Early October 2015
Chamber Newsletter

Members in the "World News"!
Inn to Inn write-up in the London Times!

Our own Seth & Olya Hopkins were published in The Times of London for their Inn to Inn cycling tours! We always have the pleasure to chat with many Brits here in our little village and exposure like this is one of the main reasons!
Congratulations Olya & Seth and keep up the good work.
Take a peek at the London Times with little Brandon Vermont splashed across the page!

Inn to Inn was also featured in the Times for their Vermont Appalachian tour a week later!

Seth M. Hopkins, State of Vermont Certified Tourism Ambassador
Inn to Inn (Country Inns Along the Trail)
52 Park Street, Brandon, VT  05733
Since 1975, Vermont's Premier Vacation Planners
www.inntoinn.com ~ (802) 247-3300 ~ www.facebook.com/inntoinn

Swing Dancing Classes for Children and Adults
October 7, 14, 21 and 28th

Learn to swing dance this October at Brandon Music (in association with the Compass Music and Arts Center). Local instructor David Allan will teach three classes - a beginner class for kids, plus adult beginner and intermediate level courses.
 The classes will be on October 7, 14, 21 and 28th. The kid's class runs from 5:00-6:00pm and is for children aged 8-12. The adult beginner class follows from 6:15-7:15pm, with the intermediate class from 8:00-9:00pm. From 7:15-8:00pm there will be a practice session for adults to get a little extra help and practice with one another.
 David teaches the proper posturing and connections and 6-12 basicsix-count swing patterns in both the adult and kids beginner classes. The intermediate class will learn Charleston eight-count moves and how to combine East Coast Swing with Lindy hop. The prerequisite for intermediate class participants is to have taken the beginner class or have equivalent experience.
 David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. He runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing,teaching and organizing swing dances and has taught for eight years in communities and colleges throughout the Champlain Valley.
$25 for the kid's full four-class series. $45 for one adult series, $70 per couple per class, or $70 for an individual to take both adult classes. Register by September 30.Contact 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org.
Brandon Music is a sister venue to the Compass Music and Arts Center and is located across from the Neshobe Golf Course at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733. www.cmacvt.org

Brandon's Leaf People Day was once again, a terrific & fun event!

 A bright and warm sun shone down on Brandon's Central Park as hundreds of people assembled fantastic outfits for their very own Leaf People! The Harvest Program made everything more festive with pumpkins and hay rides, and various treats were offered by some of Brandon's other non-profit organizations.
Our thanks go out to so many community members who cleaned closets and donated old clothes, hats, shoes, etc., and especially to our wonderful friends at Nifty Thrifty who send us clothes all year! The Chamber relies on the volunteer help of many people (too many people to mention here) to make the event a success and for making and hanging so many of the wonderful scarecrows ensconced all over town.
However, we would be remiss not to thank a very special person for helping with this event: Sally Wood for her year-round dedication to this many decades-old project. She stores all of our leaf friends in her garage along with clothes donated throughout the year and the wood and frames we cut and piece together. She is very careful to be sure we only put out very handsome and beautiful fall folk to be representative of our community.

Come see what you've been missing and help support the continued renovation of this town treasure!!
The Brandon Town Hall is winding down after a long and successful summer! Our last fall exciting events are below!!
October 9th... DISSIPATED EIGHT... Friday 7:00 pm. Middlebury College's premier a cappella group will present a concert on Friday,. The group was founded as a combination of two all male quartets in 1952, singing traditional barbershop music. They are currently the fourth oldest a cappella in the nation and sing a range of songs, from modern day pop to traditional barbershop songs. The group prides itself in its history and aims to preserve it while adding new material from the modern age to its repertoire. Tickets are: Adults...$6. Seniors/Students/Active Military....$4 Tickets available at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by; Brandon Artist Guild, Warren & Lorraine Kimble, Maria Ammatuna.
Oct. 17th...Silent Movie...Chiller Theater....Saturday, 7:00 pm. Alfred Hitchcocks, "The Lodger". This final event of the 2015 season (except for Moonlight Madness on Dec. 2nd-17th) takes place in our   unheated upper hall so bring your hats, mittens, blankets, etc. (unless of course we have a heat    wave!) to watch the search for the man responsible for a series of murders in fog-shrouded London. Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock's career began in the silent era, not for the faint of heart! 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 Marden President-Friends of The Brandon Town Hall. http://www.brandontownhall.org 
 802-247-5420  click here for Upcoming town hall events listing 

Goodnight Irene
Brandon on the move!

