Mid-May 2016
Chamber Newsletter

Apologies! As many of you may have noticed, the Early May newsletter had a technical glitch. The links in the newsletter were broken. Sorry for the inconvenience, they were all active when I previewed the mailing before sending it out. Hopefully it won't happen again and I thank those that contacted me to let me know about the problem.  Bernie

World Premiere! A Brandon movie
A documentary by chamber member Kevin Thornton.

 Funded by Brandonites. Filmed in Brandon. Musical contributions from Brandon's Gene and Jean Childers, and local singers. Sound mixed by Brandon's Michael Boise of Boise Audio. Graphic design by Courtney Satz of Brandon. Somebody you know is probably in it. Come out and see the first showing ever of this community project about a true story from Brandon's history.

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.

Open Studio Weekend at the Compass Music and Arts Center
May 28 and 29

The Compass Music and Arts Center is excited to be participating in this year's Open Studio Weekend (OSW). Visitors will be able to see Judith Reilly's 'The Girl with the Purple Hair' retrospective exhibit and six artists' studios and galleries. Visit Brandon May 28 and 29 to experience all that this charming town has to offer those who love the fun of meeting artists as they create their work during this popular statewide event.
 Jewelry maker Rebecca Zelis, model ship maker Phil Keyes, and painters Rhonda Lamoureux, Robin Callahan, Dan Gilman, and Jeannie Sutherland will all be on site to discuss and show their work to visitors. The popular Judith Reilly retrospective exhibit extends through the weekend, giving visitors a chance to see work not normally on view by this award-winning fiber artist, before visiting her gallery located in downtown Brandon. The exhibit presents 50 years of Judith's fiber work as she has seen it develop through each chapter and side road, and as it relates to the 'Twelve Life Lessons for Creativity' she crafted herself upon reflecting on her own artistic journey.
 But that's not all! The sights and sounds of Compass doesn't end with artists! The arts center has an eclectic mix of shopping with classical music from Divine Art Records, Bagatelles gifts and collectibles, the Compass Farmers' Market, the vintage items, jewelry, and collectables of Studio A7, and the Compass Treasure Chest consignment shop. An in-progress model railway depicting the line between Rutland and Middlebury is also on view and the Heart and Soul Café is the perfect place to rest and grab a great lunch.
 The town of Brandon is a hub of artistic activity for this special weekend with more than fourteen artists in and/or just outside of town, plus the Brandon Artists Guild, the local information center of OSW, showing the work of its 50 plus members.
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.). www.cmacvt.org

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 Monday, May 23.

Brandon Artist Guild
Dolores Furnari: Early American Decoration in Retrospect.
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

Joan Drew- Autumn Solitude
Plan to visit Brandon during Vermont Open Studio Weekend (OSW), on May 28 and 29, for the highest concentration of visual artists and craftspeople in any nearby counties.

Statewide maps showing the seventeen artist venues in town are available now at the Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG). Detailed local maps will soon be ready.
The work of about fifty BAG members can be seen at the Center Street site, along with a feature exhibit by Dolores Furnari, a Brandon artist displaying the specialty of her career: early American decorative techniques and disciplines such as fine stenciling, theorem painting, and the like. On Sunday, May 29 of OSW, Furnari will be demonstrating the making of her extraordinary art.
Robin Kent- Wolf
Meanwhile, a bonanza of studios and special art venues, such as the BAG annex in the Granary on Union Street, will be open -- many reachable on foot, heading out from the Guild gallery. Compass Music and Arts Center, fewer than two miles from town center, presents Judith Reilly's magical fiber art - a complete retrospective - for OSW.
At the individual studios, artists are eager to discuss their artwork - the content, media, and methods. It's a chance for some artists to actually demonstrate their process and special techniques.
Vermont Open Studio Weekend sites in Brandon:
-Brandon Artists Guild. A cooperative gallery for fifty artists and artisans
-Brandon Artists Guild annex, the Bagette, at the Granary building, four artists and the current Warren Kimble, Robin Kent paintings.
-Fran Bull. Gallery in-the-Field. Polychrome sculpture in progress
-Jean Cannon. Birds and branches in watercolors and acrylic
-Compass Music and Arts Center. Working artists' studios and Judith Reilly retrospective
-Joan Curtis. Mixed-media artwork; sculpture, paintings
-Joan Drew. Vermont scenes, watercolors, and prints
-Caleb Kenna. Vermont photography, images, and prints
-Robin Kent. Folk Paintings and Sculpture
-Warren Kimble. Contemporary folk art, abstract paintings
-Jill Listzwan. Dancing Ear Design. Unique, colorful, eclectic jewelry
-Mary Fran Lloyd. Abstract mixed-media paintings
-Gabrielle McDermit. Oil and encaustic paintings
-Judith Reilly. Unique "fabric paintings," hooked rugs, and prints
-Laura Rideout. Art On A Whim, stained glass, suncatchers
-Patty Sgrecci. Kinetic sculptures and mobiles
-Steven Zorn. Fused glass objects
Vermont Open Studio Weekend, a tradition in its 24th year, is sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council (vermontcrafts.com). This year, visit 240 artists and artisans in 201 locations across Vermont. The event is a celebration of the creative process and the workspaces of Vermont visual artists, who welcome the public behind the scenes. The studios and special art sites of Brandon will be open from 10 to 5, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29. Information: Call the BAG: 802 247 4956.
Laura Rideout- Chum Salmon Cloud

