Full Circle, return to New Hampshire 9/3

27 Jul

It has been just a little over a year since we had our premier showing of “Trail Magic, The Grandma Gatewood Story” at True North Cultural Arts Center in Sheffield Village, Ohio. Then as summer was begining to fade, we had the very first showing of our film Labor Day weekend for hikers in Pinkhamscan0002 Notch, NH at the Joe Dodge Lodge adjacent to the Appalachian Trail.

Thanks to the Appalachian Mountain Club, we had the distinct privilege to present “Trail Magic” and Emma Gatewood’s courageous story for the first time near the Appalachian Trail. That night we shared “Trail Magic” with 40+ determined hikers on the way to completing their own thru hike at Mount Katahdin, Maine.

In just a few weeks (Sept 3rd, 7:30pm) we return to New Hampshire, invited by the Appalachian Mountain Club and Bartlett Historical Society, to present Emma’s story again at AMC Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch. We hope you will join us.

Bette Lou and I want to thank all the wonderful hosts and amazing people we have met this past year as we shared Emma Gatewood’s story from Alabama to Vermont, Tennessee to Florida. The trail continues now that “Trail Magic” has been aired on WOUB Public Media (Athens Ohio). Distribution of “Trail Magic” is done through “NETA”, the National Educational Television Association. Every PBS station has the opportunity to share “Trail Magic” but we need your help to contact the local PBS station near you and request “Trail Magic”.  Join us as we continue to share Emma’s inspiring story!


Two weeks to go to our TV Premier!

2 Jun


Thursday June 14th is the premier of “Trail Magic, the Grandma Gatewood Story” on WOUB, the tag line is simply “WOUB Public Media.”

WOUB has a large and unique footprint – so we’ve attached a few maps that hopefully will make things clear. The first one (Analog TV coverage) is also the WOUB digital broadcast coverage map. Almost everyplace within the circles can pick WOUB up via broadcast or cable.

The second map is to show the DirecTV/Dish Network carriage area. WOUC gets carried in the Wheeling/Steubenville market area, and WOUB gets carries in the Columbus market. So – for viewers in those service areas, plus tune in!

What an amazing year for Emma Gatewood

31 May

Thanks to everyone who made this important historic marker for Emma Gatewood possible! What an exciting year for Emma Gatewood, with Ben Montgomery’s book “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” and the “Trail Magic” documentary which debuts on WOUB Public Media Athens Ohio on June 14th at 9pm!Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 10.17.25 AM

Grandma Gatewood, "Trail Magic"'s photo.
Ben Mongomery book cover

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

WOUB Public Media Premiere June 14th

17 May

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“Trail Magic, the Grandma Gatewood Story” will have it’s PBS premiere on WOUB Public Media, Athens Ohio June 14th at 9pm. WOUB reaches much of the south eastern portion of Ohio and West Virginia, Emma’s “back yard”!

Mark your calendar!

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016 9 P.M. WOUB Public Media will broadcast

We are excited that our documentary has made it to the “little screen” (which is big for us!) and thank the staff at WOUB for making this possible, especially Mark Brewer, Chief Operating Officer, and Loring Lovett, Corporate Support Representative.

Stay tuned for futher developements with other PBS channels and check our calendar regularly for where you can see any of our Grandma Gatewood programs.

(WOUB area coverage information)

If you’d like a presentation of this or any of our programs for your group, let us know by responding to this e-mail. We’d love to bring a show to you!

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22 Apr
in the making of “Trail Magic” we had help from several music experts. Mike Petee got us started with the theme song for the film. He helped us by researching and identifying historically significant “Appalachian” music known to be played during Emma’s life time. Then Foster Brown came into the studio with his family and helped us to record these songs and more. Foster’s versatility and creativity allowed us to create a unique sound track. The music in the film is augmented by the orchestral sounds of composer Rick Sowash and fiddle player James Hodges who was also a AT thru-hiker and featured in the film. Truly an amazing blend of sounds.

Come hear Foster Brown perform some of the music from TRAIL MAGIC before the documentary is shown this Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational UCC; 330 Second St.; Elyria, Ohio. The film will start after the concert at 7 p.m. followed by a Q & A with Foster, writer Kelly Boyer Sagert and producer, Bette Lou Higgins. Tickets are $5.00. For more information, call 440-323-5454.

Grandma Gatewood, "Trail Magic"'s photo.

On the road again

14 Apr

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 8.08.44 AM.pngWe are humbled as we go from state to state sharing the story of Emma Gatewood. We get wonderful feed back and comments about this film’s important message. We just got this comment and picture from our presentation in Lexington, VA.

