Here's a new update from Elise.
Treatments for her cancer are underway.
Thank you for checking out this GoFundMe page
Here's a new update from Elise.
Treatments for her cancer are underway.
Thank you for checking out this GoFundMe page
An update from Elise.
An echo of gratitude...
We have some news to share.
We Got This Campaign. UPDATE 1: Elise Fights Cancer A recent biopsy indicates Elise has a diagnosis of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. This is a highly aggressive and abnormal breast cancer for which there is no targeted treatment yet. This community sourcing of resources is our way to hel...
Adventure Grass Music Festival just announced Sierra Hull and Molly Tuttle Duo!
Plan your adventure at bit.ly/AdventureGrass2018
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!
Thank you all for these years of laughter and love. We love you and we never would have nor could have done it without you!
Warming up for tonight with Funk You!
See you on Saturday!
Here’s your chance to win tickets to next weekends farewell shows!
SHARE & TAG YOUR FRIENDS TO WIN 2 TICKETS!!!!!!!!
Join us for the Mad Tea Party Farewell Jam at The 8x10 on 6/16 & 17 right before we endure the longest tour in Dirty Grass history. This is our last hometown show till Hot August friends. We will be going as far as Colorado for Telluride Bluegrass Battle of the Bands Contest! Grab Tickets: https://bit.ly/2Jt2P8w #DirtyTeaandTour
Get your tickets for next weekend! Join us at the Mad Tea Party Farewell Jam at The 8x10 for a little bit of friends, a little bit of jam and a whole lot of love, with The Dirty Grass Players, Funk You, Austin Litz and Friends, featuring members of LITZ, and Electric Love Machine.
Tickets for Saturday: https://tinyurl.com/yaekev9y
Tickets for Sunday: https://tinyurl.com/yd65rbvm
The June 2018 issue of The Jamwich is here, and it's a very special The Mad Tea Party Jam Farewell issue. We catch up with some of the artists who made it magical--visual artists Leslie Caneda and Ashton Hill, and musician Alric Carter of TAUK. We reminisce of musical memories and how it all began.
This issue is already running out fast - do not wait to order yours: http://www.thejamwich.com/product/jamwich-issue-74/
OR Buy a subscription! http://www.thejamwich.com/…/appalachian-jamwich-annual-sub…/
The Jamwich Issue 74, June 2018
Our friend and fellow festival organizer Max Stone of Yonderville Music & Arts Festival 2018 is putting together an event full of community and love this July 5-8, 2018. The Jamwich interviewed him about the hard work and passion it takes to make such a festival happen.
Written by Elise Olmstead It’s always so refreshing to see a new small festival pop up – and the positive vision of Yonderville’s organizer Max Stone makes it even more exciting. Coming at a time when the festival calendar is starting to slim down, it is an interesting time to introduce a new ...
The Mad Tea Party Jam
Looking for another small festival to be a part of? Join our friends at Beardfest June 14-16 in Hammonton, NJ. Tickets are available at www.beardfest.net
Let's gather for one last farewell for the end of a chapter, but the story will live on. Join us at Mad Tea Party Farewell Jam at The 8x10
There’s no Mad Tea Party, but there is this! Three wonderful nights at ACE Adventure Resort of Adventure Grass Music Festival!
Our friend S Troy Pemberton of G. Dads online booth has put this very special pin into production today - the Unstoppable Taco! He had these words to say:
"So in the wake of finding out something magical was done for me and my family, I feel compelled to tell you guys about something that went into production today!
This pin is called "the Unstoppable Taco"
If you know Taco this pin needs no explanation if you don't know Taco let me tell you a quick story about who he is.
This is a guy that in the middle of a festival shortly after a hail storm while people's art and rented tents were literally being destroyed. I saw him in the trenches carrying, pulling, lifting, praying, and crying tears of joy that no one was hurt. And in the middle of that...he came over and asked how my foot was, because he knew that my foot was hurting when I had arrived. Totally unrelated to the storm, and absolutely irrelevant to the situation. But he remembered something that simple at a time where moments earlier people were questioning whether or not they were going to live or die... sounds ridiculously dramatic but it's true..
Anyway.. they've been through some stuff the past couple years that would have beaten down most people, and they've been beaten up more than one time.. relentlessly, but they keep going and they keep showing nothing but positivity. (even though I know it's wearing thin)..
But they keep showing love and continuing to remain active even though there's a lot of personal things going on that we don't even know about... remember everybody has a story.
So, with that I introduced a shiny sparkly Taco that runs off music love and peace! Spiraling always upward!! (proceeds from this pin will go directly to Taco and Elise to help with their personal expenses and help them recover some of their losses.)..
The only difference that pjctured is it will be an le200 and rubber backs.
Watch for updates soon"
An update on refunds - in order to stay completely transparent and quell anyone's worries (please read all the way through):
Friday I was able to process many refunds until our bank's fraud detection kicked in because of the high amounts of money being charged to our card - which resulted in a block on that card. When I managed to take the block off via my bank's customer service and it still wasn't processing any more refunds, a call to Eventbrite told us that it would take 24 hours for the block to be lifted.
