Trail Magic heads back to the AT September 3rd in New Hampshire

27 Aug

On Sept 3rd 7:30 pm we will be presenting “Trail Magic” at the Appalachian Mountain Club AMC Highland Center, New Hampshire in conjunction with the Bartlett Historical Society. This event is free and open to the public!

The program is taking place in the Washburn Room in Thayer Hall, at AMC’s Highland Center.

For more information contact Sara DeLucia, Program Manager

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Today’s National Park Service Centennial Celebrating Maine’s North Woods

26 Aug
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Today, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument encompassing awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central Maine. Building on the Administration’s commitment to protecting our land, water and wildlife for future generations, this designation will permanently protect significant natural, scientific, and historic and cultural resources, wildlife habitat, and one of the most pristine watersheds in the northeast, ensuring that present and future generations are able to enjoy these lands.

The new national monument – which will be managed by the National Park Service – will protect approximately 87,500 acres, including the stunning East Branch of the Penobscot River and a portion of the Maine Woods that is rich in biodiversity and known for its outstanding opportunities to hike, canoe, hunt, fish, snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski. In addition to protecting spectacular geology, significant biodiversity and recreational opportunities, the new monument will help support climate resiliency in the region. The protected area – together with the neighboring Baxter State Park to the west – will ensure that this large landscape remains intact, bolstering the forest’s resilience against the impacts of climate change.

Following years of support from many local and state elected officials, tribal leaders, businesses and members of the public across the state, this designation will build on the robust tradition of growing the park system through private philanthropy, and will reinforce the need to continue protecting our great outdoors as we enter the second century of the National Park Service.  The land has been donated to the Federal Government by philanthropist Roxanne Quimby’s foundation, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., facilitated by the National Park Foundation as part of its Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks. In addition to the donation of the land, the approximately $100 million gift includes $20 million to supplement federal funds for initial park operational needs and infrastructure development at the new monument, and a pledge of another $20 million in future philanthropic support.

Studies have shown that every dollar we invest in our national parks generates $10 for the national economy, most of which stays in the local communities, and our national parks, forests and other public lands attract visitors from all over the world, fueling local economies and supporting an estimated $646 billion national outdoor economy.  Maine’s biggest national park, Acadia, which began as a national monument designated in 1916 by President Wilson with lands donated to the Federal Government, was the nation’s ninth most visited national park last year. In 2015, Acadia National Park attracted close to 3 million visitors, who spent an estimated $247.9 million in local communities. In addition to continuing to support traditional recreational activities such as snowmobiling and hunting, the new national monument will increase public access, help generate local and regional economic activity, and complement additional economic development efforts in the region.

Please contact your local PBS Station

28 Jul

It’s been a busy year so far and there’s LOTS of news to share! The first half of the year was truly a “trip” for us as we travelled all over the place introducing Emma to new audiences from Vermont to Florida. As of this writing, more than 1,800 people have heard Grandma’s tale in six months! Be sure to check our calendar on page 3 for upcoming presentations of all our programs. Of course, the BIG excitement was the PBS premier of TRAIL MAGIC on WOUB/PBS in Athens, Ohio on June 14th! A Big Thank You to Mark Brewer, Loring Lovett and ALL the WOUB staff who made this special event possible. Final steps are being taken to make the film ready for general PBS distribution.

If you’re interested in having this documentary shown on your local station, give them a call and request it.

Contact your local PBS station by August 19th and request recording the show and/or an air date. The link lists all stations who are NETA members, and their call letters on that webpage link to those stations, so you should should be able to find your station contact information.unnamed (1)

All of those stations also received an email from NETA letting them know about the show – but calls and emails can typically be very persuasive! Only stations on the web link are NETA members, so they are the only ones who can schedule the show – I believe they cover about 80% of the country.

So, what happens next? Well, getting to our “Mt. Katahdin” on this Trail means finalizing ways to get Emma’s story out and finding support to do that (Yes, that’s where YOU come in!). There is a special description of all this on page 2 and I hope that you will find your way to join me on this last part of the journey in one way or another. On a personal note, it’s been a wonderful trip walking in Emma’s shoes (at least metaphorically if not physically). I truly admire her survivorship skills and stamina and I know that Peter, Kelly, Anne and the rest of our group who have worked to produce these tributes to her feel the same way. I hope that her story continues to inspire all who come in contact with our projects. Thank you to everyone who helped us along the trail!

We are now launching a fundraising drive to make Grandma Gatewood’s story more accessible to groups and individuals. Emma’s story has a wide appeal and presentations of the storytelling program, play and film have been held in many venues since each of these programs premiered and have been seen by more than 4,000 people! Now our goal is to raise a modest $5,000 in order to:

1. Pay for closed captioning the documentary for PBS.

2. Provide funds for packaging and mailing the DVD. 3

3. Support staff time to research venues, contact and schedule events, design marketing materials and promote all of the Grandma Gatewood programs.

4. Fund duplication of the TRAIL MAGIC DVD that will provide a renewable revenue resource for the Grandma Gatewood project. We welcome any contribution you can give to keep us on our trail. Every dollar will get us closer to our goal of $5,000. Your donation will be appreciated and is tax-deductible since Eden Valley Enterprises is a not-for-profit corporation.

A form is below or you may donate on-line with a credit card at OH — did I mention we have some special thank you gifts for your help? We are also in need of volunteers to help spread the word about this program. If you are able to volunteer some time to help with any type of marketing including social media posting and researching/contacting presentation venues, libraries and resellers of our DVD, please send us an e-mail at

Be sure to check our website to find out how your purchases at Amazon and GoodShop/GoodSearch can also help us! Thanks for all your support.

Can you help? Yes! I want to help get Grandma Gatewood’s story out and my tax-deductible gift is enclosed!

Thru-Hiker ($250+) $________ (receive a free copy of the DVD, TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY, and a copy of the e-book, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER)

Section Hiker ($100 +) $________ (receive a free copy of the DVD of the storytelling program, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER, and the companion e-book)

Weekender ($50 +) $________ (receive a free copy of the e-book, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO’S LEGENDARY HIKER)

Hiker’s Friend ($25+) $________

Other $ ______

NAME:____________________________________________________________ADDRESS:__________________________________________________________CITY: ____________________________ STATE: ____ ZIP: ____________

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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 ( , 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…/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!