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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.


Thanks so much to the VERMONT COUNTRY STORE for the donated patriotic buntings for the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. And thanks to VCS Team Member and Brandon resident Doreen O'Mara for the delivery service!


 JULY 6 at the Brandon Museum


After the Independence Day Parade in Brandon on July 6, former Governors Madeleine Kunin and Jim Douglas and Vermont Educator John Dilts, performed in "The Rivalry," a riveting dramatization of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. Kunin and Douglas were Parade Grand Marshals and immediately following, they watched the rest of the Parade from the front lawn of the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. 


Brandon Museum Steward, Dan Celik, spent July 6 (remember how warm it was?) as a Civil War Living Historian. Here he is, dressed for the day! 




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



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.

SAD New (Stephen A Douglas Birthplace)  


A few weeks ago, during an afternoon storm, strong winds kicked up and a tree fell right on top of the one-month-car belonging to the Brandon Museum Volunteer, parked right in the Museum parking lot. Special thanks go to Grove St. neighbors Dean and Lisa Kenyon for their hard work and help in clearing the debris and even removing it to the transfer station. Thanks also to Rick Morris, next door neighbor, for his help.

The Volunteer's car is going to come back "like new" and we are now fence-shopping to replace the damaged one.


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.


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







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.



  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. 



News from Wood's Market Garden


Our early corn is ready and so tender.

You've been patiently waiting...and sweet corn season has begun at Wood's Market Garden!

Our certified organic corn is picked all day long so what you get is super fresh. It's available daily at the farm stand. ENJOY!!

Also available...our own black beans.


We're so happy to be able to offer our very own organic dried black beans this summer too. Harvested last fall, they are super tasty and cook up quickly. We've bagged them into 1lb bags and they are available at the farm stand.  
Perfect for that summer black bean, corn and tomato salad!

MMMM......enjoy the summer and the splendor of this food season upon us. We hope to see your smiling face soon! 







As the end of the VACE association health plan nears, all small businesses and their employees will need to transition to Vermont Health Connect. As part of their marketing strategy, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont is reaching out to many small businesses to offer assistance with the transition. If you are on the VACE health plan now, you may be contacted directly by BC BS sales reps.






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/





 Caitlin Canty Returns with Barnaby Bright


This past January, Caitlin Canty rocked the house with a sold out performance at Brandon Music. She returns, this time accompanied by the indie folk rock duo, Barnaby Bright, on Thurs. Aug. 1.


Canty has been described as "graceful" and "authentic," and her music resonates with her listeners. That's something she has in common with Barnaby Bright. Barnaby Bright's songs deal with a diverse range of subjects as relatable as longing and love, and as dark as death and revenge. They take you on a journey you'll never forget. Canty's songwriting tells heartfelt and honest stories, "with elements of dark Americana and folk flirting with a mature almost-but-not-quite jazz ambience," as Leicester Bangs describes it.


Written about Barnaby Bright, NYC Art Scene's description could easily have been written about Caitlin Canty as well; "There's something so natural and uncontrived about the music and harmonies seeping out of these lyrically-driven folk artists..."


Raised in Vermont and now based in NYC, singer/songwriter Caitlin Canty's sophomore album Golden Hour was a fan-funded album and blends her folk roots with a Western tone and an alt-country flavor. Canty collaborates with several bands, including Darlingside, a string rock band, and serves as one half of the duo Down Like Silver with Peter Bradley Adams, which released its debut EP in 2011. Caitlin has independently released several EPs including Neon Streets (2010) and the full-length album, Green (2007), which she recorded and mixed in her home studio.


Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, who are the voices and brains behind Barnaby Bright, have garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound ever since the release of their first album in 2009. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright's music has also been featured on national television to soundtrack heavy moments on shows such as 'ER' and 'Days of our Lives.' Their follow up EP Gravity was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com, keeping good company with the likes of Adele and Bon Iver. They continue touring in support of their brand new full length record, The Longest Day, gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR's "Mountain Stage," and have shared stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones.


The performance begins at 7:30pm. 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. www.brandon-music.net



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



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CURRENT EXHIBIT: July 5-August 11


The Vermont Farm and Food Show  

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

The exhibition features two Vermont painters, Betsy 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.





July 23rd 6:30pm
Lets Talk FOOD! with Greg Cox of Boardman Hill Farm
This will be an invigorating, educational talk about our area farms and food resources, including what it takes to run a full season farmer's market in Rutland's new Vermont Farmers Food Center.
Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row


Acrylic Painting Classes: CANCELLED on July 17

Next class July 24 with Christine Holzschuh!

6:30-9 p.m. Chaffee Downtown holds weekly Wednesday acrylic classes including canvas, paint, brushes, apron, instruction, music & laughter! New theme and instructor each week. BYOB. Private parties welcome. RSVP required to 775-0356. $30 non-members, $25 members.


Figure Drawing Session:  6-8 p.m. Chaffee Downtown hosts weekly Thursday figure drawing sessions. New models each week. Bring drawing materials & paper pad, boards & benches provided. RSVP required to 775-0356. Chaffee Members $10; Non-members $15; $25 for two sessions. Don't miss this opportunity to hone the skills of the observational eye!

SUMMER PROGRAMS: scholarships available!

Observational Science and Art Exploration, July 22-26, 9am-4pm
Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013
Through observation and exploration children will learn about the world around them, both city and nature local and universal, At the end of the week children have their own scrapbook of the week's adventures! Members $165.00, Non-members $185.00

2 Dimensional Art, July 29-August 1, 9am-4pm
Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013
Students will explore a variety of forms in 2D including watercolor, acrylic, graffiti, printmaking, pastels, collages, and more! Members $165.00, Non-members $185.00


Digital Workshop, August 6, 7, 8, 9am-12pm

Children entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2013

Three day workshop exploring the digital world--photography, animation, and more! Instructor Karen Kysar. Members $75.00, Non-members $85.00



In Main Street Park, Rutland in provides a perfect backdrop for the high caliber arts and crafts for sale at the Show. We welcome you to participate in this weekend of celebrating the arts!

August 10 & 11, 10am-5pm


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








The Salisbury Historical Society presents a history of Waterhouse's on Lake Dunmore.

When: Thursday, July 18th at 7PM

 Where:  Waterhouse Marina 

 Summary:  Jean Edgerton, a Waterhouse descendant, will present a history of her family and the well known Lake Dunmore institution. Over 100 photos will be included in her powerpoint presentation.





The Invasive Insect Seminar, cancelled this winter due to snow, has been officially rescheduled for Saturday, Aug 3rd, 9am-130pm at Branbury Beach in Salisbury. We will have smores. We will have a hike. This is an educational class for everyone, all ages, to help identify the bugs which are destroying our environment, and what to do when you find them. The class will be lead by Rhonda Mace of the US Forestry Service and Rachel, the Naturalist at Branbury Beach. This is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Brandon. If you are unable to hike, you are still welcome to attend this seminar- and eat a smore. Please join us! This is necessary information and will be helpful for everyone. Contact Elizabeth Wright for more information on the seminar- she is on FB.






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

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