SEPTEMBER (beginning) 2012


A terrific team of volunteers met this week to spruce up the town's Leaf People, who will be making an appearance on the streets in the coming weeks. Volunteers are still needed for the following activities:
  • Hanging the Leaf People on the streets (we will work around your schedule). It will take approximately 1-1/2 hours of your time.  
  • September 29 - The Chamber's HarvestFest a/k/a Make Your Own Leaf Person Day. We need helpers to work in the park. Two hour shifts between 9:30 am - 2: 30 pm. No experience necessary.

Please contact the Chamber if you can give a couple hours.

Maria found great new shoes!


Christy and Susan are doing great new hairstyles!




The Chamber is putting together a co-op ad for the 2013 summer Vermont Vacation Guide, the VT Chamber's magazine which is also used by the VT Department of Tourism and Marketing as their fulfillment piece. 200,000 magazines are printed. The Brandon Chamber has had a color co-op ad in the magazine for at least 20 years. And while the world of advertising (print vs digital) has certainly changed over the years, this particular guidebook remains popular, not only with print users but as one of the most popular digital downloads from the VT Chamber's website.

Participation runs $275 per business, which buys you a color photo and about 30 words.  The Chamber Board of Directors has agreed to subsidize the ad to keep the prices low for member businesses. Please contact the Chamber immediately if you are interested in participating.




Cast Off 8's Square Dancing Evening at the Hall, Saturday, September 8 from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Peter Tobin will call this evening of Western Style Square Dance. The program is sponsored by the Cast Off 8's and is a benefit for the Town Hall renovations. Admission is just a $5.00 donation. No experience necessary as Peter will walk dancers through the moves for each set. Refresments available.  Come join the fun and aerobic workout (or just stand back and watch)!

Jeff Rapsis and his Silent Movie Festival Saturday September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
"The Cameraman" was filmed in 1923 starring Buster Keaton. It was Keaton's first film with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is considered by fans and critics to be Keaton still in top form, and it was added to the National Film Registry in 2005 as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Jeff Rapsis and his Silent Movie Festival  Saturday September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Buster (Buster Keaton) is hopelessly in love with Sally (Marceline Day) who works at MGM Newsreels. To be near her, he purchases an old film camera, emptying his bank account, and attempts to get a job as one of MGM's filmers. Harold (Harold Goodwin), an MGM cameraman who has designs on Sally himself, mocks his ambition. Free will offering. Sponsored by The Vermont  Country Store and the Brandon Town Players.

An Evening With Bill Powers, Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Bill Powers and learn about "The Other Famous Brandon Artist, Charles Sanderson, and Additional Brandon Gleanings."Gleanings include: The Syndicate Road, Old Road to Goshen Mill, Satan's Kingdom, and "Old Brandon."

This event is a free will offering and is supporting two worthy buildings in town:  The Brandon Town Hall and the Brandon Free Public Library. The evening is sponsored by Bill & Kathy Dick, Brandon Free Library, Brandon Historical Society, The Reporter, and Sally Wood in memory of Robert Wood.




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



A September Celebration of
Seasonal Food & Area Farmers
Sunday - September 9, 2012. 4:30pm.
Wood's Market Garden, Brandon, VT

Tickets: $100/person
* Online ticket purchase requires credit card or Paypal account

4:30pm: Cocktails, raw bar, and appetizers
6:00pm: Stories, Comments, Songs from Vermont's Rusty DeWees The Logger
6:30pm: Live auction, dinner and dessert
8:00pm: Silent auction ends and winners announced
A night of fun, food, and good cheer:
- Raw bar and presentation of the best cheese in the state
- Meal highlighting the region's best local food prepared by Village Roots Catering
- Fun live and silent auctions to benefit RAFFL
- Brief act by Rusty DeWees The Logger

If you are interested in helping to organize the event or want to donate produce or auction items,
e-mail Tara at



Hello Otter Valley area business folks!

I write to you as the brand spanking new organizer for the Otter Valley Raft Race, which is preparing for it's 30th race down the Otter Creek.  I'm trying to change things up this year, and put a new spark on the event in hopes of increasing participation thus improving pride in our community and school.  I sure hope the 2012-2013 academic year will be stellar!

