Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday


We love the concept on social media of "throwback Thursday" -- a day to look at and post old photos and think about the past.

Earlier this week Jim McAllister, our wonderful local historian and photographer, shared a photo with us -- one he took in 1985 -- of the front of the Hawthorne Hotel, evidently festooned for a 60th anniversary celebration.   It features a photo of "Mel" who was the doorman then. 

From all accounts, Mel was a super-friendly man whom everyone seemed to love.  According to the current owner of the hotel, it was highly unlikely that Mel was an actual employee of the hotel given the financial circumstances of the hotel in those days -- and in fact he vaguely remembers Mel volunteering to do this job for something to do.  He may have done pretty well on the tips he could have received anyway, as it has been a well-documented custom in upscale hotels around the United States which have historically had doormen who would actually pay the hotel for their jobs because they make so much in tips.

Whatever the arrangement, Mel was a fixture here for long enough to still be remembered by our team members who were recently honored at our luncheon for staff members who have been with the hotel for 25 years or more.

Do you remember Mel?  Please feel free to share your stories with us.  We would love to hear from you.

Juli

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Photos at PEM

SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents an installation of works by acclaimed photographer Robert Weingarten. Long before social media popularized the documentation of life’s daily rituals, Robert Weingarten launched a photographic odyssey beginning in January 2003. Over the course of the year, he made daily exposures at precisely 6:30 am, maintaining an identical combination of camera, 350-millimeter lens, slow-speed film and viewpoint overlooking Santa Monica Bay. A selection of these resulting images are on view through May 2015 at PEM.

Large-scale, luminous photographs of Malibu capture what the artist calls, “the fleeting nature of a particular confluence of light, and conditions that render a moment dramatic and singular.” Unfiltered and unmanipulated, Weingarten produced a series of 137 pigment prints display a seemingly infinite variety of color, mood and atmosphere that reflects the changes in season, weather and even the impact of air pollution. 6:30 am, Robert Weingarten also captures life at the edge of a bustling seaside city: airplanes come and go at LAX international airport and boats traverse the oceanfront at Marina del Rey.

Weingarten’s photographs engage a long tradition of photographing in sequence, chronicling the way a scene changes from moment to moment, and day to day. The bold, immersive colors also call to mind works of American Expressionist artists, especially Mark Rothko, whose color field paintings have influenced generations of artists. Weingarten reminds us that it is not always necessary to travel to make great photographs, and that sometimes the best art is made close to home.

PEM PRESENTS PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDITATIONS ON CALIFORNIA SKYLINE
6:30 am, Robert Weingarten on view through May 2015


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, July 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Join the Peabody Essex Museum
for the Turner & the Sea exhibit!
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 cloudy with low humidity. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwestern winds, 5 – 10mph.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises offer a number of daily cruises that are open to the public - with everything from narrated sightseeing cruises to relaxing afternoon cruisessunset cruises, and more.  Beat the summer heat and Get Your Cruise On!
Stop by the front desk for the daily schedule.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Emily Coleman!

Flags of the Day
Nigeria
Delaware

This Day in History
On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, former President Harry S. Truman was enrolled as Medicare's first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Salem Marine Society Newspaper Article

This opinion piece written by David Shribman, recently appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and since it is about a place within the footprint of the Hawthorne Hotel, I thought I would memorialize it by posting the link to the article here:

Salem Marine Society

In addition, and in case you really want to "see" this special room (which is not open for tours) here is a video that I took a number of years ago and posted on "YouTube" so you can tour it electronically:

Video Tour of the Salem Marine Society 

Last but not least, here is a link to a photo album of still photos of the Marine Society in case seeing videos is not for you, or if you want to see a more detailed view:


Photo Album of Still Photos of the Salem Marine Society

I hope you enjoy learning more about this "rooftop treasure", a private club founded in 1766 which continues as such today.

Juli





Monday, July 28, 2014

Nice to Be Nice

When I was in high school I had a teacher who had a HUGE banner across the front of the classroom.  It went from one side of the room to the other, and in lettering about a foot high, it said "It's Nice to Be Nice".

