July Newsletter
Great Brandon Auction
4pm-   preview 2pm

The 26th Great Brandon Auction- Tuesday July 22nd!!


ONE. Bring your family and friends to Brandon on Tuesday, July 22nd for the 26th

Annual Great Brandon Auction sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Community Projects of the Chamber.


The Auction offers antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, services,

original art, and more; surprises and treasures from attics and barns.

Also lots of gift certificates to dozens of state and local businesses incl. restaurants, museums, fuel oil, massages, dinner for eight at a beautiful Inn and more and more.


New merchandise from many local businesses including a New England Woodcraft desk and chest. Other donations include dressers, beds, tools, art, chairs, old Brandon memorabilia, bookshelves, gardening items, TVs, Ematic Genesis Prime XL 10" Multi-Touch Tablet. Great items for dorms and apartments. Original art work from many of Brandon's famed artists. Household goods and furnishings including collectibles, books, kitchen gadgets, childrens items, box lots, and much more. And of course our usual selection of interesting and eclectic items.




Food Available by Brandon Lions Club


Bring your chair, family, friends. Rain or Shine. Under the Tent.

Vermont State Sales Tax of 6% will apply to all

purchases excluding gift certificates.

Resellers - You will be required to sign an exemption form -Bring Your Number!

Terms: cash or good check

For more info call 247-6401 or log onto www.brandon.org





  • Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program built- outdoor wooden furniture
  • Fire Extinguisher from Reynolds Insurance 
  • Dining Room Set 
  • Original artwork
  • Deacons bench
  • Framed Art Prints
  • Inn on Park Street - 4 course dinner party for 8 !!!
  • Pine twin bed
  • Desks
  • 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
  • Dressers
  • large pewter & stained glass wind chimes
  • Bookshelves
  • Coffee Table
  • Tools
  • Swan & Stone Millinery - Gift Certificate for a hat
  • Area Rugs
  • Rocking and Other Chairs
  • Benches
  • Dakin Farms gift basket
  • Season of Goodies from Wood's Market Gardens
  • Oleg Cassini Champagne Wedding Dress size 8- from David's Bridal.  Bought new in 2008. Never worn. Retailed for $1200.00.--BEAUTIFUL
  • Massages
  • Fuel Oil
  • New England Woodcraft desk and chest
  • Bird house and birdseed
  • Quilt
  • Brandon Pittsford Reporter subscriptions
  • Gift cards
  • Lots of state-wide and local Gift certificates
  • Framed Dale Jarrett print
  • Paramount- pair of tickets to LeAnn Rimes (12/5)
  • basket of wine (Café Provence and Neshobe River Winery) and chocolates.
  • Rod & Mike Goodspeed- Blue picnic table always a favorite
  • Lodging at our local Inns
  • golf lesson & greens fees
  • limited edition prints
  • Nice file cabinets
  • cool drum and drum lesson
  • Town Hall tickets
  • Gardener's Gift Basket
  • a booth & seats from the famed "LaDukes Restaurant"-best burger in the State!
  • old metal bed
  • Craft table
  • Many, many valuable gift certificates from our always generous businesses in town!

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.

            Come on and join in the fun!!!


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!!!


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 

Brandon's Own Little Town Band!!
A word about our incredible Town Band!!

If you've not heard the band yet this summer, you need to do so!  They play incredible music, incredibly.  Composed of professional musicians, area band leaders, music teachers, and others who just love to play- (some too young to have their drivers licenses, some grandparents who hope they won't expire before their drivers licenses do.)  The band is conducted by Ronald White, a professional and performing musician of the highest caliber.


Two concerts remain- July 29th and August 5th.  Both concerts will be played in Central Park at 7 p.m.  Bring a blanket, a chair, a pizza, a Golden Retriever, whatever...but do come.  This music is not to be missed!  If the weather grows stormy, they move over to the Town Hall.  You come too.

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:

August 2 - Salisbury Congregational Church

August 16 - Salisbury Congregational Church

August 23 - Salisbury Congregational Church



 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 


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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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




"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.

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)

July & August performances at the Town Hall
A busy summer and lots of fun in the coming months!

JULY 23RD RUTLAND'S SUMMER ENCORE THEATER PRESENTS "THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD" Summer Encore, an extension of Rutland High School's theatre program, will present "The Race to Save the World" at the Brandon Town Hall on Wednesday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm. 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 are $4.00 and are available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: The Vermont Country Store.

