October Newsletter

Solar 101: How to go solar at no upfront cost!


Brandon Town Hall (downstairs)

Tuesday, October 7th, 7:00-8:00 PM

Solar has become widely available to Vermont homeowners in recent years, but many people still have lots of questions. Does solar really work in Vermont? How do the federal and state incentives work? Can I really go solar without any upfront cost?


Join us for a Q&A with Els Van Woert of SunCommon, at the Brandon Town Hall, to get an answer to all those questions you've been meaning to ask, or just to listen in to learn more for yourself.


We'll walk you through the basics of going solar at your own home from what makes a good solar site to how it can be affordable for you. We'll touch on new heating technologies that, paired with solar, save big on oil or propane. We'll also share more about how community solar is making saving money by going solar a reality for everyone.


HarvestFest- Saturday, October 4th was a big success.

A good time was had by young and old alike!                             



Brandon's Leaf People Day was once again, a terrific event.

 Even though it rained almost the entire 4 hours, everyone soldiered on in the wonderful Methodist church space. We appreciate everyone's patience working inside, it's a little more crowded than Central Park! The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce volunteers sent home more than 125 Leaf People with delighted new owners!

 The Chamber enjoyed sharing the event with Brandon's other non-profit organizations: Brandon Lions Club, the Harvest Program, St. Mary's Church and the Brandon Republicans Thanks to so many community members who cleaned closets and donated old clothes, hats, shoes, etc.

 The Chamber relied on the volunteer help of many people (too many people to mention here) to make the event a success and for making and hanging so many of the wonderful scarecrows hanging all over town. However, we would be remiss not to thank a few special people for helping with this event: Bart Lund for pre-assembling and cutting wood for many of the Leaf People frames. Bart is 93 years old and has been doing this for over 15 years! And most especially Sally Wood for her year-round dedication and vision and to her small but able team this year who worked the full 4 hours helping folks make their leaf person- Dennis Marden, Wendy Bizzarro and Sue Gage. Our master carpenters, Brian Coolidge, Dick Kirby and Dennis Holman took care of all the frames. Thanks too to Steve Carr, Nancy Leary, Wayne & Kathy Rausenberger, Christy Gahagan and Al Leavitt for their help. The Harvest Program donated hay and provided hay rides (not a lot of business on this drizzly day huh Ken??).

 Thanks again to the Brandon Methodist Church for allowing us to use their hall and thanks to all of you for supporting this fun event.


Bernie Carr, executive director, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce



These events take a lot of effort, if you can help, the Chamber can always use more volunteers. Please call Bernie Carr at 247-6401 if you want to join in the fun at next year's HarvestFest.

Farmers market Harvest Fair
Saturday October 11th  10-4pm

Farmers market Harvest Fair, Saturday Oct. 11th, 10-4.  Live music, food, cider, apples and fall veggies plus many craft vendors.  Come celebrate the end of Farmers Market season.
Come enjoy the food, fun and friendly folks!!

Inside Scoop
The Timeline


Now through Sun., Nov. 2:

    We have it all including full ice cream and your favorite soda fountain treats. Plus the "25% Off Everything Outside Sale"
continues. New items being added daily!

Mon., Nov. 3  -  Fri., Nov. 14:  We will be closed to regroup.

Sat., Nov. 15  -  Wed., Dec. 31:  Open every day ('cept Xmas) with added savings every week. First week: 25% Off Everything Storewide.
Freezers will be off. No more ice cream.

Sundays, Dec. 7 & 14: Gingerbread Decorating Events.
Pre-registration required.

The Inside Scoop & Antiques By The Falls

Hours: 10 am  -  6 pm. Questions? 802-247-6600



Save the date! All Welcome!

Sunday, October 12th, Noon-4pm


Free Community Event

Pig Roast, Live Music by Snake Mountain Bluegrass

Educational Corn Maze, Farm Animals, Games & Fun for all ages

Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program

898 Delorm Road in Leicester

Follow signs from Route 7 North of Brandon

Donations Graciously Accepted

Teeshirts, Raffle, Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds for Sale


Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization and a member of United Way of both Rutland and Addison Counties.


October performance
at the Town Hall
A busy season winds down!
OCTOBER 18TH SILENT MOVIE..."CHILLER THEATER" Our very popular "Chiller Theater" will conclude our Silent MovieFestival and will be held in the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, October 18th at 7:00 pm. This annual event takes place in the unheated town hall and everyone dresses accordingly. From hats to mittens to blankets, folks file in to enjoy our last event of the season (Maybe we will get lucky and it will be hot out!!!!) Jeff Rapsis brings his multi-talented skills to this double feature starring Lon Chaney just in time for Halloween. Two classic silent films that will creep you out. In "The Unknown" (1927). Lon Chaney plays "Alonzo the Armless", a disabled circus performer smitten with Joan Crawford. What he does to prove his love for her makes for an unforgettably twisted tale from director Tod Browing. Plus: a second Lon Chaney feature will be shown to complete your chilling night. This is a Free Will offering event sponsored by: Lake Sunapee Bank.
  Thanks for all the support, this was our busiest season ever!


Rutland Regional Planning Commission
Public forum on Thursday, October 16th- 7-9pm

  The Rutland Regional Planning Commission has started work on a project called the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative (VERI) which the town of Brandon has been selected to participate in. VERI is a project of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and its aim is to help the state and local communities by evaluating local flood risk to business and infrastructure, and identify the steps communities and the state can take to minimize rebuilding and recovery costs and ensure businesses stay open. There will be two community workshops in Brandon over the next several months, and the project will culminate in a report with strategies for how the town can make its economic center more resilient.
There will be a community forum on Thursday, October 16th from 7-9pm. Please see the attached flier for more info veri community forum flier
2014 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

Dan Boyce- Bankers Life- Insurance Agent- 802-345-0359  dan.boyce@bankers.com

Suncommon- Residential solar power. 802-318-1809  els@suncommon.com

Wintergreen Residential Care Home- Mary & Mike Jensen. 802-247-5987  m3jensen@comcast.net

Sue Gage & Bob Induni
Rod & Judi Pulsifer 
-Daniel Murphy Auctions
-Sharon Stearns CPA,PLLC
-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)

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 www.cmacvt.org. Contact us at 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org 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.) .



Beginning Piano Lessons

Beginning piano lessons are now being offered at Compass Music and Arts Center. Instructor, Kim Hewitt has taught piano for the past ten years in Bristol, Vermont and currently teaches at Otter Valley Union High School.


The lessons, which are open to children and adults, will be offered Monday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm, starting October 6th. $15 for a half hour lesson. Call Kim at 802-989-1694 to schedule lessons or for further details.


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.). www.cmacvt.org



Flute performance by Vermont Virtuosi at Brandon Music
Brandon Music- October 10th

Vermont Virtuosi, Vermont's dynamic chamber music series, continues its innovative programming with a concert for multiple flutes at Brandon Music on October 10th at 7:30pm. The Times Argus says the ensemble, which is led by artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer, presents "intriguing programs expertly played".


Joining Maurer will be some of the finest flutists in New England, performing music by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Caliendo, Seussdorf, and Vermont composer David Gunn. UVM and Middlebury College Affiliate Artist Anne Janson will solo in Mozart's "Andante in C." Other members of the ensemble include Hilary Goldblatt, Alison Hale, Melissa Mielens, Robin Cameron Phillips, and Norman Thibodeau. Together, the large flute ensemble plays the full array, playing piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute.


Among the ensembles in which these musicians perform are the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra.


Tickets are $15.00 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.00.  Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or more information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.  www.brandon-music.net 



Songsmith, David Berkeley, to perform at Brandon Music


Saturday, October 11th

Itinerant songsmith and author David Berkeley went out into the sagebrush and cactus of New Mexico and found his head was similarly ablaze.  It is in this location that he writes songs capable of both breaking and mending the heart.  Brandon Music will have a superlative evening of music when Berkeley performs on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30pm.

 Berkeley's doleful baritone and vulnerable falsetto, called "lustrous and melancholy" by the New York Times showcase his profoundly elegiac lyrics.  Berkeley cites Yeats and Melville among his greatest influences.  For his unique way with words, the San Francisco Chronicle dubbed Berkeley a "musical poet".  David is an American literary songwriter, a poster child, and not simply because he graduated from Harvard.

 A New Jersey native, Berkeley has lived in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Berkeley and Corsica.  Santa Fe is now home where he lives with his wife and two sons.  He has written a memoir, "140 Goats and a Guitar" and is working on a second book.

 The Houston Chronicle sums up Berkeley's style: "There's an understated quality about Berkeley's songwriting and music... he has a gift for metaphor and turning a phrase, but his songs tend to be fairly relatable.  Musically they start as what you'd call folk - though not earnest, wide-eyed hippie folk.  The songs Berkeley sings have a light lush and layered sound."

 Berkeley's hit song "Fire Sign" originally appeared in the CBS-TV show "Without a Trace".  Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author, asked Berkeley to write a song based on his new novel.  Berkeley is the recipient of the ASCAP's Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award.  He maintains a near-constant touring schedule both in the states and abroad.  He has opened for Adele, Mumford & Sons, Don Mclean, Billy Bragg and many more.  Berkeley has performed on Mountain Stage, the World Café and numerous other venues. 

"Berkeley's gift as a songwriter and storyteller is that he sees both the tragedy and the comedy in life, managing to both reveal the sorrow at the heart of the human condition and the blazing joy and beauty in the same", says the Albuquerque Journal.  Berkeley tells uproarious stories between heartbreaking songs.  His fans respond so deeply to his music and look to him to express what they are often unable to articulate.


Concert tickets are $15.  A pre-concert dinner is available for $20.  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.  www.brandon-music.net


Brandon Music presents the Emily Mure Trio


Saturday, October 18th

Brandon Music is fortunate once again to welcome Emily Mure, singer-songwriter.  The Emily Mure Trio, with Audrey Q. Snyder on cello and Emily DiAngelo on oboe and English horn, combines Emily's folk style singing and songwriting with classical instrumentation. They perform Saturday, October 18 at 7:30pm.

 Mure writes all the arrangements for the trio, putting a classical spin on modern folk music.  The trio performs Emily's original songs as well as cover songs of artists such as Radiohead and Cake.

 Growing up in New York City, Emily got her start in music by playing the oboe.  After graduating from La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, she attended Ithaca College majoring in both Oboe Performance and Psychology.  Following college, Emily moved to Ireland where she performed as a street busker, writing songs about her travels and the people she met in Ireland.  'Where I Began', Mure's first album reflects her Irish inspired singing and songwriting.  In 2013 Emily released her second album, 'Odyssey'. "Odyssey is an album of unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop", says Direct Current Music.

 Mure was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a third place finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour songwriting competition, and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, The Douks, Garrison Starr and many more.  Her songs have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC.


Tickets are $15. A pre-concert dinner is available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. For reservations or information call (802)465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net  Brandon music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net | www.emilymure.com 


Bette Moffett Memorial Exhibit
Compass Music and Arts Center.

The name 'Bette Moffett' is well-known in the Brandon area for good reason. During her forty-five years in the town, she became the true meaning of a "pillar of the community". A memorial exhibit in honor of Bette, put together with the help of her friends, is on display through the month of October at the Compass Music and Arts Center.


When you walk into the exhibit, you feel as though Bette has welcomed you into her living room and there is a chair waiting for you. From her many awards, books, hats, collectibles, and of course her own chair, the exhibit gives a glimpse into the person who touched so many lives in the community she cared for so deeply. 


Bette was modest when it came to her civic endeavors, but loved the spotlight when it came to performing - she loved to sing and entertain! In community terms, Bette had a passion for her home of Brandon, and despite no formal teaching degree, there was nothing more important to her than children and their education. 


The description for the recipient of the Vermont Board of Education's Martha H. O'Connor Award, which Bette received in 2008, exemplifies her dedication to children and their education: someone who "celebrates the achievements of others, does not claim credit for themselves, and who always makes children a priority."


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.) . www.cmacvt.org





The Ann Hutchins Band performs at Brandon Music

Saturday, November 1 at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is proud to present the Ann Hutchins Band on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30pm.  This familiar group of talented musicians will play a fun mix of Latin, Swing and R&B, featuring songs by Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Kurt Weill.  Jazz and pop standards from the 1950's and 1960's will also be in the mix, as well as some of Hutchins' own original songs.


The band is comprised of Ann Hutchins, lead vocals; Kenny Cifone, congas and trumpet; Glendon Ingalls, bass and trumpet; Rob Zollman, percussion; Steven MacLauchlan, saxophone and flute; and Chuck Miller, piano.


A native Vermonter and lifelong musician, Ann Hutchins is a classically trained soprano who happily fell off the page to sing jazz and other contemporary styles of music.  She has studied at the Tanglewood Institute and Crane School of Music.  Hutchins has been singing and teaching throughout the state of Vermont for 20 years.  She is also a certified body-centered therapist, practicing resident kinesiology.  Hutchins has used these disciplines to develop teaching methods that are streamlined and fun.


Kenny Cifone is currently teaching middle school music at Otter Valley Union High School.  He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Queens College.  Cifone plays in many local bands including the Keating Five, Feral Godmother, Enerjazz and the Brandon Town Band.


Bass player Glendon Ingalls is a multi-instrumentalist who performs regularly on string bass, electric bass, valve trombone, sousaphone and trumpet.  He is a trumpet and string bass instructor at Middlebury College.  Ingalls has recorded with a wide variety of groups including the Vermont Jazz Ensemble and Onion River Jazz Band.


Percussionist Rob Zollman has been a performer and teacher for over 35 years.  He attended Berklee College of Music and the University of the Arts.  Zollman has appeared in numerous bands in Philadelphia, New York and Vermont and is currently owner/director of Hands-On Music, a community music making center, music school and store located in Brandon.


Steven MacLauchlan, on alto and tenor saxophone and flute, has been performing throughout the northeast since the mid 70s.  As a Vermont Jazz Ensemble Alumnus, he worked as a sectional player and featured soloist.  MacLauchlan has worked both in big bands and with small groups.  He has performed with trombonist/Grammy Award nominee Dennis Wilson, tenor saxophonist Jerry Jerome and The Spinners, among others.


Chuck Miller has played piano professionally in Vermont for 20 years with such great artists as Sandra Wright, Rick Redington and Jenny Johnson.  Miller studied music composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and is currently teaching music at the Mary Hogan School in Middlebury.


Tickets are $15. A pre-concert dinner is available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. For reservations or information call (802)465-4071 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net  Brandon music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net 

Learn Basket Weaving at Compass
Sunday, November 2nd from 10-3pm

Join Maura Clancy, of Red Barn Baskets, for a one day basket making workshop at the Compass Music and Arts Center on Sunday, November 2nd from 10-3pm. No experience is necessary.

 Just in time for the holidays, participants will make their own versatile market basket. Use it as a centerpiece for your holiday table, give it as a special gift, or put it to use around the house.  Come have fun and learn a new and rewarding skill - you will be surprised with the finished product!

 Maura has been a basket maker for 10 years, creating hand-woven baskets of traditional design in addition to designs of her own. She has displayed and taught basket weaving throughout Vermont.
 The class fee, which is due in advance, is $80. Materials are included, but each participant is asked to bring their own spray bottle, tape measure, flat head screw driver, a towel and sharp scissors. The class size is limited and the deadline to sign up is October 29th so register now by calling 802-247-4295 or email info@cmacvt.org.


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.) . www.cmacvt.org


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 http://www.gofundme.com/OtterValleytoFringeFest. 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.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


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)

Please Practice Polite Parking :)
Be aware of your fellow businesses and their needs.

We all have to be aware of parking by our employees in the downtown. Try to park off the main streets when possible, and if you park out front before other businesses open, try to move your vehicle after regular hours kick in.
 There's lots of off-street parking so take advantage of it when you can.
Remember we're here for hours working, but our customers are only popping in for a short time, so let's make it easy and convenient for them to shop and support all of our businesses.

Thanks for making it easier for all of our customers.

BIZ Cards





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"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.


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 www.vaceinsurance.com
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting
 Monday, October 20th   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
802-247-6401 ~  info@brandon.org   www.brandon.org

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