June, 2015
Chamber Newsletter
 Busy Times ahead!!

Special Town Meeting tonight- June 29th at 7:00pm at Neshobe School.
Presentation by Select board and then voting on Tuesday, June 30th from 7am-7pm at Neshobe School- VERY IMPORTANT please vote.

Please plan on attending this important town meeting. With the Segment 6 road project on the horizon and the tremendous steps forward that the town is taking in infrastructure projects, it's important that you come and listen to the presentation on Brandon becoming a Charter Town, adding a 1% option tax, purchasing the land behind the Mobil Station and dispensation of unused excess funds from current infrastructure projects.

Click on the links below for more info---


Independence Day Celebration

July 3 & 4, 2015

All Activities and Events are Free


Friday night Street Dance

The fun begins Friday night at 5:00 in Central Park when the band Distant Thunder begins heating up the night with classic rock, blues and country music. Then at 6:30 the DJ begins, and stays until the last dancer drops. Of course there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn to fortify the dancing frenzy.

Saturday Pre-Parade

  • Food: In Central Park the grills will be firing up early to provide a huge selection of your favorite food with all the trimmings. There will also be hand-crafted items for sale.

  • Entertainment: From 10:00 - 12 you'll find Karaoke on stage in the gazebo.

  • Family Fun: From 10:00 - 12:30 a bounce house, petting zoo, smoothie bike plus loads of games await kids and adults alike behind the Brandon Inn.

  • Pie Eating Contest: This long-awaited event is at 12:00, also behind the Brandon Inn.

  • Silent Auction: Let's face it, celebrations cost money, and this is our biggest fundraiser. Scores of donations are awaiting your bid at Fellowship Hall next to the Congregational Church, across from Central Park. Doors are open from 10 - 1 and from 2 - 3.


At 1 pm the signature event of the Celebration starts at the intersection of Park, High and Marble Streets. The parade marches down beautiful Park Street, through downtown, past our historic Town Hall, through Conant Square, and ends at Brandon Lumber (on Route 7, just about a half-mile north of the Brandon Inn).  There'll be floats, bands, fire engines, antique tractors, antique cars and more!

Post Parade

  • Music: From 2 - 4 pm, The Keating Five takes over the gazebo in Central Park, using their voices, guitars, basses, drums, congas, keyboards, harmonica, and horns to put together an eclectic mix of rock, reggae, ska, funk, blues-and then some-so be prepared to shake your booty!

  • Ball Race: No 4th of July is complete without the yearly ball race, over the falls at Green Park, just north of Central Park. The race is at 3:00.

Park Village (the old Brandon Training School just north of town)

  • The fun continues at 5:00 with more food, fun, and float winner announcements.

  • The DJ will be there from 5:30 to dusk.

  • And then the count-down to the Fireworks at dusk. Brandon puts on a spectacular show that you won't want to miss. 

Donations are appreciated

Want to march in the parade or enter a float?

Represent your business, your organization, your club... even your own neighborhood. Application forms and information are available at Carr's Florist, Creative Fiber Designs and the Brandon Library, or email Susan Stone at susdben@gmail.com to receive the forms by email.

Want to be a vendor in Central Park (day) or Park Village (evening)?  Send an email to Sarah Lynne Carrara at sarahlynnecarrara@gmail.com 

For more information, e-mail bidcc@yahoo.com or contact Debbie Boyce at 802-345-0056.



Town Band to perform again this summer.
Come and listen or dust off your instrument and join in!

THE BRANDON TOWN BAND performs a series of concerts every summer. The concerts feature a variety of traditional band music, as well as Broadway and contemporary popular music. The Brandon Town Band consists of local adults, students and professional musicians.

In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Brandon Town Hall.

Central Park concerts 6:30pm- June 29, July 13, 27, August 3 & 17.

