Brandon:
This Weekend (and Week)
Part II  
 


Dec. 6 - Dec. 13, 2013

BRANDON: THIS WEEKEND and THE COMING WEEK AHEAD, part II

For the last month of the year, we've decided to send a weekly update with all the great things happening in Brandon and the surrounding area.  So, we continue here:

 


BRANDON FREE
PUBLIC LIBRARY
HOLIDAY AUCTION
Sunday, December 8

Holiday wreaths and decor by local artisans. Preview and artists reception at 2:00. Auction starts promptly at 2:30 at the Library. Items are on display and silent auction December 3 - 6. Door prizes and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Brandon Library - $1.00 donation requested at the door.

Come be a part of this fabulous tradition. Enjoy a great afternoon, splurge a little (on yourself or for a present) and support your local library!

 

 

ST PETERSBURG MEN'S ENSEMBLE
GRACE CHURCH
DECEMBER 11 at 7:00 pm

St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble will be performing on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 PM at Grace Church Rt. 73 in Forestdale. Their program for the evening concert includes: Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) "Miserere", Konstantin Shvedov (1859-1935) "Trisagion", Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956) "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" and more. After a brief intermission they will return to sing a grouping of Russian Folk songs: 1. "The Tula Harmonica", The Volga Boatmen Song - "Yo, heave-ho!" among others. There will be refreshments available. Free will offering. Please join us.

 

 


CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST 
     

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its annual Christmas Decorating Contest!

 

Judges will be on the streets on Thursday, December 12 starting at 5 pm. There will be four categories judged:

 

  • Residential Traditional
  • Residential Whimsical (to include blow-ups)
  • Civic
  • Commercial

Anyone can call in their own place or someone else's and the Judges will be at liberty to nominate their favorite picks also. Contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or by email at: info@brandon.org.

 

 

MOONLIGHT MADNESS, part II 

 

DECEMBER 19 (THURS.)  

 

Thanks Brandon for a great "first" Moonlight Madness.
Finish the list on December 19!
 

 

Keep It Local! Click  here for a link to all the specials and deals.

 

 

Pat Roberts and the OVUHS Chorale.

BRANDON'S MEMORY TREE

 

Brandon's Memory Tree was lit this past Sunday and gives us all a moment to remember as we walk and drive by on a regular basis.  

 

The annual lighting of the tree ushers in the holiday season. The tree is a beautiful reminder year-round of our loved ones. The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce thanks

everyone who contributed to the Memory Tree, which helps keep our town lit during our shortest days.

 

Names will be printed in an upcoming Reporter newspaper. Thanks to many people who assisted with this activity:  

  • Dennis Marden and Paul Gurney for the graceful tree lights. We especially love the red star on top!
  • Russ McColman for wonderfully lighting the Central Park trees
    Gene Childers (on trumpet) and  
    some of the Festival Singers
     
    and gazebo as well as assisting many downtown business owners with their trees.
  • Charlene Bryant for her tallying of the Memory Tree names.
  • The lovely singing voices of the OVUHS Senior Chorale under the direction of Pat Roberts and a contingency from the Brandon Festival Singers under the direction of Gene Childers.
  •  Reverend Roger Foster of the LifeBridge Christian Church for the prayer.

Happy Holidays from the
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

    


HOLIDAY COOKIE EXCHANGE

OVUHS PROJECT GRADUATION

DECEMBER 17 at The Lilac Inn 

 

 

ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS WELCOME!

TO BENEFIT PROJECT GRADUATION FOR THE OTTER VALLEY CLASS OF 2014

TUESDAY DECEMBER 17, 6:30-9:00 PM

The Lilac Inn, Brandon

 

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

 

Bring 3-dozen homemade cookies (all the same kind) to exchange for the same amount. Also bring an empty container to put all of your new cookies in! There is a minimum $10 donation that will go to Project Graduation. Come and enjoy a fun evening, while gaining a wonderful assortment of cookies for the holidays!

 

RSVP APPRECIATED TO CATHY LOUTTIT

Email: clouttit@rnesu.org or phone: 247-6833 

 

VILLAGE SPA


Village Spa in downtown Brandon is  so excited to announce that we are now offering  parties for your little spa goer...ages 3-13.  Thinking of hosting a spa party for your pampered princess or prince?  Call 802-236-9087 or email heather@brandonvillagespa.com for more information

 

 

 

  

 

DECORATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE at
THE INSIDE SCOOP
We are the Architects -- You be the Designer! 

