If you missed the “Trail Magic” play last summer…..

24 Oct

Join the folks from Wandering Aesthetics staging of “Trail Magic” and help us raise funds and awareness about our documentary on the courageous and amazing Emma “Grandma” Gatewood.

*November 21-23, 2014; TRAIL MAGIC, the story of Grandma Gatewood, at Wandering Aesthetics; on November 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. or on November 23 at 2 p.m. at The Balch Street Theatre, 220 S Balch St in Akron. After the Sunday Matinee performance stay for the Trail Angels Reception at 3:30 p.m. to help raise money for our PBS documentary about Emma.
$15.00 – Trail Magic
$10.00 – Trail Angels Reception
$20.00 – Both (Trail Magic & Reception)
(The $20 Ticket is good to ANY performance of Trail Magic)
For tickets and information about TRAIL MAGIC or the Trail Angels Reception, please call (330) 612-3090 or purchase tickets online!

Film on Appalachian Trail walking Grandma gets closer to completion- By Steve Fogarty, Chronicle Telegram

21 Oct


Thanks to Steve Fogarty of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram who wrote a nice follow up article about our TRAIL MAGIC documentary project. You can read it at: http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/prgrmcmmnts/fogartyect10172014.pdf

Puffin Foundation West Grant!

9 Oct

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We are happy to announce that the Puffin Foundation West has awarded us a grant in support of our documentary about Grandma Gatewood! This gift will go towards the matching requirements from our Ohio History Fund grant and puts us at about the half way point of our goal of $10,000.

We have been working on filming the documentary over the past year and if you haven’t visited our Trail Magic Facebook page recently, please do. Director, Peter Huston has been posting updated from the shoots which I think you’ll enjoy seeing.

In other news, I hope you’ll plan to join us in Akron for TRAIL MAGIC at Wandering Aesthetics on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22,2014 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. There’ll be three performances of this one-act play about Grandma along with a Trail Angels Reception Fundraiser on Sunday. Check our calendar page regularly for up-to-the-minute information.

Bette Lou Higgins
Artistic Director

34 Years

6 Oct

34 Years of marriage, and was Emma’s toughest hike. This short section of our documentary takes the viewer from Emma Gatewood’s courtship, through marriage and on to her divorce. A time period of nearly 34 years that included raising 11 children and enduring ongoing abuse from her husband Perry.Here is a link the newest segment from our project

34 Years

This documentary is supported in part through a grant from the Ohio Historical Society

Ohio History

Ohio History

Aging in Maine Summit

29 Sep

We just returned from the #ciffX Camden International Film Festival in Camden Maine and their Aging in Maine summit hosted by #ciffX and Molly Murphy from #workingfilms. Working Films puts together filmmakers and important topics of interest for NGOS and other organizations.

Grandma Gatewood is a great example of #successfulaging and #aginginplace two hot button topics for agencies and organizations that facilitate elder services and support. This is an area that has dwindling resources to fund media and an increased need to reach potential funders, service providers and caregivers.

To learn more about how film’s like our soon to be completed story on Emma Gatewood can help your organization to connect with a supportive audience contact us on facebook.com/grandmagatewood or here on our grandmagatewood.com page inquiry form.TrailMagic_Ad_Sept2013aTrailMagic_Ad_Sept2014

Feisty Females- Emma Gatewood

16 Sep

Sharon Hall, a friend of our “Trail Magic” script writer Kelly Boyer Sagert let us know about this great blog site that features her story about Emma Gatewood.

Check out Sharon’s article about Emma Gatewood at http://historydepot.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/feisty-females-grandma-gatewood-part-i Enjoy!

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog

29 Aug

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We were pleasantly surprised and pleased to see that a story about Emma Gatewood and a clip from our project were on the Smoky Mountain Blog here is an excerpt:

Who was Grandma Gatewood?
In 1955, after raising 11 children, Emma “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail – at the tender age of 67! In September of that year, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin.

Then, in 1960, she hiked it again, becoming the first person to hike the Appalachian Trail twice. And, just to prove those first two weren’t a fluke, she hiked it again in 1963 – at the age of 75! After that third adventure Emma became the first person to hike the 2,179-mile trail on three different occasions.

To read the rest and see the clip go to


AT Half Gallon Challenge

6 Aug

This past June we witnessed one of the interesting rites of passage that thru-hikers partake in at the half way point on the Appalachian Trail. Sitting on the front porch of the little store at Pine Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania, the “Half Gallon Challenge” becomes an informal race among the thru-hikers to devour a lot of ice cream in one sitting. For most just finishing the half gallon is an accomplishment. No one seems to know when it originated, but I would bet that in Emma’s day ice cream was still such a luxury that she would have been truly amazed by this present day ice cream feast. Check out this short video that captures the fun of the challenge! 

Emma comes to life again on camera!

31 Jul
Anne as Emma Gatewood

Anne as Emma Gatewood

A special thanks to Anne McEvoy who was able to bring her “Emma” again on our shoot at Historic Lyme Village this past week. DP Tom Whaley of TW Teleproductions provided the talent and gear to capture Emma telling her story once again. Anne’s on-camera persona of Emma is key to our story. We also want to thank Ray Parker, director of Historic Lyme Village. We utilized several period correct buildings to be our sets in this shoot. We will be posting some great out takes later this week.

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 facebook.com/grandmagatewood where we have a link now to  https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/8p327    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



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