beginning-OCT. 2011


APPLE PIES, and more!
rain location:
Methodist Church Hall
starts at 10 am

Feel free to bring your own clothes and previous year's frames and we'll recycle them! 

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce 

invites you to our next
Membership Mixer and
Town (of Brandon) Employee Meet 'N' Greet 


Sponsored by Café Provence 

At Café's new
Private Dining Room
& Culinary Theater




 "Accommodating large parties for all special occasions"


17 Center St.


downtown Brandon







 Thursday, October 13

from 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Complimentary Appetizers ~ Cash Bar



Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
in the Brandon Town Hall
+16 y.o. audiences please
Donation at the door  




Saturday, October 1 at 3pm Auction

Mirrors are on display at the Brandon Free Library until September 30.  All mirrors will be available by live auction at the Brandon Town Hall on October 1, 3:00 PM, preview from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.  All proceeds will go to the Brandon Boys & Girls Club and the Renovation of the Brandon Town-Hall Project.     



St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church is celebrating the end of summer with a community campfire on Saturday, October 1st at 6:30 pm at Grace Church in Forestdale. Everyone is invited.       Bring your own lawn chairs and a dessert to share - coffee, hot chocolate and marshmallows will be provided. Grace Church is located on Route 73, just beyond the Junction Store as you head east. Parking is in the lot in front of the church - the campfire is out behind the church building. For more information, contact The Rev. Margo Fletcher, 247-6759.  


St Thomas and Grace will offer St Francis' Blessing of the animals at its 9:30 am service. Oct 2nd. All animals securely tethered by their owners are invited to attend. Children may bring stuffed animals if they should so wish. Info. Contact: The Rev Margo Fletcher, 247-6759.




On Saturday October 1, 2011. 7 pm, Brandon Music is pleased to present a program of classical works performed by world renowned concert pianist, Diana Fanning. Ms. Fanning has appeared as a concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Germany.

She has been the featured soloist with the Vermont Symphony and the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestras. You may have heard or seen her on Vermont Public Radio or Television, as well. Selected works by Chopin and Schumann will be on the program.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 802-465-4071
or emailing linda@brandon-music.net. Diana Fanning is donating her concert fee to Hurricane Irene flood relief efforts. Payment can be made by PayPal or check or cash at the door. Limited capacity for seating so call early to avoid disappointment.    





OCTOBER 1 & 2 from 10 am - 5 pm 

Once again, Brandon artists will have a strong showing for the state-wide Open Studio event. Open Studio is a wonderful tradition which welcomes guests to visit with artists in their studios and galleries to see them at work. Check out vermontcrafts.com for a complete list of participants. Or pick up a map and guide at the Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace or the Brandon Artists Guild. Participating locations in Brandon include:  Brandon Artists Build, Linda Durkee at the Granary (Union St), Joan Curtis (Union St), Warren Kimble Gallery, Adornment - Becky Zelis jewelry.







Notice is hereby given that the Town of Brandon Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on October 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Brandon Area Rescue Squad located at 1338 Franklin Street (Route 7 South) to take public comments on and to consider for adoption the Town of Brandon, Vermont, Sign and Merchandise Display Ordinance. The full text of the Sign and Merchandise Display Ordinance is available for public review at the Town Office and on the web at:  http://www.townofbrandon.com

OMYA & CAFE PROVENCE present "Dinner with Friends" in the new Private Dining Room at Café Provence   

all proceeds to benefit the United Way of Rutland County

Wednesday October 5th

 $65 per person

 5:30-6:30 Cocktails

 6:30-8:00 Dinner

 50/50 raffle

 For reservations, please call the United Way at 802-773-7477


Special thanks to Celebration Rentals & Quickprint of Rutland





OCTBER 8 - BAG AUCTION OF CLOCKS in the Brandon Town Hall. Details to come. 



SMORGASBORD SUPPER at the Brandon Congregational Fellowship Hall, RT 7 Main St, OCT 8 from 5-7 PM. Adults $12; youth 5-12; $6 under 5 free. Baked Turkey-Ham--Meatballs--Vt. maple bake beans,--  scallop potatoes,-- mac/cheese,--pastas/lasagna, --variety of salads/slaws,--  vt.. squash/veggies,-- rolls/fruit breads,-- condiments,--- hot/cold drinks, ---baked Vt. apples/ice cream.   




