JUNE (end) 2012
BRANDON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is well-rounded and has participated in school and outside activities. The student should also be pursuing a course of study in business or a business-related major or who aspires to be entrepreneurial.
This year, the Chamber's Scholarship Committee chose a very deserving student to receive our prize. During her high school years, Kristyn Jerome has been involved in many activities, sports, clubs and committees. She has gainful employment, is heavily involved with agricultural and 4-H, and has a clear goal of being involved in the agricultural business and the industry in the future. The committee was impressed with Kristyn's young start in the ag business, leasing her first Ayrshire calf when she was only eight years old. In her older years, she has leased animals worth at least $15,000. Kristyn will be attending SUNY Cobleskill in the fall with a goal of pursuing agricultural business. Good luck Kristyn and Congratulations!
Brandon Chamber: Free Summer Concert Series
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present
its first free concert of 2012:
THURSDAY, JUNE 28 IN 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." Thanks to our concert sponsor: Casella Waste Management
BRANDON YARD SALE DAY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Hold a Yard Sale when +1000 are in town looking for bargains and deals! Click here for a registration form or scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to find a coupon.
REVOLVING LOAN FUND AVAILABLE
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce administers a low-interest revolving loan fund available to businesses for an approved building improvement project. The loan fund was originally established as a way to recognize that each and every improvement to Brandon's built community is important to a revitalized town. This loan has been lent several times in the past and there is $2500 available to be lent at the current time. Please contact the Chamber if you would like more information about this little pot of gold! (This fund is not to be confused with the Town of Brandon's Economic Development Revolving Loan.)
DO YOU WANT TO ENTER A FLOAT OR MARCHING UNIT
IN THE PARADE ON JULY 7th?
WE ALL LOVE THE PARADE
Please help with your support
We are asking your help with contributions to our auction. Please consider donating Merchandise or a Gift Certificate. 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 Debbie Boyce at (802) 345-0056 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Your support of The Brandon Independence Day Celebration is greatly appreciated.
NEWS FROM THE
FRIENDS OF THE BRANDON TOWN HALL
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.
Brandon Farmers' Market
Fridays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
May 25 - October 12, 2012
Seasonal Vegetables and Plants-Honey-Vermont Maple Syrup
Handcrafted Jewelry-Local Mohair, Wool and Alpaca Products-Hand
Knit and crocheted items- Baked Goods- Jams-Jellies-Local Meats and Much more.
For Information & Vendor Space Contact: Wendy Cijka, (802) 273-2655
NEW ENGLAND MAPLE MUSEUM
Route 7, Pittsford
Sugar Candy Making free demonstrations every Wednesday from
10:30 AM- 3 PM thru October 10.
The story of maple sugaring is in the world's largest maple museum. Antiques, paintings, slide show, folk art exhibits, maple syrup samples. A simulated boiling process, "sap to syrup" is presented all year. Gift Shop with mail order service. In-Season Open daily. 8:30-5:30 PM May 18- October 31. Admission $2.50, Children under12 yrs $.75, under 6 yrs free. Located at 4578 Rte 7 in Pittsford. Senior and AAA rates. Visit our web site WWW.MAPLEMUSEUM.COM
Otter Valley All Star Baseball Camp
Located at the Otter Valley Baseball Fields
Friday, July 20 (3:00 - 7:00)
Saturday July 21 (9:00 - 1:00)
$20 per athlete. Camp will emphasize proper baseball techniques and attitude in an effort to better the player's game and character, as well as help build the fundamentals and confidence of the individual player. Participants should be between the grades of 3 and 8 and will be divided appropriately by age and skill level.
Camp directors to include Otter Valley coaches Tim Mitchell, Kevin Beard and Jeff Jones, past Otter Valley coaches Wade Mitchell and Chuck Memoe, as well as Brandon and Pittsford area youth league coaches John White and Bill Crossmon.
Pleae call 465-8225 or 483-6866 to register. 100% of monies raised will be used for baseball field improvements at Otter Valley.
BRANDON SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER
TUESDAY - JULY 10TH - 6 pm
ASSORTED PORK BAR-B-QUE
POTATO SALAD - COLE SLAW - BAKED BEANS
ROLLS - PIE ALA' MODE - COFFEE - TEA - LEMONADE
BRANDON TOWN BAND
EVERY MONDAY IN CENTRAL PARK
The fabulous multi-generational Brandon Town Band plays every Monday night through the summer at 6:30 in Central Park (weather permitting).
