Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 1 through December 7, 2014

Alaska
Monday, December 1 Finland and Wyoming           

Tuesday, December 2 France and Alabama
Wednesday, December 3 Gabon and Alaska                                      
Thursday, December 4 Gambia and Arizona                               
Friday, December 5 Georgia and Arkansas

France


Saturday, December 6 Germany and California    
Sunday, December 7 Ghana and Colorado

*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, November 29, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, November 30

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, November 30, 2014.


Hotel Notes
Try our Seared Salmon in Nathaniel’s Restaurant
 apple-horseradish glaze, wilted Swiss chard with pinenuts,
roasted butternut squash
Twenty-seven ~~ Demi-Portion Nineteen
Weather Forecast   
A bit warmer and slightly cloudy. High 50’s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Peabody Essex Museum presents Branching Out: Trees as Art, an exhibition in the museum’s Art & Nature Center that explores the often unexpected ways in which contemporary artists use trees as an inspiration and a medium. Made from bark, wood, roots, seedpods, leaves, fossilized resin (amber) and biosignals, more than 35 varied works and a selection of hands-on interactive opportunities ask us to consider our relationship with trees as a vital natural force.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day Shirley Merkert!

Flags of the Day
Ireland
Massachusetts

This Day in History
On this day in 1942, coffee joins the list of items rationed in the United States. Despite record coffee production in Latin American countries, the growing demand for the bean from both military and civilian sources, and the demands placed on shipping, which was needed for other purposes, required the limiting of its availability.



I hope to see you here!

Juli



Thanksgiving Grand Buffet Photos

Four times a year, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we produce what we call our GRAND BUFFET events.  During these events I like to circulate among the tables, speaking to our guests, and offering to take their photos.

If you were one of those guests, and are looking for your photos, here is a link to the web album:

Hawthorne Hotel Thanksgiving Photo Album

Here are a few highlights of the day:














 I hope you enjoy seeing some of the highlights of this great annual event.

And of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Friday, November 28, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Saturday, November 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Saturday, November 29, 2014.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to extend a warm welcome and sincere Congratulations to Samantha Waitt & Nelson Pereira on their Wedding Day. We are honored to be your home away from home! If you or your guests should need anything at all, please let us know!
Weather Forecast   
Cold with a mix of clouds and sun. Temperatures in the mid-30s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Peabody Essex Museum presents In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould! Revealing 20 exemplary works of Gould's furniture alongside paintings, archival materials, decorative arts and digital media elements that provide insight into the makers and consumers of 18th-century American design and culture.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day Kevin McGonagle!

Flags of the Day
United Kingdom
Connecticut

This Day in History
On this day in 1963, one week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, President Lyndon Johnson establishes a special commission, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, to investigate the assassination.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

CinemaSalem

What is better than turkey on Thanksgiving?  Blockbuster movies on black Friday, and the weekend beyond, of course!

Here is the lineup from our good friends at CinemaSalem.  This is from their newsletter:

Penguins of Madagascar opens this week, just in time to charm every member of the family. Washington Post: "A delightfully silly star turn for this quartet of absurd little birds, who operate as a team of commandos." Metro: "Hell, it starts with a Werner Herzog joke. You know, for the kids." Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "The film is fun, light-hearted fare that could be watched in the comfort of a long car ride to Grandma's house."

Penguins will screen in 3D  (4:15); Friday and Saturday at (4:15) and 8:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (4:15). If you prefer good old-fashioned 2D, that version will screen Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:10) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

Also new this week is Horrible Bosses 2, a funny followup to the 2011 film with a very similar name. Washington Post: "This sequel will most likely please fans of the first installment, chiefly because Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are, admittedly, often very funny together." John Hanlon: "Funnier and more entertaining than the original."

Horrible Bosses 2 will screen at (4:45) and 7:00; Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:20), (4:45), 7:00 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:20), (4:45) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:00.

Starting Friday: The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 (PG); Penguins of Madagascar (PG); Listen Up Philip (NR); Big Hero 6 (PG); Interstellar (PG13); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); The History of Halloween 3D (NR); and The True 1692 in 3D.

Opening on Friday is The Overnighters, a thought-provoking documentary about people chasing a broken American dream. Boston Globe: "Through patience, skill, discretion, and trust, Jesse Moss has taken a seemingly small town story and turned it into both a microcosm of today's most urgent issues and a portrait of a single suffering soul." The Observer (UK): "Acute portraiture - and for a sobering depiction of an America in crisis that looks shockingly close to the desperation of the 1930s." Daily Express: "Jesse Moss's documentary is as compelling and heartrending as any drama."

The Overnighters will screen on Friday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:40), 7:20 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:40) and 7:20; Sunday at (12:10) and 7:20; and Monday-Thursday at (4:40) and 7:20.

Of course, we're still playing the marvelous The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. Everyone loves it. Chicago Reader: "The impressive supporting cast (which features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, and Woody Harrelson) keeps this highly watchable." Wall Street Journal: "Mockingjay is a rare bird in its genre, an action adventure with an interesting mind and a resonant spirit." AV CLub: "The stealth highlight of this franchise has always been the flavorful cultural satire, which takes center stage throughout much of Mockingjay's fleet runtime."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:50), (4:30), 7:15 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:50), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) an 7:15.

