DECEMBER (beginning) 2012
Thursday, December 6
5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Brandon Medical Center
    (420 Grove St [Route 7 North])
Appetizers  ~  Soft drinks  ~  Beer and Wine Available  ~  Raffle

  Come Meet New Medical Practitioners and New Office Manager

Plus: Free Blood Pressure Screenings and Flu Shots at cost


Brandon's Moonlight Madness Wed., Dec. 5 and Thurs.,  Dec. 20

Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Feel Good




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. Contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or by email at info@brandon.or to register.




The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace recently added a new video to its permanent collection. The first minute of the ten minute video, a sneak preview, can be seen here.

The video was produced by Brandon resident Dr. Kevin Thornton, one of the historians who helped create the Museum three years ago. The video was edited by Josh Hummel of Visual Learning Systems. The video is a digital telling of the story, 'Brandon and the Slavery Question" which is featured in the Brandon Museum.

The Museum is closed for the season but will re-open in mid-May, at which time it will be open daily through mid-October. For more information, contact the Chamber. 




 The Brandon Museum recently completed the compilation of some of the best photographs in our collection. The Brandon Historical Photos DVD is now available to the public for a suggested donation of $10. There are about 350 historic photos on the DVD, split into 14 categories and captioned for easy viewing. and identifying Here are a couple of photos on the DVD. The DVDs make a great gift for any Brandon-lover or history buff. Contact the Chamber for details.


July 1, 1922 Center Street Fire
Brandon Concert Band




"We are quite a bit behind in registering donors for the Dec. 18 Gift-of-Life Marathon, which is an important event to ensure blood supplies in the region through the holidays. If you are eligible, please call 800-RED-CROSS or visit for an appointment.  We can do this!"

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




 The Holiday Season is upon us and we hope you will choose to join us in some of the celebrations.


Our Christmas order form and New Years Eve Dinner menu will come out very soon. We are running our Gift Card Special again this year so make sure to take advantage of it, and remember that Cooking Classes make great gifts for the chef-to-be in your family! 

Cooking Classes are resuming next week! In addition to the Monday classes, Chef Robert will also hold some on Thursday evenings where the student will be offered a larger portion of each dish.

Click HERE to see the schedule for December and January. The remaining schedule for the winter classes will be posted soon.
Wine Tasting - Great Wines for the Holidays
Tuesday December 4th - 6pm-7:30pm
In the private dining room
$15/person, hors d'oeuvres will be served
Presented by Keith Harvell of the Foley Family Group and G.Housen.
The Foley Family wine portfolio includes vineyards in CA and WA. Founded by vintner Bill Foley, each property represents his commitment to enological discovery and sustainable farming practices.
Click HERE for details
Please call 247-9997 for reservations  






Aaron Kerins, a certified Massage Therapist, is now offering massage in the Brandon community.  His practice,  Mountain View Massage, is a newly created space at the Brandon Motor Lodge.  Aaron has over 10 years of experience as a massage therapist, offering services for individuals recovering from injuries, athletes in training, as well as those seeking overall body wellness.   He is welcoming new clients.  You can check out his website to learn more about Aaron and the services that he offers. 





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.



St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble


On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble will perform at Grace Episcopal Church on Rt. 73 in ForestDale, Vt. at 7:00 pm. Russian Sacred Music as well as Russian Folk Music will make up the repertoire for this unique concert. Attendance is by free will donation and refreshments will be available after the concert, as we greet the four gentlemen from Russia. Please take an evening break to join us and enjoy this very talented group. For further info please call: Rev. Margo Fletcher at 802-247-6759.



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




The Brandon Festival Singers present The 32nd Annual Brandon Carol Festival

Featuring the premier of 'Sing We Now of Christmas' a contemporary setting of eleven traditional Carol lyrics with new, original music by Gene Childers for choir and band plus many other selections. Sunday December 9, 2012,  Brandon Congregational Church, 3:00 pm. Don't miss this popular event.   


A free will offering will be taken. This will, in part, benefit Smile Train, a non-profit organization that provides cleft palate repairs to children in developing countries. Your additional contribution can put a smile on a child's face and maybe a song on their lips.



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




Jazz Thursdays at Brandon Music Now Once a Month:

Grammy Winner Gary Smulyan is First to Play New Monthly Series, Dec 6, 7:30pm


Brandon Music Café, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, Vermont will host the 6 time Grammy winning baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan on December 6 at 7:30pm. General Admission is $15 and reservations are strongly encouraged. 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. Dinner reservations are required.

Brandon Music will now present a monthly jazz concert on a Thursday evening, and all other previously publicized Jazz Thursday shows will be postponed to later dates. The Jazz Thursday series at Brandon Music is coordinated by NH Jazz Presents, a company that produces a four day jazz tour to venues in Brandon, Laconia, Nashua and Portsmouth. Up to date schedules are available at

For reservations contact Brandon Music @ (802) 465-4071 or 


Gary Smulyan is critically acclaimed and recognized as a major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach and a strong and incisive wit.