My second reason to write to you is to ask you to consider making some sort of a donation toward the race in the form of a completion prize.  If a "thing" is more economical for you than a "gift certificate", that's of course welcome!  I'm looking to keep this whole event light, fun, community-building, and perhaps a bit silly!  So if you'd consider a certificate for an ice cream cone, or a small pizza, or something OV themed, anything is greatly appreciated.  I'm giving prizes for the top three rafts as well as most creative paddles, best costume, most likely to sink, etc.  I'd like every finisher to have something...

Please consider a possible donation, and if you have any ideas or suggestions to share with me those are welcome as well!  Similarly, let me know if you know of anyone else I should ask for a donation.

In advance, thank you

Bruce G. Perlow
Social Studies Department
Otter Valley Union High School
802 247 6833, ext 315





October 13 ~ Turkey, Ham, Real Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Winter Squash, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Beans , Home made Rolls, Pumpkin and Apple Pies along with some other items. The times are from 5 to 7.  Prices $10.00 adults: kids 5 to 10 $5.00; under 5 free.




1) One week (April 13 - April 20, 2013) at the Orange Lake Resort, West Village, in Orlando. Florida.  Full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 6 private occupancy or 8 full occupancy. Note this does NOT include transportation to or from Florida, and the resort is for that specific time period only.
$1600.00 value includes:

2) Four, one day Walt Disney "Hopper Passes" good for any time from June 15 2012 - June 15 2014. These four passes are good at any  Disney venue (Disney World, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, etc.)  $500.00 value Total value: $2100. Tickets available at any Brandon Town Hall Event

 Drawing on December 5, 2012 Moonlight Madness at the Town Hall.  Do not have to be present to win. Thank you Gary & Nancy Meffe for the donation.





Point CounterPoint Faculty Perform Benefit Concert at Brandon Music Sept 7


Brandon Music in Brandon, Vermont, presents a chamber music concert by Point CounterPoint summer camp faculty members on September 7, 2012, at 7pm. Performers include Anton Miller, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Lawrence Zoernig, cello; and Arielle Levioff, piano. The program will include Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat, Op. 11, Castanuevo-Tedesco's Sonata for violin and viola, and Brahms' Piano Quartet in c minor, Op. 60.  Tickets are $15 per person and proceeds will benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. For tickets, call 802-465-4071 or email


Point CounterPoint was founded in 1963 on the shores of Lake Dunmore by the late Dr. Edwin Finckel, a New Jersey pianist, composer, and teacher. Dr. Finckel's goal was to create summer musical opportunities for his students. Among these first camper/musicians was his son, David Finckel, now well-known as the cellist in the Emerson String Quartet and as the cellist in the duo of David Finckel and Wu Han. The next owners and directors were Emory Fanning, professor of music at Middlebury College, and Diana Fanning, a noted concert pianist, who directed the camp for ten years. Under the Fannings' leadership, Point CounterPoint gained an international reputation, attracting many students from foreign lands: France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, West Africa, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, as well as, Canada.


In 1989, ownership of Point CounterPoint passed to professional violinist/violist Dr. Paul Roby and pianist Margaret Johnson Roby, along with amateur musicians and family members Nick and Sue Jones. The Roby/Jones team changed the camp's music focus to strings and piano, eliminating woodwinds.


In 2008, a new era began when Jenny and Steve Beck purchased Point CounterPoint.  New programs populate the summer calendar.  At the end of the summer, a one week camp (called Prelude) attracts the young chamber musicians (ages 8-13) who are looking for a shorter sleep-away camp experience.  Early in the fall, there is a 5 day Adult Chamber Music Workshop giving amateurs the opportunity to play music with new friends in a camp-like environment.  In June 2011, New Music on The Point was launched.  New Music On The Point encourages imaginative collaboration among composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists creating 21st century chamber music in a glorious setting on the shores of Lake Dunmore.  The newest of the music programs at PCP focuses on young adults ages 18 and older who are interested in new chamber music.  At this innovative program, young composers, instrumentalists and vocalists collaborate and perform the newest of new chamber music.


Compass Music and Arts Foundation is a new and developing non-profit organization striving to be the foremost venue in Vermont for all types of music and artistic media. Compass Music and Arts Foundation is dedicated to enriching life through a deeper appreciation of music and the literary, performing and visual arts. The purpose of Compass Music and Arts Foundation is to help bring art in all its forms to the people of Vermont and beyond.



