Saturday, May 31, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, June 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, June 1, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome Maureen Hancock.  Maureen Hancock is an internationally renowned Spirit Medium, intuitive, teacher, lecturer, holistic healer, and author of the bestselling book, “The Medium Next Door, Adventures of a Real- Life Ghost Whisperer.” We are so honored to hold this special event!

Weather Forecast   
Sunny and warmer. Temperatures in the low to mid 70’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
From May 29th to June 5th, Salem Artists will be on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to paint the beautifully scenic and historic site. On the evening of Thursday, June 5th from 5-7 PM, a reception will be held to exhibit what had been produced over the previous week!
This event precedes the Salem Arts Festival from June 6th-8th

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Elizabeth Palucci!

Flags of the Day
France
Michigan

This Day in History
On this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world's first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

History of the Hawthorne Hotel, Pre-Opening

Thanks to a history buff friend of the Hawthorne Hotel, we learned about an advertising piece that was available for sale, and we bought it.  It arrived yesterday, and we scanned it so that we could share it with you here. That way you can see the front and the back of the piece.

It is a pre-opening promotional advertising piece, stating the hotel would be open in August.  Low and behold, this hotel project opened ahead of schedule, with the grand opening occurring in early July of 1925.

If you want to be able to see these enlarged, just click on each image.

I hope you enjoy seeing some of our history, even something like a small advertising piece like this one.


I hope to see you here.

Juli

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, May 31

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, May 31, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Candace Reddy and Seamus Kelley on their wedding today. We are very glad to be hosting this special occasion and we hope that you and all of your guests have an excellent night. Cheers!

We would also like to congratulate Gianna Dimitrakos and Jason Vroom on their wedding today! We hope that you and all of your guests have a wonderful time here with us. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make you feel more at home.

Weather Forecast   
Mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers. Temperatures in the low 60’s

What’s Happening in Salem this week
From May 29th to June 5th, Salem Artists will be on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to paint the beautifully scenic and historic site. On the evening of Thursday, June 5th from 5-7 PM, a reception will be held to exhibit what had been produced over the previous week!
This event precedes the Salem Arts Festival from June 6th-8th

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Kathryn Upton!

Flags of the Day
Guatemala
North Dakota

This Day in History
The famous tower clock known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen's Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time on this day in 1859.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Stunning Bat Mitzvah

Last week we were honored to be the site of a stunning bat mitzvah for a young woman named Samantha. From her darling dress to the beautiful decor, the room and the guest of honor were a vision in pink and cream.  I hope you enjoy seeing these photos of a really special party:







This large rectangular table was for the adults.






An awesome candy station:



More things to do in addition to dancing at "Club Sammy".

For the candle lighting ceremony:

 A cool "photo booth" with lots of props:

A beautiful cake:



And just to be sure that the sugar rush was complete, an awesome dessert table just for kids featuring flavored milk drinks topped with a variety of donuts:





Are you planning a special event for a young man or young woman in your life?  We can handle bar and bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteen parties, quinceanera parties -- really any kind of party you would like.  If you want our professional assistance for one of these events, whether large and elaborate, or small and intimate, please call us in our Catering Department at 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

RE-REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 26 through June 1, 2014

North Dakota


Monday May 26 Georgia and New Hampshire  
Tuesday May 27 Germany and New Jersey
Wednesday May 28 Ghana and New Mexico                           
Thursday May 29 
Italy and Ohio *  By special request.                  
Friday May 30 Norway* and California*    





Guatemala

Saturday May 31 Guatemala and North Dakota                                
*Sunday June 1 Changed due to special request of VIPs of the Day to France and Michigan              

*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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, May 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, May 30, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome the guests of the Berg/Couris Wedding, as well as congratulate Sara and Nick on their marriage!  We hope you have a wonderful evening! Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you.

Weather Forecast   
Partly sunny with few isolated showers. Temperatures in the 60’s

What’s Happening in Salem this week
From May 29th to June 5th, Salem Artists will be on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to paint the beautifully scenic and historic site. On the evening of Thursday, June 5th from 5-7 PM, a reception will be held to exhibit what had been produced over the previous week!
This event precedes the Salem Arts Festival from June 6th-8th

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Kathryn Upton!

Flags of the Day
Norway
California

This Day in History
On this day May 30th ,1431 Joan of Arc  was Martyred. At Rouen in English-controlled Normandy, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

Superb Wedding Photography + Outstanding Wedding Venue + Beautiful/Handsome Couple = Awesome Wedding Photos !

These photos by Ron Kolias are so beautiful, and contain some views that we have never seen taken in the Hawthorne Hotel.

Ron has graciously provided these images to us to use in our social media and other kinds of outreach, and we are very grateful to him for making us all look so good. Here is a link to Ron's website: Ron Kolias Photography  Thank you, Ron!

