Chamber &
Community News 



  • Parade  
  • 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)
  • Silent Auction
  • The Great Ball Race
  • Stephen Douglas 200th Birthday Celebration: "The Rivalry"
  • Civil War Living Historian at Brandon Museum 
  • Fireworks (+ DJ, Food & Fun)





We are adding a couple of members' listings each week. Why not yours? This is a great member benefit: Not just a free listing or link from our website to yours but an entire page dedicated to your business.  


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 list is growing as is the number of cards in members' (including employees) hands. Here's the list to date.   

  • Antiques By The Falls: 10% most everything in the store. http://brandon.org/inside
  • Brandon Music Gift Shop - Bagatelle's - 5% discount. http://www.brandon-music.net
  • Brandon Inn:  "The Friends and Family Discount" - $20.00 off a double occupancy room for a chamber member, employee of a member and their relatives. Some restrictions may apply. Please make reservation in advance. http://www.brandoninn.com
  • Café Provence: 10% off menu items; not valid with any other special offer or discount. http://www.cafeprovencevt.com
  • Churchill House Inn: Your guests stay at Churchill House at 50% off B&B rate; May 1 - Sept 19; one use per Biz Card holder per year. http://churchillhouseinn.com  
  • Compass Music and Arts Gift Shop at Park Village - 5% discount. http://www.cmacvt.org
  • Country Owl Studio: 10% off everything  http://members.brandon.org/country-owl-studio/
  • Creative Fiber Design: 10% all purchases. Find Maria at Brandon Farmer's Market on Fridays!
  • Gazebo Inn: 10% off for reservations made by Chamber members for their friends / family. http://www.vermontgazeboinn.com  

  • Gourmet Provence: 10% store wide (does not include wine); not valid with any other special offer or discount.  http://www.cafeprovencevt.com
  • Jam Man Entertainment and Vermont Memories Photo Booth: 10% discount for services performed by the Jam Man Entertainment business as well as the Vermont Memories Photo Booth. Cannot be used with any other discount, coupon or gift certificate. http://jammanentertainment.com/Wishes/Landing.html
  • Jeff Smith, P.C. Attorney at Law: 20% off all professional legal services
    4 Carver St, Brandon; 802-247-3737
  • Inside Scoop: Free topping with any cup of ice cream purchase http://brandon.org/inside  802-247-6600
  • Little Pressroom: 10% discount for the card bearer's first Promotional Product or Print Order. http://www.littlepressroom.com 18 Creek Road, Middlebury; 802-388-2337
  • Nourish Your Purpose:  20% off any professional health coaching or detox services/programs; 10% off classes & workshops. (AnnMarie Roth, Nourish Your Purpose, 39 Center Street, 247.5300, http://nourishyourpurpose.com
  • Safer Society Foundation: 10% off books. (All deal with some aspect of sexual abuse) http://www.safersociety.org/
  • Thomas A. Coleman, DDS:  10% off cleanings/x-rays/examination for each family member, per year. 802-247-3336 http://www.drtomcoleman.com 
  • Village Spa: 20% off all services http://brandonvillagespa.com/ . Not valid with any other discounts or special offers.
  • Wood's Market Garden: $2.00 off any hanging basket, not valid with other discounts.

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)  



Thanks to Larry Gold of Computer E-Z
for the computer donation

Thanks to Lynn Bochner for the vacuum cleaner donation.

Much appreciated!


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will  next meet on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Our meetings are open to our membership and the general public.


Our vondolences to the Thurston family and the New England Woodcraft family. Maxine will be sorely missed. She will be remembered for her spunk and generosity.



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 Rivalry" is coming to Brandon


Experience a live performance of "The Rivalry" just up the road from where one of the candidates in the 1858 Illinois Senatorial election, Stephen A. Douglas, was born. The dramatization will be performed in Brandon in the historic Town Hall on July 6, 2013 following the town's impressive Independence Day Parade. The performance will feature former Vermont Governors Madeleine Kunin and Jim Douglas and Vermont educator John Dilts.                                       


Over one hundred and fifty years ago, Americans struggled with issues of slavery, race, freedom, equality, states' rights, and the role of the federal government. In the 1858 Illinois Senate race, as the country steamrolled towards civil war, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas embarked on a series of debates. Their epic clash of ideas and oratory forged a future President and a nation. Without access to television, bloggers, and podcasts, the debates were witnessed by thousands and read about by many thousands more, thanks to the newly invented practice of stenography.


There were seven debates between Lincoln and Douglas all over Illinois in August, September, and October, 1858. After losing the Senatorial election, Lincoln published the debate transcripts. Nearly a century later, they were the basis of the "The Rivalry," written by radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who died in 2011 at age 101. The show is in the format of a memory play, with Douglas' wife, Adele, recalling the debates. It uses texts from the original debate transcripts to bring to life on-stage style of drama and fierce competition between the future President and the incumbent Senator. "The Rivalry" is also a stunning testament to the willingness of two leading political adversaries to put aside their differences and "reach across the aisle" for the good of the country.


Following the presentation, which is being directed by Dennis W. Marden, there will be a rededication of the Douglas Monument, which was originally presented to the town in 1913 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Stephen A. Douglas' birth. 2013 marks what would have been his 200th birthday. Tickets for the event cost $10 each and children under 12 years old are free, but they must reserve a seat. The event will begin at 3:30 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  <www.brandon.org> or call 802-247-6401. The event is sponsored by the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace Community Center Inc., and the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall.


