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Olive Kitteridge HBO Miniseries Premiering Sunday Night

Olive Kitteridge is an HBO two-night, four part, mini series airing Sunday, November 2nd and Monday November 3rd. The first two parts debut Sunday at 9pm, parts three and four air Monday night, also at 9pm. In the trailer you’ll recognize many of the locations! 

To see the complete GMG coverage during filming this past summer on Cape Ann, just type in Olive Kitteridge in the search box.

Passports’ Makeover after Olive Kitteridge

After HBO filmed there, our Passports Restaurant (110 Main Street) is taking the opportunity to renovate and will reopen soon. Top notch painter Katherine Richmond, center, is in charge of the wall treatments. Owner Eric Lorden is working his ass off, with his trusted crew. Passports is the only restaurant I've ever sent people to, who went out of their way to come back and thank me for the recommendation.

After HBO filmed there, our Passports Restaurant (110 Main Street) is taking the opportunity to renovate and will reopen soon. Top notch painter Katherine Richmond, center, is in charge of the wall treatments. Owner Eric Lorden is working his ass off, with his trusted crew. Passports is the only restaurant I’ve ever sent people to, who went out of their way to come back and thank me for the recommendation.

Here, owner and chef Eric Lorden, in the white t-shirt,  is pulling up 100+ years of flooring with a claw hammer. Eric and his construction crew are going petal to the metal, and hoping to open in a couple of weeks.

Here, owner and chef Eric Lorden, in the white t-shirt, is pulling up 100+ years of flooring with a claw hammer. Eric and his construction crew are going pedal to the metal, and hoping to open in a couple of weeks.

HBO on Main Street, Day Three

Today was the last day of filming Olive Kitteridge on Main Street. I don't want to be redundant with the snow and production shots. Here are cast members taking a break outside the pharmacy, including the pharmacist. The wheelbarrows and shovels are for moving the snow.

Today was the last day of filming Olive Kitteridge on Main Street. I don’t want to be redundant with the snow and production shots. Here are cast members, taking a break outside the pharmacy, including the pharmacist (Richard Jenkins). The wheelbarrows and shovels are for moving the snow.

The movies travel on, but I'd like to leave you with a nice photo of flowers and snow in front of the West End Salon. Why the dirty snow? HBO purposely put sand on the snow to make it realistic. We know all about that too.

The movies travel on, but I’d like to show you with a nice photo of flowers and snow in front of the West End Salon. Why the dirty snow? HBO purposely put sand on the snow to make it realistic. We know all about that too.

The “snow truck.” Not real snow, but what you see on the sidewalks is real snow. I understand they’re going to just let it melt. We know what that’s all about!

The "no truck." This SUV plowed thru 4 traffic cones and was dragging one toward the set. The young woman on duty stopped them and put them on the right course. She also reset all of the orange cones at the top of Center Street.

The “no truck.” This SUV plowed thru 4 traffic cones and was dragging one toward the set. The young woman on duty stopped them and put them on the right course. She also reset all of the orange cones at the top of Center Street.

HBO on Main Street, Day 2

This scene featured a woman driving a firewood truck. The camera was aimed into the cab.

This scene featured a woman driving a firewood truck. The camera was aimed into the cab.

I look around, and who do I  see, but Hillary Derby, costumer! She's going over some stats with a colleague. I stuck close to the Gloucester Police officer, because you're usually safe from getting into the scene when next to them.

I look around, and who do I see, but Hillary Derby, the costumer! She’s going over the call sheet, which informs the cast and crew where they should report on a particular day of filming). I stuck close to the Gloucester Police officer, because you’re usually safe from getting into the scene when next to them.

Here's the last scene of the day, the firewood truck driving away. It was being pushed for whatever cinematic reason. There was supposed to be a kitten in the scene, but I never saw it. Notice the unusual reflection on the side of the building across Center Street (where Gabriel's Antiques is).
Here’s the last scene of the daytime, the firewood truck driving away. It was being pushed for some cinematic reason. There was supposed to be a kitten in the scene, but I never saw it. Notice the unusual reflection on the side of the building across Center Street (where Gabriel’s Antiques is).

