Chamber &
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  • Parade (see info below about Neighborhood Float Competition)  
  • Music including Vermont's Own 40th Army Band and Karaoke, Bluegrass, Brass, Rock, & Pipes
  • Food
  • Family Activities and Games
  • (including Bounce House, Petting Zoo, and Dunking Booth)
  • Crafts
  • Silent Auction
  • The Great Ball Race
  • Stephen Douglas 200th Birthday Celebration: "The Rivalry"
  • Fireworks (+ DJ, Food & Fun)





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: info@brandon.org.






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 (info@brandon.org).  


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 25th Annual Great Brandon Auction is July 
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 some of what's in hand to date:
  1. Jeep 9 Function Multi-Tool with LED Light and holster: MSRP $45 
  2. Manhattan 60-in-1 Hi-Speed USB Multi-Card Reader-Writer:MSRP $59
  3. Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000: MSRP $25
  4. Prudent Way DC-100 Universal Notebook DC Power Adapter: MSRP $59


 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 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 Brandon Museum is in need of a working vacuum cleaner. If you have one you would like to donate (it is a 501C3 organization), please contact the Chamber.


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.





On behalf of the Brandon Independence Day Celebration Committee, the purpose of this letter is to inform Brandon residents of an exciting opportunity to compete in the Independence Day parade this year (on July 6).  To spice things up a bit by promoting some good-natured competition between Brandon neighborhoods, the Committee has reinstated a prize category exclusively for neighborhood floats.  Favorable criteria will include creativity, humor, originality, outrageousness and outright gaudiness!  A trophy will be awarded to the winning entry.


There are some natural neighborhood rivalries within Brandon.  For instance, a gentleman in Forestbrook was recently overheard remarking that folks in Mt. Pleasant "couldn't make a root beer float, much less a parade float."  Similarly, a woman from Carver Street wondered aloud how residents on Maple Street possibly could build a parade float when "they couldn't even make an inflated beach ball float in a kiddie pool!"  That's some pretty good trash talk if you ask me; hopefully, we'll see some quality floats as a result!        


Registration forms are available on-line or by contacting Erin Kilpeck at ekilpeck@gmail.com (or at 247-8085).  Please indicate in your registration form that your float is a neighborhood entry.  Put your neighborhood spirit on display in a parade float on Saturday, July 6!     


Thank you,                                                                                               

Jim Leary, Brandon Independence Day Celebration Committee



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.





Have an idea for a business but need help with the details?  Searching for the right-sized space to get things started?  Looking for ways to develop your entrepreneurial skills?  A soon-to-be held public meeting is about to shed light on these and countless other concerns for high energy individuals seeking to put their imaginations to work.

On June 5 from 6:00 to 8:00PM at "Building J" in Park Village, an exciting new opportunity for those in Rutland and Addison Counties will be presented.  It's the Brandon Venture Center Incubator, to be headquartered in this building.  A panel of experts will show how to take advantage of this golden opportunity to fulfill your entrepreneurial dreams.

The panelists include Jamie Stewart, Rutland Economic Development Corporation, Steve Beck, Economic Development Director for Brandon, Kevin Birchmore, President of the McKernon Group, Ed Bratton, owner of the Vermont Fiber Mill, Kevin McNaught, Trevin Farms and Kim Crosby of Vermont Roots.  Topics explored will be establishing a commercial kitchen, how to use innovative new distribution methods; how to do up-to-date marketing, do you have a business plan and how to incorporate the growing Vermont Brand in your product or service.  While a good bit of the focus will be on food products, the discussion will cover all sorts of small-scale manufacturing.  Participants in farmers' markets, start-up businesses, established producers looking to grow - all will find the evening not only interesting, but potentially highly profitable.

Chances like this don't come around often, so be sure to attend and become part of the Brandon region's exciting business future.

Directions to Building J:   North from Brandon on Route 7, left on Arnold District Road, left on Mulcahy Drive into Park Village, follow signs to "Building J."

For more information, contact Brandon Economic Development Director, Steve Beck at 802.247.5721 and brandondoesit.beck@gmail.com




Let's make Brandon a destination this summer! "The Reporter's" sister paper, The Addison Independent, will be publishing their popular Summer Guide in late June. Here's a chance for us to shine with our history, retail, recreation, restaurants and all things fun.  Special group pricing is available, with restaurants and cultural / historical destinations getting additional opportunities to add copy and menus. Optional to package with their Foliage Guide in late September, this Guide offers over 10,000 in distribution to subscribers, visitor's centers, area B&Bs and newsstands throughout our area. Contact Alyssa Zollman at The Reporter; 247-8080 or
ads@brandonreporter.com for more details. Hurry, deadline is this Friday, June 7.



