GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER
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In 1955, when she was 67 years old (and had already raised 11 children), Emma Gatewood became the first woman to ever thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail solo! Before she died in 1973 she had hiked the AT several times, completed hikes in Oregon, Vermont and Pennsylvania. She was a charter member of the Buckeye Trail Association which has The Grandma Gatewood Trail named after her.
Emma is the subject of our newest project. In November, 2011 we premiered a storytelling program about this amazing woman and now we continue working with filmaker Peter Huston to complete the project by creating a PBS documentary about her. We are in the process of raising funds to do a video and a first-person character program about this remarkable Ohioan. Watch our documentary tailer produced by FilmAffects. We now have a special Facebook page for our documentary where you can get up-to-date information about the film. Like It and stay in the loop!
Don't miss TRAIL MAGIC presented by 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. at The Balch Street Theatre, 220 S Balch St in Akron. This one-act play, which tells the story of Emma's life from her perspective, played to sold-out audiences in August of 2014. If you missed it then you won't want to miss it now! After the Sunday Matinee performance stay for the Trail Angels Reception at 3:30 p.m. to help raise money for our PBS documentary about Grandma Gatewood.
For tickets and information about TRAIL MAGIC or the Trail Angels Reception, please call (330) 612-3090 or purchase tickets online!
Magic the PBS documentary will have it's premiere showing on Friday, May
29, 2015 at TrueNorth
Cultural Arts; 4530 Colorado Avenue; Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054.
At 7p.m. the "Red Carpet" goes out followed by a 7:30p.m. presentation
of the documentary which will be followed by a meet/greet/talkback with
the documentary staff including director, Peter Huston and writer Kelly
Boyer Sagert. The evening will conclude with a wine and cheese reception.
For ticket information call the center at (440) 949-5200.
For complete information of performanes of our storytelling program, one-act play or documentary presentations, check our calendar of events regularly.
Additional information about the project:
"With An Old Woman's Grace" a song about Emma by Mike Petee.
Trail Magic, 2013 program information and pictures.
See pictures about Emma and her life:
Related Information (articles, interviews, excerpts of the story and other interesting information)
Comments about our storytelling program.
Letters of Support for our documentary project.
Purchase our E-book about Emma by Bette Lou Higgins and Kelly Boyer Sagert. Emma's daughter Lucy Seeds told us, "Bette Lou and Kelly: You did an excellent job on Mama's Bio. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I found no fault. Thank you. Lucy" (read an excerpt)
Purchase our DVD produced
by FilmAffects of the storytelling program about Emma along with a copy
of our documentary trailer and the Kickstarter Video -- $11.99. Pay with
PayPal using the button below or download
an order form to pay with a check.