AUGUST (mid) 2012



Downtown Brandon will be alive with Sidewalk Sales all day Friday Aug. 10 and Saturday Aug. 11. New shops and businesses. Come explore!



Ten Rod Road 
Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 pm in Central Park

Ten Rod Road plays a diverse collection of musical styles. Come and dance to a variety of tunes - from ballads to rockers.  


This concert is a One-Year-After fundraiser for Brand-Aid donated by the Band! Check out Ten Rod Road on Facebook   

If you don't want to wait for the concert to donate to  Brand-Aid, you can take care of it right now by clicking here.





Tuesday, AUGUST 21 at 5 pm (please be at club at 4:30 pm)                      

Brandon Vermont

New Members & Non-golfers ..... even if you have never golfed,
This is a fun night. You will be on a team with golfers & non-golfers!

Format: Nine Hole Captain and Crew, Four Person
Team Prizes. Individual Prizes. Door Prizes.

Neshobe Members pay $16 for Golf
Neshobe Non-members pay $24 for Golf
 +  Chicken Barbeque Dinner: $16 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

50/50 raffle to benefit BRAND-AID at the mixer!

ENTRY DEADLINE: Aug. 14 in order to arrange teams and food.



The Silent Movie Festival Features "Wings"
(1927) Saturday, August 11th at 7pm Join Jeff Rapsis and his accompaniment to this compelling story of two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman and become fighter pilots in World War I. Starring Clara Bow and Gary Cooper. This film won an Oscar for Best Picture. An added bonus of the evening will be a live auction of the book about the making of the movie "Wings" written in 1927.  This book is being donated Jeff Rapsis to help support the restoration of the Brandon Town Hall.  
Free will offering. Sponsored by Pam & Steve Douglass, the National Bank of Middlebury, and The Reporter.
Ripptide - Castleton's Alternative Rock Band 
Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 pm 
Riptide is an eclectic mix of rock, punk, alternative, acoustic and metal. Free will offering.
Sponsored by Fyles Bros., Inc. and Maple View Farm - Deb & Ed Bratton. 

Join us for our Summer Sampler on August 19th from 4 - 7pm at the Brandon Town Hall! See information elsewhere in this newsletter.

Atlantic Crossing presents a benefit concert for the Town Hall on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 pm 
Traditional songs & acoustic instrumental music from New England.  Deep Celtic roots in the British Isles and in French & Maritime Canada. Tickets are $8 in advance (available at Carr's Florist & Gifts) or $10 at the door. Sponsored by Atlantic Crossing and the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall. 

TOWN HALL INFO: Don't forget that raffle tickets are still available for the beautiful quilt made by Mary Ellen Francis. Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5.  Retail value of the quilt exceeds $800. The drawing will be October 13, 2012. 

A BIG thank you to the The Eastern Star that fill the flower boxes and barrels annually outside the Town Hall. The spray of color adds so much to the building. A special thanks to Thelma Miner and Marie Miner for their work in planting and care of the flowers throughout the season. 

The band Orleans was scheduled to perform at the Town Hall on September 2. The concert has been canceled due to the unexpected death in July of the lead singer.  If you had already purchased tickets please return them to Carr's Florist to receive a full refund.

Remember if it is raining on Monday nights during the summer the Town Band will perform at the Town Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Are you looking for a reasonably priced place to hold your next event?  Consider renting all or part of the Town Hall. It makes a wonderful venue for meetings, parties, weddings and more. Contact Dennis Marden at 802.247.5420 or e-mail at   

Cozy Cottages, Otter Valley Winery, and The Chowder House Restaurant present:
The Willoughbys' FREE concert on Saturday, August 11 at 4 p.m.

THE WILLOUGHBYS have unique spot in the Vermont music scene. This band can play a large outdoor festival, or your cozy living room with a wood stove. Former members of THE WARRENS, THE WILLOUGHBYS are a four-piece (or five with drums) band playing music of the American landscape. With songs from the Americana songbook, they weave their vocal harmonies together with guitars, accordion, mandolin, violin, lap steel, congas, acoustic bass, and cello. Inspiration is drawn from artists such as Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, The Jayhawks and more.
Come on down to Brandon's newest restaurant, The Chowder House, for fresh seafood and a free concert!

 Cozy Cottages & Otter Valley Winery
1246 Franklin Street (Route 7) ~ Brandon, VT
(802) 247 - 6644





Jazz at Brandon Music Presents
Giacomo Gates, August 16


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates on August 16 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $12. Venue is BYOB. Brandon Music offers an Early Bird dinner special, which includes a ticket for the jazz performance, for $22 per person. Full menu is also available at regular price.


For Information & Reservations call (802) 465-4071 or email


As the great jazz singer Jon Hendricks noted, "Not many people can master this music, but Giacomo Gates has. He is an important man." This quotation (included in a New York Times article from 2005) speaks volumes for the authenticity of the internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates. It may also offer some indication as to where he is headed in the history books. Heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty Carter and Leon Thomas, Gates' own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters like Jon Hendricks, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure and most of all, Eddie Jefferson. Like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path.