It is funny how something so simple can be so powerful.  Every class, every day you look at something like that and it begins to take root in an undeniable way.  It becomes part of your DNA.  It turns in to the mantra I use for our team members which says "We are NOT in the Hotel business, we are in the Hospitality business -- so if you can remember that in everything you do, you will not go wrong."  Always treat our guests with hospitality!  That is another way of saying "Be Nice."

So it was pretty easy for me to say "yes" when the Salem Common Neighborhood Association asked me if they could use the Ballroom to read the Declaration of Independence on that special day, since really stormy weather was in the forecast.  Of course, I said "yes" just like I had on several other Independence Days -- some of which actually materialized with the storms and others that did not.

This year, what made this even even more popular, was that the stormy weather for this long holiday weekend was really more of the affects of the first hurricane of the season, and the weather forecast was so bad that the fireworks were postponed to Sunday from Friday, something that was not easily done.  That change left the Reading of the Declaration as pretty much the only 4th of July activity that was going to be able to take place on "the day", and it was only because we donated the use of the Grand Ballroom to this event.  Word went out loud and strong on social media, and many, many people showed up for this 9 am event on a holiday.

Here is the nice thank you note I received from the organizer.  It is Nice to be Nice.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ July 28 through August 3, 2014


South Dakota

Monday July 28 Nicaragua and Oklahoma    
Tuesday July 29 Niger and Oregon 
Wednesday July 30 Nigeria and Pennsylvania                                 
Thursday July 31 Norway and Puerto Rico      
                  
Friday August 1 Oman and Rhode Island  


Palau
Saturday August 2 Pakistan and South Carolina                                      
Sunday August 3 Palau and South Dakota                    

*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, July 26, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, July 27

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, July 27, 2014.




Hotel Notes
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations!
This exhibit features nearly 40 paintings, installations, photographs and audio and video recordings by artists who co-create or investigate art with live animals. From William Wegman's iconic photography of his Weimaraners to Mary Jo McConnell's paintings of elaborate bowerbird displays and Julia Oldham's interpretative insect dances, Beyond Human reveals the varied ways in which contemporary artists interface with animals to create original and surprising works of art.

Weather Forecast   
Chance of passing showers early, scattered shower in the afternoon. More humid with temperatures in the low 80s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
On Saturday and Sunday is the New England Pirate Faire! Now celebrating its tenth season, the New England Pirate is a weekend long celebration of all things pirate! Enter the quaint and beautifully wooded historic village for fun and games with some of history’s most infamous buccaneers. The event is from 10am to 6pm at the Forest River at 98 West St!
 Tickets: General Admission $14, Children $10

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Angela Lemonds!

Flags of the Day
United States of America
New Jersey

This Day in History
On July 27th, 1953, the United States, the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and South Korea agree to an armistice, bringing the Korean War to an end. The armistice ended America's first experiment with the Cold War concept of "limited war".

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Beautiful Event at PEM

UPDATE:
We received this lovely email "thank you" today and thought we would add it to this post:


Hi Lindsay

I'm slowly coming back down to earth after all the festivities.  Everyone was way beyond delighted with everything - tell Rhiannon that the food was absolutely delicious and we received many compliments.  All the staff were unfailingly courteous and good humoured and everyone worked hard to make this a wonderful occasion for Jonny and Carra.  Thank you all, so very, very much,

Best wishes,
Linda

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We love sharing what we do, and especially like to do that when our guests go out of their way to collaborate with us in creating something especially beautiful, and/or truly unique.

That was the case last night with a special event we created and catered at PEM (Peabody Essex Museum.)  We want to give a particular "shout out" to Lindsay Otis, our Senior Catering Sales Manager, and Rhinanon Nowak, our PEM Chef, who worked together to create such a lovely affair.





Sushi

Asian Tuna Tartare on Wonton Crisp

Duck Confit-Stuffed Mushrooms, Sriracha Aioli

Vegetable and Chicken Chinese Dumplings, Gingered Hoisin Dip

Tny Asian Salad Skewer with Mandarin Oranges and Almonds, Carrot-Ginger Dip

Sweet and Sour Baked Shrimp with Guacamole Sauce


Beautiful Atrium



Last minute adjustments before the guests arrive insure everything is just perfect




Getting ready to "plate up" the trays of Oysters and Sea Scallops come out of the ovens


