MARCH 2012

Tuesday, March 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

At their Brandon branch at 2 West Seminary St
(next to the Town Hall)

Hors d'oeuvres from Cafe Provence
Soft Drinks   ** Cash Bar **

Bring Your Employees & Associates

The Chamber will be producing a summer / fall events flier to be sent to all mailboxes in the area. We will include member and non-profit event listings free of charge. Please email them to Details should include business or organization name, event name, date, time, location, cost, web address for more info, and a one sentence description. Contact the Chamber if you have questions. 
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is re-printing and updating of our two primary pieces of print materials and we are also preparing our 2012 summer events flier, which we mail town-wide in June. Advertising and Sponsorship opportunities are affordable and designed for all types of businesses focusing on different audiences.

This is an excellent resource for tourists, locals, and people looking to relocate to our area. The piece is full of information pertaining to the outdoors, things to do in the area, and information about relocation. It was printed without advertisements about 8-9 years ago although there were sponsors. It remains very popular.
  • OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU: Sponsorship of this very popular piece will help keep it available for years to come. We will print 5000 pieces. We are in the process of updating the information to be current and accurate. Sponsorships get their name, address, web info and a "tag line."


This "lure" piece is designed to be less expensive than the Map & Guide, is updated more often, and contains advertising. It focuses on the Chamber's "4 Point Approach to Marketing" [Arts, Celebrations, Outdoors, History].


  • OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU: Advertising in this piece will make sure your business is represented to tourists, day-trippers, and people considering relocation. We will reprint 2000 pieces with updated information. Advertisers get approximately 35 words each including their name, address, and their own customized paragraph. 



There are many events happening in town this summer / fall and this is THE best way you will have to  target the local community. It is inexpensive and effective. Also, it helps the Chamber sponsor the events we do, many of which are offered for free. In June, fliers will be mailed to every 05733, 05745, and 05778 mailbox.


  • OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU: Individual boxed ads are sized approximately 1.5" x 1.5". Ad space fills quickly on this piece. Payment and ad copy must be submitted by deadline to guarantee inclusion. If we run out of space even before the deadline, we reserve the right to limit participation.


*    Sponsorship in  the Map & Guide - $110


*    Advertise in the Lure Brochure - $40


*    Advertise in the Summer / Fall Events Flier - $35




*    All three publications for: $155


*    Map & Guide and Lure Brochure: $125

*    Lure Brochure and Events Flier: $65





Zephyr to Perform at Brandon Music


Zephyr, the folk group based in Addison County will perform on March 17 at 7:00 PM in the Music Café at Brandon Music. This Americana music quartet brings together influences of folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, country and the singer-songwriter tradition. Members of the band include Matthew Dickerson , Susan Nop , Kathleen Smith, and Dutton Smith. Dickerson writes much of Zephyr's original music, or co-writes with Nop. Smith adds interesting  rhythms , while her husband Dutton brings rich harmonies, along with his violin-playing, as both a lead instrument and for background textures. Zephyr has been performing together for two years.


Tickets are $15 per person, and the concert is a benefit for the new Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon, Vt. For more information or tickets, call 802-465-4071 or email


Mothers Of Otter Valley Students (past & present)

are looking for gently used prom gowns, cocktail dresses,
formalwear of all sorts... to sell at the ...

4thBallgown Boutique 

To benefit the "Nifty Thrifty"
A.I.M. Program
(Academic Incentive Money) 

Drop off your donations of gently used gowns,

         formalwear, and accessories:
shoes, jewelry, shawls,

hair ornaments, clutches, cummerbunds
at several locations:

The Brandon Inn
Otter Valley Union High School 
Rutland High School Mary Hogan Elementary School
The Brandon Thrift Shop

Then come BUY your Ballgown, Prom Dress, Black Tie Party outfit, Mother-of-the-Bride dress,
or just a little something special


   @ Ayrshire Building in Brandon

     the brick building on Union Street across from Hannaford and RiteAid 


       Friday March 9th 3:00 to 5:00

           Saturday 10th 10:00 to 5:00  

               Sunday 11th 10:00 to 3:00  




                For more information please call Laura @ 247-3280 or email 



Renovations of the
Basement at the Town Hall

The McKernon Group is moving forward with gusto in the renovations of the basement of the Brandon Town Hall.

