SEPTEMBER (end) 2012


Friends of the Brandon Town Hall
are hosting our next Chamber Mixer
Thursday, September 27
5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Brandon Town Hall

Delicious Appetizers / Cash Bar

50 / 50 for Brand-Aid

Acknowledgment of our wonderful, fabulous Brandon Museum Volunteers!

If you haven't been in the Brandon Town Hall lately,
you just have to come to this Mixer!


An overview of the Segment 6 project will be presented at a public town-wide informational meeting this coming Wednesday. All interested citizens are invited to attend ... comments from the public will be encouraged.  


This is an opportunity to see the Downtown Brandon Alliance Design Committee's presentation to the Selectboard and Project Engineers on August 15 plus additional thoughts. A facilitated discussion will follow.


Wednesday, September 26, 7 PM
Brandon Town Hall (Upstairs)



"Make Your Own Leaf Person"
Visitors and townspeople, old and young, enjoy making "Harvest People" (a/k/a stick figures, scarecrows, leaf people...). At HarvestFest, we supply all materials, accessories, and instruction on how to make your very own "Harvest Person." This event is a great way for people to be creative and let imaginations run wild. Event-goers choose clothes, a hat, shoes, and embellishments to personalize their own "Person." Bring your own clothes or choose from our assortment. Volunteers help with the finishing touches. The first "Harvest Person" per family is free of charge. After that, they are only $5 each. We can also help you recycle previous years' "People" if you bring them with you.

Besides Harvest People-making, the event includes Hayrides and Pumpkins by the Harvest Program, The Lion's Club delicious grill, Brandon Rotary Club with their famous apple pies, and St. Mary's with lots of treats.

Leaf People making is sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, this event begins at 10 a.m. in Central Park, Brandon. Rain location will be announced if necessary.


The Brandon Artists Guild presents 

this Saturday starting at 6 pm 


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.


A sampling of dishes at a Community Potluck held
earlier this summer. Photo by Kelly McCullough




This month's Brandon Community Potluck will be held on Sunday, September 30th at 5:00pm at the Brandon Motor Lodge.  The potluck will be held in the common room in the middle yellow building. There is plenty of great outdoor space, picnic tables, and a children's play area.  Bring a dish to share & come enjoy the company of friends & neighbors!  Every month there have been new folks - so even if you've never been before - come on out & enjoy a great evening of delicious food and great conversation.  For more information contact Stacey at 247-9594.


Let there be light ......and color!!

September 4, 2012 new lights were installed in the Main Hall by Peter Kennedy and his assistant, Bill Kretzer, of Lighthouse Electric. They did a fabulous job and were very brave working that high up in the air! Gone is the cloth covered wiring up in the attic that serviced these lights. This project was made possible by several people.

First thanks to Bill Mathis, Eric Malette and Dennis Marden for their donation of the new light fixtures and 48 LED bulbs!  Second -- thank you to Vermont Protective Coating (VPC) for convincing NES Rentals in Williston to donate a lift for the project as well as VPC transporting the lift to and from the Town Hall at no cost to The Friends.  Third -- thanks to Kathy and Will Mathis for painting the cornices on the west side of the Hall while the lift was not in use by the electricians.

What a difference in the feel of the hall! Gone is the harsh light that left you seeing stars if you happened to look up by mistake. The new lights are on individual switches, complete with dimming ability, to allow for enhanced lighting.

It is heartwarming to have people of our 'Brandon and beyond community' take interest finding ways to enhance the building, resulting in a more pleasant experience for visitors and users of the building.  Thank you one and all for all you do for Brandon's gem!


There were 169 folks assembled that day to have their picture taken as part of the Town's celebration of its 250th birthday.  We have identified over 155 people in the photograph.  Could you help us identify the last few folks? 

The picture and list of names is currently available for viewing at the Heritage Family Credit Union.  Stop by and see if you can
identify yourself or someone else in the photo. 

Once the list is complete the photo and the names of the participants will be permanently on display at the Brandon Town Hall. 

Thanks for your help in helping us identify everyone who participated!

Last fall the Chamber held a special order for Brandon T-shirts and we sold close to 100 shirts. We are going to repeat this year, just in time for the gift-giving season. More details to come in the near future. But start thinking about colors, sizes, and sleeve length for all the favorite people on your list!
Here is a link to the logo  (shirt shown is in stonewashed blue)


  Brandon Vermont

The 2012 NESHOBE OPEN & CLAMBAKE Tournament is coming to NGC on Saturday, October 6. A Captain & Crew format and noon shotgun start promises more fun and food than you could ever imagine. With games on every hole, a silent auction and our famous clambake finish, this day of fun promises to be a great way to start the Fall season. Get your team together or let us set one up for you.

