JUNE (mid) 2012




For the past several months, we have been busy preparing new print collateral which are designed to represent our area in a variety of ways. We thank all the sponsors and advertisers who helped make the project feasible. While some might argue that "print" is dead, we find a huge calling for the printed pieces. As long as people are asking
for them, we will continue to find a way to print them.

1) Map & Guide is a comprehensive piece used for tourists, people considering relocation, day-trippers, and locals. The area map is an excellent tool, as is the detailed downtown street map.

2) The Lure Brochure is really all about our business community. It is stocked at the Guilford and Fair Haven State Welcome Centers and will be available in brochure racks in Middlebury and Rutland.

3) The Summer / Fall Events flier was sent this week to all 05733, 05745, and 05778 mailboxes. Take a look inside -- it is absolutely amazing how many events are taking place in our area in the coming months.

All pieces are available at the Brandon Visitor Center. If you would like multiple copies of any of our publications, please stop by our Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace any day of the week between the hours of 11 am - 4 pm.

A special thanks to Courtney Satz for the beautiful graphic design work on the Map & Guide and Lure Brochure. These two pieces were printed in Vermont (keepin' it local) by SPC Press in Springfield. And thanks to Rutland Printing for the great job they did with the Events Flier. And once again,thanks to the membership for their support in getting these materials updated.


Brandon Chamber: Free Summer Concert Series

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to
present its first free concert of 2012: 


Swing Noire

Swing Noire
Thursday, June 28
6:30 pm
Central Park

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."

"These Reinhardt acolytes genuinely channel American Hot Jazz, evoking images of smoky basement speakeasies and slinky cabarets."  - Dan Bolles, Seven Days

Concert sponsored by Casella Waste Management 




Please help with your support     


 15 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Brandon, Vermont 05733

 Dear Friends and BIDC Supporters,


We are organizing our eleventh annual silent auction this year to be held when the town is filled with both townspeople and travelers on July 7, 2012


We are asking your help with contributions to our auction. Please consider donating Merchandise or a Gift Certificate. Visitors attending this event will not only recognize your generosity, but also have the opportunity to become better aware of your products and/or services and to bid on your donation.


Businesses today are continually searching for unique ways to reach potential customers and to promote their business. We encourage you to take advantage of this exposure opportunity. Feel free to send business cards or brochures along with your contribution for display at the auction.  


Click here to find a donation form, including all the necessary information we need for displaying your contribution in the best possible manner. Please include the value of your donation with a description, and any applicable exclusions.


If you have questions, contact me at any time at (802) 345-0056 or by e-mail at july4silentauction@yahoo.com. Your support of The Brandon Independence Day Celebration is greatly appreciated.


Thank you in advance,  

Debbie Boyce

Chairman, 2012 Silent Auction

Committee of the BIDCC






The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace now has a new slide show installed with Brandon's story of Tropical Storm Irene. The Museum is open daily from 11 am - 4 pm.





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 info@brandontownhall.org 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.   


"As many of you know, we've been growing our crops organically here at Wood's for over 12 years. This year we finally completed the steps to become a Vermont CERTIFIED ORGANIC farm! This  means we can now officially advertise and promote our crops as organic, and you can feel good knowing that you are buying both local AND organic....the best possible combination!  It's so exciting for us to finally be able to market our produce as it always has been...organically grown!  It's such wonderful news for us to share...especially as we begin another food season. Happy eating to all, and huge thanks to the commitment of Farmer Jon and all his staff, and organic farmers throughout the state."


Wood's Market Garden

Farmstand on Route 7 in Brandon, Vermont





Caribbean Dinner

Friday, June 15

 with Chef Heriberto of San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Taste of the Caribbean Menu
Please call 247-9997 for reservations




presented by: Eric Litchfield of Slocum & Sons Importers
 and Dawn Rowlee of G.Housen

$15/person, includes Hors d'Oeuvres


Tasting will be held on the terrace weather permitting,
or inside the restaurant if rainy weather

Call 247-9997 for reservations

Groiss Gruner Veltliner, Austria

High Def Riesling, Germany
Louis Max Bourgogne Blanc, France

Louis Max Bourgogne Rouge, France

Cabrini Cabernet, Argentina

Cabrini Malbec, Argentina

Join us for the tasting and receive 10% off an Entree if you stay for Dinner that evening!


