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 TrailFest@buckeyetrail.org

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

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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.

Trail Magic in the news!

15 Apr

Tunnamedhe story of “Grandma” Emma Gatewood will premiere on Friday, May 29, 2015 at TrueNorth Cultural Arts; 4530 Colorado Avenue; Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054!

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 Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau 441 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631 (740) 446-6882/(800) 765-6482 http://www.VisitGallia.com “TRAIL MAGIC” The Story of “Grandma” Emma Gatewood May 28-29 “Trail Magic” – Grandma Gatewood Story http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c7dd0694876948d20d191c193&i… 1 of 3 04/14/2015 11:21 AM wo 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 7:00 pm, 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 7:00 pm followed by a 7:30 pm 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. “Trail Magic” –

Grandma Gatewood Story http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c7dd0694876948d20d191c193&i… 2 of 3 04/14/2015 11:21 AM allia County Convention & Visitors Bureau 441 Second Avenue Gallipolis, OH 45631

(740) 446-6882 Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm email: info@visitgallia.com

No Fooling

4 Apr
Bette Lou Higgins pksupicturewebresented GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER at the Kent Free Library on April 1.  She was joined by through-hiker Kate Schmidlin from Kent, Ohio, who spoke afterward about her hike. Everyone enjoyed hearing about the contrasts between Emma’s hike in 1955 and Kate’s last year. They were joined by  Emma’s great niece, Rosemary Hostler making it a truly special program on Ohio women, history and hiking.

A Big Thank You to the Ohio History Fund

31 Mar

Ohio History

We are grateful to The Ohio History Fund which awarded us with a $15,000 grant toward ourGrandma Gatewood documentary and we hope that you will support them in their continued efforts to bring history to Ohioans. When you put a check on your Ohio state income tax return (line 27c, “Ohio Historical Society”) you help support this program.

In its first two years, the History Fund has created grants that help support local history and preservation-related projects all across Ohio. By selecting “The Ohio Historical Society” (doing business as the Ohio History Connection) as a donation fund on your state tax returns, you can support the History Fund grant program that benefits our communities and helps preserve Ohio’s stories.

So far, Ohio taxpayers made 20 history projects possible. In our last fiscal year which ended this past June, Ohioans had contributed $165,000 to the History Fund, with an average contribution of around $9. “Last year, Ohio taxpayers helped repair leaking roofs across the state, conserve rare Wright Brothers photos in Dayton and preserve Slavic heritage in Cleveland,” says Andy Verhoff, History Fund grants manager.

“The first two years of the History Fund campaign have been a huge win for Ohio history,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. “For just a few dollars, Ohioans have helped to restore historic buildings, promote education and ensure the accessibility of our state’s heritage for years to come.”

The History Fund needs to raise at least $150,000 this coming tax season to stay on Ohio’s tax forms for the next two years.

Verhoff says, “If every donor gives just $9 or $10 on their tax forms, we’ll easily cross that $150,000 threshold and have even more money to grant in support of local history.”

The History Fund creates grants to help support local history and preservation-related projects in communities throughout Ohio. It’s funded by Ohio taxpayers that select “Ohio Historical Society” as a donation fund on their state tax returns. For more information about the History Fund grant program and how to apply for grants, contact the Local History office at 1-800-858-6878 or 614-297-2340 or email localhistory@ohiohistory.org.

Ohio History

“Trail Magic” documentary Premiers May 29th

28 Feb

Grandma Gatewood documentary premiers May 29

Posted by Dave Tabler | February 27, 2015

bettePlease welcome guest author Bette Lou Higgins. Higgins is a founder and current Artistic Director of Eden Valley Enterprises, where she helps spread the “Ohio Gospel” through an assortment of living history programs. These programs, designed to make the history of Ohio meaningful and alive for adults and children of all ages, have been created for such Ohio organizations as the Steamship William G. Mather Museum, Western Reserve Historical Society, The Tuscarawas Historical Society and the Great Lakes Historical Society.

When I first wrote about Eden Valley’s Grandma Gatewood project for Appalachian History in 2013, we were at the half-way point of our trail to tell her life story. Essentially it was the equivalent of hiking from Georgia to the AT museum in Gardner’s, PA. Unlike hikers who reach that point, we didn’t know we were half-way there!

Anne McEvoy as Emma (filming session July, 2014)

To read Bette Lou’s full progress report for the Appalachian History blog posted  2/27/15 — check it out at http://www.appalachianhistory.net/

“A Walk in the Woods” premiers at Sundance

18 Feb

Last Friday was the premier of “Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte based on Bill Bryson’s book. Here are some of the reviews:

Daniel Fienberg, Hitfix:

“Surely there’s an audience out there in the world for ‘Grumpy Old Outdoorsmen,’ even if Robert Redford & Nick Nolte are no Matthau & Lemmon. But there’s absolutely no way to shake the certainty that were one of its stars not the Founder & Grand Poobah of The Festival, Sundance never would have glanced in the direction of a film as mediocre as ‘A Walk in the Woods.'”

Brian Moylan, The Guardian:
“Most of these episodes are far too low-stakes to carry a movie and the bigger picture, about two men past their prime trying to figure out what to do in their dotage, is handled far too simply to have real impact. The result is something that is just fine. It’s pleasant enough to watch, but by no means riveting or revolutionary.”

Dennis Harvey, Variety:
“There’s light diversion but little substance in this tale of two grumpy old men making a predictable hash of their effort to hike the Appalachian Trail. The appeal of the cast names and the equally venerable scenic vistas should lure older audiences, though whether they’ll get out to theaters or wait for home-format delivery is an open question.”