We are an all volunteer, multigenerational band, so dust off your instrument and come to our practices at Otter Valley's band room. Practices are Monday nights from 6-8pm. Call Sally

Hutchison at 247-4559 for more info. Our conductor is Rebecca Hall, a music major graduate from Castleton College. 

Yard Sale Day is Saturday, August 1st!!
Sign up now and start getting your goodies and treasures together to tempt the thousands of people who'll travel our streets!


Ever year, thousands of people descend upon Brandon for its Annual Yard Sale Day. This year the event will be held on August 1 and lots of folks have already registered. After last year's sale day, one seller had this to say, "I had a very successful day. I had people who came looking for me based on the enhanced listing on the map and several who mentioned the website. I think the fee to participate is very reasonable and I'm happy to pay it and let you take care of the advertising. Yes, people were buying at my place." For a fee of $7, sellers get their name and address on the official map. $15 will buy an enhanced listing, which gets the seller an extra 25 words to describe specialty items that will grab buyers attention, and increase your traffic flow! Another seller had this to say last year, "We had a great day! A steady stream of shoppers from the time we set up till we decided it was over late afternoon." A registration form can be found in this week's Reporter or on-line at Registration deadline is July 29. The event is sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact or call 802-247-6401 for more info.


click here for registration form 2015


Point CounterPoint Faculty Concerts   Summer 2015:


July 3, 7:30 pm Salisbury Congregational Church

String Quartet in B flat major, Opus 76 no. 4, "Sunrise" by Joseph Haydn

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Opus 66  by Felix Mendelssohn 


July 27, 7:30 pm Middlebury Town Hall Theater

Annual Constance Holden Memorial Concert

Quartet No. 55 in D major, Op. 71, No. 2,  by Joseph Haydn

Turina, Piano Trio No. 2  in B minor, Opus 76 by Joaquin Turina 

String Quartet No. 2 by Bela Bartok


August 7, 7:30 pm Salisbury Congregational Church

Clara Schumann Piano Trio

Robert Schumann Quartet Op. 41 #3

Brahms viola 5tet Op. 111



Come see what you've been missing and help support the continued renovation of this town treasure!!

The Brandon Town Hall is open and ready for a long summer and fall of exciting events!

July 4th...Open House...Saturday, 10-3. Drinks & snacks for sale, Annual Town Hall Raffle & Special Raffle for a Cord of Wood.

July 11th...Silent Movie...Saturday, 7:00 pm. "Hands Up" is a Civil War comedy/adventure starring Raymond Griffin plus Laurel & Hardy silent comedy shorts. Free Will Offering.

July 18th-L.C.Jazz Swing Dance Band-Saturday, 8pm. Dance the night away with this 17 piece Big Band. Enjoy dancing or just sitting around listening to some great music. Adults...$8, Couples...$14, Seniors/Students/Active Military...$7. Benefit for the Town Hall and L.C.Jazz Youth Scholarships.

July 22nd...Encore Theater...Wednesday, 6:30 pm. "Who Will Save Brandon" Improvised audience participation play from Rutland's Summer Youth Theater honoring our Librarians from the               Brandon Library. Adults...$4, Seniors/Students/Active Military...$3

July 25th...Jon Gailmor...Saturday, 6:30 pm. Original, relevant, irreverent, children's, American, international, and totally absurd tunes by the popular singer and songwriter. Benefit for the Brandon Free Library and Brandon Town Hall. Free Will Offering.


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. 

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 


Colors of Summer- Brandon Artist Guild
on exhibit every day from 7/1 to 9/1, with an Opening Reception on July 3, 5 to 7pm.

Summer at the Brandon Artists Guild will focus on the fresh and vibrant work of two artists working in very different media.


Althea Bilodeau, a third generation fiber artist, creates clothing and accessories using wool felt and woven silk, using her own interpretation of an ancient wet felting technique. Her fabrics have been used in the NY fashion business in collections by designer Chris Benz.


