NEXT CHAMBER MEETING GUESTS
At the Chamber's next meeting, February 21, we will be visiting with RNESU Superintendent John Castle and with Brandon Town Economic Development Officer Steve Beck. The meeting is open to all members. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.
|Bernie Carr presenting The Cliver Room |
plaque to Blaine and Mary Cliver
CHAMBER'S PRESIDENT AWARD ANNOUNCED
The Chamber is pleased to announce the recipient of this year's President Award. President Ed Bratton presented the award to Mary and Blaine Cliver at the organization's Annual Meeting on January 28 held at the Lilac Inn. This annual award is presented to a business or individual who makes Brandon a better place to work and live.
|There was lots of warmth and good cheer at the Chamber's Annual Dinner. |
The Clivers retired to Brandon in 2002 and have spent their years here volunteering their time for a variety of organizations and being involved in a number of activities. Blaine Cliver's professional experience proved to be invaluable during the renovation project at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. He gives a lot of his time to helping research and preserve Brandon history and genealogy and was a major contributor to the Brandon Museum. Blaine has also been involved in the Brandon Town Hall renovations. Mary gives generously of her time at the Brandon Free Public Library, sings with the Festival Singers, has been on the Board of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, and helps with landscaping in a variety of places. Both Mary and Blaine are on the Board of the Vermont National Alliance on Mental Illness organiza
|Congratulations to retiring Chamber board member and long-time Treasurer Bob Schmidt |
After being presented with the President's Award, Bernie Carr, President of the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace, Inc., said the Board of Directors of that organization voted to rename the meeting room in the building, "The Cliver Room." A wall plaque was presented which has been hung in the room. The Chamber congratulates Mary and Blaine on this award. For more information contact the Chamber at 247-6401.
ART IN THE SNOW
BRANDON'S WINTER ARTS & WINE FESTIVAL
February 26-27, 2011
Art in the Snow has many exciting and new components this year. Most classes are $25 or under. Open Studios are free.
- The Avant-Gard Dogs Band playing Saturday night, February 26, starting at 7:30 pm at the Brandon Inn. $5 cover charge. Cash bar
- Warren Kimble Gallery Grand Opening Reception on Saturday, February 26 from 4 - 6 pm. 10 Park St.
TAKE A CLASS:
- Learn how to knit mittens with Debbie Kirby
- Paint a mini barrel-stave with Dolores Furnari
- Children's Painting Workshop with Liza Myers
- Painting on board of an image of your own home in the folk art theme with Warren Kimble
- Earring Making with Kristen Varian
- Pizza-making with Chef Robert
- Snowflake-cookie-making with Gourmet Provence pastry chefs
- Make a localvore dinner with Sheri Sullivan
- Food Safety and Protection: Best Practices in Households: Workshop Opportunity
- Art of the Tart with Judy Bunde (SOLD OUT)
VISIT OPEN STUDIOS:
- Judy Reilly
- Joan Curtis
- Stacey Stanhope
- Patty Sgrecci
- Linda Durkee
- Lee Greenewalt
TAKE THE WINE TRAIL:
- Neshobe River Winery at Tastes of the Valley
- East Shore Vineyard at Brandon Artists Guild
- Artesano Mead at Brandon Music
- North Branch Vineyards at Liza Myers Gallery
- Eden Ice Cider at Park Street Gallery
JUST FOR FUN:
- Visit with the Alpacas at Maple View Farm Alpacas
- "Brandon Roadshow" at Antiques By The Falls - Verbal appraisals
- Brandon House Antiques
- Carr's Florist & Gifts
- Park Street Gallery
- Shapiro's Dept. Store
- 4 Conant Interiors
- Lilac Inn
- Inn on Park Street
- 12 Franklin Street
- Rosebelle's Victorian Inn
- Brandon Inn
- Gazebo Inn
Thanks to the Vermont Wine & Grape Council and
Heritage Family Credit Union for helping to sponsor this event.
Art in the Snow 2011 offers an opportunity to experience Brandon, Vermont in a whole new way. Brandon's Art in the Snow is for life-long learners and the curious.
Follow this link for a list of weekend offering and event sponsors
BEAT THE WINTER BLUES
Please feel free to forward the information to your friends and family. Contact the Chamber if you have any questions.
|NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS & THE COMMUNITY; UPCOMING EVENTS|
Community Dinner on Sunday, February 13 at 4:30 pm at Sheri's Diner. Just bring a dish to share and enjoy the company, food and comraderie of other community members.
Wine Tastings Friday, Feb. 11 and Friday, March 4
Also featuring three different ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic Dinner at Cafe Provence, or a calm evening at home by the fire with our a take-out dinner for two, or a romantic Sunday Brunch at Cafe.
New England Maple Museum Opening for Season:
March 19 and 20-A special presentation of the History of Maple Sugaring coinciding with Maple Open House Weekend. A great way to start or finish your tour of local Vermont Sugarhouses. The tasting counter is open to all and features Vermont Specialty Foods and Maple Syrup. This long weekend, the museum offers discounts on admissions and 25% off selected gifts. 10AM-4PM. (802) 483-9414. 4578 Rte 7 in Pittsford.
