beginning-OCT. 2011

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

Despite the rain, wind and cold, everyone had a great time. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped, especially Sally Wood and Bart Lund for their extra special dedication to this event! Thanks to the Methodist Church for the warmth and shelter!


Brandon Town Hall

Saturday, October 8; Preview at 5 pm
Live Auction with Auctioneer Barb Watters at 7 pm 

Brandon Artists Guild's (the BAG) ever-popular annual fund-raiser has a time-related theme, acknowledging Brandon's 250th Anniversary. "Art Makes Brandon Tick", a collection of artist-made and artist-decorated clocks, have enticed and engaged art lovers for the entire 2011 summer/fall season.


The artists' clocks, all of them functional with working mechanisms, can be seen at the BAG gallery until this Saturday. The event culminates this Saturday with twenty-five or so clocks created and donated by the artist members being auctioned at Brandon's Town Hall. Proceeds from the October clock auction benefit local school programs, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Town Hall renovation project. An annual $1,000 scholarship is awarded a high school student pursuing the arts. The fund-raising project allows the Brandon Artists Guild, a 501(c)3 organization, to continue its mission of presenting arts to the local community.


In addition to clocks reserved for auction, other artist-made clock creations are for sale throughout the season at the BAG gallery. George Wetmore's hand-crafted wooden shelf clock is the prize for the lucky person who guesses how many watches and timepieces are in a large bottle.


Come join the celebration of Brandon on Saturday, October 15 beginning at 12:45 p.m. in front of the Brandon Town Hall.

The afternoon will include a
Town Photograph.  Help us memorialize Brandon on its day by being a part of the Town's birthday picture.  We're asking everyone, young and old, and everywhere in-between to join us.  What a great photograph it will be for our children, grandchildren and beyond to enjoy and wonder what stories we could tell. 

After the photograph enjoy a piece of history as we
celebrate our past, present and future with visiting dignitaries, announcing winners of the writing and art contests.  Listen to the Town Band, join in the celebration of our community, and toast the day with some cake, ice cream and punch!   

Brandon and her citizens have been through a lot in 250 years and most recently "tropical storm" Irene.  Let us gather together to celebrate our oneness, our community spirit, and thank our fellow citizens to all they do to make our town one we are proud to say we are from.  Happy Birthday Brandon!!!!  Saturday, October 15!  Check The Reporter for more details or call 247-3971 or 247-5420 for more information.

Our Silent Movie Festival 2011 concludes with
The Cat and the Canary
Be sure to join us on Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. as Jeff Rapsis entertains us with an evening of "Chiller Theater" ~~~ remember we do not have heat in the building, so dress warmly and bring someone to keep close as..... in a mansion overlooking the Hudson River, millionaire Cyrus West approaches death. His greedy family descends upon him like "cats around a canary", causing him to become insane. West orders that his last will and testament remain locked in a safe and go unread until the 20th anniversary of his death. As the appointed time arrives, West's lawyer, Roger Crosby (Tully Marshall), discovers that a second will mysteriously appeared in the safe. The second will may only be opened if the terms of the first will are not fulfilled. The caretaker of the West mansion, Mammy Pleasant (Martha Mattox), blames the manifestation of the second will on the ghost of Cyrus West, a notion that the astonished Crosby quickly rejects.  As midnight approaches, West's relatives arrive at the mansion........


Due to the horrible weather conditions this past Saturday, the Brandon-Forest Dale Lions "Reflections of Brandon" auction did not occur. The Mirrors are still on display at the Brandon Free Library. For information on the selling of the mirrors, see the related paperwork at the Library. All proceeds will go to the Brandon Boys & Girls Club and the Renovation of the Brandon Town-Hall Project.  

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 



THE BRAND-AID FUND: Disbursement checks totaling $22,000 will be sent next week. Thanks to all of you!    




A Post-Flood Community Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7 pm at the Neshobe School Library.  Officials from FEMA Community Outreach, SBA, Rebecca Pfeiffer, NFIP Coordinator with the State of Vermont River Management Division, and Tina Wiles, Brandon Zoning Administrator,  will be at the meeting.  This will be a meeting for residents to seek information about their individual flood recovery needs and to ensure that people understand what steps they need to take to file a flood related claim, dispute a denial of a claim, follow up on a claim, determine if they should make a claim, what their rights are, what they need to do to repair the property in compliance with floodplain regulations, whether or not they should purchase flood insurance, etc.  This is not a meeting to discuss the status of the Neshobe River or other official town recovery efforts.    Tina Wiles will be available to answer questions relating to rebuilding after the flood and  floodplain regulations.

Jeff Rapsis' Blog of "Way Down East" performance at the Brandon Town Hall.

Read Jeff's thoughts after his performance in September at our town hall.  He shares our reactions to the film as well as his impressions of our town after Irene had her way with us.


 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 


Presented by: The Gailer School, Middlebury  

Message for Food Service Professionals

Food Safety Resources

Food Safety Certification and Vermont well deserved mini Getaway


ServSafe® Certification, Re- Certification and Re-Testing


October 25th

Held at library or popular local country Inn, Brandon Vermont

Session commences at 8:30am and finish 5:00pm +/-


October 21st and 28th
Two half day sessions held at River Valley Technical Center, Springfield VT.

Both sessions commence at 8:00am and finish at 1:15 +/-

Examination administered on second day session.


November three days dates TBD soon. Call 802.247.0098 next week
Three day sessions held at Stafford Technical Center, Rutland Vermont

Sessions commence at 9:00am and finish at 1:30pm. Exam on third session.


November 15th

November 29th

Both sessions held at library or popular local country Inn, Brandon Vermont

Classes commence at 8:30am and finish 5:00pm +/-


Contact for above sessions call 802.247.0098 or forward email

Phone answered by Rosebelle's Victorian Inn and Training to Excel


Registration form plus additional information at 


Food Handler Food Safety Essentialscourse for full and part time associates. Four hour session includes exam and Certification of Completion

Sessions forming daily, call 802.247.0098 or 

Training to Excel, Norm Milot
Certified ServSafe® Instructor and Registered Proctor

 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 


Now thru October 31: Halloween & Fall Celebration.

The maple sugaring story takes on a new twist, as the exhibits turn into a colorful array of autumn colors celebrating the harvest. Decorations demonstrate the Vermont tradition of scaring off "evil" spirits during this wonderful time of year. 8:30AM- 5:30 PM daily, (802) 483-9414. 4578 Rte 7 in Pittsford.

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