On August 29th, a public/private celebration of our successes after Irene & Katrina, sponsored by the Town of Brandon, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and the owners and tenants of Brigg's Lane, was held on a perfect summer day. Many townsfolk gathered to celebrate the reopening of Green Park and Kennedy Park and the dedication of the beautiful new overlook of the falls to Joan & Bob Thomas of Thomas Answering Service! Bob & Joan have always participated fully in town life, through church, municipal committees, joining the fire company, organizing the 4th of July parades and more behind the scene care and help than any of us will ever really know. It's an honor and a fitting tribute to two people who gave so much of themselves to so many of us for so long.
Thanks go out to all the people who made this possible. Our selectboard, town manager, our new DPW head Daryl Burlett & his gang, the crew from Taggarts, Wilks paving & Kevin Egan(bricks) who did such a nice job, a nice picnic table donated by Kevin Birchmore of The McKernon Group, the plantings that were put in by Mary Shields and friends, it's a testament to hard work & cooperation. Brandon is truly being revitalized, let's continue the effort!
Thanks too for the delicious "Gumbo Festival on the Neshobe", organized by Kate Briggs and crew from here and Louisiana, the free gumbo and jambalaya was fantastic!
Check out WCAX coverage-  

Pancake Breakfast
Brandon Congregational Church- Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. 

The Brandon Congregational Church is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at Fellowship Hall, 1 Carver Street, Brandon, on Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  We will be serving home made wheat and gluten free pancakes with real maple syrup, bacon, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. A free will offering will be taken.  Please stop by before heading to the Farmer's Market in the Park.

Twangtown Paramours return to Brandon Music
Brandon Music on October 10 at 7:30

"The Twangtown Paramours bring a blend of thought provoking lyrics with angelic vocals combined with well accomplished musicians. What more could you ask for?"
- Dennis Double, Co-host Writer's Block, WDVX-FM, Knoxville, TN
 The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called "Sophisticated Americana", and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This acoustic duo, made up of MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis, is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies. They can be heard at Brandon Music on October 10 at 7:30.
 During their summer Northeast tour, the duo performed at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe and was featured on WCAX-TV in Burlington.  Nationally, they have performed at recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin's in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have opened for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Carrie Newcomer, and Kim & Reggie Harris, among others.
 With their third album on the way, the Twangtown Paramours are sure to see more praise and chart-rankings for their efforts. Their sophomore album reached #2 on the Folk DJ Chart and radio stations in NYC and Chicago also listed the album among their very top albums of the year.
 In 2013, The Twangtown Paramours were chosen - for a second time - to be finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest and in 2012, the Twangers (technically, MaryBeth) won the Michael Terry People's Choice Award in the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival Songwriter Contest. Their songs can be heard on over 70 Americana, Folk, and independent Country radio stations world-wide.
 MaryBeth has sung professionally since the age of 18. Before moving to Nashville, she was a fixture of the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area, where she fronted a popular bar band for several years. MaryBeth sang background vocals for the band Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy and after relocating to Nashville, continued her musical career working as a demo singer for local songwriters, as a background vocalist for several new country artists, and worked on her own projects, including serving as lead vocalist for the band Blue Martini.
 Mike T. Lewis has played guitar for a million and a half years, and bass for about half that time. He sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass. In 1997, Mike had a #1 pop hit in South Korea on the big pop icon, Yangpa's first album called "A Heartbeat Away". It sold over 800,000 units. In April, 2014, Mike signed an administrative publishing deal with Universal for all their Asian territories. Yangpa will release a few more of Mike's songs on her upcoming autumn release. He has also had songs recorded by independent artists in the U.K., Japan, and the U.S. Mike runs a studio in Nashville, producing albums and demos for up-and-coming artists. And if you look very, very, very closely, sometimes you can see him playing a background acting role of songwriter, studio engineer, or roadie on ABC's "Nashville".
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.twangtownparamours.com

Wednesdays With Warren- October 14th- 7:00pm
At the Book & Leaf Bookstore & Tea Shop.  Warren's guests will be Janet & Joel Mondlak, late of Antiques By The Falls, Inside Scoop & Chamber of Commerce fame! 

