Upcoming Events

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk ~ Discussion & Slide Show

Monday, October 24th @ 6:30 via Zoom

Monday, October 24th, join us for a gathering that is part discussion of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery and part slide show & stories from Leslie Kellogg, who hiked the Appalachian Trail solo in its entirety a few years ago.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail is the incredible story of Emma Gatewood, who hiked the Appalachian Trail for her first time (of three) at the age of 67, sans a sleeping bag, tent, and many other necessities. The book follows Gatewood’s hike from Georgia to Maine, which she embarked upon solo without telling her family, and without many of the supplies present day hikers consider absolutes. The book also shares stories from the life Gatewood left behind, reinforcing in the reader’s mind the resilience of this amazing woman; and a third facet, which talks about what was happening in the world-at-large while Grandma Gatewood was on the trail.

Leslie Kellogg, a 1982 PVRS graduate who hiked the AT solo in 2019, was bestowed the moniker “Mama Bird” by her fellow hikers whose paths intertwined with hers. Leslie will be sharing photos from her journey, and the stories that go with them. Questions will be welcomed and encouraged.

If you would like to join us for this Zoom gathering, just send an e-mail to cushmanlibrary@gmail.com requesting the link, with “Gatewood” as the subject line.