AUG. 2011 (mid-month)
COMMUNITY &
CHAMBER NEWS
  

2011 BRANDON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

GOLF MIXER at NESHOBE GOLF CLUB  

 

REGISTRATION FORM BELOW 

 

SPONSORED BY:   

and HOLDEN FINANCIAL SERVICES

 

Tuesday, AUGUST 23 at 5 pm 

(please be at club at 4:30 pm)   

   

New Members & Non-golfers .....
 

even if you have never golfed,

 

 





Format: Nine Hole Captain and Crew, Four Person

Team Prizes. Individual Prizes. Door Prizes.

  

Neshobe Members pay $16 for Golf

Neshobe Non-members pay $24 for Golf

(CART IS INCLUDED FOR ALL GOLFERS)

 

Chicken Barbeque Dinner - $16 per person

(this price includes tax and gratuity)

If you "really" don't want to golf, just come for dinner (7:30 pm)

  

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 16 in order to arrange teams. 

Club needs to know one week ahead to order food.

 

Please make check payable to: Neshobe Golf Club and Send check & form to: BACC, PO Box 267, Brandon 05733

 

QUESTIONS? or SOMETHING TO DONATE?
(WE WOULD
"REALLY" APPRECIATE IT).
PLEASE CONTACT RUSS McCOLMAN:
phone: 247-2770 or email at:
russmccolman@aol.com 

Or the CHAMBER 247-6401 (info@brandon.org)

 

 REGISTRATION FORM BELOW 

 
BRANDON MARBLE BLOCK HONORS THE INDUSTRY
If you look behind the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace, you'll notice a new addition in the backyard. Thanks to the efforts of Brandon resident Lance Mead, a block of marble which was quarried in Brandon, has been returned to town and now honors the important 19th century industry.

Lance Mead (l) and Philip Gawet examining the marble before it was etched.


The Brandon Italian Quarry was well developed by the latter part of the 19th century. With it's own mill and finishing shops, it supplied a well known white and light gray marble to the rest of the country's building industry. 170 years ago, marble ledges were quarried in Brandon for use in local buildings and cemeteries. 100 years ago, two underground Brandon quarries supplied marble blocks to mills in Middlebury for major North American buildings. Brandon's last quarry closed in the 1930s. During the 1940s, the Green Mountain Marble Co. produced government headstones. Some of the rejected stones can still be seen around town.

John Dilts (l) and Blaine Cliver prepare the site

The particular block at the Douglas Birthplace is called a calcite marble and was quarried from the Brandon Italian Quarry located between Carver and Union streets. It was too small for use and was left with other rejected block. The staining suggests that it probably came from the early development of the surface rock. The drill holes in the back show that it had to be drilled in two directions to free it from the better stone.

Mead, a geologist, presented the marble to the Bra

Markowski Excavating transported the stone to Brandon

ndon Museum as a way to ensure that the industry was well represented as an important part of the area's past. He worked with Gawet Marble and Granite Company of Center Rutland, who donated and prepared the block. An inscription was cut with a standard sand etching tool and says, "This block is from one of Brandon's many quarries that supplied its marble industries in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Finished marble from Brandon was used in many local cemeteries and in buildings of the nation's capital."

Marty Markowski (l) was ready to direct the marble piece into place


Mead and  Blaine Cliver, a Douglas Birthplace Board member, prepared the site for arrival of the nearly two ton piece. When it was finally ready for transport, Markowski Excavating of Florence donated their time, equipment, and expertise to move the stone to Brandon and place it on the crushed marble base. There is a fact sheet about the marble and the industry which is available for museum visitors. The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is open daily through mid-October from 11 am - 4 pm. The marble is available for viewing at any time.

The 3800 pound finished marble block in place.  

It is not going anywhere for a long time!


 

UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS IN THE AREA
in their own words
 

 

CAFE PROVENCE'S new Private Dining Room at 17 Center St.