Bring a chair or a blanket!
SOAR Summerfest Scheduled for July 27, 2012
The SOAR afterschool program (Success through Opportunities, Academics and Recreation) is hosting the fifth annual SOAR Summerfest in Brandon, VT on July 27, 2012. The SOAR Summerfest is the culmination of the SOAR Summer Program and funds raised from the event will help support the SOAR afterschool program.
Friday evening begins with a pig roast dinner at5:00 p.m. Dinner includes bar-b-que pork on a bun, baked beans, corn and cole slaw for $8. Drinks and desserts will also be sold. With your dinner, you also get a complimentary Stack Your Deck auction ticket. Fun activities for the kids will be happening from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and features Gene Childers and the Jubilee Jazz Band ... a concert favorite! These musicians keep the tradition of early jazz alive 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! The concert is sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and Lake Sunapee Bank. Bring your family and friends! Bring your blanket or chair! Enjoy the music.
Also happening that night are two fun raffles. Back again is the popular SOAR Stimulus Raffle. This year, the purchase of one $25.00 ticket gives you two chances to win; purchase more than one ticket and increase your odds! Tickets may be purchased by contacting Kelly Weigand at 802.247.6422 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. New this year, folks can purchase tickets online with a credit card or PayPal at www.soarsummerfest.org.
* Package One: The Original Stimulus Raffle! You win gift cards, gift certificates, admission tickets and more that span the US. You'll have numerous adventures at your disposal as well as gift giving opportunities! Last year's pot totaled $3,300! Visit www.soarsummerfest.org or follow us on Facebook for the current raffle value.
* Package Two: April in Florida! Head to Florida April 12-20, 2013. Enjoy lodging accommodations for up to 8 people at the Orange Lake Resort, West Village. Includes 4 One Day Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World and restaurant gift cards. Estimated value $2200.
New last year, the Stack Your Deck raffle is back. Purchase cards from a deck and enter them in auction items of your choice. The more cards you enter for an item, the more you increase your odds! Auction items will be on display from 5:00 p.m. until intermission. 1card=$1, 6 cards=$5, 15 cards=$10, Whole Deck=$25!
Event details can be found at www.SOARSummefest.org or on Facebook (Like SOAR Summerfest).
The SOAR afterschool program is available at the elementary schools in Brandon, Leicester, Sudbury and Whiting and serves 200 students annually. SOAR offers recreation, academics and enrichment opportunities, all important elements for enhancing the school experience in a safe, supervised environment.
Friday, June 29 at 7:00 PM at Brandon Music
Annemieke Spoelstra, piano
Jeremiah McLane, accordion
Dutch classical piano virtuoso Annemieke Spoelstra and master accordionist from Vermont Jeremiah McLane make unique arrangements based on traditional folk melodies.
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.
Brandon Jazz Series Moves to Thursday, with NY Vocalist Teri Roiger, July 5, 7:30pm
Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present NY Jazz Vocalist Teri Roiger, on Thursday, July 5 at 7:30pm. This is the first concert in the new Thursday night jazz series, which will run throughout the summer. The series, previously held on Sunday nights, has been very well received by patrons who have expressed their enjoyment and awe with comments like: "Such wonderful music!"; "Just incredible!"; "What a treat! ... a slice of metropolitan culture."
General Admission for the Thursday night series is $12. Brandon Music offers an Early Bird dinner special, which includes a ticket for the jazz performance, for $22 per person. Reservations are recommended. Venue is BYOB. For Information & Reservations, (802) 465-4071 / email@example.com
Teri Roiger has been active on the jazz scene for many years as a singer, lyricist, pianist and educator. Her compelling and laid-back vocal style is full of soul and swing, and echoes influences of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Bessie Smith. Equally capable as a composer and producer, Roiger's recent works include a performance at the Panama Jazz Festival; music composition for the documentary "Beyond Iconic;" the creation of the Jazzstock music festival; a gig at Dizzy's Club in NYC; and a forthcoming CD dedicated to jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Applauded by jazz writers and fans around the world (from "Jazz Hot" in Paris to "Playboy" magazine), Roiger has performed or recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Matt Wilson, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Cobb, Robin Eubanks, Al Foster, Fred Hersch, David "Fathead" Newman and Dewey Redman. Roiger will perform with an all-star ensemble that includes renowned bassist John Menegon.
