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A Celebration of Life in honor or Bette Moffett will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 3 pm at the Brandon Inn.


The Mahoney Family lost everything in a house fire last week. Many people are wondering how they can help.
Here are two ways:


American Legion Post #55 has set up the Michael Mahoney Fund for cash donations. Lake Sunapee Bank.  


There will be a benefit spaghetti supper for the family on Friday, Sept 20th, 5-7:30 pm at the Brandon American Legion! 



On October 5, the Brandon Chamber will once again host our ever-popular HarvestFest in Central Park (beginning at 10 am). Community members will be able to make Leaf People with our experts (free guidance and free materials). We are in most need of bright colorful children's clothes and accessories. No infant or short sleeves / shorts please.  


Accessories needed include hats, bags, shoes and gloves. Please feel free to leave neat boxes or bags of clothes at the Visitor Center at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace or call the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 247-6401.


One of the most fun volunteer jobs of the year. Help event-goers make their own Leaf People on Saturday, October 5. No experience necessary -- we will train you. Help out for about 2 hours and have a blast! Just contact us and we will schedule you for morning or early afternoon. The event wraps up by about 2:30 - 3:00 pm!

Send along an email to or give us a call at 247-6401 if you can help.
Did this biker stop to talk to the Leaf Person or for a phone call? 
The folks that helped sprucing up the Leaf People last week. They look great! Also thanks to the "hangers"! And a special thanks to the Neshobe School SOAR 4 - 6th graders for hanging so many "People." They even brought some back for the Neshobe School fence! Great job everyone. See you October 5.


The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace will be open for the season through October 14. Open daily 11 am - 4 pm, handicapped accessible, no admission.




The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will not have an open meeting in October. The Board will meet in a closed session. The next meeting open to the general membership and the public will be November 18. Contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or for more information.  


WEEKEND AT A GLANCE (all details are in the newsletter)

Friday, Sept. 20
  • Benefit Spaghetti Supper at the American Legion for the Mahoney Family 5 - 7:30 pm 
  • Mediterranean Wine Tasting - Cafe Provence 5:30 pm 

Saturday, Sept. 21 

  • Community Workshop by the Brandon Planning Commission on Brandon-Based Code at 9:30 am at the Brandon Town Hall  
  • Subury Country School's 30th Annual Road Race 
  • Celebrate our Harvest at Foxcroft Farm 11 am - 5 pm  
  • Maple View Farm Alpacas Open House 11 am - 4 pm  
  • Atlantic Crossing concert at the Brandon Town Hall at 7:30 pm  
  • Jeremiah McLane and David Surette perform at Brandon Music at 7:30 pm


Sunday, Sept. 22 

  • Celebration of Life for Bette Moffett at the Brandon Inn at 3 pm  
  • Maple View Farm Alpacas Open House 11 am - 4 pm
  • Jerry Johnson, Poet, at Compass Music and Arts Center at 3 pm 



Thanks to Vermont Chamber of Commerce Health Exchange Navigator Julie McDonough for the informative session held in Brandon on Wednesday night. There seems to be lots of questions still out there. Here's one:
"I've heard that many businesses are required to tell their employees about health insurance options before October 1, but I'm not sure 1) if this requirement applies to my business, 2) what exactly I'm supposed to tell my employees, and 3) whether this means that I need to decide this month whether to offer coverage in 2014?"

Here's the answer to this question:

Vermont Health Connect can help you answer all three questions.  First of all, yes, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires applicable employers to provide employees with a written notice of their health insurance coverage options by October 1, 2013.  


Regarding what the notice needs to include, the Employee Notices page has a list of requirements as well as links to sample notices for you to download and adapt.

Finally, rest assured that you are not are not required to declare if you will be offering insurance in 2014, only what you are currently offering. While we encourage you to make your decision about 2014 coverage over the course of the next several weeks in order to give your employees plenty of time to make their decisions, you certainly don't have to make this decision by October 1 and you are not required by the FLSA to do so.    