1246 FRANKLIN ST., 802-247-6644


June's Concert: Sat., June 23 at 4 pm
Shellhouse - a 5 piece band, one of Vermont's premier original Americana rock bands.





Used Book Sale continues 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. 

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.   






June 11-17: Cherry
June 18-24: Keylime
June 25-July 1: Raspberry Peach Crumble 


June 11-17: Vanilla w/ Raspberry Filling

June 18-24: Coconut

June 25-July 1: Chocolate Cherry Delight


June 4-10: Pineapple w/ Glaze

June 11-17: Fig

June 18-24: Chocolate Macadamia

 June 25-July 1: Chocolate Chip Walnut


Other selections are available as usually


37 Center St. Brandon VT

Tel: 247-3002 - http://cafeprovencevt.com/gourmet-provence/



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.

Friday, June 15 at 7:00 PM  

Participating composers, instrumentalists and vocalists, including JACK Quartet, Jennifer Beattie, and Donna Loewy.
Repertoire from this season's  
New Music on the Point

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




After months of planning and preparation, PEGTV is pleased to announce that all of our video on demand content at www.PEGTV.com is now available for viewing on mobile devices. This includes talk shows, concerts, entertainment, sporting events, local school and selectboard meetings and any other shows that we run on Channels 15, 20 and 21.
Viewers can access content through their phone or tablet device via our web site and the video on demand link and watch without interruption anytime, anywhere.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



Brandon Music Presents The Soul of a Man, June 17, 7pm


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present the Boston band, The Soul of a Man, on June 17 at 7pm.


The Soul of a Man is a band dedicated to performing high-energy blues, jazz, funk, gospel and soul music. With an all-star lineup of young Boston-
based musicians (who are from all over the world) this ensemble is currently making rounds at clubs and festivals and bringing audiences to their feet.


There is a one-time special ticket price of $10 for fathers. General Admission tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Brandon Music offers an Early Bird dinner special, which includes a ticket for the jazz performance, for $25 per person. Reservations are required for dinner. Venue is BYOB.


For Tickets and Dinner Reservations, (802) 465-4071 / info@brandon-music.net


The concert is a part of a year-round weekly jazz series at Brandon Music. All 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:




Classical piano and accordion duo, Annemieke & Jeremiah, will perform on Friday, June 29 at 7:00PM. Dutch classical piano virtuoso Annemieke Spoelstra and master accordionist from Vermont Jeremiah McLane make unique arrangements based on traditional folk melodies from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Tickets are $15. 


Jeremiah McLane plays a wide variety of ethnic musical styles from Northern and Eastern Europe as well as American idioms such as jazz, swing, blues, and Zydeco. He holds a Master's degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music and has composed numerous pieces for film and theatre. He has received National Public Radio's  "favorite picks" award for his second solo recording, Smile When You're Ready, and French music magazine Trad Mag's  "BRAVO" award for his fifth release, Hummingbird. He has taught and performed throughout the United States and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Picolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. McLane currently teaches at St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont.


Annemieke Spoelstra has performed in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and the USA. She studied classical piano at the Conservatory in Zwolle, The Netherlands, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees as Performing Artist for soloist, chamber music and art song accompaniment. In 2001 she was a finalist at the international Nadia and Lili Boulanger competition in Paris, France. Ms. Spoelstra performs and teaches piano at St. Michael's College, and is accompanist for the Vermont Youth Orchestra chorus and chorale.

Beginning this July, Brandon Music will move its jazz series to Thursdays. Shows will begin at 7:30pm.


7/5 Teri Roiger

7/12 Eugene Uman Trio

7/19 John Abercrombie

7/26 John Menegon Trio

8/2 Michael Benedict & Bopitude

8/9 Matt Savage

8/16 Giacomo Gates

8/23 The Chronicles

8/30 Syncopation Vocal Jazz Ensemble




The Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is in need of dry, clean storage. The preference is for something on-site such as a pre-fab shed or pod. Off-site storage space would also be considered.


