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ten road road 2013 smJust the band to get you rockin' before Yard Sale Day AND its a First Friday. Ten Rod Road has been playing acoustic-driven folk rock for over fifteen years. They play a variety of venues from outdoor concerts to dance parties. Their mix of music appeals to all. A fun dance band!


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.








Otter Creek Electric, LLC

Jody Charon

774 Upper Plains Rd, Salisbury 05769

352-9300 and fax

Membership Category: Construction & Contractors - Electrical





Brandon's annual Yard Sale Day is a great event which helps recycle and reuse. With dozens of yard sales registered on the official map and scores more set up around town, Brandon will be a busy place on Saturday, August 3.

Although most sales will not start until 9:00 am, the official map will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. on-line at and at the Visitor Center at the historic Stephen A Douglas Birthplace, located next to the church at the corner of Routes 7 and 73 West. Pick up a map and follow the sales.

Downtown Brandon will be a busy place so make plans to head out to sales on the side streets and back roads. Enjoy the views and find the bargains that others are missing. Maps will not be available until August 4. Sales will be held rain or shine.

REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 5 PM. REGISTER AT CARR'S FLORIST, THE INSIDE SCOOP, OR Here's a link to the page to print a registration form.  -- You can print the form and drop off at either of those businesses. 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 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 or call 802-247-6401.


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors next meeting is August 19, 2013.





The day started wetter than ever but that didn't deter the large group of cheery volunteers who gathered to help make the 25th annual Great Brandon Auction one of the best ever! Community people came out in droves with their pop-up and canopy tents, Hayes Pallets came through with ground cover, and the donations poured out from storage areas, barns, cars, and trucks! Volunteers came from Burlington, Camp Betsey Cox and Germany! As usual, our donations were fabulous and covered the spectrum: original art, antique furniture, generous gift certificates, a couple of cornstalk costumes and a birdhouse which was bought at our auction years ago and has been cross-country two times since! The sun came out and never again left! Auctioneer Barb Watters in her 25th appearance for us, sold just about everything. While the grand total is still being added up, it looks as if the auction will realize a net profit of more than $10,000. Proceeds from the auction support the many activities and programs of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce including the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace. We thank everyone who helped with the success including donors, volunteers, bidders, and buyers! As usual, there are way too many people who helped to name everyone but you know who you are. But most importantly, once again, we couldn't do it without Auction Managers: Bernie Carr and Joel Mondlak and Auctioneer Barb Watters.

-- Janet Mondlak, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director




The "Box Lot Ladies" sorting under the big tent to stay dry!


Extra tents and canopies came in handy! 



Brandon Chamber's first Executive Director, Jim Jasmin, came back for the 25th Annual Auction with his wife Mary. Jim picked the 50/50 winning raffle ticket!
Despite the early rains, the day turned sunny and pleasant and the crowd was thick!



Auctioneer Barb Watters has presided over all 25 of our Auctions!
No matter how hard she tried, Barb couldn't get a high enough bid for Chamber Executive Director Janet Mondlak. The wheelbarrow was sold solo.


Saturday, August 3 is Brandon Town Wide Yard Sale Day. Visit us at the Town Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will have lots of items. All sales benefit the continued renovation of the Town Hall!  We will also have beverages and snacks for purchase!

Silent Movie Festival with Jeff Rapsis - Saturday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m.
"Sally of the Sawdust" (1925) is a heartwarming comedy about a lovably disreputable confident man who becomes the unlikely guardian of an orphaned circus waif. Staring W.C. Fields and Carol Dempster. Sponsored by Terry & Dottie Kline, Lorraine & Warren Kimble and Frank & Ettie Spezzano. Free will offering.

Mark Twain - August 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Eric Rotsinger is a relative of Samuel Clemens who brings this historic author and his personality to life. A Mark Twain look alike, Mr. Rotsinger hopes to be in town early to meet and greet people. Program begins at 3:00. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door.  Sponsored by Dotty White.

Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Director Jay Craven presents his new film Northern Borders.
This is part of Craven's 100 town tour of northern New England this summer. The movie takes place in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and is a humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story. Tickets are: $12 for adults, $6 for student under 18. $10 for seniors 65 and older, and a special family four-pack (2 adults and 2 children under 18) for $25. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Sunday, August 18 at 3: 00 p.m. "Magical Comedy Show"
Tom Joyce brings his wit and magical talents to the Hall for an one-hour show for children of all ages.  Tickets are $3.00 each and may be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by The Vermont Country Store.
Friday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. 
 "Forks Over Knives" The film also provides an overview of the 20-year China-Cornell-Oxford Project that led to Professor Campbell's findings, outlined in his book, The China Study (2005) in which he suggests that coronary disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer can be linked to the Western diet of processed and animal-based foods (including all dairy products).

As always we look forward to seeing you at the Town Hall. If you have any questions or would like help please contact us at and visit our website at


No fee for viewing the demo, which is scheduled for 1 - 3 pm.

The Maple Museum is also hosting Pittsford Farmer's Market and Paul's Hotdogs.




Got a kid at home who loves horses, and looking for activities to fill the end of summer? Or maybe you know an adult whose been talking about taking riding lessons for years, but never pulled the trigger? Sign up for lessons at Lazy Acres Equines stable & boarding facility in Brandon.   


We're starting up our second Summer Session, running from now until the end of August - with just over a month left before school starts, and summer partway through, now is a great time to sign up for lessons and get started learning how to ride and be leaders for these wonderful animals! Search for us on Facebook, send us an email at, or call us at 802-236-5745 for more information.





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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.






