August, 2015
Chamber Newsletter



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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.

Otter Valley Union High School's Walking Stick Theatre announces their Friday, August 7th performance of "Anon(ymous)." The 90-minute drama is a stylized adaptation of Homer's Odyssey. This will be the student's only Vermont performance before they travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform the play at the famed Fringe Festival later in August. Tickets for the August 7th performance are free, show starts at 7:30pm at Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon.
  Attached find a press release detailing the tremendous effort and support involved in making this happen  OVUHS Scotland Fringe Festival trip


Thanks from the Chamber!!     


27th Great Brandon Auction a big hit!!


  From sun-up to sun-down (and a little rain in-between) on Tuesday, July 21, Brandon was a-glow with donors, volunteers, bidders and buyers at the 26th Great Brandon Auction.      After unloading our spiffy "Auction Storage Trailer" and organizing the donations that poured out from storage areas, barns, cars, and trucks, auctioneer Barb Watters sold just about everything we had from a one hour private plane ride to a neon Bud Lite bar sign!  With more than 200 bidders and hundreds of items to be sold, Barb wasted no time working the crowd and selling off almost all our goodies.

  Thanks so much to the team of volunteers, donors, bidders and buyers who made the auction a huge success. The grand total is still being added up but it looks as if the auction will realize a net profit of over $10,000. Proceeds from the auction support the many activities and programs of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce including the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace. We thank all the Chamber members who donated, the private citizens who have supported us with donations for so long and everyone who helped with the success including volunteers from Camp Betsy Cox and Camp Sangamon in Pittsford. There are way too many people who helped to name everyone but you know who you are. Special thanks to Calvin Loven, Naylor & Breen, Lions Club and 4H, Roger Paquette, Rodney & Karla and Corey Thompson. But most importantly, we couldn't do it without the team behind the scenes - Brian Coolidge, Mike Wilson and Auctioneer Barb Watters!


Thanks again, Bernie Carr- Executive Director


Our 50/50 winner took home $733.00         and maybe a couch!!


Something's brewing!                                A fine looking crowd. 


Yard Sale Day Saturday, August 1st was a big, busy success!!
Thousands of people traveled our streets!

Thanks to all who participated and supported this fun day. Hope you sold lots of treasures or bought just the thing you've been looking for all these years! 

Another great event sponsored by your Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and supported by so many!


Wednesdays With Warren
At the Book & Leaf Bookstore & Tea Shop.
Next Conversation-August 12th  7pm. Sarah & Louis Pattis!!

 Wednesday, July15th, 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.

Links to past shows on PEG TV Wednesdays With Warren- Bernie Carr 6-17-15

Don't miss the Town Band performance!!
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 concert 6:30pm- August 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! After an 8-year hiatus, Dostant Thunder has re-united with 5 original members plus a new, 6th member. Members Chris Pallutto (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Greg Coolidge (drums, percussion and vocals), Butch Gearwar (bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals), Rhoda Forrest (vocals, guitar and percussion) and Debbie (vocals, percussion and keyboards) & Dennis Bonanza (guitar, bass, vocals) are back, and better than ever.Thanks for attending and enjoying the delicious food and great music!

 JUL. 31st-  First time in Brandon- we welcomed Shellhouse in the Central Park Bandstand. It was a perfect summer night! Great music and a nice crowd had a great time! Shellhouse is an original Vermont rock & roll band for over ten years. They've 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.



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 Rib 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:


August 7, 7:30 pm Salisbury Congregational Church

Clara Schumann Piano Trio

Robert Schumann Quartet Op. 41 #3

Brahms viola 5tet Op. 111



It's back to school time again! Get ready for the new year with these great salon and spa specials from Village Spa.


Are you a Vermont Student or Teacher? Show us your school ID during the month of August and receive your services at 50% off. It's easy to do too!

Call us at 802-465-8255, stop by at 32 Marble St in Brandon, or schedule at your convenience on line at

 The following services are discount eligible:

  • hair services (cuts, highlights, treatments)

  • skin care (facials and body scrubs)

  • nails (manicures, pedicures)

  • waxing

  • sunless tanning


    We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you look your best this school year.


    ~Heather, Jenn, Robyn & Erin


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!