 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. 


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.





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




  • To: The Blanchard Family of Pittsford for their recent purchase of the New England Maple Museum. Tom Olson, founder and long-time owner, recently sold the Museum to the Blanchards.  Crystallizing Pure Vermont Maple Syrup into Maple Sugar is demonstrated every Wednesday through Oct. 9 from10:30am  -  3pm. Visitors can sample the final product fresh from the mold without touring the Museum on  these Wednesdays. No charge. Route 7 South, Pittsford; 802-483-9414. Open daily through Oct. 31  -  8:30am  -  5:30
  • To: Inn to Inn, Churchill House Inn, the Lilac Inn and other area businesses for the terrific article in last week's Boston Globe Sunday Travel section.    
  • To: The Lilac Inn for earning the 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE. This designation honors the Inn as a Top Performing Bed and Breakfast Inn as Reviewed by Travelers on the World's Largest Travel Site. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. The Lilac Inn is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said Shelly Sawyer, owner of The Lilac Inn]. "We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.  This is the second year we have received this coveted award."




Below is a list of upcoming lakes' events.

  • June 30: Fireworks by Camp Songadeewin of Keewaydin.
  • July 4: Boat Parade sponsored by Kampersville,  
  • July 5:  Music from the Point Counter Point Faculty Ensemble at the Salisbury Congregational Church. Brahms Piano Trio in B major, opus 8 Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Opus 95.  The program starts at 7:30 P.M., admission is free (a free-will donation will be appreciated). 



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.



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.



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 6/17/13 (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



            "The Universal Language of Color and Art" will open at the Chaffee Art Center on Thursday, June 13th and run through June 22nd at the main gallery at 16 South Main Street. There will be two wine and cheese receptions for the public, June 14th and June 21st from 6 to 8 p.m.

       Michael Salem of Rutland, in memory of his mother who passed away in 2010, is presenting the exhibit of Shula Salem's work. Shula was an internationally recognized multi-talented artist who was a painter, a musician and writer.

            Born in Israel in 1924 to a pioneering family from the Soviet Union, she moved to West Lafayette, Indiana in 1947 and married Samuel Salem. They moved to Akron, Ohio in 1951, where Sam served as an executive at General Tire Corporation. The couple had three sons.

            Shula's artwork has been displayed in shows in both the United States and Israel.  The multi-media artworks, described by art critics as abstract expressionism, have won numerous awards and are included in private collections in Ohio, Texas, California, New York Massachusetts and Israel.

            With her diverse background, Shula both spoke and wrote in several languages. She began writing as a child and continued to write throughout her adult life, having completed more than fifty books. Shula published poetry in the United States and children's books in Israel.

            The Chaffee Art Center will be open on June 13, 14 and 15 from noon to 6 p.m. and again on June 20, 21 and 22nd from noon to 6 p.m., with a later closing the evenings of the receptions. The paintings will be available for purchase during the exhibit.  For more information, please call (802) 775-0356 or e-mail: info@chaffeeartcenter.org.



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











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.



The Art of Joan Curtis at Brandon Music

June 14 - September 2, 2013


This summer, Brandon Music showcases paintings by local artist Joan Curtis in an exhibit "At One with Nature: New and Revisited."  In describing the show the artist speaks of wanting to extend an earlier theme: imagining (on a visionary level) that human beings could learn to co-exist with earthly climate changes and increasingly dramatic weather events.


In a new series of paintings, titled Peaceable Kingdom, Curtis depicts us -- again in a fantasy vision -- living at peace with the animal world and with wild creatures in danger of losing traditional habitats. Historically the Peaceable Kingdom theme (for example, Edward Hicks's famous paintings of the 19th century) depicts lions resting with lambs and the like.  In this contemporary work, the paintings titled Peaceable Kingdom symbolize how humans could learn to find space for our wild neighbors, and perhaps delay the sadness of extinction.


Curtis's imagery evolves from sketches in journals.  Her overall themes are not pre-planned but are instead arrived at after a handful of new paintings are completed. In addition to acrylic paintings such as these, the artist is known for colorful mixed-media sculpture utilizing papier-mâché on solid supports and for her colored-pencil drawings.


Beginning in 1986, Joan Curtis has been active in the Rutland County art community (first Chaffee Gallery and then the Brandon Artists Guild). Since 1980 she exhibited throughout New England and in invitationals elsewhere.  Her work is in the collections of Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum (Burlington, VT), the Fuller Museum of Art (Brockton, MA), SUNY Adirondack (Queensbury, NY), and in many private collections. Currently her work can be seen by appointment at her Brandon studio or during Open Studio weekends in the spring and fall.


Brandon Music is open for 10AM to 6PM daily (except Tuesdays), with their Café serving lunch and afternoon tea from Noon to 5:30PM. Call 802-465-4071 for more information. www.brandon-music.net Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, VT.






BRANDON TOWN BAND-The Brandon Town Band Summer Concert Series runs from June 18 through August 20 in Brandon's Central Park.  The weekly Tuesday night concerts begin at 6:30 and feature a variety of traditional band music, as well as Broadway and contemporary popular music. The Brandon Town Band consists of local adults, students and professional musicians.  In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Brandon Town Hall. Please note there is no concert on Tuesday, July 9.  




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



Upcoming training sponsored by the VT Small Business Development Center:




Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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

Time: 12:00 p.m to 4:00p.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 www.vtsbdc.org.   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 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