Kathy Domenicucci paints with a classic yet fresh quality. Her skillful control of light, color and composition with spontaneity results in exquisite rich works of art. Her inspiration comes from everyday life enjoyed in this beautiful state.


Brandon Artists Guild   7 Center St.  Brandon, VT   802-247-4956   www.brandonartistsguild.org 

Tinyarts: A Trip to the Ocean at Compass Music and Arts Center

Looking for a rewarding, interactive and fun experience for your young child over the summer break?              July 6-10 from 8:30am-12:00pm

 Then Tinyarts is just right. Taught by Anna Laufenberg, the camp is for 4-6 year olds and is being held at the Compass Music and Arts Center July 6-10 from 8:30am-12:00pm.  

 Youngsters will engage in a range of music, movement, yoga, 2D and 3D visual art activities, crafts and literature activities all with an early childhood development focus and based on the theme of A Trip to the Ocean

 Tinyarts is an opportunity for young children to develop musical interest, utilize their imagination, extend their creativity and foster their originality whilst also experiencing the pleasure and fun of testing out new mediums in the different art disciplines and also engage in singing, dancing and instrument playing.

 Anna Laufenberg is an early Childhood Music Educator and has been working with children age two to seven for over 20 years.  She developed her own musical curriculum based on ideas from music educators including Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly and E. Jacques Dalcroze.  In her lessons she creates a stimulating environment to develop musical interest and enrichment of the young child through movement, singing, listening games and instrument play.  She uses a wide array of instruments and props to enhance each experience for the children and allow them to make music in many ways.  She enjoys sharing her love of music with young children and strives to awaken the child's curiosity and creativity. 

 Anna will be supported by Compass staff who are well trained and qualified to work with small children and who especially enjoy helping young children engage in 2D and 3D visual arts and craft activities.

 Drop off time is between 8:30-9:00am. Collection is between 12:00-12:30pm. A healthy snack is provided at 11:00am.


The daily rate is $35 or $140 for the 5 days. All materials are supplied. The minimum number for the camp is 6 with a maximum of 12. Register by July 3 by calling 802-247-4295 or email info@cmacvt.org. www.cmacvt.org


Puppet Palooza: A Puppetry Arts Camp


July 27-31 from 8:30am - 3:00pm daily

During this five-day experience, children will become puppeteers - and many original puppets will come to life! The Compass Music and Arts Center presents Puppet Palooza, a puppetry arts camp for aspiring puppet designers and puppeteers. It will be held July 27-31 from 8:30am - 3:00pm daily and is led by Laura King, literacy teacher leader and owner of "Friend-in-Hand" Puppetry Arts.

 Each morning, campers will learn puppetry, drama, and stagecraft techniques as they create a variety of original puppet skits and spontaneous performances. The afternoons will be devoted to puppet creation; campers will work in the "Puppet Workshop" designing a variety of puppets: instant puppets (made from recycled/repurposed materials), shadow puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets, simple marionettes, and large, collaborative puppets. Campers will share their puppeteering skills and puppet creations during Finale Friday, from 2:30 - 3:00pm. 

 Laura King is an elementary teacher with nearly 30 years of experience with children. She is a long-time advocate of puppetry arts in education, performs throughout the region, and has previously offered creative arts/puppetry camps in both Rutland and Addison counties. 


The camp is $200 with daily breakfast and lunch included and is open to kids 8-14 years old. The camp will run with a minimum of 10 campers; 20 campers maximum. Register here or via www.cmacvt.org. Contact Laura at 802-353-1029 with questions. Register by July 15th.


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

The Jocelyn Pettit Band at Brandon Music


at Brandon Music on July 11 at 7:30pm.

Hailing from the West Coast of British Columbia, Jocelyn Pettit is a vibrant fiddle player, stepdancer, singer and composer. Jocelyn delivers an engaging and uplifting performance of original and traditional music inspired from the Canadian and Celtic cultures of Cape Breton, Québec, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany (FRA), and Galicia (ESP). She and her band perform at Brandon Music on July 11 at 7:30pm.