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

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.
 Now open Sundays 11-4:00 !!

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

"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

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
May 2016
Saturday, May 21, "Drum Journeys Of Earth"...7:00 pm. Tickets, Adults..$10. Seniors, Students, Military...$8. After last years successful performance, Gary Meitrott promises to produce an even more exciting performance featuring a combination of the group Limbo Lounge and the West African Djembe Ensemble. This all new performance will feature a drum circle and audience participation. These talented drummers have performed in Brandon's Independence Day parade, Rutlands's Halloween parade as the "Skellies", Friday Night Live and the Vermont Marathon. Sponsored by, Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engines, Inc.,Holden Financial Services, Inc., National Bank Of Middlebury, Francis Fitzgerald, Jon & Courtney Satz.
Sunday, May 22, Our very own Kevin Thornton will present his historic movie, "Death In The Wilderness, A Love Story"...7:00 pm. Free Will Donation. This is the story of Brandonite Frankie Davenport and the search for her husband George who was fatally wounded in the Battle Of The Wilderness on May 5, 1864. Sponsored by, Tom & Carolyn Whittaker, Whittaker Real Estate.
Saturday, May 28, "Distant Thunder Band"...7:30 pm. Tickets, Adults...$8, Seniors, Students, Military...$6. Playing the best of Classic Rock, 50's & 60's, Country, Southern Rock and Blues from the past 4 decades, distant Thunder is sure to please just about everyone. Their performances are lively, exciting, humorous and laced with audience participation. Sponsored by, Dotty White, Anonymous Donor
June 2016
Saturday, June 4, Brandon Town Players present a performance of Old Time Radio Plays from the 1940's...7:30 pm. All Tickets are $5. Join BTP as they transform the Town Hall into an old time cabaret theater with classic readings of shows such as Burns & Allen, Superman, Dick Tracy and Flash Gordon. Complete with costumes and original sound effects, a cash bar serving wine and beer from Cafe' Provence, complimentary cheese and crackers prior to the show, special treats during intermission and of course a variety of goodies for sale at the Town Hall's concession area. To make reservations, which are recommended, or for more info call 247-6720 or 247-5420. Sponsored by, Warren & Lorraine Kimble, Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engines, Inc., Frank & Ettie Spezzano, Fran Bull.

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.

Celebrate the Latin American and Spanish Song at Brandon Music with 8 Cuerdas
Brandon Music on May 28

