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!
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.
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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!
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.
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
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 facebook.com/grandmagatewood and we’re hoping that you will take a look and like us too!
Peter Huston, Director
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!