Hey! It's Thanksgiving, and you've got family in town. Perhaps they'd be interested in our home-grown films: This Perfect Place (Monday-Thursday at 4:00), The Spirit of Salem(Monday-Thursday at 5:00), and The True 1692 (everyday at 6:30 and two bonus shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00).

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem, and Happy Thanksgiving!
The Outsiders are being compared to a real-life The Grapes of Wrath.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, November 28

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



Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to extend a warm welcome and sincere Congratulations to Valerie Atkinson & Michael Parente on their Wedding Day. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your special day! If you or your guests should need anything at all, please let us know!
Weather Forecast   
Cold and dry with temperatures in the upper 30s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll in lighting Salem’s Holiday Tree. Bring the whole family out for carols with the Paul Madore Chorale, cocoa from the Gulu-Gulu CafĂ©, and snacks from the Naumkeag Ordinary!
6:15pm to 7:00pm
Lappin Park (Essex Street and Washington Street)

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day Christie Denu!

Flags of the Day
Estonia
Washington

This Day in History
On this day in 1925, one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for western music, The Grand Ole Opry, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tennessee. The showcase was originally named the Barn Dance, after a Chicago radio program called the National Barn Dance that had begun broadcasting the previous year.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Happy Thanksgiving

On this National day of Giving Thanks, I wish to offer up my thanks as well.

Thank you to our customers and guests, without whom we would have no business.  Thank you for your patronage, loyalty and enthusiasm.

Thank you to our team members who all contribute so much to the organization we operate, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  It takes about 150 staff members to run our overall operation, and we thank each and every one of you.

Thanks to our suppliers, who provide all kinds of goods and services to us.  These are critical to our operation, and we appreciate your contribution to the high quality we offer to our guests.

Thank you to our civil service and government agencies.  We appreciate the services of our local police and fire department, and all the other services provided to us by our City of Salem and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the protections afforded us as citizens of the United States of America.

Thank you to our local and national support groups, such as our Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, the Salem Partnership, Historic Hotels of America, and many other organizations that help to keep our business community healthy and vibrant.

Thank you to our friends and supporters on Social Media - whether you are a follower of our blog, our FaceBook page, or our Twitter account, and many other avenues where we interact with guests and potential guests and supporters, you make us happy.

And very special thanks to my family, especially my husband Walter, and to the families of all of our team members.  We appreciate your support so that we can be of service to all of our guests.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Juli 

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It Is Beginning. . . .

The transformation of the Hawthorne Hotel's windows is taking place today due to the impending winter storm headed our way.  First thing this morning the yellow mums were removed from the window boxes in preparation for the holiday greens to be inserted.

Then Josh and Michael got busy hanging the wreaths on the windows, as you can see in the photos below.
Left to right, Josh Moore and Michel Lausier, of our hotel maintenance department, hanging the wreaths.
A wreath in place.


Stay tuned and we will bring you photos of the wreaths and window boxes when they are all done, and hopefully looking beautiful in the anticipated snow that we should get this evening. 

I hope to see you here. 

Juli

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, November 26

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


Hotel Notes
Try our Seared Scallops in Nathaniel’s Restaurant!
Served with parsnip puree, plum tomato jam, and fried parsnip chips.
Twelve
Weather Forecast   
Cold! Low 40’s with rain turning to snow by afternoon. Windy.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Peabody Essex Museum presents In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould! Revealing 20 exemplary works of Gould's furniture alongside paintings, archival materials, decorative arts and digital media elements that provide insight into the makers and consumers of 18th-century American design and culture.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Jeanne Kalvaitis!

Flags of the Day
Egypt
Florida

This Day in History
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history Massachusetts Bay colony, when post-harvest holidays were celebrated on the weekday regularly set aside as "Lecture Day," a day of church meetings and topical lectures.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christine Madigan

On Friday we completely surprised Chris Madigan of our Catering Team with the award for Full-time Employee of the Month for November.

We are always thinking of slightly (and hopefully nicely) devious ways of making the surprise happen, and this time was quite unique -- I brought some new floor tile samples into the Catering and Sales office to show them to the team members there, and a few of the other managers also wanted to see these as well, so we were all looking at the tiles, and a bunch more of the managers slipped into a very tight space of this office and we offered our surprise greeting to Chris.

It worked!

Here are some photos of this event.  In the first photo you can just see Chris' arms and knees as she is sitting in her desk chair while Lindsay, Sara, Jessica and Karen offer up their surprise congratulations:


Karen O'Kane handing out a big hug to Chris, in appreciation of all she does for Karen and the Catering Team.

Left to right:  Chris Madigan, Sara Norris, Jessica Wright, Karen O'Kane and Juli Ledehaus

Speeches were made, and accepted.

Here you see Director of Sales, Thomas MacDonald, adding his speech and congratulations.

