MAY (end) 2012





Downtown Brandon businesses are planning their second "First Friday" this Friday night, June 1. Lights will be kept on and doors open until 9 pm or later. "Our 'First Friday' in May was cheerful, fun, and relaxed. We are looking forward to this initiative gaining momentum and popularity as we move into the summer," said Beth Carr, Chamber President and downtown merchant. Everyone is invited to downtown Brandon to shop, eat, stroll, browse, socialize, and just enjoy the evening.



While all of downtown will be open, we've heard a few interesting tidbits:  

  • Sheri's Diner will b featuring First Fondue Fridays... Cheese, Italian and Chocolate, come experience the 70's at Sheri's Diner from 5-8pm this Friday and every first Friday!
  • Gourmet Provence will be offering free wine tasting from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.  
  • The Inside Scoop has some new flavors recently come in for the season: Pistachio, Butter Pecan, Coconut Almond Fudge, Root Beer, and Mango Sorbet! Plus all the regulars! Open till 9 pm   





Moon Over Buffalo performed by Brandon Town Players
June 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9

  Come enjoy an evening of theater at the Town Hall as BTP performs this humorous play about theater life in the 1950s in - where else - Buffalo, NY.  There is some mild off-color language, so it may not be appropriate for youngsters.  Tickets ($13 in advance and $15 at the door) are available at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Sunday, June 3 which is 2:00 p.m.


The Strong Man (1926)

Join Jeff Rapsis and his Silent Movie Festival in this wonderful performance on Saturday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.  Free Will Offering. A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by long distance. After the war, the young Belgian journeys to America as assistant to a theatrical "strong man", Zandow the Great (Arthur Thalasso). While in America, he searches for Mary Brown... and he finds her, just as word comes that Zandow is incapacitated and the little nebbish must go on stage in his place. This event is sponsored by the Heritage Family Credit Union.

O'hAnleigh: Irish & American Folk Songs

 Come enjoy an evening with these delightful singers on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.  They are available for purchase at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. This event is sponsored by Dolores Furnari & Country Owl Studio and Friends in remembrance of Lyle Burt

No Strings Marionette Company: "The Hobbit" 

Youngsters of all ages will enjoy this presentation of puppets on Saturday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for elementary school children, and are available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door.  Three Marionettes will be raffled off during this event that have been generously donated by The No Strings Marionette Company!This event is sponsored by Tracey Holden and Kirk Thomas. 


Volunteers are needed throughout the summer.
  Would you like to help out?  Activities include distributing fliers, helping at the concession stand during events, painting, and more.  If you are interested please contact us at or by phone call Dennis at 802-247-5420.  Thank you!

Need a space to hold your next meeting or social gathering?  Think of the Brandon Town Hall.  The main hall is available spring through early fall, and there are  two rooms at basement level available year- round.  Contact Dennis at 802-247-5420.   



Food Handlers Certificate of Achievement   

Training to Excel a specialty business promotes "food safety best practices" through continued educational sessions assisting individual enthusiasts, chefs, managers, proprietors and franchises enhancing professional advancement.


ServSafe® and Food Handlerspre-scheduled training sessionsoffered at Library or popular Country Inn, Brandon Vermont. Call regarding special Brandon fees.


June 19th; July 17th; August 21st

E-Format Online and Paper Examinations available


ServSafe®and Food Handler sessions conveniently tailored too accommodate small and large groups or hectic schedules at client's facility location.Call for on facility location attractive class fees.


Food Handlers session earning Certificate of Achievement   Informationreferencing either sessions, fees, workshops, consultant services or additional scheduled classes, browse or call 802.247.0098 between 11:00am through 6:00pm answered by Rosebelle's Victorian Inn and Training to Excel. 

Both sessions include appropriate books unless otherwise noted. Download registration form with attached check to address at bottom of second page. Questions or concerns email Lodging accommodations for class participants available at Rosebelle's Victorian Inn call 802.247.0098

Food Thought of the Day: Never prepare ready to consume foods with raw meats or poultry at same time.


