June 30th Newsletter
Big week-big month in Brandon!!




Bring the whole family for an evening of FREE, great family fun.

Activity starts in Central Park at 5:00 pm with the free street dance!  Music by DJ JamMan.  As always there will be a wide variety of food vendors including hot dogs, hamburgers, pig roast, cotton candy, popcorn, BBQ, bread dough, strawberry shortcake, fruit & drinks! Grab the family and join in the evening's fun and festivities!  A great way to kick off the holiday weekend!


A full day and night of fun!!


10:00 am - 3:00 pm Silent Auction at the Congregational Church Hall, 1 Carver St.

10:00 am Karaoke at the Gazebo with Steven Berry

10:30 am - 12:30 pm Family/Children's activities behind the Brandon Inn, 20 Park St.

including Bounce House, Petting Zoo, Pie-eating Contest, Ol' Fashioned Games like Tug-o-War, Relays, etc.)

Noon Pie-Eating Contest behind the Brandon Inn, 20 Park St.

1:00 pm PARADE

3:00 pm Great Ball Race at Central Park

5:00 pm Music at Park Village - DJ

7:00 pm Magic Show (DJ stage)

8:00 pm Keating 5 Band (DJ Stage)



Food: What kind of Independence Day Celebration would be complete without the grill, sweets, and some surprises? Hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken, Mexican, Sausage, and Steak & Cheese sandwiches, Wraps, Bread Dough, Fruit & Fruit drinks, Pie & Ice Cream, Cotton Candy, Shaved Ice and Maple products. Lots of vendors selling hand crafted items. Vendors will also be in the Park.


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!!


Chamber Members expect a call from one of your directors soon. Be thinking of something fun, funky or cool to titillate the auction bidders on Tuesday, July 22nd!! This is the only time we ask for something from our members-- thanks for your support.




Waterline News
Sweet and simple!  A little clean up and finishing touches and DONE!!!


  Now for a summer of fun! 

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





"NEON STARS GLEE CLUB"...6:30 pm...Free Will Offering. Students in the 4th, 5th & 6th grades of the Leicester School will perform a variety of musical selections from Country to Pop. All proceeds will go to the Leicester After School Program and Friends of The Brandon Town Hall. Come on out and support our neighbors to the North.


Open house at the Town Hall from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm... Refreshments available for purchase. Come in and take a peek at all the improvements and hear about future plans! Also buy tickets for great prizes in our ongoing raffle. Drawings throughout the summer.


SILENT MOVIE...A SERIES OF COMEDIES STARRING BUSTER KEATON...7:00 pm. Free Will Offering. He never smiled on camera, earning him the nickname of "The Great Stone Face". Buster Keaton's comedies rocked Hollywood's silent era with laughter throughout the 1920's. Acclaimed for their originality and clever visual gags. The best short and feature length film of Buster Keaton. Music provided by our very own silent film accompanist and composer, Jeff Rapsis. Sponsored by: Brandon Artist Guild, Dolores Furnari -Country Owl Studio.


The Bert Prival School Of Ballet and Theater Arts presents "Annie". 7:30 pm. Tickets ...Adults...$10 Seniors and Students...$8 This heart warming Broadway musical, is always proving a promise of hope as it weaves it's well known tale around our vulnerable senses, tugging at our hearts, begging us to believe there is a better "Tomorrow". Don't miss this enchanting tale of rags to riches, good overcomes evil, and faith will help us endure! Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door.


L.C.JAZZ SWING BAND....8:00 pm...Tickets, $8, Couples, $14, Students, $7. Back by popular demand this big band sound will have you dancing the night away. This is a benefit performance for the Brandon Town Hall and the LCJazz Scholarship Fund. LCJazz is a 17 piece volunteer Big Band with a mission, have a great time, play fantastic music and support continuing music education of area students through scholarships. Come listen and/or dance as this classic big band brings on the "swing". Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the

door. Sponsored by: Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engine.com, Cafe' Provence


RUTLAND'S SUMMER ENCORE THEATER..."THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD" ...6:30 pm Tickets, $4.00. Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Summer Encore, an extension of Rutland High School's theatre program, will present "The Race to Save the World". This will be an improvised audience participation play which will have science as a key part of the plot. A mad scientist will be one of the

characters and the students will develop the story through improvisation which will engage audiences of all ages. Students in grades seven through twelve will be involved in the production of the play. Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: The Vermont Country Store.


