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Puffin Foundation West Grant!

9 Oct

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We are happy to announce that the Puffin Foundation West has awarded us a grant in support of our documentary about Grandma Gatewood! This gift will go towards the matching requirements from our Ohio History Fund grant and puts us at about the half way point of our goal of $10,000.

We have been working on filming the documentary over the past year and if you haven’t visited our Trail Magic Facebook page recently, please do. Director, Peter Huston has been posting updated from the shoots which I think you’ll enjoy seeing.

In other news, I hope you’ll plan to join us in Akron for TRAIL MAGIC at Wandering Aesthetics on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22,2014 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. There’ll be three performances of this one-act play about Grandma along with a Trail Angels Reception Fundraiser on Sunday. Check our calendar page regularly for up-to-the-minute information.

Bette Lou Higgins
Artistic Director

Great Lakes Ladies-July 10th 7pm, The Chapel at Linwood Park

19 Jun

Great Lakes Ladies

Come hear the stories of GREAT LAKES LADIES at The Chapel at Linwood Park on Liberty Ave. in Vermilion, Ohio. Meet some special ladies — Abigail Becker, who rescued more than four sailors off the treacherous Long Point Shoals of Lake Erie; Elizabeth Williams, who called herself “A Child Of The Sea”; and Harriet Colfax, who “manned” the Michigan City Light for more than 40 years — to name a few! Bette Lou Higgins will share the tales of these brave ladies of the lakes.  There is no charge for this program which is open to the public.Keep up to date with all of our events by checking our calendar!

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Glory on the Mountain June 20 & 21

11 Jun

We are pleased to announce that Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland Baroque Orchestra)  is offering Eden Valley members $5.00 discount to their new concert, “Glory On The Mountain, An Appalachian Journey” in conjunction with our Grandma Gatewood project. We hope you will enjoy this musical look at the Appalachian area where Emma lived and hiked.


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You Can’t Play Baseball in a Skirt

24 May
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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!

We’re back…

7 May

Eden Valley Enterprises website is back up and Bette Lou is hoping you will come visit. If you love baseball, please join us Saturday, June 14, 2014; 1p.m.: Find out why YOU CAN’T PLAY BALL IN A SKIRT! Anne McEvoy is Alta Weiss in this first-person character presentation at the Baseball Heritage Museum. This is a special fundraiser for our Grandma Gatewood project. Tickets are on sale — discount tickets are available until June 1 at $16@. After that the price goes up to $20 so don’t miss the opportunity to save money and have a great time! Use this convenient order form to pay with cash or check. Order your tickets early!

Complete information for the June 14 fundraiser is on this page:

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The most famous woman in basebal

Ohio Women Then and Now Fundraiser for “Trail Magic” documentary

22 Feb

Last chance to buy tickets for our fundraising series OHIO WOMEN THEN AND NOW at a discount! Advance tickets are available for all four shows at $19 @ until FEBRUARY 28. After that, the price goes up to $22 @ in advance or at the door! Don’t miss out — all four programs promise to introduce you to some fascinating women.

Get complete details at

Ticket cost is a tax-deductible donation in support of our Grandma Gatewood documentary project. If you’re unable to join us for any of these events, please consider supporting our project with a donation —

Trail Magic “Live” #1 Don’t Believe Everything You Read…

30 Jan

This is the first of four short segments that feature Anne McEvoy as Grandma Gatewood. This was recorded at a rehearsal for the play of the same name that was staged last summer at TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center. The play was written as a first person narrative that presents Emma Gatewood’s persona and wit. The play was written by Kelly Boyer Sagert and helps provide scripting for the “Trail Magic” documentary now in production.

Eden Valley Enterprises will be co-hosting with “Women Making Moves” several live “Ohio Women, Then and Now” for Women’s history month presentations as a fundraiser for the documentary.

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Our Bakeless Bake Sale Update

25 Jan

Chocolate Torte CakeBelinda Bear is excited to report that the Bakeless Bake Sale has raised about 10% of the goal to match the Ohio History Fund challenge grant for the Emma Gatewood documentary! A big thank you to all who took part so far (bakers and customers!) And she got her first two donations for 2014 already!

Beginning today, her guest baker is Lori Rosenberg who provided the yummy holiday goodies. She’s making some delicious cookies and for Black History month, anyone who “purchases” some of Lori’s pastries worth $10 or more will get a free copy of Eden Valley’s underground railroad e-book, Next Stop, Freedom!

Read some interesting stories and don’t worry about the calories! Join her and Lori at

Women Making Moves- Four weeks of “HerStory”

20 Jan
  • Famous Ohioan, first women photojournalist to take photos from the front lines of WW2

    Margaret Bourke-White, Ohioan, first accredited female photojournalist to report from the front lines of WW2

    The First of several events cohosted by Women Making Moves and EVE, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Lorain County Community College: Alisa Riccardi will portray Cleveland photographer, Margaret Bourke-White – famous WWII photo-journalist and the first accredited female war correspondent. After the event meet the producers of the Emma Gatewood story “Trail Magic” documentary film.

  • Come celebrate Women’s History Month with a different program every week this March with this fundraising series sponsored by Eden Valley and Women Making Moves. Find complete information at: Tickets and Single Tickets available

Hey, did you see our facebook for our March Events: Pass it around!

2014 Women Making Movies Fundraisers

3 Jan


Join us for an exclusive fundraising event: OHIO WOMEN THEN AND NOW — A series of programs celebrating women’s history month with a different presentation each week. Sponsored by Women Making Moves and Eden Valley, each week will spotlight an historic heroine! The presentations will take place at 7p.m. and will include the show and light refreshments. Each week will be a different topic at a different location at Cuyahoga Community and Lorain County Community College.

A Series Ticket includes a ticket for ALL four programs or you can purchase tickets for individual events:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Lorain County Community College: Alisa Riccardi will portray Cleveland photographer, Margaret Bourke-White – famous WWII photo-journalist and the first accredited female war correspondent.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Tri-C East: find out about Eleanor Roosevelt whenKathie Dice brings this famous first lady to life.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Tri-C West/Parma: Anne McEvoy will bring Ohio’s persistent presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull to life.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Tri-C Westshore: Our series closes with an overview of some famous female history makers presented by Betty Zak who will introduce us to such historic heroines as Katherine Lee Bates – Educator, Author, Poet; Ohio Sharp-shooter, Annie Oakley and Maya Lin – Ohio Architect and Designer of the Vietnam Memorial.

Purchase your tickets with a credit card by clicking on the links above ordownload a convenient order from to pay by check.

All proceeds are going to benefit the activities of Women Making Moves (The leading professional networking resource for today’s businesswoman which provides opportunities for building strategic relationships, sharing knowledge, and increasing cultural awareness to stimulate professional and personal growth) and Eden Valley Enterprises (Northeast Ohio’s leading presenter of historical programming for groups of all sizes). Women Making Moves has joined Eden Valley as a partner in creating a PBS Documentary about Ohioan Emma Gatewood— the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67!

Buy a series ticket and save money and see FOUR great shows and support TWO good causes! 

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