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Gene Chilers and The Jubilee Jazz Band

Wed., Aug. 14 in Central Park at 6:30 pm 


Perennial favorites! Playing the best traditions of Dixieland jazz, this six piece band guarantees a fun, footstomping good time. Old and young alike can get into the spirit of this unique, American "roots" music. You just can't find high quality Dixieland jazz everywhere, but you can find in Brandon on August 14!  



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.





Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce members are hereby noticed for a vote to amend the organization's by-laws at their next meeting, scheduled for Monday, August 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Here is a synopsis of the proposed changes:  1) Allow for electronic media for delivery of notices. 2) Add "community enhancement" as part of the organization's Purpose. 3) Typo corrected in Article V. You made read the proposed changes here. You may also request a copy of the draft by-laws by contacting the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or  







A Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce membership benefit is accepting Brandon Green aka Brandon Bucks. Over the years, the Chamber has put tens of thousands of dollars back into the Brandon economy with the sale of this local currency.


Due to popular request, we have changed the certificate for the first time since we started them -- almost 20 years ago. First of all, we shrunk the size of the certificate to better fit in cash registers. They are now 7-1/2" across and 2-5/8" in height. Also, we have added a new denomination. $5 certificates are still the same green color. There is now a $25 gold certificate, printed on the same "check" safety paper but a gold color. The certificates have the printed signature of Chamber Treasurer, Samuel Glaser.


The larger sized $5 certificates are still in circulation so you will see a mix but the $25 certificates are only printed in the smaller size and in gold. The Chamber's account number and Lake Sunapee Bank routing number need to be imprinted on the bottom of the certificate for them to be considered legal tender.


As always, if someone pays you with Brandon Bucks and change is owed to them, you may give them change in cash because you will get the full $5 or $25 on deposit. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Chamber.


Please make sure your employees are aware of these changes.


The colors didn't photograph well! The $25 certificates are goldenrod in color. The $5 certificates remain the same green as always.

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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


New Show Debuts on PEGTV Channel 21


Our new show "County News 802" with journalist Cristina Kumka recently debuted on PEGTV channel 21. Our latest segment is about news that's happening in your town government and how actions made by local leaders will affect your pockets and your life. Cristina explores the latest crime statistics, ordinances and policy issues and interviews administrators who use your tax dollars to run your town. Topics range from controversial resignations, to health and welfare issues to how your vote counts and what it means.  The show conveys only the well-researched facts - both breaking, up-to-date news and investigative stories that take a little more digging. "County News 802" airs Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The show will also be available on PEGTV's video on demand player at




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.




Inaugural Concert at Compass Music & Arts Center


 With much excitement, Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC) invite the public to its very first concert at 333 Jones Drive (in Park Village, formerly the Brandon Training School) on Sunday, September 1st at 3:00 p.m.  This is a benefit concert to support the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, an organization dedicated to partnering with CMAC to see the arts thrive in the Brandon community and beyond.  The concert will include two very popular area singing groups: Maiden Vermont and Curbstone Chorus.


Maiden Vermont is a multigenerational group of women (teens to 80!) who sing four-part a cappella music in the Barbershop style. Founded by Lindi Bortney, the first recipient of the Sweet Adeline Award, Maiden Vermont has been performing since 2004.  Now 50 voices strong, they have performed for First Night Festivals, many summer concert series, fundraisers for non-profits, etc.  Their most memorable event was singing the American and Canadian National Anthems at a Red Sox Game for Vermont Day. Their repertoire consists of many styles: spirituals, doo-wop, swing, Broadway tunes, and songs of the American Song Book to name a few.  All are arranged in barbershop style and their performances provide a witty mix that is fun for the whole family.


Curbstone Chorus was founded in 2006 when Dan Graves, choral director for Rutland Public Schools, invited any man who liked to sing to join him in singing songs in the barbershop style.  The chorus now features thirty voices and is an active member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  The group performs in parades, festivals, churches and community events.


