end - DEC. 2011



FEB. 18-19, 2012


Here's how you can be a part of it: Register for only $30 and you can be an active part of Art in the Snow in a variety of ways.

*    Sponsor the event. Feel good about supporting the weekend. You will be featured on the event website with a link to your own website and if you have a storefront, you will get a poster for your window.                                
*    Conduct a class or workshop. Use your imagination. Last year's offerings included jewelry making, painting, knitting, cooking, baking, and more.  
*    Open Studio / Demonstrations. If you have a studio or business and would like to welcome event-goers to your place, just open your doors! You can specify demonstration hours or just keep it open-ended throughout the weekend.

Details of the event:  
*    Event hours are Sat., Feb. 18 from 10 am - 4 pm and Sun., Feb. 19 from noon - 4 pm. If your business has different "open" hours, just specify on the registration form and they will be noted on our website. 
*    Every participant (sponsor, workshop, open studio, etc) will get their own web page linked from our master web site at www.artinthesnow.com
*    The Brandon Select Board has approved offering up to $1000 in Brandon Bucks to visitors who spend two nights (or more!) in one of the town's lodging places. Each guest will receive $50 in Brandon Bucks. A similar offering this past fall brought in 79 new customers to area lodging and spread $4000 in Brandon Bucks to businesses throughout town.         
*    Once you pay the $30 fee, you may hold more than one offering. For example, if you want to teach a painting class, you can hold one on Saturday and one on Sunday, and pay just one $30 registration fee. 
*    There will be wine tasting offered throughout town all weekend at a minimum of five places. If you are interested in being a winery host, please let us know (we can't guarantee we will have additional wineries to place but if we do, we will know your interest. Any "locale" that is interested in hosting a winery for wine-tasting must be prepared to supply one person (an employee or volunteer that you hire / find) who will be dedicated to being at the disposal of the guests. For example, the Brandon Artists Guild, as a wine tasting venue, must supply the winery a person to help them. That person might be called upon to help sell product, keep the area neat / clean, AND help sell wine glasses for the Committee. 
*    We will accept on-line bookings for any class or workshop in which you will charge a fee to event-goers. We will do this through PayPal and discount fees will be passed along to you. That means that when an event-goer books your workshop on-line and pays i.e., a $25 fee, you will receive approximately $24 (the formula is 3% + $.30 each transaction) . You will also be able to book event-goers to your offering on your own and we will keep in touch regarding how many spaces are available and how many are booked.
*    If you register to offer a workshop or class, please indicate if you would like a registration cut-off date. That information will be posted on the website. If you choose to NOT have a cut-off date, you will be asked to be ready for walk-in registrations the day of the event. 
*    This event is sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brandon Artists Guild.
*    Committee may reject an offering for reasons of their own.  
Go to www.ArtInTheSnow.com to find registration forms. 
If you have questions or need more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 247-6401 or info@brandon.org



    Barbara Nelson Designer Jeweler
Barbara Nelson

989 Indian Trail, Leicester   ~   247-3702

e: ewaldewald@aol.com

Membership Category: Arts, Crafts, Artisans


Dundon Plumbing & Heating, Inc.  Christopher Dundon

mail: PO Box 100 and location: 344 Route 22-A
Orwell, VT 05760   ~   948-2082; f: 948-2088
e: dundonph@shoreham.net; web: dundonplumbing.com
Membership Categories: Construction & Contractors; Services; Plumbing & Heating Contractor; Septic Services; Portable Restroom Rentals 


Moonlight Madness Winner
Congratulations to Rene Rubbins of Goshen who won $100 in Brandon Green Gift Certificates. The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce awarded the prize randomly. Every purchase made during the two Moonlight Madness evenings in December gave buyers another chance to enter. Rene shopped at a few stores on Moonlight Madness and was happy to win some extra dollars to shop in Brandon! Thanks to everyone who shopped in Brandon!

The Brandon Chamber's judges were out and about last week checking on decorations all over town. The judges commented on how impressed they were at every turn and down every street. As hard as it was, they were able to choose a few they liked the best! The winners in the residential category were: Lynn and Roman Wdowiak (44 Rydon Acres) and Cindy and Bob Bell (40 Franklin Street). The commercial category winners were the Conant Block (Nancy and Jim Leary, owners) and Neshobe House (George Landry, decorator) and Honorable Mention to Friends of the Brandon Town Hall. Prizes are beautiful poinsettia plants. Thanks to everyone who called in, don't forget to call in next year! Happy Holidays from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce. 
Reflexology For The Sole has the perfect holiday idea for anyone on your list. Gift certificates for a full hour of relaxation! They fit everyone from children through seniors. Easy shopping - just call Lindy Brown at 282-3538 for the gift certificates. I can even mail them! When your shopping is complete - book yourself an appointment and your feet will thank you.   