Announcing the 2013 Decorate A Gingerbread House at The Inside Scoop: December 8 and 15.

We are trying something new this year -- you tell us the time you want to come on either of those days, we won't have "set times for sessions". Small houses = $12 and Large houses = $18. NEW THIS YEAR: GINGERBREAD CASTLE = $25.

Private parties for groups of 8 or more. Start thinking of those creative ideas! 

Call 802-247-6600 or email: janet@brandon.org to reserve your space(s)!

 

Chaffee presents its annual Gingerbread House Contest and Holiday Boutiqu

Chaffee Downtown Gallery, 75 Merchants Row, Rutland

Open through Saturday, December 21

Phone: 802.775.0356

Email: info@chaffeeartcenter.org

 

 

The Chaffee Downtown Gallery has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland!  Cookie houses have been created by area families, members of both the Rutland and Brandon Boys and Girls Clubs, an entire class from Wallingford Elementary, residents of the Lenny Burke Farm, and one large "village" is a masterpiece that over forty people visiting the Chaffee art table at Rutland's indoor Farmers Market helped to create. Each house has its own distinct charm.

 

We invite you to come visit and vote for your favorite house up until 6pm on December 6th.  Award ceremony and reception will be on Friday, December 6th from 5-8pm.  Prizes for first, second, third and participation where donated by Ann Clark Ltd, The American Cookie Cutter Company.  The reception will feature live music by Sharon Godrick and the children in the Rutland Youth Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast which will be presented at the Paramont Theatre on December 13th and 14th.  Wine and Cheese, Cocoa and Cookies (baked by Stafford Technical School's Culinary Arts class) will be served.

 

Chaffee downtown will host one of over twenty animated windows for the holiday season in Downtown Rutland, the idea belonged to Tim Schneller, of Timco Jewelers, and was shared with merchants through the Downtown Partnership.  Stafford Technical's Carpentry class built wooden risers; so the Rutland Garden Club could create the animated display in the galleries front windows, which highlights several of the gingerbread houses.

 

In conjunction with the houses the public will have the opportunity to shop from the Holiday Boutique.  The gallery is open from 11 to 6 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and from 11:30 to 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The Chaffee Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

 

Questions please call 802.775.0356 email info@chaffeeartcenter.org

 

For a visual tour of our work visit our website www.chaffeeartcenter.org or our Facebook page.

 

 

 
PEGTV Offers FREE Filming of

Televised Holiday Greetings! 

 

PEGTV, Rutland County's public access television station, would like to invite the public to stop in or reserve a time to record a seasonal greeting to be aired on TV throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Organizations, businesses or individuals within Rutland County are welcome to stop by the station's Howe Center studio to record a special seasonal greeting on a pre-decorated holiday set. Or, if you would like PEGTV to come to your establishment, simply call 802-747-0151 or email skent@pegtv.com and reserve a time and one of our field producers will stop by to record your message.

Greetings will be played throughout the holiday season on Channels 15, 20 and 21. Why not wish your community well this holiday season? It's quick, easy and a wonderful way to spread some seasonal cheer.

  

 

HOLIDAY PARTIES AT THE BRANDON INN
We Have the Perfect Way to End Your Year.

Holiday parties at the Brandon Inn!  From small and simple to large and grand, we can do it all!

Whether your office is an intimate party of 8 or a large metropolitan 200, we can arrange the perfect night to honor your staff. Please contact us for available dates, ideas and menu options.  We are happy to do Christmas cookies and hot toddy's, hors d'oeuvres and drinks or a full menu with dancing.  

 

Gift Certificates: Do you have friends and family visiting for the holidays, or vacationing in Vermont next summer?  How about a Brandon Inn Gift Certificate.  What do you give the person who has everything?  A Brandon Inn Gift Certificate. 

Brandon Inn Gift Certificates make the perfect gift because along with it you are giving a lot more:  Rest, comfort and a home away from home. Mention that you are a chamber member or work for a chamber member business to get the "Friends and Family" $20.00 per night discount. Call the Inn for more information and rates.Tel: 247-5766. Who could ask for anything more?  

 

The Brandon Inn  20 Park Street
Brandon, VT  05733-1122

(802) 247-5766

Website:www.brandoninn.com

Email:     mail@brandoninn.com  

Reservations Only: 1-800-639-8685

  

 


Book your Holiday Party now at Neshobe Golf Club!

 

Private, corporate and open event bookings should not be left to the last minute. Securing our newly renovated dining facilities at the Nesh will assure you and your guests of a fantastic time with great food and drink served in our comfortable, casual atmosphere.