 Strings Magazine says "one suspects we'll be hearing of Pettit for years to come - the next generation of Celtic music is in good hands" and FolkWorld Magazine in Germany says Jocelyn is "a top-notch musician, and major emerging talent."

 The four-piece band performs a high-energy fusion of folk traditions they call 'Blazing New-Trad Celtic' with Canadian stepdancing, lively fiddling, podorythmie foot rhythms, and vocals, backed by piano, guitar, and percussion.

 Joining Jocelyn is Siew Wan Khoo (piano, fiddle, vocals), Joel Pettit (bodhrán, cajon, vocals), and NYC-based guest guitarist, Greg Anderson, a member of the Eileen Ivers Band.

 Jocelyn has performed on stages across Canada, the U.S., Scotland, France, and Malaysia and received two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for World Artist of the Year and Young Performer of the Year. She played at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Victory Medal Ceremony; shared the stage with Scottish legends, The Battlefield Band; and performed with Irish supergroup, The Chieftains as part of their 50th Anniversary World Tour.

 Concert tickets are $20.  A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20.  Reservations are highly 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 more information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net | www.jocelynpettit.com


Britt Connors and Bourbon Renewal to perform at Brandon Music


 July 18 at 7:30pm

 The members of Bourbon Renewal are no stranger to Brandon Music, as regular visitors will know them as members of the John Funkhouser Quartet, but this concert marks Britt Connor's debut performance at the unique Brandon venue. Hear their blend of blues, folk, and country with jazz voicings and pop sensibilities live on July 18 at 7:30pm.

 DJ Joltin' Joe Pszonek of Radio Nowhere 90.3 in NJ says Britt"draws you in with folky charm and then sucker punches you with her amazing pipes!"while the Boston Globe says "her pitch perfect voice and smartly written songs show amazing versatility in a broad range of styles. [Connors] evokes a young Patty Larkin in her vocal quality and is blessed with a similar eclectic style."

 Britt's latest album 'Warmer Season' features her original tunes that are alternately rockin', country, sweet, rootsy, New-Orleans-street-parade-style, or just plain fun.  With its clapping, foot-stomping, and even some whistling, the record could be said to belong in its own category of "Y'all-Ternative" music.

 Bourbon Renewal is a tight ensemble well-steeped in a wide range of American music.  Members are some of Boston's most in-demand musicians: John Funkhouser on keys, Greg Loughman on bass, Andrew Stern on lead guitars, and Mike Connors on percussion.

 Britt was born and raised singing in small-town West Boylston, MA before taking her studies to Ithaca College in NY.  She did a 4-year stint as the featured vocalist for the 20-piece Compaq Big Band (swing, jazz, and American Songbook), singing to audiences at Scullers, Ryles and Regattabar while building a loyal following and honing her songwriting craft. Her first original tunes appear on her 2010 release 'The Bad Side of Good,' which presents insightful lyrics and captivating melodies that leave the listener with a vivid tapestry of imagery and sound. 

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


Concert tickets are $20.  A pre-concert dinner is also 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 more information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net | http://www.brittconnors.com

Brandon Music presents Hiroya Tsukamoto


July 25 at 7:30pm

One-of-a-kind Japanese composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter, Hiroya Tsukamotocreates evocative images through his music, taking listeners with him on scenic journeys of melody and rhythm. The Groove says"his music is earthy, organic and an amalgam of elements imported from diverse genres." Hear his unique sound,a hypnotic blending of folk, jazz and world music at Brandon Music on July 25 at 7:30pm.

 Celine Keating, of minor7th says Hiroya "plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth" while Folk Project says "he delivers skillful and innovative guitar instrumental solos".

