NOVEMBER (mid) 2012

A captivated crowd watches "Brandon and the Slavery Question" video, a new and permanent digital exhibit at the Brandon Museum. 
Thanks so much to the Board of Directors of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce for the wonderful Membership Mixer held last week at the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. One highlight of the Mixer was the world premier showing of a brand new video called  "Brandon and the Slavery Question" written by Dr. Kevin Thornton and co-produced by Dr. Thornton and Josh Hummel of
Visual Learning Systems. A short clip of the video is being produced and will be available for viewing on-line. Just a teaser!

The Chamber's Next Mixer is scheduled for
Thursday, December 6. Details to follow soon! 



See the end of this newsletter or
The Reporter for the form

Brandon's Memory Tree will be lit on Sunday, November 25, 2012. The Otter Valley Union High School Chorale, under direction of Patrick Roberts, and Brandon's Festival Singers, led by Gene Childers, will usher in the season and the lighting of the Tree starting at 3:30 pm in Brandon's Central Park. Following the singing, a prayer will be offered and the Memory Tree will be lit for the season.

Purchase of Memory Light Bulbs in memory of loved ones can be made by sending $1 per name to: Memory Tree, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC), PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733. For more information, contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a Christmas Decorating Contest! While it may seem premature to be making this announcement in October, we wanted to give the shout-out nice and early! 

Judges will be cruising the streets on Thursday, December 13 starting at 5 pm. There will be four categories judged:  
  • Residential Traditional  
  • Residential Whimsical (to include blow-ups)
  • Civic
  • Commercial

Anyone can call in their own place or someone else's and the Judges will be at liberty to nominate their favorite picks also. More details will follow in the coming weeks. 






Friday November 16th, 6pm-7:30pm

in Cafe Provence Private Dining Room


Gerd Hirschmann of the Vermont Wine Merchants has selected the perfect wines for your Thanksgiving Dinner.

Come and try them all!


Thanksgiving Wines$15/person, hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please call 247-9997 for reservations  


Thanksgiving Order Form (click to download the form) 

Order forms can be dropped off at Gourmet Provence

 or Cafe Provence, or called in at 802-247-3002.

The deadline is Monday November 19.


Thanksgiving Dinner - Our Menu 

Join us for a Scrumptious Thanksgiving Buffet in the restaurant!  Thursday November 22nd - 11am-4pm

$29.95/adult $15/children

 Please note, Cafe Provence is now closed on Mondays until Spring. Our new hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30am-9pm

Sunday: 9am-9pm


Gourmet Provence and Center Street Bar
remain open 7 days/week





Come One, Come All!  Shop, Eat & Be Merry!


The Neshobe School is having their 3rd Annual Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, November 17th from 12 to 4 pm.  It is being held in the gym at Neshobe School, Rt 73, Brandon.  It's not just a craft fair!  There will be Music provided by Neshobe students, a Silent Auction, Door prizes, Refreshments, and a Kid's Craft table.  There are lots of great gifts for everyone on your list!  Candles, Clocks, Jewelry, Photography, Spa, Stationery, Wooden Items, Hand Crafted Textiles, Baked Goods, Salsa, Neshobe T-shirts and much more!








Nov 24 & 25


Maple View Farm Alpacas hosts its eleventh annual holiday open house on November 24 and November 25 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. where you can learn about these gentle, intelligent fiber animals.  


Owners Ed and Debbie Bratton said "We are very excited to be participating in the Holiday Farm Open House again this year. We have some folks who look forward to the open house and return each year while also meeting many new people. It's fun!".


The Brattons recently opened a newly built fiber mill and studio on the farm so visitors will also be able to tour the mill and learn how fiber is turned into yarn and other products. The mill processes fiber into high quality batts, roving, yarn and felt.


Maple View Farm Alpacas, located at 185 Adams Rd, one mile off Route 7 north of Brandon, VT, is home to a growing herd of 32 alpacas, including 7 "crias" or baby alpacas born this year. The alpaca is a member of the South American Camelid family which also includes llamas, guanacos and vicunas.All of the alpacas at Maple View Farm are Huacaya, a "teddy bear-like" alpaca with dense, crimpy fiber.


Alpaca fiber has remarkable softness, fineness, warmth and strength. It comes in an extraordinary variety of 22 natural colors, ranging from pure white to fawns, browns, grey and true jet black. The alpaca has developed more thermal capacity in its fiber than almost any other animal, making it a natural insulator and without lanolin found in many other fibers, it is also naturally hypoallergenic. Many people who are sensitive to wool find that they can wear alpaca without the itching or irritation they feel from wool because alpaca fiber is smooth.


For more information, visit the website at or Facebook at Maple View Farm Alpacas and Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio. The farm is located at 185 Adams Rd, Brandon, VT. Contact or 802.247.5412 for more information.






Otter Valley's Class of 2013 will be hosting the second annual Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 25th at 1:00 pm, with registration beginning at noon. The Turkey Trot is a 5k run through the trails behind Otter Valley, providing an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise before the snow sets in. Registration fees are by donation only, with a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will benefit OV's senior class in financing their Senior Ball, graduation, and Project Grad. Prizes will be given to first, second and third place runners in the children's (under 18 years old) and adult's (over 18 years old) categories. Refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Meredith McCartney (Project Graduation Faculty Advisor) at 247-6833 for more information.





Bake all afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 1 or Dec. 15, and take home hundreds of cookies for the holidays. We will make at least 8 kinds of cookies including Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread, Chocolate Crinkles, Raspberry Linzer, Frosted Chocolate Walnut Drops, Orange Cat Tongues, and more. Then pack them up and take them home for giving and enjoying. Limited to 7 participants. Fee: $55. Time: 1PM - 6PM. Contact: Judy Bunde at 247-3843 to register and for more details.






