Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, January 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, January 1, 2015.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel is hosting Paint Nite! Follow along stroke by stroke or freestyle your way to a beautiful painted landscape. Event is 21+. Come early for dinner (or stay late for a snack) in the Tavern, or Nathaniel's and get 10% off on your food purchases when you show your registration receipt to your server. Use Promo Code hawthorne20 for $20 off your ticket!
January 15, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Weather Forecast   
A few clouds, but mostly sunny! High around 33.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Gulu-Gulu for New Year’s Day Brunch.
Featuring their “offbeat” breakfast sandwiches, breakfast crepes,
 Belgian waffles, bloody marys, mimosas, and a special mimosa -- the French 75! Served until 2pm!
Gulu Gulu Cafe
Thursday, January 1st
8:00am – 2:00pm

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Robert Lento!

Flags of the Day
Kuwait
Nevada

This Day in History
On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, which ends slavery in the rebelling states. A preliminary proclamation was issued in September 1862, following the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland. The act signaled an important shift in the Union's Civil War aims, expanding the goal of the war from reunification to include the eradication of slavery.


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Adam D'Entremont

This week we honored one of our Dining Services team members, Adam D'Entremont, who is currently a bus person for us, but we learned that very day had just been promoted to be a server-in-training for the Tavern.

Adam is not only a member of the Dining Services team, but he has also worked for us in the Banquet department as a banquet set-up person, a bus person and a server.  He has progressed quite rapidly since joining the Hawthorne Hotel Team in July of this year.


Here you can see how surprised and pleased he was when we surprised him in the Tavern on Monday.  In the photo below I am handing Adam all of his "loot" including a new special name tag, which he was happy to receive.  After all, it does say "Employee of the Month" on it.  Wear it proudly, Adam!

This photo shows two of our managers, Jasmina Conley and Elizabeth Buchanan, telling the assembled managers about why they nominated Adam -- for his extreme willingness to help out wherever and whenever needed, his quick learning ability, his attention to our guests, and his polite hospitality to everyone.  Jaz paid him the highest compliment of saying she wishes she could simply clone him because he does everything he touches so well.


Left to right:  Elizabeth Buchanan, Dining Services Supervisor; Jasmina Conley, Assistant Dining Services Manager; Adam, December Part-time Employee of the Month; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager; and Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager and Director of Food and Beverage.
I hope you enjoy getting to learn a little bit more about our team members, and will join me in congratulating Adam the next time you are in the hotel.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, December 31

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, December 31, 2014.


Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel is hosting Paint Nite! Follow along stroke by stroke or freestyle your way to a beautiful painted landscape. Event is 21+. Come early for dinner (or stay late for a snack) in the Tavern, or Nathaniel's and get 10% off on your food purchases when you show your registration receipt to your server. Use Promo Code hawthorne20 for $20 off your ticket!
January 15, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Weather Forecast   
COLD! High of 32 degrees with winds of 10 to 15 mph.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Come ring in the New Year at Old Town Hall! Salem Main Streets is teaming up with the City of Salem, Creative Salem, THE DEJAS, The Gathering At Salem, Leap for Education, and the Salem YMCA to throw a New Year’s Eve Party with a pre-countdown to celebrate the start of the new year!

Old Town Hall
Wednesday, December 31st
4:00 – 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 31st
4:00 – 7:00pm

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Sarah Parker!

Flags of the Day
United States
Nebraska

This Day in History
On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time. Crowds of Panamanians celebnrates the transfer of the 50-mile canal which officially opened 84 years earlier when the SS Arcon sailed through on August 15, 1914


I hope to see you here!

Juli

Wow, 52 Weeks of Awesome Jim McAllister Lectures!!

Many people I know and people I have encountered tell me that one of the best lectures they have every attended is one of Jim McAllister's.  Usually you would have had to be invited to a Rotary meeting, or have participated in a Road's Scholar program, or have attended the lecture series at Hamilton Hall (that is always fully subscribed) but this year anyone who is savy enough to get their tickets in advance so they don't miss out can share in Jim's excellent knowledge of history, and fabulous wit at the same time.

Here is the basic information:

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Jim McAllister presents 

“52 WEEKS, 52 LECTURES”

The year 2015 is going to a busy one here at Derby Square Tours. Over the next 52 calendar weeks, I will be giving 52 different lectures (see January schedule below) in 52 different venues. To that end, I will be partnering with historic sites, churches, restaurants, and other institutions around Essex County that have the capacity to host one of these talks. Other lectures are being planned for sites outside the region including Paris, San Francisco, New York and cities around New England.

The majority of these weekly talks will relate to or one more facet(s) of North Shore history or culture, others to Paris and other important French art centers and themes. The offerings for the year will include both repeats of past lectures and new talks that will be offered for the first time.

Planning for the 52 week series will be done incrementally so as to to maintain maximum flexibility. Listed below are the initial offerings.


January Lecture Schedule

(Due to space limitations, all January lectures require reservations which can made by contacting me at culturecorner@gmail.com  or  978.979.5907).



