MARCH (end) 2012

We are pleased to announce our next


Thursday, April 12
from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

At their Office at 381 New Rd., Suite A
Park Village
(McKernon Group Building)

Appetizers and Snacks
by Plan-It-Sheri Catering
** Cash Bar **

Bring Your Employees & Associates

Chamber Board members spent last Monday in a "retreat" setting facilitated by Steve Carr. Board members discussed potential marketing initiatives and agreed on new programs to offer our membership. Starting Friday, May 4, we will kick off the first program, FIRST FRIDAY. The intent is to have every downtown business owner stay open until 9 pm on the first Friday of the month. We hope these night-time hours will encourage more people into downtown-- eat first and then shop or shop and then eat. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!   
Photo by Thomasina Magoon

Woods Tea Company Farewell Performance to Benefit Brandon Town Hall  


The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall, in collaboration with "I am Vermont Strong, Inc.", the Paramount Theater and the Rutland Herald will sponsor the Farewell Performance of Public television favorite Woods Tea Company on Friday, March 30th at 8:00 pm. The concert will take place in the Paramount Theater and is a benefit concert for the Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall. 

The Woods Tea Company has been synonymous with New England since the early 1980's,
when the group was formed. The band played mostly in New England with occasional forays farther afield, the band continued to gain prominence and a solid reputation as a leader in the Irish Folk music world. The group has performed in all of the lower 48 and manages to at least pass through most of them about every two years. Now after almost 30 years they have decided to retire for good. This will be their Farewell performance in the beautiful Paramount Theater and will end their successful careers
in the State where it all started.

The Woods Tea Company is an acoustic group performing Celtic tunes, Novelty, French-
Canadian and American folk songs. All members are fine vocalists, often leaving audiences thrilled by their wonderful harmonies. During a performance the band uses as many as a dozen different instruments. Notable performances include New York's Lincoln Center, The Chautauqua Institute and appearances on PBS and National Public Radio, who labeled them "Vermont's hardest working folk group.

Tickets are available through the Paramount Theater Box Office or at Carr's Florist and Gifts in
Brandon. All tickets are $20 with general seating on a first come, first served basis. Please help us fill the Paramount for this Vermont icon and at the same time help the Brandon Town Hall in their efforts to continue the renovation of the beautiful and Historic Brandon Town Hall.


Become a member of the farm at Wood's Market Garden with our Summer CSA program!

Hurry...join by March 31st and get lots of free perks!


Join our Summer CSA and get "Farm Bucks" to spend on anything we sell. Your membership helps us generate cash flow before our farm stand is open and to pay for our early-season costs like labor, fuel, soil, seeds and equipment maintenance. In return for your early payment, you will receive an "account" at our farm stand filled with "Farm Bucks". You can use your "Bucks" to purchase anything we sell at our farm stand: plants, vegetables, fruits, or even cheese, bread, and maple syrup. As a member, you will also receive free perks throughout the season. The perks are our way of sharing our wonderful bounty of the farm with you....and come in the form of free fruit, veggies or flowers.


Folks love our Summer CSA....we hope you become a member this year! Full details can be found at




Top Chamber Musicians Give Benefit for Brandon Art Center


Brandon Music presents chamber musicians Paul Orgel (piano), Laurel Ann Maurer (flute), and John Dunlop (cello) in a benefit concert for Compass Music and Arts Center on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. The performance will take place at the Brandon Congregational Church.  The program will include music by Prokofiev, Martinu, Villa Lobos, and Haydn. With selections both familiar and unfamiliar, the evening will appeal to a varied audience.


Paul Orgel is a member of the music faculty at the University of Vermont, having studied at Oberlin and the New England Conservatory of Music, and has a doctorate in piano performance from Temple University. He has performed at Merkin Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Orgel is also the Director of the Humanities Program Concert Series at St Michael's College.


Laurel Ann Maurer is an award-winning flutist who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Maurer has a deep love of and commitment to contemporary music, having commissioned several works for flute. She is a Miyazawa Artist and performs exclusively on Miyazawa flutes. 


