Tag Archives: Gatewood

Join us in May

21 Apr

Grandma Gatewood:  Ohio’s Legendary Hiker

Hear the remarkable story of Emma Gatewood at the Rocky River Historical Society meeting on May 8 at 7:00 PM at the Rocky River Senior Center; 21012 Hilliard Boulevard; Rocky River, Ohio. Grandma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955!

Great Lakes Stories

Tuesdays, May 13, 20 & 27, 2014; 2p.m.: come discover the history of the Great Lakes when the Center For Lifelong Learning of Lorain County Community College hosts GREAT LAKES STORIES at The Wesleyan Village at 807 West Avenue in Elyria. Classes are $28.00. For more information and to register call the Center at 440-366-7536.

Stories From Ohio’s Past

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1p.m. come take a trip through Ohio History with Bette Lou Higgins at the Baldwin-Wallace Institute for Learning at Retirement. Hear some stories from the past that will help you appreciate our state’s heritage. Classes will be held at St. Andrews Church in Olmsted Falls. For more information call the institute at 440-286-3188.

Stay up-to-date with our programs by checking our calendar often.  If you’d like to book a program for your group, send us an e-mail!  blhiggins@edenvalleyenterprises.org


Appalachian History features Bette Lou Higgins review of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” by Ben Montgomery

7 Apr

Book Review: ‘Grandma Gatewood’s Walk’

Posted by  | April 7, 2014

Bette Lou Higgins

Please welcome guest book reviewer Bette Lou Higgins. Higgins, Artistic Director of Eden Valley Enterprises, is working to document Emma Gatewood’s life with a storytelling program, e-book, one-act play and PBS documentary. The project is being undertaken by Eden Valley, FilmAffects and WGTE/PBS. Bette Lou says that whenever she tells the story of Emma Gatewood her audiences are always inspired – even if it’s just to take a walk around the block!


When I was in 11th grade at Garfield Heights Senior High School in Garfield Heights, OH, I had an English teacher – Mr. Toneff. We did quite a bit of writing in his class and Mr. Toneff had a mantra: “V.S.D.!” Vivid Specific Detail… for writing to be good, it had to have V.S.D.

Mr. Toneff would love Ben Montgomery. His new book, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, has A LOT of V.S.D.

To read the rest of Bette Lou’s review go to:


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 —