Join us on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy "BRIM - The River Project."


Eve describes how this came to be.  "In the fall of 2009, I embarked on a four-month-long journey down the entire Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle. I immersed myself in local histories and the writings of those who had made similar journeys, including Mark Twain and Jonathan Raban. As I moved down the spine of my country, I kept a sonic journal about the people and places I encountered.


BRIM is a music and performance project inspired by my voyage, a collection of original compositions, adventurous arrangements of river-related songs, images, videos, and spoken-word readings.  Eve, accompanied by violinist Mary Rowell, will present a collection of visual and audio images of this journey.


Free Will Offering.  The evening is sponsored by Lake Sunapee Bank, Kellie Martin & Mark Carbo, Jim Reynolds of Reynolds Insurance Company and the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall.



No Strings Marionette Company returns on Saturday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. to present "Wasabi, A Dragon's Tale."


Come enjoy a story of a Princess contemplating her marriage to the Prince.  Wasabi swoops from the sky and carries her off.  The spunky Princess, with help from her wise fairy friends, outwits Wasabi to save the day.


Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 ages 12 & under.  They may be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door.


Sponsored by Joan Salkins, Judith & George Reilly, "Barney" and Neshobe PTO.



Jeff Rapsis and his Silent Movie Festival continues on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.


This month we will enjoy a collection of short films starring Charlie Chaplin.  We will trace Chaplin's rise from an unknown comedian to the most popular star in all of early cinema.


Get ready to laugh, as they don't make 'em like this anymore! Part of a summer series of silent film and live music (Jeff joins us once each month May - October).  http://silentfilmlivemusic.blogspot.com/


Free Will Offering.  This is event sponsored by Nancy and Gary Meffe.



Mary Rowell and Friends Concert on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.


World famous violinist Mary Rowell and Friends are performing at the Town Hall as a fundraiser for our continued renovations.


Ms. Rowell, of Brandon, will be accompanied by flutist Karen Kevra from Montpelier, violinist Stefanie Taylor from Wallingford, and cellist Frances Rowell from the Northeast Kingdom.


The concert will feature chamber music favorites from Mozart and Beethoven, long time Vermont resident Louis Moyse, Canadian composer Serge Provost and original pieces of the Rowell sisters.


Free Will Offering.  The evening is sponsored by Lake Sunapee Bank, Ross Mackie, Kellie Martin & Mark Corbo and the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall.




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 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




Dear Friends

Chaffee Art Center is pleased to announce that we are offering weekly summer programs for the children in your life as well as some shorter workshops.  Each week has a theme with a variety of enriching and creative activities.  Activities will include diverse art experiences, indoor and outdoor play, yoga, music, writing and walking field trips to: The Rutland Free Library, Rutland Historical Society, Chaffee Downtown Gallery, and Tuesday farmer's market.


Children should come dressed to walk up to a mile, to have fun, and to engage with art materials. Parents are encouraged to send an old shirt or apron for use during art classes and asked to send their child with a yoga mat. The Chaffee will provide nutritious morning and afternoon snacks, and lots of water, but ask that parents pack lunch and if there are allergy concerns, snacks for their child.


Registration materials are available at both gallery locations or can be requested via email. Payment may be made by mail, phone, or in person at the galleries. Class size is limited to twelve unless otherwise stated. Extended hours are available at an additional charge.  


Journey Around the World
June 24-28, 9am-4pm for Children Entering Grades 1-6 in Fall 2013


Fun with Paper
July 1, 2,& 3, 9am-4pm for Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013


Find Your Inner Authority: Journaling for Teens Workshop
·    July 8 & 9, Monday & Tuesday, 10am-11:30am, Ages 12-15, Limit 8
·    July 10 & 11, Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-Noon, Ages 16-18, Limit 8

Vermont Heritage
July 8-12, 9am-4pm for Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013

Exploration in Art
·    July 8-12, 9am-Noon, Children ages 3-6, Limit 6
·    July 15-19 9am-Noon, Children ages 3-6, Limit 6

July 15-19, 9am-4pm for Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013

Observational Science and Art Exploration
July 22-26, 9am-4pm
Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013

2 Dimensional Art
July 29-August 1, 9am-4pm for Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013

CHAFFEE ART CENTER MANSION,16 South Main Street, Rutland, (802) 775-0356


CHAFFEE DOWNTOWN,75 Merchants Row, Rutland, (802) 775-0062


VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.chaffeeartcenter.org






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.


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 info@brandon-music.net for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT.



Tricky Britches on Father's Day
On Sunday, June 16th, Brandon Music presents an evening to celebrate Father's Day featuring the Tricky Britches band from Portland, Maine. A three-course dinner will be served before the show with the performance beginning at 7pm.


