June 7th Newsletter

The Waterline Project is almost done !!!!!!
Update for June 15th


  The waterline construction, replacing the damaged line from Irene, is nearing completion. The major shut down was completed Thursday night and EARLY Friday morning and went very smoothly, although yours truly stepped into the shower at 10:30pm that night only to find no water- Carver Street wasn't supposed to be off, but surprises are always waiting in the wings! Job well done to J.A. McDonalds crew and our very own Ray Counter and Gene Pagano of Brandon Water District!

Here's the 6/9 to 6/20 two week schedule in case you missed the separate newsletter containing the link-    2 week waterline work schedule
-the next week to ten days will consist of finishing up small projects, cleaning, prepping for paving and preparing to close down the worksite.
Thanks for your continued patience and caution throughout the downtown.
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.
After going through this process the last few months and conferring with Ray Counter of the water dept, we decided it would be beneficial to the citizens of Brandon if we continued to collect email addresses and cell phone numbers in preparation for the larger Segment 6 road reconstruction and infrastructure upgrade scheduled to begin in 2016. We will be publicizing this effort in the newspapers and in tax bills etc that will be coming into homes on a regular basis, but I would encourage you folks reading this to tell your friends and neighbors to go to the Chamber website http://www.Brandon.org and sign up for our newsletters.
       Please email the following information to: info@brandon.org


--Business name
--Business landline phone number
--Contact name
--Cell phone number
--email address
--residential- name, address and cell number if not a business

Chamber Mixer- Lake Sunapee Bank- Park Street
Thursday June 26th   5:30-7:30

Join us at the Park Street location of Lake Sunapee Bank for an evening of networking, chatting and Café Provence catered goodies. Thanks to Lake Sunapee for all their support of Brandon and our Chamber.

Wine Tasting at Café Provence
Thursday June 19th  5:30-7:00
With Peter Bourque of Calmont Beverages, on the patio, weather permitting.
$15/person, includes Hors d'Oeuvres
For more info call 802-247-9997

Beautiful Brandon
Flower pots in downtown

Brandon's "Downtown" group is once again placing flower pots in the downtown business district. This 'beautification' project was begun by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce several years ago and was revived last year as a way to brighten our commercial areas with seasonal color. Last year the merchants watered and tended the old half barrels all through the season and we had well-maintained and lush flower displays that welcomed both residents and visitors to the downtown shops.


The old barrels were pressed into service last year, but they were at the end of their lifespan. We have purchased new large resin pots and will have over 30 pots in bloom on the sidewalks this year compared to just 15 last year. The new pots should serve us for at least 5 years.


Last year's effort was underwritten primarily by a few local residents and most businesses were asked only to keep the pots watered. This year we have asked for a financial commitment from each business, but need to go beyond that circle to pay for the new containers as well as the potting soil and flowers. We've received generous assistance from the Brandon Blue Seal store in helping us to save on our plant costs.


We are asking for help financially from the greater community and are looking for a sponsorship of $35/pot. With the new pots paid for, in the future we will only need to buy plants and potting soil. To donate, contact Judy Bunde at the Inn on Park Street - innkeeper@theinnonparkstreet.com or Mary Cliver at mary_cliver@yahoo.com.


This coordinated burst of color in the shopping area tells all who come to Brandon that our community appreciates their business as we work together to make Brandon a favorite destination!

Boys & Girls Club of Brandon
Summer camp schedule

We are very excited about our efforts this year. For the first time, we are holding a junior (6-12) & teen (13-17) summer camp simultaneously! Previous years, the focus has been on the juniors. This year we are expanding to include the teens in the fun summer activities.

Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Dennis McNichol- Unit Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Brandon

Call 465- 4131          Click on the link for our summer camp schedule

June Performances at the Brandon Town Hall
Lots of fun in the coming months





Free Will Offering.  All proceeds will be shared by the Friends of The Brandon Town Hall and the Brandon Town Band.  Don't miss this great presentation by our very own town band and show your support for two of Brandon's finest volunteer organizations. We will also be collecting food items for the Brandon Area Food Shelf. A real "COMMUNITY" event!!!