Pianist Arielle Levioff has appeared as a soloist in some of New York City's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.  She has also performed in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and in England, France, and Italy.  Ms. Levioff was a finalist in the 2009 Sorel Medallion Competition in Collaborative Piano, and in July 2010 was invited by the Sorel Foundation to join the coaching staff at the Daniel Ferro Vocal Festival in Tuscany.  In November 2011 she made her debut at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in the inaugural concert of the newly formed New York Women's Ensemble.  Her playing was described as "elegant" by Steve Smith, music critic for the New York Times. Ms. Levioff  has attended many prestigious summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute. She has served on the piano faculty of the 92nd Street Y School of Music since 2005 and maintains a private teaching studio.  She recently began teaching piano in the 60 Plus program at the 92nd Street Y and has been on the faculty of the Point Counterpoint Adult Chamber Music since its beginning in 2010.


Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, American violinist Anton Miller has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. He is currently Associate Professor of Violin at The Hartt School and on the violin and chamber music faculty at New York University. Mr. Miller is a founder and the Artistic Director of the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Minnesota, and was the co-Artistic Director of the Silver Bay Festival.  In the 2010-2011 Season, Mr. Miller performed the Sibelius and Vieuxtemps Concerti as well as the Beethoven Romance in D with orchestras in Nebraska and Florida, and recorded the Weill Violin Concerto for the Naxos label. Mr. Miller is dedicated to expanding the violin repertoire, and he often premieres the music of living composers.  He is currently working on a CD project of commissioned new works for violin and viola with violist Rita Porfiris.  His world premiere performance of Xiogang Ye's "Last Paradise" for violin and orchestra in Beijing, China was recorded for broadcast throughout Asia and released on CD.  His complete discography can be found on the Dorian, Jericho, Full House, Hugo, Naxos and Klavier labels.


Always trying to bridge the gap between popular culture and classical music, violist Rita Porfiris has been the subject of articles and interviews in media across the globe including the New York Times, Chamber Music America, International Symphony Musician, the NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, and the BBC. She has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide and as a soloist has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, the New World Symphony and the Houston Symphony. Currently the Associate Professor of Viola at The Hartt School, she is also on the faculty of New York University, the Texas Music Festival, and ARIA Arts Academy. Ms. Porfiris is the Artistic Director and co-Founder of Musica da Camara Festival Eterna Primavera in Mexico and was a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest. She has worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach.


Lawrence Zoernig has been principal 'cellist of many New York symphony and chamber orchestras including New York Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia and Opera Manhattan.  Mr. Zoernig premiered Lars-Erik Larsson's Concertino for 'Cello and String Orchestra at Trinity Church with the New York Scandia Symphony, for which he is also principal 'cellist.  As a chamber musician, he has performed with Goliard Ensemble and the Cosmopolitan Chamber Players. He has appeared with such noted artists as violinists Nina Beilina, Sidney Harth and Mark Peskanov and clarinetist Charles Neidich. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York and the Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In April 2005 he was invited to play for President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. As a concert artist on the international scene, Mr. Zoernig has also been presented in Brazil and Spain and extensively on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth II, Caronia, Vistafjord, Sagafjord and Royal Viking Sun throughout the world. Meet the Composer Foundation recently provided Mr. Zoernig with a grant for his work as a composer of music for 'cello.





Brandon Music Presents Michael-Louis Smith's Left Ear Trio, September 6


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present the Michael-Louis Smith's Left Ear Trio on September 6 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 /


NYC guitarist Michael-Louis Smith plays with a sound that is warm and broad, echoing influences of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and John Scofield. While an in-demand musician in New York City's vibrant jazz scene, Smith frequently tours the northeast circuit. He will

perform at Brandon Music with Vermont bassist Rob Morse and NYC drummer Russell Carter.  


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.

Brandon Music Presents Classical Pianist Annemieke Spoelstra, Sept 15


Brandon Music, at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, presents classical pianist Annemieke Spoelstra on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00pm in a new program entitled "Musical Imagionairies," featuring music by Hovhaness, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Liszt and others. The program is based on nature and travels, and the experience of being inspired by beauty. One original photograph will be silently auctioned for The M.O.S.A. Project, an orphanage in Lesotho that provides scholarships to children affected by HIV/AIDS.