I hope you will take the time to enjoy all of these, but especially do not miss scrolling all the way down to the very end.  The elevator "sequence" photo is perfect!

We hope to help you have a dream wedding here at the classic Hawthorne Hotel.

Juli



















Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, May 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, May 29, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Want to experience a fun and new way of touring Salem? Try the Witch City Segway Tour! You can pick up tickets on Derby Street, just a few minutes from the hotel. 1 Hour tours are $60 and 2 Hour tours are $90. They have limited availability, for booking details and more information please stop by the Front Desk!

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the high 50s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
From May 29th to June 5th, Salem Artists will be on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to paint the beautifully scenic and historic site. On the evening of Thursday, June 5th from 5-7 PM, a reception will be held to exhibit what had been produced over the previous week!
This event precedes the Salem Arts Festival from June 6th-8th

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Darrell Thomas!

Flags of the Day
Italy
Ohio

This Day in History
One of America's best-loved presidents, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is born into a politically and socially prominent family in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. He was the first American president to be born in the 20th century.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

The Flower Boxes Are Changed

Usually you can tell the subtle changes in the seasons just by looking at the window boxes at the Hawthorne Hotel.  That is because "usually" we are changing things out as we get warmer and then as our weather cools off.

That was not exactly the case this week, as we changed out the orange pansies (early spring, cool weather planting) for our ivory petunias (early to mid-summer planting) this week.  Almost as soon as we got that job done the weather turned cold, and then rainy and cold.  Not nice!

Here are the photos:

Yesterday as I walked in to the hotel all of the new plants were lined up on the sidewalks in front of the planter boxes, clearly ready for their planting.
 Here you see our maintenance department worker, Bruce MacArthur planting.
 And here is the finished "product".

Here is to hoping the weather will return to "normal programming" so our flowers can bloom and turn into that mass of color that we are all used to seeing as we go by the Hawthorne Hotel.

Juli




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, May 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, May 28, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Want to experience a fun and new way of touring Salem? Try the Witch City Segway Tour! You can pick up tickets on Derby Street, just a few minutes from the hotel. 1 Hour tours are $60 and 2 Hour tours are $90. They have limited availability, for booking details and more information please stop by the Front Desk!

Weather Forecast   
Cooler with mostly sunny skies and few afternoon showers. High 60’s

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday May 31st for the opening of Tuner & 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. Iconic Turner masterpieces are exhibited alongside works by other major European and American artists, providing a rich artistic context for Turner's groundbreaking vision.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Jamie Henthorne!

Flags of the Day
Ghana
New Mexico

This Day in History
On this day in 1937, the government of Germany--then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party--forms a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company."




I hope to see you here!

Juli

A "Gem" of Salem

While not "Downton Abbey", Salem's own Phillips House is a glimpse of that kind of a time when people lived in a way that we can only imagine.  Here is their press release, but to really experience this "gem" of Salem, you need to take the tour.  Don't miss it.

Juli

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PHILLIPS HOUSE
34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970

Early house history
In 1800, Captain Nathaniel West and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Elias Haskett Derby, built a grand country estate in South Danvers, Massachusetts (the site of the present-day Northshore Mall). The West marriage ended in a bitter divorce in 1806, Elizabeth retained the house, and then left it to the three West daughters at her death in 1814. The youngest daughter Sarah died unmarried and childless and Nathaniel West inherited one third of the estate – four rooms of the South Danvers house. In 1820-21, he had those rooms cut off the South Danvers house and moved to Chestnut Street thereby making up the front four rooms – the core – of the present house.

The Phillips House Today

The Phillips House has been open to the public since 1973 and is owned and operated by Historic New England (www.HistoricNewEngland.org), the oldest and largest regional preservation organization in the country. The museum is open for tours (Tues-Sun, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., every half-hour, last tour 4p.m.) and are decorated with five generations of Phillips family objects: Federal-era furniture, Chinese export porcelain, ship portraits, and artifacts collected in Hawaii. The tour provides insights into the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff, Salem history, and life on historic Chestnut Street. The Hawaiian flag is flown at the Phillips House because Stephen Willard Phillips, who lived here, was born in Hawaii in 1873; his father was in King Kamehameha V’s cabinet.

The Carriage House contains antique carriages and cars owned by family members. The automobiles are:
1929 Model A Ford;
1924 Pierce-Arrow Seven Passenger Touring Car
1936 Pierce-Arrow Limousine.
A quick snapshot as we toured by on the Salem Trolley today.

The Architecture
The Phillips House exterior looks like a typical Federal-era house (a style popular from c. 1780 to c. 1825) –elegantly proportioned with a shorter third floor (for perspective), Palladian window (three-part window with arched central light and rectangular side lights), and a hipped roof (uniformly pitched roof). In fact, the
exterior is a combination of Federal architecture and the “antique” look of the early twentieth century
Colonial Revival style, as seen with the 1911/12 columned front porch, front door, and fan light window. The
renovations by the Phillips family in 1911/12 preserved the elegant Federal style fireplaces and proportions to the rooms, but brought modern conveniences to the house, and fashionable early 20th century Colonial
Revival interiors.

