entries.
6. Best Bets of 2014 results will be published in April in The Salem News.
7. Contest results do not reflect the views of The Salem News.

(P.S., keep the Hawthorne Hotel in mind when voting for the Best Breakfast, Best Pub, Best Casual Dinner, Best Fine Dining and Best Burger!)

I hope you will consider helping us towards this recognition.

Juli and the TEAM of the Hawthorne Hotel

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, February 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, February 28, 2014.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Clancy-Netherton Wedding! We are honored to be your home away from home during this momentous occasion! Please let us know if we can be of any assistance. Cheers!

Weather Forecast   
Bright sunshine, temperatures in the low 20’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum in their new exhibit! Celeste Bouriser-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large scale acoustic environments and 70 brightly plumed Zebra finches in “Here to Ear.” You can purchase tickets online or in person at the PEM.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Alison Black!

Flags of the Day
Tajikistan
New Jersey

This Day in History
On this day in 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announce that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes. On the morning of February 28, they determined that the structure of DNA was a double-helix polymer, or a spiral of two DNA strands, each containing a long chain of monomer nucleotides, wound around each other.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 24 through March 2, 2014

Arizona
Monday February 24 Switzerland and Washington            
Tuesday February 25 Germany* and West Virginia
Wednesday February 26 Sweden and Wisconsin                
Thursday February 27 Syrian Arab Republic and Wyoming                   
Friday February 28 Tajikistan and New Jersey*   



Thailand


Saturday March 1 United Republic of Tanzania and Alaska                   
Sunday March 2 Thailand and Arizona       

*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

Salem Film Fest Is Almost Here!

March 6 - 13, 2014

Salem, MA ~~  There are a whole raft of reasons that I love living in Salem, but one of the very biggest reasons is something that is just six years old.  That is the Salem Film Fest.

This all-documentary film festival is simply smashing, and it is something which is only here for eight days each year.  Those days have nearly arrived, and I want to make sure you know about this great event -- whose motto, Come to Salem, See the World is very apt.   You need to know that these films are not your grandfather's hunting trip someplace, but real stories, wonderfully filmed and presented in such a way that you may not want to go back to seeing fictional movies anymore.

This is their official description:
Finding its spirit in Salem’s rich history as America’s first great international city, the non-profit, all-volunteer Salem Film Fest presents a diverse, beautiful, and bracing selection of the world's best documentary films.

Here are some useful links for information.

Salem Film Fest Website

List of Films and Events

I plan to attend a lot of these films, so perhaps I will see you there.

Juli

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, February 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, February 27, 2014.


Hotel Notes
Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Sunday, March 2, 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   
Scattering of snow showers. Highs near 30, bitterly cold at night.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum in their new exhibit! Celeste Bouriser-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large scale acoustic environments and 70 brightly plumed Zebra finches in “Here to Ear.” You can purchase tickets online or in person at the PEM.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Timothy Douglas Glazar!

Flags of the Day
Syrian Arab Republic
Wyoming

This Day in History
On this day in 1827, a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

New Show Coming to PEM

Mark your calendars early! You will not want to miss this incredibly different show.


PEM presents California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way
On view from March 29 to July 6, 2014

SALEM, MA – The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, an exhibition of more than 250 mid-century modern design objects. A diverse array of works including furniture, textiles, fashion, classic vehicles and much more celebrates the impact of California designers between 1930 to 1965. The output of legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra and R.M. Schindler, along with previously unheralded figures, is contextualized within the creative climate of California and the social and cultural conditions of the time. Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this exhibition is the first major study of modern California design. PEM’s presentation is the exhibition’s only East Coast venue — on view from March 29 to July 6, 2014.

California Design shows how California became mid-century America’s most important source of progressive architecture and furnishings and explores the state’s influence on the nation’s material culture. Four thematic sections — Shaping, Making, Living and Selling — tell the origins of modern California design, its materials and makers, and the dissemination of a California look and modern lifestyle worldwide.

