Early May 2016
Chamber Newsletter

Water Shutdown-Champlain St.
Friday, May 6th

Water service will be shut off on Friday, May 6th on Champlain Street & Ballantine Drive for installation of a new valve as part of water system improvement project. Water will be off at 8:00 am for 4-6 hours (estimated time).
The shutdown may produce temporary discoloration but water quality should not be affected. We advise all users to schedule clothes washing and other cleaning projects at other times. Please check your water before using and run for several minutes if it appears dirty or cloudy. Questions may be directed to the Fire District office at 247-3311 or by email at brandonfdno1@myfairpoint.net .

Raymond Counter
Water Superintendent
Office of the Prudential Committee Water Department
Brandon Fire District No. 1
58 Franklin Street
Brandon, Vermont 05733

Brandon Green Up Day 2016!
May 7th Central Park

 Brandon coordinator Gail Barr will be in the Park at 7:00am if you want to help with this important yearly event, started in 1970!!! She will have supplies and instructions for all.
Help keep Vermont looking great!
To contact Gail call- 353-2910

Chamber members and area non-profits

Chamber members and Area Non-Profits -- we would like to publish your summer events in our Summer Events Flier which will be mailed in June to all mailboxes in the 05733, 05745 and 05778 zip codes.
This is a great opportunity to get the word out at no cost to you! We have many events already, so please send details as soon as possible to the Chamber at: info@brandon.org   Last date for addition to the flier is Friday, May 20th.

The days are longer and the wedding and graduation season is upon us. 

Celebrate the good life with Brandon's own award-winning beer and wine.

Foley Brothers Brewing and Neshobe River Winery's tasting barn is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 to 5. Tasting flights, growler fills, bottles, and a country setting await you. Bring your friends or make some new ones here!

Enjoy the beer that others drive hundreds of miles for.
And don't forget, you can rent our tasting barn for private parties and special events.
 Follow us on Facebook and don't miss our latest release.
Look for us to open Sunday's in late May.

Foley Brothers Brewing
Neshobe River Winery
Inn At Neshobe River
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.   247-8002  

Brandon Artist Guild
Dolores Furnari: Early American Decoration in Retrospect.
Opening Reception, May 6,
5 to 7pm.
Exhibit through June 28.

 Historic decorative art by Brandon Artists Guild president Dolores Furnari will be featured in May and June. Centuries old techniques are used to create stenciling on tin and wood, reverse glass painting, and theorem painting. Furnari, owner of Country Owl Studio in Brandon, teaches classes in these ancient techniques.
Furnari is also an active member of the Historical Society of Early AmericanDecoration, Inc. (HSEAD) since 1974. She will have a few hands-on demonstrations while the exhibit is on view.
Brandon Artists Guild  7 Center St. Brandon, VT 05733  802 247-4956


With spring under way, artists in Brandon are already at work behind the scenes preparing for an invigorating season. Working up to Open Studio Weekend (OSW, May 28-29), two popular artists - Robin Kent and Warren Kimble - are sharing a studio and ideas as they create oversized paintings on canvas, intended for exhibit during Memorial Day weekend.
Engendering the excitement is the news that eighteen OSW sites, including individual artist studios, are located within Brandon this year - more participants than ever before. As usual, the Vermont Crafts Council (VCC) will publish statewide maps showing the sites open for art lovers.
The current Kent/Kimble workspace is the Bagette, where during OSW four other artists will present their art as well, explaining their work processes to visitors, perhaps demonstrating techniques. The Bagette, an annex of the Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG), is at the Granary Building on Union Street.
The BAG is always the designated "hub" for distribution of statewide OSW maps, so the lucky visitor to town on Memorial Day weekend starts by viewing the art of 45 to 50 artist members of this nonprofit organization. More specific local maps are distributed as well at the BAG, 7 Center Street, next to Café Provence restaurant. The artwork of 12 other OSW artists will be within walking distance of the Center Street BAG venue, along with three other venues within a few miles from town center, namely Fran Bull's Gallery in-the-Field, Jill Listzwan's studio, and the Compass Music and Arts Center.
At Compass, Judith Reilly's retrospective, "The Girl with the Purple Hair" opening April 1st (5 to 7:30 p.m.), extends through May 30th - on view for Open Studio Weekend. During her Gallery Talk, Sunday May 1st, 3 p.m., Reilly will discuss her life, "a fiber artist's creative journey in stories, lessons and side roads."

