July, 2015
Chamber Newsletter


Chamber' 27th Great Brandon Auction!!

Tuesday, July 21st               

4 pm Central Park Brandon; preview at 2 pm

Here's a partial list of items and gift certificates that will be auctioned!! 



Bring your family and friends to Brandon on Tuesday, July 21st for the 27thAnnual Great Brandon Auction sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Chamber and many of our Community Projects .


 The Auction offers antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, services,original art, and more; surprises and treasures from attics and barns. Also lots of gift certificates to dozens of state and local businesses incl. restaurants, museums, fuel oil, massages, dinner for eight at a beautiful Inn and more and more and more.

First time in our 27 years- a one hour plane ride for one out of Middlebury Airport!

New merchandise from many local businesses. Other donations include dressers, beds, tools, art, chairs, bookshelves, gardening items, TVs. Great items for dorms and apartments. Original art work from many of Brandon's famed artists. Household goods and furnishings including collectibles, books, kitchen gadgets, childrens items, box lots, and much more. And of course our usual selection of interesting and eclectic items.




Food Available by Brandon Lions Club

 Bring your chair, family, friends. Rain or Shine. Under the Tent.

Vermont State Sales Tax of 6% will apply to all

purchases excluding gift certificates.

Resellers - You will be required to sign an exemption form -Bring Your Number!

Terms: cash or good check

For more info call 247-6401 or log onto www.brandon.org 

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 the Reporter, online at Brandon.org or at Carr's Florist & Gifts.

  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


Solutions for My Business- Wednesday, August 5th
Whatever your business, Efficiency Vermont can help you save money on energy-efficient equipment you buy today and on your energy costs for years to come.

We're pleased to be having representatives form Efficiency Vermont coming down on Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30pm in the Town Hall meeting room!  We're always looking for ways to save our members money and make them more profitable. This is a fantastic opportunity to have these professionals explain ways to take advantage of money saving options that directly affect your bottom line!  PLEASE make plans to attend this important presentation. Let your Chamber help you SAVE MONEY!!
Commercial Offices
Increase the comfort of your office building, while saving energy and money.

Convenience Stores

Save money and create a better shopping environment at your convenience store, general store, or mini-mart with energy-efficient equipment.

K-12 Schools

Improve learning environments and reduce costs by making energy efficiency upgrades at your school.


Save money with energy efficiency, whether you run a quaint country bed & breakfast, full-service hotel, motel, or large resort.


Reduce costs while increasing production efficiency by choosing energy-efficient equipment and optimizing existing equipment and processes.

Municipal & State Government

Green-up your town, city, and state buildings with energy efficiency and save taxpayer dollars.

Residential Rental Properties

Increase the appeal of your residential rental properties and save money with energy efficiency improvements.


Choose from a menu of energy-saving opportunities to improve your profit margin and increase your customer's comfort.

Retail Stores

Create a winning retail setting with energy-efficient equipment and strengthen your bottom line with cost savings.

Small Businesses

Switch to more energy-efficient equipment to lower energy use and boost your business' bottom line.

Other Businesses

Ways to save for all businesses.

Water & Wastewater Facilities

Improve your facility's operations and save money with energy-saving upgrades.

Wednesdays With Warren
At the Book & Leaf bookstore & tea shop.
Next Conversation-August 12th  7pm. Who will it be??

 This past Wednesday Warren chatted with our favorite ladies of the library, Stephanie Choma & Lynn Wilson! We learned a little more about them and the lives they lead in our favorite place in town, and learned more about our library and the myriad of services available! We're very lucky to have this venerable institution in our little town and lucky that the "Library Ladies" have Molly right beside them and ready to continue bringing us all kicking and screaming into the digital modern age!! It was again a fun night with wonderful questions and answers and a lot of good humor and fellowship- you HAVE to come to one of these! You won't regret it.  

Many thanks to Joanne & Steve Errick and the staff at the Book & Leaf, so generous of them to open their doors to an event like this.
Many more to come- check here to see who the next guests will be throughout the year.
     Watch for the show on PEG TV.
Future nights will be- 8/12, 9/16 and 10/14.

