April 23, 2015
Chamber Newsletter

Community Discussion and Information Forum
BRANDON CARES, a community organization dedicated to education, outreach, treatment and prevention of opiate drug addiction is sponsoring a Community Discussion and Information Forum

 Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm at the Brandon Inn, Park Street in Brandon.

The focus area will be: Motherhood and Addiction.

Our guests will be Laura Bishop, a local woman who has dealt with this and Clay Gilbert from Evergreen Substance Abuse Services, who will speak about the BAMBI program (Babies and Mothers Beginning In-sync). A participant in the program will accompany Clay. Food will be available. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.



The Create Fashion Event- to Benefit the Boy & Girls Club of Rutland County
Sunday, April 26th  4:30-7:00pm

Please click on the link for a full color invite and information!!  Create Fashion Event

Congratulations and best of luck!!
Dave Atherton- Brandon's new Town manager!

The Chamber wishes Dave all the best in his new adventure. Cooperation between the various organizations, boards and groups is paramount and we look forward to working with Dave to continue moving the Brandon, Forest Dale area into the future.

OVUHS students

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is now accepting scholarship application forms from graduating OVUHS students pursuing a course of study in business or business-related major. The $500.00 Chamber Scholarship will be presented to a student who is well-rounded, has participated in school and outside activities, who is pursuing higher education, and is planning on a career in business or aspires to be entrepreneurial. Interested students should contact the Guidance Office for applications.

The deadline for applying is Monday, May 11, 2015.

For more information, you may also call the Chamber at 247-6401.


 DRUMSTRONG Vermont! May 9 from Noon to 5
5 hour "drum-a-thon" to raise funds and awareness in the fight to beat cancer.

Raising money to beat cancer
This year, Hands-On Music / DRUMSTRONG Vermont will raise funds for Breast Cancer initiatives, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). You can also pledge your donations to initiatives of your own choosing.

The drumming starts at noon at Hands-On Music, 27 Center Street, Brandon, VT and goes continuously until 5 PM. You can drum for as little or as much time as you'd like, but we'll need to have at least 3 people drumming at all times. Instruments will be provided, or bring your own percussion instrument (drums, shakers, woodblocks, bells, frying pans, etc.).
Ways to donate
1. Sponsor a drummer.
2. Make an outright donation.
3. Silent auction: bid on an item, offer an item.
  Hands On Music- 802-247-2700
Click here for more inf-  DRUMSTRONG Vermont

Village Spa-Girl's Night Out Chocolate Tasting Party
Thursday, April 30 at 6:00pm

Who doesn't love chocolate?! Join us for a Girl's Night Out Chocolate Tasting party with Dove Chocolate Discoveries. It's the same DoveŽ chocolate we all love, used in exclusive products you can only buy at a party. We're going to have a great time trying chocolate in totally different ways like a Chocolate Martini and more! Feel free to bring along a friend - the more the merrier!

We will also be offering up mini spa treatments as part of your night out. Reservations required.

$30 per person..pay in advance to save your spot.





Chamber members and area non-profits


Chamber members and Area Non-Profits -- we would like to publish your summer events in our Summer Events Flier which will be mailed in June to all mailboxes in the 05733 and 05778 zip codes.

This is a great opportunity to get the word out at no cost to you! We have many events already, so please send details as soon as possible to the Chamber at: info@brandon.org  

 Last date for addition to the flier is Wednesday, May 20th.


 New Haven River Anglers
Annual banquet May 3rd- 4:30-8:30pm
Brandon Inn

Greetings Anglers,
The annual banquet is getting close!  We have to get our meal counts to the Brandon Inn!  The official deadline to RSVP is April 27th.  We are extremely excited for the event at the Brandon Inn and hope you are too.  We are getting some incredible donation support from the community which will be auctioned or raffled off.  Some of the great donations we have received so far include:
  • Rock River Rods Lug Pro Model 8wt- $179 value;
  • Bottle of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey- $75 value;
  • 2 person half day trip from Stream and Brook Fly Fishing- $300 value;
  • One hour horse ridding lesson from the Eddy Farm- $50 value;
  • Gift certificate from Autumn Gold $25 value;
  • Leaders and fly box from Vt Field Sports- $40 value;
  • Orvis Clearwater large arbor reel loaded and the Clearwater 905-4 piece rod- over $300 value;
  • Orvis Access 904-4 piece tip flex ($425.00) with a Orvis Access mid-arbor reel ($155.00);
  • Orvis Brook trout fly box- $42.00 value;
  • Orvis fly fishing vest- $205.00 value;
  • Orvis Safe Passage hip pack with neck strap- $98.00 value
We hope you're excited as we are to bid or buy raffle tickets for those items!  

