Early December 2014
Chamber Newsletter




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!

See the deals from many of our business here  Moonlight Madness offerings


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




Annual Brandon Library Auction- This Sunday !!
December 7th from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Come to support our Little Treasure- The Brandon Free Public Library

The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library's Annual Holiday Auction will take place on Sunday, December 7th from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.  This is the most important fundraising event the Library holds in the course of the year.  The income from this auction and from the Used Book Sale provide the funds for the acquisition of new books, multi-media and other materials over the course of the year. 

Over 50 local patrons, artists and Brandon businesses donate wreaths, dinners for two, birdhouses, gift certificates and many more unique and collectable items.  Our auctioneers are also unique and worth the price of admission.  Preview the week before and from 2:00 -2:30 p.m. on the day of the auction.  There will be refreshments and door prizes.  Requested donation $1.  Call 247-8230 for more info and check us out on Facebook for pictures of many of the items up for auction.

Brandon Festival Singers
Annual Holiday Concert
December 14th- 3:00pm

The Brandon Festival Singers, under the direction of Gene Childers, present the 34rd Annual Brandon Carol Festival featuring traditional, contemporary and original music for the Christmas Season on  Sunday December 14, 2013 at the Brandon Congregational Church at 3 p.m.  The thirty voice choir will be joined by a guest singer, a flute soloist and a delightful children's choir.  Don't miss this popular event.  A free will offering will be taken.

Sun, Nature & Sustainability-Themed POP-UP ART GALLERY! 

SunCommon invites you to visit our "Pop-Up" Art Gallery featuring wonderful works of local art in our downtown Rutland storefront space this holiday season. We've filled our bare walls with beautiful sun, nature or sustainability-themed artwork while also giving you the opportunity to purchase local art and crafts!


Where: SunCommon store within Small Dog Electronics, 116 West Street, Downtown Rutland.


When: 10 am - 5 pm, Wednesdays - Fridays (December 3rd-5th, 10th-12th & 17th- 19th). The gallery will stay open until 9 pm on Friday, December 12th for an art event & solar party!

All artists, family, friends & members of the public are welcome!


Contact: Els Van Woert, 802-318-1809 or els@suncommon.com 


FOSTERing WELLNESS annual Toy Day!!!
Rutland location, on Dec 10th or the Brandon location on Dec 12th

LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING!  It's Toy Day again at FOSTERing WELLNESS!  We are marking 26 years of collecting toys for the local toy project.  Each year we invite our current practice members to bring a toy in exchange for a chiropractic adjustment.  Whatever you would normally pay for an office visit, we will accept the new, unwrapped toy in it's place.  This applies to normal cash fees or discounted fees, co-pays and co-insurances.  This is a one day only opportunity. We encourage you to find a gift or gifts of equal value to your normal time of service fee.  We will then turn these gifts over to the folks at the Brandon Toy Project so that they may distribute them to the families and children in need.  What a great way to help out our community.  

If you have been considering becoming a practice member, and would like to take part in the project, please drop in with your Toy at either the Rutland location, on Dec 10th or the Brandon location on Dec 12th and see what the "FUN" is all about.  While there, make an appointment to have a complimentary consultation.  We will set aside some time for you in the next week or two so that you may take a tour of the office and visit with the doctor and tell us of your health concerns and your health goals.  Because of your generosity, there will be no charge for this visit.  It's a low cost way (a toy for the kids is all) for you to find out more about us and learn if we can help you achieve your health goals.  The whole day is a Win Win Win.  We get the opportunity to serve and meet more people and do what we love, (adjust and restore nerve function, we call it "turning on the power").  You get the opportunity to give and be blessed for the giving, and you get to have your "power turned on."  And local children receive the benefit of your generosity.   

Join us and make this our most successful TOY DAY ever!

Dr. Charles L. Foster, Dr. Renee Thompson, Dr. Taryn Mason and the wonderful friendly staff (elves) at FOSTERing WELLNESS

Brandon's Memory Tree
Our tree was lit with singing, fellowship
and a prayer.

