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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 http://tinyurl.com/ohiowomenthenandnow

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 —


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: http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/2014events/march/owtnseries.htmSeries Tickets and Single Tickets available

Hey, did you see our facebook for our March Events:  https://www.facebook.com/events/251618014999413/ Pass it around!

Grandma Gatewood’s Bakeless Bake Sale

25 Nov

Belinda Bear invites you to join her for Grandma Gatewood’s Bakeless Bake Sale going on now! Thanksgving Special — purchase Belinda’s Pumpkin Pie for a donation of $25 or more and get a free copy of our DVD, “Grandma Gatewood: Ohio’s Legendary Hiker”! Help make a movie about Hiking Legend Emma Gatewood. Everyone wants to be in the movies!

Buy your piece of pie at  http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/bakeless/gatewoodbakesale.htm
and learn more about our project at  http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/progdesc/gatewood/gtwdinf.htm )

mmm pie

mmm pie

Elyrian raising funds to film a documentary about a woman who didn’t quit!

19 Jul

Steve Fogarty, Chronicle Telegram Online

ELYRIA — When Grandma Emma Gatewood walked the entire 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 1955, she became the first woman to do so by herself.


Emma Rowena Gatewood, better known as Grandma Gatewood, was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail. She did it in 1955 at the age of 67.
She was 67 when she undertook the journey from Maine to Georgia.

Elyrian Bette Lou Higgins, who has told Gatewood’s impressive tale to many area audiences, looks to have lots of help in putting together a series of theatrically themed fundraising events through her Eden Valley Enterprises to generate money to make a $30,000 documentary about Gatewood for a Toledo PBS-TV station.

The project was initially budgeted around $90,000, but because of scheduling conflicts on the part of FilmAffects, a Put-In-Bay production company slated to make the documentary, the budget and scope of the project were scaled back when it was learned that shooting would have to begin on the Gatewood piece by the end of 2013.

“Unless something really makes it worth their while to re-arrange their schedules, or something happens to get us a lot of money in one fell swoop, it doesn’t appear likely (making a $90,000 film),” Higgins said. Funds raised locally will be matched by an Ohio History Fund Grant.



Work on the documentary is expected to extend well into 2014 and videographer Peter Huston wants to include location shooting in Gallia County in southern Ohio where Gatewood was from, and along the Grandma Gatewood Trail in Hocking Hills State Park in nearby Athens County.

“At the very least he plans to get footage in those areas,” Higgins said. “The Gatewood Trail was her favorite place.”
Gatewood is credited with helping to create the 1,400-mile-plus Buckeye Trail.

A determined woman at 5-foot-2 and 120 pounds, Gatewood didn’t back away from daunting challenges.
She had attempted to hike the Appalachian Trail in 1954 but stopped before getting very far after breaking her glasses, getting lost and being rescued by national park rangers.

She tried again in 1955, traversing the trail from May to September without a tent or backpack — taking only what fit in a knapsack and relying on strangers living near the trail for food.
Gatewood’s inspiration for the feat came from a National Geographic magazine story about the famed trail that noted it had never been conquered by a lone woman.
Gatewood hiked the Appalachian Trail twice more before her death in 1973.

While Higgins has undertaken a number of first-person portrayals of notable people, Gatewood will be played by area actress Anne McEvoy for two performances of the TrueNorth Cultural Arts show “Trail Magic” Aug. 24 at French Creek Nature Center. Plans also call for McEvoy to portray Gatewood in the documentary.
The show is written by Lorain writer Kelly Boyer Sagert, author of the sports biography “Baseball’s All-Time Greatest Hitters: Joe Jackson.”
Eden Valley Enterprises and Women Making Moves, a Cleveland-based networking business group, will partner for a series of programs in March 2014 at Lorain County Community College and the three campuses of Cuyahoga County Community College featuring McEvoy, Cathy Dice and Betty Zak, who will depict or discuss famous or infamous women in history, according to Higgins.
At a fundraiser set for June 2014 at Cleveland’s Baseball Heritage Museum, Higgins will present the story of Alta Weiss. “She was a woman whose career began in Vermilion and who put herself through medical school by playing professional baseball on a 1907 men’s team,” Higgins said.



For more “Trail Magic” http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/news0713/trailmagic.htm

KickStarter Thank You!

19 Jan

Today we completed our Kick Starter Campaign for $3500. We want to thank everyone that contributed or shared our project idea about Emma. We have a pending proposal in with the Ohio Humanities Council to provide matching funds for the documentary. We are hopeful they to will support our quest to tell this story. Stay tuned as we begin the process to film this documentary.

Kickstarter Fundraiser

22 Nov


Over the past year Bette Lou Higgins of EVE and I have been researching the story of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, the legendary Appalachian Trail hiker from Ohio. Emma raised 11 children, survived years of domestic abuse, then became the first woman to through hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67. We need your help to tell her amazing story. We are now beginning to raise money to produce a documentary about her life. I hope you will take a moment to read about this project and consider donating to the cause (any donation is gratefully accepted and you can pledge as little as $1! No money will be collected unless we successfully meet our goal of $3,500 by January 19, 2012). Even if you can’t contribute at this time, please pass this message along to your friends with a request for their support! Thank you for all your help with this project. You can find complete information about this project at:

also check out our website at http://www.grandmagatewood.com
Happy Thanksgiving

Peter Huston, Director

Bette Lou Higgins, Producer
Artistic Director
Eden Valley Enterprises