4/25  2014



News and Notes

The Waterline Project is well underway!!
  The long awaited waterline construction, replacing the damaged line from Irene, is proceeding nicely. The Chamber wants to help make this as painless as possible and use it as a model for dealing with issues during the larger Segment 6 construction approaching in the next few years. We've had good communication so far and with all our help and participation we can make this go as smoothly as possible.
The project manager from JA McDonald has been meeting with us every Friday during construction and continues to update us on the past week's progress and provide a schedule of the upcoming week's work. If you have any questions and concerns contact me at info@brandon.org or call 247-6401 and I'll be sure to get your issue to the right folks.


  Friday, April 25th

  The traffic realignment seems to be working fairly well. Again I urge you to be alert and cautious as we continue to acclimate to the new traffic flow. Also, if we're all a little more polite and considerate to each other on the road this will go much more smoothly, so smile and wave as you cruise through town. :)

  Reminder that all the Park Street businesses are open and parking is available from Lake Sunapee Bank all the way to Li's Chinese restaurant. Or park on Park Street and wander down to the Inn and Inside Scoop on these sunny days.

  The schedule is attached for work from 4/28 to 5/2. There will continue to be flaggers at the base of Seminary Hill and some potential for one lane traffic on Route 7. Thanks for your continued patience and caution throughout the downtown.

    Click on any of the links below to view the schedules
and notes from our March 19th meeting.
We want to gather as much contact information as possible from all of you who will be affected by the possible water shut offs and construction issues. We are therefore collecting email addresses and cell phone numbers to facilitate the quick dispersal of notices and emergency issues arising during the project. We'll send text blasts, emails and newsletters to keep everyone as up to the minute as possible. Thanks for your cooperation.
       Please email the following information to: info@brandon.org
--Business name
--Business landline phone number
--Contact name
--Cell phone number(s)
--email address


With their down-home harmonies and dirty licks, Portland-based band Tricky Britches return to Brandon Music on Saturday, April 26th, at 7:30pm


The string band is the product of mountain music, rockabilly, and country swing all thrown together into one room, to create something uniquely uplifting. Fiddle and mandolin tear through honky-tonk rhythms, while lonesome harmonies pull the audience in until a spontaneous dance explosion occurs.


According to the Portland Phoenix, "In an age of auto-tune and manufactured music, Tricky Britches isn't just a throwback-they're a look forward.  We can comfort ourselves in the warm embrace of three-part harmonies, fire-breathing fiddle and mandolin licks, and the thump-thump to the gut of a stand-up bass." 


Tricky Britches formed in 2009 when four friends in Portland, Maine, took their street-corner jams on the road across the United States. As time went by they focused more on songwriting and original material which culminated in two full length albums, 'Hard Fought Day' (2011), and 'Good Company' (2013).  Their influences include John Hartford, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Grateful Dead, The Everly Brothers and American traditional folk music.


Band members include Jed Bresette: guitar, bass, vocals; Seth Doyle: mandolin, guitar, harmonica, vocals; Tyler Lienhardt: fiddle, washboard, vocals; and Ryan Wilkinson: tenor banjo, guitar, bass, vocals.


Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.  Reservations are required for dinner. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net  for reservations or information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net     http://trickybritches.com 


 Plan-It Sheri Catering and Sheri's Diner

Winter may be hanging on by its icy fingers, but it's the best time to plan ahead for your catering needs for the spring and summer.
 Plan-It Sheri Catering has been serving central Vermont since 2002. No job is too small or too big. We can cater an in-office business lunch or help you create memories to last a lifetime.
*Wedding Showers
*Business Meetings
*Bar Mitzvahs
*Family Reunions
*Boating Trips
*Memorial Services


Contact me by email planitsheri@yahoo.com
or call 802-247-8837.

  Welcome 2014 New Members!!



Sue Gage & Bob Induni

Rod & Judi Pulsifer 




Miller Hill Farm
       1201 Magazine Street    


Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area.


Click her for a Chamber Business application 


We also have many Individual Members -- what a great way to support a local non-profit and all the great things we do in our town.


 Just click here for an application ($50 annual individual membership)   






From beautifully decorated rocking chairs, horses and cradles to concerts, from live theater to town-wide yard sales ... and more, Brandon is the place to be for a summer of rocking good times.


The "rocking objects" are courtesy of the Brandon Artists' Guild, and part of the "Art Rocks Brandon" celebration. Be sure to look for them to be showing up around town in the coming weeks. And, be sure to look here for all the upcoming event listings and information throughout the summer as "Brandon Rocks On".


