July Newsletter
Getting Excited for the Great Brandon Auction

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 or arrange to pick them up on 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 if you haven't been contacted by one of your directors, please let me know what you'd like to donate 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.


Bernie- 247-6401 or info@brandon.org






Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program built- outdoor wooden furniture

Fire Extinguisher from Reynolds Insurance 

Dining Room Set 

Original artwork- Warren Kimble, John Page and more to come.

Deacons bench

Framed Art Prints

Inn on Park Street - 4 course dinner party for 8 !!!

Pine twin bed


Stereo speakers

Antique rocker

"The Auction" by Ben Jerome, an original

Very cool "Couples Desk"- two desks facing each other with a large leathered desktop over both of them creating one large surface- first time for something like this in our auction

Couches and chairs

Ematic Genesis Prime XL 10" Multi-Touch Tablet with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean & Google Play



Coffee Table


       Swan & Stone Millinery - Gift Certificate for a hat

Area Rugs

Rocking and Other Chairs


Dakin Farms gift basket

Season of Goodies from Wood's Market Gardens

Wedding dress


Fuel Oil

New England Woodcraft desk and chest

Bird house and birdseed


Brandon Pittsford Reporter subscriptions

Gift cards

Lots of state-wide and local Gift certificates

Framed Dale Jarrett print


There are great items for dorms and apartments. Household goods and furnishings including  collectibles, books, kitchen gadgets, children's items, box lots, and much more. Lots of surprises and treasures still pouring in daily.




Chamber Donation Throw Down!
4 Course Dinner Party for 8

Throw a dinner party for eight without any fuss!  The Inn on Park Street is donating a dinner party for the annual Chamber Auction.
The seated and served dinner for 8 will begin with hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine in the living room (or on the porch, weather permitting).Then move to the dining room for a 4-course plated and served dinner including first course, salad, main course with complementary vegetables and starch, and dessert and coffee.  Make an entire evening of it!  Time, date, and menu to be agreed on by the innkeeper and the lucky bidder.
All wine and alcohol (except for the sparkling wine with hors d'oeuvres) to be provided by the bidder.  Put a bidding group together or surprise a family member on a birthday or just gather together a group of friends.  Value: A priceless memory!

PS:  The Inn on Park Street challenges the other Brandon Inns to match this offer!

Bliss by Robin Kent
Opening Reception
Brandon Artist Guild

The opening reception of "Inside Out" will be Friday, July 11th, 5pm - 7pm at the Brandon Artists Guild. The show will be on display July 2 - Aug. 31.


"Inside Out" is a joyful mix of art by Judith Reilly and Robin Kent. Each artist has a distinctive recognizable style. Judith manipulates fabric and stitching into finely crafted art. Robin paints on assemblages of wood as well as large traditional wall paintings. The two parallel in spirit so much that they surprised each other by creating pieces depicting the same odd idea proving, according to Robin, that "great minds unknowingly think alike, but very differently too".


There is a commonality of clear colors, unusual medium, odd art tools, simple lines, simple thoughts, and whimsy. Judith describes herself and Robin as "...catawampus artists. We both think a bit lopsided... imagining and expressing our concepts of the world in representational but not literal ways. We refuse to answer to reality but still find it."


Judith states that Robin is "a genius at depicting truth by presenting what is real about us all but in surprising and quirky ways. She makes us laugh at ourselves...(with a) delightful sense of fun".


With this show, Judith, who most frequently expresses her ideas through "...architecture and nature, "Inside Out" is really coming inside, shifting perspective backwards: outside in and "inside out"."


In the visual world, everything "is either "inside or outside", and the twists and turns between the two can be very amusing and inspiring."



The Brandon Artists Guild is located at 7 Center St. Brandon, VT.

Let's party this Sunday July 13th!

 We are teaming up with Ward Mann's Hog Heaven BBQ for our

 10th anniversary party! 

It will be from 11:30-4pm, or until the food runs out. Ward will be providing delicious marinated lamb, BBQ chicken, and a whole pig! 

Reservations are recommended


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





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.


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!! 



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!!!


"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.

Rockin' through the summer
Hope you're enjoying the nice bright white rockers recently placed around town by the Artist Guild for all to relax in and rest their tired tootsies.
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:

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


Maple Jam

Saturday, July 12th at 7:30
Maple Jam is Vermont's own a cappella jazz octet, specializing in Grade A Fancy vocal arrangements of sweet love songs and swinging big band favorites.
"I always enjoy listening to Maple Jam. Their clever--often amusing--arrangements, sweet close harmony, and jazzy swing make for an irresistible blend. It's a cappella singing in the finest tradition." - Vermont Public Radio host Walter Parker
Tickets for the show are $15. A pre-concert dinner and the  show is $35. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.  Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 for  reservations or more information.
Save the date for these other upcoming  events:
The Jonathan Lorentz Trio with special guest Bear  Irwin
Saturday, July 26th at 7:30
Known primarily as a jazz saxophonist, Lorentz is currently performing  gospel, spirituals, and blues, a concept he calls the "Soul Revival." The Trio  will be joined by a champion of the Vermont music scene, trombonist, Bear  Irwin.
August 2nd at 7:30 - Yabuno Ettun Project - piano/bass jazz duo
August 9th at 7:30 - Ian Ethan - jazz guitarist
August 16th at 7:30 - Dan Kennedy - New Age pianist
Brandon Music
62 Country Club Road
Brandon, VT 05733


 Cook with Chef Robert Barral !!


As former Executive Chef of the New England Culinary Institute, Chef Robert is passionate about teaching culinary arts. 


He generously shares his classic cooking techniques with students and home chefs of all abilities.  These demonstrations conclude with participants sampling the creations-and the know-how to create them on their own. 

$50 per person, per class.  Buy three and get one free! 


Stay for dinner at Cafe Provence after the class and save 10%!   Your savings coupon will be available and valid the day of  class.


Reservations:  802-244-7822 


YARD SALE DAY August 2nd
Sign up today!

BRANDON TOWN WIDE YARD SALE REGISTRATION CLOSES Wednesday, July 30th at 5 PM. Register your Yard Sale for $7 (name and address) or $15 (an extra 25 words to describe specialty items that will grab buyer's attention) and make sure you get on the Official Map. Click on the link for a registration form or stop by Carr's Florist & Gifts or The Inside Scoop.


yard sale registration form 

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


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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)

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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