Hosting various events all year round

Get your Woolly Mammoth on when we host various events such as tea tastings at 136 E. Broadway, downstairs in the historic Masonic Hall, and at our various vendors.

Current Events

Kick off the first week with us on January First Friday with August Christian and John Floridis, Jan 5, 5-8pm!

August Christian

August Christian was born on the South Side of Chicago on July 2, 1950.  He served almost four years in Vietnam, doing long range reconnaissance patrol and received many awards including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, and the Bronze Star, among others. But the war took its toll on Christian: he was exposed to Agent Orange, was wounded several times, and has been diagnosed with PTSD.

Rather than inhibiting his creative energies, his trauma served to impel his military experiences into art as displayed in his marble sculptures, his intricate mysterious collages, as well as in his stone reliefs, small models, and drawings. August left New York City when he lost his apartment to big-financed realtors and moved to Missoula. He was on scholarship at the Art Students League from 1979 to 1985 and studied privately under Jose De Creeft.

When asked about his general view on art, August quotes Henry Moore: “Art is like a vast bowl and you can take out whatever you want. The only rule is that you have to place back something that wasn’t there before.” You may view much of his work at  www.augustchristian.com

John Floridis

John Floridis
John Floridis

John Floridis, Missoula, Montana based guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer has been a resident in the “Big Sky” state since 1993 having moved there from the strong shouldered, down-but-never-out city of Cleveland, Ohio. He has released 7 recordings mixing bluesy, folk-rock vocal tunes with adventurous solo acoustic guitar compositions including two very popular winter themed recordings “December’s Quiet Joy” and “The Peaceful Season.” His most recent recording is “Live From 11th and Grant”, the soundtrack from his Northwest Emmy Award winning performance for the Montana PBS program of the same name. The recording features drummer Ed Stalling and bassist John Sporman who combine with Floridis to form the John Floridis Trio.

John has been named Missoula’s best musician by the Missoula Independent and remains a consistent finalist in that category. He has performed for over two decades at numerous concert series, festivals and music clubs in the Western region. He has consistently been among the winners of the International Acoustic Music Association’s awards for instrumental composition. John has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Shawn Colvin, Derek Trucks, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Patty Larkin.

For over 20 years John has been the producer and host of Montana Public Radio’s weekly feature Musician’s Spotlight for 20 years. The program is a multiple winner of the Montana Broadcasters Award for Best Non-Commercial Program.

Prior to his full time career in music, John worked with emotionally troubled youth as a registered music therapist and clinical social worker both in Ohio and Montana. Find out more at: www.johnfloridis.com

Join us for a tea tasting at Luckys Market in Billings, Friday, December 8 from 3-7pm. Thank you, Luckys Market, for becoming our newest wholesale account in Billings!

Tea Tasting
Tea Tasting

First Friday with Ashley Meyora and John Kratz- Dec 1, 5-8pm

Skin Deep 4- Ashley Meyora
Skin Deep 4- Ashley Meyora

In a dance between artist, paint, and surface, Ashley Meyora skillfully responds to the cyclical nature of life and her personal patterns of reflection by adding and subtracting layers. By also using a variety of materials the result is complex and moving.

Meyora received a BFA in painting and a secondary teaching license from UMT in 2017. Her work will up for the month of December. More information about Meyora’s work can be found here: https://www.ashleymeyora.com/

 

John Kratz
John Kratz

Joining her is eclectic local musician John Kratz on guitar. From folk to improv jazz to latin beats, Kratz offers a unique and talented mixture of original tunes. He is also likely to have a few local musicians (playing mandolin, violin, and/or hand-drums) on stage as well. His music with the band, Benevolent Linden, can be heard at: https://www.reverbnation.com/benevolentlinden

UM Logo
UM Logo

LMTC will have tea for tasting on the University of Montana Oval Friday, Nov 17 from 3-7pm. Stop by to warm up and try something new!

Elephant FriendlyTM Certified Tea
Elephant FriendlyTM Certified Tea

Taste the first Elephant FriendlyTM certificatied tea and learn about the group behind the certication program – the University of Montana’s Broader Impacts group. Sponsored by Caffe Dolce & Lake Missoula Tea Company.

Where – Caffe Dolce, 500 Brooks St, Missoula, Montana 59801

Saturday Nov 18, at 2 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Join us for a heart-felt night of art and music with Britt Felgate and Joey Runnning Crane First Friday, November 3rd from 5-8pm.