Mr. Smulyan was born April 4, 1956, in Bethpage, New York. The gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long Island. While still in high school, Smulyan had the chance to sit in with major jazz artists such as legendary trumpeter Chet Baker, saxophonist Lee Konitz, trombonist Jimmy Knepper and violinist Ray Nance. Mr. Smulyan attended SUNY Postsdam and Hofstra before he joined Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd in 1978, a group that included saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer John Riley.


In 1980, unlike many of his colleagues and peers, Smulyan did not have to go very far to move into New York City proper where he became part of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, which would later become the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Smulyan also found work with other important large ensembles including the Mingus Epitaph band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.


Gradually establishing himself in NYC, the talented Smulyan was asked to share the stage and record with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Diana Ross. Smulyan has also enjoyed work with bassist Dave Holland, the cooperative 3 Baritone Saxophone Band, as well as with powerhouse tenor saxophonist George Coleman, and with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. In addition to performing and recording in support of these and other luminaries, Smulyan has accumulated a remarkable discography as a leader, with over 10 titles under his own name.


Gary is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Readers Poll and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for "Baritone Saxophonist of the Year." Mr. Smulyan is a six-time Grammy award winner for his work with B.B. King, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. In 1995, WBGO voted Smulyan's Saxophone Mosaic as one of the best 25 CDs of 1995; two years later the Boston Globe selected Gary Smulyan with Strings as one of the 10 best jazz CDs of 1997.


Following in the tradition of celebrated baritone saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams and Nick Brignola, Gary Smulyan has a large rich sound at the core of his bebo-infused melodies. In the words of Jazz Times critic Doug Ramsey, "Smulyan's tone seems to get bigger and his ideas more expansive from album to album."


Mr. Smulyan will perform in Brandon with bassist Ray Drummond.

The concert is sponsored by the Margate Resort, Patrick's Pub, David Salzberg, the Radisson Nashua, and the Brandon Inn.




The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
will next meet on Monday, January 21 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. There will not be a December Chamber meeting.




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




Interested in leading a middle school afterschool club at Otter Valley?  Do you have a special talent, hobby, or part of your profession that you would be willing to share with middle school students?  I am very open to new ideas and working with all of the talents that community members have to share. Our clubs run afterschool from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  They can meet one day a week or multiple days a week, depending on the club and club leader.  4 sessions of 8 - 9 week duration are scheduled this year.  Club Leaders are paid for direct contact hours with students as well as planning time.  If interested or want to learn more about the club program, please contact me: Nancy Bird at or 802-247-6833 Ext 284.






The afterschool program at Otter Valley provides high quality, safe afterschool programs for middle school students throughout the school year.  The program offers enrichment opportunities that enhance the school day experience in a safe supervised environment.  


One of these offerings is the Jr. Iron Chef program in which the students work with local chef, Sheri Sullivan, and team leader, Laura MacLachlan to design and prepare a recipe to enter into competition with other middle school programs in the state. The state competition is scheduled for February 2, 2013 at The Champlain Valley Expo in Essex, VT. This is the 3rd year in which our "Rootin' Otters" team has been involved in the competition.


Created in 2009, the afterschool program is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant; however, this grant funding now provides less than 50% of program costs. Help is needed to defray costs associated with the Jr Iron Chef program and competition. Food items needed for competition recipe preparation as well as monetary donations are gladly accepted.


If you are interested in supporting the team and able to donate anything toward expenses, it would be greatly appreciated. You can send a check, payable to RNESU-SOAR to the address below. In return, we will recognize our appreciation on a team flyer posted prior to the competition and invite you to the competition as well as to a specially planned "sponsor appreciation meal" following the competition where you'll be able to sample the students' competition recipe. An official invitation will follow.



Nancy Bird, Afterschool Club Coordinator- RNESU-SOAR

2997 Franklin St, Brandon, VT. 05733

802-247-6833 Ext 284 




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PEGTV Offers FREE Filming of Televised Holiday Greetings

PEGTV, Rutland County's public access television station, would like to invite the public to stop in or reserve a time to record a seasonal greeting to be aired on TV throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Organizations, businesses or individuals within Rutland County are welcome to stop by the station's Howe Center studio to record a special seasonal greeting on a pre-decorated holiday set. Or, if you would like PEGTV to come to your establishment, simply call 802-747-0151 or email and reserve a time and one of our field producers will stop by to record your message.

Greetings will be played throughout the holiday season on Channels 15, 20 and 21. Why not wish your community well this holiday season? It's quick, easy and a wonderful way to spread some seasonal cheer.






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