MAY (beginning) 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!

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.
 GREEN UP DAY -- Saturday, May 5.We will meet at the Bandstand in Central Park from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. 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

Downtown Brandon branch 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Appetizers and Snacks by Café Provence  
                     ** Cash Bar ** 
Bring Your Employees & Associates 

One of Brandon's liveliest events is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, 2012. The Great Brandon Auction has been raising funds for development projects in the Town of Brandon since 1989. The Chamber has been able to turn over well over $150,000 into many town projects over the years.

We invite you to be a part of the 24th Annual Auction. Donate your quality used goods. Think of us when doing your spring cleaning and when sprucing up the garage. Do you have any barn treasures, attic finds, or other items in good sale-able condition? Contact the Chamber and we will you work with you to make arrangements for pick up.



May's Events Include: 

May 5 at 7:00 p.m. Silent Movie Festival Continues with Jeff Rapsis "Metropolis" -  Free Will Offering


May 12 8 - 11:00 p.m. - Otter Valley Senior Dance

May 17 6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall @ the Hall. Join us as we elect new officers, review the past year and begin our planning for the next phase of the Town Hall's improvements.     

May 20 4:00 p.m. Ladies Night Out Women's Chorus Benefit Concert - Free Will Offering

LNO Women's Chorus is made up of women from Rutland County and beyond.  This is their Spring Tour and is entitled "Peace and Hope in 2012."  The program offers something for every taste from Bach & Schubert, Mendelssohn, classic songs by Irving Berlin, Ray Ringwald, Celtic songs and, of course, the Beatles.  Lucy Allen Tenenbaum is the conductor & director of the group since 1999.  


May 26 7:30 p.m. "Tomorrow Never Knows"  A tribute to the Beatles. Enjoy an evening of reminiscing about some of the best times of your life....  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door.  



  Who else but Jeff Rapsis could open our 2012 season?   

Join Jeff as he accompanies the 1925 film Metropolison his keyboard.  The film is set in a futuristic urban dystopia, and follows the attempts of Freder, the son of a wealthy intellectual, and Maria, whose background is not fully explained in the film, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classist nature of their city. The evening starts at 7:00 p.m. with refreshments available for purchase.  Admission is "free will offering." 


New ramp from basement entrance that leads to the bathrooms (off to the left).  Note the "150 Year Plaque" now hung for all to see (we hope your name is there -- it isn't too late --- there is still room!  The lift and front stairs are off to the right of the plaque.  


Basement Renovations!    Wow -- it has been quite a winter for the basement of the Town Hall.  The building has been turned upside down and sideways with everything that has taken place inside its walls. You will have to come see for yourself how spectacular the place looks!!!  It is very impressive!    The Bathroom Project with anticipated cost of $131,000 was completed at that.  However, we were encouraged to make additional improvements while all this work was being done to save the Friends additional costs in the future.  After serious discussions the Friends made the decision to go forward with these building improvements now.  We have borrowed $40,000 from the Town of Brandon's Revolving Loan Fund and have three years to repay the loan.  Any donations to help us pay down this loan would be greatly appreciated.  They can be mailed to:  Friends of the Brandon Town Hall, PO Box 181, Brandon, VT  05733. 

The basement now has a medium size meeting space for year-round usage (because the basement is heated).  The Friends are currently pursuing programs for the 2012-2013 season that will take place in this new space when the main hall is closed.  We are exploring programs and events for folks of all  ages. We can't wait to show off our new space to you!  Come to your Town Hall and see what is happening!  




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 247-3121



May 14, 2012 from 10:00 am -- 5:00 pm


Please be our guest ... meet our insurance team, tour the local offices, and learn about the various insurance products we can provide for your auto, home, recreation, business and life.


LUNCH will be provided 11 - 1 pm

Lots of GIVEAWAYS and opportunities to win a variety of DOOR PRIZES. Preview CSR24, our online policy access service option, and sign up for a PRIZE DRAWING.

We look forward to seeing you!


Middlebury Office:
94 Court Street 

(802) 388-4992 
Rutland Office:
92 Center Street
(802) 775-2503


Brandon Music Presents Saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz, May 6, 7pm


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present the Jonathan Lorentz Trio concert as a part of the year-round weekly "Sunday Jazz" series and is a fund-raiser for the Compass Music and Arts Center. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Venue is BYOB.  


Brandon Music 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 as well as dessert before listening to world-class jazz. Reservations are required, and dinner is served from 4:00pm until 6:00pm.