Gates has performed at countless major U.S. clubs, including Birdland, the Five Spot and the Jazz Standard in NYC; Blues Alley in Washington DC; and Snug Harbor in New Orleans; at major festivals in Montreux, Telluride, Sedona and Clearwater; and on tours throughout Europe, Russia and Australia.


Gates has five heavily acclaimed CDs, with his most recent release "Songs of Gil Scott-Heron-The Revolution Will Be Jazz" (Savant) garnering rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, NYC Jazz Record, Hartford Courant, Jazz Times and Downbeat Magazines and a two page feature in Jazziz. Known for his interaction with his live audience through witty patter and informative introductions, every performance becomes a lesson in jazz history. Gates' sheer joy, exuberance, wit and unlimited creativity make him one of jazz's most compelling artists.

Gates will perform at Brandon Music with the all-star rhythm section of pianist John Funkhouser and bassist Bruce Gertz.


Jazz at Brandon Music is a weekly series produced by NH Jazz Presents and sponsored by the Brandon Inn, the Radisson Nashua, Patrick's Pub and the Margate Resort.


Upcoming Jazz Shows at Brandon Music:


8/23 The Chronicles

8/30 Syncopation Vocal Jazz Ensemble

9/6 Left Ear Trio featuring Michael-Louis Smith

9/13 Geoff Countryman & the Buffalo Band

9/20 Sayon Camara & Landaya

9/27 Jerry Sabatini's Sonic Explorers

10/4 Philip Hamilton Group

10/11 Ken Peplowski

10/18 Yoron Israel's High Standards Quartet

10/25 Julian Lage (solo)



Dear Brandon Area Business:


I am the current Director of the Vermont Council of National Association of Insurance Women d/b/a International Association of Insurance Professionals. Our Vermont Chapter is comprised of approximately 150 insurance professionals and associated industries from across the State. We have three local Chapters, Green Mountain Association of Insurance Professionals, Champlain Valley Association of Insurance Professionals and Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals (Capital Region).   We will be converging upon Brandon September 14th and 15th for our Annual Vermont Council Day. In addition, we have participants from Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire who have indicated they plan to attend.


In years past, Vermont Council Day has been held at large, "corporate" venues, such as Stowe, Sugarbush, Bolton Valley, Holiday Inn and other large hotel chains. I however, chose to bring the event to what I consider my Vermont Home Town, Brandon. The independently owned Brandon Inn is the venue for our event.

My theme for this year's meeting is Harvest Your Gold. The theme is two fold:

  • To encourage our membership to take advantage of all the golden opportunities available with their membership: Scholarships, state/regional & national awards, Networking, Education, Fellowship, Leadership, Professional and Personal Development and creating life long friendships with other insurance professionals


  •  To Harvest the gold we have right here in Vermont...and I'm not just talking Maple Syrup.   Vermont is comprised of thousands of small businesses and Vermont Artisans, producers and services.. As a small business owner/producer /manufacturer/service provider we, as insurance agents depend on you and your employees as a base of our business. I want our attendees to Harvest Your Gold!  

Vermont Council State Day commences on Friday morning at 8 a.m. Our first order of business is a Continuing Education Course "Ethics to Work by for Insurance Professionals". In the afternoon we will be having a Parliamentary Procedure/Robert's Rules of Order workshop and then (for the first time since my involvement in the organization) go to the Town Hall for a COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT. We will be working with the Friends of the Town Hall to clear brush, debris, etc from the left side of the building, including safe egress from the emergency exit.  Friday night we have a welcome party, followed by time for attendees to walk about Brandon.


Saturday consists of our Confidence While Communicating competition and business meeting, including committee/officer reports, Chapter reports, Regional Vice President Report, election and installation of officers.   At our Noon luncheon we will present Scholarships, Awards, other honors and door prizes.


I write to ask for your support, to help me make the attendees visit to Brandon unforgettable. In our welcome packet, I would like to have a flyer with coupons from our various businesses. Perhaps a percentage off, free item with minimum purchase, just something to help entice our guest to spend some time in Brandon and check out our great local businesses and offerings.


Another new feature of Vermont Council Day is a "silent auction" with proceeds to benefit the Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross. In keeping with our theme, items available will be Vermont Products and/or from Small Vermont businesses. If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please let me know ( or 558-8692).


I am SO EXCITED to be holding what Vermont Council Days in Brandon and I hope you will join me in welcoming this wonderful group of people to town!


Thank you

Barb Watters, Vt Council Director




Dorset Playhouse theatergoers on Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 will discover the veracity of the statement: "Never doubt the power of words" when Hildene, in partnership with the Dorset Theatre Festival, presents a reading of The Rivalry.  


The play, masterfully written by award winning playwright, Norman Corwin, debuted in 1959, dramatizing the historic Lincoln - Douglas debates of 1858. These seven debates pitted Abraham Lincoln, aspiring to become a senator, against incumbent Illinois Senator, Stephen Douglas.  


