July 31st Newsletter

Tonight, August 1st is a true First Friday!!

Brandon's downtown will be open late tonight, Friday, August 1st, as part of the Chamber of Commerce's First Friday initiative. Many businesses plan on keeping their lights on and the doors open until at least 8 pm the first Friday of each month.  

Come on downtown to Shop, Eat, Drink, Browse, Stroll, Bump into friends and Chat. Just enjoy the evening! Look for the bright pink polka dot balloons!!


Sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce 802-247-6401 or by email at:info@brandon.org


YARD SALE DAY August 2nd
Great deals around town- take advantage of all your friends and neighbors sharing their treasures!!
  Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse: This Saturday, August 2nd, Brandon will be packed with scores of yard sales all around town. Although most sales will not start until 9:00 am, some start earlier and the official map will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. on-line at www.brandon.org and at the Visitor Center at the historic Stephen A Douglas Birthplace, located next to the church at the corner of Routes 7 and 73 West. Pick up a map, or use the GPS and follow the sales. Look for the bright neon official yard sale signs! Downtown Brandon will be a busy place so make plans to head out to sales on the side streets and back roads. Enjoy the views and find the bargains that others are missing.  Sales will be held rain or shine.
After a hard day of Yard "Sailing" check out the delicious Barbeque prepared by Chef Jim Doria and the free summer concert featuring IVORY at our own Neshobe Golf Course!! A great way to unwind and not have to cook!! See details below.  

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!!


Neshobe SOAR Summerfest and Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce free concert series- On Thursday July 24th we had a nice turn out on a beautiful night at Neshobe School- delicious pig roast and great music from Feral Godmother!! Thanks to the SOAR team for putting on such a nice event.



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

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

 Treat yourself and 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. Ivory plays great rock tunes from the 70's 80's & 90's. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the area's most beautiful views, great music 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'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.


One concerts remains- Tuesday, August 5th. It 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:

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


Swan&Stone Millinery is headed to NYC
for the Holidays!
Swan&Stone Millinery (Brandon hat-making duo Sam Stone and Nora Swan) have been awarded a spot at the Grand Central Holiday Fair!

"The event runs from November 17 through Christmas Eve, 2014!  We are so thrilled at this opportunity for such great exposure, and both the chance to expand our business and improve the heads of New Yorkers with our hats!  We hope our hometown will join with us on our journey.
The fee for the show is $16,690, so we have created a Kickstarter Campaign with some great rewards, including our most popular hats (the soft cloche and Kepi) at a huge discount.  Check out our link and please share with your circle of friends. 
We will keep everyone posted on our progress and would love to see Vermont visitors in our booth over the holidays!  We will, of course, think of Vermont guest specials(including two-way metrocards, weekly specials, maybe exclusive items offered only to Vermonters) while in Grand Central, in hopes that Brandon will Represent!"
Click on the link to see the details of our Kickstarter Campaign. Thanks for all the support.


 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!!!


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


"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.

The Yabuno Ettun Project comes to Brandon Music


August, 2nd at 7:30pm

The improvisatory and "conversational" Yabuno Ettun Project (YEP) performs at Brandon Music on August, 2nd at 7:30pm.


YEP is a highly creative collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruka Yabuno and Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun. The duo describes their music as "on the line between classical and jazz with a mixture of Baroque esthetics and contemporary jazz".


Music critic and editor of the blog BlueMonk Moods, Eliseo Cardona, says they are "two young masters creating dialogues of mesmerizing possibilities. Their music is based on the intrepid attitude that anything goes as long as risk is shooing away any fear."


Each one an imaginative composer, Ettun and Yabuno have created a unique interaction on stage. Their music is versatile and their creativity is on another level. "The beauty is that we came together through music way before we could find a common verbal language," explains Yabuno. "Once music took over, once we knew that improvising could take us anywhere, the journey itself was our destination."


Their repertoire is derived from a wide spectrum of sources and influences, which may explain why each concert is a unique experience. Ettun explains that "even though we came from different backgrounds, perhaps musically, indeed culturally, we found many similarities between Japan and Israel, let alone between us. Exploring without asking permission, without fear is what rewards us as musicians and listeners."


The YEP has performed in various venues in the U.S., including Jazz at the Kitano in New York, Lilypad in Massachusetts, Somethin' Jazz Club in New York and more.


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


Double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case comes to Brandon Music


August 9th at 7:30pm

Brandon Music welcomes the Boston-based, multi-instrumentalist, Ian Ethan Case on Saturday, August 9th at 7:30pm. Case is best known for his innovative approach to the 18-string acoustic double-neck guitar.  He has been performing in venues around the country for the past six years and is gaining in recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them.


Seven Days says, "Most bands would need four or six hands to create the layered rhythms and harmonies Ian Ethan delivers solo..."


One of only about five musicians worldwide to tackle the double-neck guitar in earnest, Case fluidly combines a staggering variety of self-invented playing techniques.  Audiences consistently remark on the fascinating visual aspects of watching Ian play "as he rambunctiously weaves between fret boards, slapping and tapping the sounds of the guitar to life seemingly effortlessly in a style like you've never seen before" (Port  Orchard  Independent, WA).


Case's music was featured in December, 2013 on the NPR program "Here & Now", airing on virtually every NPR station in the U.S.  Following this airing, Case performed his original works at the Boston Museum of Science Planetarium with 4-time Grammy Award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen, with whom he continues to collaborate.  In January, 2013 Case was invited to perform with some of the world's foremost guitarists and bass players at the annual NAMM convention in Anaheim, California where he shared the stage with Robben Ford, Victor Wooten, Stu Hamm and Stanley Jordan, among others.  In addition to performing and collaborating with several longtime musical heroes, Case has performed and/or recorded with some of the best up-and-coming acoustic musicians from around the country and beyond.


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



Brandon Music welcomes Dan Kennedy composer, pianist and recording artist
Saturday, August 16, at 7:30pm
Classically trained, Kennedy got his start playing New Age/Contemporary Instrumental music at Oberlin College's Cat-in-the-Cream Coffeehouse. Now his music can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio ("Spa") and his new album 'Intuition' reached #7 on the ZMR Top 100, an international chart.

 What sets Kennedy's music apart is that it is steeled with jazz and rock, along with rhythmic grooves and strong backbeats. His music conveys his forte with creating an upbeat, rhythmic brand of contemporary music in classic fashion. Bill Binkelman, of Zone Music Reporter says Kennedy plays "....a thoroughly enjoyable and instantly accessible mixture of light, friendly jazz and introspective acoustic solo piano pieces...."

 A commissioned and award-winning composer, graduate of both Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory, Kennedy's music has been published by Dorn Publications (ASCAP) and Mt. Pollux Music (ASCAP).  Kennedy's chamber music has been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Essex Chamber Music Players, at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance and at the Aspen Music Festival.  Kennedy's latest CD, 'Intuition' was produced by Corin Nelsen, a Grammy Award winner and was named as a Top 10 New Age Album of 2012 by John Olsen of New Age Music World.

 Kathy Parsons, of MainlyPiano.com describes the new album as "an eclectic mix of Jazz, Rock and New Age genres, clearly demonstrating Kennedy's diverse composing styles."

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



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

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


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)

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)

BIZ Cards




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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