Chamber &
Community News 




Thanks so much to the team at Naylor & Breen Builders for the great Chamber mixer. Their new office building and mill shop are quite impressive. And a good time was had by all! 




A great member benefit of the Brandon Chamber: Not just a free listing or link from our website to yours but an entire page dedicated to your business. More and more members are taking advantage of this benefit and so should you! Send a paragraph or two and up to four photos. If you need ideas, take some time and look through the entire website or cut right to our Members page. Send your corrections, photos and blurb to:






The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our Biz Card program is now in effect. Here's the list of participating businesses, SO FAR.

We are ready to distribute Biz Cards to you and your employees. Just let us know how many cards you would like, and we will get them to you.


This is a great new membership benefit of the Brandon Chamber and we hope it grows and flourishes. This is a great way to buy local and support other local businesses. 


Click here for the link to the Biz Card listings:   


It is super easy to add your offering to the list. Just give a call (802-247-6401) or send an email (  


Not a Chamber member but want to get in on the Biz Card action? We have many Individual Members -- what a great way to support a local non-profit and get your Biz Card! Just click here for an application ($50 annual membership)  



The Chamber's 2013 Lure Brochure is back from the printer and is looking great. If you would like quantities of the brochure (even just one), stop by the Visitor Center between the hours of 11 am - 4 pm any day of the week and pick them up. Advertisers, if you would like us to mail you a copy, just let us know.   



The 25th Annual Great Brandon Auction is Jul 23 and we want it to be THE BEST EVER!

Donations are coming in. Want to add your donation to the list? Just give a call or send an email and tell us what you have: Here's what's in hand to date:

Danforth Pewter

Danforth Pewter: Pewter Oil Lamp - "Scallion" 
Computer E-Z
(Larry Gold):
  • Jeep 9 Function Multi-Tool with LED Light and holster: MSRP $45
  • Manhattan 60-in-1 Hi-Speed USB Multi-Card Reader-Writer:MSRP $59
  • Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000: MSRP $25
  • Prudent Way DC-100 Universal Notebook DC Power Adapter: MSRP $59


Zutell's Autobody Repair

James & Janet Zutell 

mail: PO Box 112

location: 206 Huff Pond Road

Sudbury 05733  ~  623-7290

Membership Category: Auto Services


 The Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is a busy place. Visitors stop by all the time for a bathroom rest and to pick up brochures and maps.

There is plenty of space for brochures, rack cards and menus for all our members. Feel free to drop off your materials anytime between 8 am - 6 pm. There is an attendant on duty daily from 11 am - 4 pm. Otherwise, leave a stack on the table and we will put it on the rack for you.

Contact the Chamber if you have any questions.


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will  next meet on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Our meetings are open to our membership and the general public.


Its never too early to plan for one of Brandon's busiest days of the year: YARD SALE DAY. This year it is Saturday, August 3. Here's a link to the page to print a registration form. Its only $7 to sign up for a regular listing and $15 for an enhanced listing. Of course, all the money goes toward paying for the advertising.


 Volunteers to help with the Chamber's hot dog / hamburger stand during the Parade on July 6. Two hour shifts available.  


A couple of grills we can borrow (we will not use your propane!) on July 6. We will return it before your evening BBQ!


Contact the Chamber if you would like to work for a few hours and / or if you have a grill! We appreciate it.




We like local: Local restaurants, local stores, local agriculture and LOCAL MUSIC. With great thanks to our Summer Concert sponsors: Lake Sunapee Bank, Casella, Omya, Inc., and Neshobe Golf Course, we are pleased to bring the Brandon community a summer of BRANDON-BASED-BANDS:

    June 28 - Feral Godmother at Neshobe Golf Course
All  others in Central Park:
July 19 - Keating 5
August 2 (night before Yard Sale Day) Ten Rod Road
August 14 -  Jubilee Jazz Band




May 25 & 26; 10 AM to 5 PM


Once again Brandon is the ideal place to tour the 21st Vermont Open Studio Weekend, due to the heavy concentration of studios in town open to the public.  The Vermont Crafts Council (VCC) maps are already available at the Brandon Artists Guild (BAG), a designated site on the map.