Come join us for the upcoming wine seminar as International Bordeaux Educator Sylvain Boulet leads us through a flight of selected wines from the Bordeaux region of France! Thursday August 11th (TODAY) from 5:30PM-7PM. $20/person, Hors d'Oeuvres and Cheese Platters will be served -  Space is limited - Call 247-9997 for reservations

 

 

 

TOWN HALL CONCERT 

Come join us this Friday evening (Aug. 12) at 7:30 at the Brandon Town Hall to hear a performance of Point CounterPoint faculty perform

Ravel Duo for violin and cello

Turina Oracion del Torero

Ravel Quatuor

This is sure to be a delightful evening at your town hall.  The event is free, but donations are appreciated to help with the continued renovations of the Town Hall.

 

 

SILVERY MOON NIGHT AT HUBBARDTON BATTLEFIELD

HUBBARDTON, Vt. -- Enjoy the magic of moonlight in Vermont on Saturday, August 13, at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton with astronomers from the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers.  By the Light of the Silvery Moon, a full moon program free and open to the public, is from 8 - 10 pm.

 

Watch the full moon rise over the Taconic Mountains.  The astronomers will bring telescopes to show you the wonders of space and the moon.  You can bring binoculars, blankets, and flashlights.  The marshmallows are on us.  Alternate date, if inclement weather, is August 14.  This is the ideal summer evening event!  The Hubbardton Battlefield is a perfect spot for observing the night sky, with sweeping mountain views and negligible light pollution.  Donations are appreciated.  Call ahead to confirm the program is on: 802-273-2282.

 

The battlefield is the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont.  It is located in Hubbardton on Monument Hill Road, seven miles north of US Route 4 from Castleton or six miles east of VT Route 30 in Hubbardton.  Regular hours are 9:30 to 5:00, Thursday through Sunday and Monday holidays, through October 10.  For more information about the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites

  

BRANDON MUSIC

Brandon Music is delighted to present Wiley Dobbs who will be appearing on August 13 from 7 to 9 PM.  They play an eclectic mix of bluegrass, jazz, and original music which charts new musical boundaries, while paying homage to the masters.  Rob and Jim McCuen, Bill Buyer, and Matt Davis make up the band; and they draw from the sounds of Dave Grisman, Bela Fleck, Jimi Hendrix, T-Monk, and more. Wiley Dobbs are truly one of the best jazz/ bluegrass/ light rock groups in the area. Tickets are $15 and include complimentary soft drinks. You may also bring your own beverage of choice.  We are fully air-conditioned, so we're always comfortable in the summer. Tickets can be purchased at Brandon Music or by calling 802-465-4071 (10:00 am to 5:00pm any day except Tuesday).

  Seating is limited, so reservation is strongly advised. 62 Country Club Road, opposite Neshobe Golf Club on Rte 73E.

 

 

DINNERS WITH LOVE SPECIAL EVENT 

Sunday August 21, 4-7 pm

A Summer Sampler of delectable Hors D'oeuvres and decadent Desserts, plus a complimentary glass of wine.Stroll between the Cafe Provence (downstairs) and Sheri's Diner in downtown Brandon. To benefit Dinners with Love Inc., an organization which facilitates donations of quality restaurant meals to hospice patients and their families. Food will be provided by the various participating restaurants. 

$20 at the door.  Info 465-8284 or 623-6383     

COMMUNITY, RECREATION, EDUCATIONAL AND
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
in their own words


GOURMET DINNER CLUB NEWS 

The Brandon Area Gourmet Dinner Club is hoping to gain new members.  During the Fall, Winter and Spring the Club forms groups of about eight members.  Each group is given a country to celebrate in culinary fashion at a future dinner.  The group decides the day and hour for its dinner.  Members jointly plan a menu, and individuals volunteer preparation of specific items.  Members offer their homes as site for an evening.  The mission of the Club is for members to get together, try new recipes and expand their circles of friends.  It's casual, and we have fun.  Annual dues are one dollar per person.  Anyone possibly interested should call Sally Faber at 247-3961.