Grilled Sea Scallop on a bed of seaweed salad with chile-infused honey, Baked Oyster on the half-shell with Pernod-soaked buttery bread crumbs, and Chilled Jumbo Shrimp with Blood Mary-inspired cocktail sauce

Local Artisan Breads and Rolls

Main Course, Medallion of Beef Tenderloin, Juniper and Orange Blossom Compound Butter, Braised Short Rib of Beef with Pomegranate Gastrique, Haricots Vert and Roasted Rainbow Marble Potatoes with Fresh Mint

Our team hard at work plating up quickly and efficiently so that the food comes out looking and tasting terrific

Individual Summer Berry Pavlova, Chantilly Cream and Rhubarb Syrup

I hope you enjoy seeing this special event, including some peeks "behind the scenes."

Juli

Friday, July 25, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, July 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, July 26, 2014.



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate Stephanie O’Neill and Matt Stohler on their wedding today! It is an honor to be your home away from home!

The Hawthorne Hotel would also like to congratulate Liz Paushter and Dan Tress on their wedding today! We are happy to be a part of your very special day!

The Hawthorne Hotel would also like to congratulate Julie Pierce and Emmanuel Onos on their exciting and special day! We are so happy to be a part of this chapter in your lives!

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your day perfect.

Weather Forecast   
Mostly sunny with highs in the low 80s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
On Saturday and Sunday is the New England Pirate Faire! Now celebrating its tenth season, the New England Pirate is a weekend long celebration of all things pirate! Enter the quaint and beautifully wooded historic village for fun and games with some of history’s most infamous buccaneers. The event is from 10am to 6pm at the Forest River at 98 West St!
 Tickets: General Admission $14, Children $10

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Gerko Brink!

Flags of the Day
United States
Pennsylvania

This Day in History
On July 26th, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general.  Franklin put in place the foundation for many aspects of today's mail system.

I hope to see you here!

Juli

Baby Shower in the Essex Room

We recently held an adorable baby shower for a couple, Tanya and Pat D’Amelio, who are expecting a little girl to grace their lives at the beginning of August. Their baby's name is Angelina Rose, and guests celebrated her upcoming arrival by making headbands for her using lace and flowers, writing notes on diapers to keep Tanya and Pat smiling while they change dirty diapers, and of course guessing her birth date and weight.


Headband Station



Angelina's soon-to-be aunt is getting married at the Hawthorne Hotel TODAY, and so when it came time to guess her arrival date, there was some speculation about whether or not Angelina would hold out until after the wedding. (Whether she made an early arrival to see her aunt get married or not, we hope the family enjoys another great occasion at the Hawthorne Hotel!)

Pink lemonade for the guests



The favors for the guests were boxes of popcorn that read "Ready to POP!" So cute!



I hope you enjoyed this peek at just one of the many great events we host at the Hotel. If we can help you plan a special event, please give us a call at 978-825-4358.

Juli

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Tiffany" Wedding Shower

We recently hosted a lovely Tiffany-themed wedding shower in our Grand Ballroom. We thought you may enjoy a look at the photographs we took of the decor, as well as a peak at the customized menu our Catering department developed for the event. Just click on this link to our Wedding Blog to see the entire post.

Click Here to View Original Post


If you are looking to host a shower or other special event, our Catering team is here to help! You may call our Catering office at 978-825-4358, or go online to request information.

Click Here to Request Information

We hope to see you here!

Juli

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, July 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, July 24, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Colaborations !
This exhibit features nearly 40 paintings, installations, photographs and audio and video recordings by artists who co-create or investigate art with live animals. From William Wegman's iconic photography of his Weimaraners to Mary Jo McConnell's paintings of elaborate bowerbird displays and Julia Oldham's interpretative insect dances, Beyond Human reveals the varied ways in which contemporary artists interface with animals to create original and surprising works of art.

Weather Forecast   
Cooler! Cloudy with scattered showers, highs in the low to mid 70s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Come to Derby Square and welcome back the Salem Farmers Market for its 2014 Season! The Farmers Market is convenient and congenial means of purchasing locally grown or prepared food products while supporting local agriculture and producers. From 3pm to 7pm, for more information and directions stop by the Front Desk!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Megan Downes!

Flags of the Day
Nauru
New York

This Day in History
On this day in 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world's top tourist destinations.

I hope to see you here!

Juli