We want to let you know, too, that holiday gifts from the Pro Shop-from equipment and apparel to gift certificates-are available all year round. Stop by, call or email us now. Contact us soon to reserve the clubhouse for your party. We are filling up fast! Our service and kind attention to our guests is legendary

  

Our service and kind attention to our guests is legendary. 802.247.3611 or inquire on the web by clicking here

See you soon! Rodney

 



CAFE PROVENCE 
Cooking Classes at Cafe Provence and Gourmet Provence

December Schedule

 
 $50/Class - Buy 3 Classes & get 1 free!
 Watch Chef Robert (or Gourmet pastry chef) demonstrate each dish
 & taste the end result!

 
Monday December 16th - 2:30pm-5pm
Practice your Christmas dinner
Gratin of Baked oyster with champagne cream sauce
Stuffed fillet of sole with a seafood mousse, lobster and saffron sauce
Flourless chocolate cake with caramel sauce
    
Space is limited - Call 802-247-9997 for reservations  
  
 11 Center Street
Brandon, Vermont
www.cafeprovencevt.com


NEWS FROM THE BRANDON MUSEUM

Last month, a gentleman from Boston, Nick Ferren, drove to Brandon to donate an antique table to the Brandon Museum. Inside one of the drawers there is a wood stamp with the name R.V. Marsh. Ferren did his homework and discovered that R.V. Marsh was from Brandon, VT. The R.V. Marsh stamp matches the one still visible on the cornerstone of the house.

As Nick was downsizing, he decided the table should be brought "back home." Marsh, a prominent attorney, legislator, and Brandon businessman, lived on Pearl Street, just around the corner from the Museum. It is fitting that the table was returned to its original neighborhood. Thanks Nick!
  

The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is closed for the season but available by appointment. Contact the Brandon Chamber for details. The Museum will re-open for the season in mid-May, 2014.


Food Safety Classes

ServSafe® Certification

NEW! For 2014

 

HACCP Food Safety Program CertificationCertification Examinations Administered at end of Session

 


Check out New ServSafe® Certification Retreats Offered

 

Training to Excel

Norm Milot, Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor

 

Inquiries 802.247.0098,answered by Rosebelle's and Training to Excel

Additional information at www.trainingtoexcel.com 

 

Stress Free Classes offered Monthly in Brandon or your Location  Sessions Tailored to Accommodate Client Schedules

 

 

 

  

   

   

 

NEW ENGLAND MAPLE MUSEUM

 

New hours of operation for the season: 10:00am until 4:00pm. Open seven days a week and there is  "no" admission fee to the museum for the remainder of the season.   Everything in the gift shop is 10% off its marked price.  

 

 

The sampling room is still open for the season and includes hot spiced cider for these cold late fall days. Stop in today! 
 

 



NEXT CHAMBER MEETING
JANUARY 2014
 

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will not meet in December 2013. The next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.

 

Upcoming training sponsored by the VT Small Business Development Center:

 

STARTING YOUR OWN SMALL BUSINESS 

 

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 

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

 

Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 

The four 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 www.vtsbdc.org.

 

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

  

  

 

Front Porch Forum Now Active in Brandon

 

Brandon's Front Porch Forum is now active with over 100 people signed on as local members. Neighbors have already posted about a missing dog on Florence Road, a grill for sale on Sunset Drive, and town recreation department news. This modern-day cross between community bulletin boards and virtual town greens is making it easy for neighbors to connect. It's free. It's local. And it's friendly.

 

Visit FrontPorchForum.com to join in.

 

Because the service is moderated and real names accompany postings, the discussions remain civil, engaging, and relevant. In times of need, such as during and following natural disasters, a Front Porch Forum becomes even more powerful.

 

More than 60,000 households across Vermont already use their neighborhood FPFs to find roofers, give away strollers, rally volunteers for pie suppers, trade equipment, and describe wildlife sightings. Common topics also include school budgets, town office candidates, local events or starting a food shelf.

 

FPF and the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Vermont Digital Economy Project are teaming up to bring this service to all Vermonters for free. Vermont's Congressional delegation played a crucial role in getting this project funded and off the ground in our state.

 

 

INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SIGN UP FOR GMP TEXT ALERTS

·         Easy to register

·         Report outages and get updates about your outage right from your cell phone

 

Good afternoon!

 

Thanks to more than 100 GMP employees who have already registered for our new GMP Text Alerts during the past two weeks, we've been able to identify and fix some glitches.

