Duncan becomes an American Cedar Cove during TV filming shoot

Camera crews film Cedar Cove outside the Maple Bay Marina and Shipyard Pub. - Peter W. Rusland
Camera crews film Cedar Cove outside the Maple Bay Marina and Shipyard Pub.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Hallmark Network crews are currently on downtown's Craig Street, and shooting in city hall tonight (Friday), during production of Hallmark's Cedar Cove TV series, based on novelist Debbie Macomber's books.

"There'll be no traffic closures expect three minutes at a time during filming," said city treasurer Peter de Verteuil.

Shooting city hall's steps, west side and in city square is also planned before crews movie inside for filming in the hall's main-floor office area, he said.

The city has received $1,000 for use of city hall plus $100 for Hallmark's business licence for use of the streets, he noted.

On Thursday, Maple Bay became Cedar Cove during shooting of episode one for Hallmark's series.

Film-crew staff were tight-lipped on the set as filming happened inside Maple Bay Marina's rustic Shipyard Pub, doubling as the American cove's Captain's Galley bar.

Cedar Cove is a sort of Harlequin-by-the-sea series based on happenings on the cove's various quaint streets.

The series sees film star Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Groundhog Day) portray Judge Olivia Lockhart opposite a Cove citizen played by Dylan Neal.

Facts were few from the 70-member crew, but marina co-owner David Messier was pumped about the marina's first shoot of note.

"It was a great opportunity for us. It was a first-class shoot with a first-class organization," he said of Hallmark folks who rented the Shipyard, a float home, and some dock and parking space during the Tuesday to Thursday filming.

Messier declined to say how much rent Hallmark paid — based on industry rates — for use of his marina.

"It was more than fair — it wasn't a small amount."

He was approached about shooting Cedar Cove in the bay by some producers who visit the marina.

"We put it all together ourselves."

Messier was especially flattered to have met best-selling writer Macomber on set Wednesday.

Cedar Cove's project brought attention and capital to the valley, he noted, adding "the legacy from this will be that they could come back."

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