JULY (beginning) 2012
JULY 6 - 7 in BRANDON
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
"OVER THE RAINBOW"
Brandon's Independence Day Celebration is Vermont's best! From Friday night kick-off to Saturday morning karoake, parade at 1 pm and fireworks at dusk, the day is full of fun.
Here is the official line-up:
July 6, 2012: THE STREET DANCE and FIRST FRIDAY
- The night before the Celebration is a big ol' block party featuring food in Central Park and with Jam Man Entertainment, the hottest DJ in New England, covering all the tunes! Fantastic food vendors. Its dinner and dancing and great music!
Downtown Brandon's third "First Friday" is this Friday night, July 6. Check out the pre-Parade activities and local shops, which will be keeping the lights on and the doors open until 9 pm or later. Everyone is invited to downtown Brandon to shop, eat, stroll, browse, socialize, and just enjoy the evening. For more information, please contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-247-6401 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 7: THE PARADE and more
July 7 evening: THE FIREWORKS and more
- Park Village (former Brandon Training School, 1-1/2 mile north of downtown on Route 7) opens at 6 PM with DJ, food and craft vendors with Fireworks at dusk.
Remember, Brandon's Independence Day Celebration doesn't just "happen." A committee of volunteers has put together the above mentioned schedule and will be working extra hard in the coming days to make the event enjoyable for all. Join the team! Donate!
SUPPORT LOCAL NON-PROFITS AT THE PARADE
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brandon Rotary Club will be partnering once again to serve you the BEST hotdogs and hamburgers (and cheeseburgers, too!) at the Parade. Cold sodas and water. Support local organizations which give back so much to the community! See you in the park!
BRANDON YARD SALE DAY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Hold a Yard Sale when +1000 people 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.
LAST MINUTE DONATIONS WELCOME!
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.
JULY IN THE BRANDON TOWN HALL
Happy 4th of July!
The Town Hall will be open the day of the Parade (July 7th) from 9 A.M to 4 P.M. Bring your neighbors, family and friends to see how the building is looking. We will have refreshments available, chances for raffles, and flush toilets!
An Evening with Theresa Storch
Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Audience members say it's like seeing Bonnie Raitt or Greg Brown when they first started. She connects like she's known you forever and inhabits her songs so fully you can't help but be drawn in. Storch is a live performer of joyful strength and riveting, emotional power. Free will offering. Sponsored by: McKernon Group and Holden Financial Services, Inc.
Saturday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Jeff Rapsis on the keyboard for the silent movie "The Gold Rush" (1925), starring Charlie Chaplin. A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm. Free will offering. Sponsored by The Vermont Country Store & Brandon Town Players.
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. Opening night of the Rutland Youth Theatre's 10th season! Enjoy a group of 13 students from the Rutland area perform this classic. Free will offering. Sponsored by the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall.
Snake Mountain Bluegrass
Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Known for their tight harmony singing, the band uses both a traditional and more modern approach to the bluegrass style, from hard driving "breakdowns" to softer, folk-type arrangements. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 children (17 & under) and $5 seniors (55 and up). Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by Priscilla McKeighan, The Lilac Inn, Kathy & Wayne Rausenberger, The Brandon Medical Center and Gary & Nancy Meffe
The mail lady has been very good to us this week! Remember, you can get your tickets online by going to www.SOARSUMMERFEST.org . The new value as of today is $2787.48 with a few local folks still in the pipeline! Hope to report the Stimulus Raffle is over $3000.00 soon.
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
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!
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 MUSIC PRESENTS WOODCHUCKS' REVENGE
IN BENEFIT CONCERT
Brandon Music will present Woodchucks' Revenge, well-known Vermont folk quartet on July 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation in Brandon, Vermont. For tickets or information, call (802) 465-4071 or email email@example.com.
Woodchucks' Revenge "warms folk with sparks of bluegrass, country and blues." This vocal group presents an engaging mix of old and new folk music ranging from Carter Family heart songs to western ballads, from traditional New England fiddle tunes to their own zany parodies of bluegrass standards. Playing guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bass, the Woodchucks delight their audiences with humor, history and the variety of traditions that make up the American folk scene.
Woodchucks' Revenge is comprised of Peter and Kristina Cady and Sandy Morse and, as of the 2011 season, Mike Lussen, formerly of the well-known Woods Tea Company, who adds his skills on banjo, guitar, bodhran and ukulele, and his repertoire of sea songs and Celtic tunes, to the Woodchuck mix.
Woodchucks' Revenge appears regularly throughout Vermont and in adjoining states, at coffeehouses and colleges, community events and festivals. Recent travels have taken them to First Night celebrations in Vermont and New Hampshire, to the Vermont History Expo, to folk festivals in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and to the Rocky Mountain states. Their music is heard frequently on Vermont and New York Public Radio; the group has produced two albums entitled Loose in the Hills and Fill One Room.
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.
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.
HOST A CHINESE STUDENT
From July 28 until August 9. 2012 Otter Valley Union High School, in partnership with Spiral International, will be hosting a fourteen-day English Language Summer Institute for thirty Chinese high school students and two Chinese teachers. During the program, the Chinese students will stay in host families homes and attend Otter Valley on the weekdays. Staying with American families, the students gain a firsthand experience of American family life and build strong connections with their host families. Anyone interested in hosting students, please call Tina Spotts 802-483-9594 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.)
NEWS FROM H.E.A.T. SQUAD
We're VERY close to 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.
For more information on Home Energy Audits, Weatherization and Do It Yourself, please contact:
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
GREAT BRANDON AUCTION
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.
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733