Again, we would like to also ask that club members or other business donate something to our Banquet.  If you're considering donating, please do so soon.  Items can be dropped off at the Middlebury Mountaineer.  Additionally, if you know you will be donating and just want to bring the item to the Banquet, that is fine, just let us know ahead of time what you will be bringing and what the value is.

Finally, we also are hoping for volunteers for the Banquet.  Help setting up, running auction items around, selling raffle tickets are a few of the tasks we always appreciate assistance with.

Please RSVP by April 27th as soon as you know which meals you and your party members would like.  Please see the below for meal options and additional information about the Banquet. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to seeing you all at the Banquet!
           The Brandon Inn will be putting together an incredible meal for $35:  
  • Brandon Inn Mixed Garden Salad
  • Entree
    • Broiled Haddock with seasoned breadcrumbs and lemon butter or
    • Chicken breast with apple cheese stuffing and maple sauce or
    • Vegetarian Option
  • Homemade Pie with Locally Made Ice Cream 
Cheers,  NHRAA Banquet Committee

Neshobe Golf Club OPEN for the season!
Rated the #1 value in Vermont by the New England Golf Guide

Neshobe Golf Club has also been included in the Top 100 of the Best Public Golf Values in New England. Neshobe provides an enjoyable experience for both expert golfers and those with higher handicaps. Our par-72 Championship course affords beautiful mountain views in all directions. Come and see why players rave about the conditions and our 18 distinctive holes providing a variety of challenges to all facets of the game.

Neshobe Golf Club also features a full-service restaurant and bar. Guests may enjoy chef-prepared food and beverages on our covered porch overlooking six of our holes.
The large dining room can accommodate parties, meetings, weddings and golf outings for large groups.

The full service pro shop features the latest in apparel and equipment. Our PGA Professional and 2011 Vermont PGA Player of the Year, Rodney Bicknell, offers lessons either on-course or on our full-size range-all open to the public. Our staff truly goes "the extra mile" to make your Neshobe experience a memorable one Call for a tee time now. 
     http://neshobe.com/               802-247-3611      neshobegolf@comcast.net

Brandon Music Presents Blackbird


April 25th at 7:30pm

There will be a welcome return to Brandon Music for local duo Blackbird, after their 2014 concert thrilled the audience with their lively tunes and interaction. The duo, made up of Rachel Clark and Bob DeMarco perform traditional Celtic and Scandinavian music as well as tunes of their own creation on April 25th at 7:30pm.  Fiddle, Irish flute, whistles, accordion, cittern, piano, guitar and vocals are combined in myriad ways to serve up memorable live music.  Their albums, Whistle and Sing and Good Morning, Good Night have both received critical acclaim.  Whistle and Sing was awarded "Traditional Album of the Year" in 2013 by the Barre Times Argus/Rutland Herald.

 Clark, who lives in Sharon, Vermont, spent her early childhood in Sweden where she was surrounded with Swedish fiddle music and song.  She studied piano for many years before playing Irish music on the flute.  She has since added Contra dance and English Country Dance music to her repertoire.  In addition to Blackbird, Clark has performed with Wind that Shakes the Barley, Skellig, Northern Spy and Trip to Norwich.  She plays wooden flute, whistles, accordion, piano and sings.

 DeMarco's inspiration and love of Celtic music comes from his mother who was born in County Limerick, Ireland.  When he was a boy, she frequently sang in Gaelic and loved to play the fiddle and piano.  DeMarco carries on the tradition of playing the fiddle, guitar, cittern and piano.  He makes frequent trips to Ireland to connect with the land, its people, the music and his roots.  DeMarco is a founding member of Wind that Shakes the Barley and has performed with Skellig.

 This event celebrates Vermont Arts 2015, in celebration of public funding for the arts.

 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)247-4295 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or for information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net | http://blackbirdvt.com/| http://www.vermontartscouncil.org 


Art Opening at Brandon Artists Guild
"Jackee Foley: The Past and the Present"

   Jackee Foley is a 3rd generation resident of Brandon, Vermont. She has contributed much to the community with her talents. Since childhood friends and family called her "the little artist".  For several years Foley owned a frame shop in town where she offered fairly priced quality work, but had to put her own art on hold.  In 2006 to the present Foley has resumed making art at her studio at The Granary, on Union St. in Brandon, where she works daily and diligently. Fellow artists find her to be "amazing" with her skillful productivity. Best known for her finely detailed paintings of animals and nature, her passion for her subject matter is evident.