Additional information is available upon request to the site manager, Julie Arrison.

Phillips House 2014 Season

Open: Tuesday-Sunday beginning May 27 and through November 2; Winter Hours are Saturday-Sunday November 8-May 26, 2015; Tours are available from 11:00 – 4:00 and leave on the hour and half-hour, with the last tour at 4:00 p.m.

Admission:
$8.00 Adults
$7.00 Seniors
$4.00 Students and Children (6-12)

Special Events:
June 7: Open House and Ice Cream Social
August 10: 13th Annual Phillips House Car Meet
October 31: Tricks, Treats, and Treasures

Visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org for more information and an up-to-date program list. Like us on facebook www.facebook.com/PhillipsHouseMuseum

Monday, May 26, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Tuesday, May 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Tuesday, May 27, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Stop by our pub-style restaurant, Tavern on the Green, and try our delicious cocktail of the week, California Root Beer! Root beer vodka, Galliano and Kahlua topped off with soda water and garnished with a lime…yum!!!!

Weather Forecast   
Partly cloudy in the morning with showers in the afternoon. High 60.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday May 31st for the opening of Tuner & 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. Iconic Turner masterpieces are exhibited alongside works by other major European and American artists, providing a rich artistic context for Turner's groundbreaking vision.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Dr. Punit Gohil!

Flags of the Day
Germany
New Jersey

This Day in History
On this day in 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, a stunning technological and artistic achievement, opens to the public after five years of construction. On opening day--"Pedestrian Day"--some 200,000 bridge walkers marveled at the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge, which spans the Golden Gate Strait at the entrance to San Francisco Bay and connects San Francisco and Marin County. On May 28, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic.




I hope to see you here!

Juli

Forty-Two Years Ago. . .

One of the best things about having a wedding reception or other "life event" at the Hawthorne Hotel is our stability in the business we provide for our guests.  We are getting ready to enter our 90th year in business in 2015, and that should be meaningful to you if you want to come back and celebrate anniversaries of your special event in the place where it was held.

Recently as I was going table to table during a meal service I met Nels H. Nelson, who shared with me that he and his wife, Ann, had gotten married at the Hawthorne Hotel in 1972 -- on August 19 to be exact.  As I am wont to do, I asked if they had any photos in their wedding album that might show the hotel in the background, and if so, would they mind sharing so we could add them to our historic archives.

I do that a lot, and sometimes my "ask" produces results, and other times just a polite "maybe".  This particular guest was very kind, and did search through and bring us two photos this past weekend. Here they are --and we did two versions of the scans, the top one as a .jpg and the second in each series as a PDF.  I think the colors in the .jpg scans are more true, but the PDF scans seem a little more crisp in terms of the detail:


This "toast" took place right in front of the windows that overlook the Common.  In those days the windows were covered over to make the room look more "modern" and the trim in the room was painted a dark green.  The head table was quite long.  The chairs appear to have been a kind of shiny, perhaps plastic, brocade look alike.

Tossing the bouquet took place in front of that big long head table, and in the background you can see the wall that is in common with the Tavern. In this photo you can clearly see that the trim that we had previously thought was painted black is actually that dark green, trimmed in gold.  There was a painting in the "frame" that is located between the two doors to the Tavern.  It could be the same painting that is now hanging in the lobby in between the Tavern and Ballroom doorways.


On another note, don't you just love the "hippie" style 70s dresses that everyone was wearing in this photo.
In regards to the interior "style" then, I cropped and enlarged the photo above so I could see the pattern in the carpet more readily.  Here is what I got from that:


I asked Mr. Nelson if he would be so kind as to hold the photos in front of the area where the bouquet toss took place, and he happily agreed.  Quite a different "look" between the "before" and "after" in terms of the paint scheme.  We sure wish we knew what became of that painting that was there in the earlier photo!

Mr. Nelson shared with me that he and Ann met at Melrose High School where they were classmates. When I asked him why they chose the Hawthorne he said that there were not a lot of places around in those days where you could hold a classy wedding reception, and that they especially appreciated the historic nature of the Hawthorne.  So, even then, when the hotel was only a little more than 45 years old, it was still considered an historic hotel, and was a place worth some travel to utilize.
One more interesting fact -- Mr. Nelson is a "twin" and his sister also had her wedding reception that year at the Hawthorne Hotel, in October.  Clearly his family was satisfied with our food, service and ambiance enough to hold not one but two grand events in our Grand Ballroom in one year.

I hope you enjoy seeing some of these "flash back" posts, as much as I enjoy putting them together for you.

Juli