Sign up for any one of four Sunday sessions:

Dec. 9 at 2:00 or 3:30 pm

Dec. 16 at 1:00 or 3:00 pm


Use selections from The Inside Scoop's extensive candy choices to create your own masterpiece to bring home!


This event is open to kids and adults of all ages;
Under 12, please bring an adult or older sibling.


Small houses cost $12.00 Large houses cost $18.00

Space is limited; Pre-registration requested


Sign Up Today! 802-247-6600 or


Register 8 or more people and schedule your own private session.




Brandon Baptist Church


Live Nativity Event &

Carol Sing

 Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6 p.m.


Food and refreshments will be served immediately following the program.


 Brandon Baptist Church is located at the corner of

Route 7 and Champlain Street (route 73W).

For more information or to arrange for transportation,

please call the church office at 247-3339.


Brandon Baptist Church is
handicapped accessible




Brandon Music Presents Jazz Vocalist Andrea Wolper, November 15


Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont, will present vocalist Andrea Wolper on November 15 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $15. Venue is BYOB. Brandon Music Café offers a concert and dinner package which includes dinner and a ticket to the show for $30 plus tax per person.


For Information & Reservations (802) 465-4071 /


Andrea Wolper has been described as "a giant singer" (In Tune International) with "an inventive, thrilling, appealing musical vision" (Blogcritics) who "brings songs to life, whatever their source, working in a milieu that begins with jazz and reaches out to embrace an expressive area that is uniquely her own" (International Review of Music). Mixing genres, crossing boundaries, as accomplished and at home with the Great American Songbook as she is with spontaneous improvisation, Wolper approaches all her music with an adventurous, open spirit. Her original songs, as well as her unusual arrangements of standards and music from a variety of genres and sources, reveal a dynamic, singular musical sensibility that reaches audiences beyond category.


Wolper appears in clubs, festivals and concert halls in the U.S. and internationally. New York performance credits include Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), JVC New York Jazz Festival, Kitano, Sweet Rhythm, 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, Zinc Bar, Makor, The Stone, Iridium, and more; she appeared by special invitation in "A Singers Celebration" at the Blue Note in New York, joining an impressive roster of jazz vocalists. Appearances across the U.S. and abroad include yearly tours in Germany, Donne in Musica Festival (Italy), Centro Cultural de Belem (Portugal), Jazz at the Cape (South Africa), Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Jazz on the Plazz (CA), Dizzy's (San Diego), and performances on numerous other concert and festival stages.


"Parallel Lives," Wolper's newest recording (Jazzed Media) features her working group with guitarist Michael Howell, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Michael T.A. Thompson. Her 2005 CD, "The Small Hours" (VarisOne.Jazz), built around her trio with guitarist Ron Affif and bassist Ken Filiano, was produced by Todd Barkan, and features drummers Victor Lewis and Jamey Haddad, and guest artists Lou Marini (flute) and Frank London (trumpet and flugelhorn). One of her original songs from that album, Not Sleeping in Your Arms, is the 3rd-most downloaded track of all time at Andrea's 1998 self-titled debut CD was also praised in music industry journals and has been the subject of radio feature presentations.


Sponsored by the Brandon Inn, David Salzberg, Patrick's Pub, Margate Resort, and the Radisson Nashua.








Donations are now being accepted for Memory Tree bulbs in the memory of loved ones. The cost of the bulbs is $1.00 each.
In Memory Of:




Your Name & Phone Number:

Name: _______________________________

Phone: _______________________________

Send checks and forms to:
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC)

PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733.
Please do not send cash in the mail.

Names with cash or check may also be dropped off at Carr's Florist & Gifts or The Inside Scoop.

Deadline is Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Tree lighting with singing will take place on Sun., Nov. 25 at 3:30 pm in Central Park



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
will next meet on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace.

Per Article III of the BACC Bylaws: 3.  Voting: For Election of Board of Directors: Each business membership is entitled to one vote. In the case of membership being held in the name of a business, association, etc., one person shall be delegated to represent the business and to cast its vote.

Voting will take place at the November 19, 2012 meeting.

Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.




The Brandon Transfer Station has Food Shelf Donation boxes. When bringing in your trash and recycling, please bring a couple of boxes or cans of food to help out our neighbors.   


Wed., Dec. 5 
Thurs., Dec. 20    

For information on the Library's Capital Campaign, please contact the library at 802-247-8230 or find a response form online at

DEC. 8

 At Neshobe School.
9 am - 3 pm.
Lots of vendors. Look for maple syrup, honey, baked goods, hand knit items in wool, mohair, and alpaca, goatmilk soap, canned goods, wooden toys, dried flowers, aprons, jams and jellies, jewelry, holiday decor and more. Contact Wendy Cijka at 273-2655 or





On behalf of the American Red Cross, Green Mountain Power and WJJR, I am writing to encourage you to make an appointment today for the 10th annual Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood Drive Dec. 18 in Rutland.  With an outpouring of community spirit, last year we came very close to breaking the national one-day community blood drive record! As a result, we have added a fourth location this year, and increased Red Cross staffing by nearly 50 percent.  Rutland County will get its last chance to break the national record on Dec. 18!! Please join us and help save a life!

Appointments are strongly encouraged. To sign up, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS today or visit! Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donating blood together is a tremendous bonding experience for families, friends, co-workers, teammates, club members and parishioners! Children as young as 16 may donate with parental consent.

For detailed information on eligibility, which could help you avoid making an appointment if you are ineligible to donate, please visit the following website:
Thanks for your consideration. Please help spread the word by forwarding to friends and family, and join us on Facebook.

Steve Costello
Vice President, Generation and Energy Innovation
77 Grove St., Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 747-5427



PO BOX 267





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