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.


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

  1. Ralph Coffman April 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    As someone who briefly hiked the Oregon Trail with Grandma Gatewood I would like to point out that she hiked the Oregon Trail from Missouri all the way to Oregon. You printed that she hiked “in” Oregon…

    • hiddenarts April 22, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Thank you for catching that! It must have been a great experience!

  2. Ralph Coffman April 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    In 1959 Grandma decided to follow a wagon train traveling between Independence, Missouri, along the Oregon Trail to Portland, Oregon.

    The trip was planned to celebrate the Oregon Centennial, but when Grandma arrived in Missouri she discovered that the wagon train had pulled out the week before.

    Not to worry. Not only did she catch up with the wagon train, but passed it by.

    After walking some 2,000 miles she reached Portland a full week before the wagon train

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