Don't miss the Town Band performances!!
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- July 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. 

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- Our kick-off concert at the Neshobe SOAR Summerfest-Pig Roast featuring Distant Thunder (as the band not the pig) was a big success! Thanks for attending and enjoying the delicious food and great music!


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


Point CounterPoint Faculty Concerts   Summer 2015:


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 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.


August 1st...Town Wide Yard Sales....Saturday, 8:00-3:00. Hundreds of items, inside and out. Town Hall Raffle, Special Raffle for a Cord of Wood, Refreshments for sale, Great Deals!!!

 August 8th & 9th...Shakespeare on Main Street..Saturday, 7:30 pm..Sunday, 2:00 pm. "Henry IV-Part 1". Set in the Elizabethan era with scenes of nobility to commoners. Adults...$10, Seniors/Students/Active Military...$8, Children 12 & under...FREE.

 August 11th, 12th & 13th...Auditions for the 2nd Annual "Brandon Has Talent" Show. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 6:00 -8:00 pm. You must call 247-5420 to schedule your audition day & time. No matter what your age, if you like to sing, play an instrument, dance, play in a band, have a special talent, etc. call and schedule your audition. The Talent Show is scheduled for August 29

 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 Marden President-Friends of The Brandon Town Hall. http://www.brandontownhall.org 

 802-247-5420  click here for Upcoming town hall events listing 


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.

Brandon Congregational Church Chicken BBQ Dinner
Saturday, July 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Brandon Congregational Church is holding a Summer Chicken Barbecue Dinner on Saturday, July 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall, 1 Carver Street, Brandon, Vermont.  The menu will include barbecued chicken, baked beans, potato, pasta, and green salads, homemade rolls, hot fudge brownie sundaes and beverages.  A Free Will Offering will be taken. 

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


Snake Mountain Bluegrass & the Connor Sisters at Brandon Music
Brandon Music on August 1 at 7:30pm.

  Come back to Brandon Music for an energetic evening of bluegrass music with the very popular collaboration between Snake Mountain Bluegrass and the Connor Sisters. Guests to past performances know the groups are highly entertaining with vocal, instrumental, and original songwriting talents, plus a great sense of humor, onstage banter and of course banjo jokes! Snake Mountain and the Connor Sisters return to Brandon Music on August 1 at 7:30pm.

  According to Seven Days, Snake Mountain's "Toe-tapping tunes combine the best of modern and traditional bluegrass." Retired Middlebury College Professor, Gregg Humphrey, and Middlebury construction company owner, Mike Connor, formed Snake Mountain Bluegrass about twenty-five years ago. At the time, both Gregg (guitar) and Mike (banjo) were living near Snake Mountain and someone asked them what style of bluegrass they played. "Snake Mountain Bluegrass," was their immediate response and the name has been theirs ever since.  They are joined by Earle Provin (mandolin and resophonic guitar), Mike Boise (bass), and Monica Connor (fiddle). 

  The Connor Sisters are Katie(guitar), Monica (fiddle) and Meaghan (mandolin).  They have been singing together for years, throughout their homeschooling, resulting in "sister harmonies" that are tight and effervescent!  Younger brother, Joseph Connor,often shares his impressive vocal abilities and unique style by joining in as a special guest.


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

'What EMMA Loves': The new Compass exhibit


Opens on August 14 with an opening reception to be held on Friday, August 21 from 5-7pm.

"What EMMA Loves" is the second group exhibit for the Rutland area visual artists and opens on August 14 with an opening reception to be held on Friday, August 21 from 5-7pm.


"For ten artists with different personal loves, it really is the love of creating that motivates us", says Christine Holzschuh, one of the painters in the group. There is a photographer that has an eye for beauty in the seemingly mundane; a painter who expresses her love for animals in delicate carvings and paintings; some are drawn to the everyday occurrences; others portray the sights of travel; while conceptual artists create abstract images which reflect a particular point of view. Holzschuh goes on to say, "Although our work is varied, our love for creating unifies us. That is 'What EMMA Loves'."