JULY 26TH A CONCERT BY "PETE'S POSSE" The band "Pete's Posse" will play at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, July 26th at 7:30 pm. "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 goove 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 are $12 at the door, $10 in advance and can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: Joe & Lois Acinapura, Joe Ammatuna, Frank & Ettie Spezzano.


AUGUST 8TH, 9TH & 10TH SHAKESPEARE ON MAIN STREET TO PRESENT OTHELLO Shakespeare on Main Street will present 3 performances of "Othello" at the Brandon Town Hall on Friday, August 8th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, August 9th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, August 10th at 2:00 pm.   Set in 2014, amidst the political turmoil of the mid-East, this production of "Othello" will use contemporary events as a mirror for Shakespeare's dramatic medieval setting in which the famous Moor fought and loved. Under Gary Meitrott's thrilling direction, this breakthrough version of "Othello" will awaken deep personal awareness in both the players and the audience and is certain to be a dramatic highlight of Vermont's upcoming theatre season. Tickets for "Othello", Adults...$12 at the door, $10 in advance, Seniors, Students & Active Military, $8 (same price at the door or in advance) Tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door.   Sponsored by: Chris Russ

AUGUST 15TH A CONCERT BY "BUCKSHOT" The band "Buckshot" will perform at the Brandon Town Hall on Friday, August 15th at 7:30 pm. This trio of talented Rutland musicians play a variety of Older Country Western, Southern Rock and Modern Country music. Adam Springer is the lead singer and guitarist, Craig Springer is the backup singer, percussionist and spoons and David Crossman as lead guitar, harmonica and singer. Don't miss this toe tapping trio.   Tickets, Adults...$8, Seniors, Students & Active Military...$6. Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door.   Sponsored by an Anonymous Donor.

AUGUST 16TH BRANDON'S SILENT MOVIE FESTIVAL FEATURES "SHOW PEOPLE" This months feature movie "Show People" will be presented on the big screen at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, August 16th at 7:00 pm. This 1928 silent film is about the silent film business. Young Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) ventures to Hollywood to make her mark in drama, but finds an unexpected and unwelcome flair for slapstick comedy. Full of cameos of stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Music throughout by the talented and well known Jeff Rapsis. This is another Free Will Offering event sponsored by: Brandon Town Players and Bill & Kathy Mathis, in memory of Maxine Thurston.

 AUGUST 17TH TOM JOYCE AND HIS ALL NEW MAGICAL COMEDY SHOW Tom Joyce and his New Magical Comedy Show will be held at the Brandon Town Hall on Sunday, August 17th at 3:00 pm. Back by popular demand, this all new magical comedy show is for children (and adults) of all ages. Tom's incredible repertoire with his audience will make for a great afternoon of fun and adventure for the entire family. Great show for children as they get ready to return to school (stop smiling parents) Tickets are $4 for Adults and $3 for Children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: Brandon Artist Guild, Dolores Furnari - Country Owl Studio.


AUGUST 26TH-29TH OPEN AUDITIONS FOR "BRANDON HAS TALENT SHOW" The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall will hold Auditions for their upcoming Talent Show at the Brandon Town Hall during the week of August 26th-29th between the hours of 6:00-8:00 pm. The Talent Show is scheduled for September 20th. You MUST schedule a day and time in order to audition. If you have a talent and would like to show it off? Sign up for a time slot to audition for the first "Brandon Has Talent" Show. No matter what your age, if you like to sing, play an instrument, dance, play in a band, have a special talent, etc. call 247-5420.  Lets show everyone how talented our community is.

Check out their full schedule here- Town Hall Schedule


                        Wine tasting at Café Provence

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11 Center St. Brandon, Vermont

Tel: 802-247-9997








Come and try the wonderful wines of the

 Mas de Daumas Gassac,

 the "Chateau Lafite of Languedoc"!


Presented by Virgile Rousseau who is the Gassac Brand & Sales Manager for the East Coast, and Don McDonald, the Fine Wines Sales Manager at Farrell Distributing.


We will taste the following wines:

Gassac Picpoul de Pinet

Pont de Gassac White

Mas de Daumas Gassac Grand Cru Blanc

Gassac Guilhem Rose

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rose Frizant

Gassac Guilhem Red

Pont de Gassac Red

Mas de Daumas Gassac Grand Cru Red


$15/person. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Stay for Dinner with Virgile and Don afterwards and get 10% off your meal! 



 Make your reservations now, these tastings always fill up fast!

Tel: 802-247-9997 



Cafe Provence | 11 Center St. | Brandon | VT | 05733

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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