A CONCERT BY THE INFAMOUS "FROST AND FIRE" BAND.  7:30 pm....Tickets, $12 at the door...$10 in advance.  "Frost and Fire" features Aaron Marcus who brings exuberant energy whether he is vamping on piano or clogging while playing tunes on the concertina....Hollis Easter, Classically trained in opera, choral performance, trumpet, bagpipe and musical theater, he brings a quick wit, an easy grin and a strong melodic line.  Peter Macfarlane developed his characteristic Scottish fiddle style while growing up in the United Kingdom, where he played regularly for Scottish dances and weddings.  He brings powerful rhythmic drive and soaring melodic lines.  We enjoyed Peter's music last year when he performed with Atlantic Crossing.  Another familiar face from Atlantic Crossing is Viveka Fox.  She grew up playing the music of the British Isles alongside that of North America.  Her music fuses a variety of styles and her smiling face, nearly always topped with a dashing hat, is well known anywhere contra dancers are found.  Tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door.  Sponsored by: Heritage Family Credit Union, Gourmet Provence, Nailor & Breen Builders, National Bank of Middlebury.


BACKPACK THEATER..."BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"....4:00 pm   Free Will Offering.  Back after a years absence, Backpack Theater from Sheldon, Vt. consists of  20 young actors ages 6-17. Backpack has been doing perfomances for over 20 years and plays to audiences of all ages. Sponsored by Creative Fiber Designs, Maria Ammatuna.


PORTABLE PERCUSSIONIST PLUS MARIMBA...7:30 pm   Tickets $5.  Jane Boxall is a solo percussionist from Northwest Vermont.  Her concert is a combination of Marimba from Zero to Eight Mallets' and Portable Percussionist. Jane is an enthusiastic drummer with over 20 years of experience.  Her Marimba from Zero to Eight Mallets is a unique and visually spectacular concert.  She plays a solo with 0 mallets, a piece with 1 mallet, and so on up to an 8 mallet finale. Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: Terry & Dottie Kline, Charles Powell & Steven Zorn, Edward Loedding & Dorothy Leysath, Elwin Leysath, "Barney".


Click on the link below for the Town Hall's whole summer of fun!! 


Rockin' through the summer

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".

Once again the town of Brandon, Vermont will become a colorful art destination. Head turning objects of beauty and creativity will be in the form of rocking chairs visible on the streets and in store windows. The members of the Brandon Artists Guild, under the leadership of Warren Kimble and Stacey Stanhope, have artfully hand painted vintage rockers of all shapes, sizes, styles and ages. This is the Brandon Artists Guild's 11th Community Arts project starting with the Really Big Pig Show in 2003.  Work has been ongoing on the Art Rocks project since January.


The collection will include classic, Victorian, mission, and contemporary styles. Sizes and shapes will include cradles, children's rockers, and assorted larger rockers. Rocker art will include florals, landscapes, nature, whimsy, humor and eclectic themes..


Look for other Rocker events such as the outdoor painting of a giant rocker, and a showy float in the July 4th parade, Sat. July 5th.


The gallery will also be featuring some delightful painted rocks done by the Brandon Artists Guild members that will be available for immediate sale at the gallery.


At summer's end, the rockers will be auctioned. The "Art Rocks Brandon Auction" will take place at the Brandon Town Hall on Aug. 23rd.

Rockers, first enjoyed in the 18th century and made popular by both Benjamin Franklin and John F. Kennedy, have an association with relaxation and pleasant moments. This is a special opportunity to own a unique piece of functional original art painted by a local professional artist. The proceeds will go towards support of the art programs in 8 local schools.


The Brandon Artists Guild is located at 7 Center St. Brandon, VT, and is open every day from 10am to 5pm, 802-247-4956.

More information can be found at www.brandonartistsguild.org.     


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

Point Counterpoint- Lake Dunmore
Announcing their summer Concert Dates


2014 Concert Dates


Point CounterPoint Faculty Concerts:

Thursday - July 3, 7:30 pm Salisbury Congregational Church

Monday - July 28, 7:30 pm Middlebury Town Hall Theater

Friday - August 8, 7:30 pm Salisbury Congregational Church

Point CounterPoint Student Concerts, Saturdays 1pm:

July 12 - Salisbury Congregational Church

August 2 - Salisbury Congregational Church

August 16 - Salisbury Congregational Church

August 23 - Salisbury Congregational Church


Neshobe Golf Course
A Vermont treasure!


Summer is here and our local treasure, Neshobe Golf Club, is up and running for another great season! Pro Rodney Bicknell is eager to have all the local folks come up and play a round of golf, enjoy a Thursday Men's Night or a Wednesday Ladies Night and see why Neshobe is one of Vermont's most beloved courses. Rodney is also excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Long Iron Restaurant & Pub.

