Late October 2015
Chamber Newsletter

Book & Leaf Children's Halloween Book Readings!
3:00 P.M.  to 4:30 P.M.  on Halloween

Come visit, stop by Book & Leaf from 3:00 P.M.  to 4:30 P.M.  on Halloween,  for book reading, tricks and treats, snacks, and a great way to kick off Halloween in Brandon!

Winter Events Flier!!            
Attention all Chamber Members and Non-Profits

Please send us your events for our winter events flier. The events will be posted on the back of the listing of Moonlight Madness business participants.
Please get your information to the Chamber before Wednesday, November 4th. or drop to Carr's Florist & Gifts 
click here to see the 2014 listing of events 2014 events flier

A sweet note about our favorite Leaf Folk-
  Years ago I donated a pair of my mother's winter boots to the thrift store. That year they showed up on a leaf person in downtown Brandon, and I felt comforted passing something from my mom all fall. Each year they have appeared somewhere in town, and today I passed them again. Thanks to the leaf people makers for this sweet gift every year.


                             -Melly Flynn


Thank YOU Melly!




Leaf people retired for the winter.
Hard working ambassadors for Brandon.

After a glorious fall season of beautiful weather and lots of leaf peepers, it's time to put our little leaf people to bed till next year.
 But don't think it's been all hanging around chatting with the tourists, because many of these guys have been working hard.
They've been painting, directing traffic, performing Constabulary duties and generally making Brandon a nicer place to live and visit all foliage season.
So a well deserved rest is in order!
If you see Sally Wood, thank her for her hard work keeping them looking tip top year after year! 

INSTAGRAM- A picture's worth a thousand words!
Learn to maximize your business exposure with Instagram!
Join us on Wednesday, November 4th and learn how to maximize your efforts on Instagram to promote your business. Instagram is now the fastest growing social media site, particularly with the younger generation. Stay ahead by exploring new ways to promote your business or brand!
DATE:    Wednesday, November 4
TIME:    8 to 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Community Room, Ilsley Library, Middlebury
COST:    Free to Chamber members (any Chamber) / $5 for non-members
RSVP: Email or call 388-7951

 Brandon Artists Guild- "Fine Art Gifts for Holiday Giving"
Nov. 4 to Dec. 29

The Brandon Artists Guild is proud to announce an all member show, "Fine Art Gifts for Holiday Giving", Nov. 4 to Dec. 29, with an Opening Reception November 6, 5 - 7pm.
    This is a rare opportunity to own or give original art for $200. or less. It will include paintings, mixed media, 3-D work, jewelry and fine craft. In addition, there will be a special group of "Small Affordable Originals" priced at $75. or less. A traditional favorite is the ornament tree offering a creative selection of handmade ornaments made by our members. Plan to attend the opening for first picks of these incredible and affordable works of art. The gallery is open every day 10am to 5pm.

Brandon Artists Guild   7 Center St.  Brandon VT 05733  (802) 247-4956

Chicken and Biscuits Supper
Congregational Church fellowship hall. Saturday, November 7th.

 The Brandon Congregational Church will host a Chicken and Biscuits Supper on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, 1 Carver Street, Brandon.  Chicken and Biscuits, Cole Slaw, Apple Crisp and beverages will be served.  Come and enjoy these favorite fall dishes with family, friends and neighbors.  A free will offering will be taken. 

The Last Train to Zinkov comes to Brandon Music
Brandon Music on November 7 at 7:30pm.

With violin, viola, banjo, and vocals, Last Train to Zinkov creates sparkling folk music that tells of the beauty and peace of home, of delight and sadness, and the wild human emotions inherent in living and dying. Father and son, David and Nathan Gusakov's ancestors are from the small town of Zinkov in rural Ukraine. These Eastern European roots influence their original songs, along with traditional American old-time music and gypsy swing. The duo performs at Brandon Music on November 7 at 7:30pm.
 The Gusakovs play with a lively, toe-tapping touch, sing with mournful sensitivity, and exhibit a creative chemistry that can only be borne of a lifetime of relationship. At home in a wide variety of genres, David brings improvisatory flair and depth of feeling to everything he plays. Nate is self-taught on the banjo, and his first album of all-original music, Running Clear (2011), received praise for its "stellar clawhammer-style banjo and rich lyricism" (Jamie Masefield, Jazz Mandolin Project).
 David Gusakov arrived in Vermont in 1973, joining the Vermont Symphony that year and bluegrass/swing band Pine Island the next. In the intervening 42 years he has been a full-time musician, playing with such groups as the Midnite Plowboys, Redwing, Will Patton Ensemble, Swing Noire, and Michele Choiniere.  
 Nathan Gusakov lives in Lincoln, Vermont, near the headwaters of the New Haven River, where he makes his living as a musician, carpenter and sugarmaker.
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 |

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 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.).

Brandon Music presents the DuPont Brothers
November 14 at 7:30pm.

