August 22nd Newsletter
Don't forget to sign up for the golf mixer-see the info below.


The "Art Rocks Brandon Auction" will take place at the Brandon Town Hall on Aug. 23rd, 7 to 9pm.

Preview starts at 4pm.


Refreshments will include a huge cake made by Gourmet Provence. 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.


Brandon is once again a colorful art destination with colorful and creative 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 30+ vintage rockers. 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.


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 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.


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

Free summer concert series finale!
 Gene Childers and The Jubilee Jazz Band performed our last Summer Concert Wednesday night.
  Perennial favorites, The Jubilee Jazz Band played the best traditions of Dixieland jazz, and provided a foot stomping good time. Old and young alike got into the spirit of this unique, American "roots" music. You just can't find high quality Dixieland jazz everywhere, but it was in Brandon on a perfect summer evening. 
Thanks to Gene and all the band for their wonderful performance!


Thanks to our other three groups who performed this year also- The Keating Five, Feral Godmother and Ivory! You were great! 


A big thank you to our Summer Season Sponsors- Omya, New England Woodcraft, Neshobe Golf Club, Lake Sunapee Bank & Casella Waste Management 



Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce 802-247-6401 or by email


2014 Chamber Golf Mixer!!
3 Amigos Annual Chamber Golf Extravaganza Tuesday, September 9th
Sponsored by: Fostering Wellness, Carr's Florist & Gifts and Holden Financial Services.
 Bingo, Bango & Bongo invite you to come out and enjoy a fun evening of 4 person captain & crew golfing majesty! If you're an expert golfer like Paul, or a hacker like Charles or just there to laugh and have a few toddies like Bernie, you won't regret spending the evening at Neshobe Golf Course. Please don't be shy- you don't even need clubs, the views are great, you'll laugh a lot, there's NO pressure and the food will be fantastic. Door prizes and team and individual prizes!
Take a peek at the attached sign-up form and mail it in. We'll set up teams and all you have to do is show up! Looking FOREward to a good time.
Special offering for August


Hot Stone Massage special!!


Click here for a PDF detailing Heather's special offer.

 Village Spa August Offer 


Click here to book online


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802-236-9087 *

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

 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.

SEPTEMBER5TH    A CONCERT BY "SALT RIVER REVUE" BAND   The band "Salt River Revue" will perform at the Brandon Town Hall on Friday, September 5th at 7:30 pm. This talented group is comprised of members of the Saltash Serenaders and the Cold River Band. Seperately and together they have been playing for concerts and contra dancers around Vermont for the past 30 years. Appearing will be Steve Spensley on fiddle, guitar and vocals, Vickie Arthur on guitar, bass and vocals, Paul Sgalia on mandolin, guitar, bass and vocals and Marcos Levy on guitar and vocals. Don't miss this toe tapping group who will have you swinging and swaying the whole night. Tickets are $8 at the door, $6 in advance and are available at Carr's Florist & Gifts. Sponsored by:Ross Mackie, "Barney & Annie"

 SEPTEMBER 6TH    NO STRINGS MARIONETTES PRESENT "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK". Once again the talented No Strings Marionette Company will present "Jack and The Beanstalk at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, Spetember 6th at 6:30 pm . Come experience this well-loved tale with all the magic and mischief the marionettes can muster! Marmalade the cow's appetite drives the action from Jack's humble cottage to the magnificent castle high above in the clouds. The stage is hardly big enough to contain the one of a kind hand-crafted marionettes, let alone the ravenous, rummaging Giant. A sense of adventure, optimism and three magic beans catapult Jack high into the sky where his destiny awaits. The event begins with an interactive sing along where kids get to be part of the show. Following Jack's adventure, No Strings' Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson host an intimate question and answer session where everyone gets a closer look at the puppeteers trade. Tickets are $7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors and Students. Tickets are available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by: The Vermont Country Store, Jon & Courtney Satz, Sally Wood, Joan Salkins.