ECONOMIC BOOM
The influx of millions of new residents to California during the economic boom of the 1920s ignited a demand for modern housing and furnishings that significantly increased during and immediately following World War II. America’s postwar prosperity afforded a new consumer class opportunities to furnish and decorate their homes with goods made by the state’s designers and craftspeople. 
“The goal was to provide well-designed, accessible and affordable modern homes and furnishings to millions of Californians and those around the country who craved them,” said Austen Barron Bailly, PEM’s George Putnam Curator of American Art, formerly of LACMA. “The designers who embraced California modern ideals wanted to make everyday life beautiful and comfortable. They responded to California’s environment and pioneered new ways to meld craft production with industrial manufacturing.”

A CULTURE OF INNOVATION
Working with a spirit of modernism and experimentation, California designers adopted new materials and production methods leading to innovations in form and function for objects and architecture. A tremendous synergy arose between local designers and émigrés who brought European modernism and advanced professional training in art, architecture, craft and design to the Golden State. Opportunities created by housing and population booms, as well as the burgeoning motion picture industry, propelled this culture of innovation and experimentation. The phenomenon only accelerated when California took the lead in aerospace and defense manufacturing during World War II. Creative peacetime applications of wartime technologies and materials such as plywood, fiberglass and steel furthered  exploration. Charles and Ray Eames epitomized the ingenuity of California designers by creating molded plywood furniture and toys using techniques developed during World War II to make lightweight leg splints for wounded soldiers.


ENVIRONMENT
In 1951, émigré designer Greta Magnusson Grossman declared, California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions … It has developed out of our own preference for living in a modern way.” The distinctive vocabulary of the California house and its furnishings at mid-century emerged from a response to the temperate climate that permitted indoor-outdoor living. New construction techniques and domestic applications for materials enabled architects to re-envision the open-plan home and collapse traditional boundaries between indoor and outdoor environments. New uses for steel, for example, allowed walls to open for floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, diminishing the boundaries between the outdoor environment and domestic interiors.


DESIGN ICONS
California has meant sunshine and the next perfect wave on the horizon for generations, and California designers provided new ways to enjoy them. Developments in fiberglass technology transformed the ubiquitous surfboard and made possible the sleek, sculptural profiles of mid-century automobiles.  In the exhibition, a 1964 Studebaker Avanti with its fiberglass body and futuristic grille-less nose exemplifies American automotive exuberance. The material culture produced in California became a gleaming, larger-than-life reflection of the entire country, and can be seen in the objects presented in California Design — from the comfortable, mobile existence offered by a 1930s aluminum Airstream Clipper trailer to the 1959 Barbie doll typifying California beach culture and the sophisticated glamour of Hollywood film stars.


By the end of the 1960s, the relentless optimism that made California the embodiment of the good life became far more subdued. Counterculture protests and ecological and social justice issues challenged the very idea of consumerism and unbridled growth. These shifting beliefs, however, did not diminish the lasting contributions of California design at mid-century. California Design tells a story of the exhilarating innovation and enthusiasm for building a better, brighter and more modern world.

PUBLICATIONS
The accompanying 360-page catalogue, edited by Wendy Kaplan, is co-published by LACMA and MIT Press, and features essays by Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman, along with other leading architecture and design historians.


The exhibition’s second publication, A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers, edited by Bobbye Tigerman, documents the lives and work of more than 140 significant mid-twentieth century figures in California design and was created by the internationally renowned graphic designer Irma Boom.

Curatorial Credit
Organized by Wendy Kaplan, Curator and Department Head, and Bobbye Tigerman, Associate Curator,  Decorative Arts and Design at LACMA.

Exhibition Credits
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art organized this exhibition. Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

MEDIA PARTNER

PRESS PREVIEW
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 9:30 AM BREAKFAST | 10 AM REMARKS | 10:30 AM TOUR

Please join us for a breakfast and exhibition preview tour with curator Austen Barron Bailey. RSVP to Caryn Boehm by March 19 at caryn_boehm@pem.org or by calling 978.542.1646.