FLSA Employee Notices:


And here are more resources for you:


Looking for an Interactive Introduction?Jellyvision is a firm with a strong track record of helping employers and employees more easily understand their benefit options. Their brand new online storybook, An Employer's Guide to Vermont Health Connect, lets businesses read a customized introduction to Vermont Health Connect and what it means to them.

Online storybook:


The Small Employer Estimator is a tool to help Vermont's small businesses 1) determine if they are eligible to offer health coverage through Vermont Health Connect and 2) compare the costs of providing coverage and not providing coverage. Watch Danforth Pewter CEO Bram Kleppner explain how his company used the tool to help make their decision.

Small Employer Estimator:
Vermont Health Connect videos:  



NavigatorsNeeding to Talk to a Real Person?

If you want to get beyond the computer, our Vermont-based Small Business Hotline is available for one-on-one conversations, as are Navigators in your community.




Vermont Health Connect Toll-Free Hotline: 1-855-899-9600

Toll-Free Small Business Hotline: 1-855-499-9800



THANKS are in order to:

Wayne Rausenberger and Allan Levitt for removing the dilapidated and hazardous old Travel Plaza sign that was near the Library, at the location of the old Information Booth. The panel with maps has been relocated to the back of the shed at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. People needing a map after-hours can consult it there and more signage will be put up to direct people there.



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The Lake Dunmore - Fern Lake Association has embarked on a Capital Campaign to raise funds to protect the Lakes "Now and Forever. Click here to learn more about their Lakes Alive program and how you can help.

The health of the lakes in our backyard is essential to residents, visitors and our business community. The Association is to be commended for embarking on this challenging campaign to protect the lakes for decades to come. For more information contact the Association at: or call 802-352-4301





Save the date and please join us!

Saturday, September 21 from 11 am - 5 pm

Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program students and staff working hard on a project. 


Pig Roast with all of the fixins'

Amazing Live Music

Educational Corn Maze, Farm Animals, Games & Fun for all ages

Teeshirts, Raffle, Pumpkins for Sale


Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program  ~   898 Delorm Road in Leicester

Follow signs from Route 7 North of Brandon


$10 adult, $5 over 65 and under 12


Please come to help us to continue to provide educational programs that grow and foster a sense of pride, compassion and purpose in our local youth.


Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization and a member of United Way of both Rutland and Addison Counties.



September 21 and 22 from 11:00 am -4:00 pm at  185 Adams Rd, Brandon


Maple View Farm Alpacas will host its seventh annual fall open house on September 21 and 22. Guests are invited to learn about alpacas, raised for breeding as well as their luxurious fiber. Visit the Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio and see how yarn and other fiber products are produced. Fiber products made from luxurious alpaca will be on display and available for sale at the farm store.




Join us this Friday at Cafe Provence for a wine tasting featuring  wines from the Mediterranean.
 Hosted by Gerd Hirschmann of the Vermont Wine Merchants, with tapas from Chef Robert.

We will taste and compare 3 similar wines from  France, Spain and Italy, comparing the differences,  noting similarities and typical characteristics: a white, a light red, and a heavy red.
Join us for this fun event! (in the private dining room) Friday September 20th - 5:30pm-7pm
$12/person - Please call 247-9997 for reservations
Join us for the tasting and receive 10% off an Entrée if you stay for Dinner that evening!t
11 Center Street, Brandon  ~


Renowned Vermont Chef wins Chef of the Year Honor 


Chef Robert Barral, Executive Chef/Owner of Café Provence in Brandon, Vermont has been selected as Chef of the Year by the Vermont State Chamber.  The award was bestowed at the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala, held at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort on September 10th in Chittenden.

Chef Barral is originally from the Montpelier area in France.  He has been the Executive Chef in some of the finest kitchens in the world, including The Four Seasons in Boston, The New England Culinary Institute and Café Provence which he opened in 2004.

Chef Barral continues to teach cooking classes every week in the restaurant's culinary theater.  He is a regular contributor to WCAX-TV's morning news show where he demonstrates great cooking techniques.   


