what our premier audience had to say about "Trail Magic"
Verhoff (History Fund Grant Manager & Historical Marker Coordinator,
"Trail Magic shares with the rest of the world and outstanding
story that hikers of the Appalachian Trail and most other hikers
already know, that of Grandma Emma Gatewood. As a
senior citizen she hiked the length of the Appalachian Trail three
times, an inspirational feat when most of us today are more concerned
with getting the parking spots closest to the entrances of the
buildings well enter! ... thanks, too, for using your organizational
grant to make such an uplifing film about Grandma Gatewood. It's
projects like yours that makes grant making so rewarding."
"It was such a wonderful film!"
wife told me we were going to a show. So I thought I would catch
some ZZZ while my wife watched, but to my amazement it was very
interesting. I started watching it and missed my nap but I didn't
mind after I got interested. She was one tough woman and if you
don't see it YOUR (sic) MISSING OUT IN (sic) A GREAT SHOW
"PS : I guess I should listen to my wife more often."
was a part of the two day festivities of the Grandma Gatewood
storytelling event and the premier of the documentary Trail
Magic the story of Grandma Gatewood. Both events were wonderful.
I especially feel that the storytelling program for Grandma Gatewood
is a great way to introduce the audience to this remarkable person.
program sets the stage for the documentary of Trail Magic.
It is a more personal account of her life and how she came to
[the] point of making this epic journey. It sets the tone and
the background for the documentary. The storyteller makes you
feel a part of Grandma Gatewood and her life
she brings her
to life, right before your eyes and ears with words and pictures!
seeing the storytelling program and then seeing the documentary,
I think they go hand in hand and truly complement each other!
The documentary not only tells her story of determination but
also frames her story with interviews from people that hike the
Appalachian Trail and of course know of her and her accomplishment
but also with interviews from her relatives makes it much more
personal and wonderful to hear.
Her story is important to be heard because of what she endured
through her marriage, domestic abuse and to see that not only
was she a survivor but that she also accomplished something that
had never been done before by a woman and the age of 67! She hiked
the Appalachian Trail! Not only once but several times. And if
that wasnt enough she also completed the Oregon Trail. And
helped to establish the Buckeye Trail!
It is a story of survival, independence and determination
see and hear her story makes one feel that we too can accomplish
.whatever they may be in our lives!
We just have to have the gumption and the determination of Grandma
Gatewood! A story for EVERYONE to hear and see!"
learned so much and was happily entertained! Emma's story was
important to tell because she has been a huge inspiration for
through hikers and women. Telling her story gave me a new understanding
and appreciation of the Appalachian trail and the magic that can
happen there." (Alethea was one of our singers for the
& I want to thank you for a spectacular documentary on the
first solo hike by Grandma Gatewood. What an inspiration especially
to those of us that are aging & to recognize how important
exercise is at any age. Keep up the good work & we look forward
to your next production."
was a great night! The movie was very good. The story of Emma
Gatewood is compelling and the movie did an excellent job of telling
about her life. The reception was a nice way of getting everyone
together to learn more about the process of making the movie."
documentary was a well balance[d] piece of film that captures
the past and present. ... I left inspired, informed, saddened
by her struggles, yet strengthened at the same time by her faith,
tenacity and persevering character. The acting was wonderful,
the interviews with the family were tastefully done, the script
was well written and thought out, the landscape was gorgeous and
the music lent to the spirit of the whole story. Great work! This
documentary should be seen by all. Emma Gatewood is a great role
model for all who will and have struggled through great adversity
and came out on the other side victorious." (Foster was
one of the singers in the film)
Kay Hoebake: "I thought her
story was inspirational. She did it before women were considered
able to do something like that and she was not young. Even though
she had a difficult life, she was not worn out. She had been challenged
by hardships but took on a very difficult challenge for her hobby!
I don't know where she got her strength, stamina, determination
and courage. I admire her for not giving up and for not letting
her abusive husband take away her spirit. She was a trailblazer
and was not afraid to show her artistic side with her poetry.
She was so resourceful and is a folk heroine whose story should
not be forgotten. Her healing ways for others reminds me of the
native Americans as well as her reverence for nature. I wonder
what her mother and grandmother were like and what they accomplished.
I think she serves as a role model for young and old alike, male
Lou Will wrote
to our Grandma Gatewood, Anne McEvoy,:
evening Sylvia and I went to True North for the premiere of 'Trail
Magic'. At the church where I am now serving part-time, one of
our members is Kelly Boyer Sagert, who was the researcher and
writer for that production, so we were all there to support her.
then, when the film began, there you were, portraying Grandma
Gatewood! From what I have come to learn about her and her life,
you captured her wonderfully: her honesty, her humor, her determination
and grit. It must have been a good project in which to participate.
I just wanted to drop this note of appreciation for your performance.
Although we don't cross paths very often, I have admired your
work and joyous spirit whenever our paths have intersected.
wishes in upcoming endeavors in theater, and in all your pursuits,
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