Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association “Gathering”

4 Oct

We are looking forward to meeting the many folks coming this weekend to the “ALDHA” Gathering ( . We will be at the “Gathering” Saturday Oct. 10th to present our “Trail Magic, the Grandma Gatewood Story” documentary as part of the AT Museum Symposium section of the weekend at Shippensburg (PA) University 3-5pm. Hope you can join us. For more information check out their facebook page:

Film Preview of Trail Magic

15 Sep

We are excited about sharing “Trail Magic, the Grandma Gatewood Story”. It will be playing this Saturday at 10:30am at the Lake Erie Arts and Film Festival in Sandusky, Ohio, you can buy tickets online at or at the box office. The film will be shown in the former Calvary Temple at the corner of Columbus Ave and Washington Row. Here is a link to the preview.

Ohio History

Ohio History

What a night, Trail Magic Live at AMC Pinkham Notch

3 Aug

Just got back from Pinkham Notch NH. We really enjoyed meeting many families, through hikers and day trippers. Thank you for joining us for the first showing of “Trail Magic” on the AT! Here on the trail heading out on the Old Jackson Road

Emma’s Gatewood’s Story and speed hiker Scott Jurek

20 Jul

Originally posted on Humankind-Beyond Belief Blog:

Dear tjamrog,
Thank you for mentioning our film #trailmagic about in your recent blog. Of course Emma hiked 2050 miles in 1955 on barely marked trails and back roads and the experience was much different then. This year marks the 60th anniversary of her walk. No GPS, cell phones or easy to procure maps. But she did manage to get quite a bit of press, from Sports Illustrated to The Today Show. I think you and the generation that begin hiking in the 70’s brought the new found interest to the trail that was built on the back of people like Emma.

Todays speed hikers like Scott Jurek are a reflection of the change in extreme sports and it has provided new found media interest in the AT. It is easy to see where the simple trek of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood could be linked to this years story. It…

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Come see “Trail Magic” AMC Pinkham Notch, NH Visitor Center 7/25 8pm

9 Jul

emmagatewoodWe will be presenting “Trail Magic” at the #AMC Appalachian Mountain Club​ Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Pinkham Notch New Hampshire Saturday July 25th, at 8pm. Come join us! For more information on how to get there go to the Appalachian Mountain Club website, or send us a message here!

Coming soon to a theater near you….

6 Jul

“Trail Magic” debuted with two sold out shows at the TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center in Sheffield Village, Ohio Friday May 29th.

Property of Marjorie Gilliam Wood

Property of Marjorie Gilliam Wood

Marjorie Gilliam Wood, Emma’s great grand daughter, who was featured in the film was there along with writer Kelly Boyer Sagert, producer Bette Lou Higgins and director Peter Huston. A q&a was run between showings with over 100 attending and asking great questions about where the film goes next.

We are excited to say that dates and times are starting to line up. A partial list is below. But more importantly, we want to bring “Trail Magic” to your town, film festival, or group’s event before it goes on PBS. We are excited to come and share her story and the key elements that make Emma’s life such an important story of courage and tough mindedness. You can contact us or donate via email

on the EVE website

by snail mail

Eden Valley Enterprises
1250 East River St.
Elyria, Ohio 44035

or by phone  781-626-4732

  • July 25th Appalachian Mountain Club, Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire  open to the public 
  • July 30th -Private group showing at Pioneer Ridge in North Ridgeville (with storytelling program)
  • September 3rd-6th Jerome Film Festival, Arizona
  • October 14th — Public showing in Gallipolis at the Library (with the play)
  • March 26th, 2016 — Public showing at Maritime Museum of Sandusky (with storytelling program the previous Saturday)


60th Anniversary of Grandma Gatewood’s walk

8 May
This May will mark the 60th Anniversary of Grandma Emma Gatewood’s record-setting walk on the Appalachian Trail. Before her 1955 hike, no woman had ever hiked the 2,050 miles from Georgia to Maine by herself! Celebrate this milestone with us — get yourcommemorative T-shirt or hand-made Infinity Scarf with any donation of $20 or more made before June 15, 2015!

All shirts are custom made.  Scarves are hand-made by Elyria artist Tracy Rue.  Scarves and Shrits will be mailed out after July 15, 2015.  

T-shirt text — “Most people are pantywaists.  Exercise is good for you.” — is on front side; back side is blank.  Shirt is light green w/black ink.

Scarves are available in three color combinations especially chosen in honor of Emma Gatewood’s love of the outdoors.  Choose your favorite!