Training to Excel, Norm Milot, Owner, Certified Instructor and Proctor
31 Franklin Street
; Brandon
Food Safety Certification and Resources

Training To Excel - ServSafe® Certification and Training Seminars 






Used Book Sale
A sure sign of summer is the opening of the Used Book Sale in the basement of the Brandon Free Public Library at 4 Franklin Street in Brandon.  The sale is open every Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This sale is one of the best organized around and offers separate paperback and hardcover fiction collections displayed alphabetically by author and a large non-fiction collection by category - from astronomy to zoology and almost everything in between - cooking, gardening and pets being some of our more popular collections.  There is a separate room featuring materials for children from infant through the teen years.  We have CDs and DVDs and other audio and video media.  There are specially priced editions for collectors of rare and unusual books.  There is a 'Vermont' section in the 'front room.'  It's a great spot to pause between errands or to spend a leisurely morning or afternoon browsing and choosing light summer reading or an inexpensive copy of that classic you always meant to finish. Funds raised by this sale are  are used to purchase materials for the circulating library collections.

The Friends of Brandon Free Public Library Host a Garden Party: Sunday on Park Street -- A Garden Tour

Visit private gardens located at historic homes on Park Street -- called Vermont's prettiest Street, on Sunday, June 24 from 1 to 5 pm.  This is a fund-raiser for the Brandon Free Public Library.  Refreshments will be served.  Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the Library at 4 Franklin Street, Brandon.  Call 247-8230.



The Brandon Senior Citizens Center hosts a monthly community dinner the second Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. These dinners are sponsored by local area businesses and are a great way to socialize with your neighbors while being served a great meal for only $7. The Brandon Senior Citizens Center hosts a free community lunch every Friday at noon.  You don't have to be a senior to attend, we are a community center now and everyone is welcome! The Center hosts BINGO the first and third Monday of every month. The Senior Center is also hosting a huge yard sale in the parking lot on Saturday, July 14. Space is available for $10. Call 247-3121 to reserve your spot.


JUNE DINNER: Sponsored by: Heritage Family Credit Union    

Tuesday June 12 - 6p.m.

Menu: Bar-b-qued Burgers, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Strawberry Parfait, Coffee, Tea, Lemonade 

$7 per person. Reservations required. Call - 247-3121



Point CounterPoint's New Music on the Point Artists Perform at Brandon Music


Brandon Music in Brandon, Vermont, presents a series of chamber music performances by the New Music on the Point program of Point CounterPoint summer camp. On Monday, June 4 at 7pm, soloists Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano, and Donna Loewy, piano, will present a Salon Concert at Brandon Music, featuring "All That Jazz" by Kathryn Alexander, "Chansons Innocentes" by Laura Schwendinger and other 20th century repertoire. The following evening, Tuesday, June 5 at 7pm, the JACK Quartet will present a Salon Concert at Brandon Music, featuring "Syzygy" by Kathryn Alexander, "String Quartet in Three Movements" by Laura Schwendinger and other 20th century repertoire.

Tickets are $15 per person and proceeds will benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. To purchase, call 802-465-4071 or email

Point Counterpoint will present a third concert at Brandon Music on June 15, also at 7pm, with performers to be announced, featuring repertoire from this season's New Music On The Point festival.