Patty Sgrecci, whose colorfully refreshing kinetic art is featured at the BAG this month, will receive her visitors at that location.


Nine other BAG artist members can be found in their own studios:  Mike Mayone, Susan Smith-Hunter, Warren Kimble, Judith Reilly, Kathy Malillo, Karen Deets, Stacey Stanhope, Stacie Mincher, and Althea Bilodeau. Of these, ceramic sculptor Smith-Hunter, painter Warren Kimble, and fabric artist Judith Reilly are located in Brandon proper, while the other locations can be found on the VCC's terrific map.


Also in Brandon (again, please see the VCC map) are these following non-Bag artists: photographers Don Ross and Caleb Kenna, weaver Lee Greenwalt, stained-glass artist Laura Rideout, and painter/sculptor Joan Curtis.


Visitors cannot help but be enticed by the convenience of ten artist studios within walking distance in the charming village of Brandon, in the midst of exciting shops and restaurants.


Two hundred and forty-two artists participate in this statewide event. Look for the bright yellow signs as you drive around!   




This is our current exhibit featuring artwork by local area K-8 students.


K-8 is displayed at the Chaffee Art Center on 16 South Main Street.  9-12 is displayed at Chaffee Downtown on 75 Merchants Row.


This fun and creative show filled with budding artists is a must see for all ages.   


Both locations will be open during Vermont Open Studio Weekend, May 25th & 26th.



Every Thursday night Chaffee Downtown at 75 Merchants Row in Rutland holds Figure drawing from 6pm-8pm.  Cost is $15.00 for one session or $25.00 for two session.


Call to reserve your spot today! (802) 775-0062


Our Downtown location is at 75 Merchants Row and our Mansion location at 16 South Main Street.  

May 31 - June 29, Downtown : Chaffee Invitational 

Featuring  artists who have been juried in over the past year


June 13-15, 20-22, Mansion : Shula Salem Exhibit

Family sponsored exhibit of artist Shula Salem's original artwork and art collection.




Another Thai Evening at Center Street Bar with Chef Dao Toner
Tuesday May 28th, 5pm-9pm
Chef Dao Toner will be serving "Laag-Nhaa", a mild Thai pork and vegetables stew served over rice noodles.   
Mark your calendars!


Cooking Classes

at Café Provence and Gourmet Provence


Spring/Summer Schedule


  $50/Class - Buy 3 Classes & get 1 free!  
 Watch Chef Robert (or Gourmet pastry chef) demonstrate each dish


 Monday 5/27/13 (2:30pm to 5pm)
Learn how to make the best French omelet
Poached egg Benedict on red beet hash
Brioche French toast in citrus batter, cinnamon whipped cream


Monday 6/10/13 (2:30pm to 5pm) at Gourmet
Cooking class by Pastry Chef Tammy Johnson
Brioche bread
Italian bread
Pate sucree and fruit tarts


Monday 6/17/13 (2:30pm to 5pm)
Learn more ways how to cook chicken
Grilled whole chicken with lemon tarragon vinaigrette
Stuffed chicken leg on garlic mashed potatoes
Marinated chicken breast on skewer on satay sauce


Monday  6/24/13 (2:30pm to 5pm)
Learn how to make the best Israeli dishes from Chef Ittai Azoulay, such as couscous w/ braised lamb and Israeli specialty salads


Space is limited - Call 802-247-9997 for reservations  


 11 Center Street, Brandon, Vermont



Are you getting married? Come and register with us.We can make it easy for you.


We know how busy you are planning for your special day. We are happy to have you come in and talk to Pam or Susan. They will answer any questions you might have.They will enter your registry on our web page and keep it up to date so that you do not receive duplicates.We are happy to wrap gifts and deliver them with in a 10 mile radius.