Check out the Chamber Events page for listings of happenings throughout the summer.

            Events Calendar



Chamber advertising in the Middlebury College Magazine!! Spring issue comes out April 30th.


Thanks to all those businesses advertising in our first foray into this media option. Thanks to Doug Sawyer at the Lilac Inn for his help and huge thanks to Courtney Satz from Woods Market Gardens for an effort above and beyond the call of duty! We literally couldn't have done it without her expertise and quick work!


   Let the Chamber know if people mention seeing the ad throughout the summer.


   Click on our link below to check it out.


    Middlebury Magazine Full Page Ad 

Snake Mountain Bluegrass and The Connor Sisters


Snake Mountain Bluegrass uses both a traditional and more modern approach to their bluegrass style, from hard driving "breakdowns" to softer, folk-type arrangements. Brandon Music presents them along with the talented Connor Sisters on Saturday, May 17th at 7:30pm.


Gregg Humphrey and Mike Connor formed Snake Mountain Bluegrass about twenty five years ago. At the time, both Gregg (guitar and vocals) and Mike (banjo and vocals) were living near Snake Mountain and someone asked them what style of bluegrass they played. "Snake Mountain Bluegrass," was their immediate response and the name has been theirs ever since. Beside them, stand Earle Provin (mandolin and resophonic guitar), Randy Kirby (bass), and Chris Prickett (fiddle).

Snake Mountain will be joined by the unique blend of "sister harmonies" with three young women from Addison County, known as The Connor Sisters. Middlebury Town Hall Theater, Executive Director, Douglas Anderson says, when Katie (guitar), Monica (fiddle) and Meaghan (mandolin and lead vocals) "join forces with Snake Mountain, it's a big joyful sound."

Gregg Humphrey is the "Energizer Bunny" of the Snake Mountain group. His robust vocal style, coupled with a high-octane acoustic 6-string guitar, pushes the audience to toe-tapping in sync with the music. Mike Connor has a fine Irish tenor voice and plays the banjo which makes him the target of the banjo jokes, but he takes it well. Earle Provin is the Renaissance Man in the bunch, a generally quiet sort with a wry and subtle wit and an incredible talent on the mandolin, 6-string guitar, and National Steel.He also plays a resophonic guitar adding a unique sound to the bluegrass treatment of their songs.   

Chris Prickett has been playing fiddle and various instruments in Maine until moving back to his hometown of Middlebury. He is now working with area youths to help them enjoy and perform traditional folk, country and bluegrass music. Randy Kirby lives in Salisbury and is a veteran of many musical bands and genres. Although he plays electronic bass for Snake Mountain, he is also a fine guitar player, enjoying traditional country and rock music.

Snake Mountain Bluegrass has recently released two CDs:  'Bout Time', which features their unique blend of bluegrass music and tight harmony singing; and 'Under the Radar', which includes seven original songs.


Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.  Reservations are required for dinner. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net  for reservations or more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net    http://snakemountainbluegrass


 Here we go again- A summer full of exciting events at your Brandon Town Hall !!

Saturday MAY 10TH

"THE PANHANDLERS STEEL BAND"...7:30 pm...Tickets, $10 at the door, $8 in advance. The Panhandlers are Vermont's largest Caribbean Steel "Pan" band.   With 10 regular members the big happy sounds that these musicians draw from their recycled 55 gallon oil drums have been setting hips to motion and giving goose bumps of delight to listeners since 2002.   The mainstay of the band's repertoire is largely of the island variety but ranges from easy going calypsos such as Jamaica Farewell and Yellow Bird, to all out turbo powered socas and even a good dose of "classic" American pop! What a great way to open our season as the Panhandlers take you on a tropical vacation to a place with bright sun, white sand, turquoise blue water and having fun. Tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engine.com, OMYA, Kathy & Wayne Rausenberger, Sally Wood, Ben & Claudette Lawton, Virginia Wolf.

Saturday MAY 17TH

SILENT MOVIE..."THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH" (1926)...7:00 pm...Free Will Offering

"The Winning of Barbara Worth" starring Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky is an epic Western about the settling and irrigation of California's Imperial Valley, once a wasteland but now an agricultural paradise. Shot on location by director Henry King in Nevada's Black Rock desert, one of the first films to take audiences to the wide open spaces of the great American West. With a young Gary Cooper playing a key role. Music by our ever popular and talented Jeff Rapsis. Sponsored by Nancy & Gary Meffe.