Hailed by Opera News for her "exuberant voice and personality," mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie is a versatile and dynamic performer in styles ranging from opera to chamber music and musical theater to cabaret. This past season included her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rossen Milanov, as well "The American Songbook" concert on the Stotsenberg Recital Series in Malibu, CA with pianist/ composer John Musto at the piano. This season she will make her debut with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, singing in the Madrigal Quartet in Puccini's Manon Lescaut, as well as being soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia under the baton of Alan Harler, and giving several recitals in the Philadelphia and D.C. areas.
Donna Hallen Loewy is Field Service Professor of Accompanying and Accompanist-in-Residence at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Loewy has prepared and accompanied many top prize winners of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition, NATS Artist Awards, D'Angelo Competition and the Montreal Concours International de Musique. She is much in demand as a collaborative pianist and master class teacher, performing frequently throughout the United States. Ms. Loewy is the official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Southern Ohio region, and has held similar positions with the International Clarinet Conference, the Congress of Strings, the International Double Reed Society, the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Winners Recital, Tubamania in Sydney, Australia, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.


The JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times). David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being "among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience," and NPR listed their performance as one of "The Best New York Alt-Classical Concerts of 2010." Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on the commissioning and performance of new works, leading them to work closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtįg, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, James Dillon, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Beat Furrer, Caleb Burhans, and Aaron Cassidy. The quartet also offers fresh interpretations of early music, including works by Don Carlo Gesualdo, Guillaume de Machaut, and Josquin des Prez. The members of the quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music, and they have since studied closely with the Arditti Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Muir String Quartet, and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.


Point CounterPoint was founded in 1963 on the shores of Lake Dunmore by the late Dr. Edwin Finckel, a New Jersey pianist, composer, and teacher. Dr. Finckel's goal was to create summer musical opportunities for his students. Among these first camper/musicians was his son, David Finckel, now well-known as the cellist in the Emerson String Quartet and as the cellist in the duo of David Finckel and Wu Han. The next owners and directors were Emory Fanning, professor of music at Middlebury College, and Diana Fanning,  a noted concert pianist, who directed the camp for ten years.  Under the Fannings' leadership, Point CounterPoint gained an international reputation, attracting many students from foreign lands: France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, West Africa, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, as well as, Canada.


In 1989, ownership of Point CounterPoint passed to professional violinist/violist Dr. Paul Roby and pianist Margaret Johnson Roby, along with amateur musicians and family members Nick and Sue Jones. The Roby/Jones team changed the camp's music focus to strings and piano, eliminating woodwinds.


In 2008, a new era began when Jenny and Steve Beck purchased Point CounterPoint.  New programs populate the summer calendar.  At the end of the summer, a one week camp (called Prelude) attracts the young chamber musicians (ages 8-13) who are looking for a shorter sleep-away camp experience.  Early in the fall, there is a 5 day Adult Chamber Music Workshop giving amateurs the opportunity to play music with new friends in a camp-like environment.  In June 2011, New Music on The Point was launched.  New Music On The Point encourages imaginative collaboration among composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists creating 21st century chamber music in a glorious setting on the shores of Lake Dunmore.  The newest of the music programs at PCP focuses on young adults ages 18 and older who are interested in new chamber music.  At this innovative program, young composers, instrumentalists and vocalists collaborate and perform the newest of new chamber music.





Brandon Music Presents Vocalist Judi Silvano's Indigo Moods Quartet, June 3, 7pm


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present Judi Silvano's Indigo Moods Quartet, featuring Fred Jacobs on trumpet, Tom Cleary on piano, John Rivers on bass and special guest Dan Silverman on trombone, on June 3 at 7pm.


Vocalist Judi Silvano celebrates music wherever she goes. Her imagination and sheer joy of singing is evident on her ten recordings as leader the diverse groups of piano and voice duo, three-horn septet, piano quartet and vocal choir.  Her new CD "Indigo Moods" was released in April 2012 with Silvano in an intimate trio setting with just piano and trumpet interpreting some of her favorite songs.


Silvano has toured internationally and recorded with Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Ingrid Jensen, Mal Waldron, Dick Oatts, George Garzone, Michael Abene and Victor Lewis. She was voted Top Ten Jazz Vocalist in Down Beat Magazine Reader's Poll four times, Best Jazz Vocalist in the Hudson Valley and has sung with conductors Gunther Schuller, Manny Albam and Michael Abene. She has also been a featured vocalist with big bands in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and Slovenia with a varied repertoire of standards and her original compositions.


