Updates: Covid 2020-2021 Event Announcements

End of the Olympus Leather Contest?

From the desk of Vonn Tramel, Owner Olympus Leather

In May of 2019 Olympus Leather Hosted some fantastic folks in Chicago for Olympus Leather Weekend 2019.  Among them was Laura Antoniou who was kind enough to take my money and give a keynote address of her choosing "whether I liked what she had to say or not".  Little did she know, that I had been pondering some of the things she had to say. 

Why weren't events focusing on artists and authors?  Why were events SOOOOO focused on "just contests"? After all, titleholders "should" be doing SOMETHING...What were they actually doing?  I'd been having trouble answering that very question for the 6 years I'd been involved with Olympus Leather beyond traveling, teaching (teaching what?), and raising money (for what and did I KNOW the charities were getting their money? and that raised more questions than I had time to ponder).

WELP....2020 gave me A LOT of time to think about whether or not a pageant was the way to continue.  December 31, 2020, I made the decision and put out the word to Regional and Local Olympus Leather Producers that we were killing the pageant system as we knew it.  I have ideas.  Ideas for the way we pick future titleholders, the way we present our events, the way we utilize this family to promote our chosen charities, and the way we choose our charities.  The whole thing needed a good scrub and re-work.

In February 2021 a group of individuals comprised of Olympus Leather Former Titleholders, close family members, and Producers sat in on the first committee meeting to hear what I had to say.  Some liked it, some are still (as of May) not certain about the changes...I am CERTAIN that we'll come out the other side of this thing better for it.

I'm not ready to spill all the beans just yet, but we have chosen the date for the next event and I hope you'll join us for OLW 2021 Online.  This won't be just another Zoom Conference.  We'll have curated virtual museum displays and vendors marts where you can autonomously stroll through at your leisure, the Leather Quilt will be on virtual display as well.  Performances on the main stage by our community for our community, a special table reading of Laura Antoniou's Killer short "A SPICE Oddity".  NO Contest (this year) NO Classes, NO Auction. Chat roulette...and so much more is being planned!  And it's all FREE.  Registration will be opening soon.



Olympus Leather Weekend, FREE VIRTUAL JULY 24, 2021 Info updated weekly at OlympusLeather.com
 
Midwest Olympus Leather, Ohio - Next event TBD check midwestolympus.com for updates
 
Central Canada Olympus Leather, Ottawa, ON Canada - Next event TBD check centralcanadaolympus.com for updates
 
 
Great Plains Olympus Leather, Dallas, TX - Next event TBD check greatplainsolympus.com for updates.
 
 
Olympus Leather producers have agreed that all events should if not already postponed be monitored closely through September 2021.  
 
Updates about all Olympus Leather events will be at the top of each of their website homepages.

Southeast Olympus Leather History

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Southeast Olympus Leather Region Retired & Re-organized

May 21, 2016

For Immediate Release:

Effective Immediately: The Southeast Olympus Leather Region will no longer be affiliated with International Olympus Leather.  Producer Insatiable Amazon has decided that "Southeast Olympus Leather will no longer support or be affiliated with International Olympus Leather."  The Producer's retirement comes after failing to come to an agreement with regards to the new owner's Sponsorship Agreement.  All other regions have signed the new agreement and have scheduled their contests and met with or are in the process of meeting all the requirements outlined.

Due to the vacancy created by the long-time producer Vonn Tramel, owner of International Olympus Leather, has decided to reorganize the region into two separate regions.  Florida Olympus Leather, and Southern States Olympus Leather will be created and are seeking producers effective immediately.

Regional Olympus Leather Contest Schedules are:

May 21, 2016 - The final Southeast Olympus Leather Contest

July 8-9, 2016 - Great Plains Olympus Leather at the Dallas Eagle, Dallas, TX

July 29-31, 2016 - Central Canada Olympus Leather, Ottowa, Canada

Aug 28, 2016 - West Coast Olympus Leather, San Diego, CA

Dec 3-4, 2016 - Midwest Olympus Leather, Indianapolis, IN

 

Winners of each contest are eligible to compete at International Olympus Leather Weekend in San Diego, CA. The contest weekend will be held May 5-7, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton on Front Street in Downtown San Diego, CA.

Hotel and Event Registration for the weekend opened May 15. Early bird pricing is only available through Regional Producers.

OlympusLeather.com/Registration

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