Night filming on Main Street. about 5:30. Very impressive to see the setup. They've got a ton of equipment to stow away for tomorrow.
Night filming on Main Street. about 5:30. Very impressive to see the setup. They’ve got a ton of equipment to stow away for tomorrow.

 

HBO on Main Street, Day 1

Here's a view of today's shoot at the corner of Main and Center Streets. From what I could glean, the filming was mostly drive-by's with 70's and 80's cars, all with Maine plates. They'll be working here tomorrow and the day after. Interesting for me, but not much business.

Here’s a view of today’s shoot at the corner of Main and Center Streets. From what I could glean, the filming was mostly drive-by’s with 70′s and 80′s cars, all with Maine plates. They’ll be working here tomorrow and the day after. Interesting for me, but not much business.

This is Hillary Derby with her HBO walkie talkie, a professional costumer for big productions. She stopped by for a short visit. I know Hillary through Janet, they're cousins. "Hill" and her husband Tom have hosted the family for many an Easter Dinner at their home in Boston. The poor woman has to be on set at 5:30am, but she's used to it.

This is Hillary Derby with her HBO walkie talkie, a professional costumer for big productions. She stopped by for a short visit. I know Hillary through Janet, they’re cousins. “Hill” and her husband Tom have hosted the family for many an Easter Dinner at their home in Boston. The poor woman has to be on set at 5:30am, but she’s used to it.

In talking to Hillary, I pointed out the truck across the street in Palazola's parking lot. "Is that the Chow Wagon?" I asked. Turns out, it's the "Snack Wagon." They serve water, coffee, sandwiches, and other snacks. The real chow is served at Sugar Magnolia's, which HBO has rented.

In talking to Hillary, I pointed out the truck across the street in Palazola’s parking lot. “Is that the Chow Wagon?” I asked. Turns out, it’s the “Snack Wagon.” They serve water, coffee, sandwiches, and other snacks. The real chow is served at Cruiseport, part of which which HBO has rented.

Final Touches

An HBO contractor on the Olive Kitteridge mini-series lays the Rx letters on the mortar and pestle. I'll bet they'll be doing a few more adjustments tomorrow, Sunday. Filming is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

An HBO contractor on the Olive Kitteridge mini-series lays the Rx letters on the mortar and pestle. I’ll bet they’ll be doing a few more adjustments tomorrow, Sunday. Filming is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

A sign painted on the wall of Gabriel's Antiques, on Center Street. Made to look old and weathered. "From Nuts to Bolts." HBO production.

A sign painted on the wall of Gabriel’s Antiques, on Center Street. Made to look old and weathered. “From Nuts to Bolts.” HBO production.

Ultimate Sox Fan and Photographer

Donna Ardizonni stopped by, and said she was going to try and get onto the HBO set. No luck, but if there was anyone who could, it would be her. She's the little photographer who could, and does.

Donna Ardizonni stopped by, and said she was going to try and get onto the HBO set. No luck, but if there was anyone who could, it would be her. She’s the little photographer who could, and does. She’ll be on Main Street tomorrow dressed as Cinderellla. I’ll be the pirate and we’ll be handing out candy to the young goblins.

Donna shows her Red Sox colors. She is an avid Sox fan. So much so that she gets nervous during the series. I admire how she finds time to give us great photos here every day, and still works full time. Thank you Donna!

Donna shows her Red Sox colors. She is an avid Sox fan. So much so that she gets nervous during the series. I admire how she finds time to give us great photos here every day, and still works full time. Thank you Donna!

Olive Kitteridge Filming in East Gloucester

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -1 ©Kim Smith 2013. copyOlive Kitteridge, the HBO miniseries, was filming at the North Shore Art Association yesterday.

