SEPTEMBER (mid) 2012
Thanks to the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) for sharing a brand new Chamber member benefit with members of every Chamber in the State.

LCRCC has teamed up with Sugarbush Resort to offer discounted season's passes for the 2012 - 2013 season.

Click here for all the details.  SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 is the DEADLINE for signing up. If you are interested, email the Brandon Chamber ASAP and we will email you the registration form. 



Volunteers are still needed for the following activities:
  • Hanging the Leaf People on the streets this week (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.


Leif and Autumn are mascots for the $50 Fall Foliage Giveaway

Last fall, the Chamber and the Town of Brandon Economic Development partnered together to offer folks booking a two-night (or longer) stay in Brandon lodging a packet of $50 Brandon Bucks. The initiative was an enormous success, pumping an estimated $20,000 into the local economy.

The Chamber and the Town have once again teamed up to offer the same offering for guests staying between now and October 31, 2012. There are seven participating businesses and they are sharing the funding -- paying 50% of the packets for their guests.

The Chamber thanks Steve Beck, Brandon Economic Development Officer, and the Brandon Selectboard for supporting this initiative. It is a win-win-win!


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 

To Area Residents:
The Brandon Free Public Library is a tremendous asset to the residents of Brandon and those in surrounding towns. With a particularly high circulation rate per capita, the Brandon Library serves the public not only in traditional ways but with a growing list of opportunities and resources. New offerings include the Vermont State Libraries and Green Mountain Library on-line consortiums, tools which give patrons the opportunity to borrow from a growing selection of e-books and to choose from a selection of more than 500 on-line non-credit Continuing Education classes.

The library building was constructed in 1832 and initially housed a store and warehouse. Today, more than 100 years after it became the town library in 1907, the building is showing its age. In order to take care of the needs of the structure, the Library Board of Trustees has kicked off a Capital Campaign. According to Carl Phelps, President of the Board of Trustees, immediate work needed includes:
*    Replacement of the obsolete oil burner (could pay for itself in four years in fuel savings).
*    Replacement of the leaking, 100-year old steel roof and maintenance on the slate roof.
*    Modification of the second floor railing to comply with safety code.
*    Installation of an air exchanger in the basement for the book sale.
*    Upgrade outdated electrical circuitry.

The Board of Trustees hopes to raise $70,000 to address these needs and more. The Friends of the Library, the fantastic folks who run the used book sale downstairs, have committed up to $9500 and grant applications are in the works. The Trustees have also initiated a Sponsor A Shelf campaign. Brass plates will be affixed to shelves in honor or memory of loved ones. "The Sponsor a Shelf opportunity allows patrons to be involved at different levels of contribution," said Stephanie Choma, Head Librarian. "Donors will be able to request sponsorship of a particular shelf, for example, cookbooks or Vermont history." For those supporting the campaign with $1,000 or more, their name(s) will be added to the library's existing Capital Campaign plaque, which hangs prominently on the end shelf in front of the counter.

The Brandon Free Public Library serves as a community center. Traditional offerings include the latest new releases and the classics found on more than 400 shelves, DVDs (new releases, foreign, children's) and audio books, public internet access and a number of computers, adult and children's programming, home delivery, copy and fax service. The librarians are available to provide reading recommendations, assist with research, help with computer access and provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere. The Trustees feel confident they will raise the $70,000 needed in order to start work immediately on some of the emergency items. For more information or a Capital Campaign form, please contact the library at 802-247-8230 or online at


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."

Bruce Brown will "warm up the audience" with Brandon historical questions (and answers)!    Lake Dunmore connections will be included in the formal presentation that addresses Brandon's 19th Century artist, Charles Wesley Sanderson.    A few more Brandon "gleanings" presentations will be given based on audience wishes and time availability.  

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 



Culminating the summer-long "What's Hatching in Brandon?" -- the 2012 Community Arts Project -- the Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) is crowing about the upcoming Great Chicken Chaser's Barn Dance and Silent Auction.  A night of fun is expected as all chickens are chased out of the plucky town of Brandon, VT.


Beginners and families are welcome at Brandon Town Hall for some contra dancing, 6 to 9:30 PM on Saturday, September 29.    Tickets at the door: minimum donation of $5.00 per person; $15.00 for a family of four or more!


Doors open at 6 PM with a preview of a Silent Auction featuring some of the street art (the "Peep Shows" and the "Fowls of Lana") seen around Brandon this summer, along with other chicken-related art objects including original artworks created and donated by BAG artists. 


At 7 PM all comers will kick up their heels to the foot-stomping live music of the Chicken Chaser's Band from Cornwall, VT, featuring Andrew Munkres, Don Stratton, Kristin Bolton, and Dave Guertin, with caller Brendan Taafe from Brattleboro.  


This is a family style barn dance and all ages are encouraged to attend.  Repeat: Beginners are welcome!  To top off the rooster roundup, winners of the "What's Hatching in Brandon?" Raffle and Guessing Game will be announced during the evening.   The proceeds of the evening will help with student scholarships, BAG donations to community organizations, ongoing promotion of the arts, general operating expenses of the BAG gallery, and the annual student exhibition at the gallery.






