May 7th, 2015
Chamber Newsletter
Hug a Mom!


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:  

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


Mother's Day Tea to Benefit Trip to Scotland
 Otter Valley Union High School's Walking Stick Theatre, looking to raise funds for its upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Otter Valley Union High School's Walking Stick Theatre has been selected to present a theatrical production at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland this August. The Otter Valley theatre group was nominated to apply by a member of the American High School Theatre Festival board and, after completing the rigorous application processes, was chosen along with select other high schools across the country to travel to Scotland for two weeks and perform at the festival. Walking Stick Theatre was selected for this honor based on the quality of our past work, awards, and honors. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the world with thousands of productions from around the world.

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

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  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. (opposite the Neshobe Golf Course).

Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association 2015-1017 Directory
Advertising opportunity

The 2015-2016 directory for Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake is ready for you and has been revamped for this year. This essential directory for the residents of the lake associations now offers full color ads included in the price, a spiral back for ease of use and heavier pages to withstand the busy lakeside life.


Distributed to every residence around the lake and extremely well priced, this alternating year publication should be an essential part of your marketing plan.


Click here for info Attached is the info sheetSpace is limited. Deadline is May 22.  

Songwriting Workshop with Emily Mure


Saturday, May 16th from 10:00am-3:00pm

 Continuing a series of successful music workshops, the Compass Music and Arts Center is delighted that Emily Mure, critically acclaimed New York City singer-songwriter, will be leading a songwriting workshop on Saturday, May 16th from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Compass Center, followed by a concert at Brandon Music at 7:30pm.

Emily Mure is a classically informed singer-songwriter.She has two self released albums including her critically acclaimed recent album, Odyssey (2013) in which she integrates her classical roots and composition techniques with her folk and Irish inspired singing and songwriting. Emily performs her introspective songs with a smoky voice reminiscent of Mazzy Star and Norah Jones.  This has made her a firm favorite with appreciative audiences at Brandon Music.

Those who have experienced Emily's music workshops are quick to recognize her amazing talent to help unlock potential in fellow songwriters:


"I have seen Emily unlock the musical talents of young guitarists in an extraordinarily gifted way.  She inspires and encourages and the results have been spectacular.  Students who have never performed are performing.  Students who have never written a song are writing them. Emily is clearly a gifted musician but more than that, she is a stunningly successful teacher." - Emanuel Pariser (Director of Instruction and Education Program Designer at Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley)


The workshop is open to musicians and writers of all levels,including those who have never written a song or played an instrument. Emily will lead the group in the art of songwriting - gaining inspiration, how to approach writing a song, the parts of a song and more. Emily will then engage the group in a shared songwriting experience and end the day with the opportunity for participants to share some of their songs with the rest of the group and provide helpful feedback. The day will enable participants to:


  • immerse themselves in the art of songwriting and receive expert support and feedback on their original material
  • be among people who share their passion for creating music.


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


The workshop fee is $35.  For more information or to register, please contact Edna Sutton by May 14th at, 802-247-4295 or visit For more information on Emily's concert at Brandon Music, visit


Compass Music and Arts Center 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.).


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     

    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 for reservations or for information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 | | 


Needlefelting with Muffy Kashkin Grollier


"Felted Flora, Fauna and Fantasy"  Sunday, May 17th from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

With her acclaimed exhibit "Felted Flora, Fauna and Fantasy" on display, Muffy Kashkin Grollier will be leading a workshop in needlefelting at the Compass Music and Arts Center on Sunday, May 17th from 10:00am - 3:00pm.


Learn to paint a picture with Muffy using wool and a needle - a technique called needlefelting. Muffy will demonstrate the steps and techniques for creating a small painting, from learning the variety of needles, the best kinds of wool to use and how to tell what wool is best for needlefelting. She will discuss choosing colors and how to blend them, where to buy the wool and tools, and what kinds of prefelt to use for the "canvas". Muffy will also show how to use cookie cutters and patterns to get a more accurate rendering of subjects. This is a class to let out your inner child and have fun "coloring" again.


The class fee is $75 and is open to beginner and intermediate needlefelters. A materials list will be provided or beginner supply kits are available for purchase. Participants should bring a picture of something they would like to recreate. Register by emailing or call 802-247-4295 by Friday, May 15th.


Compass Music and Arts Center 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.).


Sarah Blacker live at Brandon Music


Saturday, May 23 at 7:30pm

Boston's "Sundress Rocker," comes back to Brandon Music for a release party for her new album 'In Waves' on May 23 at 7:30pm before embarking on a national tour. The album is Sarah Blacker's strongest songwriting and playing to date. The songs artfully span rock, pop, indie folk, and Americana fused together with her signature vocal sound and stacked vocal harmonies.


The Huffington Post said "her infectious, well-written songs led to her being named Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards, and has drawn her comparisons to Sara Bareilles. But, comparisons be damned: she's her own artist."


The lyric "feel it all, In Waves", taken from the title track, immediately informs the listener of the emotional content of her songs. Sarah's vision and spirit of the album was that of uninhibited authenticity, honesty and fearlessness and is filled with skillful rhythm guitar, piano and ukulele, and sung with a uniquely soulful voice.

Blacker's catch-phrase, "songs save lives," speaks to their role in her own life. Her rebellious teenage years and musical influence from her parents led her to attend Boston's acclaimed Berklee College of Music where she graduated as a Board-Certified Music Therapist. She is grateful that her wayward journey through life has led her to making her edgiest record thus far.


Sarah was nominated for 'Songwriter of the Year' in the Boston Music Awards in 2013. In 2014 she was nominated for song, and songwriter of the year at the New England Music Awards. She has toured extensively and shared stages with dozens of internationally renowned artists including Mishka, Carbon Leaf, America, Richard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs, Paula Cole, Rusted Root, Leon Russell, and many others. 