Training to Excel - Attractive lower tuition for next pre-scheduled ServSafeŽ certification sessions with examination on Feb. 22and March 29. Classroom location is Brandon Library. Call regarding details at 802.247.0098
DISCOVERING HAWK HILL: WALKS & TALKS SERIES
SAVE THE DATES for Saturday morning walks at Hawk Hill -- the ridge behind Otter Valley Union High School -- this winter and spring. The Hawk Hill Committee, who maintains the property, and the Staying Connected Initiative, a group with the goal of spreading awareness about a local wildlife corridor, are co-sponsoring this free series. Except for the bird walk, which begins at 8:00am, the walks begin at 10:00am and last approximately 2 hours. Families are welcome. For all walks, please meet at the far end of the Otter Valley High School parking lot. Please visit www.stayingconnectedgrnsadks.wordpress.com for additional information. With questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 446-7030.
TRACKS AND WILDLIFE ON THE HILL February 26
Did you know that Hawk Hill--and much of Rutland County--is part of a wildlife corridor connecting the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks? Join a few veteran Moosalamoo Center students and Monica Erhart, of the Staying Connected Initiative, to discover some of the wildlife of Hawk Hill. No dogs, please.
CLUES OF THE FOREST March 26
HAWK HILL HISTORY APRIL 16
ROCKS, CLIFFS, AND GLACIERS APRIL 30
WINGS ON HAWK HILL May 21
DOUGLAS BIRTHPLACE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is starting to look for volunteers for the upcoming season. The Museum will be opening to the public in mid-May and will be staffed by Museum Steward John Dilts along with community volunteers.
Extensive knowledge of history and / or Brandon is not required, but a positive attitude and a love of people are essential. Volunteer shifts are two-and-a-half hours long. John is in need of regular shift workers and substitutes who can help on a less regular schedule.
The Douglas Birthplace is a fun and exciting attraction in Brandon and a great place for community members and history lovers to get involved. Our 2010 volunteers loved working there and most are eager to begin again. Many worked as a team with someone else (we can pair you up or you can volunteer with someone).
Contact the Chamber with your questions or interest and we will pass your name along to John.
Please take the time to link our website:
www.brandon.org to your website. It will help with search engine optimization for both your business and the Chamber.
SAVE THE DATE
Next Chamber Mixer
Thursday, March 17
Joint Mixer At
Carr's Florist & Gifts &
Every year since 1996, the Brandon Chamber President has presented a deserving business(es) or individual (s) with The President's Award. The choice is that of the President alone and the criteria is to acknowledge someone(s) who "Makes Brandon a Better Place To Live and Work."
Here's a list of President Award winners since its inception:
- Steve Carr
- Thomas Answering Service
- Carr's Florist & Gifts
- Bob Wood
- Nexus Custom Electronics
- Warren Kimble
- Brandon Free
- Brown's Pharmacy
- Brown's of Brandon
- Gene Pagano
- Brandon Inn
- Dr. George Fjeld
- First Brandon National Bank
- Holden Financial Services
- Rowe Real Estate
- Bette Moffett
- Anne Young, Harvest Program
- Super Volunteers: Jim Jasmin, Bart Lund, Cindy & Ed Thomas, Bruce & Nancy Ness, Barb Watters, Dick Kirby, Sally Wood, Charlene Bryant, Joel Mondlak
- Visual Learning Company
- Robert Schmidt
- Naylor & Breen Builders
- Mary and Blaine Cliver
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRANDON
2011 marks the 250th birthday of Brandon, Vermont. Brandon residents will celebrate our town's founding with events, activities and special celebrations. These newsletters and the Chamber's website: www.brandon.org will carry all the details.Happy Birthday Brandon!
ECONOMIC DEVEOPMENT REVOLVING LOAN FUND AVAILABLE
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce administers a low-interest revolving loan fund available to businesses for an approved building improvement project. The loan fund was originally established as a way to recognize that each and every improvement to Brandon's built community is important to a revitalized town. This loan has been lent several times in the past and there is $2500 available to be lent at the current time. Please contact the Chamber if you would like more information about this little pot of gold!
MIXER SPONSORS WANTED
Chamber members LOVE Mixers! Might you want to sponsor / host a mixer? Contact the Chamber and let's talk about this ideal way to showcase your place of business.
BRANDON ROTARY ICE OUT
Guess the date and time the flag sinks on Belden's Pond (Rt 7 north of town). Look for the snowman later in January who will stop the clock when the flag goes down. Winner's share is 50% of entry fees with the balance going to Rotary to support Rotary projects locally and internationally. $1 per entry or 6 for $5. Enter as often as you wish. Predict the date, hour and minute, am or pm, that the flag will sink. Winner is the one closest to the actual time the flag sinks, ties share the prize. Click here or on the snowman for an entry form.
| Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce|
PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733