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The Keating 5

Friday, July 19 in Central Park

6:30 pm 

The Keating 5 is a group of musicians with a combined total of over 175 years of playing music.  Members Rob Zollman, Dennis Bonanza, Kenny Cifone, Denise Keating, and Jim Keating use their voices, guitars, basses, drums, congas, keyboards, harmonica, and horns to put together an eclectic mix of songs from such artists as Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, Eva Cassidy, David Lindley, The Subdudes, Bonnie Raitt, Dire Straits, originals, and more to give the audience an exciting selection of musical styles for all to enjoy.  Playing rock, reggae, ska, funk, blues, and then some - the Keating 5 plays something for everyone.

  • Central Park  
  • Bring a chair or a blanket.
  • There will be a rain location as needed.
  • For more information, contact the Chamber at 247-6401.
  • Without our wonderful corporate sponsors, we couldn't do it. Thanks so much to Neshobe Golf Course, Casella, Lake Sunapee Bank, and Omya, Inc.



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



This original quilt, designed and made by former Brandon resident Patty Wood, will be auctioned on July 23. It is called THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK QUILT. Patty scoped out businesses all over town and literally, took the shirt off many a person's back! She then made the quilt with all the T-shirts.

If you have a shirt from an existing or old Brandon business, team, organization or whatever, and you would like to have it included in another quilt Patty will be making, please drop it off at Carr's Florist.

Moroccan Dinner
at Café Provence

Thursday July 11th, 5pm-9pm
with Chef Ittai Azoulay

Warm Salade Cuite on Crostinis with Roasted Red Peppers, Tomatoes and Paprika
Orange Salad with Tomatoes and Avocados, Celery and Black Olives
Couscous with Leg of Lamb
and Sautéed Seasonal vegetables

Almond Cookies and Fresh Mint Tea
Space is limited, call 247-9997 for reservations!
11 Center Street
Brandon, Vermont


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce had a busy holiday weekend and many volunteers helped make it successful.  This was the first year that Chamber undertook the hot dog / hamburger stand at the Parade without a partner and our great volunteers did an awesome job. We heard they had the fastest food service in the Park!

Later in the day, the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace sponsored the SELL OUT performance The Rivalry, starring former Vermont Governors Madeleine Kunin and Jim Douglas and Vermont Educator John Dilts. The show was spectacular and despite the heat, the audience was riveted to their seats. This performance was co-sponsored with the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall and directed by Dennis W. Marden.  



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will not meet in July. The next meeting will be August 19, 2013.




The Brandon Museum is looking for an every-other-Wednesday volunteer to work from 1:30 - 4 pm. The Museum is a great environment to hang out, learn about the town's history, greet visitors, and stay cool on the porch. No experience necessary, just a pleasant attitude! For more information, contact Dan Celik, Museum Steward at dan@brandon.org or call 802-247-6401.



Compass Music and Arts Center's Summer Dance Camp is underway. Everyone is exploring and discovering one's self via movement and art. Registration closes on Thursday, July 11th so there is still time to join in on the fun. Classes run Tues. and Thurs. through Aug. 15th and are for children aged 7-14.  Contact them at 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org to sign up.


Fun for the entire family.
Bluegrass pickin' and Vermont scenery just naturally go together.


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.





Eat Like The Locals is a new event which will be held on July 20th from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Brandon Town Hall. It is the annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Brandon.   


Each year the Club aims to raise $12,000 from this event and this year we are featuring farm fresh foods from our local CSAs, markets and farm stands in creative cuisine by local chefs. Each volunteer chef will prepare a component of a five course meal and guests will enjoy a "farm to table" evening complete with wine and beverage tastings and desserts followed by a live auction.   



Tickets are $44 per person, for sale at Carr's Florist and the Boys & Girls Club. ONLY 100 tickets are available! Come and enjoy a great event!!! For more information, contact  Sam Stone at  (802) 318-6853.



Saturday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. brings Jeff Rapsis and his Silent Movie Festival to the Town Hall.  This month's feature is "Orphans of the Storm" (1921) featuring both Lillian and Dorothy Gish. The two sisters travel to Paris during the French Revolution.  They become separated and are caught up in the chaos that threatens to destroy the nation. 

Sponsored by Bethany & Andrew Menkart of MarineEngine.com.  FREE WILL OFFERING.
July 24 at 7:00 p.m. Rutland's Encore Theater presents a student production of pirates and buried treasure titled "There Be Treasure Buried Here."  For children of all ages.  Tickets are $3 each and may be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door.

Sponsored by Bob & Kathy Clark, Naylor & Breen Builders and Jackie Dutil.

July 26 at 7:30 p.m. join us for an evening of Snake Mountain Bluegrass!  Back by popular demand this group continues to entertain folks of all ages.  You'll be taping your feet within the first few minutes, guaranteed!

