AUGUST (mid-2) 2012


Thanks so much to Ten Rod Road for a great concert under sunny skies last night! And thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Brand-Aid Fund and bought 50/50 raffle tickets.  

 If you would like to donate to Brand-Aid, you can take care of it right now by clicking here.   


In addition, in the coming weeks, a series of matted photographs taken during and immediately following the flood taken by Brandon resident Kelly McCullough will be sold via on-line auction. One hundred percent of the sales of the photos will be donated to the fund. And closer to the end of the year, the Brandon Lions Club will be selling their 2013 calendars featuring photos of Irene and 50% of the proceeds will be given to Brand-Aid.





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!

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


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     


FALL & WINTER CSA at Wood's Market Garden


Shop from the farm even after the farm stand has closed with our Fall & Winter Harvest CSA.  


This year the CSA will run from October 9 through December 18.  It's truly a great value with wonderful variety including lots of fresh greens. We hope you come back if you were a member in the past, or try it this year if you are new to it. You can find all the details on our webpage or at the farm stand. Please email if you have any questions and we'll be happy to help.



Vermont Vineyard and
Winery Open House Weekend

August 18 & 19, 2012

Hosted by the Vermont Grape and Wine Council 
The Open House Weekend gives visitors an opportunity to taste wine made from grapes such as Marquette and La Crescent, delicious ice ciders, honey mead, and fruit wines; tour vineyards not usually open to the public; and learn about wine making in cold climates directly from the winemakers. 
  • What: Vermont Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend
  • When: Sat Aug 18 & Sun Aug 19, 2012
  • Where: 20 Vineyards and Wineries across Vermont
  • Hours: Hours vary, but the participating vineyards/wineries will be open at some point between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sat and Sun.
  • Cost: Free; some wineries charge a small fee for tasting.
  • Details: Tastings and tours of vineyard and wineries. Depending on the vineyard/winery, other highlights include:
  • *Live music
  • *Picnic lunches in the vineyard
  • *Local cheese and food pairings
  • *Gourmet wine-tasting lunch
  • *Wood-fired flatbread pizza
  • *Book readings
  • *Vineyard educational tours
  • *Winemaking demonstrations
  • *Homemade ice cream
  • *Pick-your-own orchard fruit
Participating Vermont Vineyards and Wineries: Artesano Meadery, Boyden Valley Winery, Brick Cape Vineyard, Champlain Orchards, East Shore Vineyard, Eden Ice Cider Company, Fresh Tracks Farm, Grand View Winery, Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard, Honora Winery, la garagista, Lincoln Peak Vineyard, Mad River Vineyard, Montpelier Vineyards, Neshobe River Winery, North Branch Vineyards, Otter Valley Winery, Putney Mountain Winery, Shelburne Vineyard , and Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery.

For further information, please visit at
or the websites of the participating wineries. 



The Brandon Artists Guild presents  The Chicken Chaser's   Barn Dance  & Silent Art Auction
benefiting the 2012 Community Arts Project 
"What's Hatching in Brandon?"

Beginners & Families Welcome!
Tickets at the door; $5.00 per person
$15.00 for a family of 4 or more!!
Sept. 29th
Brandon Town Hall
6 - 9:30 pm

Live music by 
The Chicken Chaser's Band
Andrew Munkres, Don Stratton
Kristin Bolton & Dave Guertin

with caller
Brendan Taafe




The Gallery at Brandon Music at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, Vermont, is pleased to feature works by local artists Nancy and Richard Weis. The exhibit, featuring small scale encaustic paintings by Nancy Weis, and large scale acrylic works by Richard Weis, is on display in the Music Café, and all works are available for purchase. Brandon Music Café is open from 10:00 am to 5:30pm every day except Tuesday.


Nancy and Richard Weis have been active participants in the Vermont arts community since 1989. They met as undergraduates at Bemidji State University in Minnesota and have worked together for over forty years, actively involving themselves in both studio work and teaching. Through the years Nancy's focus has included a variety of media including printmaking, fibers, handmade paper, encaustic painting, and installation while Dick's focus has been primarily painting and drawing with occasional forays into wood sculpture.  Their formal studies led to graduate honors in their respective programs, Dick receiving an M.F.A. in painting at American University and Nancy an M.F.A in printmaking at George Washington University.  In 2002-2003 Dick was artist in residence at Aberystwyth University in Wales and a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea, a location to which he has frequently returned over the past eight years. His most recent residency in South Korea was as a Fulbright Specialist in 2010.


During the past several years Nancy has been teaching as an adjunct art instructor at Castleton State College, and the Community College of Vermont.  Dick retired from teaching in 2010 and is Professor Emeritus of Art at Green Mountain College. They maintain studios in Castleton and Poultney Vermont.  Studio visits can be arranged by calling 802 273-3571 or emailing  For more information on Nancy and Dick's work, visit their website at





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.

WIN  (Benefit for Brandon Town Hall)


(Valid only the week of April 12-20)   

(Orange Lakes Resort, Orlando, time-share condo)

Value $1600.00 

              - & -


(valid anytime, thru 2013, park hopper passes)

Value $500.00 (4/1 day passes)


             Raffle tickets $5.00 or 3 for $10.00      

        Tickets available at Town Hall events  

        Drawing at December Moonlight Madness


 Benefit Brandon Town Hall Renovations




Jazz at Brandon Music Presents The Chronicles, August 23


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present the Chronicles on August 23 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 (802) 465-4071 /


The Chronicles have quickly created a presence in the northeast music scene but have set their sights on reaching national and international audiences. While only a few years in existence, the group has performed at major music festivals like The Big Up, Bella Terra, The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, and The BeatShot Music Festival. Stylistically combining jazz, hip hop, R&B, funk, soul, and gospel, the Chronicles earn comparisons to contemporary artists such as The Roots, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, and the Robert Glasper Experiment. Albany's Metroland recognized them in their 2011 "best of capital region" issue as the best in live hip hop with "jazz chops out the yin yang, and new tunes at their fingertips every time they pick up their instruments."  


Jazz at Brandon Music performances have a concert listening policy, which prohibits talking, texting, cell phones, recording, laptop computers, gaming units, and cameras during the performance. The weekly series is produced by NH Jazz Presents and sponsored by the Brandon Inn, the Radisson Nashua, Patrick's Pub and the Margate Resort.



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

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
will next meet on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.

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.



Volunteers needed to help spruce up the Town's Leaf People. We will be meeting on September 5. Please contact the Chamber for time and place. No experience needed. We will train!

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




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 a couple of weeks 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 a couple of weeks ago, possibly at the museum. It has a grey cover.







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 (




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