This Weekend (and Week)
Part IV  

Dec. 18 - Dec. 23, 2013


Moonlight Madness, Breakfast with Santa, The Counterpoint Chorus and
VSO Brass Quintet, Millinery Studio Sale, Holiday Caroling and much more!

Happy Holidays from the Brandon Chamber!





DECEMBER 19 (THURS.)  4 - 9 pm 


 Our shops are stocked with unique, interesting, exclusive and
are items. Finish your list in Brandon on Thursday!


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


Moonlight Madness Bonus: Open House at the Town Office

For many months the Select Board has been dealing with how to proceed with the restoration of our town office. To give you further insight while the discussion continues, here's your chance to see the actual condition of both floors of the building. The Town Office will host an open house during Moonlight Madness. Please feel free to drop in, but be sure to wear warm cloths since the building is unheated.  




for the teacher, dog walker, paper deliverer, boss, mom-in-law, best friend, co-worker, and even the kids

Give those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list the opportunity to shop in Brandon this year. Treat them to Brandon Bucks, which come in $5 or $25 increments. Buy one or buy a bunch! Gift envelopes available. The list of who accepts them is available online at (click on membership directory). Brandon Bucks are available for purchase at any teller station at the Brandon Park Street branch of Lake Sunapee Bank. For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 247-6401.


The second Christmas Caroling is this Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6pm!  

Meet in Central Park in Brandon! 


Bring your friends and family and join in the cheer of the holidays!






We know that health insurance is not fun at all, BUT if you are still struggling with health care decisions and implementation for 2014, Vermont Health Connect will be in Middlebury on Thursday evening. Here are the details:


With January 1stand the start of health coverage just weeks away, Vermont Health Connect is hosting enrollment assistance events. Vermonters who are purchasing health insurance plans on their own will be able to use computers to set up an account, see if they qualify for financial help, and compare health plans.Vermont Health Connect staff and Navigators will be on hand to provide assistance and answer questions about the enrollment process.

Applicants are encouraged to have the following documents handy: Social Security Numbers for each household member (or document type and number for legal immigrants), recent tax documents or pay stubs, and information about medical needs.


Thursday, December 19from 5 to 7:30pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury


We are pleased to welcome brand new Chamber members: Swan & Stone Millinery. Based out of Brandon, they are taking New England and beyond by storm with their old-world millinery. Here's a chance to glimpse into their workshop and purchase a one-of-a-kind, hand-made hat or fascinator.




A Breakfast with SANTA Holiday Festival and crafts  
Saturday, December 21st 
Located at the Compass Music & Arts Center 
333 Jones Drive, Brandon, VT



Breakfast with Santa from 9 - 11 am
$3 Children under 12; $5 Adults


F R E E e v e n t s  


  • 10 am-11:30 am Create a Holiday Bird Feeder Ornament
  • 11:30 am Listen to readings from the Charlie Brown Holiday SeriesRead by local radio voice Gale Parmelee. 






The Neshobe River Winery / Brewery will be open at 11 on Thursday till 6 pm and 11-5 Friday, Saturday over the weekend.

79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.  ~  802-247-8002



Thanks to everyone who called in nominations for the Christmas Decorating Contest. As always, the judges struggled with their choices but sent a note saying:

"Everyone's places look nice. But we were able to pick a few stand-outs. Merry Christmas everyone and congratulations to all!"
  • Traditional: First:Dottie and Terry Kline. Second: Dan and Laurie Celik
  • Whimsical: First: Roman Wdowiak. Second: Jim and Charlene Bryant
  • Civic: First: Brandon Fire Station. Second: Brandon Town Office
  • Business: First: Conant Block (Leary Block). Second: Carr's Florist and Gifts


Happy Holidays from all of us at Cafe Provence, Gourmet Provence, and Center Street Bar!
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee a tous!

