Join us for pizza, drinks, and a show as we explore the film "Trail Magic", featuring Grandma Gatewood - the first solo female Appalachian Trail thru-hiker! Guest speakers include Ron Tipton, Executive Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Peter Huston, Film Producer of Trail Magic; Marjorie Wood, Grandma Gatewood's great-granddaughter; Stacey Kozel, 2,000-miler; and Ramona Conley, Grandma Gatewood's childhood friend. Also come see the largest collection of Grandma Gatewood memorabilia including photos, letters, and her famous red beret.
This membership drive is open to everyone, including members and non-members of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). All current members will receive a free gift membership with each admission ticket to help spread the love of the A.T.
This event is presented by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Dayton Hikers, and Five Rivers MetroParks. All raffle prizes have been donated by Dayton Hikers, Roads Rivers & Trails, Benchmark Outfitters, Great Miami Outfitters, and Metro Dayton Hikers.
Tickets are available at the door. Tickets are $40.00 each (no coupon codes will be accepted). Cash and credit cards are accepted.
- One ticket to see the film "Trail Magic"
- Viewing of Grandma Gatewood's memorabillia collection
- *A one-year, individual membership, to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Regular price is $40.
- One mug of White Blaze Ale (alcoholic) or one mug of Grandma Gatewood Cream Ale (non-alcoholic).
- Slice of pizza.
- A raffle ticket to win fabulous prizes.
*Current members can give a gift membership to a friend or family member. Offer cannot be combined with membership renewals. Gift membership form will be provided the day of the event.
**Additional beer, pizza and raffle tickets will be sold during the event.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Emma "Grandma" Gatewood's story speaks to the courageous, undaunted spirit of Appalachian people everywhere. Emma was born in 1887 at Raccoon Creek, Gallia County Ohio; she was one of 15 children. At 19 she married Perry Clayton Gatewood, a teacher. After 32 years of spouse abuse, raising eleven children, she divorced Perry, Emma decided she needed another challenge. When she read about the Appalachian Trail in National Geographic she discovered that no woman had ever hiked the entire trail alone so she decided to BE that woman. In 1955, at 67 Emma was the first woman to solo hike the AT. This was no small feat! She became known as "Grandma" Gatewood. Sports Illustrated featured her story and she was interviewed on "NBC Today" and Groucho Marx' Show. Her story raised the veil on cultural barriers including age and sex discrimination.
- 6:00pm - Doors open. Check in. Beer, pizza, and browse Grandma Gatewood memorabilia collection.
- 7:30pm - Remarks by Ron Tipton, Executive Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Peter Huston, Film Producer of Trail Magic; Stacey Kozel, 2,000-miler; and Ramona Conley, Grandma Gatewood's childhood friend.
- 7:45pm - Showing of the Trail Magic movie.
- 8:35pm - Remarks by Marjorie Wood - Grandma Gatewood's great-granddaughter.
- 8:50pm - Raffle drawing. Winner must be present to win.
GRANDMA GATEWOOD MEMORABILIA
The following items will be on display during the program:
- Red Beret
- Childhood Photos
- Handwritten Poems
- Quilt made by her
- Her Wedding Dress Collar
- Letters and Correspondence
- Memorabilia From Her Oregon Trail Hike
- Magazines and Newspaper Articles from Appalachian, Oregon and Buckeye Trails.
- And More!
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? NEED MORE INFO? CONTACT US!
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy: [email protected] - www.appalachiantrail.org
- Dayton Hikers - Andy Niekamp - [email protected] - 937-475-5417 - www.daytonhikers.org
- Five Rivers MetroParks - Angie Sheldon - [email protected] - 937-275-7275 - www.metroparks.org