We are now open 7 days a week.Monday through Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sundays 12:00 P.M. to 5:00.


Please call 465-8063 and we will be here to assist you.




Classical Baroque Meets Modern Jazz with the Luce Trio

 The Luce Trio performs at Brandon Music on June 7 at 7:00 pm


On their debut album, the Luce Trio boldly reimagines baroque and early music in a jazz context. Saxophonist Jon De Lucia formed the group in 2010 to explore these canonical works from an improvisational perspective. The trio consists of De Lucia on alto saxophone and sruti box, Ryan Ferreira on electric guitar, and Chris Tordini on the double bass. Rendering this timeworn repertoire with the palette of saxophone, guitar with effects, and double bass revitalizes, yet maintains the integrity of the music's form and character.


Timeout NY says,"Brooklyn saxophonist and composer Jon De Lucia, guitarist Ryan Ferreira and bassist Chris Tordini interpret Baroque and early-music pieces in a fluid chamber-jazz format. The results are downright magical."


De Lucia explains the foundational concept: "The baroque era is known to have produced some of the greatest pre-jazz musical improvisers. So I thought-and there is a tradition of this in jazz-that we could bring improvisation into play while playing the music of Bach and Handel. The results have been exciting, challenging, and very rewarding." The group has performed on WQXR in New York City as part of their Bach Lounge celebration, and will be participating in the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in 2013.


Jon De Lucia is a Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer. Originally from Quincy, MA, De Lucia has become an integral part of the New York scene. Predominantly a student of jazz, he also has a deep interest in the folkloric music and instruments of Cuba, Japan, Ireland and Italy, having performed on a variety of ethnic flutes, drums and stringed instruments. He has led his groups and played as a sideman in Boston, New York and all over Japan with such musicians as Tommy Crane, David Tronzo, Bob Moses, Bob Gullotti, John Lockwood and Thomas Morgan among others.


Ryan Ferreira is a guitarist involved with a diverse group of musicians in NYC. He has played with Alarm Will Sound, Aaron Parks, So Percussion, Cuong Vu, Antibalas, Jerseyband, American Contemporary Ensemble, Ralph Alessi, John Shannon, and Frantz Loriot. Recently he completed the score for a short documentary and has been working on the release of his own solo records.


Christopher Tordini is an in-demand bassist in the NYC music scene. In addition to Jon De Lucia's Luce Trio, he currently plays with the Becca Stevens Band, Andy Milne's Dapp Theory, Tyshawn Sorey's Oblique, the Michael Dessen Trio and Ilusha Tsinadze's Mother Tongue. His own band, Tiger Blood, plays at various venues around New York. Christopher also co-leads the I.E. Trio with Michael Pinto and Tommy Crane.


General admission is $15 and a pre-concert dinner special is also available for just $15. Reservations are encouraged. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT.


Vermont Days Offer Free Fishing and Free Access to State Parks and Historic Sites

Vermont Days are an annual invitation to visitors and Vermonters to explore Vermont places and activities for free! Vermont State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont History Museum will be open at no charge on June 8-9. Saturday is free fishing day - the one day of the year that anyone with a fishing pole may fish Vermont waterways without a license. Vermont Days offer a variety of activities at state historic sites - from garden tours to learning how to build and fly a kite! Note, several sites offer specific free times one day only, please be sure to visit for the complete schedule.



Tour Vermont's Top 10 Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibits and Events

Calling all history buffs: the state's top 10 events and exhibits bring to life Vermont's Civil War experience with history from the home-front and battlefield. This year, Rokeby Museum opens a multi-media exhibit presenting the true stories of two escaped slaves who were helped by a Ferrisburgh, Vt. family in the 1830's. Commemorative large-scale events like the St. Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend feature eye-opening Civil War soldier and civilian living history encampments. For a complete calendar of Vermont Civil War events and exhibits, visit us online.