Not surprisingly the dialogue between the two charismatic and civically minded politicians provides a template for a spirited discussion of timely contemporary issues. While Lincoln and Douglas focused on the most controversial issues of their day, including states' rights, slavery and the original intent of the Constitution, the interactive discussion that follows the reading of the play by a panel of well-known Vermont civic leaders will focus on present day issues such as civic responsibility and involvement and civil discourse.


Hildene Programming Director, Stephanie Moffett-Hynds, notes that, "This adaptation of The Rivalry, condensed to 50 minutes, has a decidedly 21st century feel, inviting the audience to focus on the words rather than the characters." For this reason, the readers appear as themselves when speaking their designated parts and remarkable readers they are, beginning with former Vermont Governor, Madeleine Kunin, reading the part of Stephen Douglas's young and insightful wife, Adele. It is through Adele's eyes that the audience views the debates. Abraham Lincoln is read by Rabbi Michael Cohen and Stuart Comstock- Gay reads Senator Stephen Douglas.


During the second part of the evening, Jane Lindholm, VPR host of "Vermont Edition," will moderate the interactive discussion between the panel and the audience. Former Vermont governor, Madeleine Kunin was the first woman elected to that office, serving from 1985 to 1991. Rabbi Michael Cohen is Rabbi Emeritus of Israel Congregation of Manchester and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Friends of Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Stuart Comstock-Gay is President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation.


A reception will follow in the Gallery Café. This program is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a seat online go to or call the Dorset Theatre Festival Box Office at 802.867.2223.




National Bank of Middlebury is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming "Summer Sampler" event to benefit Dinners With Love, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate donations of quality restaurant meals to hospice patients and their families free of charge.
Restaurants are asked to prepare meals for people living in the communities where the restaurant operates-this truly is a wonderful example of neighbors helping neighbors. Today, thanks to local restaurant owners and chefs, this service is now available in many towns in Rutland and Addison Counties.
Sheri Sullivan, inspired by her many meaningful and rewarding years of volunteer service combined with her talent as a local caterer, knew that supplying meals to those facing the end of life gave them a level of comfort, both in the quality of sustenance and knowing that others cared enough to lend a hand. This led Sheri to create this non-profit organization called "Dinners With Love" that she founded to accomplish this mission, with the help of local communities, "Nearly 700 meals have been served in the past year and a half. That's a lot of dedication to a lot of families. I'm anxious to see the program grow even more."
On Sunday, August 19th, the "Summer Sampler" will take place at the Brandon Town Hall from 4:00-7:00pm where not only will guests enjoy wonderful hors d'oeuvres and desserts provided by participating restaurants* (as well as a complimentary glass of wine or beer!), but at a cost of only $20.00, attendees will know that all proceeds will benefit this great community non-profit, Dinners With Love. Pay at the door. No reservation necessary.


  *Participating restaurants to date include (subject to change):Cafe Provence, Cattails, Sheri's Diner & Plan-it-Sheri Catering, The Bobcat, Cubbers, Mountain Greens Market & Deli, 51 Main Street, American Flatbread, Costello's Market, Middlebury Inn (Morgan's Tavern), Middlebury Natural Food Coop, Mr. Up's, Noonie's Deli, The Storm Café, Swift House Inn (Jessica's Restaurant), Touterelle     

Summer in not even over and the Chamber is starting to think about:
  • Leaf People - Session to spruce up the town's "people" will be scheduled soon.
  • Art in the Snow - A meeting to start planning the 2013 event will be scheduled soon.  

A 4-day bike ride through Vermont.
Riders are passing through Brandon on Saturday Aug. 18 between 9:30 - 11:30 am. Riders will briefly be stopping at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace during that time.





Square up for an evening of dancing fun at the Brandon Town Hall. Peter Tobin will be calling a Western-style Square Dance sponsored by the Cast Off 8's on Saturday, September 8 between 8 and 10 PM. The $5 per person admission will go to the continued restoration of the Brandon Town Hall. Join the fun. No experience is necessary.


The Cast Off 8's have been an active Square Dance club for the past 34 years. We dance on Wednesday evenings at the Lothrop School Gym in Pittsford. New dancers are welcome to join the group during the month of September. For additional information, please give us a call or visit our website (




At the Great Brandon Auction: FOUND: A white barn coat with a J Peterman Company label.  


At the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace: FOUND: A pair of bi-focal glasses was left on the porch about a week ago. The glasses are on the desk in the museum office.


At the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace: LOST: A Kindle digital reader that was lost about a week ago, possibly at the museum. It has a grey cover.







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Lodging Properties: Promote Your Foliage Midweek Specials on 

If you are looking for more guests to book midweek stays, please submit specials to Specials can vary from "Stay 2 nights get 3rd free" (or 50% off), or "Stay 3 nights and receive a free a gift package of Vermont products." Note that your typical midweek rates do not meet the requirement for this promotion so make it truly special.

Route 7, Pittsford 

Sugar Candy Making free demonstrations every Wed. 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 through 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


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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.

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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.)  

Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 267
Brandon VT 05733

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