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 for reservations or for information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 |



Sally Hughes: Watercolor for the Senses
The exhibit is to open on June 5th with an opening reception from 5-7pm and will run through August 9th.

Sally Hughes has always dabbled in artistic pursuits, but not until chronic neurological Lyme Disease drastically altered her enjoyment of the outdoors did she seriously pursue watercolor painting. Sally went from being a rigorous participant in the outdoors to more of an observer of the beauty and awe of the world we live in. The Compass Music and Arts Center's exhibit of Sally's watercolor paintings, "Watercolor for the Senses", is a collection of paintings which show her ability to capture the essence of this beauty in her own interpretive style. The exhibit is to open on June 5th with an opening reception from 5-7pm and will run through August 9th.


"I am inspired outdoors. I pay attention to scenes or places that emotionally affect me, and try to translate that onto paper", she says. Painting allows Sally to continue her love of the outdoors but she has also found great reward from the social and inspirational aspects of painting with others. "I had a revelation one summer day, painting along a brook just north of Stowe during the final day of a plein air workshop. There were probably 7 or so of us outdoors, painting, conversing off and on, giggling, for a 6 hour period.  When I headed home that day, I was on such a high.  I thought WOW!!!  That was just as much fun, if not more fun, than spending those 6 hours hiking the surrounding mountains."  


Inspiration also comes to Sally from her past professions. Most notably, her geology career ultimately sent her to 17 states and Canada where the variety of the landscapes in the country continually amazed her. "Whatever painting technique I am currently using or experimenting with just reminds me that there are an infinite number of alternate techniques with which we can depict the variety of forms and colors we see outdoors."


Sally has exhibited in several locales throughout Northern VT including The Bryan Gallery, The Gruppe Gallery, SEABA, the Davis Center, Rustic Roots, The Gallery at Main Street Landing on College and Main Streets, and the Department of Justice. She has studied or taken workshops with Linda Kemp, Alvero Castignet, Kathleen Bergeron, Lisa Beach, Lynn Cummings, Karen Vernon and Tom Lynch, and recently completed an artist-in-residency program at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson.


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


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 Arnold District Rd.) .

Chamber music with Arioso at Brandon Music


On May 30, at 7:30pm at Brandon Music

 Central Vermont's acclaimed chamber music ensemble performs at Brandon Music with varied music for piano, voice, and viola. At this spring concert, Arioso will perform music of Henry Purcell, J.S. Bach, Charles Ives, and Rebecca Clarke, plus two works by Vermont composers, the 'Romance for viola and piano' by Jacob Morton-Black, and the 'Cheese Songs', a delightful and moving song cycle by Worcester composer, Michael Close. Highlighting new works by contemporary Vermont composers is the mission of Arioso.  


The members of Arioso, all Vermont professional musicians, are: Elizabeth Reid, viola; Alison Cerutti, piano; and Linda Radtke, voice. The group was formed in 2008 and debuted in May 2009. 


Jim Lowe, of the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus says the group is "deeply beautiful...simply a pleasure."


Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France. Alison has played with the Northern Third Piano Quartet, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo, Burlington Civic Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, as well as numerous collaborations with Vermont musicians.  She has premiered works by Vermont composers Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black. 


Alto Linda Radtke, while classically trained, is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles and language. Her vocal style has been described as "engaging, with a warm and expressive style and impeccable musicianship."  A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, Linda sings with the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and has sung solos of many great choral works with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, and in Vermont productions of opera and musical theatre, including Sound of Music (Maria and Abbess), The King and I (Lady Thiang), Camelot (Guinevere) and most of the alto leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.


Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a "deep and expressive sound" and a "natural musicality" according to the Times Argus. Elizabeth has performed as principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet. She has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the U.S.


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 for reservations or for information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 |


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.



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.  802-247-5420  click here for a full season of events listing


Compass Treasure Chest
Open Tuesday - Sunday
Grand Opening: May 16, 10-5pm

We're delighted to announce the Compass Treasure Chest! Run by a group of local residents, the store is a unique co-op consignment shop. They sell and consign collectables, antiques, dishes, tools, furniture, new clothing, jewelry, stamps, puzzles, books, toys, art items and much more! They will always be looking for more items and of course, always receiving new items, so stop in frequently to see what is new.

Open Tuesday - Thursday 12-5pm and Friday - Sunday 10am-5pm. For more information or to inquire about consigning with them, contact Annie at 802-558-2663 or email and follow them on Facebook.

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.

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. 

Chamber Members get a round of 18 with a riding cart for $40!!   A 25% savings. Good for weekday play.               802-247-3611


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, 

                                                           Susan Stone, 


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:, 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 21st!! You'll feel great and we'll continue to promote our great little village and help all our friends and neighbors!!    





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  

Volunteers needed

  The Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace & Brandon Museum.


 The Brandon Museum is ready to start another season. The museum will be opening on May 18 and running 7 days a week until mid October. The museum makes history and information available to locals and visitors alike.


If you have an interest in the town and its roots keep us in mind and why not donate a couple of hours per week. We have daily shifts of 2.5 hours from 11:00am-4:00pm. If you don't like being alone and want company feel free to pair up and volunteer with a friend! Contact Museum Steward Dan Celik at 247-3888 to join the Brandon history team at the Brandon Museum for a fun summer season.


Our museum keeps Brandon's history alive by sharing and promoting our town and surrounding areas with the many visitors. In 2014 alone we had over 700 visitors come through our door asking for directions, looking for a place to stay and eat and enjoying the museum! Our museum and community room is a special place and is a great local resource we have.



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


Compass Treasure Chest consignment store- Compass Music Center- Park Village 558-2663

Rutland County Solid Waste District

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.