IMAGE DOWNLOAD
High-resolution publicity images available for download at the following link: http://goo.gl/itvrmC

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Opening Day Celebration | Saturday, March 29, 10 am–4 pm
Come join us for gallery talks; a lecture by California Design curator Wendy Kaplan followed by Q&A with her and PEM’s coordinating curator Austen Barron Bailly; a film, art making and indoor recreation fun with the Airstream in the Atrium. Also, The Tannery Series partners with PEM to lead a conversation about the changing lives of women in the 1950s and ‘60s. Titled From Bullet Bras to Bra Burning, the talk explores fashion, feminism and the way the home-front became a crucible of social change.
                                                                                                                   
Engage with an Elephant | Select Saturdays, 10:30 am–12:30 pm (March 29 to May 31) | Visit pem.org/calendar for dates
Check out the toy elephant that husband-and-wife designers Charles and Ray Eames made. The couple invented a way of molding plywood that they used in many of their designs. Join a museum educator in the California Design exhibition to explore this piece and other examples of creative innovation
                                                                                                                           
Members-Only Gallery Talks | Wednesday, April 16, and Friday, April 25, 9 am
Reservations by April 15 and April 24 | Members $20
Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art and coordinating curator of California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, leads the first talk. Gavin Andrews, assistant director for family, student and teacher programs and interpretive liaison for the exhibition, leads the second. Tours are held exclusively for members before the museum opens.

Evening Party | Thursday, April 17, 6 - 9 pm
Enjoy standup comedy and improvisational performances, see demos of '50s and '60s hairstyling, test your listening skill in our 'name that theme song' contest and much more. Come dressed as your favorite '60s sitcom character! Our evening is inspired by the exhibition California Design: Living in a Modern Way.
                        
The Hot Seat: Explore form and function in innovative chair design
Wednesdays, May 7 and 14, 6–8 pm | Saturdays, May 10 and 17, 10 am–12:30 pm
Reservations by May 1 | $220 members, $260 nonmembers
With inspiration from California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, students learn to use traditional and nontraditional materials to transform chair design. Led by instructor Jeff Elsbecker, a sculptor, designer and professor of fine art.
IMAGE CREDIT
Buff, Straub & Hensman (1955-1961, later Buff, Hensman and Associates). Recreation pavilion, Mirman House, Arcadia, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman, 1959. Getty Research Institute

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. In addition to its vast holdings, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and an interactive education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructure and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am5 pm and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org
MEDIA CONTACTS
April Swieconek | Director of Public Relations | april@pem.org | 978-542-1609
Whitney Van Dyke | Senior Press Officer | whitney_vandyke@pem.org | 978-542-1828
Dinah Cardin | Press Officer / Special Projects Writer | dinah_cardin@pem.org | 978-542-1830




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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, February 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, February 26, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Sunday, March 2, 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   
Sun and clouds with a few snow showers. Highs in the upper 20’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
During the Day
Join the Peabody Essex Museum in their new exhibit! Celeste Bouriser-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large scale acoustic environments and 70 brightly plumed Zebra finches in “Here to Ear.” You can purchase tickets online or in person at the PEM!

Nightlife
Check out the Gulu-Gulu Café Open Mic Shindig! From 8pm to midnight.
Head over to Opus for some local live music and open mic night! Performing tonight are The Dejas! From 8pm to midnight.

Join Rockafellas for their Latin Dance Party! Take a few Salsa lessons with Greg Coles, sit and watch or join in afterwards for some freestyling!
From 8pm to 11:30pm. Just stop by the desk for directions!

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

Flags of the Day
Sweden
Wisconsin

This Day in History
On February 26th, 1917, in a crucial step toward U.S. entry into World War I, President Woodrow Wilson learns of the so-called Zimmermann Telegram, a message from German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann to the German ambassador to Mexico proposing a Mexican-German alliance in the event of a war between the U.S. and Germany.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

And the Winner Is. . . .

Last year we were getting reasonably close to 7,000 "likes" on FaceBook, so we thought we would have a contest to see how quickly we could get there.  The winning entry in the contest got to come and stay with us for an overnight visit with breakfast -- quite a nice prize.

That winner was Peter Grimshaw, and he and his wife Barbara came to use their stay with us last week.  We decided to put a little "icing on the cake" and we made them the VIPs of the Day as well.  They were quite tickled, as you can see by these photos.  The first two I took when they had just arrived:


 This photo was taken when they posed with the flag that they chose to fly on the front of the Hotel -- the flag of Denmark.  Peter chose it in honor of his wife's heritage, since they were here to celebrate Peter and  Barbara's anniversary.
I hope you enjoy seeing one of our contest winners, and that you will consider entering a contest the next time we run one.  That does seem to be fairly often, so be sure to stay tuned, and especially pay attention to what we do on FaceBook and Twitter.