Beauty in simplicity is a primary theme of Britt Felgate’s direct and powerful pen and ink drawings. Felgate, who hails from North Woodstock, New Hampshire, has been working as a local tattoo artist for the last six years. In her tattoo work and drawings, Felgate gravitates towards the bold and straight-forward forms of traditional tattoo work. Finding grounding in simple imagery, she seeks to portray complicated ideas and emotions with minimal, direct imagery. Her drawings will be on display for the month of November.

Joining her is talented local musician, Joey Running Crane. His songs have been described by New York Times Bestseller author, Jamie Ford, as “much-needed throwback to a time when singer-songwriters carved their words out of anger and tragedy, and the broken pieces of a polite society. Like a rez-born Dylan or a young Tom Waits, these songs channel a soul much older, darker, and wiser than his actual years.”

Missoula First Friday world travel
Missoula First Friday world travel

Join us for some late night tea at Lake Missoula Tea Co.!  Friday, Oct. 6, 5-8pm for a Missoula First Friday Event.

The passion of travel and street photography reveals fleeting and candid shots which are often eluding us quickly like a mist of smoke. Opportunity comes quickly and unannounced.

Aaron Windell will show his photography “Around the World in 50 Days” with travel shots taken from a life changing trip circling over five continents:

Arizona – Morocco – Czech Republic – UAB – Sri Lanka – Malaysia – Australia

Tea, snacks, and good conversation provided.  See you there!”

Bitaco and LMTC
Bitaco and LMTC

Celebrate Lake Missoula Tea Company’s 5 Year Anniversary with:  Tea Sustainability – What it looks & tastes like in the “New” tea origin – Colombia

Thursday Oct. 5, 7 – 9 pm at the Public House next door to Lake Missoula Tea Company

Learn about Bitaco, Colombia’s first and only tea farm that is blossoming from its 55 year old parent tea plantation.  Growing tea in the high, Andean mountains, a colorful story emerges.  Decades of persistance, respect for local wildlife, people and landscape all nestle under a strong committment to sustainable agricultural growth and community development.

Three Bitaco represetatives – Santiago, Andres, and Juan – will present and be available to attendees.

Taste 5 teas – Andean Princess, Cacao Kisses, Sweet Colombian, Mist Forest (Formerly Cloud Forest Green), and Coffee Kisses

Suggested donation $5.

John Meyer
John Meyer

John Meyer Photo Exhibit for First Friday, Sept 1, 5-8pm:

John Meyer is the Executive Director of the Bozeman-based Cottonwood Environmental Law Center. He is a graduate of UM and decided to go to law school after working for the Flathead National Forest. John’s photography is inspired by the people, forests, water and wildlife he seeks to protect. U.S. Senator Steve Daines called one of John’s recent legal victories for the Endangered Species Act  “disastrous.”
 Playing will be the The Irish Session; a local Missoula band headed up by Laura Lundquist.
Elephant herd
Elephant herd, Photo Credit: Anshuma Basumatary, Bodo Tribal Youth

The Story of Elephant Friendly Tea: A Photo Exhibition and Tea Tasting:  Friday, June 2, 2017, 5-8 pm at Lake Missoula Tea Company, 136 E. Broadway, Downtown Missoula (next door to the Public House)

Join the University of Montana Broader Impacts Group and Lake Missoula Tea Company to enjoy free Elephant Friendly Tea samples, ethnic snacks from tea lands, and view a photography exhibit featuring globally endangered Asian elephants who frequent the tea plantations of North East India. In this exhibit, rural villagers from tea growing communities in India were provided with cameras to share their visual stories of the daily struggles and beauty of life in one of the world’s last remaining strongholds of endangered wild Asian elephants. The photos will be on display through the month of June at Lake Missoula Tea Company.

The Elephant Friendly Tea project is sponsored by the University of Montana Broader Impacts Group in partnership with the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. The project aims to promote wildlife conservation through business enterprise, including a tea certification program for tea growers who want to support elephant conservation and expand their sales to consumers interested in supporting elephant conservation. This project engages tea-growing communities in reducing human-elephant conflict and changing tea production practices to make them safer for elephants. Elephants encounter a number of hazards associated with conventional tea production, from poisonings to electrocutions to irrigation ditch injuries.

Lake Missoula Tea Company is the first business globally to sell Elephant FriendlyTM Tea. Beyond supporting safer tea growing practices, tea sales support conservation on the ground in the communities where the tea is grown.
Contact: Lisa Mills, University of Montana Broader Impacts Group
(406)243-5272 or (406)370-4052, [email protected]