 

 

NESHOBE GOLF CLUB MEMBERSHIP OFFER 

Right now you can join Neshobe as a member for 2012 for only $450*  AND play the rest of this season for free! Starting August 1st you can join Neshobe Golf Club for 2012 with their  EarlyBird membership offer, and also play AS a member for the rest of the 2011 golf season!  This is the earliest they have EVER started the EarlyBird Memberships, so don't wait to get the MOST for this great price!!  Please call the Pro Shop at 247-3611 for additional information.  * Subject to future stock purchase and assessment

 

 

FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION OFFERING 

Food Safety Certification and ResourcesServSafe® Manager Certification Sessions scheduled in Brandon.  Examinations either Paper and Pencil form or E- format online available for your convenience.Both ServSafe® and Food Handler Food Safety Essentials Sessions mutually and conveniently arranged at client's facility or other preferred location. Next Scheduled ServSafe® sessions* in Brandon, Vermont are August 23 and 30, September 13 and 27 and October 18 and 25. Convenient class options and attractive fees call 802.247.0098 for details. Purchase your book, exam answer sheet or e-format online number and save.  Remember! You need read book in entirety at minimum two weeks prior to session.  Browse web site at www.trainingtoexcel.com  

 

 

THE ABCs OF BUSINESS BUILDING SEMINAR with Keynote Speaker
Dr. Denis Cauvier, Consultant and Best-selling Author
 

Reservations required. Call 877-842-8707.  

Reference reservation code G7368

www.deniscauvier.com  

Questions call Jeff Flavell at 802-236-7004 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO...

Swallow's Nest Guest House (just off Union St, at Transfiguration Farm) for being named one of "Seven Irresistable Country Retreats" from www.smartertravel.com. Of the seven properties, three were in Europe and four were in the U.S.

 

 

Cafe Provence for the opening of the Center Street Bar! Open 7 days at 4:30PM. They offer   6 beers on tap (including Switchback and Trapp Vienna Amber) and a Bar Menu with delicious pizzas, chicken wings and much more, a wide screen TV, dart board and live entertainment coming soon. Located at 15 Center Street, right under Cafe Provence.    

 

SWING FOR THE KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

Friday, August 19, 2011 at Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon

Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m, Rain or Shine

Tournament includes:

  • 18 Holes of Golf with Cart
  • Dinner post-play
  • 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes
  • Closest to Pin and Longest Drive Contests
  • Pro Shop Prizes for top finishing teams (net and gross)

There is an $80 per person Tournament Fee. This tournament is played as a handicapped scramble (Captain and Crew) format with four players per team. Individuals and groups smaller than four will be matched with others to make teams of four.

Help benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Brandon, Vermont! Come out for a great day of Golf, and "Swing for the Kids".

 

Register on-line:  http://www.brandonbgc.org/golfregistration.php

Call Sid Bradley 465-4131 or Christy Gahagan 247-4817 with any questions!


HAPPY 250th BIRTHDAY BRANDON
Brandon 250 Vermont
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
 

GOLF MIXER REGISTRATION

  Format: Nine Hole Captain and Crew, Four Person

Team Prizes. Individual Prizes. Door Prizes.

 

Neshobe Members pay $16 for Golf

Neshobe Non-members pay $24 for Golf

(CART IS INCLUDED FOR ALL GOLFERS)

 

Chicken Barbeque Dinner - $16 per person
(this price includes tax and gratuity)

 

If you "really" don't want to golf, just come for dinner (7:30 pm)

 

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 16 in order to arrange teams.

Club needs to know one week ahead to order food.

 

Names of Golfers and please add handicap if you have one:  

 

_________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________

 

Total: 

Golf & BBQ $______                         BBQ only $______

 

Please make check payable to: Neshobe Golf Club and Send check & form to:BACC, PO Box 267, Brandon 05733

 

QUESTIONS? or  

SOMETHING TO DONATE? (WE WOULD "REALLY" APPRECIATE IT) 

PLEASE CONTACT RUSS McCOLMAN:
phone: 247-2770 or email: russmccolman@aol.com 

 

Or the CHAMBER 247-6401 (info@brandon.org)