I hope to see you soon.

Juli

Monday, February 24, 2014

Valentine's Day -- Busy In More Ways Than Usual

Valentine's Day is usually a pretty laid-back "holiday" but around the Hawthorne Hotel there were so many things going on, you wouldn't believe it.  While we were very busy in both our restaurants, and were busy handling the plans and set-up of our Princess Tea the next day, AND we were gathering together the "Hawthorne Hotties" to do a neighborly visit to Brookhouse, there was even more happening.

Sometimes it’s the little things that can bring a smile to your face. Scrap paper probably doesn’t seem all that exciting, but we are always looking for ways to recycle and reuse where we can at the Hotel, and are happy when we find a new way to do so.

Several of us keep scrap paper around for taking notes, and at one point my assistant, Kayleigh M, had an entire box of it under her desk. In December, she decided to recycle this scrap paper into proper notepads using padding compound.

Padding compound
When they discovered one such notepad on her desk, several managers were so excited by it that Kayleigh decided to make notepads for our entire administrative staff.

Christmas was a busy time for us, and so she decided to make them for Valentine’s Day. She received help from Jasmina "Jaz" Conley, our Assistant Dining Services Manager, who supplied stacks of old menus and did her share of cutting paper.

The two spent spare minutes clipping stacks of scrap paper together and painting on two coats of the padding compound to create over 30 notepads.
Kayleigh Merritt posing with stack of new notepads, clipped while they were drying
When they were done, Kayleigh made notes to include with the notepads...

"Happy Valentine's Day from Kayleigh and Jaz"

...and Jasmina tied them all with ribbon.


They then left the finished notepads in the mailboxes of our administrative staff the evening before Valentine's Day so that they would have a nice little surprise waiting for them the next morning.



Jasmina and Kayleigh posing with their finished product


I hope you enjoyed this peek at how the Hawthorne hospitality extends "behind the scenes"!

Juli

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Monday, February 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Monday, February 24, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Is there a little prince or princess in your family?  Then join us for our annual Princess Tea on Sunday, March 2, 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   
Cloudy with some flurries. Colder with temps in the 30s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum in their new exhibit! Celeste Bouriser-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large scale acoustic environments and 70 brightly plumed Zebra finches in “Here to Ear.” You can purchase tickets online or in person at the PEM!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, David Harris!

Flags of the Day
Switzerland
Washington

This Day in History
On February 23, 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ February 24 through March 2, 2014

Arizona
Monday February 24 Switzerland and Washington            
Tuesday February 25 Germany* and West Virginia
Wednesday February 26 Sweden and Wisconsin                
Thursday February 27 Syrian Arab Republic and Wyoming                   
Friday February 28 Tajikistan and Alabama   


Thailand


Saturday March 1 United Republic of Tanzania and Alaska                   
Sunday March 2 Thailand and Arizona       

*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, February 22, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, February 23

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, February 23, 2014.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of Constantino-Grieves wedding! We are so happy to be your home away from home during this occasion. Please let us know if you need anything! Cheers!

Weather Forecast   
A mix of sun and clouds. Cold front approaches with Highs of 45!

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum in their new exhibit! Celeste Bouriser-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large scale acoustic environments and 70 brightly plumed Zebra finches in “Here to Ear.” You can purchase tickets online or in person at the PEM!

During School Vacation, The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is offering free, ranger-led tours of the historic, replica tallship "Friendship" and the U.S. Custom House, which collected millions of dollars in taxes from Salem's maritime trade, also was the workplace of famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sign up for tour at Salem Visitors Center (2 New Liberty Street). Tour meets at the "Friendship" on Derby Wharf. 

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Renee Mason!

Flags of the Day
Swaziland
Virgin Islands

This Day in History
On this day in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives in Washington, D.C., amid secrecy and tight security. With seven states having already seceded from the Union since Lincoln’s election, the threat of civil war hung in the air.

I hope to see you here!

Juli