Exhibiting members include free-spirited painter Mary Crowley; figurative painter Christine Holzschuh; ordinary-into-extraordinary photographer Lowell Snowdon Klock; Ann McFarren, an oil and watercolor landscape painter; painter of stories Betsy Moakley; New England painter Rae Newell; wood sculptor and multimedia artist Alice Sciore; painter of light and color Karen Seward; traveling painter Heather Shay; and Christine Townsend, a painter and sculptor of animals.


EMMA was formed in May of 2013 on the encouragement of California artist Leslie Saeta, who is a great leader in helping artists take the next step in their careers. The idea behind EMMA is for artist members to support and mentor each other creatively, educationally, technically and in marketing. The women meet monthly to share ideas about workshops, marketing techniques, educational resources, technical skills, and educate one another on what is happening in the arts, both locally and online.


The exhibit at Compass will run through November 1.


This exhibit also 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

Missisquoi River Band comes to Brandon Music


Brandon Music on August 15 at 7:30pm

The Northern Vermont band brings traditional and original bluegrass music to Brandon Music on August 15 at 7:30pm. The group features Patrick Murphy and Jim and Cindy Weed, the songwriting and vocal backbone of the band. Their unique three-part harmony arrangements are masterfully backed up by David Gusakov a well-seasoned picker adding to the innovative instrumentals.


The band just released its first all-original CD Plenty of Heartaches last year. Dan Bolles of Seven Days noted, "The Weeds write with all the warm nostalgia of a Norman Rockwell painting," and that Murphy "colors his lovelorn musings with a blues hue." Bolles goes on to say that "buoyed by plainspoken songwriting, sturdy picking and copious heartfelt odes to their home state, Missisquoi River Band offer a record that should find a place on the shelves of Vermont bluegrass fans - especially if that shelf rests in proximity to a wood stove."


Jim has been playing guitar for 30 years and was a founding member of the Backyard Bluegrass Band, along with his wife Cindy on rhythm guitar. Patrick (bass fiddle) has been picking and singing, mostly solo, for decades in a variety of styles including blues, rock and folk. Since 1973, David, playing fiddle, has been plying the music trade in his adopted state of Vermont, pingponging between the Vermont Symphony and assorted bluegrass (Pine Island, Midnite Plowboys) and jazzy (Will Patton Ensemble, Swing Noire) outfits throughout the state.


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

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 

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.

Summer hours open 10-5pm everyday!!. 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

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.

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. 

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.



Compass Music and Arts Center has more to offer!
There is always something going on at Compass- stop in and explore!!

You've probably seen events, classes and exhibits mentioned here for the Compass Music and Arts Center in Park Village, but do you know what else Compass has to offer?


The Compass Café is open daily from 10:00am - 5:00pm (with the exception of most Saturdays when they close at 2:30 due to concert events at Brandon Music) with daily specials, soups, salads, wraps, Donna's award-winning chili, delicious home-made desserts and more. Stop in for a bite while you explore the rest of Compass.


The Phonograph Rooms is a permanent exhibit at Compass. It offers fascinating insight into the history of recorded music in the home. The exhibit features vintage "talking machines" from 1890 to the 1970s, with the opportunity to listen to great recordings of the past - both classical and popular. A display of antique radios and TVs is also included. There is a small entrance fee to help with maintenance of the machines.


Compass is also the home of the international record company Divine Art Records. You can browse their 400+ CD titles and CDs by local musicians, as well as art and music books, general interest books both new and collectible, and a wide range of gift items at the Compass shops.


Looking for a studio to rent or office or retail space? Compass has rooms available to rent by the month or by the hour. There are currently several artists working out of Compass and by now you may have heard about the Compass Treasure Chest, a consignment shop located in the Compass building.


There is always something going on at

Compass- stop in and explore!


Compass Music and Arts Center

333 Jones Drive, Brandon, VT 05733



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.