The whole team:  Left to right, standing:  Laura Abraham-Long, Catering and Sales Manager; Thomas MacDonald, Director of Sales; Karen O'Kane, Director of Catering; and Jessica Wright, Sales Manager
Seated: Sara Norris, Catering Manager; Christine Madigan, Catering Assistant; Lindsay Otis, Offsite Catering Sales Manager; and Melissa Kelly, Sales Assistant
Chris' role as Catering Assistant is so important, as she is constantly juggling a large number of details, the majority of which are very time-sensitive, and all of which are of the utmost importance to the successful outcome of each and every meeting, wedding, reunion, and other event held here at the Hawthorne Hotel.  She handles all of this with aplomb.

Many thanks to Kayleigh M for her assistance with these photos.

I hope you enjoy seeing our group happiness in recognizing one of our very hard-working team members.

And of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ November 24 through November 30, 2014

Utah

Monday, November 24 Egypt and Utah           
Tuesday, November 25 El Salvador and Vermont
Wednesday, November 26 Equatorial Guinea and Virginia                                      
Thursday, November 27 Eritrea and Virgin Islands                                

Friday, November 28 Estonia and Washington 

Ethiopia

Saturday, November 29 Ethiopia and West Virginia    
Sunday, November 30 Fiji and Wisconsin       

*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, November 22, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, November 23

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


Hotel Notes
Try our Braised Beef Short Rib and Giganda Beans in Nathaniel’s Restaurant!
Ricotta and spinach ravioli
Twelve
Weather Forecast   
A mix of sunshine and clouds. Mid 50s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
The Peabody Essex Museum presents In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould! Revealing 20 exemplary works of Gould's furniture alongside paintings, archival materials, decorative arts and digital media elements that provide insight into the makers and consumers of 18th-century American design and culture.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Aimee Morgan!

Flags of the Day
Italy
California

This Day in History
On November 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam by Margaret Bourke-White. When the original Life folded during the Great Depression, the influential American publisher Henry Luce bought the name and re-launched the magazine as a picture-based periodical in 1936.



I hope to see you here!

Juli


Andrea Mendoza

Earlier this week we honored a member of our Housekeeping and Laundry Team, Andrea Mendoza, as we recognized her as our Part-Time Employee of the Month for September.

As usual, we walked into where she was to surprise her with this honor, and you can see that she was duly surprised, and delighted as well.


During the month of September our housekeeping team was short a few staff members, and whenever Megan, our Executive Housekeeper would ask Andrea if she could fill in the answer was always a quick and emphatic "yes" -- we are so appreciative of her great teamwork, excellent can-do spirit, and high-quality work.



Here you see (above and below) photos of the team members who were gathered having lunch in our staff break room.  They were smiling in agreement with all of the commentary that was made about Andrea's excellent work and terrific attitude.
While few of our guests will get to meet the hard-working members of our Housekeeping Team, they are truly the backbone of the high marks we always receive for the cleanliness of the Hawthorne Hotel.  Here is Andrea surrounded by her fellow teammates who were working this week when we presented this award to her.


Congratulations, Andrea!  We so appreciate everything you do for us, and for our guests!!

I hope you will join me in offering your own congratulations to Andrea.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Many thanks to Kayleigh M for her assistance with the photos.

Salem Wine Imports

Salem Wine Imports, Salem, Massachusetts

We are so fortunate to be located in the center of downtown Salem.  There are so many cool shops, restaurants and attractions, all within walking distance of the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

One of those cool shops is this one, located at 32 Church St. just across the street from Turner Seafood which is in the old Lyceum Hall building.














  



As you can see they also sell a nice selection of beer, as well as some handy gifts related to wines and beers.

Here is some information from their website, including information about their informative and delicious wine tastings:

Dedicated to the discovery and enjoyment of unique wines!

Salem Wine Imports, located in historic, downtown Salem, Massachusetts. Our simple philosophy is that wine is a common treasure available to all and that the discovery and enjoyment of wine is a life enhancing pleasure, almost,without peer.  Unique, singular, natural and rewarding, every glass can be thought-provoking and contemplative, or unassuming and unobtrusive, as the mood may be.

At Salem Wine Imports, we have carefully selected wines that come from small producers, who grow their own grapes and have been making wine for generations. We taste all wines before we purchase and refuse many.  You will find few commercial brands here, instead, we stock wines that have a sense of place, along with tastes of the soil and region, of its birth.  We focus on small production artisan wines, where sometimes "faults” (as in deviating from the norm), are actually attributes, making the wine unique and more enjoyable.

We welcome all those that appreciate wine, from the casual enthusiast, to the expert aficionado. Stop in and try something new, we always have a few available to taste or join us for our weekly wine tastings on Tuesday or Thursday nights at 6:30pm.

Taste for yourself what Thomas Jefferson, “good wine is a necessity of life for me” and Plato, “Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was ever granted by the Gods to man...", realized lifetimes before us.

Every Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, we have wine tastings in the store.

Here is a link to their webpage with hours and directions:  http://salemwineimports.com/directions.htm

If you do stop in, be sure to tell Kathy Genis, the proprietor, that the Hawthorne Hotel sent you.

Thank you.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Photos by Kayleigh Merritt