Please note that we will be open Sunday evenings and Mondays during the Holidays. Closed Christmas Day. Open for Brunch New Years Day.
11 Center Street
Brandon, Vermont
Tel: 802-247-9997  

Gourmet Provence has everything you need for the Holidays:
Lots of Champagne and sparkling wines, red and white wines from Vermont, the US, and around the world!As always, receive 10% off when you buy 6 bottles or more (mix and match). We also have Pates, saucisson, Vermont and imported cheeses, crackers, Spanish almonds,  olives, olive oil, truffle oil, imported vinegars, etc...  and of course our daily selection of breakfast pastries, breads, and yummy desserts.
Come in, we are open 7 days/week! (closed Christmas day and New Years day)
37 Center St. Brandon VT

Chef Robert presents New Years Eve Dinner at Cafe Provence
Tuesday December 31st starting at 5pm
 Call 802-247-9997 for reservations
Join us at Center Street Bar and the Private Dining Room for another
Devo's Burritos Night on Friday, December 27 from 5 - 9 pm
Come enjoy the "Best burritos in the free world!"
Corona and DosEquis beers on hand plus Margarita specials.
Smothered burritos:
Meat Choice; Cuervo Chicken
Veggie Choice; Papas and Chilies
All Burritos served with slaw.
If you like it hot try some of Devo's Killer Greens "it's fire with flavor"



MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 at 7:00 pm


The Counterpoint Chorus joins the VSO Brass Quintet for another heart-warming celebration of the holiday season.  This program includes holiday favorites such as Jingle Bell Rock, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, and I'll Be Home for Christmas, as well as concerto excerpts by Handel and Vivaldi. This concert will also feature a youth composition by Johna Saltsman.  Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for seniors/students  Under 18 free but ticket needed.  Tickets are available from Dick White 247-6058.




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.



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 for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.  



Caitlin Canty Performs at Brandon Music

Brandon Music welcomes back Caitlin Canty for a special performance on Saturday, January 4th. This show will be special for a couple of reasons.  For the first time in Vermont, Canty will be backed by the ambidextrous Matt Lorenz, a one-man-band and fellow Vermonter who simultaneously plays the guitar, percussion, violin, and harmonies.  Together, they have been writing songs and playing shows together for years, but this is the first time they've brought their show to Vermont.


Canty will also debut songs from a new album, just recorded, also featuring Lorenz. The album was produced by Jeffrey Foucault and is to be released in the spring. Raised in Vermont and now based in NYC, singer/songwriter Caitlin Canty's sophomore album Golden Hour was a fan-funded album and blends her folk roots with a Western tone and an alt-country flavor. Canty collaborates with several bands, including Darlingside, a string rock band, and serves as one half of the duo Down Like Silver with Peter Bradley Adams, which released its debut EP in 2011. Caitlin has independently released several EPs including Neon Streets (2010) and the full-length album, Green (2007), which she recorded and mixed in her home studio.


Matt Lorenz is part of the roots-rock/junk-folk trio Rusty Belle as well as the one-man-band Suitcase Junket.  He will accompany Caitlin on guitars, fiddle, banjo and percussion. 


The performance begins at 7:30pm. General admission is $15 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $15.  Reservations are required for dinner and highly encouraged for the show as Canty has sold out in past performances. 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.





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 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.




·         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.



Dorothy Schnure

Corporate Spokesperson


Next ServSafe® Certification  or Re-Certification Sessions


Held at Café Provence Culinary Theater, 17 Center Street, Brandon:


January 14 at Café Provence Culinary Theater


January 21 Corporate style Retreat session includes beverages, snacks, lunch, token gift certificate.


February 11 at Café Provence Culinary Theater


February 18 Corporate style Retreat session includes beverages, snacks, lunch, token gift certificate.


HACCP Certification and Re-Certification will be available in February or March

Information regarding HACCP or new Retreat sessions available on web site


Sessions conveniently tailored to accommodate classes at your business site or preferred location.

Enjoy the season


Training to Excel

Food Safety and Food Protection Courses


Norm Milot

Certified ServSafe® Instructor and Registered Proctor  ~  802-247-0098 




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.



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