        RT 7- BRANDON, VT.TEL # 247-4130        


Date: Saturday October 13, 2012 Time: 5 to 7


Price: Adults- $10.00 Kids 5 to 10- $5.00
Kids under 5 Free

MENU: Ham with Raisin Sauce, Turkey with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Winter Squash, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Jello Salads, Cold Slaw, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls and Butter, Apple or Pumpkin Pie with Ice Cream or Cheese, Coffee, Tea, Punch and Ice Water





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.






Brandon Music Presents Sayon Camara & the Landaya African Rhythm Ensemble, 9/20


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present Sayon Camara & the Landaya African Rhythm Ensemble on September 20 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $12. Venue is BYOB. Brandon Music will not offer dinner at this concert.


For Information & Reservations (802) 465-4071 /


Sayon Camarawas born in the village of Kouya Sidia, Kouroussa, in central Guinea. His parents gave him a loving upbringing, instilling him with honesty, compassion and wisdom as he grew up with his siblings in the wonderful commune of Guinean society. At the age of seven Sayon's father, an accomplished djembe drummer, gifted him with a djembe. This altered the course of his life and his hands have not left the djembe since.


After drumming in the village for 31 years while cultivating rice and working in the bauxite mines, Sayon left his village as a master djembefola, to work in Conakry with the world's foremost djembe player Famoudou Konate. For the next eight years, Sayon worked intensively with Konate, teaching at his workshops, and playing at his concerts and on his CDs. Eventually Sayon began leading other workshops for people from all over the world, both in Guinea and Japan, and has become a sought after musician to play for various occasions such as marriages, naming ceremonies, traditional festivals of all kinds, and even political events.


Sayon will perform in Brandon with the Landaya African Rhythm Ensemble, led by the award winning musician and composer, Dave "the Kobra" Kobrenski. Skillfully performing on the djembe, sangban, dununba, and kenkeni drums, as well as the tambin (known as the Fula flute), kamalen'goni (10-string African harp), the krin (log drum), Landaya weaves together an evening of music with Sayon that captures the spirit of West Africa.


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, David Salzberg Jazz Supporter, and the Margate Resort.


Upcoming Jazz Shows at Brandon Music:


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)



Davydov-Fanning Duo Present
Benefit Concert at Brandon Music


Brandon Music presents Diana Fanning, piano, and Dieuwke Davydov, cello, in a benefit concert on October 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. The internationally-acclaimed Davydov-Fanning Duo will present a program featuring colorful and exciting works, including Janacek's "Pohadka" - "Fairy Tale", Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano, three Intermezzi by Johannes Brahms, and Brahms' Sonata in E Minor for Piano and Cello. For information or tickets, call (802) 465-4071 or email


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.


Fanning and Davydov have been lauded in the U.S. and abroad for their brilliant virtuosity, musical insight and remarkable rapport as a Duo.  Jim Lowe of the Barre Times-Argus has called the Duo "one of our State's treasures."  The Duo's extensive European concert tours have included recordings for Radio Netherlands.  Davydov and Fanning were presented in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut after winning the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City.  They have performed on the Morning Pro Musica Live Performers Series over WGBH-FM, on the Artists Series on WNYC, New York, and on Vermont Public Radio. The Duo is planning its seventh tour of Europe in spring 2014.


Diana Fanning has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and in Europe. After her solo recital in Munich in April 2006, a critic wrote that "Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed.  Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic."  Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takacs and Jupiter String Quartets and has performed as a concerto soloist on numerous occasions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. Her CD of works by Chopin, Janacek and Debussy has received enthusiastic reviews in the U.S. and in England   She is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College.


"Wonderful temperament, superb style, grace and virtuosic ease" are some of the superlatives used to describe the playing of cellist Dieuwke Davydov.  A native of Holland, she graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, won first prize in the Jeunesse Musicale International Competition in London, and came to the U.S. for graduate work at Juilliard.  She has performed widely throughout the U.S. and in Europe and recently gave a series of master classes, recitals and concerts as a soloist with the Nairobi Symphony Orchestra in Kenya, Africa.  Davydov plays with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, is a founder of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra, and is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College.



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 

Sept. 15 - Oct. 31
Halloween & Fall Celebration


The maple sugaring story takes on a new twist, as the exhibits turn into a colorful array of autumn colors celebrating the harvest. Decorations demonstrate the Vermont tradition of scaring off "evil" spirits during this wonderful time of year.  

The New England Maple Museum is 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



VDTM is firing up the annual Foliage Forecasts; visit the Fall Section of or Facebook for top driving routes, regional hiking and notes on the prime leaf-peeping locales by our team of foresters.    


Brandon USA Call for Images
 In collaboration with Brand USA, VDTM is seeking images for use in Brand USA's international promotions.  This is a tremendous opportunity to promote your business to an international audience. To learn more, please contact Steve Cook at



Vermont's Civil War Connection 

Vermont is rich with history and played a key role in the Civil War. The new Vermont and the Civil War Visitors Guide details 46 locations to visit: discover New England's best documented stop on the Underground Railroad, the factory where the gun milling machines that armed the nation were produced, and the resort where Mary Lincoln and her children summered in 1864. Experience the fervor of Abolitionists, the bravery and dedication of Vermont's soldiers, and the drama of the northern-most land action of the Civil War. Request guides to distribute and learn more at


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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