The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library present our second annual "Sunday on Park Street"

A Tour of Park Street Gardens


Sunday, June 23 from 12- 6 pm


Visit a dozen unique outdoor spaces. Demonstrations

A fundraiser for the Library's Capital Campaign

Refreshments will be served, 4 Franklin Street, Brandon


For more information call 802-247-8230

Tickets $25 per person



Upcoming training sponsored by the VT Small Business Development Center:


                Starting Your Own Small Business


Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013


Location: Rutland Economic Development Corp., 112 Quality Lane, Rutland VT 05701


Time: 9:00a.m to 1:00p.m


The three hour session will help future business owners determine the next steps toward starting and financing a new venture.  The workshop offers an overview of business planning, including where to find market information, how to tackle projections and writing a business plan.


The workshop is designed for people who are thinking about going into business and want accurate information about the procedures and government regulations involved to start a business in Vermont. 


The $99.00 registration fee includes a business planning workbook and access to five online workshops to help the prospective business owner get started.


Registration can be done online at


For more information, contact VtSBDC in Rutland at 802-773-9147.



Vermont Philharmonic to Play at Sheldon Museum's 21st Annual Pops Concert 


The Sheldon Museum's annual outdoor Pops Concert and fireworks are a summer tradition for Addison County families. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops, and patriotic music on Friday, June 28, 2013 performed by the Vermont Philharmonic, followed by a glorious fireworks display on the mountain view meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College. The grounds will be open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking with the concert beginning at 7:30. (Rain site is Nelson Arena, where the acoustics are good and the space ample for casual suppers.) The evening will close with vivid fireworks-rain or shine. Be sure to bring flashlights, chairs, blankets, and a picnic.


The Vermont Philharmonic was founded in 1959 by Jon Borowicz and is Vermont's oldest community orchestra. Today, the Philharmonic's member-musicians, more than 60 strong, are committed to the orchestra's two-fold mission of sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages and encouraging young musicians to dedicate themselves to their musical education. The Borowicz Scholarship, awarded annually by the orchestra to a Vermont high school musician, provides the opportunity for the winner to perform with the Vermont Philharmonic.


Ticket prices: Adult $25 ($20 through June 21), Youth $10; children under 12 admitted free, courtesy of donations from our sponsors and underwriters. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Sheldon at 802-388-2117, online at or in person at the Sheldon, 1 Park Street in Middlebury.  Proceeds from the Concert benefit the Sheldon Museum.  If you would like to learn more about the Vermont Philharmonic, visit their website,




Woven Word Nest

You can own this original painting! Purchase a raffle ticket now!  

"Words weave dreams, stories and truths into nests which nurture and inform our hopes and aspirations.

On each paper shred in this fantasy bluebird's nest you will find a quotation from a renowned book: from Dr. Seuss to Mark Twain and Homer (the Greek poet, not Homer Simpson!). From J. R. R. Tolkien and Joseph Conrad, to Thomas Jefferson and many more. The three volumes supporting the nest are Winnie the Pooh, (A. A. Milne) To Kill a Mockingbird, (Harper Lee)  and Roots, Shoots and Wings, by Brandon's own Bette Moffett."  


This original painting was created by Liza Myers especially to support the Brandon Free Public Library. Every penny of your  ticket purchase will be given to the Brandon Library as a contribution to their capital fund. A limited number of tickets (200 total) will be sold for $25 each.


When ALL of the tickets are sold, a winner will be chosen. Buy a ticket here or at the Library, Carr's Florist & Gifts, or The Inside Scoop.  


Woven Word Nest, 20 x 16, acrylic on canvas ©liza myers



Were you ever a "Flower Girl" in the Brandon Memorial Day Parade? One of the first grade girls from the Seminary Hill or Neshobe School wearing a white dress, who marched in the parade and laid flowers at the Civil War Monument? Its been a Brandon tradition for more than 100 years! Looking for girls and women for a Flower Girl Reunion Marching Unit in this year's Independence Day Parade (July 6). Contact Ellen Knapp at Neshobe School if you 247-3721 if you want to march!

Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
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