 

Now we'd like to expand the pool of testers.  If you haven't already registered, we encourage you to do so. Your involvement will be key to helping us better prepare before the next big storm hits. We'd also like you to invite your family and friends to register for Text Alerts.

 

To let your family and friends in the GMP service territory know about this opportunity, please forward this email:

 

In January 2014, Green Mountain Power will be launching a new service that will allow customers to report outages and get updates about their outages on their cell phones.

 

Before we announce the service statewide, we're inviting employees, their families and friends to test drive the system. It will be a great service for you and your family, and you can help us find and fix any bugs before thousands of our customers sign up.

 

If you are a GMP customer there are two ways you can sign up for alerts.  First, grab your bill, which has your account number and the associated phone number, and then do one of the following:

·         Use your cell phone to text the word REG to 46788 (GMPVT) and follow the prompts. You do not need a smart phone to sign up for text alerts.  All you need is a cell phone with the ability to send and receive text messages.  Note that standard text and messaging rates will apply.

·         If you already have an online account with GMP, you can log in and click "Manage notification preferences"
 

Once you're using the service, we'd like to hear about your experience.  This will help us fix any problems, and add information to our FAQs. Please contact a GMP call center representative at 1-888-835-4672 with your questions, suggestions and comments.

 

Thanks!

Dorothy Schnure

Corporate Spokesperson



Gift-of-Life Marathon plans radio marathon

 

Organizers of the Gift-of-Life Marathon, hoping to break the national one-day blood drive record, will hold a marathon of their own to promote it - a 1,969-minute radio marathon, one minute for every pint needed to break the national record.

 

Terry Jaye from WJJR and Steve Costello from Green Mountain Power will broadcast live from 6 a.m. Nov. 21 until mid-afternoon the next day to raise awareness of the Dec. 17 event.

 

"We continue to look for ways to pull Rutland over the top this year, and what better way to promote the marathon than by having a marathon," Costello said.  "We are going all in, and hope to inspire others to do whatever they can to help the GOLM be a success, whether as a donor or volunteer."

 

"We've done some crazy stuff over the years, but this may be the craziest," Jaye said.  "But we were so close as a community last year that we want to do everything possible to spread the word and give Rutland the best chance possible to break the record this year."

 

Jaye and Costello will be joined throughout the nearly 33-hour marathon by dozens of local residents and community leaders who will stop in, including Dave Wolk from Castleton College, who recently signed on as co-sponsor of the drive, and blood donors, recipients and volunteers.

 

"WJJR will be playing music as usual, but we'll have special guests every hour to talk about why they donate blood, the meaning they find in volunteering, or how a blood donation affected their lives," Costello said. 

 

"There are heroes all around us who have helped save dozens of lives through blood donations, and people who we all know who wouldn't be with us if not for anonymous blood donors," Jaye said.  "We plan to introduce these people to the community and connect some real faces with the Gift-of-Life Marathon."

 

The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Paramount Theatre, American Legion, College of St. Joseph, Elks Club and Holiday Inn, which is joining the GOLM effort for the first time.  Double red cell donations may be made at the Elks Club, CSJ or Holiday Inn. 

 

Appointments, which are recommended, may be made by calling 800-RED-CROSS or at www.redcrossblood.org.  Donors must be at least 16, in good health, and show a photo ID or Red Cross donor card.  Sixteen-year-olds may donate with parental consent, provided in person at the drive or by a consent form available on the Red Cross website. For more information, visit www.giftoflifemarathon.com.

 

The GOLM collected 368 pints in its first year, 2003. After setting state and northern New England records several times, the GOLM broke the New England record for a one-day community blood drive in 2008, 2009 and 2010, beating Boston each time. Manchester, N.H., broke the New England and national record in 2011. The GOLM collected 1,955 pints last year, 13 shy of tying the record and making the GOLM the second-largest one-day drive in the country, the largest per-capita.

 

The GOLM is sponsored by GMP, WJJR and Castleton College.

   
 


CHAMBER MEMBERS:

ARE YOU USING YOUR BIZ CARD YET? THERE ARE GREAT DISCOUNTS OUT THERE
scroll down to the bottom of this email and check them out!

NEW OPPORTUNITIES BEING ADDED ALL THE TIME

NEED A BIZ CARD? FOR YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYEES.

CONTACT THE CHAMBER AND TELL US HOW MANY YOU NEED! 
 

 

BRANDON BIZ CARD CORNER

BIZ CARD LISTINGS - WE KEEP ADDING

 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)  

 


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Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 267, Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-6401 ~  info@brandon.org   ~   www.brandon.org