  On Dec. 30th, 2014, a tragedy occurred when her family home, belongings and dear pets were lost in a five-alarm fire.  The community reached out generously to help her.  Thankfully 95% of her art and materials were in her studio at The Granary.

  The Brandon Artists Guild, of which she is a founding member, will be hosting a solo show of Foley's work, with 100% of the sales going to the artist. She is hoping to earn enough money to start constructing the foundation of her new home. This will represent a new beginning.

  The show, "Jackee Foley: The Past and the Present" will be featured from April 30th to June 2nd, 2015, with an opening reception on May 1st, 5 to 7 pm. The show will be a retrospective of Foley's work, with new work featuring the lovely buildings and architecture of Brandon. This is Foley's way of honoring Brandon for the outreach the community has given her.  This show offers another way to support Foley and own a lovely piece of her art.


Brandon Artists Guild

7 Center St.

Brandon, VT 05733



Vermont Virtuosi's 'Trio con Brio' comes to Brandon Music


Brandon Music on May 2nd

Vermont Virtuosi - "one of the state's preeminent professional chamber music ensembles" [Barre-Montpelier Times Argus] - continues its 2015 season with a concert for flute, clarinet, and piano at Brandon Music on May 2nd at 7:30pm. Trio con Brio will feature flutist and artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer, clarinetist Karen Luttik, and pianist Claire Black performing works of the late 19th, 20th, and early 21st century by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Poulenc, Michael Webster, and Vermont composer David Gunn.


The program will take the listener on a musical journey through different styles and emotions as the Trio strives to bring the character of the music they play to 'life'. From the sweet story telling character of the Dolly Suite by Gabriel Fauré, to the sensuous and evocative nature of Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun and finally culminating in the dramatic music of Carmen Rhapsody,  Trio con Brio performs music that is exciting and beautiful. 


Vermont Virtuosi - whose instrumental makeup changes depending on the concert theme - performs a dynamic repertoire of both familiar and new: although only two years old, the ensemblehas already commissioned and premiered five works from Vermont composers. (A sixth will take place in November and at least one more is slated for the 2016 season.) Vermont Virtuosi last performed at Brandon Music in October 2014 as Pipe Dreams, an ensemble of seven flutes.


Laurel Ann Maurer has been lauded by The New York Times as "a secure technician and an assured communicative interpreter." According to Fanfare Magazine, she is "superb in every way." And The Salt Lake Tribune proclaimed Laurel to be "stellar in both tone and technique. She is a master of coloration and interpretation." Laurel studied with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Samuel Baron, and participated in master classes of Marcel Moyse. Among her 12 commercially released CDs are "More American Flute Works" and the Jeff Mannokian "Flute Concerto," both of which were nominated for a Grammy Award. Laurel has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Khachaturian Hall in Yerevan, Armenia. She was principal flutist of the Salt Lake Symphony for 12 years, and has more recently performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. Laurel maintains an active teaching studio in Barre and Colchester, Vermont.


Karen Luttik has been praised for her "musicality and innovative performance." She has taught and performed extensively in Asia, Europe, and the United States, having started her career in Asia as solo clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony before working in Europe with the solo clarinetist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the Netherlands, she initiated innovative approaches to chamber music through multimedia performances and recordings with the Aleotti and Delta trios and the Kurios Clarinet Quartet. Conferences provided by MusicaLeren introduced new audiences to the beauty, skill sets, and disciplines of outstanding classical performance. Since returning to the U.S. in 2008, Karen has performed with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony N.H., Granite State Symphony, the Longfellow Festival Orchestra, Aliento Chamber Players, and Classicopia. She teaches an enthusiastic group of clarinet students at the Nashua (N.H.) Community Music School.


Claire Black has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborator throughout North America. Originally from the heart of the Adirondacks, Claire spent eight years in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked as a staff accompanist at Baldwin Wallace University, accompanied several area choirs, and earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Margarita Shevchenko. Her deep interest and commitment to chamber music includes many years of performance tours with the Cialde Quintet and with her cello/piano Elegua Duo. Often collaborating with Laurel Ann Maurer, she hopes to establish many more fruitful partnerships in Vermont. Claire is also an avid piano instructor. She taught via the Oberlin Community Music School, in her own studio, and at CIM's Summer Sonata festival for young pianists. She has established a private piano studio in South Burlington and freelances as a choral and solo accompanist. Claire also accompanies the Burlington Choral Society.


Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $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 | http://www.laurelannmaurer.com/vermont-virtuosi.html 


Muffy Kashkin Grollier: Felted Flora, Fauna and Fantasy
April 3rd through May 31st

Compass Music and Arts Center presents a new exhibit of felted paintings and mixed media work by Muffy Kashkin Grollier.

 Muffy recalls the day, as a young child, that she took her mother's lead, a talented artist in her own right, and became an artist herself. "My mother would lie down on her bed with me at nap time. One day as my mother slept, I explored her nightstand. To my delight I found a tube of black paint. I painted the bed, the pillows and blankets and of course, my mother."

 Ever since, Muffy has been an artist, experimenting in different media and attending the University of Hartford Art School and the Massachusetts College of Art. She continues her artistic studies independently, taking classes and workshops with a variety of artists to study felting, pastel, watercolors, doll-making and mixed media art.

 She started felting about eight years ago with three-dimensional characters, before discovering the joys of painting with wool "two-dimensionally". However, her paintings are far from two-dimensional. The felting process allows for results similar to a bas-relief, giving the work a sense of depth almost as if it were sculpted.

 Muffy has exhibited her mixed media art and felted paintings of flowers, animals, trees, fantasy scenes and three-dimensional dolls in juried shows at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont and the Plymouth Arts Guild in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


The 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.) . www.cmacvt.org



Kentucky Derby Party and Fundraiser
May 2, 2015, 4:30 - 7pm at Southside Steakhouse

Article ImageThe Chaffee Art Center is pleased to announce its first Kentucky Derby Party.  Located at Southside Steakhouse this celebration will feature LIVE streaming of the Kentucky Derby Races, Signature Cocktails, Hors D'oeuvres, great auction items and door prizes.


Tickets are $50.00 per person.  All proceeds go to support the Chaffee Art Center, one of the oldest regional 501(C)3 Nonprofit art centers.  We hope you will join us for an evening celebrating and supporting the arts!


802-775-0356     http://www.chaffeeartcenter.org 

Mother's Day English High Tea at Brandon Music


Mother's Day, May 10 from 11:30am - 5:00pm

A "not to be missed" event happens at Brandon Music on Mother's Day, May 10 from 11:30am - 5:00pm.  Treat your mom or other special person in your life to English High Tea while listening to the melodic tunes of pianist, Fred Barnes.  English High Tea will be served with a complimentary glass of champagne, Claridge's style.  The idea for English High Tea dates back to a lifelong friend of Queen Victoria who was looking for a means of avoiding hunger pangs in the long gap between an early lunch and a late supper.  Claridge's is the London hotel that is best known for its culinary heritage for close to 150 years.  You will have no hunger pangs as you feast on a pot of tea, crumpets, finger sandwiches, scones, pastries of all kinds and strawberry trifle.


Fred Barnes, a known regional pianist will entertain, playing standards from the 50's through the 70's, love songs from movies and musicals, some Scott Joplin and jazz compositions by Bill Evans and Dick Hyman.


Reservations are required as seating will be limited. Cost is $25 for adults, children under 12, $14.  To make reservations, call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. (opposite the Neshobe Golf Course).

Singer-songwriter Emily Mure at Brandon Music
Emily Mure makes a welcome return to Brandon Music May 16th at 7:30pm.


   We welcome back classically informed singer-songwriter, Emily Mure, her previous appearance with her trio wowed the audience with its virtuoso mix of folk and classical sounds. This concert follows a songwriting workshop Emily is leading at the Compass Music and Arts Center from 10:00am-3:00pm.

   Emily sings her introspective songs with a smoky voice reminiscent of Mazzy Star and Norah Jones. She integrates her classical roots and composition techniques with her folk and Irish inspired singing and songwriting, a love she first fell for while attending Ithaca College and a passion fully developed from her time spent in Ireland as a busker on the streets of Galway.

    "There was/is something about her songs and voice that made me want to go off into a quiet place and to be sure I captured each and every note", says No Depression.