Click on the link to see a listing of the whole summer's fun!!

Union Street Co-Offices
Affordable, Professional and Private!
New! Co-office space in Brandon with three individual offices. 

Located on 25 Union Street at corner of Union St. and Railroad Ave.
Walking distance to the center of town and all village amenities.

Furnished Offices
Free WiFi/Internet until 2015
Security System
Conference Room - shared
Comfortable Waiting Area
Kitchen with Refrigerator, Stove and Dishwasher
Bathroom with Shower
Handicapped Entrance
Off-street Parking
Rent: $350 - 375/month includes all utilities

"This is the first phase in our co-office plan - three private offices with a shared conference room, waiting area and kitchen.  Phase two is an open floor plan with 6 - 8 desks, and shared amenities. We are really excited about this  new plan and it is a great opportunity for small businesses and start-ups.  This  is the new trend in office space in urban areas all over the country and it also  makes lots of sense for Brandon.  
I am happy to talk to anyone about the spaces that are available."


Stephanie Zak Jerome
247-3214 (office)


Brandon Lumber/Bethel Mills is seeking a Yard Person. 

 Brandon Location

General Lumber yard duties:  Receiving and putting away lumber, fulfilling customer orders, assisting customers in yard, driving deliveries and unloading.

 Skills:  Forklift operation, Pickup and Flatbed truck operation 

 Job can start immediately.  Pay is negotiable with experience.  Busy seasons are upon us and good hours with overtime should be available.


Contact Mike Carr, Store Manager at Brandon Lumber.  Stop in to pick up an application or go to www.bethelmills.com for more information and application. You will also find a full listing of Bethel Mills jobs.  Many might be posted to other locations than Brandon.  Our locations are Brandon, Bethel, Randolph, Hancock and Woodstock. 


 Click on the link for Bethel Mills/ Brandon Lumber- April Bargain Flyer

                        April Bargain Flyer 



 Watercolors: The Artist's Story

 "With watercolor, the paint participates in the creative process - you don't so much control it as collaborate with it."


These words, by Andrea Varney speak to the challenge of working in such a difficult medium. But this is a challenge Gayl M. Braisted, Lyn DuMoulin, Maurie Harrington, and Varney have all met and used to tell their own story. Watercolors: The Artist's Story is an exhibit of collected works by these fine artists, open now and running through June 30th.


Meet the artists during 'Story Hour' on Sunday, May 25th at 2pm. Maurie Harrington, Lyn DuMoulin, and Andrea Varney will share their stories, discuss their work, talk about techniques, and maybe even reveal a few secrets. Light refreshments will be served.


Braisted's precision and attention to detail come from her many years creating architectural drawings while DuMoulin's feature the scenes of her recreational summers where she moves "at warp speed" playing in the Adirondack Mountains and North Country. "From the natural world flow my paintings", says DuMoulin, "I love to paint people, canoes, mountains, and the black waters of the great North Country." 


After working in pen and ink, Braisted moved to watercolors in hopes that it would free her style from the accurate, detail work required for architectural renderings.  "I looked at the work of a few watercolorists I admired and found, alas, that I could be nearly as exacting and detailed as I am in pen and ink."

"The Traveling Artist", as Harrington is known, carries with her an artist's perspective on the people and places she visits and paints. From the quiet, muted tones of soft flowers, to the vibrant blast of color displayed by the flashy set, Harrington uses a variety of techniques to convey and explore nature's offerings.


Varney began painting in watercolor in 1993, conveying exacting detail of flowers, but after she nearly lost her life due to a drunk driver, she began to experiment. Knowing that "life is short, and can change in an instant" motivated her to take more chances with her art and to "create" in other ways. She abandoned her tiny brushes for fat ones, and used pigment and space more freely, filling her paintings with shapes, colors and vibrancy.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.) . www.cmacvt.org


Brandon Music is again proud to present Sarah Blacker, the 2013 New England Music Awards 'Female Performer of the Year'.  She will perform May 3rd, at 7:30 p.m.


Sarah's heart-felt version of songwriting has been coined "Sundress rock", and she was said to be "one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently", by national Roots publication, No Depression.  The Boston Herald's Jed Gottlieb called her "Boston's delightful  folk nymph", yet he also said, "Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston - mostly by making folk the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and prog."


Sarah is a prolific singer/songwriter currently touring behind her 3rd album, (in just three years) which has regularly been receiving airtime on local NPR station, WUMB, and Emerson's WERS.