Great Brandon Auction-July 19th
Donations needed- contact us today!

 Please think of us as you clean out, perk up and sort out. We'll pick up good quality items and store them till the BIG day- July 19th!! You'll feel great and we'll continue to promote our great little village and help all our friends and neighbors!!    
We appreciate all the support that our community has provided with their donations over the years. Call and let us know what you have for us to pick up.
It is respectfully requested that donations NOT be: clothes, electronics/appliances, mattresses, metal desks, encyclopedias, entertainment centers, exercise equipment (unless it is an elliptical or powered treadmill), or items that are not in good condition (these items haven't sold over the years and it increases costs of the fundraiser for trash removal)
* Pick ups can be arranged by contacting Brian Coolidge at 345-8961 Bernie at 247-3744 or email info@brandon.org

May is Massage Month
at Village Spa

  • 30 Minute Hot Stone   $50
  • 50 Min Massage $50
  • Back, Neck & Shoulders with a BioElements Facial  $50
  • AromaTouch Relaxation Treatment with a Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
*no other discounts or special offers apply*

Hair ~Skin~Nails~Waxing~Spray Tans~Also Available

With the addition of 2 members of the Village Spa Family, we are offering FREE cuts the entire month of May for men, women & children.

Come meet Allison and Victoria our talented new stylist.

*new hair clients only!  Spa clients welcome:  mention ad when scheduling*

 Click here to view this offer in your browser and access clickable links! 
Village Spa
32 Marble St Brandon, VTBrandon Vermont, 05733

Murder Mystery Dinner at Brandon Music
May 13 at 6:00pm

Brandon Music is holding a mysterious event - a murder mystery dinner - on May 13 at 6:00pm. Guests will partake in the fun by all becoming characters within the mystery and receiving a role to play.
The theme is 1920's Gatsby so come dressed to impress. Vicky Regia will serve a dinner menu of hors d'oeuvres, Waldorf salad, roast pork with apple and sage stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, buttered peas, and lemon cake for dessert. Complementary wine is provided.
$40 per person, with a minimum of 25 guests to run the event. RSVP by April 29. Details regarding characters and roles will be given after registration. 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

Brandon Music presents Ken and Brad Kolodner 
May 14 at 7:30pm
  The father-son duo of Ken and Brad Kolodner push the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes. Ken is regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the U.S., while his son Bradis a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together they perform tight arrangements of original and traditional old-time music that appeals to every generation. Hear the duo live at Brandon Music May 14 at 7:30pm.
 The duo's first recording, Otter Creek, became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts, featuring Brad's first original composition, the title track. Brad has since rapidly gained national recognition for his delicate touch and writing. Their latest project, Skipping Rocks, "is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)" (Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist). Skipping Rocks debuted at #4 on the Folk-DJ Charts and in the top 20 on the Roots Music Charts.
 Ken Kolodner, playing the hammered dulcimer, hammered mbira and fiddle, was a featured soloist in an Emmy-nominated CBS-TV Christmas special, has over a dozen recordings with sales well over 150,000, has a #1 World Music title (Walking Stones) and bestseller for BMG (with over 55,000 copies sold), and has produced numerous instructional books and recordings. Ken toured with the world music trio Helicon for over a decade and then as a soloist. He was the first and remains the only U.S. player to be invited to play at the International Hackbrett Festivalin Germany along with the world's best players.
 Brad, performing banjo, fiddle, gourd banjo, banjola and vocals, didn't start playing banjo until age 17, but after just two years, he won the 2010 Takoma Park Old-Time Banjo festival winning a Kevin Enoch banjo and a performance spot at The Birchmere, sharing the stage with banjo legends Tony Trischka, Adam Hurt, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, among others. In 2012, Brad won first place in Old-Time Banjo at the prestigious Lowell Fiddle and Banjo Contest. Most recently, he won the inaugural Banjo Hangout National Clawhammer Banjo contest where his version of "Boatman" was the highest rated submission out of all 69 entrants.
 Concert appearances for the duo include The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, The Creative Alliance, three appearances at Helicon's Winter Solstice concerts with Robin Bullock and Chris Norman, several appearances on the legendary "Bound for Glory" radio show in Ithaca, NY (the longest running live concert-radio broadcast in the United States), The Common Ground Festival in MD, The Mountain Arts Gathering in NY, The Folk Society of Greater Washington, The Baltimore Banjo Showcase as well as numerous other live radio broadcasts, concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Vermont to Wisconsin.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20.  A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20 (view the menu online).  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