Taste of the Valley, 8 Park St.  Dec. 31st from 6-9pm.  We will be serving hors d'oeuvres, pizza, and serving our Holiday Gluwein and Sparkling wine.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at our store.  Our number here is 247-9463

Celebrate New Year's Eve with dinner at Cafe Provence. Delicious menu! All the details are here.

New Year's Eve Bash in Cafe Provence Private Dining Room and Center Street Bar with Hors d'Oeuvres, Champagne toast, specials, and Brandon's very own garage band, the Feral Godmothers.

Romance Half Marathon
Race and Tour

Race Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012

Location: Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton, VT. 

Distance: The course will start at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, VT and follow the Catamount Trail and other wilderness trails in the scenic Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. These wilderness trails will be groomed classic style specifically for this event and no skating will be allowed. The Tour Category will ski the 15km loop while racers will have a choice between the 15km (one loop course) or the 25km course (two loop course). 

Type of Event: Classic-style technique for both the race division (timed event) and tour division (non-timed event)  

Registration: We encourage participants to register online, though you can also register by phone, or mail. Event registration is limited to 300 skiers, so register early!

Phone: (802) 864-5794 
Mail: Download the PDF Registration Form and send it to: 
             Catamount Trail Association
             1 Mill St. Suite #350
             Burlington, VT 05401
Online: through SkiReg until February 8th, 2012

The Gallery at Brandon Music is honored to welcome back the very talented Vermont artist, Ruth Hamilton. Her new show, featured through February 29, 2012, is titled, "A Walk Through the Woods and other favored spaces".  The artist regularly travels to England and is inspired to translate the heart of that land as she experiences it. The works in this show include several scenes from Northern England and Cornwall in the deep South West, as well as Vermont scenes and figurative work. Ruth's paintings explore the relationship of the person to the land, earth, other people and, occasionally, animals. Her work exemplifies the wonderment of nature and an intimate view of life. Beautiful and unusual use of color is a major strength of her work. Ruth maintains her home and studio in Poultney, Vt.


Brandon Music - Vermont's Classical Music Haven - is at 62 Country Club Road, opposite Neshobe Golf Club on Rte 73E.  More information is available at www.brandonmusicvt.com. For more information call Linda Banta at 802 465 4071 or linda@brandon-music.net


Get out your 2012 calendar and Save the Date. Chamber Annual Dinner is scheduled for Friday, February 3. More details will follow!

Happy Holidays from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce 

BRANDON T-SHIRTS:  Blue and Green short sleeve shirts are available at The Brandon Inn.   
Youth Sizes - $12 
Adult Sizes - $15

All sizes restocked and available at the Brandon Inn

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce administers a low-interest revolving loan fund available to businesses for an approved building improvement project. The loan fund was originally established as a way to recognize that each and every improvement to Brandon's built community is important to a revitalized town. This loan has been lent several times in the past and there is $2500 available to be lent at the current time. Please contact the Chamber if you would like more information about this little pot of gold!
(Brandon Green Gift Certificates to shop in Brandon!)

A membership benefit of belonging to the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is being able to accept Brandon Green - Gift Certificates to Shop in Brandon.

Here is a copy of a certificate (some certificates are signed by Sam Glaser; the one pictured here is signed by Robert Schmidt. They are BOTH valid).
Brandon Green Certificate
The certificates are light green in color and larger than a regular personal check. They are legal tender and can be deposited at any bank just like you would any other check. They only come in $5 increments. If someone pays you with Brandon Green and change is owed to them, you may give them change in cash because you will get the full $5 on deposit.
Brandon Green certificates are available for purchase at the Lake Sunapee Bank (downtown Brandon branch only). You may purchase any amount -- they are worth $5 each. They make excellent gifts
and people appreciate receiving them.

Members should make sure their employees are familiar with these Certificates so they will readily accept them when presented. If you have any questions about Brandon Bucks, please contact the Chamber.

Winter ServSafeŽ Managers Certification Classes 

January 24, February 21 and March 20.

All Tuesday sessions held at Brandon Library or Popular Country Inn. Nine hour full day sessions including 5th edition revised essentials book with exam booklet sheet; sessions start 8:30am and finish 5:00pm.


February 6, 7 and 8, special three consecutive four hour day sessions held in Middlebury. Call 802.247.0098 for details and registration procedure.


Food safety certification classes conveniently and mutually tailored to accommodate complex schedules at client's facility. Single and multiple day sessions available as requested.


Interested applicants required to forward registration form within ample time to receive book at minimum one week prior to ServSafe scheduled class or earlier


Food Safety Sessions

-ServSafeŽ Managers Certification

-Food Handler Food Safety Essentials

-Household Food Safety Best Practices


Resource Services

-Pre Local Regulatory Authority Inspection Preparation Analysis

-Wait Service Staff Dining Etiquette Workshops 

-Consultant Services


Questions or concerns call 802.247.0098* or forward email

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


Additional information and registration form on web site www.trainingtoexcel.com 


Traveling to clients facility within New England and New York not a problem


Training to Excel, Norm Milot

ServSafeŽ Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor

Brandon 250 Vermont
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733