He, along with his business partner, Line Barral, recently received the Brandon Chamber of Commerce President's Award. 


Other Honorees at the gala include Beth Kennett of Liberty Hill Farm,  Innkeeper of the Year; Todd Paton of Rock of Ages, Allied Member of the Year; and Jed Davis, Rob Downey, Paul Sayler and Phillip Clayton of The Farmhouse Group for Restaurateurs of the Year.



Dear OV Raft Race Supporters:


The 2013 edition of the Otter Valley Raft Race is fast approaching.  Your generosity and support last year helped to make the event a success and a wonderful experience for all of the students who participated. THANK YOU!


I hope that you will consider making some sort of a donation toward the race again in the form of a completion prize. If a "thing" is more economical for you than a "gift certificate", that's of course welcome! I hope again to keep this whole event light, fun, community-building, and perhaps a bit silly!  Please consider a certificate for an ice cream cone, or a small pizza, or something OV themed, anything is greatly appreciated.  Brandon Bucks worked well last year as a compliment to the more "tangible" prizes.  Once again I'm giving prizes for the top three rafts as well as for categories such as most creative paddles, best costume, most likely to sink, etc.  Like last year I want every finisher to have something.

Please consider a possible donation, and if you have any ideas or suggestions to share with me those are welcome as well! Similarly, let me know if you know of anyone else I should ask for a donation.


Thank you for your generosity and support.


Bruce G. Perlow, Coordinator of Alternative Pathways & YATST
Social Studies Department Member, Otter Valley Union High School
802 247 6833, ext 232  ~



Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Atlantic Crossing has accepted our invitation to entertain us again.  Enjoy traditional songs and acoustic instrumental music which has deep Celtic roots. (The band will also be performing at the Town Hall in October for a wedding reception -- they are that good!). Tickets are $10. Seniors (55+) & students 17 and under are $8. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door. Sponsors are: Bethany & Andrew Menkart of MarineEngine.Com, Inc., Chris Russ, Dolores Funari, and the National Bank of Middlebury.
Friday, September 27, 2013 7:30 p.m. Howard Burnham's Civil War presentation through the eyes of English newspaperman, Frank Vizetelly.  This acclaimed program combines historical accuracy with wit and humor to create a painless history lesson that can be enjoyed even by those who have no passion for the subject. Vizetelly gives an interesting insight into the ambivalent British attitude to the Civil War. He touches on the Trent  Affair which nearly brought Britain into the conflict on the side of the South.

Mr. Burnham is a British-born actor and writer. His literary and historical characterizations include Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Ian Fleming, Alfred Hitchcock, Lord Cornwallis, General Burgoyne, Thomas Sumter, Ban Tarleton and Tom Paine. These have played throughout England, been featured on the B.B.C. and in his tours throughout the United States.  Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by Sally Wood in Memory of Bob Wood, Kathie & Bill Dick, Holden Financial Services, Inc. and Lois & Joe Acinapura.

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



 Compass Music & Arts Center 
Launches its Fall/Winter Programming Calendar for 2013-14


The Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC) announces the beginning of a series of monthly programs based around the Center's vision to bring a deeper appreciation of music and the literary, performing and visual arts to the people of Vermont and beyond. Over the course of the next several months, CMAC will focus on one "art" form each month by offering performances, readings, demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, and more. These activities are generously sponsored by the Compass Music and Arts Foundation.


 September - The program begins in September with a month devoted to Literature and Poetry.


Sunday Sept. 22nd from 3:00-4:30pm - A not-to-be-missed session with award-winning poet, Jerry Johnson. Jerry will speak about his creative process and read from his recent book, Up the Creek Without a Saddle, a universal memoir of life experiences in poetry. Animals, the natural world around us, people, first loves, loss, joy, and so much more occurs in his poetry full of treasured images. In addition, Jerry will play some of the songs from the CD that accompanies his book where, to Jerry's delight, many of his poems were set to music by legendary Vermont musicians Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland. These poems celebrate the natural beauty of Vermont which Jerry fondly refers to as heaven on earth.  Tickets are $3


