“Trail Magic” — A Festival Dedicated to the life of Emma Gatewood

8 May

produced by Eden Valley Enterprises and TrueNorth Cultural Arts
at the French Creek Nature & Arts Center
4530 Colorado Ave.
Sheffield Village, OH 44054

Emma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955.
Come join us for this celebration of her life!

Auditions “Trail Magic” a new play by Kelly Boyer Sagert

We’re looking for someone for the part of Emma Gatewood (age 70-ish) and for a Narrator (male or female; 50-ish). Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and be prepared to read from the script. The play will be directed by Rick Fortney. Schedule your audition slot by calling (440) 949-5200 Ext. 221. The performance is scheduled August 24th at 5p.m. and 7:30p.m.

The Complete TRAIL MAGIC schedule

5 -6 p.m. ~ Slip on your hiking boots and join us for a Family Hike with Senior Naturalist Amy Potonic

6:30 p.m. ~ Dinner is served!

7:30 p.m. ~ Poets in Thursday’s workshop will be invited to share their poetry at a public Poetry Reading.


10:30 a.m. ~ Senior Physical Fitness Hike.

5:00 p.m. ~ Premier presentation of “Trail Magic”, a first-person character program featuring “Grandma” Gatewood talking about her life and adventures.

6:30 p.m. ~ Pre-show Discussion on Mental Health & Self-Esteem (including domestic abuse), led by Natalie McCarthy, MSW, LSW.

7:30 p.m. ~ Encore presentation of “Trail Magic”, a first-person character program featuring “Grandma” Gatewood talking about her life and adventures.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013, noon ~ Join Buckeye Trail Association member Byron Guy for hike on the Lorain County portion of the Buckeye Trail.

Call TrueNorth at (440) 949-5200 Ext. 221 or order online.

There will be an exhibit about The Buckeye Trail and a Quilt Show to honor Emma’s quilting activities during the weekend.

This festival is being funded in part by generous grants from the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation Lorain County, Ohio History Fund, the Puffin Foundation of Teaneck, New Jersey and the Gallia County Charitable Foundation. It is part of a larger project to tell Emma’s story with FilmAffects and WGTE/PBS.

*** All dates, times and events are in the planning stages and are subject to change. Watch our Calendar Page for current information***

August 22-25
Join us on our Trail to tell Emma’ Story!

We are in the process of raising $15,000 to meet a challenge grant from the Ohio History Fund to complete a PBS documentary about Emma. You can help us meet this challenge with a tax-deductible donation.

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