Town Meeting and Budget Vote
Informational Meeting tonight at 7pm- Neshobe school.

Voting tomorrow, Tuesday, from 7am to 7pm also at Neshobe School.
         Please get out and vote- "Your vote is your voice!"

June 23rd Newsletter

The Waterline Project is almost done !!!!!!
Update for June 23rd


  The waterline construction, replacing the damaged line from Irene, is nearing completion. Yay! 
The paving is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday!!
-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.
 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 residential citizens of Brandon, as well as the businesses, 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 water and tax bills 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 and sign up for our newsletters.
       Please email the following information to:


--Business name
--Business landline phone number
--Contact name
--Cell phone number
--email address (if no already receiving the Chamber newsletter)
--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. 50/50 raffle and some door prizes!!
Thanks to Lake Sunapee for all their support of Brandon and our Chamber.
"Brandon Means Business" campaign
We want YOUR Success Story!


Has being in Brandon made a positive impact on your business?  Has the great water, the revolving loan fund, supportive community, reliable employees or (fill in the blank) been a key in helping you grow and succeed in your business dreams? 
The Reporter, the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Brandon Area Economic Development Committee want to promote Brandon's business appeal while also promoting your business. The Reporter will create testimonial ads featuring key individuals from local businesses and their quotes on why Brandon is good for Business.
We'll run those ads on the Chamber and Town websites, The Reporter and other area newspapers. Don't be shy. It's at no cost to you and as they say, it's a win - win!


Contact Alyssa Zollman at or Bernie Carr at or 247-6401 for more details.

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



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!! 


Lake George Cottage
Bill & Sally Faber's summer rental cottages

Land's End at Huletts Landing on Lake George NY, one hour and 5 minutes from Brandon are Sally and Bill Faber's summer rental cottages.
We still have some space available and we are offering an 18% discount for "late planners"
Please visit our web
  Our available dates are: 
 Sunday, June 29 x Sat July 5:
 Sat. July 12 x Sat. July 19
 Sat. July 19 x Sat. July 26
 Sat. Aug. 2 x Sat. Aug. 9
 Sat. Aug. 23 x Sat. Aug. 30
 Sat. Aug. 30 x Sat. Sept 6
            and on.                     FALL IS BEAUTIFUL
Email us with your questions to  or call us  802-247-3961 
We hope to hear from you.  You need a vacation!
     Sally and Bill  Faber

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 - or Mary Cliver at


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!

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


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.).


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

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     


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-


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


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

Sue Gage & Bob Induni
Rod & Judi Pulsifer 
-Book & Leaf- Joanne & Steve Errick
-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.
Just click here for an application and rates.  
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. (Individual membership is only $50/year)

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.


Still looking for someone to fill the Sunday afternoon slot, 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 or call the Chamber phone at 247-6401


BIZ Cards




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.

Beginning East Coast Swing Dancing
Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm: July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st

Compass Music and Arts Center presents a four week East Coast Swing Dancing workshop for beginners. David Allan of Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing will teach the proper posturing and connections and 6-12 basic six-count swing patterns.


The four one hour sessions will be given on the following Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm: July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. Registration begins at 7pm on the 10th. Payment in full is required up front. No partner or previous dance experience is needed and all ages are welcome.


David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in 1999. He now runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing based out of Shelburne, Vermont; teaching and organizing swing dances.


The 4 session workshop fee is $40 for adults or $35 for senior citizens and kids 18 and under. No reservations are required. Compass Music and Arts Foundation members receive a 10% discount. Join the Foundation at the time of registration if you are not yet a member. Contact David directly with questions: 802-343-1475 or  



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  802-247-4295 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.). |


Next Chamber Meeting
Monday, August 18th  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 ~

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