Come to another enjoyable evening at the Book & Leaf. Find out all about our friends and community stalwarts Joel & Janet at a fun night of 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.  
Septembers guest, Dr. Ben Lawton
entertained us with stories and tales of his life and times and how he ended up in the Brandon area! It's so enjoyable to learn the histories and life adventures of the folks we see day in and day out.

Catch up on past episodes via the links below from our friends at PEG TV!

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- Wednesday 10/14.

Links to past shows on PEG TV 

Purely Pastels Exhibit, Paintings by Norma Jean Rollet- Brandon Artist Guild
September 2nd through November 3rd.

Local artist Norma Jean Rollet will be the featured artist at the Brandon Artists' Guild  September 2nd through November 3rd. Her platform, the exhilarating color and luminosity of soft pastels, has the purest form of color intensity. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry color pigments than that of any other process and is made with permanent pigments. Pastel painting can endure unchanged for centuries and are not susceptible, as are painting made with a fluid medium, to the cracking and discoloration that result from changes in the color, opacity, or dimensions of the medium as it dries.
Combined with all the possibilities of soft pastel medium and the classical realist style of her art, Norma's work has the depth and atmosphere usually reserved for oil paintings with extensive color blending and glazing techniques. But, soft pastels are her passion with plein air painting her preferred venue. She can be seen participating in many of the Vermont plein air events as well as set up on the side of the road creating her art. She uses as many as twenty layers of pastels crystals to produce her realistic and atmospheric painting, creating her signature luminosity in each finished piece.
Norma's work has appeared in numerous national juried shows including in 2015, The Pastel Society of American "Enduring Brillance", the Degas Pastel Society 19th Member Exhibit and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Code "For Pastels Only". She has also won awards in the Vermont Pastel Society 2014 and 2015 juried exhibit.
No matter the location, Norma states, she "loves to choreograph colors, shapes and values into classical representational art. With the exquisite Vermont Landscape subject matter and ever changing lighting the possibilities are endless". And she will always add, Solo Deo Gloria.

EMMA Artist Talks, Demos & Classes
The artists of the Rutland-based group, EMMA (East Mountain Mentoring Artists), will conduct a series of artist talks, demos and classes to share their breadth of artistic skill and experience. The series will take place on Sunday afternoons at the Compass Music and Arts Center while their exhibit 'What EMMA Loves' is on display. All events are free. See below for dates and details on each event.
October 18, 1-2:15pm:
Mary Crowley - Making the Grammy Book
Mary Crowley, the author and illustrator of the children's book, "I Love to Visit My Grammy" will explain how she came to write, illustrate and get the book published. In addition, she will talk about her second book and the one she is working on now.
 Mary was an art teacher for 30 years, is the current host of Peg TV's 'The Art Show', graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College and is listed inWho's Who in America and Who's Who in American Education.
Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.).

Early Music Workshop for Recorder, Flute and Strings
Anna Laufenberg, who will lead this workshop on Early Music for recorder, flute (or oboe) and strings. Saturday, October 24 from 9-4pm.