As the 8 Cuerdas duo, American soprano Sarah Cullins and Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria combine their classical training and experience with their love of traditional Latin American and Spanish rhythms and folklore, exploring the multiple musical identities of Latin America and the origin of many of its influences, the Iberian Peninsula. The duo will present a beautiful program at Brandon Music on May 28 celebrating Spanish and Latin American classical song, including audience favorites such as Heitor Villa-Lobos' haunting 'Bachianas Brasilerias' andJoaquínRodrigo's romantic 'Aranjuez, Ma Pensee'. The evening will be guided by the duo's entertaining explanations and anecdotes about the composers and their music and will also feature Gaviria in a number of works for solo guitar.
 The duo is a favorite with Vermont audiences, being known for lively performances that juxtapose impossibly soft lullabies with high-powered zarzuela arias. Whether recreating a soulful Argentinian milonga, bringing out the percussiveness of the Latin American Chacarera, or drawing on the intense passion of flamenco, the duo leads much of their classical repertoire into the world music realm, creating a wide variety of sounds and atmospheres.
 Named for the eight "strings" that make up their two instruments and the artistic unity that this husband and wife team brings to their performances, the Burlington, Vermont-based duo recently moved to the Green Mountains from the Andes Mountains of Bogota, Colombia, where both Cullins and Gaviria had busy careers as soloists and chamber musicians as well as educators. Cullins performed regularly with the country's major orchestras in operatic, symphonic and oratorio repertoire and developed and led a nationally-renowned voice and opera undergraduate program. Gaviria was a winner and finalist in solo guitar and chamber competitions, presented numerous outreach concerts as a member of Quarteto +1 and the Vitart Trio, and is a sought-after Suzuki-method teacher for students of all ages.
 Here in Vermont, the Duo has performed numerous times at First Night Burlington, as well as at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, ArtisTree, St. Paul's Cathedral, the UVM Recital Hall and on the Stowe Performing Arts Music in May Series. With Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane, they also perform as the Piazzolla Project quartet, which drew an enthusiastic audience to Brandon Music last summer.
 Cullins is frequently a featured soloist with the Opera Company of Middlebury, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Oriana Singers, and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, in addition to maintaining a voice studio at UVM. Gaviria performs regularly as a solo recitalist, maintains a private studio, and is a member of Ray Vega's Son de los Montes Latin Jazz band and the Gaviria-Andreas Guitar Duo.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
The concert begins at 7:30pm. 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 | http://www.8cuerdas.com

Brightenin' Up Brandon!
Brandon is the perfect community to go solar. 
More than 20 Brandon neighbors are already saving money with SunCommon solar arrays. With solar incentives set to change in 2017, our goal is to help 10 more Brandon homes go solar this summer and lock in to the current savings!
Brightenin' Up Brandon Events:
May 31st Solar 101 at the Brandon Free Public Library
Tuesday May 31st at 6:30pm
4 Franklin St
An opportunity for you to ask all the questions you've had about going solar and how it can work for you!
June 9th SunCommon Shine and Dine at Café Provence
Thursday June 9th 6pm - 8pm
11 Center St
Join SunCommon at Café Provence for food and drink on us, and information on how solar can work for you!
For more information contact: 
Brightenin' Up Brandon
Ben Bolaski 
Solar Community Organizer

"We had always thought about going solar. The thing that pushed us to do it now was the financing package. It's basically not going to cost you any more than what your power bill was, and that made it worthwhile for us. Since we've put our system in, there have been four or five more SunCommon systems installed on our road!"
- Bert Torstenson, SunCommon Residential customer

Swing Dancing Classes in Brandon
Classes will be held on Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, and 23.

Learn to swing dance with instructor David Allan. David will teach beginner and intermediate level courses at Brandon Music, in association with the Compass Music and Arts Center.
 Classes will be held on Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, and 23. The beginner class runs from 6:30-7:30pm, with the intermediate class from 8:00-9:00pm.
 The beginner class will learn six-count step patterns, proper posturing and lead and follow connections. It is recommended that participants repeat this class before moving on to the intermediate level. In the intermediate class, participants will review the basics and progress to more advanced six-count moves. Intermediate class participants will need 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.
 No partner is necessary. $45 for one 4-week series; $75 per couple per series; $75 for an individual to take both series. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Contact 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org to register or with questions.
  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

The Sky's the Limit': A Vermont Pastel Society exhibit at the Compass Music and Arts Center
The exhibit will run June 3 through July 29.

The Compass Music and Arts Center presents 'The Sky's the Limit', a juried exhibit of work by members of the Vermont Pastel Society (VPS). Two nationally respected pastel painters, Alan Flattmann and Karen Israel, juried the many entries from the VPS members, selecting 44 paintings for the exhibit. Christine Ivers, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, will bring her discerning eye to the venue as the exhibition's judge, presenting awards to three winners and three honorable mentions. An opening reception with the awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 1-3pm. The exhibit will run June 3 through July 29.
 Capitalizing on the many meanings of the double entendre of 'The Sky's the Limit', the exhibit showcases the wide range of work from 26 of the 100 society member artists. Painting the New England landscape "en plein air" is one common theme, while others, like member and VPS Exhibitions Committee Co-Chair Matthew J. Peake's subject matter is bit different: "My fascination with movement has led me to paint the human figure in abstract ways from unusual perspectives, showing how movement assumes the nature of dance, and how the color and the orientation can immensely change the mood or meaning of a painting."
 For Joyce Kahn, painting "en plein air" is her passion. "All my senses become heightened when I work outside", she says. "The scents of early morning, the rapidly changing and expressive skies, the songs of the birds, and the ever-changing landscape due to time of day or season all feed my spirit and nurture my soul."
 The Vermont Pastel Society was established by a group of artists in 1999 to build and strengthen connections among pastel painters, to foster their artistic development, and to provide links to resources. To help reach those goals, the VPS sponsors an annual juried exhibition for its member artists.
 Awards were generously donated for the judge's selections by Zephyr Designs of Brattleboro, Otter Creek Frame Shop of Middlebury, and Phoenix Bookstore of Burlington.
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.).