All performances have a concert listening policy, which prohibits talking, texting, cell phones, video/ audio recording, laptop computers, gaming units, and cameras during the performance.
Upcoming Jazz Shows at Brandon Music:
7/12 Eugene Uman Trio
7/19 John Abercrombie
7/26 John Menegon Trio
8/2 Michael Benedict & Bopitude
8/16 Giacomo Gates
8/23 The Chronicles
8/30 Syncopation Vocal Jazz Ensemble
BRANDON YARD SALE CONTRACT - AUGUST 4, 2012
Name and address listing: $7
Enhanced listing: $15 buys you 25 words to describe your yard sale plus your name and address in a boxed ad. For example, your enhanced listing can say:
John & Mary Brandon - 1 Park St.: Multi-family sale, kids clothes, games, toys, books, old records, furniture, some antiques, tools. Good items for college students including dishes and pots & pans.
For ALL LISTINGS:
ADDRESS: (Yard-salers - please be very descriptive so we can mark your place on a town street map)
PHONE: ____________________ EMAIL: _________________________
For ENHANCED LISTING:
25 WORDS: ______________________________________________________
MAIL TO BACC, PO BOX 267, BRANDON OR DROP OFF AT CARR'S FLORIST or THE INSIDE SCOOP
DEADLINE FOR GETTING IN YARD SALE FORMS: AUG. 2, 2012
WE WILL TRY TO GIVE YOU A YARD SALE STICK AT EITHER CARR'S OR THE INSIDE SCOOP WHEN YOU REGISTER. IF YOU DON'T GET ONE AT THAT TIME, ONE WILL BE DROPPED OFF AT YOUR YARD SALE LOCATION ON FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012
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. Please contact the Chamber.
DOUGLAS BIRTHPLACE THANKS
Many thanks to Brent Wetmore at Crosby's Sales & Service for fixing the Douglas Birthplace Lawn Mower! We appreciate it.
TROPICAL STORM IRENE SLIDE SHOW NOW AVAILABLE
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.
BRANDON CHAMBER PRINT PUBLICATIONS
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.
GREAT BRANDON AUCTION DONATIONS NEEDED
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.
Upcoming training sponsored by the VT Small Business Development Center:
Own Small Business
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Rutland Economic Development Corp., 112 Quality Lane, Rutland
9:00a.m to 12:00p.m
The three hour session will help future business owners determine the next steps toward starting and financing a new venture. The workshop offers an overview of business planning, including where to find market information, how to tackle projections and writing a business plan.
The workshop is designed for people who are thinking about going into business and want accurate information about the procedures and government regulations involved to start a business in Vermont.
The $40.00 registration fee includes a business planning workbook and access to five online workshops to help the prospective business owner get started.
Registration can be done online at www.vtsbdc.org.
For more information, contact VtSBDC in Rutland at 802-773-9147.
112 Quality Lane
Rutland, VT 05701
Small Dog Electronics to host eWaste recycling event in Rutland
Do you have outdated electronics piling up and don't know what to do with them? Bring them to Rutland High School on June 30 and Small Dog Electronics will dispose of them responsibly.
WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 9am - 3pm
WHERE: Rutland High School, 22 Stratton Rd.
View more information here.
WHAT: All computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, cell phones, stereo equipment, digital phones, VCRs, televisions, old cables, connectors, adapters.We will collect everything electronic except for household appliances.
What happens to the collected ewaste?
All of the ewaste collected will be processed in the US by WeRecycle. While a small percentage of the ewaste can be salvaged, in most cases ewaste is broken down so elements such as tin, copper, silicon, beryllium, carbon, iron, aluminum can be reused in other electronics. Plastic, steel and glass can also be recycled. Certain waste goes to to manufacturer take-back programs.
Learn more about ewaste by clicking here.
- DVD Players
- Cordless phones
- Cell phones
- Scanners/Fax Machines
- Stereo equipment
- Cables & Adapters
- NO Household Appliances (toasters, washers, etc.)
- NO Items with refrigerants (air conditioners, etc.)
- NO Chemicals (paint, cleaners, aerosol cans, etc.)
- NO Commercial or institutional material (business appliances or electronics, etc.)
- NO Batteries
- NO Bulbs
- NO General recycling materials (plastics, cardboard, glass, etc.)
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.
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733