Olive Kitteridge, the book, is a collection of short stories written by Elizabeth Stout, and is set in the town of Crosby, Maine. Olive Kitteridge was the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries ©Kim Smith 2013Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -2 ©Kim Smith 2013.Is that Adam Bolonsky in the red sweatshirt?

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -4©Kim Smith 2013.

Early that same morning I had taken Rosie for her morning walk. The sunlight streaming sideways through the fog shrouded trees was gorgeous and our hood had a new look for the day; the North Shore Art Association had become Crosby Lyons Club and the parking lot was filled with vintage cars from the 1970s and 1980s .

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -3 ©Kim Smith 2013.

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -6 ©Kim Smith 2013.Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -5 ©Kim Smith 2013.Smiths Cove Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center ©Kim Smith 2013View from Smith’s Cove toward the Maritime Heritage Center

Pigeon Cove, "Maine?"

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HBO Filming in Pigeon Cove, “Maine?”

As I was driving to work this morning, I saw major activity at the old Cape Ann Tool Company site in Rockport (MA). Then I saw the lighting truck, then the big equipment truck, and the Rockport Police facilitating traffic on Route 127. The shed that was built on the parking lot and the big cherry pickers, which I thought were for construction of the new development, were there for a movie production.

The HBO series will be called Maine Men, and looks to include lobstering. And no, that’s not George Bush’s black speedboat on the left.The cute little shack they built says: Pigeon Cove. I could live there!

New Orleans Fun ~ more than New England usually allows

Let’s face it folks, we, in New England, are known for being kinda stuffy, right?  Isn’t that why we’ve welcomed Henri Smith to Gloucester?  Isn’t that why we do our level best to keep him here year after year?  Yes, he’s a fine musician.  Yes, most of his friends are all top talent too.  Yes, he infuses Gloucester will all kinds of culture we’ve never before experienced.  But let’s be honest.  He’s fun!  And so are his super-talented friends.  Just look at this video:

Don’t these guys just look like they’re having the time of their lives?  We need more of that — and we’re going to get it on June 3o when Henri gathers the most talented, fun-loving New Orleans musicians you can see north of the bayou at North Shore Music Theatre to open for the iconic for Aaron Neville (get tickets here).  Henri’s band will include:

Stanton Davis on Trumpet
Amadee Castenell (from HBO’s Treme) on Sax, Flute and Vocals
Herman Hampton (Berklee professor) on Bass
Daniel Heath on Trombone and vocals
Les Lumley (from Ghetto Mysticism) on percussion.
Charles Burchell  (from New England Conservatory) on Drums
Ben on Piano (you know him)
PLUS A SURPRISE GUEST!

Now for some fun tonight (see full music lineup here) we have to mention one of Gloucester’s most talented and fun musicians with an acerbic wit, Inge Berge, will be at the Dog Bar with his trio.  See what we mean by wit and fun in the video below:

Amadee Castenell from HBO’s hit series Treme Joins Henri Smith on June 30 at North Shore Music Theatre

Yesterday we featured Stanton Davis and Les Lumley from Ghetto Mysticism.  Today it’s Amadee Castenell, who has recorded and toured with Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint – with whom he appears in the HBO hit series Treme (Amadee is to Irma Thomason’s left in this video) and many others.  Amadee joins Henri Smith’s band on sax & flute June 30 opening for Aaron Neville at North Shore Music Theatre (get tickets here).  At about 3 minutes into the video below you get an idea of Amadee’s virtuosity — starts out slow and subtle, then wows the audience!

Now that it’s summer, there’s more to do on a Wednesday night in Gloucester.  Lots of good people playing (see full music lineup here), but we just have to mention the first solo appearance by Dylan Estes (Allen’s son) at Giuseppe’s tonight.  He’ll start about 8:30.  We’ll be there with John, the Zip Line Kid.