Gypsy Reel returns to Brandon Music
Brandon Music on June 11 at 7:30pm

A Celtic band that rocks. Gypsy Reel returns to Brandon Music on June 11 at 7:30pm, following a sold out show last year. Gypsy Reelplay high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. Rock 'n Reel says the group has "a sound which is flawless and an atmosphere which is incredible. Even the most reserved audience would find them irresistible. They play each number as if it's the final one."
 Since last year's show, members of Gypsy Reel have been living up to their name and doing some traveling. Besides playing all over New England and frequent tours in Canada and the UK, they recently went on tour playing festivals and gigs in Florida and Guatemala. Meanwhile they have expanded to a five piece band and have been adding new original and traditional material which they look forward to sharing in Brandon. 
 Gypsy Reel's lineup comprises of  hot banjoist, guitarist and vocalist Claudine Langille, formerly of 'Touchstone', the sensational Irish/American fusion band that won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic; Graham Parker, eclectic fiddler extraordinaire;  Camille Parker who has captivated the hearts of audiences across the globe with her mandolin, bodhran and vocals; Reagh Greenleaf on bodhran and vocals who has toured the world with the famous Clancy Band; and the young prodigy Silas Hamilton on standup bass.
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

Brandon Music presents the Northern Third Piano Quartet
Brandon Music on June 18 at 7:30pm

The Northern Third Piano Quartet returns to Brandon Music on June 18 at 7:30pm for their third concert, performing an exciting and varied program of Central European 19th and 20th century music. Works on the program include the Brahms' Violin Sonata in G, Ernö Dohnányi's exuberant Serenade for String Trio, along with Bohuslav Martinu's First Piano Quartet which was written in 1942, just after the composer's arrival to the United States, and contains homages to our country with influences of a jazz idiom.
 The Northern Third Piano Quartet with members violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti performs throughout Vermont to both audience and critical acclaim. Jim Lowe of the Times Argus says they play "with the passion and skill they have acquired over their many years as professional Vermont musicians." Recent venues include Spruce Peak, Norwich University, and the Barre Opera House. The ensemble has been noted for its strength of ensemble playing and emotive musicality, offering audiences a showcase of Vermont's remarkable talent.
 Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France. For eight years, she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France, and in 2012 performed with his former students in St. Amour, France. Cerutti has played with TURNmusic for the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal, Arioso, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo; and appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Michael Close, and Jacob Morton-Black.  A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School. She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University
 Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a "deep and expressive sound" and a "natural musicality" (Times Argus). A native of Canada, Reid studied viola performance with Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. She has played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Opera Orchestra. Locally Reid has performed as principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and Arioso. She has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the U.S. In 2014 she performed a solo viola concert of contemporary American and Canadian works at Gallery 345 in Toronto to great success. She lives in Northfield, Vermont with her husband and three sons.
 John Dunlop, of Richmond, has been principal cellist of the VSO, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Opera North and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. He has performed as soloist with both the VSO and BCO, as well as many chamber music performances with area musicians. Dunlop began his cello studies with Norman Fischer and continued under Richard Kapuscinski at Oberlin Conservatory and Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory. He has worked with Trey Anastasio, of Phish, on many of his solo albums, and played for such artists as Bernadette Peters and Lyle Lovett. 
Sofia Hirsch, of Middlebury, began violin studies at the age of four in Waterloo, Ontario, and after moving to Vermont played for many years with the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Currently, she performs as a guest artist with the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra and Handel Society of Hanover and Boston, and as a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
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

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


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.

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.

Check out Little Pressroom's latest newsletter!


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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, June 20th, 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.