Demolition has taken place and construction is now underway.  We will be adding photographs weekly to our Facebook page (Brandon Town Hall), so please check that out to view the progress.  (Postings began last week, so there currently is two weeks worth of photographs to enjoy.)

We are still finalizing a few events for our Summer Season, but those that are confirmed are listed on our website under the "calendar" tab.

Don't forget the Wood's Tea Company concert of Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Paramount. This is a fundraiser for the Brandon Town Hall. Tickets are available at Carr's Florist and Gifts and at the Paramount box office.  

On another note, I have decided to step down from the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall when my term ends in May 2012.  It has been an amazing eight years on the Friends' board, and I am thrilled at the extent of building renovations that we have accomplished during this time and how the Hall is returning to its rightful spot as our Community Center!

I hope that you would consider serving on the Friends' board. To help take the Town Hall to its next phase of its revitalization will be a challenge, as well as rewarding beyond belief.  If you are interested in becoming involved either as a board member or a committee member please contact us.  Via e-mail at, by telephone call Dennis Marden at 247-5420, or by mail at P.O. Box 181, Brandon, VT  05733.

It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Friends and because of this experience the Town Hall will forever be a part of me.  Thank you to everyone who has helped the Friends come so far with our dream.  The best is yet to come!

My best, Mei Mei Brown, President


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet for their annual retreat in March. The next general meeting will be Monday, April 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm in The Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.

Tucel Industries has a web site available with a full line of TUCEL Hygienic Fused Brushes for your Personal Needs at  Or you can buy  regular brushes by calling the office at 802-247-6824 or check out the catalog at AND THEY ARE MADE RIGHT HERE IN FOREST DALE, VT 


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The story of maple sugaring is in the world's largest maple museum. Antiques, paintings, slide show, folk art exhibits, maple syrup samples. A simulated boiling process, "sap to syrup" is presented all year. Gift Shop with mail order service. In-Season Open daily. 8:30-5:30 PM May 18- October 31. Admission $2.50, Children under 12 yrs $.75, under 6 yrs free. Off-Season rates 10-4 PM March 9- May 17 and November 1- December 23, 26-30.
Located at 4578 Rte 7 in Pittsford, 8 miles north of Rutland. (802) 483-9414. Senior and AAA rates. Visit our web site:


March 9: Maple Museum opens for the season. Off-season rates. Groups over 12 can request "Sugar on Snow" by reservation. Call 802-483-9414. Spring hours 10 am - 4 pm daily.  


March 24 - 25:
A special presentation of the History of Maple Sugaring coinciding with Maple Open House Weekend. A great way to start or finish your tour of local Vermont sugarhouses. The tasting counter is open to all and features Vermont Specialty Foods and Maple Syrup. This long weekend, the museum offers discounts on admissions and 25% off selected gifts. 10AM-4PM.

The third annual Taste of Vermont fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Brandon will be held on Sunday, March 11 at the Brandon Inn. Start at 4 pm with a Meet the Chefs gathering together with local cheesemakers, farms, wines and a silent auction. Dinner tasting starts at 5 pm with the live auction and dessert starting at 6 pm. This annual event not only helps scores of kids in Rutland and Addison Counties, it tastes great too! For more information, to donate, or purchase tickets, contact the Boys and Girls Club of Brandon at 802-465-4131 or email:

Otter Valley Senior Discount Cards of 2012 are now available! Cost: $10

Support local businesses and OV Project Graduation   

Businesses on the card: 

Kamuda's Market 

Keith's Country Store 
Brandon House of Pizza
Vermont Soup and Sandwich
Cafe Provence
Gourmet Provence
Carr's Florist and Gifts
Antiques By The Falls
Blue Seal Feeds
Rutland Bowlerama
Sensible Shoe
Ace Hardware of Rutland


They can be purchased at: 

Blue Seal Feeds

Carr's Florist and Gifts

Keith's Country Store

Ace Hardware of Rutland  


Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733

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