“I know it’s a long time in coming but… my editor found a space to put the photo I took of you talking with several AT thru-hikers after your presentation and film discussion awhile back in Lexington.

Everyone very much enjoyed that interesting evening–both seeing the film and then hearing you talk about it. We (my son and I ) particularly liked the opportunity to talk with you a little extra afterwards. I do hope your film will screen at Virginia Film Festival next fall…I know Jody, the director, was most enthusiastic  when I’d told him about it, and I hope that’ll turn into something definite so others in the area will also have the opportunity to see the film and be able to have a discussion about it with you.” Claudia Schwab

This week we will be in two places. Producer Bette Lou Higgins will be presenting at the University of  Pikeville 6:30pm (http://www.upike.edu/Events/Academics/Trail-Magic-The-Grandma-Gatewood-Story-Screening) , Kentucky 4/14 and director Peter Huston will be at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy “Flip Flop Festival” in Harpers Ferry, WV on Saturday 4/16 at 7pm in the “Barn”.Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 12.34.12 PM

Trail Magic: A big thank you to our presenters

29 Mar

We want to thank all the organizers and volunteers that made our just completed road trip a huge success. It started in Vermont with Silvia Cassano hooking us up with Bennington and Manchester Green Mountain Clubs. And hats off to our presenters in March (Donna Pagnam at Rockbridge Regional Library, Rick Guhse and the Alabama Hiking Society Hiking Conference, Sharon Flickinger at Brookdale Senior Living, Mary Ann Clark and Flagler Library, Annette Wells with the Maritime Museum Of Sandusky, Edie Dondero and Brandywine River Museum of Art, and Audrey Young and the Easttown Library) and all our wonderful audience members who came to see our storytelling program and our documentary about Grandma! We had a great month and look forward to our upcoming presentations. See the complete schedule at http://www.edenvalleyenterprises.org/…/gatewood/gatewoodcal… to see if there’s presentation near you!

Next stop is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Flip Flop Festival April 16,17 in Harper’s Ferry West Virginia!

Grandma Gatewood Inspires

2 Mar

We’re looking for a few good women! We know Grandma Gatewood was an inspiration to many. If you’re a woman who was inspired by Emma to do a thru-hike, section hike or flip/flop AT hike, we’re looking for you! We’re inspired to share your story. We’d like to put together a Women-Walkers Walk of Fame. Send us your picture on the trail, your hiking dates and a couple of sentences about how Grandma Gatewood inspired you or what your hike meant to you. We’ll be posting them here, on our website and using them in our presentations. Just send us a message with your picture and your name/dates/story. We’ll do the rest. Read their stories at http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/…/womenhi…/walkoffamers.htm and be INSPIRED!

Our first Woman Hiker on our Walk of Fame is Jennifer Pharr Davis who wrote:

“Grandma Gatewood is grit personified. I love her determination, admire her resilience, and I will always enjoy following in her footsteps on the Appalachian trail.
– Appalachian Trail Three Time Thru-Hiker, Record Setter, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
Jennifer Pharr Davis”

Thanks, Jennifer, we love having you be the first one on our list — but since you’ve got the record for fastest hiker, it only makes sense that you’d get on our list FAST!


“Trail Magic” Film Screenings

1 Feb

Here is a list of confirmed screening dates and locations. Hope you can join us at one of these locations. If you or a group that you’re involved with would like to present the film or play let us know. You can contact us here or email us at grandmagatewoodproject@gmail.com

February 8th Manchester Community Library, Manchester VT 6:30pm

February 10th One World Conservation Center, Bennington VT 6:30pm

March 10th Rockbridge Regional Library  Lexington, VA  7:00pm

March 12th Alabama Hiking Trail Society, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores AL 3:00pm

March 18th Flagler County Public Library, Palm Coast FL 2:00pm

March 23rd Easttown Public Library, Berwyn PA 7:00pm

March 24th Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford PA 7:00pm

April 29th Fredricksen Public Library, Camp Hill PA 7:00pm

September 3rd Appalachian Mountain Club, Highland Center Crawford Notch NH 7pm

We hope you will join us at one of this dates or help us organize an engagement for your club or group. For more information:


Special Screening “Trail Magic” in Manchester and Bennington VT

20 Jan

We are excited to announce that the Green Mountain Club, Manchester Community Library,  One World Conservation Center. Long Trails and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are sponsoring engagements for our film “Trail Magic, The Grandma Gatewood Story”. Trail Magic Both FB Post