The Compass Music and Arts Center welcomes Anna Laufenberg, who will lead this workshop on Early Music for recorder, flute (or oboe) and strings, taking place on Saturday, October 24 from 9-4pm.
 During this one day workshop, participants will travel back into the musical world of the Early Renaissance and the Baroque, starting with movements of Pierre Attaingnant's (c. 1494 - c. 1551) dance collections. This will be followed by instrumental polyphonic music that was popular at the Elizabethan Court, through the time of Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554 - 1612); he composed many pieces in which one choir or instrumental group would play first followed by a response of the second group (double choir) placing the two, sometimes three different groups on opposite sides of the cathedral. The musical journey will close with music of the Early Baroque era as the polyphonic compositions style developed slowly towards harmonic tonality.
 Anna Laufenberg holds a Bachelor degree in recorder, piano and Early Childhood Music Education. She is an active member of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, the American Recorder Society and teaches Early Childhood Music Classes for children age two to nine.
Over many years, she performed with different musical groups from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and the Baroque on recorder and flute and prefers playing on period instrument reproductions.
 This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced amateur recorder, flute (or oboe) and string players with sight-reading skills. Recorder players must be able to play at least two different instruments of the recorder quartet (Soprano & Alto or Soprano & Tenor etc.) to meet the expectations of all participants and to balance class assignments.
Workshop fee is $70. Space is limited to 10 participants.  Register by October 16 by calling 802-247-4295 or email info@cmacvt.org. www.cmacvt.org
Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.). 

Distinguished UK violinist Madeleine Mitchell plays Brandon, Vermont
Compass Music and Arts Center on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm

One of Britain's most distinguished violinists, the acclaimed Madeleine Mitchell makes a rare visit to Vermont, performing a recital for the Compass Music and Arts Center on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm, along with pianist Palmyra Catravas.
 This is a benefit recital for The Compass Music and Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting arts and educational programs in the local community of Brandon, Vermont. Current and new members to the Foundation will be invited to meet the artist after the concert for refreshments, discussion and a CD signing opportunity.
 Violinist Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times, London as 'one of Britain's liveliest musical forces'. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in some 50 countries and in major venues including the BBC Proms, Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House. She has frequently represented the UK abroad, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
 The program includes romantic British music, pieces from Madeleine's widely praised Divine Art Records CD 'Violin Songs'* and a Brahms Violin Sonata.
 A frequent broadcaster, Madeleine will introduce the program:
Elgar: Chanson de Matin & Chanson de Nuit*
Howells: Three Pieces
Brahms: Violin Sonata in A, Op. 100
Schubert: Ave Maria*
Delius: Legende
Copland: Nocturne*
Bridge: Morceau Caracteristique*
 Elgar's short pieces are well known as is Schubert's well loved song Ave Maria, arranged for violin and piano. The concert also includes some wonderful rarities by Herbert Howells (including a Russian Lament from 1917) and Frederick Delius; his sumptuous Legende of 1895, and Aaron Copland's 1928 bluesy Nocturne, inspired by his time in 1920s Paris. The recital will end with an unpublished piece by Frank Bridge, from 1908.
 This concert is part of a major three week coast to coast tour of the U.S. which Madeleine has been invited to undertake. It includes recitals, master classes and talks at universities: Union College NY, Boston Conservatory, USF Tampa, MWSU Texas, UA Tucson, DU Denver, UCLA as well as a concert in Boulder and culminating in being a featured artist in the Curious Flights Series in San Francisco in a recital of Anglo-American music on Veteran's Day, commemorating the centenary of World War 1.
 Recent and forthcoming engagements include Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia, recitals in Singapore, London's Wigmore and Barbican Halls, Schoenberg Center Vienna, Moscow, a trip to China to judge the International Western Strings Competition in Guangzhou and give master classes in Beijing and performing a new violin concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
 Mitchell's acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes 'In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell' by MacMillan, Nyman and other well known UK composers, 'FiddleSticks' - Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra and new companion pieces; 'Violin Songs' - Classic FM's CD of the week, 'British Treasures' - early 20th century romantic violin sonatas, two albums for Naxos of music by Alwyn and Howard Blake (with the composer as pianist), Hummel violin sonatas, Bridge chamber music and the widely recommended Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor.  Her Linn recording of MacMillan Motet with solo violin was BBC Music's CD of the Month, 2014.
 Madeleine Mitchell was awarded the prestigious Fulbright/ITT Fellowship for graduate study at Eastman and Juilliard with Weilerstein, Rosenberg and DeLay. She gives master classes worldwide and is a Professor at the Royal College of Music, London. She plays on a Rocca violin of 1839, made in Turin.
 Madeleine is joined by pianist Palmyra Catravas from Union College, NY in what promises to be a delightful evening.
 This special performance is sponsored in part by the artist as a benefit for The Compass Music and Arts Foundation. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the Foundation's current appeal for funds to equip the concert hall with staging, seating, and stage lighting. The Foundation welcomes new members and patrons.
Concert tickets are $25, $10 for students.  Reservations are recommended. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail info@cmacvt.org for reservations or for more information.  Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.).  www.cmacvt.org | www.classical-artists.com/madeleinemitchell
* 'Violin Songs' is a Divine Art recording (the international classical music recording company headquartered at the Compass Music and Arts Center) which The Strad called "A CD of small joys, wonderfully played." www.divineartrecords.com/CD/25063info.htm