Besides sharing the stage with artists such as 10,000 Maniacs, Rusted Root, Paula Cole, The Wood Brothers, Sara Bareilles, and Anais Mitchell, MTV has featured her songs on Jersey Shore and Friendzone.


Not only is Sarah a talented singer/songwriter, she is a business savvy, hard-working musician, who also spends eight hours a week as a Music Therapist for adults in a psychiatric hospital and with children with Asperger's.  Sarah's entrancing voice, poignant and emotionally charged lyrics, and mature songwriting has this artist on pace to go nowhere but up.


Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.  Reservations are required for dinner. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net  for reservations or more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net http://www.sarahblacker.com


Mother's Day High Tea featuring Fred Barnes


For Mother's Day, Brandon Music presents a traditional English style High Tea, featuring the music of Fred Barnes.  Fred will serenade diners with music from the 1920s era as might have been heard on 'Downton Abbey', plus the light tunes and romantic ballads he is known for.


Douglas Anderson, Executive Director of the Middlebury Town Hall Theater says "Fred Barnes is a master. He commands a seemingly endless repertoire of standards, all served up with breath-taking technique. I'd say that no one plays piano like this anymore, except that there's nothing old-fashioned about his playing. In Fred's hands, even the oldest standard becomes as fresh as the day it was written."


English High Tea includes toasted crumpets with honey butter, a variety of small sandwiches, fat rascals, treacle tart, a selection of small cakes, and finished with a delightful English strawberry trifle.


High Tea will be served by reservation only on May 11th from 11:30-4pm. Tickets for tea and music are just $24. Reserve your spot by calling (802) 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net.


Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net




Animate and Inanimate
Photography by Lowell Snowdon Klock
Watercolor by Jean Cannon
Bending and gradually changing directions is the path of a curve and an artist.
Photographer, Lowell Snowdon Klock, of Wallingford, and watercolorist, Jean Cannon, of Burlington, have combined energy in the presentation of this show. From exotic archways to human form, each artist's work flows with grace and feeling.

The show opening is Friday, May 2nd, 5 to 7pm and runs through June 30th.  

Brandon Artists Guild,  7 Center St.  802-247-4956  www.brandonartistsguild.org

The gallery is open every day from 10am - 5pm 




!! MIXER * Brandon and Middlebury Chambers * MIXER !!

     Mark your calendars for a fun and tasty night of Chamber camaraderie!

Come have some fun and mingle with our Chamber neighbors from the north.     

 Thursday, May 15th from 5-7:00pm

McKernon Group's big red barn- Park Village. 


 Click on the link for more details

Joint Brandon Addison Mixer at McKernon Group


 Great Brandon Auction Great Brandon Auction Great Brandon Auction

                      Great Brandon Auction  Great Brandon Auction


Please think of us as you clean out, perk up and sort out. We'll pick up good quality items and store them till the BIG day- July 22nd!! You'll feel great and we'll continue to promote our great little village and help all our friends and neighbors!!


Spring Cleaning ??

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is thinking FALL! 
While you're sorting through your clothes this spring, we have
some needs for next October's Harvest Days- Leaf People.


We need-
Hats- ladies fancy ones and childrens.
Shoes- all types- ladies fancy & childrens
Gloves and Mittens
Socks, tights and knee socks
Youth clothing- no babies or toddlers
Skirts and long sleeve dresses
Scarves, handbags and jewelry


You can drop them off at Carr's Florist & Gifts.


Thanks for your support!!




Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project

  •  Open House #1 -- Wed., April 30th, Rutland High School, 5-8p.m.
    Open House #2 -- Thurs., May 8th, Otter Valley UHS, 5-8p.m.
    Open House #3 -- Thurs., May 15th, West Rutland Town Hall, 5-8p.m.
  • At each open house, Rutland County residents will have an opportunity to learn more about natural gas and about the project by speaking one-on-one with Vermont Gas employees and experts in conversion, construction and energy efficiency.   
    In addition to print, online and radio advertisements promoting these open houses, invitations have been sent to the more than 28,000 households of all potential Phase 3 communities (Leicester, Salisbury, Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor, West Rutland, Rutland Town and the City of Rutland).



    The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet on Monday, May19th, 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.


    scroll down to the bottom of this email and check them out!






     The list is growing as is the number of cards in members' (including employees) hands. Here's the list to date.  