Sunday Sept. 29th from 1:30-2:15pm - Well known and much loved Brandon author, Marilyn Taylor McDowell will give two presentations. The first is intended for young children in which Marilyn will share some simple stories from Appalachia best known probably as Jack Tales. She will be using a flannel board and will encourage the children to participate. Tickets are $3.50


The second presentation, from 3:00pm-3:45pm,is for young people 10 years and up, parents and adults. Marilyn will be focusing on her highly acclaimed debut novel, Carolina Harmony, helping the audience to step into the Blue Ridge Mountains, revealing the inspiration that resulted in the characters, and following this with a brief reading and question and answer session. These sessions promise to be memorable and positive experiences for everyone who attends. For those with a copy of Carolina Harmony, Marilyn is happy to personalize it.  Tickets are $5


Marilyn Taylor McDowell has been bringing children and books together for more than 25 years volunteering as a school librarian, a cultural arts chairperson, and a storyteller. Once the proprietor of a children's bookshop, she took on the role of teacher, creating and teaching writing workshops for elementary school age children, visiting classrooms from elementary school to the college level and connecting with community-based initiatives to help parents learn to read with their children. Refreshments, including cat biscuits and jelly, as featured in Carolina Harmony, will be served at the close of each session.


Buy a poetry and literature pass.  A $12 pass gives attendance to all 5 events. ($10 for seniors and $8 for children under 12 years)




Fall 2013 Chaffee Art Center Workshops

Figure Drawing with Live Model
Thursday Evenings 6-8pm
Tuition: $15 per session or $25.00 per two sessions. September 26th, October 10th, 17th, 24th, and November 7th
Chaffee Downtown hosts Figure Drawing sessions on Thursday evenings with live models. Bring paper with your choice of medium and come improve your drawing skills. Location: Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row, Rutland

Painting Class
Wednesday Nights, 6:30-9pm
Tuition: $30.00 members, $25.00 nonmembers.  September 25th, Instructor: Christine Holszchuh
October 9th, Instructor: Nancy Pisano; October 23rd, Instructor: Christine Holszchuh; November 6th, Instructor: Nancy Pisano
Chaffee Downtown hosts painting class on Wednesday nights. Beginner to seasoned artists are welcome to attend and enjoy a evening of creativity.  Each participant will leave at the end of the night with a completed one of a kind painting. Materials are provided including paint, brushes, canvas, and instruction. It's BYOB. So bring a friend and your favorite bottle of wine for a fantastic artistic night.  Location: Chaffee Downtown, 75 Merchants Row, Rutland

Thursday, October 17th, 3:30-5:30pm
Instructor: Celeste Walker.  Tuition: $45.00 nonmembers, $40.00 members
This fun and whimsical class will explore the potential for embellishing inkblot outlines with mixed media techniques. Materials are included but we welcome you to bring any of your own items that you wish to embellish your creation with. 
Age: 13+   Location: Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland

Papier-mâché Masks
Saturdays, October 5th & 19th, 12-3pm
Instructor: Courtney Jean Perry.  Tuition: $35.00 nonmembers, $30.00 members
This mask-making workshop will allow kids, adults, parents and grandparents alike to explore their creative side while learning simple papier-mâché techniques easily replicated at home. If time permits, participants may make accessories to embellish their mask-character. You are encouraged to bring along any scrap fabric, beads, buttons, feathers, natural objects, etc, that you may want to decorate your mask/costume with. Materials included. Come join the fun!  Location: Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland

Felting A Flying Pig
Saturday, October 26th, 10am-4pm
Instructor: Sue Carey. Tuition: $80.00 nonmembers, $75.00 members
Participants will learn wet felting and needle felting techniques while creating a sculptural pig with wings. The finished product can be free standing, hung as an ornament, or used any other way you can imagine! All materials will be provided.
Level: Beginner/Intermediate.  Location: Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701