Tickets $8 and may be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts.  Tickets are $10 at the door. 

This event is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

Remember the Town Hall is available for rent for your private event or public meeting.  You will find our rates very reasonable.  Contact us at info@brandontownhall.org or call Dennis Marden at 802.247.5420.

Thank you one and all for all the support you give to Brandon's Community Center.  We are proud to be able to offer you affordable entertainment and continue to maintain and update this amazing building.

Visit www.brandontownhall.org for more information on how you can help. 





Thai Evening at Center Street Bar  ~   Tuesday June 25th - 5pm-9pm
 With Chef Dao Toner!
On the menu: KOW MOO DENG - Slow roasted pork served over jasmine rice with cucumbers and drizzled with a sweet red sauce.

Italian Cooking Class with Chef Antonino (Tony) DiRuoco   ~   Monday August 12th - 5:30pm-8pm
Cooking Class: Italian Raviolis & Gnocchis with Chef Antonino (Tony)
Chef Antonino DiRuoco will demonstrate:
Ravioli with roasted Artichokes, marscarpone and Ricotta Cheese with a cream pesto sauce.
Gnocchi Di Paiate Alla Sorrentina with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil sauce.
Call 802-247-9997 for reservations
 More Cooking Classes at : www.http://cafeprovencevt.com/cooking-classes/





The Art of Joan Curtis at Brandon Music

Through 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. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, VT.






Opening Reception: Sat. July 27, 5-7pm


Twenty years ago the Brandon Training School closed. Since then, Building K has remained dormant. That is, until this year, when the Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC) took up residency. CMAC and its supporting Foundation do not wish to lose touch with the history of the building and the surrounding campus it calls home. Therefore, to help commemorate the 20th anniversary of the school's closing and the 100th anniversary of the school's creation, the exhibit, Remembering the Brandon Training School, was developed in order to share the history of the school and its people.


Through its 78 years in operation, the school was marked with contrasting reputations, but its history tells an important story of how the treatment and care of people with disabilities has evolved and improved over the years.


This is a permanent exhibit CMAC hopes will grow with the contributions of those who worked, volunteered, resided, or had some other connection to the school. The personal stories, memories and photographs or items of daily living from the school are a big part of the story.


An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 27; from 5-7pm.


This exhibit was sponsored by a Brandon, Vermont resident.


For more information or if you would like to contribute to the exhibit, see their website at www.cmacvt.org or contact them at: 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org. CMAC is located at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733.





Early dormitory interior:

Courtesy of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living



75 Merchants Row

Rutland, VT 05701



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A Creative Collaboration with the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link!


In Vermont, food is part of the landscape. There is a farm next door, an orchard just a few blocks away, a dairy next to the school, a farmers market that you can see from your office window. These places can blend into the background from time to time, and appear as ordinary as the buildings lining a downtown street. Yet local foods are beginning to move from their place on the back burner and into the forefront of people's minds. More and more people in the Rutland area are shopping at farmers markets, buying CSA shares, and even growing their own food. Our community has begun to realize that, much like the rolling hills that we often perceive as banal, farms and food have their own art-like beauty.


Between July 5th and August 11th, the Chaffee Art Center and the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) will join forces to present the Vermont Farm and Food Show, with an opening reception on July 12th, 5-8 p.m. at Chaffee Downtown.


The exhibition will feature two Vermont painters, Besty Hubner and Amy Mosher. Additionally on display will be a fountain and sculpture garden designed by Russ Marsan of Carpenter and Costin and Nick Santoro, photos from Green Mountain College students' project 'A Day in the Life of a Vermont Farmer', posters from the Lexicon of Sustainability emphasizing the educational component of Vermont's food system, a series of recovered apple crates designed by Robin Taft, and a mobile from Wallingford Elementary School.


The exhibit will also include a series of speakers and demonstrations pertaining to both art and food.



Friday, July 12, 5-8 p.m.

Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row

With the stellar combination of food, art, music, and friends, this event is sure to be enjoyable for all.

Join us!!


For more information, please call (802) 775-0356 or e-mail: info@chaffeeartcenter.org.







 Musical Entertainment and Ice Cream

Saturday July 13 at 7:00 p.m.

@ the Sudbury Meeting House

Located on Route 30 in Sudbury

Featuring Bill Wright, Jim Germond and friends!





It's on! Gift-of-Life Marathon gets last shot at national record in December

Organizers hope to 'grow' momentum starting with Mini-Marathon Tuesday


RUTLAND, Vt. - Organizers of Rutland's two major blood drives are hoping blood donors will begin to help "grow" momentum toward a national-record-breaking blood drive in December with the Gift-of-Life Mini Marathon on Tuesday.