 SEPTEMBER 12TH    A SPECIAL FUND RAISING CONCERT BY SCOTT HELMER TO HELP FIX PART OF THE TOWN HALL ROOF.    National touring and recording artist Scott Helmer will headline a special fund raising concert at the Brandon Town Hall on Friday, September 12th at 7:30 pm., Scott has opened for iconic acts including HEART, EDDIE MONEY, BIG COUNTRY and 3 DOORS DOWN and is working to help historic theaters across the US raise funds to preserve their legacy for future generations. Helmer is offering his time and talents by performing solo-acoustic, free of charge. Over 35 historic theaters have signed up for Scott's tour from California to Vermont. His act consists of rock & country music and is perfect for all ages and very family friendly. More information will follow as we get closer to the concert. You can see Scott perform by going to his website ( or on Facebook. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to the Friends of The Town Hall in an effort to raise close to $5,000 to repair sections of the roof. Tickets may be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door.

 SEPTEMBER 13TH    SILENT MOVIE FESTIVAL FEATURES A SERIES OF COMEDIES STARRING HARRY LANGDON   This months silent movie at the Brandon Town hall on Saturday, September 13th at 7:00 pm is a series of comedies starring Harry Langdon. These comedies feature the unique style of Harry Langdon, whose innocent baby-faced character rocketed to fame late in the silent era on the strength of films directed by a very young Frank Capra. Rediscover Harry's quiet genius the way it was intended to be seen: on the big screen, with a live audience and the musical talent of our very own Jeff Rapsis. This is a Free Will Offering event and is sponsored by: Brandon Artist Guild, Steven Zorn & Charles Powell.

SEPTEMBER 20TH    "BRANDON HAS TALENT" SHOW...The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall will present the "Brandon Has Talent Show" in the Town Hall on Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 pm. Tickets...Adults $10 at the door, $8 in advance. Seniors, students & Active Military...$6 (same price at the door or in advance) This fund raiser will showcase the multi-talented community members from Brandon and the surrounding area. Come see your neighbors as they sing, dance and entertain you and vote on your favorites. Tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by FOTH, Thomas Coleman, DDS, Fran Bull, Kellie Martin & Mark Corbo and The Neshobe School PTO, Bud & Jane Coolidge, Warren & Lorraine Kimble, Lynn & Maria Styaart..

 SEPTEMBER 27TH    A CONCERT BY "THE DOUGHBOYS" BAND     "The Doughboys" will perform at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, September 27th at 7:30 pm. Meet Middlebury's premier faculty rock band! In the fifteen years that the Doughboys have been playing together they've covered the waterfront in terms of styles and influences. Their upbeat original pop-rock tunes remain the foundation of their repertoire, but they also cover everything from Paul Simon to Chuck Berry to the Grateful Dead. With the recent addition of a horn section, they've branched out to include a broad spectrum of soul and R & B classics, from Aretha to Otis to Sam and Dave. When the band gets in the grove with "Black Magic Woman", and the lead guitar does its snakey Latin line and the dueling drums build up to a crashing climax, the room will crackle with energy and excitement. Tickets, $10 at the door...$8 in advance, tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door.   Sponsored by: Brandon Town Players, Holden Financial Services, Hayes Pallets, Inc., Dolores & Donald Furnari.

Check out their full schedule here- Town Hall Schedule


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.

Otter Valley Theatre Honor
Trip to Scotland Arts Festival

Otter Valley's Walking Stick Theatre Group has been invited to attend the world renowned Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2015. They are one of 40 schools nationally to be selected to perform there. This selection is a tremendous honor for our school and the theatre department, however now they have to get there.  

Donations to support this wonderful educational opportunity can be made online at Any contribution will be appreciated. The total cost of the trip is over $60,000.

 Multiple fundraisers will also be taking place throughout the school year, including a bottle drive on Saturday, September 6th  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Bottles can be dropped off at the Otter Valley parking lot during this time or arrangements can be made in advance to have them picked up by contacting or calling 802-247-6034.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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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-Book & Leaf- Joanne & Steve Errick
-Miller Hill Farm- Carl Phelps & Nan Jenks-Jay
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Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area.
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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)

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
Although the VACE health insurance program, that many of took advantage of for years, is no longer available, other products still offered through VACE include, Dental, Vision & Life/Accident packages. More information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 

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!!!


Members on the move!
Fostering Wellness settled into new location.

