JULY 2011 (begin-month)
COMMUNITY &
CHAMBER NEWS
  



DONATE ~ BID ~ BUY

One of Brandon's liveliest events is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19, at 4:00 pm. The Great Brandon Auction has been raising funds for development projects in the Town of Brandon since 1989. The sponsor of the event, the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce has been able to turn over well over $150,000 to many town projects over the years.

 

We invite you to be a part of the 23rd Annual Auction. Donate your quality used goods. Come down to the Auction to bid and buy. Or perhaps you'd like to volunteer your time to help out. We need community support in all shapes and forms.  For donations, we accept barn treasures and attic finds as well as other items in good sale-able condition. The auction is scheduled to begin at 4 pm in Brandon's Central Park with the preview at 2 pm. "Left" bids will be accepted if you cannot stay. Auctioneer Barb Watters, who has presided over every single Great Brandon Auction, does an outstanding job of entertaining the crowd. Lots of surprises and fun. To make a donation, please contact the Chamber at 247-6401 or by email at: info@brandon.org. Sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce.


 


ITS BLUEGRASS TIME!

 Basin Bluegrass Festival 

July 7 - 10

Basin Road, Brandon 

 

"KILROY WAS HERE" at the Brandon Town Hall

The Brandon Town Players are proud to present a WWII musical comedy, "Kilroy Was Here" by Tim Kelly in the Brandon Town Hall on July 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 and July 10 at 2:00.  The action takes place in a U.S.O. Club located in Brooklyn, N.Y. The time is 1942 with lively music and dances from the Big Band Era. The initials U.S.O. Stand for United Service Organizations, its mission was to supply a "Home Away From Home" for America's on-the-move military personnel. The show is directed by Dennis W. Marden, the 7 piece orchestra is conducted by musical director Ron White with choreography and costumes by Kathy Mathis. Tickets are $15.00 at the door, $13.00 in advance and for all past and present Military Personnel, $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at Carr' Florist & Gifts, Briggs Carriage Bookstore or at the door. For more information call 247-5420 or visit us on the Town Halls website @ brandontownhall.org and click on The Brandon Town Players link. Don't miss this funny, poignant and very patriotic musical in your Town Hall. 

 

 FREE CONCERT SERIES continues:

 

July 14 at 6:30 pm

The Avant Garde Dogs Band in Central Park  


Back by popular demand. You saw them first during Art in the Snow! The Avant  Garde  Dogs  Band  is an eclectic collection of musicians: two members of the Sleeping Dogs of old (Jim Murphy and Tad Merrick), The Keating Five (Jim Keating), and other members who are relatively new to the local music scene (Liam Murphy and Doug Wilhelm). The band's songs range from John Hiatt, The Subdudes, Bruce Cockburn, Greg Brown, Ry Cooder. Los Lobos, The Rolling Stones, The Band, and even a little R&B, all twisted around whatever light pole can be found by the band members. Dancing is the goal, but if people want to just squat, listening is certainly an option. Concert sponsored by Ms. Bette Moffett. Rain location to be announced if necesssary. 

   

 

FROM OUR MEMBERS and THE COMMUNITY 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS:


CAFE PROVENCE

Roses Wine Tasting: Thursday July 14th, Bastille Day! 5PM-7PM

$10/person, space is limited, reservations are recommended.  We will be tasting RosÚs from the South of France and from around the world.

 

Balinese Dinner:  Vicky of Lian Catering is coming back to Cafe on July 21st, this time with a tasty Balinese Dinner.

 

July cooking class schedule  

Contact Cafe Provence at: 11 Center Street. Brandon; (802) 247-9997
info@cafeprovencevt.com 

 

 

 NEW ENGLAND MAPLE MUSEUM 

MAPLE SUGAR CANDY MAKING DEMONSTRATION. Visitors can watch maple syrup boiled into yummy maple candy and, of course, sample it fresh from the mold. Every Wednesday thru September, 10:30 AM- 1:30 PM. No Charge. New England Maple Museum, Rt 7, Pittsford. 802-483-9414. info@maplemuseum.com.

 

 

 

BRANDON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH SUPPER

Saturday, July 16 

Chicken Barbecue / Salad / Bean Supper

 Congregational Church Fellowship Hall 

Barbecue chicken, variety of salads, slaws, baked beans, strawberry shortcake, beverages  

Adults - $10; Youth 5 - 12 - $5; Under 5 - their guest

 

News from the Judith Reilly Gallery, 24 Conant Square, Brandon

www.JudithReilly.com

 

 July 1st - August 30th

 at The Brandon Artists Guild in downtown Brandon 

Open Daily  10 - 5

(802) 247-4956
www.BrandonArtistsGuild.org 

 

 

 July 7th - September 1st

Reception:  July 8,   5 to 8 pm

Artist Talk,   6 pm

at Gallery in-the-Field, 685 Arnold District Road   (just off Route 7)

Brandon 

Friday - Sunday  12 - 5,  and by appointment

(802) 247-0125
www.GalleryInTheField.com

 BRANDON TOWN HALL NEWS 

150th Birthday Commemorative Pins

These pins are available for $5.00 each from any member of the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall Board or by e-mailing us at info@brandontownhall.org      

Bathroom Renovation Project

More than $85,000 has been raised towards our goal of $120,000.  We remain hopeful that we will reach our goal this summer.

Two anonymous donors have stepped forward with generous gifts.  The first has pledged up to $15,000 by adding $100 to each $150 pledge received in the "150 Dollars for 150 Years" campaign.  This family wanted to acknowledge both the
150th birthday of the Town Hall and the 250th birthday of the Town of Brandon.  To date we have received 80 pledges.  Please help us exceed our goal of 150 plates that will be mounted on our 150th Anniversary plaque that is on display in the Town Hall, and realize the full value of this family's pledge. 