Saturday I began refunding people again as soon as the 24 hour mark hit. After quite a few refunds, a block was once again put on my card and the banks were closed and unavailable to help me.
Today (Monday) I once again began refunding people and thought the problem was resolved, until my card was blocked once again. After a call to the bank, it came to light that there is a spending limit on that card/account that I have to request to be raised/lifted in person at my local branch. Once again, though, I have to wait 24 hours for the block to be lifted.
Tomorrow I will be going to the bank to request the spending limit be raised so that I can take care of this once and for all. All that we want to do is getting everyone refunded and taken care of, so this has been stressful to say the least.
Because our refund policy before cancellation was "no refunds," some people are having trouble requesting one. In that case, just send a message to the Mad Tea Party Jam page, or Elise, and I will look up your ticket manually and refund you that way.
Remember that it is a real person (ME) clicking that refund button and processing your order, just like when you bought the ticket. The process is not automated and can be slow. Some people have been adding very sweet notes of love and condolences with their refund request - thank you. Many of them brought tears to my eyes.
Some people have told us personally that they will not be requesting a refund - this is not at all necessary but so very kind and appreciated. Because we already paid for many services, deposits, etc, before the venue broke contract and we were forced to cancel- we are paying thousands of dollars out of pocket to get everyone refunded. We understand this is necessary to make things right and comes as a risk of the job.
Thank you again for your kindness and patience. We love you.
For anyone currently waiting for a refund approval - the first round of refunds have been processed successfully, but we are currently having technical difficulties that Eventbrite is telling us will take 24 hours to resolve. Rest assured that we have the funds and are working diligently to refund your money. Thank you everyone who has been so kind and patient throughout this process.
With both great sadness and great anticipation, we are announcing a full cancellation of The Mad Tea Party Jam. We cannot express to you enough how much we have appreciated your patience, support, thoughtful words and unabashed willingness to make an ordinary couple, feel so abundantly cared for. We thank you.
After spending the last two weeks exploring options, seeking advice and navigating possibilities, we simply could not find an alternative that would deliver the value expected of our festival. While we do have some plans for June 14-17, we do not want to delay people lives and plans any longer. We will be having some gatherings that weekend, but until we are granted the proper permits, we can neither announce nor do we feel it is right, to continue holding your tickets.
Our friends and family LITZ will be taking over these dates in 2019 with their very own festival The LITZ Get Down which we will be working closely together on. There will be no stopping us from spreading the LOVE we have with our family nor do we plan on simply moving on from this community we have become a part of. Our family will live on, we will simply be carrying on in a different format.
We love you all so very deeply and there are not enough words to express the impact you have made on Elise and I. There are so many great memories and too much LOVE we have shared together as a community to not remember...
“You know it's the dream of a memory of a life, I know we used to lead.
You know it's the songs we sing and the love you bring are gonna set me free.”
~ Carry Me Back Home ~ The Werks
You can request a refund through Eventbrite and we will approve your request. Funds are usually back into your bank account within 24 hours. We will probably be dealing with a lot of refund requests, so we thank you for your patience as we approve them all. If you have any trouble just send us a message and we'll be glad to help.
In true fashion of community collaboration, Beardfest is offering a special promo code to the Mad Tea Party Jam family. If you use promo code MADTEAPARTY when buying a Beardfest ticket, you will receive 10% off. Beardfest will also be giving Mad Tea Party Jam a small amount of proceeds when this code is used in an effort to off-set our losses we incurred in this cancellation. Just follow this link and it will take you to a page where the code is already entered: https://beardfest2018.eventbrite.com/?discount=MADTEAPARTY
G. Dads online booth will also be creating a limited edition pin to commemorate the closing of this chapter and help raise funds. We will keep you updated on its production and availability to order.
It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce to you that The Mad Tea Party Jam, in its current form, must be cancelled due to the venue pulling out of its contractual obligations for the event. We lacked any and all foresight of this even being a possibility.
For seven years now, Elise and I have sought to create an event with the only intention of spreading the value of art, music, culture and the LOVE created as a byproduct of those endeavors. We had never planned on having an event of this magnitude to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but it did become a reality that we have worked tirelessly towards each year for the benefit of each of you.
With that said, we are currently exploring all viable options to move the event to a venue that will match both ours and your expectations of quality for this event. These options will not create a clear path to move forward until April 27th at the earliest. When we do have a clear path to move forward you will be given the option for a refund of your ticket or you can choose to continue supporting us. This will be the final Mad Tea Party Jam moving forward as we no longer have enough fight left in us to continue this event. This was by no means an easy decision to make nor do we take this decision and how it affects you, our fans, lightly.