WEEK ONE    “Frank Weston Benson: The Man and His Art

Wednesday, January 7 @7:30   
Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Hawthorne Hotel Salem.
 $12.00   Light refreshments provided.

A look at the life and work of Salem’s famous painter/print-maker. Benson, whose work is included in the collections of most important American art museums, lived most of his life at 46 Washington Square or 14 Chestnut Street. 


WEEK TWO     “A Most Remarkable Place: Salem Massachusetts”

Tuesday, January 13 @ 7:30   
Essex Room, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem
$12.00   Light refreshments provided, cash bar available.

A fast-paced, heavily-illustrated slide presentation chronicling the evolution of Salem from its founding in 1626 until modern times. Images from this lecture, which was first given in Salem in 1984, have appeared on billboards and in books, publicity materials, and many periodicals in America and abroad. 


WEEK THREE  “A Century of Salem Mayors: 1836-1936” 

Tuesday, January 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Pickering House, 18 Broad Street, Salem 
$12.00  (Pickering Foundation members $10).

A colorful survey of Salem’s chief executives from the  time of the community’s designation as a city into the early years of the Great Depression.  The talk will examine the impact of the changing population and industries on the mayor’s seat; highlight some of the corner office’s more brilliant, accomplished, and colorful occupants; and chronicle some of our more bizarre mayoral elections. 


WEEK FOUR  “I Might Have Done It Too”

Saturday, January 24 @ 6 p.m.    
The Witch House/Corwin House, 310 Essex Street
$12.00


An empathetic perspective on the Putnams of Salem Village, an extended family that played a major and unfortunate role in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, and an examination of the extraordinary social, economic, personal, and political pressures  that may have driven them to do so.

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I hope to see you here.

Juli
Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Monday, December 29, 2014

Awesome Article About Salem

This article recently was published on a website called "offMetro.com" in the New York Edition, and we are so flattered to have been mentioned in the way we were, we just had to share it with you.

offMetro article about Five Great Places to Visit in 2015

It mentions Salem, Massachusetts as a great place to visit in New England, and we are mentioned as "the" place to stay.  So, what are you waiting for?  Now is a great time to book one of our "Winter Warmth" packages as well.  Here is a link to our reservations page of our website to make that super-easy for you to do.

Hawthorne Hotel Reservations

Be sure to click on the pull-down menu and scroll to the Winter Warmth Packages if one of those is what you want to book -- they are great values.

I hope to see you here.  In Salem, Massachusetts!

Juli

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 29, 2014 through January 4, 2015

Kiribati

Monday, December 29 Kenya and Missouri        
Tuesday, December 30 Kiribati and Montana
Wednesday, December 31 Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Nebraska                
Thursday, January 1 Kuwait and Nevada                        
Friday, January 2 Kyrgyzstan and New Hampshire

New Mexico

Saturday, January 3 Lao People's Democratic Republic and New Jersey  
Sunday, January 4 Latvia and New Mexico 

*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

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Decor in Our Guest Rooms, and a Nice Change

I am so excited! Starting in March we will be installing new decor throughout the guest rooms of the hotel's main building. We will start on the second floor, and there is more great news about why we are starting there. But first, here are some details about what we are doing.

We will be hanging all new draperies and installing new valances.  We will be reupholstering all of the wing chairs, Martha Washington chairs, desk chairs and benches.  At the same time we will be refinishing all of the case goods (that is hotel-speak for the wooden furniture) so that the look in all our rooms will be fresh and clean and "new".

These boards show the fabrics we will be using in the rooms on the second floor.  Our goal is to create a very residential look to the guest rooms, and for the second floor in particular our goal is to make the rooms all look different, but so they blend together.  The reason for this "blending together" is that the second floor will no longer be a smoking floor, and instead will be called the Essex Wing.  These rooms will be sold first as rooms for groups such as weddings, family reunions, and so on.

So that is the second piece of great news -- the entire main building of the hotel will become a non-smoking building!  That part of work will begin in January.  We will be converting the rooms in the Fidelia Bridges Guest House to be our "smoking" rooms so if you happen to like that perk, those rooms will be available to you.

This is something that has been on our radar screen for awhile, and in the planning process for about a year.  I am very happy to be seeing this particular change coming to fruition.










Stay tuned, as we will update you more as this major project moves along.

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, December 26

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, December 26, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic.
The Peabody Essex Museum is the exclusive East Coast venue for Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic. This exhibition brings together 40 sculptures by one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century.

The exhibit ends on January 5th, 2015. Head down to the Peabody Essex Museum before it’s too late!

Weather Forecast   
More sun with some clouds. Temperatures in the 40s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Come ring in the New Year at Old Town Hall! Salem Main Streets is teaming up with the City of Salem, Creative Salem, THE DEJAS, The Gathering At Salem, Leap for Education, and the Salem YMCA to throw a New Year’s Eve Party with a pre-countdown to celebrate the start of the new year!