For more detailed information click here for Book & Leaf's press release

DRUMSTRONG Vermont!  May 21 from Noon to 5
Be part of something big!

Join us on Saturday, May 21 for our third annual DRUMSTRONG Vermont, a 5 hour "drum-a-thon" to raise funds and awareness in the fight to beat cancer.

For more information, contact Rob Zollman at drummerrob@WholeMusicLearning.com, or phone or text 802 345-1714. Also, check out DRUMSTRONG online at www.drumstrong.org.

"The McKernon Group
Makes Dreams a Reality
From the ground up, they do it all"
The McKernon Group was recently featured in the Vermont Trend Watch Magazine for spring!!

The McKernon Group continues to stay
ahead of the curve with innovative trends in distinctive home designs, in-house construction crews meeting tight deadlines, highly efficient spray-foam insulation and solar energy alternatives, reclaimed antique and green building materials, and smart-home technology. McKernon is known for customer service and attention to every detail, start to finish, to successfully achieve customers' visions.
See beautiful pictures and the complete article here- Trend Magazine McKernon

Brandon Vermont
Your center for exciting entertainment and events in 2016! Take a peek at what's coming up this summer and fall and start to mark your calendar so you don't miss a thing!!
See the attached pdf listing and print it to refer to
throughout the season.  2016 Town Hall Events

Brandon Planning Commission
New members needed- If you want to help plan the future of our town growth and have input on issues that affect business- volunteer on this important board!

The Brandon Planning Commission's mission requires public input, whether by meeting, letter, email, or other means. Planning Commission meetings are usually held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 PM at the Brandon Free Public Library. Adjustments to times, days, and location may change, after appropriate public notice. Check the latest minutes for details about upcoming meetings.

New members welcome!
For more information, please contact the Brandon Town Office at 802-247-3635.
Planning Commission members also maintain an unofficial blog at planningbrandon.wordpress.com, to which members of the public are invited to contribute. Contact the Planning Commission if interested.

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.

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.

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  802-247-4295 www.cmacvt.org


Come check out Upscale Resale, one of Brandon's newest retail venues.
2580 Franklin St., Brandon Across and a bit north from Otter Valley High School

Come check out Upscale Resale, one of Brandon's newest retail venues.  Owned and
operated by 3 local couples, Leo and Penny Larocque, Jill and Tim Comes, and Tim and Mary Shields, you will be amazed at the collection of unique items available for purchase. We specialize in antiques, collectibles, oddities, and new and used items of all kinds. Since opening in November 2015, many happy customers have found just what they want such as furniture, lamps, or pictures for their home.  Whether you are looking to decorate your home, needing a gift, or just want to come explore our store and meet our friendly staff, stop in to say hello. You'll be glad that you did. Upscale Resale is the store that has a lot of class for little cash.
We buy: 1 item or complete estates
2580 Franklin St., Brandon Across and a bit north from Otter Valley High School Store:
802-465-8161  Leo: 802-355-3310   Hours: Wed., Thurs., and Sat. 9-5 Fri. 9-6  

Neshobe Golf Club OPEN for the season!
Rated the #1 value in Vermont by the New England Golf Guide

Neshobe Golf Club has also been included in the Top 100 of the Best Public Golf Values in New England. Neshobe provides an enjoyable experience for both expert golfers and those with higher handicaps. Our par-72 Championship course affords beautiful mountain views in all directions. Come and see why players rave about the conditions and our 18 distinctive holes providing a variety of challenges to all facets of the game.

Neshobe Golf Club also features a full-service restaurant and bar. Guests may enjoy chef-prepared food and beverages on our covered porch overlooking six of our holes.
The large dining room can accommodate parties, meetings, weddings and golf outings for large groups.

