mid-OCT. 2011

Thanks so much to Cafe Provence for hosting and  

sponsoring the Chamber's last  

Membership Mixer and
Town (of Brandon) Employee Meet 'N' Greet 


 With more than 100 Members, Town Employees and guests, delicious food and terrific ambiance,
it was truly a fun evening!


While Brandon doesn't have any formal Clean Up activities planned, this Saturday would be a great time to do some fall "Green-Up" and "Clean-Up." When driving or walking by some litter or trash, take the time to stop and pick it up. Soon, the snow will fly and we won't see it all (but you'll know its there). Here's the Governor's official press release:  


Gov. Peter Shumlin declared Oct. 22 the first-ever 'Vermont Clean Up Day' inspired by the generosity of Vermonters helping the state recover from Tropical Storm Irene.  Modeled on its springtime sister event - Green Up Day - the newly created Clean Up Day will ensure all Vermont families and communities impacted by the storm are prepared for the upcoming winter season.


"I want to start by saying thank you for everyone's outpouring of support, incredible generosity and patience at this difficult time," Gov. Shumlin said, speaking at a Richmond kick-off event with organizers and volunteers involved in Irene cleanup work. "None of us imagined the magnitude of damage Vermont would sustain but all of us knew that once the rains eased, we would all join together to begin the response, recovery and eventually rebuilding of our state."


The Governor said Clean Up Day will signal an aggressive single-day push for financial donations for Irene recovery, coordinate volunteers with communities that need help cleaning up from the storm, and allow people to donate to specific families who were impacted by Irene. In future years, the event will become a way to help all Vermonters in need prepare for the coming winter.

For Vermont Clean Up Day 2011 on October 22nd, there will be three ways people can help. By visiting www.vtcleanup.org, you can:


1.   Make a monetary donation to the VT Disaster Relief Fund or other charity of your choice. Details for organizations involved in the relief and rebuilding effort can be found on the web.


2.   Sign up to volunteer on Clean Up Day by joining a volunteer team designed to tackle a project in one of our affected communities, or organize a volunteer effort in your town if you are aware of a need. In addition to volunteer labor, we are also looking for skilled laborers like plumbers, electricians, and heavy equipment operators who are willing to donate their time on this one day to help their neighbors in need.


3.   Donate to a specific need for a Vermont family through the "goods exchange" or through your local volunteer coordinator or food shelf. This list and your local coordinators will match needs with goods to help families who lost their homes and belongings get reestablished.


"The last several weeks have shown that we Vermonters have a natural instinct to help our neighbors," said Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. "This statewide clean up day will lend some organizational support to help those who have the greatest need. With just a few weeks left before winter, we need to make every helping hand count."

Gov. Shumlin said he hopes businesses, communities, individuals, schools and other groups will enthusiastically participate in Clean Up Day projects, much as they do for the anti-litter Green Up Day event. He said the need for help providing everything from food to furniture, to mucking out basements and clearing debris, and much more has never been greater.


"I hope that all Vermonters will participate in this special day in at least one way - or better yet, all three ways," Gov. Shumlin said. "If we all lend a hand and do a little it will mean a lot to those in need."

OKTOBERFEST at Café Provence

Come enjoy traditional Bavarian food and beer from our very own Vermont Breweries!   

Learn about the origins of this historic festival and sample a variety of local beer.   

Thursday October 20th, 6-8:30pm in the Private Dining Room

$20.00 for food and beer (two types of sausage, bavarian pretzels with mustard, fish on a stick, and apple strudel. There will be oktoberfest beers from loval breweries to try). Raffle for an AuthenticBeer Stein  

Reservations recommended- call 802-247-9997

Celebrity Server Night
at Café Provence's Private Dining Room
all proceeds benefit the Brandon Rotary
Otter Valley Scholarship Fund

Thursday, October 27th

Start the night off with a complimentary wine toast!
5:30-6:30 Cocktails(cash bar)
6:30-8:00 Dinner
$50.00 per person
50/50 Raffle

Reservations can be made by calling  
Del Cook @ 802-247-6560
Linda Dintino @ 607-283-9739
John Castle @ 802-247-8150
Special Thanks to
Celebration Rentals & Vermont Wine Merchants


The Grace Episcopal Church in Forest Dale
will be holding a Turkey Dinner
this Saturday, October 22 from 5 - 6:30 pm

Annual Spaghetti Dinner
at the Brandon Inn  ~  Tuesday, November 1
There are two seatings, 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
And a preview of the OVUHS
fall musical: The Sound of Music

St Mary's Church Supper
Saturday, Nov 5 from 5 -7pm
Roast Pork, potatoes, squash, coleslaw and
 $9.00 for adults; $5.00 for children under 12
For reservations, call Terry at 247-3677 or Carolyn at 345-8762 


The Neshobe PTO invites crafters, vendors, and local businesses to participate in the second Holiday Extravaganza!  The event is Saturday, November 19th from Noon to 4 pm at Neshobe School.  Holiday shoppers can enjoy delicious food, door prizes, silent auction, kid's activities and a nice selection of local, unique gifts.  Last year was very successful and had a wide variety of vendors.  It is an excellent opportunity to promote your business at a local community event.  For more information or to reserve a table, please contact Hazel Wood at hazel.wood@hostplanet.us or go to www.neshobepto.com.


