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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.

 

Olive Kitteridge Another Time Another Camera…

Couldn’t hold back from going to see some of the filming and tried to get some shots of actors, crew etc.. Amazing amount of work to create a fantasy! After seeing some new stores and old cars I was able to look inside a bit…

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.

Store Fronts – Seasonal, Weekly and Even Pure Fantasy

So many storefront windows and so many messages! Here are a few designed for the season, a celebration and pure fantasy.

 

Before Passports

From Brenda Grimes Davis: "Fred...Here's a picture of Barney Marnoy who managed Benny Schred's fabric store...which was located where Passports (temporarily Village Pharmacy) is in the 1960s...he's standing just outside the door..I believe Benny was Barney's father-in-law." Notice the Rexall sign on the left. That was the original location of Connors Pharmacy on Main Street.

From Brenda Grimes Davis: “Fred…Here’s a picture of Barney Marnoy who managed Benny Schred’s fabric store…which was located where Passports (temporarily Village Pharmacy) is in the 1960s…he’s standing just outside the door..I believe Benny was Barney’s father-in-law.” Notice the Rexall sign on the left. That was the original location of Connors Pharmacy on Main Street.

Filming Olive Kitteridge on Main Street Gloucester Now!

Word on the Street … is that best viewing is near Pallazola Sporting Goods!

The Magnet

This summer, a guy came into my gallery wearing the GMG hat. He was pretty cool. I went outside to photograph him and his dog for GMG, but in no time a Brazilian woman walked into the shot. He gave me this look of: "Hey, this just happens." What is the magnet here? Is it the guy, the dog, the shiny green truck, the woman, or the hat? You tell me! After a few minutes, she walked on. I think we've got the beginnings of a short story here.

This summer, a guy came into my gallery wearing the GMG hat. He was pretty cool. I went outside to photograph him and his dog for GMG, but in no time a Brazilian woman walked into the shot. He gave me this knowing look of: “Hey, this just happens.” What is the magnet here? Is it the guy, the dog, the shiny green truck, the woman, or the hat? You tell me! After a few minutes, she walked on. I think we’ve got the beginnings of a short story here. I don’t know who’s happier, the guy or the dog.

Another Cruncher on Main Street

No, not another accident in my neighborhood! This happened less than 2 hours ago. A 2001 VW came down Center Street and wasn't able to stop before hitting this car. No injuries. I was told that the Honda may have a broken rear axel, which could mean it's totaled, but it was driven away to it's driveway in East Gloucester.

No, not another accident in my neighborhood! This happened less than 2 hours ago. A 2001 VW came down Center Street and wasn’t able to stop before hitting this car. No injuries. I was told that the Honda may have a broken rear axel, which could mean it’s totaled, but it was driven away to it’s driveway in East Gloucester.

Here's the owner of the Honda that was hit, Robin Vaneck with her daughter Sophia. She just had her hair done at the West End Salon by Diane, who has cut my hair for the past 20+ years. What was amazing about Robin is that she wasn't bummed about the unfortunate accident. She smiled and had a positive attitude the entire time. Look at the photo: Daughter like mother? I'd say so.

Here’s the owner of the Honda that was hit, Robin Vaneck with her daughter Sophia. She just had her hair done at the West End Salon by Diane, who has cut my hair for the past 20+ years. What was amazing about Robin is that she wasn’t bummed about the unfortunate accident. She smiled and had a positive attitude the entire time. Look at the photo: Daughter like mother? I’d say so.

Fabulous Fall Finds From Pop Gallery!

The gals from POP Gallery at 67 Main Street have done it again! They have compiled a style spread of their top fashion picks for Fall! All brands/styles featured are available at Pop Gallery now!

Click the picture below to view the spread!

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And remember to fall out for the last Block party of the Season on September 21st and “turn over a new leaf” with some new seasonal accents to your wardrobe! I will also be open block party weekend, with refreshments and snacks! Going to be a great time!

(And be sure to check out Pop’s facebook page for up to date information and special sales!)

 

THEN and NOW – Main Street (1873)

Before photo and information Submitted by Fred Bodin:

51 Main Street (Cafe Bishco is there now).

West End of Main Street buildings, including the Cape Ann Savings Bank and the YMCA.

The second floor of the bank building became Gloucester’s first YMCA in 1858, one of the oldest Y’s in the U.S. The first YMCA was established in Boston in the Old South Church.

 

YMCA

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Drive by Samaritans and Good Eggs on Main Street

Fred Bodin Submits-

Just after 7 pm tonight (8/20/13), two young ladies came into my gallery to look around after out dining together at Jalapeños next door. On their way out, they stopped at the counter and one of them asked if I wrote the Drive by Shooting post for GMG. Yes I did, and one of them said it was her sister who did the shooting. Wow! After talking about the Drive by Shooting experience for a few minutes, they left. Seconds later, they returned and said: “We found a lot of money scattered on the sidewalk outside.” So we went all of ten feet from my door and I scooped up $106. They saw who dropped it and noticed that he went into Jalapeños. I went into the restaurant with the two girls and we searched for a man in his 30’s wearing a blue shirt and shorts. Good detective work, but no luck. I told the hostess (owner Alex’s daughter) to send the person looking for the cash over to the galley. If he doesn’t come in by 8:30 or so, I’ll bring it to the 24/7 lost and found, the Gloucester Police Department.

I took a photo of these two friends, and got the left to rights. On the left is Page Harmon, sister of the Drive by Shooter, and on the right in front of the Gloucester flag is Baylee Kirk, both from East Gloucester. Bailee’s parents are journalist Bill Kirk and Carolyn Kirk. Carolyn is the Mayor of the City of Gloucester. It was a good experience for the three of us, and a lesson in karma: Always do the right thing. Tomorrow I’ll drop off an envelope to the GPD with five $20 bills, a five, a single, with my business card. Karma is coming our way! Gloucester.

THEN and NOW – Main Street (circa 1912)

Photos are of Main Street, the block between Hancock and Center Street.

Once called Gray’s Corner, see article by Fred Bodin on GMG

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For more THEN and NOW photos, just do a search  “THEN and NOW”, which includes some fantastic photos by Marty Luster, also an author on GoodMorningGloucester.

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