Dr. Charles Foster and his staff have settled nicely into their new office at 30 Marble Street in Brandon. Formerly located in Park Village, Dr. Foster had Naylor and Breen renovate the former insurance and realty office into an efficient, state of the art chiropractic facility. The convenient location and great parking makes it easy to visit and take care of your health and wellness through chiropractic care. Stop by and see the new digs and say hi to the gang.
Fostering Wellness
30 Marble St.
Brandon, VT
802 247-6464

"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.


Katie Pope appeal. 
Community and caring.

Chief Christopher Brickell of the Brandon police department asked me to share this letter from Rene Rubbins Breen with the Chamber community and Brandon community at large.


Please click on the link to read the letter.    Katie Pope

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)

Point Counterpoint- Lake Dunmore
Announcing their summer Concert Dates


2014 Concert Dates


Point CounterPoint Student Concerts, Saturdays 1pm:

August 23 - Salisbury Congregational Church


Point CounterPoint Faculty returns to Brandon Music
August 29th at 7pm to benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation.

Members of Lake Dunmore's Point CounterPoint faculty will perform a chamber music concert at Brandon Music on August 29th at 7pm to benefit the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. Performing are, Anton Miller (violin), Rita Porfiris (viola), Lawrence Zoernig (cello), Gili Sharett (bassoon) and Arielle Levioff (piano). The evening's program will include George Philipp Telemann's Sonata for Bassoon in F Minor; Manuel Ponce's Sonata a duo, for Violin and Viola; Peter Winkler's Gili's Music, for Bassoon and Cello; and Joaquín Turina's Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67.


The performance will benefit theCompass Music and Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization working to support educational programs, exhibits, and community events carried out at the Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC). The Foundation is made up of an active Board of Directors working hand-in-hand with CMAC to enrich life through a deeper appreciation of music and the literary, performing and visual arts.


Tickets are $15. Reservations are recommended - call 802-465-4071 or email Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, Vermont. This performance is sponsored by Point CounterPoint and Brandon Music.


Point CounterPoint was founded in 1963 on the shores of Lake Dunmore by the late Dr. Edwin Finckel, a New Jersey pianist, composer, and teacher. Dr. Finckel's goal was to create summer musical opportunities for his students. Since then, the camp, which offers programming for both children and adults, has gained an international reputation. Point CounterPoint is now run by Jenny and Steve Beck, who purchased it in 2008.



Click here to read  ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Sock Hop at Compass Music and Arts Center


Dust off those dancin' shoes! August 30th from 7-10pm

Compass Music and Arts Center is holding a Sock Hop on Saturday, August 30th from 7-10pm. In conjunction with the town-wide theme of "Brandon Rocks On", the 1950s and 60s style dance party also marks the end of their summer exhibit, "Roots of Rock 'n' Roll".


Don't miss a night of swing dancing, 50s and 60s music and root beer floats! The doors open at 7pm with a half hour swing lesson given at 7:15 by local instructor David Allan, so don't be shy, come learn a few new moves. Open dancing begins at 8 and goes until 10pm. Refreshments will be available and you can enter a chance to win swing dancing dolls made by Mim Zelis of 'Red Clover, SEW Vermont!'


Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door but reservations are appreciated. All proceeds go to support the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides educational and arts-supportive programs and events in the community.


The "Roots of Rock 'n' Roll" exhibit tells the story of the birth of rock and roll music in the late 1940s through the "British Invasion" of the Beatles and other groups in 1964. The exhibit features some of the legendary names of the period and a few of the hundreds of singers and bands who found their fame - some long-lasting and some very short-lived. Learn about and see instruments from the period, pick up a Rock 'n' Roll book, and take a picture with Elvis! The exhibit is free and is open through the month of August.


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.).


Compass Music and Arts Center

333 Jones Dr.

Brandon, VT 05733



Brandon Music

Brandon Music Presents Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings


The dynamic duo of Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, September 6th at 7:30pm.

They play music that is deeply rooted in the Northeastern United States, bringing together the diverse heritage of New England dance tunes, yet have branches that extend across the Atlantic. 