For Tickets Contact Brandon Music: (802) 465-4071 /


Compass Music and Arts Center will feature a 250-seat performance hall, expandable to 450, available for live music and dance performances, as well as installation art exhibits. The artists' wing will offer studio space to local artists, who will be encouraged to showcase their artistic talents in gallery spaces around the Center. The musicians' wing will likewise feature studio space where musicians can offer lessons in various musical disciplines.


Upcoming Sunday Jazz Shows:

5/13 Gerry Beaudoin (Straight-Ahead Jazz Guitar)

5/20 Benny Sharoni (Master Saxophonist from Israel)

5/27 Sharon Jones (Swinging and Sultry Vocals)   






Brandon Music in Brandon, Vermont, announces the appointment of Donna Towle as head chef of the Brandon Music Café.  Towle has over ten years experience in the food service industry, having held positions in delis as well as restaurants, including Back To Vermont  in Poultney, the Iron Lantern Restaurant in Bomosseen, where she worked as prep cook and baker, and Castleton Pizza and Deli, where she worked as prep cook, and prepared pizza and sandwiches. Towle has won four awards for her chili, which will be featured on the menu at the Music Café, along with her other baked goods. Towle is excited to be in her new position at the Brandon Music Café, since she has always enjoyed cooking, especially for her two boys. 


The Brandon Music Café is open for lunch and afternoon tea from 11:30am to 5:30pm every day, except Tuesday. In addition, the Café now offers an Early Bird dinner special on Sundays, which includes a ticket for the Sunday Jazz series, for $25 per person. Enjoy the chef's award-winning chili and cornbread as well as 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. Sunday Jazz concerts begin at 7:00pm.

For reservations, call 802-465-4071.




Brandon, where community art projects originated in Vermont with the Really Big Pig Show in 2003, is revisiting the barnyard this summer, and celebrating its 10th annual such event. Plans are underway for What's Hatching in Brandon?, a free-range collection of Roosters, Hens, and Other Barnyard Fowl, to be found at the Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, beginning May 25.


The 2012 theme reflects the energetic recovery -- some of it yet to come -- in this small community, which suffered downtown damage as the Neshobe River waters tore up Route 7 on August 28th and seriously damaged a number of buildings.


In a business-as-usual mode, the fifty artist-members of the successful Brandon Artists Guild co-op (known as the BAG) will each create and donate to the Guild a piece of art, in celebration of all birds that cluck, scratch, and crow. Expect the town to be "painted" rooster-red, figuratively speaking, as the artists install interactive barnyard displays around the village, for the summer enjoyment of passersby and serious visitors. The festivities will start to "hatch" at the end of May.


In the past, the season-long fundraiser culminated in a rolicking auction in October. However, for the upcoming year, the donated art will be for sale throughout the summer. In addition, raffle tickets for Fowl Art by local artists Judith Reilly, Dolores Furnari, and Stacey Stanhope will be sold all summer, with winner announcement at the gala ending on September 30th weekend.


Tourists and onlookers have been delighted each year following the 2003 Pig Show as Brandon Artist Guild painters, sculptors, and craftspeople continued to mount a town-wide frolic every year, donating their own time and hand-created or hand-decorated objects, many of them substantial in scale. There was a Birdhouse year ("Brandon Is for the Birds"), "Brandon Rocks" (rocking chairs), "It's Raining Cats and Dogs," and, more recently, "Art Makes Brandon Tick" (functioning clocks).


"What's Hatching in Brandon?" carries on the popular tradition and gives Brandon something to crow about. All proceeds of the four-month event will support student scholarships, promote the arts in our community, and help supplement the Brandon Artists Guild gallery.


Check later for updated information; Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon, VT 05733 (phone: 802 247 4956).



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. 



There will be a National Trails Day event on June 2nd at Branbury State Park.  The event will include a guided mountain bike ride on the Chandler Ridge/Leicester Hollow trail, guided hike to Silver Lake, environmental education and interpretive programs, as well as face-painting and crafts.   Smokey the Bear will be making an appearance and there will be ice cream (while supplies last).  The event is free and family-friendly and admission to the state park will be free that day. This event is being coordinated by the USFS, Vermont State Parks and the Moosalamoo Association.



From: Brandon Museum
Steward John Dilts:
To: Bette Moffett:
"I am pleased to let you know that a check for $50 has been sent to the Brandon Museum in recognition of your work with us from George and Paula Bellerose of Weybridge. I sent them a note thanking them and telling them how proud and honored we are to have you as part of our organization." 



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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