Thursday, November 7th, 3:30-5:30pm
Instructor: Celeste Walker.  Tuition: $55.00 nonmember, $50.00 members
In this fun workshop particpants will make this cross between a scarf and a necklace using novelty yarn. Perfect for the approaching season--surprisingly warm and exceedingly decorative. Materials are included. If you have your own materials that you wish incorborate into your own creation we welcome you to bring them. 
Age: 13+    Location: Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland

Wampum Weaving
Thursday, November 14th, 3:30-5:30pm
Instructor: Celeste Walker.  Tuition: $45.00 nonmembers, $40.00 members
Learn how to weave America's first currency! The skills learned will allow you to make larger projects such as a choker or belt on your own. Class includes enough materials to finish one wampum bracelet.  Age: 13+   Location: Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland

Hat Trick
Saturday, November 9th, 12-4pm
Instructor: Jennifer Usher of Make It Sew.  Tuition: $20.00 nonmember, $15.00 members
Embellish a favorite hat with funky decorations you can create!  Please bring a hat (or 2) that you would like to add an accent to! We will create decorations with ribbon, yarn, feathers, beads, fabric, and imagination. Learn basic hand sewing skills, and take home an updated fun hat! All hats are welcome, from knit caps to cowboy hats! Other than your own hat, materials will be provided, but if you have anything you would like to bring or share that is welcome also. Location: 16 South Main Street, Rutland, VT

Please email us at or call us at (802) 775-0356 to register for you class. For more information about our programs, events, and exhibits please visit our website at or find us on facebook.
Deadline for sign up is five days prior to scheduled workshop. Payment is due upon registration. Refunds will be given to those who cancel up to 5 days prior to workshop.




Jeremiah McLane & David Surette


Jeremiah McLane and David Surette perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m.  This promises to be an evening of superb entertainment showcasing New England traditional music with distinctive European roots.


Jeremiah (accordion & piano) and David (mandolin, cittern and guitar) perform a unique blend of Franco-American and New England music that is exuberant, tender and passionate. They combine a unique gift of improvisation with a keen appreciation for the power of a simple melody, and their repertoire features dance tunes from New England, the British Isles, France and Quebec.Jeremiah and David have both spent extensive time performing, studying and teaching music in these areas and as a duo they have assimilated these musical traditions into a new brand of New England music with a contemporary take on an ancient repertoire. 


Jeremiah McLane has taught and performed throughout the United States and Europe including such venues as the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Picolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.  He has composed music for theatre and film, and released over a dozen CD's, including "Smile When You're Ready," which was nominated by National Public Radio in their "favorite picks".


Widely acclaimed as one of New England's premier instrumentalists, David Surette is highly regarded for his work on the guitar, mandolin and cittern.  He is nationally known as a top player of Celtic fingerstyle guitar.  The Acoustic Guitar magazine is quoted as saying, "Surette has distinguished himself among North American Celtic guitarists... his technique is impeccable, and his touch and phrasing are immediately recognizable."


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.




Emily Mure in Concert


On Saturday, September 28th at 7:30 pm, Brandon Music presents Emily Mure, a classically trained oboist turned singer-songwriter. Mure has extraordinary talent for integrating her classical background with a folk style of singing and songwriting.


Born and bred in New York City, she attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan for oboe, competing and performing in reputable venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all before the age of seventeen!


Mure furthered her music education at Ithaca College where she discovered folk and bluegrass music and learned to play guitar. It is there that she fell in love with Irish traditional music which inspired her to study Irish Celtic music at the University of Limerick.  After graduation she moved to Galway and began her performance career as a songwriter, making her living busking on the streets of Ireland for six months.


Emily returned to New York in 2009 where she released her first full-length album, "Where I Began".  Her second album, "Odyssey" was released this summer. Direct Current Music is quoted as saying, "New York-based songstress Emily Mure delivers her self-released, self-produced and self-assured sophomore full-length Odyssey... an album of unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop."  Emily's songs have been featured on TV networks including ABC and PBS.


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.