The Brandon Artists Guild is happy to present the fiber art and photography of Althea Bilodeau and Douglas Biklen. 


Althea Bilodeau is a third generation fiber artist who creates clothing and accessories from felted wool and silk.  In her unique pieces, her hand-dyed silk fabrics and wool fiber are joined together by hand into non-woven fabric using her own interpretation of an ancient wet felting technique. The result islight and flowing contemporary felt garments, which are deceptively durable. American Fashion Designer Chris Benz has recently featured her fabrics in several fashion collections. 


The shocking fact about the art of Douglas Biklen, is that his serene abstract pictures are actually photographs. Bold blown up textural details, enhanced by vibrant color, create Biklen's distinct style. Mystery surrounds the actual sources of the subject matter, yet the results are intriguing, with minimalist expertise. His passion for photography began in his early childhood with an early medium format Kodak camera. Biklen now leads a diverse life as a filmmaker, producer, director, college administrator, and art photographer.  


The show will be running through Sept. 3..The Brandon Artists Guild is located at 7 Center St. Brandon, Vermont, and is open every day, 10am to 5pm.







 Hot Jazz at Brandon Music


 The swinging beats of the Jeremy Mohney Quartet bring their Hot Jazz sound to Brandon Music on Aug. 11. Hot Jazz started in New Orleans in the early 20th century with a blend of ragtime, blues, and brass band marches and was the precursor to swing music.


 Louis Armstrong once said, "There's two kinds of music, the good and the bad. I play the good kind." Mohney and his quartet do too; following in the footsteps of such artists as Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, and Glenn Miller. However, Mohney adds his original compositions and vocals into the mix as well. The quartet, typically featuring two guitars and a string bass in the rhythm section with Mohney on saxophone and vocals, is keeping the toe-tapping music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s alive. Their music is tight, while leaving ample room for improvisation and their sound proves that the emotion and joy of this music has not and will not fade away.


The performance begins at 7:30pm. General Admission is $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for just $15.  Reservations are encouraged. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802)465-4071 or e-mail  for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.


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.



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 Acrylic Painting Classes 6:30-9pm. 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  6-8pm. 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!

Juried Artist Show  ~  August 2-August 11, 2013  ~  Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street. This exhibition will feature the work of Chaffee Juried Artists Ann McFarren, Bob Hooker, Caroline Ann Cross, Denise Bach, Gabriella Mirillo, Ian Creitz, Jane Petrillo, Jean Kroeber, Jeffery Braxton, Karen Seward, Katherine More, Kathryn Langland, Krista Cheney, Liliana Paradiso, Lowell Klock, Mary Crowley, Morgan Haynes, and Oscar Binder.The show opens with a reception on Friday, August 2, 6-8pm, and closes with two full days of the 52nd Annual Summer Art in the Park Festival!


Art Demos during Downtown Summerfest! Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row


Friday, August 2, 12-4pm  ~  Sue Carey: Felting with Fiber Demonstration


Saturday, August 3, 6-8pm  ~  Peter Huntoon: Watercolor Demonstration


52 Annual Summer Art in the Park Festival  ~  August 10 & 11, 10am-5pm.  The Chaffee Art Center's annual Art in the Park festivals feature fine art and crafts, specialty foods, musical entertainment and more! Free to the public! Main Street Park, at Junction of Routes 4 & 7 in Rutland, Vermont.


Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street

Gallery Hours: THU, FRI, SAT, 11-6pm


Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row

Gallery Hours: TUE, WED, THU, 11-6pm FRI & SAT, 11:30-7pm

(802) 775 0356, 






The multi-generational Brandon Town Band continues to play in Central Park every Tuesday evening starting at 6:30 pm, weather permitting. Enjoy a summer evening in the park, listening to great music played by your neighbors!






 Saturday, August 3  ~  3:00-7:00


Come and join your neighbors for a picnic  at the Sudbury Meeting House on Rte 30 and be a part of this historic celebration.


Optional speakers and activities:

Jim Rowe: Crown Point road @ 3:30

Ted Russell: Hyde Manor @ 4:00

Mark Russell: Sudbury Meeting House at 4:30

David Cobb: Historic VT Maps @ 5:00




Pot Luck Dinner at 5:30

 Please bring one of these to share:  Casserole, Salad or Dessert


Grilled Chicken, Hamburgers and drinks will be provided  (donations appreciated).


Please RSVP 273-3540 or




AUG 3  ~  9 am - 1:30 pm at Branbury Beach

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.







Help save the trees by learning how to identify some forest pest's that are coming our way! 


August 3, 2013 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Volunteer your time and learn how to detect these pests at Branbury State Park


Free entry for the day to all who participate in event



9:00 AM: Meet and greet at Nature Center

9:15 AM: Meet the pests (Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, and others)

11:15 AM: Discussion and Questions over lunch (bring your own brown bag)
12:00 PM: Participate in surveying the trees in Branbury and along the Trail ( If you wish to survey the trail bring hiking shoes and water, trail is rocky in spots and may be wet and slippery)

1:30 PM: Campfire Chat and Wrap up with Smore's



Branbury State Park

3570 Lake Dunmore Road

Salisbury VT, 05769



The Emerald Ash Borerand Asian Longhorned Beetleare exotic invasive insects which eat through the nutrient carrying layers of trees, eventually leading to tree death and forest devastation. We need your help to prepare, look and manage for these invaders!


Organized by Branbury Naturalist: Rachel Klatzker, Forest Pest Outreach Program Coordinator: Rhonda Mace and the Brandon Girl Scouts 






 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 (  


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
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-6401 ~   ~