INNKEEPERS & RETAILERS, etc.:  The state's tourism portal, www.vermontvacation.com
provides a perfect opportunity for all Vermont businesses to submit packages. All it takes is a partnership with two offerings. Be creative!


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


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.


Vermont Historical Society   VT History Expo 2012
Vermont in the Civil War

June 16 & 17, 2012

Tunbridge Fairgrounds
Tunbridge, Vermont

To learn more, visit:
 Vermont History Expo

Killington Wine Festival tickets are now available on KillingtonChamber.com

Wine enthusiasts can secure their tickets for the 11th Annual Killington Wine Festival, to be held July 20-22, 2012 in Killington. The Festival continues its tradition of bringing hundreds of wines from around the world to the Green Mountains of Vermont in July.  The line up for the three-day event includes the Estate Wine Tasting, Grand Tasting at 4241' and Wine and Nine Golf Outing, as well as a plethora of food and wine events at area restaurants including the new Killington Wine Trail.  Tickets can be purchased at www.killingtonchamber.com or by calling the Killington Chamber of Commerce at (800) 337-1928.   


We are finishing final calculations in determining the winners of the Rutland County Town Energy Competition that ended May 31 and should be able to report them to you soon. Stay posted.

In the meantime, please remind your community that NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad will continue.

Summer is a GREAT time to complete home energy improvements. Remind people that weatherization works to BEAT SUMMER HEAT. Weatherized homes stay cooler and dryer in summer to save air conditioning and dehumidification expense. Weatherizers can teach how their measures, coupled with simple ones you can do yourself, to ventilate and insulate your home correctly improve comfort in summer.

Here are a few talking points you may find helpful to post in bulletins, letters to editor or to say as you see people over the summer:

*    Weatherization remains the most cost effective, least environmentally detrimental measure to be taken while planning for renewable energy options. Summer is a great time to do work.
*    NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad helps Rutland County residents make home energy improvements regardless of income. Start with a Home Energy Check-Up (audit) to pin-point all of the hidden problem areas. Check-Ups are still only $100 for a limited time (normally $350-$500).
*    Save Money: H.E.A.T. Squad participants are saving 376 gallons of fuel a year on average. Average savings of people who have made weatherization improvements is $910 annually on electrical and heating bills. Tell your neighbors they could be spending $900 each winter to heat the sky (even in mild winters).
*    Improve Comfort: Eliminate drafts and cold spots; have a warmer home in winter and a cooler (dryer!) home in summer.
*    NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad will help you every step of the way: Energy Advisors to answer your questions, a low-interest loan to help complete your work, construction managers, scheduling with reliable, certified auditor/contractors from your area.

We've been contacting homeowners who had energy check ups, but didn't complete their home energy improvements to ask what would help them complete their work and are using this information to inform some special summer incentives. (We'll report these to you soon.)

Do It Yourself (DIY) Help: Several homeowners are telling us that they did the work themselves (DIYers) and are being invited by us to get a test out energy audit that can make them eligible for an Efficiency Vermont incentive (even if they did the work months ago) and allow them to be counted in the goal to get 1,000 Rutland County homeowners weatherized by Aug 2013. (We can't count anyone who hasn't had an energy check up and a test out audit. Nor can Efficiency Vermont grant an incentive of up to about $2,000 without these measures.)  If you know anyone in this situation, tell them that we can arrange for a test out energy audit for $150 with help covering that expense if it is deemed necessary.

As always, let me know how I can help your efforts to encourage more homeowners to get weatherized.

Laura Asermily, H.E.A.T. Squad Outreach Coordinator
Rutland West Neighborhood Housing Service Inc.  
NeighborWorks® of Western Vermont
Licensed Lender #6200
110 Marble Street
West Rutland, Vermont 05777
P (802) 438-2303 x 229


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will next meet for a general meeting on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm in The Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. The Chamber will not meet in July.
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733


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