Brandon's Memory Tree was lit this past Sunday and gives us all a moment to remember as we walk and drive by on a regular basis. The annual lighting of the tree ushers in the holiday season. The tree is a beautiful reminder year-round of our loved ones. The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone who contributed to the Memory Tree, which helps keep our town lit during our shortest days. Names will be printed in an upcoming Reporter newspaper. Thanks to the many people who assisted with this activity:

  • Dennis Marden and Paul Gurney for the graceful tree lights.
  • Russ McColman and Kerrie Quinn for wonderfully lighting the Central Park trees and gazebo as well as assisting many downtown business owners with their trees.
  • Charlene & Jim Bryant for their tallying of the Memory Tree names.
  • The lovely singing voices of the OVUHS Senior Chorale under the direction of Pat Roberts and a contingent from the Brandon Festival Singers under the direction of Gene Childers.

  • Pastor Roger Foster of the LifeBridge Christian Church for the prayer.


Happy Holidays from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce 



"Set a Festive Holiday Table"

Was held at The Lilac Inn November 22 and 23.


We hope you were lucky enough to stop by and see the beautiful displays and wide range of gifts and holiday ideas that were presented in such beautiful and novel ways by many of our local merchants.


Thanks to the following participants and especially Judy Bunde and her Main Street crew for organizing this special event.  

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 

Sponsored by "MAIN STREET" Downtown Brandon, VT



And of course, thanks to Shelley and Doug Sawyer for graciously hosting us once again at the Lilac Inn.




VSO Brass Quintet with Counterpoint Chorus
December 22 at 7:00 p.m.

The Counterpoint Chorus joins the VSO Brass Quintet for another heart-warming celebration of the holiday season.  Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for seniors/students  Under 18 free but ticket needed and are available at Lake Sunapee Bank and the Boys and Girls Club.

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. www.brandonartistsguild.org.


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.) . www.cmacvt.org


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 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 



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.) . www.cmacvt.org




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



Christmas concert at Brandon Music featuring Dickerson and Nop
December 20th at 7:30pm

Matthew Dickerson and Susan Nop join us here at Brandon Music on Saturday, December 20th at 7:30pm to present a concert celebrating their Christmas CD "The Brilliant Whiteness of Snow".  This harmony-rich lyric-oriented Americana music duo brings together influences of folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, country and the singer-songwriter tradition with a unique mix of their originals.  They will perform a variety of other songs and covers of their favorite artists such as Over the Rhine, Pierce Pettis, Buddy and Julie Miller.  Nop (piano, accordion, vocals) and Dickerson (guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals) will be joined by Dutton Smith (bass, violin, percussion, vocals).


Dickerson, prior to his collaborative efforts with Nop, received national radio airplay as a songwriter, bassist, and one of the original members of the blues band Deep Freyed.  Dickerson appeared solo with Deep Freyed and more recently with the band Zephyr.  He has performed music at clubs, colleges, and festivals around New England as well as in venues in Texas, British Columbia and New Jersey.  Dickerson is also the author of numerous books.


Susan Nop is a musician and teacher in Middlebury, Vermont.  She is lead vocalist, pianist and songwriter behind the Americana musical quartet Zephyr.  Tapping into her southern roots, she brings both passion and authenticity to her work.  Jeff Rehbach, conductor of the Middlebury Community Chorus, notes that "Susan weaves a wonderful tapestry of melody and harmony as a pianist.  Her singing brings lyrics to life with sincerity and spirit".  Nop currently enjoys solo performance and collaborations with other musicians, both in the classical and Americana traditions. Susan notes that, "playing music has always been a delight for me.  Whether it is the simple beauty of an Appalachian tune or the fire and fury of Beethoven, performing evokes the sense that I'm a small part of a long tradition.  I hope to communicate that sense of belonging to others when I play."


Tickets are $15. A pre-concert dinner is available for $20.  Venue is BYOB. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. For reservations or information call (802)247-4295 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net  Brandon music is located at 62 Country Club Rd., Brandon, VT 05733. www.brandon-music.net 

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- 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)

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 www.cmacvt.org or contact info@cmacvt.org 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.).


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

Watch WCAX two part story on Swan & Stone in New York's Grand Central Station!!

2014 New Members- go to Brandon.org 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 www.lbccvt.com


-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

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 info@brandon.org

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 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- NO meeting in December-
 Monday, January 19th 2015 at 6:30
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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