JULY (mid) 2012 & LOTS OF GREAT THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!
DONATIONS POURING IN FOR THE
GREAT BRANDON AUCTIONMORE NEEDED
Calls and emails are pouring in with donation offerings for the Great Brandon Auction, one of Brandon's liveliest events, 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. Offer a gift certificate to teach someone a new skill (Do you knit? fish? cook?). Are you good on the computer? Do you like yard work? Gift certificates for a couple hours of your time sell well and help support the cause. Re-gift that item sitting in the closet that you just don't know what to do with! We also love your barn treasures, attic finds, or other items in good sale-able condition. Donations are solicited from chamber and all community members.
Contact the Chamber and we will you work with you to make arrangements for pick up.Next week's newsletter will have a listing of some of the exciting items which will be available!
DONATE ~ BID ~ BUY
|The Basin Bluegrass float was perfectly timed to promote the Basin Bluegrass Festival happening in town this weekend. For more information on the schedule of events: www.basinbluegrassfestival.com
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION COMMITTEE
Once again, the Brandon Independence Celebration Committee - a small but dedicated group of volunteers -- put together a great day-and-a-half-long event. Starting on Friday evening, town was lively and busy with vendors, music, and action until late Saturday night. Congratulations to the committee members and think about volunteering some time in 2013!
WINE TASTINGS AT CAFE PROVENCE
FRIDAY JULY 13TH - 5:30PM-7PM
"Summer Wines" Tasting with Peter Bourque of Calmont Beverages
THURSDAY JULY 19TH ~ ARGENTINIAN WINES
DINNER - 6:30PM
with Gerd Hirschmann of VT Wine Merchants and
a representative of the Luigi Bosca Winery
for more details
11 Center St. Brandon Vermont - Tel: 802-247-9997
"Dine B4 You Dash Bash" ~ Downtown Brandon
You can help keep "Brandon Buzzing" by participating in the
2nd annual Dine B4 YOU DASH BASH. Invited: Lake Sun Triathalon racers and YOU!
Enjoy the music of "THE FERAL GODMOTHER" while you visit with family, friends and triathalon racers and enjoy a pre-race CARB-o-LOAD dinner. You don't need to be racing to enjoy the fun and food!
Central Park - on Park Street - across from the Brandon Inn.
JULY 14, 2012: 4:00PM - 6:00 PM
Menu: spaghetti w/ vegetarian sauce, salad, bread, brownies
Look for the "Dine B4 U DASH" Banner!
Donations GLADLY Accepted!
RSVP: email@example.com; include spaghetti dinner in subject
MODEL T'S ROLLING INTO TOWN ON TUESDAY
About 200 Model T's will be touring through Rutland County on Tuesday, July 17 and the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is one of their stops. Come check them out! Bring your cameras and your kids between 9 am - 12 noon!
If you miss them in Brandon, here is information on their afternoon activities in Rutland the same afternoon.
JULY IN THE BRANDON TOWN HALL
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.
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
NEW RESTAURANT OPENS IN BRANDON ~ THE CHOWDER HOUSE
Congratulations to Steve and Ursula Zahn on the opening of The Chowder House. Steve and Ursula also own and operate Cozy Cottages and Otter Valley Winery, at the same location at 1246 Franklin St. The Chowder House is open Wednesday through Sunday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. They specialize in fresh seafood. Every Thursday "All you can eat fish fry" (fries and salad included). For more information, call 802-247-6644
ALPACA FARM & FIBER MILL OPEN HOUSE
What's an alpaca? What do you do with them? How is yarn made?
Find out the answers to these questions and many more at the Alpaca Farm & Fiber Mill Open House. Located in Brandon, VT, Maple View Farm Alpacas and the Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Join us for a fun weekend on the farm!
Visitors will be greeted by over 30 alpacas including 7 cria (babies) born recently, who will entertain you as they romp and play. The unique capabilities of the FeltLOOM will be demonstrated and Muffy Kashkin Grollier, a juried fiber artist, will showcase her amazing art using various felting techniques. And, of course, there will be activities for the children.
Ed and Debbie Bratton have been raising alpacas for 10 years at their 100 acre farm in Brandon. Alpacas are a domesticated species of the South American Camelid, raised for the fine, warm, hypoallergenic fiber they produce. Alpaca fiber, which comes in 22 natural colors, is used to make knitted and woven items, similar to wool.
The Brattons recently opened a newly built fiber mill and studio on the farm. The mill offers custom processing of fiber into high quality batts, roving, yarn and felt.
For more information, visit the website at www.mapleviewfarmalpacas.com or Facebook at Maple View Farm Alpacas and Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio. The farm is located at 185 Adams Rd, Brandon, VT. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 802.247.5412 for more information.
BRANDON MUSIC PRESENTS
KILLINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL MUSICIANS
Brandon Music at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, Vermont, presents a concert of chamber music by musicians from the Killington Music Festival on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7:00PM. The concert will feature solo and chamber music performances by resident musicians from the Killington Music Festival, now in its 30th anniversary season. Tickets are $10. Call (802) 465-4071 or email email@example.com for tickets and information. Now in its 30th season, the Killington Music Festival, a non-profit organization, is the only resident professional classical music organization in central Vermont. Each summer about 100 students gather at Killington from institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, Boston Conservatory, The New England Conservatory, The Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music and the University of Arizona. These musicians come to the area to play chamber music and to teach string students. Performances by the faculty and invited guest artists have made the Festival a mainstay of summer culture in the region. The young musicians who attend the Killington Residency Program are graduate, college and talented high school students. Many of our students, as well as many alumni, are members of chamber groups and orchestras in the United States as well as in other countries.