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter:
“Rather like a fun, geriatric version of ‘Wild,’ this long-aborning film version of Bill Bryson’s enormously genial 1998 book ‘A Walk in the Woods’ is a jolly good time, sparking dozens of chuckles and a few strong laughs. Nothing special cinematically, it still provides a welcome showcase for wonderful star turns by Robert Redford, who also produced, and Nick Nolte.”cdn.indiewire

Thank you Diana Reese and actress Mariska Hargitay for sharing Emma’s story

10 Jan

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Washington Post blog writer Diana Reese features Grandma Gatewood Story

5 Jan

Diana Reese is a writer and blogger for the Washington Post and contributor to “She the People”. She just posted a great article about Grandma Gatewood that you should read.

By Diana Reese January 5 at 2:12 PM
She The People

Grandma Gatewood survived domestic violence to walk the Appalachian Trail alone at 67

Even now, six decades later, Emma Gatewood’s story still resonates.

Grandma Gatewood, as she became known, was the first woman to hike the entire 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself in 1955. She was 67 years old at the time, a mother of 11 and grandmother of 23. She’d survived more than 30 years of marriage to a brutal husband who beat her repeatedly.

Gatewood hiked the trail carrying a homemade knapsack and wearing ordinary sneakers — she wore out six pairs of them in 146 days from May to September. She brought a blanket and a plastic shower curtain to protect her from the elements, but she didn’t bother with a sleeping bag, a tent, a compass or even a map, instead relying on the hospitality of strangers along the way and her own independent resourcefulness. She’d sleep in a front porch swing, under a picnic table or on a bed of leaves when necessary, and she ate canned Vienna sausages, raisins and peanuts plus greens she found on the trail and meals offered by strangers.

To get the rest of the story click on the link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2015/01/05/grandma-gatewood-survived-domestic-violence-to-walk-the-appalachian-trail-alone-at-67/

“Trail Magic” to be presented by Wandering Aesthetics at Balch Street Theatre

20 Nov

From Knight Arts,Published on November 19, 2014 by Roger Durbin in Akron, Theater

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Wandering Aesthetics co-founders Kyle Jozsa and Benjamin Rexroad are taking some personal experience and expanding on it by collaborating with local artists and groups in order to bring a new play, “Magic Trail,” to the Balch Street Theatre.

Jozsa and Rexroad went on the 2,186 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail last year. Jozsa turned that experience into a series of solo performances under the title of Wandering Aesthetics’ “Mountain Cycle.” He related things that happened along the way.

Turns out, of course, that they weren’t the only ones to do that, or the only ones interested in turning someone’s experience into a theatrical performance. Eden Valley Enterprises took on the adventures of Emma Gatewood (affectionately known as Grandma Gatewood) – who was the first woman to walk the trail from Georgia to Maine, in 1955, solo and at the age of 67 years. She repeated the quest a few times more, finishing at age 83 in 1970.

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Gatewood became well-known as one of the first ultra-light hikers (she wore only a pair of sneakers, while carrying an army blanket, a raincoat, and a piece of plastic for ground cover). She has been quoted as saying that you only need to buy some cans of Vienna sausage; the rest you can find in the wilderness. Pretty amazing.

Gatewood also helped establish the Buckeye Trail that runs through her native Ohio (and through the middle of Akron). She served as leader of the Buckeye Trail Association for several years.

Eden Valley Enterprises employed playwright Kelly Boyer Sagert and researcher Bette Lou Higgins (who both also live in Ohio) to put together Grandma Gatewood’s story.

Wandering Aesthetics is producing their play, “Trail Magic,” and performing it for only the second time in its two-year history. Jozsa will serve as director – the first time ever in this role for the actor. Priscilla Kaczuk will perform the role of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, and Nici Romo will narrate the play.

In a telephone interview, Jozsa commented that Wandering Aesthetics is sticking to the text Sagert created, but they are modifying the presentation by having the narrator (a figure who bookends the narrative and who makes comments about Gatewood) be a magical trail angel. That way, he added, they can create, freeze-time scenes, as well as have the angel interact with Emma, thus creating more conflict to lend the drama some tension.

Wandering Aesthetics is developing a corollary project called “Boogers, Witches, and Haints” that feeds off the same kind of experience that they, like Gatewood, had along the extensive and often rural and wild route through the eastern half of the nation. That project will, according to Jozsa, be completed and performed in the spring.

Wandering Aesthetics was formerly called Heads Up Productions. Interestingly, the group used the basement of a local florist, Every Blooming Thing, for rehearsal space. Wandering Aesthetics, in conjunction with the Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC), which regularly performs in the Balch Street Theatre, and with Ma’Sue Productions, another local group and an African American based theater company, hopes through cooperative efforts to make the Highland Square area of west Akron more active theatrically – to form a destination for small, independent groups that like to present new works. Wandering Aesthetics’ production in the Balch Street Theatre is a step in that effort.

After the final performance at the matinee on November 23, Wandering Aesthetics is hosting a reception (tickets are $10) to raise money for Eden Valley Enterprises in order to help them along with a current project to create a documentary film about Emma Gatewood.

Wandering Aesthetics will present “Trail Magic” November 21-23, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, at the Balch Street Theatre, 220 S. Balch St., Akron; 330-990-5138. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here: trailmagic.brownpapertickets.com.

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