Tricky Britches is a group of young musicians who will put a swing in your step as soon as you hear them!  They play old-time country music with a bluegrass kick and the spirit of a street-corner jugband. 


Tricky Britches formed in 2009, playing on street corners across the country as a means of paying for a road trip.  As their popularity soared, they gained momentum and began to focus on songwriting and original material.  Their influences included John Hartford, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Everly Brothers and traditional American folk music.  Members of the band are: Jed Bresette, Seth Doyle, Tyler Lienhardt and Ryan Wilkinson.  Each plays a variety of instruments with honed skill.


Sam Pfeifle of the Portland Phoenix reports that "In an age of auto-tune and manufactured music, Tricky Britches isn't just a throwback - they're a look forward.  We can comfort ourselves in the warm embrace of three-part harmonies, fire-breathing fiddle and mandolin licks, and the thump-thump to the gut of a stand-up bass."


General Admission is $15 with the pre-concert dinner available for just $15.  Reservations are encouraged. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802)465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net  for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.





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 www.vermontdays.com for the complete schedule.


Celebrate Vermont History and parks June 8 & 9 

Free Admission to the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier on June 8 and to State Historic Sites all weekend.

Highlights include:

June 8: Go Fly a Kite... at Hubbarton Battlefield, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Learn how to make a simple kite or bring your own to fly and enjoy our freedoms.

June 8: Mount Independence History Program, Paul Gillies, Vermont historian and attorney, presents the annual J. Robert Maguire lecture at 1:00 pm.

June 9: Justin Smith Morrill Homestead Open House, Come tour the house, stroll the trails and visit the lovely gardens. Free refreshments and dessert make this one sweet deal! 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

State Parks are also free for day visits all weekend!

To learn more visit http://www.vermontdays.com/



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.



Dairy Weekend at the Sheldon Museum: June 14 and 15


June is Dairy Month, and to celebrate, the Sheldon Museum will present a series of entertaining programs the weekend of June 14. The festivities are taking place in conjunction with the Sheldon's current exhibit, From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England. On Friday, June 14 from 4-7 PM, don't miss the Must Be The Milk truck at the Sheldon. It's a traveling educational component of the New England Dairy Promotion Board. The visit is part of a limited-time tour during June when the truck is stopping at various venues throughout New England to celebrate our dairy farmers and the value they bring to our land, community, economy, and health. The Sheldon Museum is the only stop the truck will make in Addison County. Visitors will have an opportunity to sample award-winning Vermont cheese and other dairy products and enjoy interactive activities - spin the prize wheel and win! The travelling milk truck is a work of art. Stop by the Sheldon, view the truck, enjoy dairy samples, and raise your glass in support of your local dairy people.

Also on June 14, to further celebrate milk, Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, will present a talk on the history of dairy in Vermont at 6:30 pm.


The next day, Saturday, June 15, bring the whole family to the Family Fun Day from 10 am to 2 pm at the Sheldon. This event is free with Museum admission. If you like pies, come early! A delicious variety of pies, cookies, sweet breads, and cupcakes will be sold to benefit the Museum. Children of all ages can play with toys and games, learn to sew a patchwork quilt block, enter the jump rope contest, and enjoy the Henry Sheldon Puppet show A Bear Story.  The museum's Children's Hands-On Room offers little ones the opportunity to write on slates, dress-up in 18th and 19th century costumes, read stories and try the trundle bed.  Music will be a big part of the day too. The whole family will enjoy listening to lively tunes on the back porch by O'Hanleigh's Cindy Hill & Tom Hanley or tapping their toes to the banjo beats of Mike Connor and friends! Make it a Family Day at the Sheldon Museum.


During the weekend, be sure to visit our newest exhibits too.  From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England, in partnership with Historic New England, tells the history of milk delivery from the days of the horse and cart to modern times.  It also features artifacts from Monument Farms Dairy as well as an extensive collection of cheese and butter making artifacts from a private collection. 


Town Bands uses early photographs of the Rutland City Band and the Middlebury Town Band as well as samples of band uniforms and musical instruments from the Sheldon Museum collection to illustrate the importance of music in the social life of Vermonters during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit anticipates the Museum's annual Pops Concert and fireworks on Friday, June 28, 2013.


The Henry Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park Street in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Public Library.  Museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(5-7 p.m. for Arts Walk) and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Research Center hours: Thurs. and Fri. 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.  Admission to the Museum is $5 Adults; $3 Youth (6-18); $4.50 Seniors; $12 Family. For more information about the exhibit and related programs, visit www.henrysheldonmuseum.org or call 802/388-2117.





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



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 www.henrysheldonmuseum.org 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, www.vermontphilharmonic.org




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
802-247-6401 ~  info@brandon.org   ~   www.brandon.org