John Dunlop, a Burlington native, is principal cellist and frequent soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of Dartmouth College. Dunlop also studied at Oberlin

Conservatory, has performed master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, and worked with Trey Anastasio of Phish on many of his solo albums.


This is the third in a series of benefit concerts for the new Compass Music and Arts Center,

which is being planned and developed by a new non-profit organization, Compass Music and Arts Foundation, in association with Brandon Music. Tickets are priced at $15, and further donations to the Compass Music and Arts Center are greatly appreciated. Call 802-465-4071 or email for tickets or further information.  

Spring Season Food Safety Classes

Managers Food Safety & ServSafe® Managers Certification.
April 24, May 15 and June 12 all Tuesdays, inquire about lower per person fees.Above dates sessions held in Library, Brandon Vermont. Classes commence at 8:30am and finish by 5:00pm. No meal provided.Above classes Paper or Online examinations available for your convenience.

Food Handlers Food Safety with Certificate of Achievement.April 3 Tuesday class starts at 9:00am to 1:00pm. No meal provided.Vermont State Office Building, 156 South Village Green, Middlebury VT.

Food Safety toolbox filled and ready for travel to you're business location.  Food Safety sessions mutually tailored to accommodate busy schedules at client's business site or other preferred location.

Additional information or course details call 802.247.0098 or reply to email address above. Web Site

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

Keep "Hot Foods Hot" and "Cold Foods Cold" for Safety

New Class: Managers Food Safety Training with Certification Examination.Safe Food Handling Practices of the Day.At each step during the flow of food through a food service establishment there is general food safety procedures that should be followed to help reduce risks of contamination and mishandling that could consequently lead to foodborne illness outbreaks.



April 1

Ray Vega Jazz Trio 

7pm * $15 adv sales / $18 door * BYOB
Doors at 6:15 * Listening Policy

Ray Vega - A native of the South Bronx, trumpeter Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez and Louie Ramirez. Ray has performed and/or recorded with Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Steve Turre, Pete Escovedo, Chico O'Farrill, Lincoln Center's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Paul Simon, Sheila E., Frank Foster, Diane Schuur, Michel Camilo, Kirk Franklin, Bob Belden, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jeanie Bryson, Eddie Palmieri, The Mingus Big Band, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bebo Valdez, and Celia Cruz.

Ray is one of the innovators of the international jazz and latin music scenes. His recordings "Ray Vega," "Boperation" and "Pa'lante" have been well-received by critics, audiences and musicians alike. Vega's CD "Squeeze, Squeeze" has also received critical acclaim including four stars in Down Beat magazine. Vega's latest "East-West Trumpet Summit," (2010, Origin) a collaboration with Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott, hit number 1 on the Jazzweek national radio jazz charts.

Mr. Vega will perform at Brandon Music with guitarist Joe Capps and bassist John Rivers.

For advanced ticket sales email:  (802) 465-4071 



Mixer Thanks

Thanks so much to the Heritage Family Credit Union for the great mixer at their Brandon branch last week. We'll see you at the next mixer on April 12 at Vermont Sports Medicine Center.

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. 

With a full downtown (WOW!) and warmer temperatures on the horizon, we wanted to send a "reminder" for business owners and their employees to park "off-street." There are available lots behind Center Street (east) side and behind the Mobil Station (off pavement).

Exporting Fundamentals Workshop


Tuesday, March 27 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: CCV Rutland, 60 West St., Downtown Rutland


Participants will leave the program with a better understanding of exporting, including: 

- Role of the exporter & freight forwarder 

- Checking the 7 mandatory denial lists
- Sample export quotations using incoterms 2010
- Sample export documents
- Due Diligence- knowing your customer/red flags

- Record keeping requirements

The $95 fee per person includes all reference materials. Seating is limited, so reservations and  payment are required to guarantee a seat. Speaker: Mike Allocca, President of Allocca Enterprises. Co-Sponsor(s): Key Bank, Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Vermont Global Trade Partnership, Rutland Economic Development Corporation, The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, and Allocca Enterprises

Fee: $ 95.00

Register and pay for this event online


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 



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will next meet for a general meeting on Monday, April 16, 2012 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

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