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 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 come out and enjoy beautiful FALL GOLF!!

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. 

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.
 Click here for more info- 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.

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.
If interested please contact: Stephanie at 247-3214  or  802-683-4126   
Affordable and professional

Space available in the GRANARY  29 Union St.

We have several artist or small business studios available at The Granary - 2 upstairs studios are available now, one in November and one downstairs studio available in November.  Studio rents range from $325 - $475 per month, and include all utilities (except AC). 

The 19th Century building 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. 

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

  The Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace & Brandon Museum.


 The Brandon Museum opened on May 18 and is running 7 days a week until October 12th. 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.



Nancy Leary Design and The HOME shop have moved upstairs above Gourmet Provence to enjoy more space, more light and more design space.
39 Center Street, Brandon, Vermont 05733  802.465.1817 www.nancylearydesign.com
  The design office in the heart of The Home Shop inspires clients and customers alike. The Home Shop offers locally made gifts from Nancy and Gary Meffe, Jim Sherwin, Eric the Bookmaker, as well as Rugs, Light bulbs, Hooks, towel bars, furniture, knobs & pulls and other "jewelry" for the HOME. Open 10-5 Monday through Saturday.

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




Call to Artists: The Art of Giving - : - The Giving of Art
The Compass Music and Arts Center is currently accepting work for their second "The Art of Giving

The Giving of Art" holiday show, to be held from November 6, 2015 through January 9, 2016.
The Holiday season is once again around the corner, and soon everyone will be out shopping for that perfect gift. We're looking for fun, functional, decorative, wearable, festive or other works in the form of 2D and 3D artwork, holiday decorations, jewelry, gifts, or holiday ornaments. All work must be for sale for $250 or less.
The entry fee for 2D and 3D works in all media is $5 per piece. Ornaments are $5 per 15 ornaments.Please contact us if an alternate arrangement might better suit your type of work.
The commission rate on sold work is 35%.
The submission deadline is October 7 and can be completed online at https://cmacvt.wufoo.com/forms/mrz29id0kr5pn9/ or through www.cmacvt.org.  Artwork is to be delivered by October 31.
The Compass Music and Arts Center is open seven days a week from 10-5pm and is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.).

Buy, Sell and Trade at the Compass Music Swap
The Compass Music and Arts Center is hosting their third Music Swap on Sunday, November 8 from 10-4pm.

If you are looking for a place to sell or trade your new and used audio equipment, vinyl records, CDs, 78s, musical instruments, memorabilia and other related items, this is a growing event which offers a great opportunity for musicians, dealers, collectors, and vendors of various types.
Spaces can be reserved through Friday, November 6th. Visit www.cmacvt.org or call 802-247-4295 for more details.
Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.).

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 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


The Consignment Shop- Kerry White 47 Center St. 247-9255

Common Ground Restaurant & Pub (formerly Sully's)- Erynn Doaner 18 Center St.

Perfect Fifths Violin School- Olya Hopkins 52 Park St.  247-1460

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

Harold & Jean Somerset
Jeff Guevin- Chair of the Brandon Planning Commission
Jeanne Collins- RNESU Superintendent

Next Chamber Meeting
 Monday, October 19th, 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.