 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

 August 14th...Drum Journeys of Earth...Friday, 7:30 pm. A variety of African and Ethnic instruments will fill the hall with incredible sounds. Drum Journeys is a fan favorite as the "Skellies" in the Rutland Halloween Parade. Adults...$8, Seniors/Students/Active Military...$6.

 August 15th...Silent Movie...Saturday, 7:00 pm. Buster Keaton in "The Three Ages". (1923) In his first independently produced film Buster tells of love and romance through three historical ages: The Stone Age, Roman Age and Modern Age (meaning 1920's California). Free Will Offering.

 August 22nd... LIVE PRO WRESTLING "The Brawl in the Brandon Town Hall" at 7:30 pm. For the first time in Brandon, the Brandon Town Hall presents Live Professional Wrestling! This family friendly event is presented by professional wrestler, Pierre Vachon from Middlebury. Adults...$8, Seniors/Students/Active Military...$6, Children 12 & under....$5, Special reserved seats on the stage are limited and available for two dollars more per ticket. Reserved tickets can only be purchased by calling 247-5420 or purchased in advance at any Town Hall event. Regular tickets can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door if available. Vendors will also be available, selling t-shirts, pictures and wrestling memorabilia of the participating wrestlers. The concession area will be open selling hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and snacks. Sponsored by The Brandon Recreation Department.

 August 29th...2nd Annual "Brandon Has Talent" Show...Saturday, 7:00 pm. Year 2 of our very successful Talent Show will again showcase the multi-talented community members from Brandon and the surrounding area.   Adults...$10 at the door...$8 if you purchase in advance, Seniors/Students/Active Military....$6, Children 5 and under....FREE.


 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. 

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


Otter Valley Big Island golf mixer fund raiser!
Saturday, August 29th- Neshobe Golf Club


   Otter Valley Union High School's science program in Brandon Vermont is working on a science trip to Oahu Hawaii in April 2016. The program the students will be attending is the Hawaiian Edventure Science Program, through The University of Hawaii, Hilo. The Hilo program provides excellent opportunities for students; include science related excursions to the National Volcanic Park, Marine Biology exploration, Regional Agriculture and the Astrological Observatories on top of Hawaii's tallest peak, 13,796-foot Mauna Kea.

   The students will also be exposed to the history and culture of the Hawaii Islands. This is a fantastic opportunity for the students in ways that reach past science. They are learning to commit time and energy to make this trip possible. They will learn the value of exploring other parts of the world and what it takes to travel to those places. They will begin to learn money management as they raise the funds needed for the trip. They are learning to work collaboratively on these fundraisers, in short this adventure is much more than a science trip.

   One of the many fundraisers will be the Otter Valley Science Otters Big Island Golf Tournament. We are looking for sponsors of this event, which takes place August 29th at the Neshobe Golf Course. The cost is $100.00 to sponsor a hole. Hole sponsors receive their name on a 6"x 18" sign displayed at the tournament. The deadline for tournament signs is August 15th. Checks should be made to OVUHS:

c/o Margaret Carrera-Bly

2997 Franklin St. Brandon VT 05733.

         With your help these students will be provided an opportunity that will stay with them for a lifetime. If you have any further question please contact me through my email or by phone.

 If you don't golf, you can still attend and support this great cause. Come for dinner and the silent auction- only $20.00/person


Aloha and Mahalo (thank you) Devon D. Fuller  802-247-3206 


             click here for the cool Big Island Golf Mixer poster with more information! 



'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.) .

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

Brandon Music presents the Piazzolla Project
August 22 at 7:30pm

 The Piazzolla Project brings together the talents of four unique musicians to explore the diverse sounds of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla's "Nuevo Tango". At Brandon Music on August 22 at 7:30pm, tango fans will recognize the famous milonga "Oblivion" and the haunting song "Los Pajaros Perdidos," among other favorites arranged and adapted for and by the Piazzolla Project musicians.


 Two husband and wife duos joined forces to establish the Piazzolla Project: Annemieke McLane, born and raised in the Netherlands where she completed her Master of Music, has a rich repertoire of piano solo, chamber music and art songs and her husband, accordionist Jeremiah McLane, a composer and musician of a mix of musical styles who has a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory; Sarah Cullins, a graduate of the New England Conservatory-Tufts University double-degree program, is a versatile soprano who regularly performs opera, oratorio and symphonic repertoire and her husband, Columbian guitarist Daniel Gaviria, who earned national acclaim in Columbia as a winner of several guitar and chamber music competitions and graduated from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota.