OCTOBER 15 will be the celebration of BRANDON'S 250th BIRTHDAY at the Town Hall. Events will start early afternoon with a presentation of a Proclamation by the Vermont Legislature and continue with music, "cake," and much more.  The celebration will conclude with the last Silent Movie Festival of the season. "Chiller Theater" will have you shaking in your boots -- be it from the chilly fall weather, or the Halloween themed films to be shown with Jeff Rapsis providing his musical accompaniment. But more about that next month! Any questions --- e-mail "info@brandontownhall.org" or call Mei Mei Brown at 247-3971.

As part of an ever growing and diverse program of live music,  Brandon Music announces its forthcoming Jazz Fest Weekend on October 21 and 22.


The Jazz Fest will open with the accomplished international jazz artist Joe Fonda and his group on Friday, October 21.  Joe Fonda is recognized as a leading light in the New York jazz scene and has an impressive array of performance talents ranging from composer and bassist to multidisciplinary performer and educator. Fonda is perhaps best known as Anthony Braxton's bassist of choice for much of the 90s and co-leader of the Fonda-Stevens Group.  A native of the small town of Amsterdam in Upstate New York, Fonda grew up interested in blues-rock and at first took guitar lessons, progressed to electric bass and eventually started playing acoustic upright.   With Joe will be pianist Michael Jefrey Stevens  and Harvey Sorgen on drums.    Their set will be fronted by outstanding German vocalist Nicole Metzger, who has appeared as vocalist and bandleader in several countries as well as recording several CDs and lecturing on the art of jazz vocals.


Joe Fonda has a vast array of recordings in his portfolio including a disc with the amazing Jazz singer Katie Bull, and has been a regular visitor to Brandon for several years, often performing at the Gallery in the Field, and indeed this concert is being presented in conjunction  the generous support of Fran Bull.


The weekend continues with an exciting jazz programme on Saturday October  22nd  featuring bassist John Menegon and pianist/vocalist Teri Roiger, both of whom appeared earlier this year  with Jonathan Lorentz at the Brandon Music Café.


John Menegon too is firmly part of the New York Jazz scene.  He started his career as a jazz bassist in Montreal and after working with many of the great guitarists and saxophonists there he moved to NYC in the mid 80s and ended up on a full scholarship at Long Island University to study jazz.  Menegon continues to perform with many of the jazz greats including the legendary David 'Fathead' Newman and Dewy Redman.  His music portfolio includes CDs Soul Advice (2005) and Searchlight (2004).  His solo performances are described as "the perfect confluence of rhythmic intention and melodic conception".


Menegon's  regular performance partner Teri Roiger is also featuring on the 22nd.  Teri has built her reputation from New York to Paris.  She has been described as "singing at the intersection of Abbey Lincoln, Billie Holiday and Anita O'Day".  She launched her career at 13 as a church organist and ensemble singer.  Her jazz career took off when she attracted the attention of Butch Thompson and soon the two formed a duo and toured jazz festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe.  She later founded Jazz in the Mountains with Menegon, an ongoing jazz workshop and concert series in Woodstock, NY.  The duo are currently recording their latest album.


Both concerts commence at 7.30 pm, and tickets are $15.   A joint pass for both concerts is available for a discounted $25 (must be prepaid).  Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.


Previous performers of modern jazz at Brandon Music Café have praised the venue's unique ambience and phenomenal acoustics, making it the prime spot for live music.


For further information please contact Linda Banta on 1-802 465 4071 or linda@brandon-music.net 



THE BRAND-AID FUND keeps on growing, thanks to all of you.  




Here's a clarification on the disbursement process. Affected business and building owners in Brandon and Forest Dale have been asked to let the Chamber know if they are interested in receiving monies from the Brand-Aid fund. They have up until today, Sept. 30, to let us know if they would like to be included. All businesses we have identified as suffering losses are eligible for funds and have been asked if they would like to be included, whether they are Chamber members or not. 


As the fund keeps growing after initial disbursements are made (and we hope it continues to grow and grow), we will keep disbursing. The out-of-pocket expenses suffered by our businesses are far greater than what is currently in the fund.Every little bit helps! 


Whether you donated to Brand-Aid, helped clean out the Forest Dale Grocery store, picked up bricks at Brandon Green Park, mucked mud from the basement of the Conant Block, or helped at residences, your efforts made a difference. As we hear of any other opportunities for volunteer help, we will pass along the word. 