Hole Sponsorship and Silent Auction items requested. Please contact the Club or click this link. 






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


Harvest Supper 

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 Ic

e Cream or Cheese, Coffee, Tea, Punch and Ice Water





Turkey Dinner

Oct 20 from 5 - 6:30 pm

Good will offering at the Door


Turkey Dinner with the Fixings

Homemade Pie for Dessert





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


$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 Jerry Sabatini's Sonic Explorers, September 27


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present Jerry Sabatini's Sonic Explorers on September 27 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 pricing.


For Information & Reservations (802) 465-4071 /


Sonic Explorers is a creative and spirited instrumental ensemble whose repertoire focuses on original compositions, arrangements & re-compositions by bandleader & trumpeter Jerry Sabatini. Sabatini's Boston-based ensemble features pianist John Funkhouser, bassist Greg Loughman, drummer Mike Connors and saxophonists Chris Veilleux & Jonathan Lorentz. Their music reflects a deep love and respect for modern jazz, soul, and folk, as well as music from the Middle East, Asia, and from 20th and 21st century classical composers.


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.



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, Oct. 15, 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.

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a Candidate's Forum for residents of Brandon, Sudbury and Pittsford to "Meet the Candidates."
Starting in 2013, Brandon's State House Representative will be part of a three-town and two-member delegation. There are three area residents running for those two seats and the Chamber's Forum will be an opportunity for you to hear from the candidates and ask questions on the issues most important to you.

Forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm at the Brandon Town Hall. While the Hall won't be heated, we predict enough  heat from the candidates to keep you all toasty! Dress warm.  

For more information or a Capital Campaign form, please contact the library at 802-247-8230 or online at

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

Marketing & Social Media for Your Small Business
Friday, September 28.

Please join us for this once-a-year event! Space is limited.
Register here:  Marketing & Social Media for Small Business  
Join us for a lively morning with two fantastic speakers:
Amy Mattinat of Bulls Eye Marketing will bring you practical, low cost marketing ideas that you can use right away. "Stop wasting your money on ineffective marketing.... Get the phone ringing and get customers in the door." If you have heard Amy before, you know this opportunity is not to be missed! See for more about Amy.

Our second speaker, Bryan Grundon from Gorilla Web Studio will show you how to "get serious about your web presence and how to use social media to "Stand out from the crowd and get the competitive advantage your business needs to Grow!"  See for more about Bryan.

Cost: $49/person, 2nd person from the same business pays only $20.  
Location: Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, (Community Room)
Time: 8:30 - noon
Date: Friday, September 28th
Register here:  Marketing & Social Media for Small Business  

Steve Paddock
Vermont Small Business Development Center
1590 Rte. 7 S. Ste. 8
Middlebury, VT 05753
Office: 802 388-7953 

Wed., Dec. 5 
Thurs., Dec. 20    

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!



As nights cool, homeowners are preparing their wood piles and turning to their wood and pellet stoves. Some believe they won't need to worry as much about fuel costs as they transition more to wood and off oil.  The reality is they could still be saving hundreds of wood heat dollars by air sealing and insulating their chimneys, fireplaces and homes better. At $210 to $275 per cord of wood or ton of pellets, that's a lot of money to save annually. They can expect to save up to 20% (a cord, ton or more) of their wood heat costs to also benefit forests.

NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad can help:
  • Weatherization remains the most cost effective, least environmentally detrimental measure to be taken while planning for renewable energy options, including biomass.
  • NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad helps Rutland County residents make home energy improvements regardless of income. Start with a Home Energy Check-Up (audit) to pin-point all of the hidden problem areas. Check-Ups are still only $100 for a limited time (normally $350-$500).
  • Save Money: H.E.A.T. Squad participants are saving 376 gallons of fuel a year on average. Average savings of people who have made weatherization improvements is $910 annually on electrical and heating bills. Tell your neighbors they could be spending $900 each winter to heat the sky (even in mild winters).
  • Improve Comfort: Eliminate drafts and cold spots; have a warmer home in winter and a cooler home in summer. Weatherizing can make an overly dry wood heated home more comfortable.
  • NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad will help you every step of the way: Energy Advisors to answer your questions, a low-interest loan to help complete your work, construction managers, scheduling with reliable, certified contractors who know how to test heating systems (including fireplaces and wood stoves) for efficiency and safety. This includes sealing chimneys better in attics to keep heat where it belongs-in the home and not heating the sky.
As always, let me know how I can help your efforts.
Laura Asermily, H.E.A.T. Squad Outreach Coordinator, Rutland West Neighborhood Housing Service Inc.  
NeighborWorks® of Western Vermont
P (802) 438-2303 x 229




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