While at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion - headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra - which helped shape his musical career. After attending Berklee College of Music, he completed a debut album entitled 'The Other Side of the World' with his band Interoceanico, released in 2004. Two of his compositions have been nominated as finalists in The USA Songwriting Competition and an additional song in the International Acoustic Music Awards. Hiroya has since released five albums including his most recent 'Places' which has been enthusiastically received by the music press.

 Hiroya performs internationally including appearances at Blue Note in New York and has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott (The Crusaders), Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell (Muddy Waters Band).


Concert tickets are $20.  A pre-concert dinner is also 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 more information.  Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

www.brandon-music.net | http://www.hiroyatsukamoto.com


Compass Treasure Chest
Open Tuesday - Sunday

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, 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 compasstreasurechestconsign@gmail.com and follow them on Facebook.

Neshobe Golf Club- course in excellent shape!!!
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. 

DAYBREAK RATE offer for all golfers: Book a tee time Monday through Wednesday between 7 am and 10 am and pay just $30 per player. Foursomes play for $100 total. Riding carts included!

The Long Iron Restaurant & Pub has a $20, All-You-Can-Eat PRIME RIB BUFFET every Friday from 5 to 8. Tuesday is BBQ Night with ribs, chicken and all the sides for the perfect BBQ dinner. Wednesday is WICKED WINGS WEDNESDAY. All Day Wednesday. $8 a dozen with your choice of hot and not sauces.
Live entertainment every Friday night from 7 pm until....


Chamber Members get a round of 18 with a riding cart for $40!!   A 25% savings. Good for weekday play.
     http://neshobe.com/               802-247-3611      neshobegolf@comcast.net

Wednesdays With Warren
At the Book & Leaf bookstore & tea shop.
Next "Conversation-July 15th  7pm.
Watch to see who his next guest will be!

The inaugural Chat with Warren Kimble took place on June 17th with about 25 folks in attendance. Warren's first guest was Bernie Carr and a lively evening ensued! Talk ranged from current town affairs all the way back to 1950's Brandon. Talk of the many merchants that have plied their trades over the years, school memories and talk of folks here and gone, sprinkled with funny anecdotes and touching remembrances. Warren had some good questions and some odd questions, and the audience piped up with a few too. All in all a really enjoyable evening and a chance to learn about Bernie, the town and it's folks, some philosophy and some very odd dreams.

Many thanks to Joanne & Steve Errick and the staff at the Book & Leaf, so generous of them to open their doors t an event like this.
Many more to come- watch for an announcement to see who the next victim ooops- guest will be on July 15th!       Watch for the show on PEG TV.
Future nights will be- 8/12, 9/16 and 10/14.

Omya mixer a great evening!!
Many thanks to the Omya gang for an enjoyable evening of great food, incredible tours of the facility, nice door prizes and perfect weather!

Watch for more mixers coming up in the next few months! Try to attend and see you fellow shops and businesses and meet lots of nice folks.


Cyber Hacking and protecting your business.

by Paul Gladding of Holden Financial Services

It seems every day you either read another news story, hear it on the radio or evening news another cyber event occurred and thousands, if not more, have been impacted. The recent hack of the Federal Government Office of Personnel Management, where 4 plus million records of current or former employees were stolen, has elevated the level of awareness of how insidious cyber theft has become. It involves every business and entity in society, from the federal government, financial institutions; such as JP Morgan, health companies; such as Anthem (Blue Cross/Blue Shield), national companies, such as Home Depot and Target, to small companies in Vermont.


Please click here for Paul's complete article on cyber protection.

Woman Owned Small Business Workshop
July 23rd, In Rutland Vermont

There will be a Woman Owned Small Business Workshop held on July 23rd, In Rutland Vermont from 9:30 to 11:30 at 110 Merchants Row, on the Third Floor in the REDC Office.  For those of you who have yet to attend these workshops are a great opportunity to learn more about federal contracting, the advantages of being a woman owned business AND the certification processes.  If you have yet to attend one, this is the must.  If you have attended one, please pass the word along to another Woman Owned Business so they may share in the knowledge.