Old Town Hall
Wednesday, December 31st
4:00 – 7:00pm

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

Flags of the Day
Japan
Micronesia

This Day in History
On this day in 1908, Jack Johnson becomes the first African American to win the world heavyweight title when he knocks out Canadian Tommy Burns in the 14th round in a championship bout near Sydney, Australia. Johnson, who held the heavyweight title until 1915, was reviled by whites for his defiance of the "Jim Crow" racial conventions of early 20th-century America.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Christmas Day 2014








Today we hosted our annual Christmas Day "Grand Buffet" for about 500 people.  These photos will give you an idea of the scope of the work entailed in setting this truly delicious meal up and keeping it looking fresh and inviting all day long.

Here is the link to our web album, so if you attended and we took your photos, you can retrieve them right here.  Be sure to "open" each photo before you download it, otherwise you will be downloading a "thumbnail" which is a very small image and not the best quality.  Christmas 2014 photo album

Our "next" Grand Buffet will take place on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.  Be sure to mark your calendars.

Merry Christmas,

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Children of our Staff Holiday Party

On Monday we held our annual party for the children of our Hawthorne Hotel staff members.

This event is something that is a big tradition, and is such a nice tradition.  Santa comes (he plays the fiddle) and we have cookies to decorate, and nice buffet of finger foods and holiday children's beverages, there is a keyboard player and sometimes the kids get out on the dance floor and dance, and of course the main event is when the children sit on Santa's knee to tell him what they want for Christmas.  Toys are handed out at that time.









I hope you enjoy seeing yet another thing that we do here at the Hawthorne Hotel to make our team members' lives more special.

And of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, December 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, December 24, 2014.


Hotel Notes
Caroling with Julie Dougherty

Join us in the Grand Ballroom & The Tavern from
 4pm-7pm on Christmas Eve, December 24, for a true holiday tradition in Salem. This event is open to the public. Admission is by freewill donation to a local charity; collections will be taken throughout the evening. A cash bar is available in our Ballroom. Our restaurants are open for normal business hours if you would like to join us before or after the caroling event.
Please call 978-825-4311 for information.
Please note that this event will fill up.

Weather Forecast   
Warmer with a good amount of rain. Temperatures in the 50s.

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 Barbara McAlister!

Flags of the Day
United Kingdom
Iowa

This Day in History
On this day in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge touches a button and lights up the first national Christmas tree to grace the White House grounds.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Good Games

A discussion among staff today led us to chat about good games. The holidays are time when many families get together and sometimes pass the time by playing games.

The games we talked about today were:

Apples to Apples To-Go which is packaged in a container about the size of a soda can.

Snap Word, which is a smart-phone game like the old TV show game called Password.

Heads Up which is also a smart-phone game with a built in video component that sounds like a great party game.

We also thought you would like to know that we have a game closet here at Hawthorne Hotel for our hotel guests.  It is filled to the brim with card games, board games and simple toys, and has something for people of virtually any age.



I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about "us" today.

What are YOUR favorite games to play during this holiday season?

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Monday, December 22, 2014

Off-Premise Catering? Yes, We Do!!

Our wedding blog post for today could have some items of interest to everyone, so we thought we would post a link to it right here to make it easy for anyone to see.

Off-Premise Catering at PEM

Not only do we offering catering here at the Hawthorne Hotel, and at PEM (Peabody Essex Museum) but also at other locales around the North Shore.  If you are planning a party and want it to be first class in every way, give us a call at 978-825-4358.

I hope to see you here or "there".

Juli

Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ December 22 through December 28, 2014

Italy
Monday, December 22 Ireland and Maine          

Tuesday, December 23 Israel and Maryland
Wednesday, December 24 Italy and Massachusetts                                 
Thursday, December 25 Jamaica and Michigan                           
Friday, December 26 Japan and Micronesia

Maryland
Saturday, December 27 Jordan and Minnesota    
Sunday, December 28 Kazakhstan and Mississippi

*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, December 20, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, December 21

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, December 21, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Try our Pork Tenderloin in Nathaniel’s Restaurant with roasted pear and sage glace, roasted sweet potatoes, herbed green beans
Twenty-five ~~ Demi-Portion Eighteen

Weather Forecast   
Some rain and snow throughout the day. High 36F.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
A Very Grinchy Holiday Special
Sunday, December 21 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre 7 Lynde Street, Salem, MA
A fun, comic re-telling of the classic holiday tale with music, holiday antics and audience interaction. The show features Max the dog, The Who family, Thing One and Thing Two, and actor/comic Erik Rodenhiser as The Grinch! A fantastic holiday event for all ages! After the show, kids can meet The Grinch and tell him what they want for Christmas! Photos too! Reservations strongly recommended, $13.00 per person, Special Family Rate of $43.00 for a family of four.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day Diane Burkhardt!

Flags of the Day
Iraq
Vermont

This Day in History
On this day in 1968, Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anders aboard. On Christmas Eve, the astronauts entered into orbit around the moon, the first manned spacecraft ever to do so.





I hope to see you here!

Juli