        BRANDON BIZ CARD 2014                                            updated 4/25/14


          • Antiques By The Falls: 10% most everything in the store. http://brandon.org/inside
          • Brandon Music Gift Shop - Bagatelle's - 5% discount. http://www.brandon-music.net/
          • Brandon Inn: "The Friends and Family Discount" - $20.00 off a double occupancy room for a chamber member, employee of a member and their relatives. Some restrictions may apply. Please make reservation in advance. http://www.brandoninn.com
          • Café Provence: 10% off menu items; not valid with any other special offer or discount. http://www.cafeprovencevt.com
          • Carr's Florist & Gifts- 10% off all cash & carry cut flowers. Choose from our cooler full of fresh and beautiful blooms!
          • Compass Music and Arts Gift Shop at Park Village - 5% discount. http://www.cmacvt.org
          • Computer EZ - New and exciting. Computer-EZ, Inc., a long time Brandon Chamber member, is now offering 10% off on anything and everything, including but not limited to computers, networking equipment, and labor costs for network setup, computer clean up, etc to all Biz Card holders. We also have a number of other specials going on right now, to help everyone get out of that old Windows XP computer, which by the way, is no longer safe on line! We will include in the price of the new machine, moving all of your data and installing your applications, wiping the old hard drive to make sure your data doesn't get "out there", and then recycling the old computer. If you are more comfortable keeping the old hard drive for yourself, no problem, we will wrap it in an antistatic bag for safe keeping! We will be glad to quote on delivering the new machine, and getting it set up on your network, installing your printers, etc. http://www.computer-ez.net/
          • Country Owl Studio: 10% off everything;
          • Country Village Campground: 10% off of daily and weekly campsite rental for the 2014 season.        


          • Cozy Cottages: 5% off; http://www.cozycottagesvermont.com

          • Creative Fiber Design: 10% all purchases. Find Maria at Brandon Farmer's Market on Fridays!
          • Electrolyis, Megyn Pitner; Providing Permanent Hair Removal for men and women.  Free Consultation and 10% off each session. 802-683-4775  www.electrologyvt.com. 18 Union St. 
          • Gazebo Inn: 10% off for reservations made by Chamber members for their friends / family. http://www.vermontgazeboinn.com
          • Gourmet Provence: 10% store wide (does not include wine); not valid with any other special offer or discount. http://www.cafeprovencevt.com
          • Jam Man Entertainment and Vermont Memories Photo Booth: 10% discount for services performed by the Jam Man Entertainment business as well as the Vermont Memories Photo Booth. Cannot be used with any other discount, coupon or gift certificate. http://jammanentertainment.com/Wishes/Landing.html
          • Jeff Smith, P.C. Attorney at Law: 20% off all professional legal services. 4 Carver St, Brandon; 802-247-3737
          • Inside Scoop: Free topping with any cup of ice cream purchase http://brandon.org/inside 802-247-6600
          • Little Pressroom: 10% discount for the card bearer's first Promotional Product or Print Order. http://www.littlepressroom.com 18 Creek Road, Middlebury; 802-388-2337
          • Maple View Farm Alpacas: 10% off Yarn and Roving. http://www.mapleviewfarmalpacas. 802-247-5412
          • Nourish Your Purpose: 20% off any professional health coaching or detox services/programs; 10% off classes & workshops. (AnnMarie Roth, Nourish Your Purpose, 39 Center Street, 247.5300, http://nourishyourpurpose.com
          • Otter Valley Winery (at Cozy Cottage): 10% discount; http://www.ottervalleywinery.com
          • Safer Society Foundation: 10% off books. (All deal with some aspect of sexual abuse) http://www.safersociety.org/
          • Shapiro's Department Store: 10% off original priced items, storewide
          • Sheri's Diner: Free drink with any meal purchase http://www.planitsheri.com
          • Thomas A. Coleman, DDS: 10% off cleanings/x-rays/examination for each family member, per year. http://www.drtomcoleman.com 802-247-3336
          • Visual Learning Systems: Digital Science Online: Primary, Elementary or Middle School Editions, special home pricing  $99, $79, or $69 per year. DSO is an educational subscription for kids in Grades K - 9 to a core-curricular library of science videos, video clips, animations, images, assessments and student activities. tel. 802-247-3214. http://www.visuallearningsys.com/digital-science-online
          • Village Spa: 20% off all services http://brandonvillagespa.com/ . Not valid with any other discounts or special offers.
          • Wood's Market Garden: $2.00 off any hanging basket, not valid with other discounts. http://www.woodsmarketgarden.com/

    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)  



    Do you enjoy receiving the e-newsletters from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce? Its easy to sign up your co-workers, friends, and family members who are not currently receiving it.
    Just click here 



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