Their repertoire includes French dance tunes such as the Mazurka and Bourree, as well as jigs and reels from the British Isles.  The duo's original tunes reflect these influences, but also North American Roots music, including Appalachian, Cajun and Quebecois dance tunes.


Accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane plays a mix of musical styles.  WCAX refers to him as "the master of all things accordion".  He has appeared at numerous festivals in the U.S. and in Europe including the Royal Festival Hall in London, England, the Picolo Spoleto Festival, the St. Chartiers Festival (France), and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.  He has composed numerous pieces for film and theatre and has received N.P.R's "Favorite Picks" award for his second solo recording, Smile When You're Ready.  McLane also received the French music magazine Trad Mag "Bravo" award for his fifth release, Hummingbird. 


Monkton-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Timothy Cummings shares an uncommon hybrid of traditional folk styles - primarily Scottish and Appalachian.  Cummings has been a member of the highly competitive Manawatu Pipe Band (New Zealand) and also served as Artist in Residence at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts (PEI, Canada).  He is an experienced performer, teacher, and workshop leader and frequently combines music, humor, and informative talks to enliven and educate his audiences about the refreshingly odd world of bagpiping.  His first solo album, 'The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia' met with much success.  Cummings will play a mix of Irish whistles and 'indoor' Scottish-style pipes.


Tickets for the concert are $15.00. A pre-concert dinner is available for an additional $20.00. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail for reservations or information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd., Brandon, VT 05733.


Claude Bourbon to play at
Brandon Music
Brandon Music presents Claude Bourbon, highly acclaimed acoustic guitar player.

Claude will perform on Sunday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m.  Born in France in the early 60's, Bourbon who has a reputation as a formidable performer, grew up in Switzerland where he was classically trained.  His playing is firmly rooted in classical Spanish guitar; however he stretches the genre with a vast array of influences, east and west, ancient and modern.  According to Maverick Magazine, "Bourbon is highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style and plucking, picking and strumming at such speed that his fingers seem to appear just as a blur".


Bourbon has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.  Now based in the UK, some of Bourbon's influences allow fascinating insight into this remarkable musician: Paco De Lucia, Deep Purple's Richie Blackmore, Joaquin Rodrigo, J.J. Cale, Monty Python, J.S. Bach, and Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks.


The BBC says, "This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision.  His sound instantly creates ambience - from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers".


Tickets are $15. Reservations are recommended. Venue is BYOB. Please note dinner will not be available at this concert. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail  for reservations or more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.



House of Cards
Warren Kimble show will be on view from September 5 through November 4

It's a special occasion when the Brandon Artist Guild (the BAG) has the opportunity to showcase the artwork of one of its founding members. The event is all the more timely due to last year's honor: Warren Kimble was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Kimble is Brandon's best known town booster/activist and resident artist. With his usual passionate approach and hard work, he has invested a major portion of his creative time into the Brandon Artists Guild since its beginnings in 1999.


The upcoming show, House of Cards, features Kimble at his playful best, with a comical and artfully handsome collection of wooden assemblages - a takeoff on kings and queens and playing cards. The sculptures utilize bits and pieces of antique wood, antique factory molds, antiquated kitchen implements, along with old playing cards -- sometimes in shadow boxes. When Kimble browses antique shops and auctions, his knowledge and love of old artifacts enables him to identify the perfect item for each fresh creation.


Whereas Kimble followed-up his folk art fame with contemporary issues-driven artwork, in the upcoming September/October House of Cards, the viewer will find a waggish collection of pieces, sometimes quietly droll, sometimes broad with slapstick, all connecting to an ordinary pack of playing cards - and each a work of art. A miniature, Ladys in Waiting, shows a row of tiny wooden shoe/leg forms, in attendance, we presume. It's Not Good to Be a Queen, made of an ancient-looking farm item, refers to the fate of Queen Marie Antoinette at the guillotine. Some other titles: All the King's Men, The Royal Flush, The Royal Guard, The Queen Mother, The Palace, The King's Knave.


Kimble's art has been the subject of one-person gallery shows in New York and Boston. He remains involved in his alma mater, Syracuse University, where his work was shown most recently in 2008, and he still serves on the Board of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse.