Reservations are recommended as space is limited.  Tickets are $20.00 to benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation and can be purchased in advance at CMAC seven days a week from 11-4pm. Advanced ticket purchases include a complimentary F.A.M.E. raffle ticket. CMAC is located at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon. 


Audience members have the opportunity to enter the F.A.M.E. raffle (Food, Art, Music, and Entertainment), offering the chance to win local foods, tickets to live music events, family entertainment venues, and art related activities. Enter to experience Vermont's local fare and entertainment in new ways.


For more information or to reserve your tickets, contact CMAC by calling 802-247-4295 or emailing CMAC is located at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733.   






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.







Point CounterPoint Faculty to Perform at Brandon Music


Members of Lake Dunmore's Point CounterPoint faculty will perform a chamber music concert at Brandon Music on August 31 at 7pm to benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. Performing are, Anton Miller, violin; Rita Porfiris, viola; Lawrence Zoernig, cello; and Arielle Levioff, piano. The evening's program will include Schubert's Piano trio in B-flat, Op. 99, Kodály's Duo for violin and viola, Mozart's Piano quartet no. 2 in E-flat, K. 493. 


This year's performance benefits the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, a new and developing non-profit organization working to support the educational programs, exhibitions, concerts, and community events carried out at the Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC). The Foundation is made up of an active Board of Directors working hand-in-hand with CMAC to enrich life through a deeper appreciation of music and the literary, performing and visual arts. 


Tickets are $15 per person. For tickets, call 802-465-4071 or email Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, Vermont. This performance is sponsored by Point CounterPoint and Brandon Music.


Point CounterPoint was founded in 1963 on the shores of Lake Dunmore by the late Dr. Edwin Finckel, a New Jersey pianist, composer, and teacher. Dr. Finckel's goal was to create summer musical opportunities for his students. The camp then passed to Emory Fanning, professor of music at Middlebury College, and Diana Fanning, a noted concert pianist, who directed the camp for ten years. Under the Fannings' leadership, Point CounterPoint gained an international reputation, attracting many students from France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, West Africa, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, as well as, Canada. 


In 1989, ownership of Point CounterPoint passed to professional violinist/violist Dr. Paul Roby and pianist Margaret Johnson Roby, along with amateur musicians and family members Nick and Sue Jones. The Roby/Jones team changed the camp's music focus to strings and piano, eliminating woodwinds.


In 2008, a new era began when Jenny and Steve Beck purchased Point CounterPoint.  The Becks initiated new programs to allow a wider audience to participate, and in June 2011 launched New Music On The Point, which encourages imaginative collaboration among composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists creating 21st century chamber music in a glorious setting on the shores of Lake Dunmore.  The newest of the music programs at PCP focuses on young adults ages 18 and older who are interested in new chamber music.  At this innovative program, young composers, instrumentalists and vocalists collaborate and perform the newest of new chamber music.



Pianist:Arielle Levioff has appeared as a soloist in some of New York City's most prestigious venues, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and in England, France, and Italy.  Ms. Levioff was a finalist in the 2009 Sorel Medallion Competition in Collaborative Piano, and in July 2010 was invited by the Sorel Foundation to join the coaching staff at the Daniel Ferro Vocal Festival in Tuscany.  In November 2011 she made her debut at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in the inaugural concert of the newly formed New York Women's Ensemble.  New York Times music critic, Steve Smith described her playing as "elegant." She has attended many prestigious summer festivals including the Tanglewood Institute and has served on the piano faculty of the 92nd Street Y School of Music since 2005. Ms. Levioff maintains a private teaching studio and recently began teaching piano in the 60 Plus program at the 92nd Street Y. She has been on the faculty of the Point Counterpoint Adult Chamber Music since its beginning in 2010.Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, American violinist

Anton Miller has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. He is currently Associate Professor of Violin at The Hartt School and on the violin and chamber music faculty at New York University. Mr. Miller is a founder and the Artistic Director of the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Minnesota, and was the co-Artistic Director of the Silver Bay Festival.  As a chamber musician he can be heard in concert in collaborations with the Trio Respiro, Trio Nuovo, Con Brio Ensemble, and the Phenix Ensemble. Mr. Miller's dedication to expanding the violin repertoire can be seen in his frequent commissions and premieres of the music of living composers.  He is currently in the middle of a CD project of commissioned new works for violin and viola with violist Rita Porfiris. Always trying to bridge the gap between popular culture and classical music, violist.


