This Weekend (and Week)
BRANDON: THIS WEEKEND and THE COMING WEEK AHEAD, part III
Counting down the days. There's still a lot of things happening around town! Read on!
MOONLIGHT MADNESS, part II
DECEMBER 19 (THURS.)
Thanks Brandon for a great "first" Moonlight Madness.
Finish your list on December 19 in Brandon!
Keep It Local! Click here for a link to all the specials and deals.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
BRANDON FARMER'S MARKET
ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR
Neshobe School: 9 am-3 pm
Lots of vendors. Look for maple syrup, honey, baked goods, hand knit items in wool, mohair, and alpaca, goatmilk soap, canned goods, wooden toys, dried flowers, aprons, jams and jellies, jewelry, holiday decor and more.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
BRANDON FESTIVAL SINGERS
This annual tradition features the music of Gene Childers. Brandon Congregational Church at 3 pm. The season would not feel the same without this performance! Free will offering.
The first Christmas Caroling is this Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6pm!
Meet in Central Park in Brandon!
Bring your friends and family and join in the cheer of the holidays!
DECORATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE at
December 15 -- still some afternoon space available
THE INSIDE SCOOP
We are the Architects -- You be the Designer!
Contact 802-247-6600 or email@example.com to register!
CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST
Winners announced next week!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 247-6833
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 email@example.com for more information
NEW ENGLAND MAPLE MUSEUM
New hours of operation for the season: 10:00am until 4:00pm. Closing date for the season is December 22. However people will still be able to place orders via our website or by phone (our answering system will be on). If anyone has a question they are welcomed to email us via our website email.
Our opening date for Spring of 2014 is Sugar Open House weekend in March.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
$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
Heliand Consort at Brandon Music
A dynamic group of virtuoso musicians, Heliand Consort performs engaging classical music, from the baroque era through 20th century and contemporary repertoire. The group, now in their eighth season, comes to Brandon Music on Friday, December 20th at 7:30pm.
Heliand is recognized for its inspired programs, musical vitality, and commitment to bringing classical music to new audiences through ongoing partnerships with schools, home health and senior centers. Their mission is to nurture the arts in their communities through excellence and a fresh approach to classical music performance.
Jim Lowe, writing in the Time Argus had this to say about their performance: "The Heliand Consort [...] performance was substantial and musically rewarding. [They] played with great skill and musical understanding. These fine players [...] achieved a Romantic grandeur normally reserved for strings and piano."
Their core ensemble includes the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano but they appear in a variety of configurations, along with occasional guest artists including vocalists, dancers and percussionists. Performing on the 20th will be Berta Frank, flute; Katie Evans, oboe; Elisabeth LeBlanc, clarinet; and Nicola Cannizzaro, percussion. The program will include JS Bach's Presto from Violin Sonata No. 1 in g minor, Beethoven's Trio in C Major Op. 87, Peter Tanner's Diversions for Flute and Marimba, and Moondog's Bells are Ringing, among others.
Hailed for their passionate performances of classical music, Heliand Consort has appeared live on VPR Classical and WGDR, given interviews on WCVT, and has twice been selected as a Pick of the Week by Seven Days. The Times-Argus described their recent piano sextet performance as "substantial and musically rewarding."
Tickets are $15. A pre-concert dinner is also available for $15. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the performance. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net
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.
NEXT CHAMBER MEETING
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.
INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SIGN UP FOR GMP TEXT ALERTS
ˇ Easy to register
ˇ Report outages and get updates about your outage right from your cell phone
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:
ˇ 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.
ˇ 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.
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.
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