Chef Jim Doria always pleases with a delicious offering every week. Call the club for times and to see what's on the menu this week 247-3611 or email Rodney to add you to his newsletter- info@neshobe.com


Ask him about the special golf offer for Brandon Chamber Members!!!


Chamber Otter Valley Scholarship Awarded
2014 winner- Michelle Maseroni



The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Five Hundred Dollar ($500) Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is well-rounded and has participated in school and outside activities. The student should also be pursuing a course of study in business or a business-related major, or who aspires to be entrepreneurial.


This year, the Chamber's Scholarship Committee chose a very deserving student to receive our prize. During her high school years, Michelle Maseroni has been involved in many activities including, Student Council, church and volunteer activities, National Honor Society, Booster Club, working with the Boys & Girls Club and Chamber of Commerce, Youths & Adults Transforming Schools Together, recipient of a Vermont State Athlete-Scholar award and will be competing in July for the title of Miss America's National Teenager. 


Michelle will be attending Castleton College with plans to become a registered pediatric radiation therapist and continuing on to sales and marketing in the medical equipment industry.

We wish Michelle all the best in her future and offer our congratulations!

2014 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

Sue Gage & Bob Induni
Rod & Judi Pulsifer 
Book & Leaf- Joanne & Steve Errick
10 Park St.  Brandon
Miller Hill Farm- Carl Phelps & Nan Jenks-Jay
1201 Magazine Street- Kate Briggs

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

Office Space for Rent
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)

The Great Brandon Auction
Tuesday, July 22
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!!



Volunteers needed
The Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace and Community Center is looking for volunteers to work at the Brandon Museum this summer.


If you can help out for an hour or two, please join us and have some fun and meet lots of nice people traveling through our area.

Contact Dan Celik, museum Steward at dan@brandon.org or call the Chamber phone at 247-6401


BIZ Cards




Town of Brandon Job opening
Zoning Administrator

Please see the attached job posting available in the Town of Brandon.  Should you have any questions, please contact Anne Bransfield, Chair of the Planning Commission at anne.bransfield@gmail.com or by calling the Town Office at 802-247-3635   and leaving a message for Anne to contact you.


Job description for zoning administrator


Largest Maple Syrup Jug!!
New England Maple Museum- Pittsford

Some exciting news here at the New England Maple Museum. Come take a peek at the Largest Maple Syrup jug around. Our newest  addition to our place is a gigantic Maple Syrup jug displayed in our front yard. Harkening back to the iconic roadside displays found on historic Route 66. We  decided to add our own addition with a Vermont touch. Please spread  the word to everyone to come and check out the largest Maple Syrup jug around and that they are welcomed to have their picture taken next to it.

The Northern Third Piano Quartet at Brandon Music


Brandon Music on June 21st

The Northern Third Piano Quartetperforms a varied chamber music program at Brandon Music on June 21st, including Brahms' Piano Quartet in C, Op. 60, a masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire, as well as the Mozart Duo in G for violin and viola, and the Piston Duo for viola and cello. Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 rounds out this exciting concert to celebrate the first day of summer.

 With members, violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, the Northern Third Piano Quartethas performed together in various combinations all over Vermont, most notably as part of Norwich University and the Barre Opera House. Founded in 2013, the ensemble has been noted for its strength of ensemble playing and emotive musicality, offering audiences a showcase of Vermont's remarkable talent.

 Sofia Hirsch violinist, maintains a professional performance career as a guest with New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and Handel Society of Hanover and Boston, as a member of Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company of Middlebury, a founding member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and others. Most recently, Hirsch was Co-Artistic Director of the Vermont based professional chamber music group, Burlington Ensemble. Burlington Ensemble programs and concerts benefit over twenty non-profit organizations annually in addition to promoting student compositions and music education programs for underserved children.

 Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a viola soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in

Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a "deep and expressive sound" and a "natural musicality." (Times Argus). She also performs with Arioso and the Cerutti-Reid Duo. Reid is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra as well as regularly playing with Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Handel Society of Dartmouth, and Music-COMP. A native of Hamilton, Canada, Reid received bachelor and master's degrees in viola performance at Western University (Ontario), and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

 John Dunlop has been performing in the Northeast for over twenty years as Principal cellist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Opera North and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He has performed as soloist with both the VSO and BCO, as well as many chamber music performances with notable area musicians. Dunlop began his cello studies with Norman Fischer and continued under Richard Kapuscinski at Oberlin Conservatory and Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory. He has composed and recorded several award-wining film soundtracks for short films, including a documentary on childhood hunger in Vermont and is the cello instructor and coaches chamber music at Dartmouth College.

 Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the United States and France. She is an accomplished musician with numerous solo and collaborative credits to her name, from piano recitals to orchestral appearances to chamber music concerts. A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and then earned her bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory and master's from the Hartt School. From 2001-2007 she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his summer flute master classes in Vermont and France. Cerutti has performed chamber music with Arioso, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo; as well as numerous collaborations with Vermont musicians.


The performance begins at 7:30pm. Concert tickets are $15.00. A pre-concert dinner is available for an additional $20.00. Reservations are recommended for the show and 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


Creative Fiber Designs is open!
Maria Ammatuna and gang are
ready to go.

Stop in and say hi and see the beautiful new shop and all it's treasures.  

A nice testimonial for a Brandon business and our fair town.
Parents of a Middlebury College student

My daughter and I visited Middlebury in April when she was deciding which college to attend next year. The hospitality at the Lilac Inn was among the factors that helped convince her that Middlebury was the right choice. We had a lovely stay. When we had to leave very early one morning, a brown bag breakfast was packed for us with the most delicious muffins and fresh fruit. The breakfast at the Inn the following morning was even more delightful. Brandon is a short drive from the town of Middlebury, but the Inn's beauty and the town of Brandon's delightful restaurants and shops make it well worth the short, gorgeous scenic drive.

"Brandon Means Business"
watch for more

Teens from YouthWorks Help Compass Music and Arts Center


June 16th through July 31st

For seven weeks, teenagers will help give a face-lift to the grounds around the Compass Music and Arts Center, develop a children's room, and design and execute a mural. As part of a mission trip, these teenagers come from all over the country to the Rutland area where they serve community sites like Compass in various ways.


Each summer, YouthWorks provides life-changing Christ-centered mission trips for over 30,000 students and adult leaders in over 70 communities across North America. This is more than a simple service project to these students. It changes perspectives, shapes passions and alters pursuits. These experiences show students how to use their lives to love and value others better.


"I am so excited to work with all of the organization's young people and to have the chance to help community organizations like Compass", says Ohio based Michael Kieffer, one of the college-aged staff leaders coordinating with Compass.


From June 16th through July 31st, Compass will welcome twelve teenagers each week who will help to plant gardens, paint a mural, design a reading and playroom for children, and more. To make this happen, the students will need equipment and supplies to work with. YouthWorks and Compass are looking for anyone who can donate gardening and lawn tools, painting supplies, benches, plants, birdhouses, or anything else that may be useful. 


If you would like to make a donation, please contact Edna Sutton at 802-247-4295.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located at Park Village, 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.).


Hand Colored Photography Workshop


Learn the art of hand coloring photographs

Learn the art of hand coloring photographs at this workshop led by Melanie Considine on June 29th from 11-3pm. The class will give an overview of the process, including print preparation, basic coloring techniques using photo oils, and finishing.


Melanie's primary focus is to preserve the old photographic processes. In 1998 she left her career in the Financial Planning and Investment industry to pursue a profession in the field of Photography.  With a strong self taught knowledge base, she completed the rigorous program at the Hallmark Institute of Photography where she learned the art of hand colored photography. Melanie currently works part-time as a fine art photographer and full time as a web designer. 


Two to three photographs will be provided to work on, plus oils, and all of the necessary tools.  Participants may bring their own suitable photos for coloring if desired; ideally, photos should be printed on fiber-based papers in the traditional black and white darkroom.


Participants should plan to either bring a light lunch or purchase lunch at the Compass Café.


The class fee is $65. The class size is limited and the deadline to register is June 27th. Register now by calling 802-247-4295 or email info@cmacvt.org.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located at Park Village, 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.).


Memorial Day flower girls
Memorial Day Flower Girls
100 plus year tradition

"150 years ago this month my town of Brandon, like the rest of the state, was in mourning. A town of 3,000 in the 1860 census, it lost six men in the Wilderness; over the course of the spring others would die at Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor. By the time the war ended 54 men from the town had died. That was typical for Vermont."
Click on the link below to read Professor Thornton's moving account of our Memorial Day tradition honoring our fallen heroes.

Next Chamber Meeting
Monday, June16th  6:30pm
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership and the general public are invited to attend.

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

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