Thursday, August 8, 2013
Busy times, good times
To say things were hopping last week in Holly Springs would be a definite understatement.
It had to be one of the busiest times in quite some time.
The big boost was film crews from HBO and Cinemax, actors, actresses and equipment for the making of “Quarry,” a pilot for a proposed television series.
Thirteen days of shooting in Memphis, Tenn., and North Mississippi began July 22. The crews left Holly Springs Sunday after a very busy week.
“Quarry” is inspired by a series of 10 novels begun in 1976 by crime specialist Max Allan Collins. The “Quarry” pilot will retain the 1970s setting of the early novels about a war-damaged Vietnam veteran who becomes a professional assassin after returning to America. The pilot presents Quarry as a Marine sniper (played by Logan Marshall-Green) recruited by a crime network that operates along the Mississippi River.
If the pilot is impressive enough to convince Cinemax to green-light a full series, subsequent episodes likely will be based in the Mid-South, too, including Holly Springs.
Wednesday of last week, about 9:30 p.m., I drove uptown to see what was happening.
At that time of night, they were just starting to place some antique automobiles on South Memphis Street (in front of city hall) for the next scene.
I didn’t actually hang around for the filming. It had been a long day for this journalist.
But Thursday night I was back downtown.
First, I made my weekly short walk (from the office) to Bikers Night in Blues Alley, sponsored each Thursday until September 26 by the Holly Springs Main Street Chamber. The crowd was huge, perhaps larger than the one the week before. I saw lots of familiar faces and met some new folks, too. The fellowship is always wonderful.
The Davide House Band and Queen Ann Hines were the feature attractions and delivered great music.
About 10 p.m., I moved over to the intersection of South Memphis Street and East Van Dorn Avenue. Other locals joined me to watch some of the action. I also called my daughter Emma, who joined me, to watch a portion of the show unfold upstairs above The Smiling Phoenix (old Miller building). It was fun and exciting.
Everyone I talked with last week commented about what a boost “Quarry” would bring to Holly Springs – publicity-wise and economically.
It’s not the first time our citizens have seen movie crews in town. It likely won’t be the last.
I wrapped up a busy few days of newspaper work and fun by attending the Dog Days of Summer fund-raiser for the Marshall County Humane Society Friday night and the Beats, Bikers and Barbecue (BBB) Festival Saturday on Crescent Meadow Drive. Both added to my good times filled with good fellowship and good food and good entertainment.
The area near Williams Clinic (adjacent to Highway 78) was an excellent spot for the festival. We’re already talking about ways to grow it and make it better – perhaps bringing back the name Kudzu. Let us know your suggestions.
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