Organizers today announced that they and the American Red Cross have agreed to make one more attempt at the national one-day blood drive record on Dec. 17, and set out two challenges to the greater Rutland Community: If 400 pints of blood are collected at the Mini Marathon at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras, WJJR's Terry Jaye and Green Mountain Power's Steve Costello will stop shaving and grow their beards, untrimmed, until the GOLM.  If Rutland breaks the national record of 1,968 pints in December, they will get Red Cross tattoos to commemorate the record.


"Assuming we make the goal on Tuesday, our scraggy beards will be reminders of the upcoming GOLM for every person we encounter," Mayor Louras said.  "This will definitely be Rutland's last shot at the national record, so we wanted to come up with an idea that would keep the drive on people's minds every day until December."


Last year's GOLM, which collected 1,955 pints, just short of the national record of 1,968, was supposed to be the last "mega-drive" in New England due to the resources required to manage such events, which require about 200 Red Cross workers, many traveling from distant states.  The Red Cross agreed to give Rutland one more attempt at the record after discussions over several months with Costello and GMP President and CEO Mary Powell.


"The 2011 drive was plagued with long waits, which had an effect on turnout last year," Costello said.  "Last year's drive went incredibly smoothly, and convinced us that the record was achievable, and that Rutland deserved another shot."


"It is amazing that a community the size of Rutland is even part of the national-record discussion," Powell said.  "Given the spirit and drive the community has shown, I just couldn't see the GOLM shrinking or changing without finishing what the community set out to do, which is set the national record.  So we will do everything we can to help Rutland achieve that goal."


For now, attention will turn to Tuesday's Mini Marathon, which runs from noon to 6 p.m.


"The need is always there, but supplies are low, and we want to help fill that void on Tuesday," said Terry Jaye, program manager at WJJR, which co-organizes the blood drives with GMP.  "If we meet the goal, I look forward to being a walking, bearded reminder that Rutland will get one last shot at the national record in December."


Appointments for the Mini Marathon are full, but some walk-ins will be accepted to fill in for no-shows and deferred donors.  To keep any waiting to a minimum, walk-ins will be provided a specific time to return rather than waiting if no slot is available at that time. The drive runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.



  Sheldon Museum presents
Two Walking History Tours of Middlebury
With Glenn Andres 

Middlebury... JULY 14 AND JULY 21 at 2 pm, the Sheldon Museum presents Middlebury's Historic Core, a walking tour of Middlebury lead by Glenn Andres. The core of Middlebury Village preserves landmarks of state and national stature. It also speaks of much of the town's colorful history from the 18th into the 20th centuries -- booms and busts, strong personalities and rivalries, ambitious patrons and master builders, educators, lawyers, politicians, and industrialists. Concentrated on the banks of Otter Creek around the focal falls and bridge, Middlebury has remained to a remarkable degree the village that the 18th and 19th centuries built. Homes of town fathers, churches, mills, inn, public buildings, stores-the buildings of the compact village core document its progression from frontier community to manufacturing center, to agricultural center, to local service center.  Not merely of local historic interest, however, these structures from Middlebury's past are of such range and quality that they can be taken as representative as well of almost every major style of American building from the colonial period onward. They present a precious glimpse of days now gone, slower days when there were both the impulse and the call for craftsmanship, individuality, and ingenuity in plan, structure, and detail. These buildings merit examination at a pace similar to that for which they were intended-horseback, wagon, sleigh, or foot.

This walk around its compact downtown landscape will explore buildings and styles, but also the stories and people behind them. The tour will begin at the bandstand on the Middlebury green and finish at the Sheldon Museum via the Marbleworks footbridge for a good view of the falls and mill ruins. Glenn Andres is professor of the history of art and architecture at Middlebury College, author of A Walking History of Middlebury and The Buildings of Vermont.

Tickets may be purchased at the Sheldon Museum in advance and on the day of the tour. Fee: $10/$5 for Sheldon Museum members. The Sheldon Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5, and is located at 1 Park Street in Middlebury across from the Ilsley Public Library. For information call 388-2117.






 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
  • Maple View Farm Alpacas: 10% off Yarn and Roving. 802-247-5412
  • 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)  



Geology rocks! Omya's Middlebury Quarry Open House is Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - rain or shine. For a rock'n good time come see what Omya does and learn more about Vermont's geology and mining! Take a bus tour of the open-pit marble quarry or disembark and explore. View the large trucks and equipment on display, learn about rocks and minerals from experts and collect a souvenir! Suitable for all ages.
Omya's Middlebury Quarry access road (1975 Private Road) is located on the east side of Rt. 7, 2 miles south of Middlebury, VT or 1 mile north of the Rt. 125 & Rt. 7 intersection to East Middlebury. The turn (between Connor Homes & Foster Motors) will be prominently marked on the day of the event.
For more information call the Omya Community Feedback Line at 802-770-7644 or visit http://www.omyainvermont.net.
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-6401 ~  info@brandon.org   ~   www.brandon.org