"Contemporary Folk Artist" is how Kimble has been known in the past, however since about 2004 Kimble has branched out into other territories, most notably a series titled "Widows of War," which was seen at Vermont's Shelburne Museum during his retrospective there in in 2008. As Warren Kimble approaches his 80th birthday, he still works every day with joyful creativity and - oblivious of his role as mentor to many -- spreading his enthusiasm to the rest of Brandon's art community and throughout the State of Vermont.


House of Cards will be on view from September 5 through November 4, at the Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St, Brandon, VT. Opening reception 5 to 7 PM on Friday September 5th . The public is invited. (Information 802 247 4956)




ArtFULL Vermont exhibit

opens at Compass


ArtFULL Vermont opens September 5th and runs through November 2nd.

Featuring works by:  Jeremy Ayers - Ben Barlow - Torrey Carroll Smith - Melanie Considine - Wendy Copp - MaryKay Dempewolffe - Diane Gabriel - Marilyn Maddison - Cristina Pellechio - Frieda Post - Susan Raber Bray - John Rivers - Janet Van Fleet - Stephanie Whitney-Payne - Mim Zelis


Why do we choose to reside here, play here, vacation here? Vermont is singular. It is known for its quality of life and diverse activities, but it is also known for its artists - and being surrounded by beautiful, engaging, hand-crafted works of art and the minds of those who created them, in turn add to that quality of life.  Vermont attracts artists who take note and respect the smallest things around us but also think big with thought-provoking works of art!


This multi-media, group exhibit celebrates the remarkable diversity of creativity throughout Vermont with work by artists in the contemporary, artisanal, and fine art fields. ArtFULL Vermont opens September 5th and runs through November 2nd.


Meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, September 12th, from 5-8pm and enjoy another art form which Vermont is known for: music! Isabel Oliart on fiddle and McKinley James on cello, winners of the Young Tradition Weekend Contest will give a performance at 6:15. Both classically trained, they will perform a mixture of New England style and Celtic music. Oliart and James are members of Young Tradition Vermont which provides opportunities for young people to learn and present traditional tunes, songs and dance, and supports families with life-threatening illnesses.


"Vermont is unique among the States in first abolishing slavery; illustrative of her gentle and palpable independence which holds true to this day. My exploration of Vermont continues every time I plant a seed or take a picture trying to capture her fleeting beauty." Diane Gabriel is a photographer who, when she chose to move to Vermont, began investigating her new State using her camera.


Janet Van Fleet's two- and three- dimensional work represents all the things we find around us - from rocks underfoot, wood from plant life, through to human life and its tools - that help to animate and inform life in our state. Similarly, the act of gathering and recycling is central to Wendy Copp's process, and for her, connects the work to a locale, resulting in "textiles" that create snapshots of a region's vegetation and wildlife.  Fashioned into articles of clothing, they stand in for the human relationship to natural processes as well as symbolize the character of the unseen wearer.


Susan Raber Bray's work in the exhibit "connects her to source". After all, clay is earth with the barest of refinements-dust that holds form.  She says, "clay is always elemental, in all shapes and firings, and I have used that rooted quality to anchor my light hearted creations of birds and goats. Both these animals have been fellow travelers in my life, spirits I've shared my home with."


Three of the artists exhibiting represent their view of Vermont in very different ways and for very different reasons.  John Rivers paints the Vermont landscape being mindful of the mystery and elegance of nature, using the older style of tonalist painting, a technique that emphasizes light, shadow and subtle use of color. Conversely, through the use of repetitive patterns, lush color, and surface design in her ceramic sculptures, Cristina Pellechio strives to capture the detail, serenity and magnificence of the physical environments she lives in. For Marilyn Maddison, she says, "photographing is like a meditation for me in which everything is about the present moment of seeing and capturing. In that focusing everything else seems to fall away.  I come away from my explorations feeling renewed and lighter in spirit."


