Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, July 1

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Hotel Notes
We’re turning 90 years old SOON!
SAVE THE DATE:  July 23, 2015
The Hawthorne Hotel will turn 90 on July 23. Join us as we celebrate our anniversary in style with a 1920s-themed evening in the Grand Ballroom, complete with live ragtime music and dancing.   Cash bar. Commemorative items available for sale. 
More information will become available as the date nears.

Weather Forecast  
Thunderstorms likely. High 73F.
Chance of rain 90%.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day Sandy Whitehouse!

Flags of the Day
South Carolina

This Day in History
Sony Corporation sparked a revolution in personal electronics with the introduction of the first personal stereo cassette player. A device as astonishing on first encounter as the cellular phone or digital camera would later be, the Sony Walkman went on sale for the very first time on July 1, 1979.

Best regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 29, 2015 through July 5, 2015


Monday, June 29 Indonesia and South Carolina      
Tuesday, June 30 *Ireland and South Dakota
Wednesday, July 1 Iran and Tennessee            
Thursday, July 2 Iraq and Texas
Friday, July 3 Ireland and Utah


Saturday, July 4 Israel and Vermont
Sunday, July 5 Italy and Virginia

*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.)


Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, June 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Hotel Notes
Get your tickets now for the Hawthorne Hotel’s Annual Halloween Ball!
This year’s theme is “A Night to Dismember”!
Tickets can be bought directly from the hotel and can also be found online at:                                         http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-hawthorne-hotel-halloween-party-a-night-to-dismember-tickets-17142157655

Weather Forecast  
Colder with occasional rain. Winds gradually      subside. High of 63F. Winds ENE 15mph.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day Karen Makuch!

Flags of the Day
Rhode Island

This Day in History
On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. The attack led to his disqualification from the match and suspension from boxing, and was the strangest chapter yet in the champion’s roller-coaster career.

Best regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager