November 2014
Chamber Newsletter

Memory Tree
It's that time of year again, our Memory Tree will be lit on Sunday, November 30th at 3:30pm.


 Bulbs in memory of loved ones cost $1.00 each and help keep the tree lit all season -- brightening our darkest days. At the Tree Lighting Festivities, the Otter Valley Union High School Chorale, under direction of Patrick Roberts, and Brandon's Festival Singers, led by Gene Childers, will usher in the season.

Singing begins at 3:30 pm in Brandon's Central Park. Following the singing, a prayer will be offered and the Memory Tree will be lit for the season.

Purchase of Memory Light Bulbs in memory of loved ones can be made by sending $1 per name to: Memory Tree, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733. Or drop off at Carr's Florist & Gifts

For more information, contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401


Click here for a printable   Memory Tree form




"Set a Festive Holiday Table"

At The Lilac Inn- Saturday, November 22, 

 1 - 6 PM Sunday, November 23, 12noon - 5 PM


Home Store                      Creative Fiber Design          

Blue Moon                        Vermont Kitchen Supply       

The Inn on Park Street     The Lilac Inn              

Found Objects                  Carr's Florist & Gifts                            

The Brandon Inn               Shapiros                                   

       Sheri's Diner/Plan-It Sheri Catering  


 Meet us at the Lilac Inn in Brandon on Saturday, November 22, from 1-6 PM or on Sunday, November 23, from 12Noon to 5 PM. You will see fabulous tables set for holiday entertaining. Start the holiday shopping season with a preview of holiday table setting and gift ideas from downtown Brandon merchants and Inns. Enjoy the many tables and their creative settings and centerpieces, and get ideas for your own holiday celebrations.


There is NO ADMISSION CHARGE, so please plan to stop by when you are in town Saturday or Sunday for the OVHS musical or Neshobe School's holiday bazaar.                                 



Admission is free - refreshments - door prizes Saturday & Sunday

Sponsored by "MAIN STREET" Downtown Brandon, VT



  SATURDAY, Nov. 29- Small Business Saturday
Shop Local!

Since 2010, customers and small businesses alike have been able to kick start their holiday shopping season on a day celebrating the uniqueness, charm and economic impact that small businesses bring to communities nationwide. Recognized as Small Business Saturday, taking place the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year - this celebratory day was founded to encourage consumers across the country to support local, small businesses within their hometowns and beyond. Small Business Saturday has quickly become widely recognized as the day to kick start the holiday shopping season. Anchored between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, small businesses stand out thanks in part to the national media attention Small Business Saturday generates, but also in part to the individual efforts of small business owners nationwide. So get out November 29th and support your friends and neighbors and keep your dollars local!



Brandon's Moonlight Madness Set for Wed., Dec. 3 and Thurs., Dec. 18

Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Feel Good

Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local!

   Brandon's Moonlight Madness event is for shoppers looking for unique gifts, one-of-a-kind items, and exceptional customer service. The event brings friends and neighbors together as people pour into town bringing holiday cheer and spirits.

   Moonlight Madness specials and discounts begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 3 and repeated on Thursday, December 18. Shops will stay open until 9:00 pm. Downtown Brandon has new shops, so come for a shopping and dining experience which can't be found at the mall or over the Internet! All throughout town, there will be bargains, sales, specials, drawings, exceptional refreshments and a terrific shopping experience.

   Many shops offering 20% off storewide and a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks!

Se the offers of many of our business here  Moonlight Madness offerings


For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 247-6401.

The Spirit of the Season: Winter in Vermont

Brandon Artists Guild Member Show

As the season changes and the mountains are revealed in all their glory, the members of the Brandon Artists Guild are creating exciting new work .

Vermont is a place of beauty and wonder in every season. The cycle of life continues with secrets hidden under blankets of snow, and trees revealed as sculptural form. Artistic inspiration is

This new collection of winter themed work will feature a variety of styles and media including framed original art, prints, jewelry, wood, clay and glass with prices no more than $200.  A collection of handmade ornaments will be featured as well.

The show will continue through the end of January 2015.


The Brandon Artists Guild is located at 7 Center St. Brandon, VT, 05733.

Open daily, 10am to 5pm. 802-247-4956.


Holiday Art-ernoon Tea at Compass
Holiday cheer, art, tea and shopping

   Come to the Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC) on December 6th from 12-5pm for some holiday cheer, art, tea and shopping! Enjoy complimentary Christmas tea and freshly baked holiday scones while browsing the recently expanded gift shops and the new Art of Giving - : - The Giving of Art holiday show. Café CMAC will also be open, serving lunch, coffee, and tasty desserts.

   The CMAC book shop offers a wide range of new and used music, literary, and art related books, while the classical music store supplies you with the wide collection of CDs from the international classical recording company, the Divine Art Recordings Group. Divine Art produces everything from easy listening to the avant-garde, featuring orchestral, vocal and instrumental music and specializes in the rare and rediscovered. Christmas collectibles, note cards, candles and music ephemera are also bountiful within the Compass stores.

   Support your local creative community by shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts in the Art of Giving - : - The Giving of Art holiday show. Featuring the works of local artists, you will find fine art, distinctive paper creations, beautiful jewelry, photography, textiles, holiday ornaments and decorations, all at affordable prices. 

   Spend some time at Compass and get to know one of your local businesses while checking items off that holiday shopping list!

   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.) .


Holiday jazz and love songs with Sarah Stone and Fred Barnes at Brandon Music

December 13, at 7:30pm

  Sarah Stone and Fred Barnes are bringing holiday jazz to Brandon Music on December 13, at 7:30pm. The duo will perform holiday classics with a jazz twist as well as some great jazz standards that are new to their repertoire.

   Since meeting and forming an immediate musical connection in 1998, Stone and Barnes have developed their performances to include musical standards from the 1940's to the present. Theirs is a musical relationship formed in Jazz, Blues, Broadway and even contemporary selections that make their audiences want to sing along and get up and dance! After a recent performance, an audience member observed, "With this jazz team, the melody is never sacrificed, it's embraced!"

   Sarah Stone began her professional career in musical theater in her home state of Florida and eventually toured nationally, singing and dancing her way from Maine to Montana.  Stone can often be found on stage locally at Middlebury Town Hall Theater and Vergennes Opera House.    She has played parts in productions such as Company, Guys and Dolls, Smokey Joe's Café, Oliver!, Cinderella and Shrek the Musical, as well as locally debuting her own one woman show, "Laverne DeVoe: Isn't She Dead?".

   Fred Barnes has performed throughout the Northeast in venues such as New York City supper clubs, nightspots and even the Sheraton Russell Hotel. He and his piano have brought their style of jazz all over Vermont to large and small audiences, as well as aboard cruise ships (yes, folks, the Countess & QEII!). Douglas Anderson, Executive Director of the Middlebury Town Hall Theater, says Barnes "is a master. In Fred's hands even the oldest standard becomes as fresh as the day it was written."

   The singer and pianist duo will most certainly serve up a program of music that will get everyone in a holiday frame of mind!

   Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for $20.  Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.  Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail for reservations or more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. 



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



Enter into the spirit of the holiday season! Support your local creative community by shopping for the perfect gift at the Art of Giving - : - The Giving of Art holiday show at the Compass Music and Arts Center. Featuring the works of local artists, you will find an array of one-of-a-kind gifts, which you can't wait to give. Select from fine art, distinctive paper creations, beautiful jewelry, photography, textiles, home goods, holiday ornaments and decorations and classical CDs for the discerning music enthusiast, all at affordable prices.


The Art of Giving - : - The Giving of Art opens November 7 and runs through January 11, 2015. Featured artists include Mary Cliver, Barb DeHart, Barbara Gutheil, Sarah Hewitt, Jill Kleinman, Sara Longworth, Cristina Pellechio, Kristen Varian, Andrea Varney, and recorded music from the Divine Art Recordings Group.


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.) .




Inside Scoop/
Antiques By the Falls
The Timeline


NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 31 - ANTIQUES BY THE FALLS - Closing timetable: Open every day except Thanksgiving & Christmas from 10 am  -  6 pm. No ice cream. All non-edible items will be sold at discounted prices. As the weeks progress, the discounts increase. The longer you wait, chances are that "special something" might be scooped up by someone else! Starting at 25% storewide from Nov. 15  -  23 and building up to 50% off storewide from Dec. 26 - 31.


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




"Chicago" The Musical To Be Performed At OVUHS
November 20,21,22,23

Otter Valley Union's Walking Stick Theatre will perform Bob Fosse's iconic musical "Chicago," November 20th-23rd. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday begin at 7:00pm, while Sunday's matinee begins at 2:30pm.

   The original Broadway production opened in 1975 and it became one of the longest running shows in Broadway history.

   The musical is set in Chicago in the 1920s and follows the story of Roxie Hart - a young Hollywood wanna-be who's arrested for killing her lover. The press goes into a frenzy covering her arrest and trial.

   The story is based on real events that happened in Chicago in 1924, but the musical is definitely a satire on the concept of the celebrity criminal and corruption in the criminal justice system.

   Jeffrey Hull, Theater Director at Otter Valley Union admits it's an edgy and sometimes risky show for high school students to perform. But he says he had the right cast this year to handle the subject matter, brash songs and flashy choreography.

   He says audiences will no doubt recognize "All That Jazz," one of the signature hits of the production and enjoy the many dance numbers. He says their stylish yet minimalistic staging and sets focus attention on the cast and story line and he's excited to see the crowd's reaction.

   Ticket's for Chicago cost $10 for adults and $8 for students at the door. They'll be sold in advance at Carr's Florist in Brandon for $8.00 for all patrons. Get your tickets early as performances do tend to sell out.


 This musical has some mild language and may not be appropriate for children under 12. 


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.

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- four 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
Internet Service
Security System
Conference Room
Comfortable Waiting Area
Kitchen with Refrigerator, Stove and Dishwasher
Bathroom with Shower
Handicapped Entrance
Off-street Parking
Rent: $350 - 375/month includes utilities

Affordable, Professional and Private!
Contact- Stephanie Zak Jerome
247-3214 (office)

Little Pressroom Newsletter
Take a peek at news and offerings from our Little Pressroom up in Middlebury!
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Call to Artists: 2nd Annual Winter Art Mart

The Compass Music and Arts Center is currently accepting work for their 2nd annual Winter Art Mart, to be held from January 16 through March 29, 2015. The Winter Art Mart is a great opportunity to show and sell your 2 and 3-dimensional works of art in any medium. Winter scenes or work with a winter theme are encouraged but not required.


There is no jury. All work is accepted if it meets certain criteria. See the submission form online at or contact or 802-247-4295 for more details or with questions. To participate, see the submission form and contact Compass by December 12th. All artwork must be delivered by Monday, Jan. 12th.


Compass Music and Arts Center 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.).


New England Maple Museum
New hours of operation

After a busy spring, summer and foliage season, hours of operation will be returning to our shorter hours. They are as follows: open 10:00am until 4:00pm daily. The museum closes at 3:30pm and we suggest people come at least by 3:00pm in order to have ample time to enjoy the museum and still have time to enjoy the gift shop as well. The gift shop closes at 4:00pm.

Brandon's Homespun Tour
"Vermont Celebrates American Craft Week" wins National recognition!!

The National Committee of American Craft Week is pleased to announce that "Vermont Celebrates American Craft Week" has won a coveted Star Award for the Top Event Award of 2014 during the American Craft Week.
American Craft Week is a ten-day celebration of handmade craft that encompasses more than 1,000 events in all fifty states. This is a group to the State of Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Vermont Crafts Council, Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Chaffee Art Center.

Check out Brandon's award winning Homespun Tour!  Brandon Homespun Tour

2014 New Members- go to for more info on our newest members

LifeBridge Christian Church- Pastor Roger Foster- Located at 97 Frog Hollow Lane (the old Sportsman Club) 802-247-5433 find out more at


-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
-Banker Life- Dan Boyce Agent
-Suncommon residential solar power- Els Van Woert
-HIBU- Jillian Vitagliano
-Wintergreen Residential Care Home- Mary & Mike Jensen
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)


Sue Gage & Bob Induni
Rod & Judi Pulsifer
Paying the bills.
2015 Chamber dues

In November, Chamber members will be receiving their 2015 dues invoices. Dues are being emailed directly from our billing software.

The email is from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and the Subject says:
 "New invoice ###### from Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, sent using FreshBooks" 

For the fourth straight year, the Chamber Board of Directors has decided to hold dues steady. Board members are delighted to be able to continue to provide the same great benefits to members and the general community, without raising dues.

Please pay promptly so we can spend more time on programs, events and activities, rather than bookkeeping!

For more info, contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or

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





"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.


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 

Next Chamber Meeting
 Monday, November 17th   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 ~

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