There are instructions, a link, for registration on the attached flyer.  Should you have any issues or questions please feel free to contact me.  Space is limited so REGISTER NOW, and plan to attend.

Edward Williams, Procurement Counselor II     802-885-3061  ext-202




Warren Kimble All-American Artist: An Eclectic Retrospective

Showing through October 18
Sheldon Museum, Middlebury

 The exhibit highlights the career of internationally-known Brandon, Vermont artist Warren Kimble. There will be an exhibit reception on June 12 from 5:00-7:00 pm. More information visit www.henrysheldonmuseum.org or (802) 388-2117. 

Chamber Free Summer Concert Series Lineup and Dates
Mark your calendars so you don't miss any of the exciting groups we've lined up for your listening pleasure! Please come out and support these great bands!

JUL. 17th- Come join us for our kick-off concert at the Neshobe SOAR Summerfest-Pig Roast and Live Concert with Distant Thunder! Again this year, the event will be held at Neshobe School on Friday, July 17th starting at 5:00 p.m. with our traditional pig roast. SOAR Summerfest is a culmination of the SOAR summer and school year program and a celebration of student accomplishments. Please join us for an evening of food, fun, and entertainment in support of the Neshobe SOAR afterschool and summer program. Rain location is the Neshobe Gym. Distant Thunder has reunited after an 8-year hiatus! Playing the best of Classic Rock, 50's & 60's, Country, Southern Rock, Early Country-Rock, and Blues from the past 4-decades, Distant Thunder is sure to please most everyone. Over the past 15 years, they've played venues throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts - performing at local bars, concerts, fairs, and private parties. Their performances are lively, exciting, humorous, and laced with audience participation.


JUL. 31st- 6pm Brandon Chamber free summer concert series- Shellhouse- Central Park Bandstand or

if possible in the newly refurbished Green Park. An original Vermont rock & roll band for over ten years, Shellhouse has played club venues and concert series throughout Vermont. Their two albums, Boomerang and Indian Summer, are often heard on WZXP, The Album Station and other VT and NY radio stations. They play an eclectic blend of current and classic rock by artists like John Hiatt, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, Warren

Zevon, Mark Knopfler and more. Rain location-Center Street Bar Dining Room

"Fans of smartly conceived rock will find a lot to like"...Dan Bolles, Seven Days

AUG. 14th-6pm Brandon Chamber free summer concert series- Central Park- Tintype Gypsies are a volatile combination of local musical troublemakers Angus Chaney & Emily Nelson. The duo share a passion for the rhythms of hard-living wanderers, invoking the moonless crossroads of the south, the salty lilt of the Atlantic coast and the rushing steel rails of 20th Century American folkpunk. Rain location-Center Street Bar Dining Room


SEP. 4th- 5-9pm Brandon Chamber free summer concert series at Neshobe Golf Club- Moose Crossing-

Prime Rob buffet starting at 5pm and jazz music from 7-9pm.

Neshobe Golf Club will be hosting another concert this year to go along with one of their incredibly delicious,

and affordable prime rib buffets! We're excited to welcome Moose Crossing to our line-up of concert offerings.

Incorporating sax, upright bass, key board and drums, they specialize in the the Great American Song

Book, with greats from Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Billy Strayhorn and more! We also delve into the Bop

greats such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and countless more, all while writing our own jazz

standards too!

Sally Hughes: Watercolor for the Senses
The exhibit is to open on June 5th 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.) . www.cmacvt.org


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 


  The Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace & Brandon Museum.


 The Brandon Museum opened on May 18 and is 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.



 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- Tuesday, 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





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  

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


Mae's Place diner- Erynn Doaner  25 Center St. 465-8468

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- none in July-see you at the auction on July 21st!!
 Next meeting- Monday, August 17th 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.