Order on-line with a credit card or your paypal account send a check using this convenientdownloadable form.


Our documentary about Emma, TRAIL MAGIC, will premier on Friday, May 29, 2015 atTrueNorth Cultural Arts; 4530 Colorado Avenue; Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054.  There will also be a special presentation of our storytelling program, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER on Thursday, May 28.

Tickets for both events are available online or by calling TrueNorth at  (440) 949-5200 X 221We hope we’ll see you there!

The Trail Magic weekend is sponsored by the National Storytelling Network, The Ohio History Fund, the Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. and donors like you!

Eden Valley is a not-for-profit company under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.  All donations are tax-deductible.  Thank you for your support!

Trail Magic Premiere In the News

4 May
Hi, Everyone,
Steve Fogarty of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram wrote a great article about us:  Film highlights first woman to walk Appalachian Trail alone – Chronicle-Telegram


It took a lot longer to make a movie about pioneering hiker Emma “Grandma” Gatewood than it did for the petite woman to walk the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail alone…

There’s Magic on stage in Dayton in MAY

21 Apr

Priscilla Kaczuk as Grandma Gatewood in TRAIL MAGIC on May 1unnamed5, 2017!

Trail Magic — The story of Emma Gatewood

If anyone deserves to be in the movies, it’s Grandma Gatewood!

Grandma Emma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67 after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse!  She hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail in 1959 and then hiked the Appalachian Trail TWO more times.  Come hear her remarkable story at these events:

*Friday, May 15, 2015, 7p.m.:  Join us at the Buckeye Trail Fest at the Maria Stein Center; 2365 St Johns Rd, Maria Stein, OH  45860 and meet “Grandma” Gatewood in TRAIL MAGIC.  Priscilla Kaczuk will bring this historic hiker to life in this one-act play by Kelly Boyer Sagert.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.  For information, tickets and registration, visit the Buckey TrailFest website or contact Rose Ann Kay at 216-849-7895 or e-mail

Don’t forget — our documentary film about Emma Gatewood Premieres on FRIDAY, MAY 29.  Tickets are on sale now!

Can’t make the show, get a copy of our book or DVD!

To arrange for a performance for your organization, simply reply to this e-mail with your request.  We’d love to bring this story (or any of our programs) to your group!

F O L L O W us on F A C E B O O K

Times-Journal: The Story of “Grandma” Emma Gatewood, published 4/14/14

19 Apr

Trail Magic — the story of “Grandma” Emma Gatewood will premiere on Friday, May 29, at TrueNorth Cultural Arts; 4530 Colorado Avenue; Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054! Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 12.36.17 PM

In 1955, when she was 67 years old (and had already raised 11 children), Emma Gatewood became the first woman to ever thru-hike the entire 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail solo! Before she died in 1973 she had hiked the AT several times, completed hikes in Oregon, Vermont and Pennsylvania. She was a charter member of the Buckeye Trail Association which has The Grandma Gatewood Trail named after her.

The long-awaited documentary about this Ohio grandmother will premier during a two day event produced by Eden Valley Enterprises and FilmAffects and hosted by TrueNorth Cultural Arts and the Lorain County Metro Parks.

On Thursday May 28 at 7 p.m., find out about Emma’s historic hike and learn about her life when Bette Lou Higgins presents Grandma Gatewood: Ohio’S Legendary Hiker. This storytelling program with PowerPoint slides will give you the background of Emma’s remarkable life.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested for reserved seats (Seating is limited). For reservations and information call (440) 949-5200 X 221. This presentation is sponsored by The National Storytelling Network and Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. and is a 2015 NSN Regional Spotlight Event.

Come back on Friday, May 29 to get the rest of the story with Trail Magic, the documentary which will feature interviews with Emma’s relatives, Emma’s story as portrayed by Anne McEvoy, and background of the Appalachian Trail and historical perspective. The “Red Carpet” goes out at 7 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. presentation of the documentary. The showing will be followed by a meet/greet/talkback with the documentary staff including director, Peter Huston and writer Kelly Boyer Sagert. The evening will conclude with a wine and cheese reception.

Friday’s event is a mini-fundraiser. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for school age children and are available online or by calling (440) 949-5200 X 221. 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 income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio Historical Society.

Trail Magic is the culmination of a project to document Emma’s life by Eden Valley Enterprises and FilmAffects with the support of many people and organizations.

 This weekend’s events are being sponsored by:

The Ohio History Fund; National Storytelling Network; Parkhurst Brothers, Inc.; The Staples Foundation and Staples/Midway Mall; The Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.


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