Awarded three grants from Meet the Composer and NY State Council on the Arts, Silvano leads educational workshops in music and dance for all ages, teaches university level voice master classes and writes songs and lyrics in addition to practicing her lifelong passion for flowers and painting.  


The concert is a part of the year-round weekly Sunday Jazz at Brandon Music series. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Venue is BYOB. 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.


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 for dinner.


For Tickets and Dinner Reservations, Contact Brandon Music: (802) 465-4071 /


Upcoming Sunday Jazz Shows:

6/10 Michael-Louis Smith (NYC Jazz Guitarist)

6/17 The Soul of a Man (Blues & Jazz)

6/24 Harvey Sorgen & Esa Pietila (Adventurous Duo)




Make sure you send your event to on-line calendars: Rutland Herald, 7 Days, VermontVacation, Addison Independent...


Lake Sunapee Bank for a terrific mixer! We are finished with regular mixers until the fall. If you are interested in hosting a mixer, please contact the Chamber to schedule a date!


The Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace has brochure racks and shelves waiting for literature from member businesses. All Chamber members are allowed free display in the Center. The Brandon Museum is now open for the season and is staffed daily from 11 am - 4 pm. Please drop off materials with the person working at the Museum and we will display it for you. Contact the Chamber for more information.  

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.



Dear Business Member,   
The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development needs your help to make the case of the ongoing need for businesses impacted by flooding during 2011. As we seek federal and other funding, we need to be able to document the unmet recovery needs and what targeted support would best assist those businesses that were impacted.   
PLEASE help by taking this eight question survey. Please complete all the questions - it should take no more than 10-15 minutes. Your response will be confidential.The survey will be closing this Friday June 1, 2012. Apologies if you have received this from more than one source. It is only necessary to answer once. I appreciate your assistance and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. 
Noelle Mackay, Commissioner, Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, noelle.mackay@state.vt.state 
Note: Please don't use (.) or (,) in the questions asking for how much you will need. 
Please use 10000 vs 10,000.00 to indicate amount.


A Workshop for Small Business Owners sponsored by Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Norwich University's Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics  
June 20, 2012: Cyber Safety for Small Businesses:  
* What are the online threats to your business, your customers, and your reputation?  
* What should you be doing to protect private information?  
* What are your legal responsibilities if you get attacked online?  
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM, at The Pavilion Building  
109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609  
Space is limited. To reserve your space RSVP to
Future workshops will be held in Burlington, Rutland, and White River Junction 
For more information visit the
Attorney General's website ( under Privacy and Data Security

and the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area

If camping is in your summer plans, you can pitch a tent (or park a trailer) at the Moosalamoo and Silver Lake campgrounds in the Moosalamoo NRA.  There are no reservations and sites are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.  There are additional campground facilities at Branbury State Park, adjacent to the MNRA.  If you are coming to the area but do not wish to camp (see quote above) you can find area lodging and other accommodations here
National Trails Day, June 2nd

The Moosalamoo Association has partnered with the Vermont State Parks and US Forest Service to organize a "Trailgating Party".  Join us at Branbury State Park on June 2nd to celebrate our public lands and many wonderful natural resources.  There will be guided hikes, rides and fun activities.  This is a free event and family friendly.  Entrance to Branbury State Park will be free that day.  Go here for more information.

Photo Op!
We are looking for photos from all corners of the Moosalamoo NRA to update our photo library.  If you you like to donate photos from your summer adventures to the Moosalamoo Association for possible use in our promotional materials, please send them to us!  We appreciate 
Thank you for all that you do to support the Moosalamoo Association!
Please consider becoming a member of the Moosalamoo Association--it costs only $35/year.  Your generosity helps us support you in your outdoor adventures.  It also helps give the Moosalamoo Association much needed matching funds to help us secure grants.



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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