The full service pro shop features the latest in apparel and equipment. Our PGA Professional and 2011 Vermont PGA Player of the Year, Rodney Bicknell, offers lessons either on-course or on our full-size range-all open to the public. Our staff truly goes "the extra mile" to make your Neshobe experience a memorable one Call for a tee time now. 
     http://neshobe.com/               802-247-3611      neshobegolf@comcast.net

43 Center Street- Highly visible on route 7, prime downtown Brandon retail space. 1,500 sq. ft. restored historical storefront with maple floors, high tin ceiling and windows over the Neshobe River. A couple of storage spaces and plenty of parking. Located next to Gourmet Provence Bakery.
Available immediately. Call Jim Leary @ 802-247-9595 or Nancy Leary @ 802-558-1444.

The GRANARY at 29 Union Street, Brandon VT

This beautifully renovated, historic building contains 14 artist studios. The spacious studios have lots of natural light, great lighting, handicapped ramp and parking. The community includes milliner, jeweler, graphic designer, painters, sculptors, photographer and Brandon Artist Guild. The GRANARY is located in the village of Brandon, walking distance to shops, restaurants and galleries. Rents range from $325 - $485 per month ( all utilities included).

Please forward to anyone who may be looking for space in Brandon. I look forward to discussing the available options and showing you the spaces. 
Please contact me at sjerome@visuallearningsys.com or 247-3214 or 683-8209.

 Brandon to be profiled in Vermont Magazine's July/August issue- "Vermont Towns" department!
Special advertising opportunity for Brandon area Chamber businesses!

Vermont Magazine is pleased to announce that it will profile the town of Brandon in its July/August issue's Vermont Towns department. Vermont Magazine, published five times each year and first published in 1989, is a source of both information and entertainment for anyone who loves Vermont, and is happy to provide a special advertising opportunity for Brandon area Chamber businesses. This issue of the magazine is expected to reach between 8,000 and 9,000 paid subscribers (60% live out of state, principally in NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA and visit frequently--the average is three times per year) and between 2,000 and 3,000 newsstand readers in the northeast.
Chamber members will receive the following rates in a special page (or pages, depending upon participation):
All ads are color and prices are based upon ads being received 'ready to run' in digital format. The magazine can design an ad if you do not have one ready, for an additional, minimal fee.
1/12th page: $155
1/8 page:        235
1/6 page:        259
¼ page:          419
1/3 page:        519
½ page:          729
Please contact Vermont Magazine for more information and to place your ad.
Ad reservations are due no later than May 23, 2016; Ad materials deadline is June 3, 2016
 advertising@vermontmagazine.com   (802) 375-1366

Stephen A Douglas Birthplace
Volunteers needed
The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace

 The Brandon Museum is ready to start another season. The museum will be opening in mid May and 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 two 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.
The museum keeps Brandon's history alive by sharing and promoting our town and surrounding areas with the many visitors. We have hundreds of 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.

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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.

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 www.vaceinsurance.com
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Meet our newest Chamber businesses!
Our latest addition to the Chamber family.

Awesome Graphics
Michael & Tami Napolitano
77 Woodstock Avenue
Rutland, VT

Margaret Donahue Fine Needlework
Peg Donahue
8 Carver St.
Brandon, VT

Tom Ransom Plumbing & Heating
P.O. Box 34
Pittsford, VT 05763

Welcome !!
2016 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

-Awesome Graphics-Michael & Tami Napolitano-773-6143
-Tom Ransom Plumbing & Heating-483-2934
-Margaret Donahue Fine Needlework- Peg Donahue-247-5953
-Good Earth Farm- Hannah Davidson- 310-8534
-Simple Systems of Vermont- Greg Smela- 458-0620
-Common Ground Restaurant & Pub-Erynn & Andy Doaner- 464-8010
-Upscale Resale-Leo and Penny Larocque, Jill and Tim Comes, Mary & Tim Shields- 324-0613
-The Little House-A Vacation Home- Kerrie Quinn & Russ McColman- 247-2770

Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area and gain great exposure for you business!
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/couples memberships are only $50/year)

NEW INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS 2016- who will be our first in 2016?   Maybe you ??

Next Chamber Meeting
Monday, May 16th, 2016 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.