one-act play about Grandma Gatewood by Kelly Boyer Sagert was first presented
The " Trail Magic Festival" took place August 22 - 25, 2013. Our thanks to all who participated. The hikes and poetry workshop and reading were great fun and the two performances of "Trail Magic" were presented to virtually sold-out houses! (Read some audience comments about "Trail Magic")
Eden Valley wants to thank Anne McEvoy (Emma Gatewood), Kathie Dice (Emily Watson/Narrator), Rick Fortney (Director), Kelly Boyer Sagert (author), Natalie McCarthy (Social Worker/Discussion Leader) and the entire staff of TrueNorth and the Lorain County Metro Parks for all their hard work in presenting this Festival.
We also want to thank all who participated in the various events throughout the weekend.
summary of the activities of the Festival appear below.
AUGUST 22, 2013 ~ Emma wrote poetry throughout her life. As
a fitting tribute, we opened festivities with a
Nature Poetry Workshop led by writer Kelly
Boyer Sagert (author of the new first-person character program about
Emma Gatewood premiering Saturday, August 25) and poet
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013 ~ There was a Senior Physical Fitness Hike in the morning and the play had its Premier presentation of the play, TRAIL MAGIC*, that evening followed by a discussion on Mental Health & Self-Esteem (including domestic abuse), led by Natalie McCarthy, MSW, LSW. An encore presentation of TRAIL MAGIC closed the night.
The weekend also
included an exhibit about The Buckeye Trail and a Quilt Show by the Lorain
County Piecemakers to honor Emma's quilting activities.
*This play was later retitled "Emma Gatewood: Are You Out Of Your Bloomin' Mind?! (An Appalachian Tale)"
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grateful to ALL our supporters!
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