Rita Porfiris has been the subject of articles and interviews in media across the globe including the New York Times, Chamber Music America, International Symphony Musician, the NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, and the BBC. She has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide and as a soloist has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, the New World Symphony and the Houston Symphony. Currently the Associate Professor of Viola at The Hartt School, she is also on the faculty of New York University, the Texas Music Festival, and ARIA Arts Academy. Ms. Porfiris is the Artistic Director and co-Founder of Musica da Camara Festival Eterna Primavera in Mexico and was a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest.


Lawrence Zoernig has been principal 'cellist of many New York symphony and chamber orchestras including New York Chamber Orchestra, Bachanalia and Opera Manhattan.  Mr. Zoernig premiered Lars-Erik Larsson's Concertino for 'Cello and String Orchestra at Trinity Church with the New York Scandia Symphony, for which he is also principal 'cellist.  As a chamber musician, he has performed with Goliard Ensemble and the Cosmopolitan Chamber Players. He has appeared with such noted artists as violinists Nina Beilina, Sidney Harth and Mark Peskanov and clarinetist Charles Neidich. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York and the Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In April 2005 he was invited to play for President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Meet the Composer Foundation recently provided Mr. Zoernig with a grant for his work as a composer of music for 'cello.




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Acrylic Painting Classes

6:30-9pm. Chaffee Downtown holds weekly Wednesday acrylic painting 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.


No painting class Aug 14th


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! No figure drawing Aug 15th

Annual Photography Contest

This year's theme: "TAKE THE STREETS". Photographs may include the streets of your neighborhood, city, or surrounding town of choice. Use your creativity to capture the people that dwell in them, the abstract patterns that exist in them, the buildings and structures that create them or anything else you can find. Take this opportunity to get to know the street life of your home through the eye of a camera! Amateur photographers only, all ages welcome. Photos must be 8"x10". Entries due mid October. Contact the Chaffee for more details: (802) 775 0356 or


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,


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!






The Salisbury Historical Society presents a history of Lake Dunmore's Sucker Brook Sawmill Community; including the Newton & Thompson sawmill, Aunt Jennie, artist Charles Wesley Sanderson; farmer Loyal Kelsey (later Branbury Beach), and more.  Bill Powers, presenter.  Numerous pictures.


When: Wednesday, August 14th at 7PM

Where: Salisbury, VT Congregational Church


Upcoming training sponsored by the VT Small Business Development Center:


            Starting Your Own Small Business


Date: Thursday, August 29, 2013


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


Time: 12:00p.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


For more information, contact VtSBDC in Rutland at 802-773-9147.








Middlebury...In celebration of its 130th Anniversary the Sheldon Museum of Middlebury, Vermont presents the exhibit "Fashion & Fantasy," introducing selections from the museum's vintage clothing collection paired with the unique, stunning, and imaginative couture creations from nature by Vermont artist Wendy Copp. The exhibit opens on August 20, 2013 and runs through November 3, 2013.


Reflective of Wendy's work is the sophisticated ensemble of It Had to be You, featuring a jacket from turkey and guinea fowl feathers and a skirt of hydrangea and sumac stalks and blossoms.  Her work with natural materials began for Wendy in 2012, when, in the Hindu tradition, she experienced the natural progression from being of the world to be of the forest, from responding to the business of the world to fulfillment through contemplation.


As curator of the exhibit, Wendy has crowned selections from the museum's vintage clothing collection with masks fitting for a costume ball, such as an owl head  atop a fashionable purple silk skirt and bodice, circa 1880, and a doe's head capping a fetching costume with housecoat, hoop skirt, bloomers, and silk shoes.