"Together the DuPont Brothers resonate at just the right frequency. There were moments that honestly gave me chills." - Dan Bolles, Seven Days VT.
 "Deeply passionate old souls with a new and refreshing take on contemporary folk-pop music" (The Mountaineer) describes the Indie-folk duo of Zack and Sam DuPont. The brothers, now based in Burlington, Vermont, were reunited after years of geographical separation by a resonant collaboration in music. Ever since, they havehoned in on their kindred synergy, living on the road while developing a large palette of material. They perform at Brandon Music on November 14 at 7:30pm.
 Their first full length release, 'Heavy as Lead' received praise from Smoky Mountain News, who said"It's the essence of what stop-you-in-your-tracks music is suppose to do, which is shake you out of your day-to-day life..." The brothers are currently working on their next recording, being produced by Michael Chorney, coming out next spring.
 Since 2013, the brothers managed to play over 400 shows, covering 50,000 tour miles in support of their recordings. The songs have taken them all over the country, making tour stops in the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Mid West and South. Versatile songwriting modes, blood harmonies and fingerstyle guitar arrangements have opened doors to support a wide variety of national acts including Grace Potter, Sturgill Simpson, Bahamas, Jerry Douglas, Langhorne Slim, Blake Mills, Howie Day, The Lone Bellow, Ben Sollee, Horse Feathers and Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage. 
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 |

St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble returns to Brandon
Brandon Music Thursday, November 19 at 7:30pm

The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble, an a cappella group from Russia, returns to Brandon Music for a night of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 and expressive Russian folk songs. The group performs Thursday, November 19 at 7:30pm as part of their popular annual tour through the U.S.
 The All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 is an a cappella choral composition and is made up of settings taken from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigilceremony. Hailed as Rachmaninoff's finest achievement and "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church", the piece was composed in less than two weeks in January and February 1915 and premiered in Moscow in March 1915.
 The All-Night Vigil is especially unique in that the composition masterfully combines both ancient Russian Orthodox chant and Romantic-styled composition, woven together by Rachmaninoff to such an expert degree that the chant melodies take on a life of their own, so to speak, thus making this work a genre of its own.
 The Ensemble will present exclusive adaptations of ten fragments of All-Night Vigil adapted by Alexander Govorov (Men's choir "Soglasie") and Kirill Sokolov (St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble).
 In addition to introducing audiences to Russian spiritual music, they also present the unforgettable diversity of picturesque and expressive Russian folk songs. A few of these include the humorous 'Tula Harmonica', the fast-paced Russian dance tune "Barynya", and the "Song of the Volga Boatmen", possibly the best known folk song in the world.
 The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble formed as an independent group in 2003 in order to bring to its audiences compositions which, in normal circumstances, require a large number of performers. This talented quartet has developed an extensive repertoire encompassing a wide range of works from ancient Russian chants and chorals of Western Europe to modern music.  The Ensemble is comprised of Kirill Sokolov, Sergey Shapinskiy, Andrei Volikov, and Vadim Smantser.
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

Wednesdays With Warren
At the Book & Leaf Bookstore & Tea Shop.  

Another enjoyable evening at the Book & Leaf!
Warren chatted with Joel, Janet & Horace(surprise Chihuahua guest) Mondlak on 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.  
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 to be announced here!

Links to past shows on PEG TV 

  The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace


 The Brandon Museum finished the 2015 season on October 12th. Many, many thanks to all those who volunteered their time and energies staffing the museum and visitors center. The museum makes history and information available to locals and visitors alike.


Many of the volunteers attended an end-of-the-season thank you event with a presentation from local history guru Kevin Thornton about his upcoming movie followed by a trek to Compass Music at Park Village where we were shown all the big happenings in that incredible space, followed by a delicious array of tasty treats. Thanks again t our hardy volunteers!


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 our 2016 summer season.


Our museum keeps Brandon's history alive by sharing and promoting our town and surrounding areas with the many visitors. We have many folks making use of the Janet Mondlak Visitors Center 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
  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.

Eliminate or Reduce Potential Foodborne Hazards throughout the Flow of Food
Special Fee ServSafe« Certification class
Monday, November 23rd

  Food Safety Sessions:
  • ServSafe« Certification study is Food Manager Level for food service and retail operation professionals
  • HACCP Certification study is both Manager and Associate levels for food service and retail professionals
  • Proctoring service available for On-Line ServSafe« examinations
Click here for a full brochure on this class. Special Fee ServSafe┬« Certification class 

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
Youth drama program

 The Brandon Recreation Department has teamed up with veteran theatre director, Nancy Manney, to reboot the youth drama program with an hilarious production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"  
 Starting essentially from scratch, our theatre program is building sets, creating costumes and pooling resources to establish a AAA feeder system for the World Class Otter Valley Walking Stick Theatre.
 K-6th grade students from Neshobe, Leicester and Whiting schools are preparing for performances scheduled for December 5th, 6th and 7th on the OVUHS stage which presents a wonderful set of sponsorship opportunities. Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
 Our ad rates and information are on this form       Brandon Youth Theatre - Sponsor Letter
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Cheers,  Bill Moore

Recreation Director
Town of Brandon (X213)
C: (802) 465-1235

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 or through  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.).