"PETE'S POSSE" CONCERT...7:30 pm...Tickets, $12 at the door, $10 in advance. Pete's Posse is a multi-generational string trio. The well known troubadour PETE SUTHERLAND lays down the dance groove with his inventive fiddle playing. OLIVER SCANLON has mentored much of Pete's phrasing and dynamics with twin fiddles and mandolin to energize dancers in an ever widening range. Along with the unstoppable

groove of TRISTEN HENDERSON'S multitude of fretted and percussive instruments added to the mix, Pete's Posse presents a truly unique group playing incredible Vermont folk music. Tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: Joe & Lois Acinapura, Joe Ammatuna, Frank & Ettie Spezzano.


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


We had a little printing glitch with the summer & fall events flier.

You may have noticed some missing words in the sunny yellow events flier you received in the mail, so sorry. The printer has sent us some corrected copies and we'll be placing them about town for folks to pick up.

Inside Scoop and Antiques by the Falls
25% Off Everything Outside Sale


The Inside Scoop and Antiques By The Falls porch is FULL.  We are now holding a 25% Off Everything Outside Sale. Furniture, shelving, chairs, collectibles, home decor, kitchenware, miscellaneous, fun and funky! Even the Flamingoes! Stop on by and check out what we have. New items being added daily. Open 10 am - 9 pm daily (inside antique shop closes at 5 pm daily) but outside items can be purchased until 9 pm, as well as yummy ice cream and candy treats.



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Chamber Free Summer Concert Series!
Schedule for July and August

The Keating 5 kicked off our concert series on Wednesday June 25th. Unfortunately it rained cats and dogs so it was moved to the Center Street Bar's large dining room. Great music and songs enjoyed by a hearty group of music fans!!


July 24- Neshobe SOAR Summerfest and Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce free concert series.

5:00 - 8:00pm Neshobe School- Forest Dale

Come join us for the Neshobe SOAR Summerfest and Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce concert series! New this year, the event will be held at Neshobe School on Thursday, July 24 starting at 5:00 p.m. with a traditional pig roast. SOAR Summerfest is a culmination of the SOAR summer and school year program and a celebration of student accomplishments. Please join us for an evening of food, fun, and entertainment in support of the Neshobe SOAR afterschool and summer program. At 6:30 Performing for the Chamber of Commerce Summer concert series will be Feral Godmother, they deliver an eclectic mélange of folk rock, electric blues, and avant-garage. This colorful quartet brings together musicians from all corners of Brandon dedicated to the mission of keeping the music live, loud and loose. Come out and hear for yourself why the Godmother is still..."South Central Vermont's Second (or third) Most Powerful Garage Band!" AND enjoy delicious BBQ. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain location in the gym.


AUG. 2- Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce free summer concert series.

6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Neshobe Golf Club-

 Come out for a fun, enjoyable evening of live music by Ivory and Chef Jim Doria's Green Mountain barbecue at the Long Iron Restaurant & Pub. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the area's most beautiful views and friendly folks. Rain location in the Clubhouse!


Aug. 20- Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce free summer concert series.

6:30 - 8:00pm Central Park Gene Childers and the Jubilee Jazz Band- Perennial favorites! Playing the best traditions of Dixieland jazz, this six piece band guarantees a fun, footstomping good time. Old and young alike can get into the spirit of this unique, American "roots" music. You just can't find high quality Dixieland jazz everywhere, but you can find it in Brandon on August 14!


Support our GREAT sponsors- Omya, Casella Waste Management, Lake Sunapee Bank, New England Woodcraft and Neshobe Golf Club.

Big Thanks- We couldn't do it without them!!!


No First Friday in July because it falls on the July 4th holiday- be sure to go to the Street Dance in Central Park!!
See you again Friday, August 1st for some late night fun!!
"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 ads@brandonreporter.com or Bernie Carr at info@brandon.org or 247-6401 for more details.

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 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!!!


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
-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)

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 consisting of two shifts- 11-1:30 and 1:30-4pm- if you can help out 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




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)

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 davidlindylead@gmail.com.  



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.). www.cmacvt.org | www.greenmountainswingdancing.com


Next Chamber Meeting
NO meeting in July, but don't miss the Great Brandon Auction on July 22nd!!!
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet August 18th 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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