Important Application  

Filing Deadlines
The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations.


SBA offers low interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.


Begin by registering with FEMA if you haven't already done so call 800-621-3362.


Application Filing Deadlines:
Physical Damage: October 31, 2011
Economic Injury: June 1, 2012


After you have registered with FEMA, you may apply online using SBA's Electronic Loan Application at:











The Brandon Historical Commission, at its meeting of Sept. 7, voted to offer free architectural advice and initial design services to any owners of historic structures that have suffered damage in the recent flood. Please call commission member Max Ferro, FAIA, a licensed architect, at 247 6924, if you wish for such assistance.   



 A documentary about  

Robynn Murray, an Iraq vet.


Oct.14th at 7:00 p.m.


$20 ($10 for students/vets)


Town Hall Theater, Middlebury


Tickets: 382-9222 www.townhalltheater.org 


Presented by: The Gailer School, Middlebury  

Sponsored by The Rutland County Bar Association

The Rutland County Bar Assocation will hold a series of free Disaster Legal Assistance Clinics around Rutland County to provide guidance and resource information to our friends and neighbors in Rutland County who have suffered damage or loss as a result of Hurricane Irene:

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011 and Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 from 9 am until noon.

Where: Brandon Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, 74 Park St., Brandon, VT (802-247-6121)

Volunteer lawyers from the Rutland County Bar Association will meet with people from communities through Rutland County who have suffered Hurricane Irene-related damage or loss to provide preliminary guidance and assist in identifying resources and sources of additional information and assistance in disaster-related areas such as: Filing for emergency assistance, Flood related insurance issues, Landlord - tenant, homeower and other housing issues, Home/disaster repair contracts, Consumer protection issues, Mortgage payment and foreclosure issues, General real estate and title issues, Regulatory and permitting issues, Public infrastructure (road, sewer, water, power), Hazardous materials, contaminated property issues, Replacement of legal documents, Benefit programs (food stamps, welfare, social security, etc.), Powers of attorney, Health Care, Employment issues
The Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is working directly with FEMA to find Vermont companies to provide goods and services for the flood recovery efforts.

If you, or someone you know offer a product or service that will most likely be purchased directly by FEMA, please contact me so that I can make sure that your name is on the list.

The product or service being provided needs to be offered by a legitimate business (not an individual), and the business needs to have the ability to be paid with an ACH transaction.

FEMA is working with PTAC to provide the list of providers because we are available to assist companies get registered to be eligible, and all of our services are FREE OF CHARGE .

So far, these are the items that FEMA has requested, but there will be more as the needs arise: Porta-potties, Generators, Office Furniture, Box Trucks, Portable Offices, Mobile Homes, Laptops

Please call me if you know anyone that would like to discuss the FEMA requests. I am happy to go over it with them, then refer to the appropriate geographically appropriate counselor to get the registrations done.

Let's keep this money in Vermont AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!

Chris Herriman- Procurement Counselor,VT Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Rutland and Bennington County, 112 Quality Lane
Rutland, (802) 747-9256
 Second Annual "The Greener Mountains" Event Set for November 5, 2011 - Seeking Exhibitors for Rutland Region's "Green Home Show"

Rutland Economic Development Corporation is very excited to announce its second annual "The Greener Mountains" event. We invite you to be an exhibitor at the region's resource for Greener Living from learning about high efficiency appliances to renewable energy.

"The Greener Mountains" invites community members and businesses alike to discover how "Green" can improve homes and businesses. This "Green Home Show" will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Holiday Inn in Rutland, Vermont.

"The Greener Mountains" is seeking a wide variety of "Green" exhibitors. These can include home improvement, appliances, automotive, home heating options, energy efficiency, new technologies, service providers and local food programs to name a few.  The day will also include: workshops presented by Rutland Regional Planning Commission geared toward benefits for the home and business; children's activities; and much more.

If you would like to become an exhibitor or sponsor of "The Greener Mountains", please contact Mary Kay Skaza or Terri Carrington at 802-773-9147 or visit www.rutlandeconomy.com 


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.



The Chamber's popular Moonlight Madness dates for 2011 are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 1 &
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14
BUY BRICKS for the Brandon Green Park Rebuilding: Contact Bette Moffett or Warren Kimble (247-8880) or stop by 10 Park St.

Brandon 250 Vermont

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will next meet on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 pm in The Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.


Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733