For six weeks each summer the Killington Music Festival brings together aspiring young musicians and a nurturing internationally accomplished faculty. With the beauty of the Green Mountains as a backdrop the Festival allows dedicated students to focus on their musical growth through solo and chamber music study, master classes and frequent student concerts. The limited enrollment and collegial atmosphere of the festival assures personal attention for each student.
Jazz at Brandon Music Presents John Abercrombie Trio July 19, 7:30pm
Brandon Music will present the John Abercrombie Trio on July 19 at 7:30pm. General Admission 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.
Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds, Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony.
Throughout the 1990s and into 2000 and beyond, Abercrombie has continued to pluck from the ranks of jazz royalty, and be plucked for guest appearances on other artists' recordings. One propitious relationship was with guitarist, pianist, and composer Ralph Towner, with whom Abercrombie has worked in a duet setting. (Abercrombie has also worked in guitar duos with John Scofield, for 1993's Solar and with Joe Beck in Coincidence, released in 2007). Abercrombie has also recorded with saxophonist Jan Garbarek and bassist Eddie Gomez.
Abercrombie keeps up a heavy touring schedule and continues to record with ECM records, a relationship that has spanned more than 30 years. As he told one interviewer, "I'd like people to perceive me as having a direct connection to the history of jazz guitar, while expanding some musical boundaries." That, no doubt, will be his legacy.
Jazz at Brandon Music performances have a concert listening policy, which prohibits talking, texting, cell phones, video/ audio recording, laptop computers, gaming units, and cameras during the performance.
For Information & Reservations (802) 465-4071 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM
presents Two Lake Champlain Twilight History Cruises
Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 26
Middlebury, VT... For over fifteen years, the Henry Sheldon Museum has offered popular Lake Champlain Twilight History Cruises aboard the Carillon and this summer is no exception. On Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm, the Sheldon invites you to come aboard the Carillon for a Civil War-themed cruise. What better way to spend a summer evening than on the historic waters of southern Lake Champlain!
Join guest speaker, Civil War historian Tom Ledoux, as he traces the maritime history of Vermonters during the Civil War. Vermonters were involved in every aspect of the maritime war, riverine warfare, blockading duty, amphibious assaults, chasing Confederate raids, and even special operations. Ledoux is the creator and webmaster of an award-winning Internet project, "Vermont in the Civil War," a grassroots effort to document online the Green Mountain State's role in the War of Rebellion. He is a 7th-generation Vermonter, a 26-year veteran of the US Navy, and a 2001 graduate of American Military University, Manassas, Virginia, where he was awarded a Master of Arts in Military Studies (Civil War Studies).
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages as the Carillon south along the scenic shores of Lake Champlain. The two-hour cruises are comfortable and informal; passengers will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages and are welcome to bring cameras and binoculars aboard - we may even see a new eagle's nest near Benson! The Carillon departs promptly at 5:30 p.m. from Larrabee's Point in Shoreham, adjacent to the Fort Ticonderoga ferry at the end of Route 74 in Shoreham. The cost of each cruise is $35 per person ($30 for Museum members). Advance reservations/payment are required by contacting the Henry Sheldon Museum at 1 Park Street, Middlebury, 802/388-2117.
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
BRANDON YARD SALE DAY
SAT., AUG. 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.
BRANDON SIDEWALK SALES ARE BACK!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Downtown Brandon will be alive with Sidewalk Sales all day Friday Aug. 10 and Saturday Aug. 11. New shops and businesses. Come explore!
ARE YOU HOLDING AN EVENT?
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer complimentary assistance in spreading the word to our members and area non-profits.
Send us a press release by email and we will publish in our e-newsletter.
Drop off a flier or poster at the Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace for the bulletin board.
Let us help you get out your message!
CHAMBER GOLF MIXER AT NESHOBE!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
SAVE THE DATE
DETAILS COMING SOON!
DOUGLAS BIRTHPLACE THANKS
Thanks to some fine folks in town, the grounds at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace are looking beautiful. Thanks are in order to: We appreciate it!
~ Peter Bowery for cleaning the gardens.
~ Ryan Woods for weekly mowing the lawn.
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.
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 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
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 email@example.com for more information.
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
NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad is launching a new campaign to promote that weatherized homes
"SAVE A MOUNTAIN OF GREEN."
You can help by hosting an ENERGY PARTY to prove this to your neighbors (or encourage a H.E.A.T. Squad customer you know to host one). Energy parties are HIGHLY EFFECTIVE in convincing neighbors to proceed with their home energy improvement projects. Most sign up for audits on the spot after touring the work you had done and hearing from you and your contractor. Late July and early August are perfect times to schedule energy parties. Take advantage of your contractors before they become busier in the fall and while prebuy oil offers at this time of year remind people about desired fuel savings. We can help arrange energy parties and are present to explain NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad. For more information on this and other programs, contact Laura Asermily, H.E.A.T. Squad Outreach Coordinator, Rutland West Neighborhood Housing Service Inc. and NeighborWorks® of Western Vermont, P (802) 438-2303 x 229 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org . On the web at: www.nwwvt.org and www.heatsquad.org
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733