 Astor Piazzolla is best known for being the father and inventor of Tango Nuevo - a revolutionary new genre in which jazz rhythms and classical music were infused into tango. Tango Nuevo, at first, was strongly rejected in his home country of Argentina, but eventually was appreciated and celebrated for the genius it was throughout the world.

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

Jazz with the John Funkhouser Trio at Brandon Music


The Trio performs at Brandon Music on August 29 at 7:30pm

John Funkhouser returns to Brandon Music with his trio, playing an energetic, accessible blend of modern jazz, funk, blues, 20th century classical, Indian classical, and European and American folk music. Although the band consists of the standard jazz trio instrumentation of piano, bass and drums, the sound of the band is anything but standard. In fact, the group's blend creates a funky, groove-oriented, fresh and original sound that stretches the limits of traditional jazz. The Trio performs at Brandon Music on August 29 at 7:30pm.


The band really is Musicians without Borders with influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, Ravi Shankar, and Abdullah Ibrahim. The Trio "employs complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity." (Bebop Spoken Here). "Each musician has technique to burn but they're also extremely musical. [They are] wildly inventive and great fun to watch and listen to." (Middletown Eye)

A native of the Boston area, John Funkhouser earned degrees at Cornell University and the New England Conservatory. Besides leading his Trio, he is in demand as a pianist and bassist, having shared the stage with such luminaries as Grammy winners Joe Lovano, Steve Gadd, Abe Laboriel Sr., Mark Walker, and Max Weinberg, Grammy nominees Luciana Souza and Tierney Sutton, renowned pianist Geri Allen, South Indian percussion master Trichy Sankaran, piano savant Matt Savage, and Mark Harvey's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.  He has appeared on Lifetime Television, ABC's "20/20," NBC's "Today Show," and NPR, and is currently an Associate Professor teaching piano, bass, ear training, and ensembles at Berklee.

Greg Loughman earned a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies at Capital University, where he studied electric and upright bass with Doug Richeson (bassist for a number of years with Tony Bennett), Jeff Ciampa, and Lou Fisher. Following graduation, he quickly rose to a prominent position as one of the top freelance jazz bassists in the Midwest. He has performed with musicians including Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Mark Murphy, Judi Silvano, Kenwood Dennard, Greg Abate, Ray Santisi, Mark Greel, Al Vega, Grammy-nominated pianist Phillip Aaberg, guitarist Mimi Fox, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta, Patti Page, actor/singer James Naughton, and the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, among many others.

Mike Connors studied jazz drumming at Berklee with jazz greats Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson. He has toured internationally with the avant-pop group Combustible Edison, the 1999 Lillith Fair, Lisa Loeb, The Andre Rice Sextet and several national Broadway tours including, Bye Bye Birdie and Anything Goes (the Lincoln Center version). Mike has also performed for/on television shows such as "Dateline NBC", "Regis and Katie Lee", "Felicity" and commercials for Cinemax, PBS, Microsoft, NPR and more. He has played on soundtracks for the films Inspector Gadget, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gas Food Lodging, and Four Rooms.  He is on the faculty of Clark University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Rivers School.


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

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 

Compass Treasure Chest
Open every day!!

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 and follow them on Facebook.

Neshobe Golf Club- course in excellent shape!!!
Rated the #1 value in Vermont by the New England Golf Guide
Chamber Summer Concert Series concludes right here on September 4th featuring a great little jazz group called Moose Crossing! Join us for dinner and cool music!

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.               802-247-3611

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 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:, 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.



Moonlight in Vermont
An Enchanting Tango Weekend
In Historic Brandon, Vermont

Sept.10th-13th, 2015 at the Brandon Inn

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Tango at the Brandon Inn!
In previous years we've attracted over 100-150 people from Boston to Montreal, New York, even Texas, California, Arizona, D.C., Chicago, and the New England states.

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.

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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  

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


Senior Circuit- "Golden Age meets Computer Age"- computer lessons for senior citizens-     John Bryant & Linda Devereux  342-5632

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
 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.