APRIL (mid) 2012


Starting May 4, Brandon's restaurants and merchants are keeping the lights on and the doors open until 9 pm the first Friday of each month. Come on downtown!


We have an enormous clean up job at the Town Hall scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd starting at 9:00.  We will need plenty of mops, buckets, rags, brooms, dust pans, dust brushes, paper towels, shop vacs and elbow grease.  

Because of the construction downstairs and the new stairway to the back dressing room there is a layer of dust on EVERYTHING!!!!  If you can't get there at 9:00 that's okay, I think we will be there for a few hours, so come when you can, put in an hour and wear old clothes.

Hope to see as many folks as possible, many hands make light work and this effort will only help all of us in the long run.  Thanks, Dennis


 GREEN UP DAY is coming -- Saturday, May 5.We will meet at the Bandstand in Central Park from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.mo. Trash bags and route assignments (and coffee/hot chocolate and donuts) will be available for anyone who would like to help. Volunteers with pick-up trucks are a great benefit, as we always seem to need help getting the trash delivered to the transfer station  -- please call me if you'd like to volunteer for "truck" duty (247-9595).  Green Up Day bags are available for those who would like to get an early start or who otherwise will not be available on Green Up Day (call me at 247-9595). I recommend that volunteers wear sturdy work gloves as some items along our roadsides can be harmful, very gross and/or downright yecchy.  -- Jim Leary, Brandon's Green Up Coordinator

MIXER NEWS: Thanks so much to Vermont Sports Medicine for the great mixer last week. The Chamber's next mixer is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 SAVE THE DATE. Details to be announced to Members soon!

CHAMBER SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR OVUHS STUDENTS The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is now accepting scholarship application forms from graduating OVUHS students pursuing a course of study in business or business-related major. The Chamber Scholarship will be presented to a student who is well-rounded, has participated in school and outside activities, who is pursuing higher education, and is planning on a career in business or aspires to be entrepreneurial. Interested students should contact the Guidance Office for applications. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, May 2, 2012. For more information, you may also call the Chamber at 247-6401.
»  Free Summer Concert Series

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its annual free concert series. Here's the 2012 line-up. 

  • All concerts begin at 6:30 pm and will be in Central Park  
  • Bring a chair or a blanket.
  • There will be a rain location as needed.
  • For more information, contact the Chamber at 247-6401.
  • Concerts are sponsored by area businesses.

Swing Noire

Swing Noire
Thurs., June 28

Violinist David Gusakov, twins Rob and Jim McCuen on guitar and double bass, and guitarist Jim Stout make up Vermont's newest (and hottest) acoustic, Hot Club style quartet with music that "will entrance and surprise you." Concert sponsored by Casella Waste Management  



Gene Childers and the Jubilee Jazz Band  

Friday, July 27  

 Gene Childers & The Jubilee Jazz Band

These musicians keep the tradition of early jazz alive. The musicians are from Vermont and New York and are among some of the finest in the Northeast. With years of experience playing far and wide, expect swinging ensemble playing, hot solos, and a fun, toe-tapping, good time for the whole family. Sponsored by Lake Sunapee Bank 
Ten Rod Road
Thurs., Aug. 16

Ten Rod Road plays a diverse collection of musical styles. Come and dance to a variety of tunes - from ballads to rockers. This concert is a One-Year-After fundraiser for Brand-Aid


The Avant Garde Dogs Band
Thursday, Aug. 23 


The Avant Garde Dogs Band

Back by popular demand. The Avant  Garde  Dogs  Band  is an eclectic collection of musicians: two members of the Sleeping Dogs of old (Jim Murphy and Tad Merrick), The Keating Five (Jim Keating), and other  members (Liam Murphy and Doug Wilhelm). The band's songs range from John Hiatt, The Subdudes, Bruce Cockburn, Greg Brown, Ry Cooder. Los Lobos, The Rolling Stones, The Band, and even a little R&Bs. Dancing is the goal, but listening is certainly an option. Concert sponsored by Ms. Bette Moffett.






With Guest Chef Vicky Regia of Lian Catering
Thursday April 26th Starting at 5PM
 Please call 247-9997 for reservations by April 22nd
Indonesian Cooking Class:
Chef Vicky will follow up with a cooking class on Monday April 30th, 5:30pm-8pm - $50/person, space is limited! Please call 247-9997 for reservations  

Visit http://cafeprovencevt.com/cooking-classes/ for the latest class schedule

Seven Days and Vermont Federal Credit Union present a week of dining and culinary events in Vermont April 27-May 4, 2012. We are happy to be participating again. This year we will have: Two Lunch Menus and Two Dinner Menus to choose from




Brandon Music Presents Pianist
Chris Bakriges April 22, 7pm


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road, will present Vermont pianist Chris Bakriges with vibraphonist Mark van Gulden on April 22 at 7pm. The concert is a part of the year-round weekly "Sunday Jazz" series hosted in the intimate Brandon Music Café. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Venue is BYOB. Doors open at 6:15.  