Pig Roast, Live Music by Left Eye Jump,Corn Maze & Games
Donations to benefit the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund
Pumpkins, Leicester hats for sale.
Raffle and Pasture Bingo to help support event and flood relief.
Sunday, October 23rd from Noon to 4pm
At Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program
898 Delorm Road in Leicester  ~  247-3375
Going North on Route 7 from Brandon, turn right onto Fern Lake Road at Leicester Four Corners. About ½ mile down take 1st right onto Delorm Road. The farm is about ½ mile down on right, #898 on mailbox post. Follow signs from Route 7
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 







This one page document is helpful for anyone still considering applying for SBA help or for those who already have. 


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

  • Thursday, Dec. 1 &
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14

The Chamber-sponsored health insurance plan through VACE, has announced tremendous news for 2012. The Chamber, in conjunction with Holden Financial Agency, will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, November 15 (location: TBA) to talk about this plan. Here are highlights of the changes:

  • Change in carrier from Cigna to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (a Vermont company)
  • Ease of transition  - No enrollment paperwork
  • Access to the expansive Blue Card national network of providers
  • New benefit additions include: annual vision exam, new wellness drug rider, no limitations on home health or skilled nursing, and no co-pays on in- and out-patient services.
  • Lower out-of-pocket maximum on the $2500 plan
  • Full H.S.A. compatibility on the $2000 plan
  • If you had been on the VACE Cigna plan and dropped it within the past 18 months, VACE is waiving the 18-month re-enrollment clause through January 31, 2012
 Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier:
Neil Godwin Speaks at Mount Independence

ORWELL, Vt. - Author Neil Godwin comes to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell to speak about the Royalton Raid Saturday, October 22, 1:00 p.m. His acclaimed book, We Go as Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier was published last year by the Vermont Historical Society.

Godwin will discuss the background of the Royalton Raid and some of the intrigues of the Revolutionary War in Vermont and the region. The event, the annual Robert J. Maguire lecture, is offered by the Mount Independence Coalition.   

Godwin's book is one of the most successful, recent publications of the Vermont Historical Society and offers new insight about the Royalton Raid of 1780 and the Revolution on the northern frontier.  Godwin will talk about the spy network in this region during the Revolution and the relationship between the British and Native communities.  
Doors open to the public at 12:30 p.m. The event is free. Donations are appreciated. Come enjoy a riveting afternoon. This special event will be the last chance of the year to visit the Mount Independence museum, which closed for the season after Columbus Day.     

Mount Independence, one of Vermont's state-owned historic sites, is a National Historic Landmark and is considered one of the least disturbed Revolutionary War sites in America. The site is located six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 73 and 22A in Orwell, near the end of Mount Independence Road. Call 802-759-2412 for more information.

For more information about the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites.

ServSafe® Certification and Food Handler Essentials classes mutually and conveniently custom tailored to accommodate varied shifts and schedules at client's facility site or other preferred location

Call 802.247.0098 for special group rates

ServSafe® Managers Certification Examination

Next classes: Register through Training to Excel www.trainingtoexcel.com

November 8, 9 and 10 three consecutive four hour morning sessions

Stafford Technical Center, Culinary Arts, 8 Stratton Road Rutland, Vermont

Classes commence at 9:00am and finish at 1:30pm.

November 15 one nine hour day session

Public library or local Inn Brandon, Vermont

Class commences at 8:30am and finished by 5:00pm

November 29 one nine hour day session

Same details as above

Food Handlers Food Safety Essentials

Best for employed and entry level staffing responsible for hot and cold food preparation, food receivers, catering, wait service, maintenance, dish and ware washing personnel.

Household cooks and Homemakers who purchase foods and prepares meals for family, friends and seniors.

Now accepting class registrations for food handlers food safety essentials

Class requires minimum of six participants 

Registration details call Norm at 802.247.0098* or www.trainingtoexcel.com

ServSafe® & Food Safety applicants require minimum two weeks pre registration

Food safety conscious staff is your greatest asset while non food safety team members could be your worst liability

Training to Excel, Norm Milot

Food Safety and Educational Advancement for Professionals

Certified ServSafe® Instructor and Registered Proctor


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.


Brandon 250 Vermont

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will next meet on Monday, November 21 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




Donations are now being accepted for Memory Tree bulbs in the memory of loved ones. The cost of the bulbs is $1.00 each.
In Memory Of:




Your Name & Phone Number:

Name: _______________________________

Phone: _______________________________

Send checks and forms to:
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC)
PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733.
Please do not send cash in the mail.

Names with cash or check may also be dropped off at Carr's Florist & Gifts or The Inside Scoop.

Deadline is Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Tree lighting with singing and festivities will take place on Sun., Nov. 27 at 3:30 pm in Central Park