Our second donor has already
donated $15,000 to the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall ("FOTH") towards building renovations/upgrades that will benefit the use of the stage for theater.  Their money will pay for the installation of a set of stairs that will go from the rear of Stage Left down to the basement.     We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to the FOTH to make YOUR community center improvements. 

If  you would like to participate in helping the bathroom project become reality please send your tax deductable donation to FOTH, P.O. Box 181, Brandon, VT  05733.  Applications for the 150 Year plate donation can be downloaded at www.brandontownhall.org and click on the word "here" (last word of the first paragraph).

You may e-mail us at info@brandontownhall.org with any questions, or call Mei Mei Brown, president, at 802.247.3971.

 

Silent Movie Festival Continues Sat., July 23, 2011 at  7 pm:
Join us for another wonderful evening with Jeff Rapsis on his electronic keyboard accompanying "Tol'able David" (1921) starring Richard Barthelmess and "Hell's Hinges" (1918) starring William S. Hart;  Double feature pairing of intense small-town rural drama with gritty back country Western. 


Jeff was recently featured on Vermont Public Radio when he was interviewed by Nina Keck at the Brandon Town Hall just before his June performance.  If you were not able to hear the interview live, the link below will give you a taste of Jeff's talents:
http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/91159/

Free will offering.  Donations are used to continue the Town Hall/Community Center Renovations.

Sponsored by Heritage Family Credit Union, National Bank of Middlebury and Lake Sunapee Bank.

 

WANTED

The Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is looking for the following donations:

  • Wall clock for the office (period look but working well)
  • Bike Rack

 

If you have these items you would like to donate, please contact us at info@brandon.org or call 802-247-6401

LINKS AND REMINDERS FROM THE LAST NEWSLETTER

 

YARD SALE REGISTRATION FORM is BELOW, keep scrolling down! 

 

SUPPORT THE BRANDON TOWN HALL:  

www.brandontownhall.org.

Just click on the word "here" in the first paragraph to get the form.

 

HOST A CHINESE STUDENT THIS SUMMER

Contact Jim Avery or Jeff Jeskie at Otter Valley Union High School:    

Phone: 802.247.6833

E-mail: jjeskie@rnesu.org  

javery@rnesu.org

 

SOAR SUMMERFEST Monster Pot of Gold!  

www.SOARSummerfest.org  to see the entire list of items  

 
STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS TRAINING

Upcoming training sponsored by the VT Small Business Development Center:

 

Starting Your Own Small Business

 

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011

 

Location: Rutland Economic Development Corp., 112 Quality Lane, Rutland VT 05701

 

Time: 1:00p.m to 4:00p.m

 

The three hour session will help future business owners determine the next steps toward starting and financing a new venture.  The workshop offers an overview of business planning, including where to find market information, how to tackle projections and writing a business plan.

 

The workshop is designed for people who are thinking about going into business and want accurate information about the procedures and government regulations involved to start a business in Vermont. 

 

The $40.00 registration fee includes a business planning workbook and access to five online workshops to help the prospective business owner get started.

 

Registration can be done online at www.vtsbdc.org.

 

For more information, contact VtSBDC in Rutland at 802-773-9147.

 

 


HAPPY 250th BIRTHDAY BRANDON
Brandon 250 Vermont
HEALTH INSURANCE
CIGNA and
DELTA DENTAL

A popular Chamber membership benefit  is access to group health  / dental insurance at group rates. Contact Holden Financial Services at 775-2503 or 388-4992 or your own insurance agent. You can read more about plan options for both health and dental insurance here.
FAIRPOINT

FairPoint Communications
Free Wireless Internet DSL is being provided at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace, Brandon Museum, and Visitor Center by FairPoint Communications.  


NEXT CHAMBER MEETING

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will next meet on Monday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 pm in The Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.

 

CONTACT INFO
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733

802-247-6401

info@brandon.org
www.brandon.org

www.brandon.org

 

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. 

 
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BRANDON YARD SALE CONTRACT - AUGUST 6, 2011

NEW THIS YEAR: ENHANCED LISTING OPPORTUNITIES

    

Name and address listing: $7               

 

Enhanced listing: $15 buys you 25 words to describe your yard sale plus your name and address in a boxed ad. For example, your enhanced listing can say:   

 

John & Mary Brandon - 1 Park St.: Multi-family sale, kids clothes, games, toys, books, old records, furniture, some antiques, tools. Good items for college students including dishes and pots & pans.   

       

For ALL LISTINGS:

               

 

NAME: ________________________________________________________

 

ADDRESS: (Yard-salers - please be very descriptive so we can mark your place on a town street map)                               

 

 

______________________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________________

   

 

PHONE: ____________________         EMAIL: _________________________

 

For ENHANCED LISTING:

 

25 WORDS: ______________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________

 

   

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MAIL TO BACC, PO BOX 267, BRANDON OR DROP OFF AT CARR'S FLORIST or THE INSIDE SCOOP

 

DEADLINE FOR GETTING IN YARD SALE FORMS: AUG. 4, 2011

 

WE WILL TRY TO GIVE YOU A YARD SALE STICK AT EITHER CARR'S OR THE INSIDE SCOOP WHEN YOU REGISTER. IF YOU DON'T GET ONE AT THAT TIME, ONE WILL BE DROPPED OFF AT YOUR YARD SALE LOCATION ON FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2011