The detailed and accurate renderings of botanical paintings are how Stephanie Whitney-Payne reflect the small things, often so familiar to us, that we no longer see how extraordinarily beautiful they are.  Likewise, Torrey Carroll Smith's acrylic paintings reflect the beauty inherent in everyday life and even mundane Vermont moments. Her work reminds the viewer of the joy found in being more receptive to the world around us and taking notice of the little things. Does this sound familiar? Vermonters choose not to miss out on the finer points; we transform the commonplace into the extraordinary.


Further enhancing ArtFull Vermont is Jeremy Ayers with his elegant, yet functional pottery, while Melanie Considine will show her dramatic hand-colored black and white photographs, and Ben Barlow exhibits his distinctive wooden bowls crafted from locally found tree burls. In addition, MaryKay Dempewolffe presents her lovingly hand-crafted Fall clothing, while Mim Zelis showcases her characterful sculpted dolls and animals, and Frieda Post exhibits her vibrant contemporary paintings.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located in Park Village at 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.) .



Woodchuck's Revenge at Brandon Music
September 13 at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is ushering in the fall music scene with a performance by Vermont's favorite, Woodchuck's Revenge.  Join us on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30pm for Woodchuck's traditional and contemporary folksongs. Their repertoire, which has been described as encyclopedic, ranges from New England fiddle tunes to modern cowboy songs; from Irish ballads to folk, blues and bluegrass.  Songs about Vermont Mountains and life in New England are staples of the group's performances, along with a healthy dose of humor and a growing number of original songs.


Woodchuck's Revenge was "born" in 1990 when Peter and Kristina Cady and their friend Sandy Morse decided that after playing together for years, it was time to "take it on the road."  In 2010, Mike Lussen, who played with the Woods Tea Company, joined the group to make an even four.  Peter plays guitar, and, infrequently bass, while Kristina also plays the bass, plus the fiddle.  Morse is on the guitar, mandolin, and banjo as Lussen plays banjo, tenor and six-string guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, and bohdran.  All four members of the group sing leads and harmonies.


A busy schedule finds the group performing all over New England, Wyoming and Montana, plus performing on Public Radio in Vermont and New York, as well as local access television. They are also regulars at colleges and community events, coffeehouses, summer concert series, as well as in festivals such as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) and the Northeast Music, Arts and Dance Festival (NOMAD).


Tickets for the concert are $15.00. A pre-concert dinner is available for an additional $20.00. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail for reservations or information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd., Brandon, VT 05733


Call to Artists: The Art of Giving - : - The Giving of Art
Holiday show, to be held from November 7, 2014 through January 11, 2015


The Compass Music and Arts Center is currently accepting work for their "Art of Giving - : -  The Giving of Art" holiday show, to be held from November 7, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

 The Holiday season is around the corner and everyone will be out looking for that perfect gift. We're looking for decorative, functional, festive, and/or simply attractive works of art, accessories, holiday ornaments and other fun gifts. Everything from tree ornaments, holiday decorations, small works of art, jewelry, scarves and more can be exhibited.


All work is accepted if it fits the following criteria: 

  • All work must be for sale and is not to exceed the price tag of $100.
  • 2D works must be framed and wired, ready to hang and come with labels stating the Artist, Title, Medium and Price. All display accessories (tables, pedestals, cabinets, racks, etc) for 3D works must be supplied by the artist. Each piece must be labeled with the artist's Name, Title (if appropriate), Medium and Price.  

For all 2D and 3D works in all media, there is an entry fee of $5 per piece submitted with a minimum requirement of 3 pieces in order to best show your work.

 For ornaments, there is a $10 fee for up to 30 ornaments. At least half the ornaments entered will be on  display at any one time. Display space in the form of a tree or other, will be provided for each contributing artist.Ornaments must be ready to hang with appropriate wire, hook, or ribbon with a price tag on each.  


 Please contact us if you wish to discuss an alternate arrangement which better suits your type of work.

 The commission rate on sold work is 35%.


 Space is limited. Your intention to participate must be made by October 6 with the submission form and materials submitted, at the very latest by, October 20. Artwork is to be delivered by November 3. Submission forms are available online at Contact us at 802-247-4295 or for more information or to state your intention to participate.


The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located in Park Village at 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.) .



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Next Chamber Meeting
 Monday, September 15th   6:30 pm
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 6:30pm 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
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