Music Swap at Compass
November 8 from 10-4pm

The Compass Music and Arts Center is hosting their third Music Swap on Sunday, November 8 from 10-4pm. If you are looking for new and used audio equipment, vinyl records, CDs, 78s, musical instruments, memorabilia and other related items, come see what musicians, dealers, collectors, and sellers have for sale and trade.
Interested in selling your items? Spaces can be reserved through Friday, November 6th. Visit 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.)

Call to Artists for Juried Exhibit: 'Winter as Prism or Prison'
Compass Music and Arts Center
January 15 through March 26

Compass Music and Arts Center is accepting submissions for the "Winter as Prism or Prison" juried exhibit. The exhibit runs from January 15 through March 26 with a submission deadline of December 4.
 Especially here in New England, winter can be a long, cold endeavor that some find to be a magical time full of fun and striking ever-changing light, while others hunker down and pass the months indoors, waiting for the first signs of spring. How do you view winter: as a beautiful prism of light or a prison of epic proportions?
 Submissions will be considered by notable Vermont artists Wendy Copp, Maurie Harrington and Mary Fran Lloyd, and judged based on the submitting artist's interpretation of the "Winter as Prism or Prison" theme. A cash prize will be awarded, along with future exhibiting opportunities at Compass.
 The submission materials and payment must be received by December 4. The submission guidelines are available at or via
Wendy Copp is an artist based out of South Burlington who creates sculptural pieces made of natural materials she gathers herself. Most recently she was an artist in residence at Shelburne Farms and participated in the Burlington City Arts show 'Of Land and Local'.
 Watercolor artist, Maurie Harrington travels the world, giving her artist's perspective to the people and places she meets. She is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, a member of Island Arts, the Chaffee Art Center, League of Vermont Writers, and a founding member of the Killington Arts Guild. 
 In addition to owning and operating the 'Art & Antiques On Center' in Rutland for five years, Mary Fran Lloyd, an abstract mixed media artist, is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, an exhibiting member of the Brandon Artist Guild, the Killington Arts Guild, Chaffee Art Center and the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art (VTica) in Chester.
 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 of Arnold District Rd.).

SATURDAY, Nov. 28- Small Business Saturday
Shop Local!

  Since 2010, customers and small businesses alike have been able to kick start their holiday shopping season on a day celebrating the uniqueness, charm and economic impact that small businesses bring to communities nationwide.
Recognized as Small Business Saturday, taking place the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year - this celebratory day was founded to encourage consumers across the country to support local, small businesses within their hometowns and beyond. Small Business Saturday has quickly become widely recognized as the day to kick start the holiday shopping season. Anchored between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, small businesses stand out thanks in part to the national media attention Small Business Saturday generates, but also in part to the individual efforts of small business owners nationwide.
So get out November 28th and support your friends and neighbors and keep your dollars local!

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.

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 CafÚ 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



Memory Tree 2015
It's that time of year again, our Memory Tree will be lit on Sunday, November 29th at 3:30pm.
 Bulbs in memory of loved ones cost $1.00 each and help keep the tree lit all season -- brightening our darkest days. At the Tree Lighting Festivities, the Otter Valley Union High School Chorale, under direction of Patrick Roberts, and Brandon's Festival Singers, led by Gene Childers, will usher in the season.
Singing begins at 3:30 pm in Brandon's Central Park. Following the singing, a prayer will be offered and the Memory Tree will be lit for the season.
Purchase of Memory Light Bulbs in memory of loved ones can be made by sending $1 per name to: Memory Tree, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733. Or drop off at Carr's Florist & Gifts
For more information, contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401
Click here for a printable   Memory Tree form

The OFFICES at 25 Union Street

2 Offices available

Beautiful furnished professional offices with shared conference room, kitchen, customer waiting area, and parking. $325 - 350 per month (all utilities included) . Larger unfinished space is also available.

If interested please contact: Stephanie at 247-3214  or  802-683-4126   

Space available in the GRANARY  29 Union St.

The GRANARY at 29 Union Street

4 studios available

Renovated, historic building containing 14 artist studios and small businesses. Community includes milliner, jeweler, graphic designer, painters, sculptors, photographer and Brandon Artist Guild. $325 - $485 per month ( all utilities included)

If interested please contact Stephanie Jerome:, or 802-247-3214

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






Lake Sunapee Bank and ICBA offer the following tips to help consumers safeguard their online accounts:

Click on this link for more information-

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.


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 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


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

Sister Wicked- Gina Germond 3 West Seminary St. 236-3368

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)

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

Our last 2015 Mixer/Open House was held at Mae's Place Diner!
A great crowd showing up to see the beautiful results of Erynn & Andy's hard work!

The Chamber wants to thank all the folks who opened their doors for mixers/open houses this year. We all enjoy getting together to see our friends and neighbors and get to know our business owners and their routines a little better.

Thanks to:
Jun 2015- Omya
Aug 2015- Foley Bros Brewery
Sept 2015- Compass Music
Oct 2015- Village Spa
Oct 2015- Mae's Place


You're all super!


If you're interested in strutting your stuff and getting some great exposure, think about hosting one yourself, call or email Bernie at 247-6401 or


Next Chamber Meeting
 Monday, November 16th, 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.