Tickets for the performance are $15. For information or reservations, call (802) 465-4071 or email

  Annemieke Spoelstra was born in Kampen, The Netherlands, and started piano lessons with Joke Venhuizen at age seven. She studied classical piano at the Conservatory in Zwolle, The Netherlands, with Rudy de Heus. She earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees as Performing Artist for soloist, chamber music and art song accompaniment. She was soloist in C. Franck's "Variations Symphoniques" with conductor Tilo Lehmann. After the study in Zwolle she studied Art Song Accompaniment at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam as a duo with German tenor Immo Schröder. During all studies she has often been sought as collaborative artist at several conservatories and national and international competitions for different instruments and voices. Since 1999 she has been coached by the late Tan Crone and had taken master classes with Peter Serkin, Dalton Baldwin, Rudolf Jansen, Benjamin Rawitz, Roger Vignoles, Elly Ameling, Maria Hol, and Margreet Honig.  

At age 21, Spoelstra was First Prize winner at the Dutch National competition Young Music Talent Nederland for best accompanist. She was praised for her touch and coloring. In 1997 she was First Prize winner for Music Student of the Year for her final recital. The jury report wrote, "She shows great intellect in music pedagogy and is a sensible, great performer, with well-balanced programs." In 2001 she was a finalist in Paris at the international Nadia and Lili Boulanger competition.  

Since January 2004, Spoelstra has been a US resident in Burlington, Vermont. She performs solo, teaches piano at St. Michael's College and at her studio, and coaches vocalists and instrumentalists for auditions, competitions and performances. With Jeremiah McLane, accordion, she forms a duo. She also collaborates with soprano Roxanne Vought to perform Spanish and French art songs. At Saint Michael's College, Spoelstra is accompanist for the chorale, under conductor Dr. Nathaniel Lew. Spoelstra is also pianist for the Vermont Youth Orchestra chorus and chorale, under conductor Dr. Jeff Buettner. Since the fall of 2011, she has served as pianist for the Thetford Chamber Singers.



Mark your calendars:

Thursday, September 27 
5:30 - 7:30 pm 
at the Brandon Town Hall
hosted by the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall 

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
will next meet on Monday, Sept. 17, 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.

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

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 group will be converging upon Brandon September 14th and 15th for our Annual Vermont Council Day.  


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.



During the two days, we will be taking care of organization business, doing continuing education, a community service project at the Brandon Town Hall, and will have time to spend in Brandon.  


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



Food Safety Courses


ServSafe® Food Safety Certification

Chefs, Proprietors, Food Managers, Specialty Foods Entrepreneurs


Food Handlers Certificates, excellent ServSafe® pathway

Cold and Hot Foods Preparation, Deli and Wait Service Associates


Training to Excel, Norm Milot, Brandon Vermont

ServSafe® Instructor and Registered Proctor


Phone: 802.247.0098 answered by Rosebelle's Inn






Food Safety sessions pre-scheduled monthly in Brandon


Sessions mutually arranged to accommodate client unit scheduling

Workshop on Business Succession and Employee Ownership
Coming to Carris Reels,
Proctor, VT - Oct. 3


The Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC) is offering a free workshop entitled "Selling to the Employees: Employee Ownership as a Path for Business Succession" on Wednesday, October 3rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the offices of Carris Reels in Proctor, Vermont. Carris Reelsmanufactures packaging for the wire and cable industry, and is 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Lunch for workshop attendees is included!

VEOC staff will provide a brief overview of ownership succession options, and will focus on the pros and cons of different forms of employee ownership, including the key financial and organizational benefits of this approach. The story of employee ownership at Carris Reels will be told by Dave Fitz-Gerald,
the company's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Bill Kidder, Eastern Region Manager and Vice President for Corporate Banking at Merchants Bank, will discuss financing for ownership succession. Tabitha Croscut, a partner in the law firm of Steiker, Fischer, Edwards & Greenapple, will describe the steps in assessing feasbility of establishing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or other form of employee ownership.

The event is co-sponsored by the Vermont Small Business Development Center and the Rutland Economic Development Corporation. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit or call 802-321-8362 .



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