Nearing the half way point

23 Jul

Our “Trail Magic” documentary on the life of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood has reached a rough cut stage. We are shooting the last re-enactment dialog scenes next week with our wonderful actress Anne McEvoy. If you are an Appalachian Trail hiker or interested in how Emma changed her life after 32 years of domestic abuse get in touch with us at where we have a link now to    that allows you to make a donation to our non-profit partner Eden Valley Enterprises to help defray the costs for production of this important story. We are posting regular updates here and facebook. Thank you!

Nearing the Half way point

Nearing the Half way point


Great Lakes Ladies-July 10th 7pm, The Chapel at Linwood Park

19 Jun

Great Lakes Ladies

Come hear the stories of GREAT LAKES LADIES at The Chapel at Linwood Park on Liberty Ave. in Vermilion, Ohio. Meet some special ladies — Abigail Becker, who rescued more than four sailors off the treacherous Long Point Shoals of Lake Erie; Elizabeth Williams, who called herself “A Child Of The Sea”; and Harriet Colfax, who “manned” the Michigan City Light for more than 40 years — to name a few! Bette Lou Higgins will share the tales of these brave ladies of the lakes.  There is no charge for this program which is open to the public.Keep up to date with all of our events by checking our calendar!

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Glory on the Mountain June 20 & 21

11 Jun

We are pleased to announce that Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland Baroque Orchestra)  is offering Eden Valley members $5.00 discount to their new concert, “Glory On The Mountain, An Appalachian Journey” in conjunction with our Grandma Gatewood project. We hope you will enjoy this musical look at the Appalachian area where Emma lived and hiked.


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Fall at Mt. Katahdin

5 Jun

As Emma Gatewood finished her walk she got to the Mt. Katahdin base camp the last week in September, 1955. The weather that time of the year is spectacular and the leaves extremely colorful. Two years ago cameraman Bruce Lundeen and myself hiked up the trail from the base camp and got some wonderful footage. We edited a collection of these shots  together to share with you. It is posted at and we’re hoping that you will take a look and like us too!

Peter Huston, Director

You Can’t Play Baseball in a Skirt

24 May
The most famous woman in baseball

The most famous woman in baseball

There’s only one more week to get discounted tickets for YOU CAN’T PLAY BALL IN A SKIRT! with Anne McEvoy at the Cleveland Baseball Heritage Museum! This is a fundraiser for the Grandma Gatewood documentary we’ve been working on and Anne played Emma in TRAIL MAGIC last summer.

Tickets are only $16 until June 1 then they go up to $20. Don’t miss out — we’re looking forward to sharing Alta Weiss’s story with you along with conversation and refreshments and lots of great baseball memorabilia at the museum.

You Can’t Play Ball In A Skirt

Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

At the Baseball Heritage Museum
530 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Come join us and help make Emma’s movie!

Thanks to you

21 May

The Grandma Gatewood PBS Documentary, “Trail Magic”, is made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio Historical Society’s History Fund. The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio’s income tax refunds and designated to the Ohio Historical Society.

Ohio History

Ohio History

We’re back…

7 May

Eden Valley Enterprises website is back up and Bette Lou is hoping you will come visit. If you love baseball, please join us Saturday, June 14, 2014; 1p.m.: Find out why YOU CAN’T PLAY BALL IN A SKIRT! Anne McEvoy is Alta Weiss in this first-person character presentation at the Baseball Heritage Museum. This is a special fundraiser for our Grandma Gatewood project. Tickets are on sale – discount tickets are available until June 1 at $16@. After that the price goes up to $20 so don’t miss the opportunity to save money and have a great time! Use this convenient order form to pay with cash or check. Order your tickets early!

Complete information for the June 14 fundraiser is on this page:

The most famous woman in baseball

The most famous woman in basebal

Eden Valley Website Update

30 Apr

Technology is fickle from time to time. Unfortunately, the Eden Valley website is temporarily out of service. You can get Eden Valley Enterprises (EVE) schedule of events and general information at until the technical difficulties are solved. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you,

Bette Lou Higgins

Join us in May

21 Apr

Grandma Gatewood:  Ohio’s Legendary Hiker

Hear the remarkable story of Emma Gatewood at the Rocky River Historical Society meeting on May 8 at 7:00 PM at the Rocky River Senior Center; 21012 Hilliard Boulevard; Rocky River, Ohio. Grandma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955!

Great Lakes Stories

Tuesdays, May 13, 20 & 27, 2014; 2p.m.: come discover the history of the Great Lakes when the Center For Lifelong Learning of Lorain County Community College hosts GREAT LAKES STORIES at The Wesleyan Village at 807 West Avenue in Elyria. Classes are $28.00. For more information and to register call the Center at 440-366-7536.

Stories From Ohio’s Past

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1p.m. come take a trip through Ohio History with Bette Lou Higgins at the Baldwin-Wallace Institute for Learning at Retirement. Hear some stories from the past that will help you appreciate our state’s heritage. Classes will be held at St. Andrews Church in Olmsted Falls. For more information call the institute at 440-286-3188.

Stay up-to-date with our programs by checking our calendar often.  If you’d like to book a program for your group, send us an e-mail!

Appalachian History features Bette Lou Higgins review of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” by Ben Montgomery

7 Apr

Book Review: ‘Grandma Gatewood’s Walk’

Posted by  | April 7, 2014

Bette Lou Higgins

Please welcome guest book reviewer Bette Lou Higgins. Higgins, Artistic Director of Eden Valley Enterprises, is working to document Emma Gatewood’s life with a storytelling program, e-book, one-act play and PBS documentary. The project is being undertaken by Eden Valley, FilmAffects and WGTE/PBS. Bette Lou says that whenever she tells the story of Emma Gatewood her audiences are always inspired – even if it’s just to take a walk around the block!


When I was in 11th grade at Garfield Heights Senior High School in Garfield Heights, OH, I had an English teacher – Mr. Toneff. We did quite a bit of writing in his class and Mr. Toneff had a mantra: “V.S.D.!” Vivid Specific Detail… for writing to be good, it had to have V.S.D.

Mr. Toneff would love Ben Montgomery. His new book, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, has A LOT of V.S.D.

To read the rest of Bette Lou’s review go to:


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