Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 1, 2015 through June 7, 2015


Monday, June 1 Dominican Republic and Kansas      
Tuesday, June 2 Ecuador and Kentucky
Wednesday, June 3  Egypt and Louisiana            
Thursday, June 4 El Salvador and Maine
Friday, June 5 Equatorial Guinea and Maryland


Saturday, June 6 Eritrea and Massachusetts
Sunday, June 7 Estonia 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.)


Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Guest Newsletter for Sunday, May 31

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Sunday, May 31, 2015.

Hotel Notes
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to congratulate                                                       
Carrie MacKenzie & Chris McMaster on their wedding today!
We are happy to be your home away from home!
Please let us know if you or your guests should need anything at all.

Weather Forecast  
Breezy and not as warm with periods of rain.
 High of 71F. Winds E 15mph.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Danielle Brunette!

Flags of the Day

This Day in History
On this day in 1859, 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.

Best regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Friday, May 29, 2015

Spring cleaning

Like any historic venue, maintenance and upkeep are an important part of the daily operations. At the Hawthorne Hotel we are always looking to see where we can make those positive changes.

This week the hotel focused on both the Tavern bar and our parking area, that is conveniently located adjacent to the hotel. For our Tavern, it was time to refinish the bar and the floor, and below you can see some photos of the Northern Lights Restoration team starting the prep work. 

The solid oak floor certainly needed some attention after years of extensive use. Here you can see our contractor in action starting to strip the floors before putting on a new protective coat. What an amazing difference.

And of course not only the inside of the hotel needs attention, but we also make sure that our exterior looks pristine. This photo of our parking lot was taken from our 6th floor just before the stripes were painted over our resurfaced lot.

Make sure to stop by and say hello this summer and see all of the changes yourself.


Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Friday, May 29

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, May 29, 2015.

Hotel Notes
Enjoy a beautiful candlelit dinner in the newly renovated Nathaniel’s Restaurant!
With new tables and chairs, and open  concept, it feels like a whole new restaurant.
 Ask the front desk for a special dining offer!

Weather Forecast  
Partly sunny and less humid.
High of 73F. Winds SE 8mph.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Michael Schamroth!

Flags of the Day
United Kingdom

This Day in History
On this day in 1942, on the advice of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler orders all Jews in occupied Paris to wear an identifying yellow star on the left side of their coats.

Best regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, May 28

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Hotel Notes
Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty
On view May 14, 2015 to December 31, 2016
Peabody Essex Museum, Essex St

Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes saplings into architectural sculptures that dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Constructed from saplings collected by area volunteers, the natural structure will provide dramatic counterpoint to the highly finished wood-frame Crowninshield-Bentley House that dates to the early 18th century. This is the first time PEM has commissioned an outdoor sculptural installation.  

Weather Forecast  
 Partly cloudy early, Scattered thunderstorms in afternoon.
High 81F.  Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.  Chance of rain 60%.
Low of 59F overnight with scattered thunderstorms.

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day  Ms. Brenda Canady!
Flags of the Day

This Day in History
George Washington, a young lieutenant colonel in the British Army and future president of the United States, leads an attack on French forces at Jumonville Glen on this day in 1754. The battle is later credited with being the opening salvo in the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763). 

Best regards,

Patrick Cornelissen
General Manager