Pianist Chris Bakriges has forged a unique path which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, global influences and pure improvisation. He has collaborated with Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Burrell and the late blues singer Sandra Wright, and has been admired as an "adventurous pianist" by jazz legend Anthony Braxton. Vibraphonist Mark van Gulden is a free lance musician who is known for his work with singer Jenni Johnson, while holding the music director chair at ArtisTree, a community arts center and gallery located in Woodstock, Vermont.


The pairing of jazz piano and vibraphone, although around since the 1930s, is still considered a unique sound. Art Tatum/ Lionel Hampton, John Lewis/ Milt Jackson, and Chick Corea/ Gary Burton are the most well-known collaborations. Bakriges and van Gulden have developed an exciting, lyrical and highly interactive style of their own. Their repertoire ranges from jazz standards to original contemporary music. They will be joined onstage by special guest, vocalist Janine Hamilton.


Brandon Music also offers an Early Bird dinner special, which includes a ticket for the jazz performance, for $25 per person. Enjoy the chef's award-winning chili and cornbread and dessert before listening to world-class jazz. Reservations are required, and dinner is served from 4:00pm until 6:00pm, with final seating at 5:30pm.


For Tickets Contact Brandon Music: (802) 465-4071 / info@brandon-music.net


The "Sunday Jazz" series is produced by NH Jazz Presents, a company dedicated to the preservation and further evolution of jazz music. All Sunday Jazz shows at Brandon Music have a listening policy which prohibits talking, and use of texting devices, cell phones, video/ audio recording, laptop computers, gaming units, and cameras.

Upcoming Sunday Jazz Shows:


4/29 Trio Balkan Strings (Guitar Family from Serbia)




Tuesday May 8th, 2012 - 6 pm


MENU: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Roasted Mixed Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Pie ala mode, Rolls, Coffee/tea, $7/per person. Call 247-2131  

Chamber Board of Directors: Sarah Pattis of the Brandon Inn was welcomed back to the Board on Monday night at the Chamber's regular meeting. Sarah is replacing Bob Foley of  Neshobe River Winery. Thanks Bob for your service and we look forward to having you back on the Board in the near future.

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 info@brandon.org. 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).

PEGTV Announces New Weather Maps and Information
After months of planning and preparation, PEGTV is pleased to annouce new weather charts and information for Channel 15 and PEGTV.com.Viewers will now be able to enjoy crisp, broadcast-quality, up-to-date weather information that is updated in real-time throughout the day. We invite you to log on to our web site or tune in to Channel 15 for a look. And remember, this information is hyper-local, making it the most relevant gauge of area weather available. 
Remember: You can produce programming, too - FOR FREE! Are you an expert fly fisherman, amateur painter or part-time baseball card collector? Maybe you volunteer for a local organization and want to get the word out. Or maybe you just wrote a song that you'd like to share with the world. Why not put yourself on television and share your talent or interests with the community?

Producing a show for PEGTV couldn't be any easier. Just call the studio at (802) 747.0151 and sign up for a brief VIP (Volunteer Independent Producer) class. Once certified, you will have access to our studios, editing bays, and field equipment. And the only thing it costs you is your time! It really is that easy. Click this link for more information.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

You are cordially invited to join us for a very special evening that explores the development of the modern conservation movement and land ethic through a new film called Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. Green Fire is a full-length, powerful documentary about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, considered by many to be the father of wildlife management and conservation in this country. Leopold developed the land ethic that underpins and inspires modern conservation throughout the world and is also one of our nation's most beloved nature writers. His book "A Sand County Almanac," published shortly after his untimely death in 1949, has become a catalyst for our evolving ecological awareness and a classic in American literature; it remains widely read today and serves as the moral compass for contemporary conservation of natural resources.


Green Fire-a partnership between The Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the U.S. Forest Service, and narrated by actor Peter Coyote-explores Leopold's life and thinking, and is a powerful and moving tribute to the man, his legacy, and the land ethic. It is very inspirational to anyone who cares about the world in which they live and our future on this planet. It provides hope and a clear vision for sustainable human-nature relationships.


We are pleased to have arranged for a special screening on Thursday evening, April 26, 7:00 PM, at the Jeffords Auditorium at Castleton State College.* The screening is free of charge and open to the public; refreshments will be served starting at 6:30. You may find more information about the film at http://www.aldoleopold.org/greenfire/index.shtml. You may also view a 13-minute trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQED4YEMx9A 


Please join us for what we promise will be a rewarding, thought-provoking, and inspirational evening, including an after-film discussion and question/answer session. You might even see some familiar local faces, as the project was partly filmed right here in Vermont! Your Green Fire Co-hosts: Gary Meffe, Adjunct Professor, University of Florida; Brandon, VT and Cynthia Moulton, Professor, Castleton State College



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will next meet for a general meeting on Monday, May 21, 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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