Wendy is deeply cognizant of the ephemeral quality of her artistic ensembles -all created from natural materials. She also recognizes that the fabrics of many of the museum's dresses originate with silk worms and cotton flowers, all of which are short-lived.  Couture cotton is exemplified by a 1913 tea gown included in the exhibit.


Commenting on the exhibit, Wendy notes that "'both my work and the museum's dresses address time as  metaphor - the ephemeral nature of existence - the fact that materials, ideas, styles, and humans, are in flux, are impermanent and will someday cease to exist."  Her curatorial selections also reflect  "changes in design as the sleeves got wider and then skinnier, the corsets got stiffer, and the petticoats turned into crinolines, and bustles moved farther and farther away from the body, as well as the shift from hand to machine stitching."


Her work includes "Green Shoes" with a colorful, contemporary motif made of ferns and marigolds, a winter coat of Phragmite tops, gooseberry leaves, and pine branches with accompanying boots of bark and paperclay. This will be paired with a man's buffalo coat with beaver collar from the Museum collection.  The shoes bring attention to the wearer from the bottom up; the coats reflect rugged winters and rugged men.


Wendy channeled her artistic energies to the current exhibit after witnessing the physical and mental challenges experienced by her ninety year old mother, a former vocal artist, as together they downsized decades of fashion in her mother's closet.  "The Body Electric," a piece inspired by stage costumes is a ballet like tutu, is of poplar, maple and beech leaves, grape vine, hydrangea, chicken wire, and barbed wire, displayed on a wooden mannequin.  A particularly arresting creation "Runaway Bunny" is a dress of birch bark with ears and boots which invites the viewer to imagine well-dressed nymphs frolicking in the forest.  In addition to the birch bark, the materials are curly willow branches, poplar leaves, chicken wire, paint, newspaper and glue, guinea feathers, paperclay, and fur.


Reflecting on her selections from the Sheldon's collection, Wendy says "the dresses tell a story of people long gone. Who were those people? Who was responsible for changes in design? What was the social context? What is the connection between the 19th century notion of cataloging and controlling nature and the re-forming and molding of the female form?"


In addition to being a gifted artist, Wendy excels in theater design and on horseback.  She co-founded Burlington's Very Merry Theater, serving as its artistic director during its startup years, facilitating the creation of its set and props, and developing the signature graphic identity of the theater's traveling wagon. She keeps her horse on a friend's property at Vermont's Shelburne Farms, where many of her explorations begin.  Wendy sets off on her horse for weeklong rides over rural trails in Vermont, laden with camping equipment for spending nights under the stars. 


On a recent long distance ride she paused to admire the view from Mt. Tom overlooking Woodstock, Vermont, Her imagination and images are provoked by the animals, trees and vegetation she encounters while on horseback, when exploring the Lake Champlain shoreline near her home in Chittenden County, and on trips abroad. Primarily ""the natural materials I have chosen as a medium are found right outside my door-which connects to the notion of sustainability, and of using what is already there."


The Sheldon Museum was founded in 1882 and over the years has benefitted by the donations of vintage clothing from generations of fashion conscious, cultured, local residents.  It has been said that "Life in Vermont has all of the natural elements, flora and fauna, that are a part of design inspiration." The exhibit will epitomize that inspiration, both by past designers and by Vermont's own Wendy Copp.


Additional exhibit highlights will include gallery talks each Wednesday by Executive Director Bill Brooks and occasional presentations by Vermont-based costume and dress designers, a textile specialist, as well as a fabric artist. Vermont e-commerce and sustainability are subtexts of "Fashion & Fantasy."


The Henry Sheldon Museum is located at One Park Street in downtown Middlebury across from the Ilsley Public Library.  Museum hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sun. 1-5 p.m. (through October 13). 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 or call 802/388-2117.






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It is super easy to add your offering to the list. Just give a call (802-247-6401) or send an email (  


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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
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