We certainly hope that at least one of our options available will inevitably present itself as an opportunity to continue this year. However, for the sake of transparency in lieu of the support you have given us all these years, we felt it would be improper to not inform you of the current state of affairs. Your support has been a light for us to follow throughout the many years of putting together a truly grassroots festival with the intention of cultivating a community built on a foundation of the power of love. We cannot thank you all enough for your unwavering support. Know that the love you have shown us we have tried to reflect back upon this community as often as possible and we know that effort has been both appreciated and reciprocated. Please stay tuned for future announcements in the coming days and we thank you endlessly for the unconditional love you have shown us throughout this journey.
Taco and Elise
P.S. Love ALWAYS finds a way...
The Mad Tea Party Jam
We can't wait to be getting down with friends! Come join us tonight at Bright Box with LITZ and We The People, each attendee is entered to win a free ticket!
Visit the event for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/519166731811072/
Be sure to come out to Bright Box in Winchester, Va for our Mad Tea Party Pre Party with LITZ and We The People! We will be raffling off a ticket, every attendee may enter to win!
The Mad Tea Party Jam was born out of a wedding anniversary and kept alive by a family of like-minded souls. When we are all together on that fateful summer solstice weekend, with the gorgeous moon watching over us, our vibrations sync into a single electric heartbeat. The most captivating aspect of all of it, is that it happened organically and without warning. The event was never a career goal of ours, but yet, it became an iconic part of our life. Born out of these sacred interactions was a motto coined by my incredible husband, Taco -- "Love is an action word. Let's Get Busy."
The imperfect creatures that we are, we may not always act out of love. But rest assured that the job is never done, and there's always time to dust yourself off and get back in the game. Start where you are and get to work. LOVE IS AN ACTION WORD. And it's time for you to shine.
Please join us for another interaction, we enjoy it immensely: www.themadteapartyjam.com
Our visit to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center today got us super excited for all of the sunshine and river adventures coming up in June! Book your activities NOW to make sure they don't run out of space for you. Have you seen the tubing + ziplining package?
Enjoy awesome fun where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet. We offer the best Tubing, Rafting, Zip Lining, and Ropes Course adventures in the region!
We're excited to offer a street team program for The Mad Tea Party Jam in 2018. You can earn a free ticket! Share the love!
Apply here: https://tinyurl.com/ybkndskg
We are excited to invite you to join our team. Please fill out this quick questionnaire. You will be contacted by an Admin of the Mad Tea Party Jam Street Team Page if you have been selected to promote a show. A photo album for you to record all your screenshots, photo's of posters you put up, and p...
The Mad Tea Party Jam is the perfect occasion for costumes!
Mad Tea Party is for lovers
Here it is friends, our final lineup. As promised, we are taking it back to our roots this year, highlighting local talent and celebrating our musical family.
Tickets include camping and access to all workshops, and kids 15 and under are free! Save $$ off the gate price: www.themadteapartyjam.com
Interested in vending at The Mad Tea Party Jam 7 : Family Revival? We are now accepting and reviewing applications!
Check the comments below for the full application, and contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Kids 15 and under are free! Bring the whole family.
Each year, Elise and I forego the traditional wedding anniversary celebration and rather than celebrate for ourselves, our own marriage, we throw a party for illumination.
We choose to cast as much light on artists and musicians trying to break out. We choose to cast light on the vibrant community that enriches all of our lives. We choose to allow people to participate in a community cultivated by LOVE, for LOVE.
Of course, we could’ve just gone on a well deserved vacation, but where’s the fun in that for all of you? Where would Elise and I be without each of you in our lives, in our hearts, together we make all of this happen and for that we thank you!
We are again, at a new venue. They say that home is where the heart is, well, wherever we go with each of you, is where our home will be. This year our theme is Family Revival. You are all members of this family. This family begins and ends with you, the attendee.
Another important reason we have chosen to rename this as The Family Revival is because we have teamed up with LITZ to produce this festival as a family. They have been with us along this road for many years now. We feel that the fit is perfect and will allow you, the attendee, to be a part of even more magic.
All of that said, there are many changes happening this year. We have reduced our ticket prices, we have brought back car camping, our music will start later and end earlier to allow each of you more rest as well.
At our new venue we have been blessed with a myriad of activities and opportunities for each of you to enjoy the natural wonders and explore the fun you can have in Harpers Ferry. This will allow you to both enjoy those activities while NOT missing out on ANY music. Please go to https://harpersferryadventurecenter.com/start-your-adventure/ and register for your activities today. The earlier you register the better as these activities are guaranteed to sell out!
With that being said, our final lineup reveal will be on Friday at noon. Our lineup looks much more like our lineup from year two and we have brought in far more regional talent to get back to our roots. Our production will be without exception, one of the finest while still maintaining the familiarity of a small festival and the integrity of truly being about the community. We can’t wait to see y’all on the river!
With all of our Love,
Taco and Elise
Choose your adventure with Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. We offer awesome River adventures, challenging Ropes Course, & Mountaintop Camps to stay awhile.
37410 Adventure Center Lane
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