* Wednesday, September 25th
8-8:30 AM Check-in
8:30-10:30 AM - Presentation

Franklin Conference Center
1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT

Please join us for this informative event featuring:
Congressman Welch will give an update on health care reform implementation. Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform for the Vermont Agency of Administration will provide information on Vermont Health Connect, the state insurance exchange for small businesses and individuals. The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce will be working with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Health Connect as navigators to ensure small businesses and their employees understand the changes this fall.

Please contact the Rutland Chamber to register: or call (802)773-2747.





Please visit and join us for The Rte 7 Challenge on Sept 28th and 29th. The Rte 7 Challenge is a relay ride with handcyclist's, push rim riders, and able bodied riders down the entire length of Route 7 in Vermont. This is the first year and we could use more handcyclist's for this event.  Most legs of the ride are 15 miles long, but you can ride as much or as little as you like. Again, full details of times and locations of stops are on under The Route 7 Ride tab. Ride, volunteer, or donate.

The halfway point is Brandon, VT where we expect to arrive around 5pm on Saturday, September 28th. We plan on holding a small gathering for those wishing to learn more about Wheelchair Vermont and our mission to connect all Vermonters living in wheelchairs to sport, news, and research.

Please contact me directly and let me know which leg of the relay you would like to ride.

This ride will benefit: 
The Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation 
Northeast Disability Athletic Association (NDAA) 
The Bart Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center

Please make all tax deductible donations directly to those organizations. 
Thank you 
Chris Tagatac 
Rte 7 Challenge Organizer 








75 Merchants Row

Rutland, VT 05701


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PICTURE THIS!The SIXTH Annual Amateur Photo Contest and Exhibit


October 25th - November 16th
 Reception & Awards - Friday, November 1, 5-8pm
This year's theme: "TAKE THE STREETS"  "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." - Elliott Erwitt
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 discover. Take this opportunity to get to know the street life of your home pr another community through the eye of a camera! Attached you will find additonal information and entry form. Please submit before Saturday, October 19th.
Questions? Contact the Chaffee: (802) 775-0356 or
Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701

 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, 



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



Middlebury, VT... On Saturday, October 12, tour six premier historic barns in northwestern Addison County.

The tour will focus on the changing architecture and use of barns over two centuries.  Six properties, with farm buildings dating from the late 18th  to late 20th centuries, will be featured on the self-driving tour. The sites will be open from 10AM to 4PM, rain or shine. The Historic Barn Tour is sponsored by the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury and proceeds benefit the museum.  



The tour will include properties in Cornwall and Weybridge.  Barns on the prominent late 19th-century Glen Dale Stock Farm on Cider Mill Road in Cornwall include an English barn dating from the late 1780s.  Sunrise Orchards in West Cornwall, the former Dean Stock Farm, has an 1884 barn designed by the locally prominent architect Clinton G. Smith, whose work also included the barn on the UVM Morgan Horse Farm which will be featured on the tour. Monument Farm Dairy's Hagar and Jewett Farms in Weybridge,  and the Barnett Farm complex in Cornwall are also tour stops.


Experts on early agricultural architecture will interpret several of the properties: Josh Phillips, former director of the Vermont Barn Census who is considered the state's resident expert on barns; Caitlin Corkins, VT Division of Historic Preservation; Glenn Andres, professor of the history of art and architecture at Middlebury College; and Jack Watts, owner of Glen Dale Farm. Craft demonstrations and barn building and agricultural hand toolexhibits at Glen Dale Farm will bring farm practices to life.

Tickets include a map, guided walking tour of barns, and related activities and presentations. Tickets are $20; children under 12 admitted free, and are available in advance, at the Sheldon Museum and online at  On the day of the tour, tickets are available at the Sheldon and at the featured barn properties.  Advance purchase is recommended..


The Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park Street in Middlebury. Museum hours:., Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Further information on the tour and other museum programs is available on the website or by calling (802)388-2117.

Chicken and Biscuit Dinner on Oct. 26@ St.Marys Hall.  There will be 2 seatings: 5 & 6 pm. For reservations Call 377-1979. 









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 in a goldenrod color.  


Certificates are available for purchase at the Park Street branch of Lake Sunapee Bank. Contact the Chamber if you have questions. 


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




 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)  


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