    Growing up in New York City and attending LaGuardia High School For The Performing Arts, Emily got her start in music playing the oboe and performing in major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all before the age of 17.  She has two self-released albums, including her critically acclaimed album, Odyssey (2013).  Emily was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour in 2014 and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, The Duhks, Darlingside, Kath Bloom, Kris Delmhorst, Haas Kowert Tice, and more.  Her songs have received airplay on numerous radio stations and have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC.

    Currently, Emily performs around the Northeast, solo and with her chamber-folk trio (Audrey Q Snyder on cello and Emily DiAngelo on oboe and english horn). She has performed in reputable venues including Club Passim, The Iron Horse Music Hall, Club Helsinki, The Living Room and The Highline Ballroom.  In the past few years, Emily has developed a strong passion for teaching. In addition to performing and touring around the Northeast, she also offers private guitar and songwriting lessons.  She hosts songwriting workshops at High Schools, Universities and locally around her community in Brookline, MA, where she is currently based. For more information about her songwriting workshop at Compass, visit www.cmacvt.org.     

    This event celebrates Vermont Arts 2015, in celebration of public funding for the arts.


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) 247-4295 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or for information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net | http://www.emilymure.com | http://www.vermontartscouncil.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.



Come see what you've been missing!

The Brandon Town Hall is getting ready for a full opening month and long summer of exciting events!

  Starting on May 2 with our first Silent Movie of the season. Jeff Rapsis returns to entertain us with his incredible piano playing for a series of Charlie Chaplin's funniest short films. This Free Will Offering event starts at 7:00 pm and is sponsored by Bill and Kathy Mathis in honor of Maxine Thurston. The next four Saturdays are loaded with a variety of musical performances and a staged reading of old time Radio Shows. The Middlebury College Community Chorus comprised of over 50 Middlebury students and staff plus singers from towns throughout Addison county and Brandon. This Town Hall, Free Will Offering event, starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 9 and is sponsored by Marine Engine, Inc. - Andrew & Bethany Menkart.

  In our continuing effort to provide new and eclectic performances, Kenny Odell and the Blue Rooster Band from Strafford, Vermont entertain us on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm. This multi-talented group plays rockabilly, rock, alternative country and smooth Texas Soul. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for Seniors/Students/Active Military and can be purchased at Carr's Florists & Gifts or at the door. The band is sponsored by Harmon Thurston, Sarah and Louie Pattis, Holden Financial Services, Peter & Louise Kelly.

  Back after a year's absence, the Brandon Town Players will present staged readings of three old time radio plays from the 1930's on Friday, May 22 at the Holiday Inn, Rutland and May 23 in the Brandon Town Hall. At the Holiday Inn, patrons can choose from "Pasta Night" at Greenfields, the show, coffee/tea and a dessert platter for $25 a person or can enjoy the show, coffee/tea and dessert platter for $12 a person. At the Brandon Town Hall you can enjoy the show, cake, coffee/tea in a cabaret atmosphere for $8 a person. Reservations at the Holiday Inn are required and can be made by calling 345-3033. This event is sponsored by Creative Fiber Designs - Maria Ammatuna.

  We end the busy month of May on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 with a reunion and first appearance in 8 years of the infamous "Distant Thunder Band". Playing classic rock, Blues and Country this band is made up of many local musicians and includes 5 of the original members plus a new 6th member. We will make sure there is plenty of room for dancing or just sitting back for some down home, toe tapping. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for Seniors/Students/Active Military and can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by an Anonymous donor.

  As you can see the Town Hall is a definite destination point for your entertainment and cultural needs. In addition to the incredible performances, the Friends of the Town Hall will have beverages and snacks available for sale, popcorn at the movies and our annual raffle to help us raise funds for major and minor repairs of our 150 year old building.   Spring has finally sprung and the Town Hall is waiting for you to enjoy the warmer weather (we hope!)

Dennis W. Marden

President of the Friends of The Brandon Town Hall.

http://www.brandontownhall.org  802-247-5420  click here for a full season of events listing


New England Maple Museum is open for the season!!
Sweet times ahead!

  Our current days and hours of operation are as follows:
Open Thursdays through Tuesdays and closed Wednesdays. Our hours of operation are currently 10:00am until 2:00pm daily. We encourage all visitors to call or email us with any questions.
Thank you and we look forward to another great year working with the chamber.


Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner, and nothing says summer like the BRANDON 4Th OF JULY PARADE. But this year, the stars have aligned to have our 40th annual parade fall right on the 4th of July! So of course we want it to be the biggest and best parade ever! The theme is HEROES-how easy is that? We want lots of floats, so, talk to your group, your neighbors, your club, your organization, your business, and be part of the 40TH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PARADE. This year, to make the process even more painless and fun, we're holding 2 workshops at the Town Hall:

May 6, 6:30 - 8:30

May 21, 6:30 - 8:30.

The first one will get you started, and the second will answer questions/solve problems to keep you going.

Participation in the workshops and the parade is free. So get those creative juices flowing!!

For more information, contact    Bill Moore, bmoore@townofbrandon.com 

                                                           Susan Stone, susdben@gmail.com 


Vermont Welcome and Information Centers
Brochure placement is easy, flexible and extremely affordable. 

The Vermont Welcome and Information Centers are gearing up right now to arrange for brochure placement and static marketing display panels in all of our centers for the new spring season.

Our centers statewide reach out to over 3,000,000 travelers annually.  So just contact me if you need the registration form, or simply want to chat about the logistics and "what if's"  about placing your print material with us.  Currently, about 600 of our Vermont businesses and agencies have placed their print material with us, and we distribute over 3,000,000 pieces of material each year.


The static marketing display panels are incredibly popular.   

And don't forget, we have display cases in almost all of our centers.  You can arrange to display your business for 30 days at no charge!  Each center handles their own scheduling, so if you are interested in more information, just let me know and I can give you contact info and answer any questions.


Cindy Roberts

Brochure Program Manager
Vermont Welcome Centers

Office for Rent
25 Union Street   

$350 - $375/month includes utilities

Two offices available.  Located at 25 Union Street, corner of Union St. and Railroad Ave, with the following amenities: Furnished Office spaces, Conference Room, Security System, Client Waiting Area, Kitchen, Bathroom with Shower, Off-street Parking.


Affordable and Professional!                    Contact: Stephanie at 247-3214


Space available in the GRANARY  29 Union St.

Large, bright and sunny corner studio is available - second floor.

The 19th Century building that has been restored and remodeled to accommodate those devoted to the arts and to small business. Fully renovated, with new electrical and heating systems, insulation and new windows. Current studios are occupied by a publisher, illustrator, milliner, painters, sculptor, photographer, jeweler, graphic designer, and Brandon Artist Guild. 

This the only available studio space available in the building. 


 $385/month all utilities included (except AC)


If interested please contact me at: sjerome@visuallearningco.com, or 802-247-3214


Thanks! Stephanie                  Please forward this note to interested artists and small businesses~


2nd Floor Office above Gourmet Provence

39A Center Street, Brandon, VT


Includes room, free WI-FI, closet, waiting room, kitchenette, bathroom and great location. Interested? Contact:Jim at 247-9595 or Nancy at 558-1444 


 Great Brandon Auction-July 21st                   

Donations needed

Please think of us as you clean out, perk up and sort out. We'll pick up good quality items and store them till the BIG day- July 22nd!! You'll feel great and we'll continue to promote our great little village and help all our friends and neighbors!!


                              and while we're at it---


Spring Cleaning ??

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is thinking FALL! 

While you're sorting through your clothes this spring, we have

some needs for next October's Harvest Days- Leaf People.


We need-

Hats- ladies fancy ones and childrens.

Shoes- all types- ladies fancy & childrens

Gloves and Mittens

Socks, tights and knee socks

Youth clothing- no babies or toddlers

Skirts and long sleeve dresses

Scarves, handbags and jewelry


You can drop them off at Carr's Florist & Gifts.


Thanks for your support!!


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  

Volunteers needed

  The Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace and Community Center is looking for volunteers to work at the Brandon Museum this summer.


If you can help out for an hour or two, please join us and have some fun and meet lots of nice people traveling through our area.

Contact Dan Celik, museum Steward at dan@brandon.org or call the Chamber phone at 247-6401 

Welcome !!
2015 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members


Brandon Thrift Shop-"Nifty Thrifty"- 4 Union St.

Sawmill Heights Campgrounds- Harriet & Tracy Wyman 247-5748

Laurie Bertrand-CPA, Tax accounting- 25 Union St.- 465-8362

Edward Jones- Brady Prentice, financial advisor 989-5464

Briggs Carriage Co. Hair Lounge- Lisa Phelps 465-8396


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 memberships are only $50/year)

Jeff Guevin- Chair of the Brandon Planning Commission
Jeanne Collins- RNESU Superintendent

Next Chamber Meeting-
 Monday, May 18th 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.