Early June 2016
Chamber Newsletter
Info and happenings in our town!

 The World Premiere of this Brandon movie on May 22nd was an emotional and rousing success! The largest crowd to attend an event in the newly renovated town hall was enraptured by this little gem. You heard the buzz on the street, now see it for yourself! Inspiring, informative, heartbreaking.
An encore presentation will take place on Sunday, June 5th at 7:00pm. Again in the Town Hall.
 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 this community project about a true story from Brandon's history.


27 center St.  Downtown Brandon
Our next jam is happening this coming Monday night. If you haven't been here yet, it's a great way to meet and play with other musicians in a friendly, encouraging and supportive atmosphere.

Bird Walk with Vermont's birding expert Sue Wetmore at the Miller Hill Farm
June 11th - Saturday,  8-11 am

Come over to beautiful Miller Hill Farm, Nursery and Gardens  
2127 RT 73 E.- Sudbury (park at top of the driveway near the barn)
Bring binoculars (Sue has a few loaners to share)and scope, Also Water, Sunscreen and Insect Repellent, Long sleeves and pants for ticks
Free of  charge - sponsored by Miller Hill Farm
Please send E-mail to mhfarm@shoreham.net  or call (802)623-7373) to help us get a head count.
See Miller Hill Bird List for May -  millerhillfarmvt.com  
We have many wildlife and pollinator plants if you care to browse the retail gardens afterwards plus 10% off for all who attend!

Presentation: Protect your business with long term care protection and business succession planning.
Wednesday, June 22nd in the Cliver meeting room at the Douglas Birthplace- 4 Grove street.  

As business owners you need to be prepared for the time when you sell or transfer your business into other hands. Whether that is to be soon or in the future, having this knowledge in your pocket can help you shape your future plans and put you on the correct path for successful, legal and profitable succession of your business. Two of your fellow Chamber members will be offering advice and insight into these important matters.

Dan Boyce, local insurance agent for Bankers Life, will discuss the financial consequences of long-term care.  A sound insurance plan can play a major role in protecting not only your assets, but your independence as well. A variety of approaches exist, but the plan you make will depend on your goals, finances, and family.  Questions may be emailed to Dan prior to the
presentation at dan-boyce@bankers.com   All information shared will be treated confidentially.

Jeff Guevin is an elder law associate at Pratt Vreeland Kennelly Martin & White, Ltd., in Rutland. Though the firm's general practice means work with people on many different issues, the majority of his time is spent in the area of elder law, helping families understand how the law affects their plans for the future and dealing with business succession, special needs, Medicaid & long term care, probate, guardianships, and taxes.

Join us and learn more about these important issues. These will be fairly short presentations with an opportunity for your questions to be addressed.

If you know in advance that you will be there, please RSVP to info@brandon.org or call 247-6401

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

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
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
Sunday, June 5, Kevin Thornton's Premier Movie Debut..."Death In The Wilderness, A Love Story"...7:00 pm  The premier of "Death In The Wilderness: A Love Story" written, produced and directed by Brandon resident Kevin Thornton, will be shown in the Brandon Town Hall at 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 22. The camera, editing and technical responsibilities are by Josh Hummel. 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. Five other men from Brandon were either killed or fatally wounded that day, the worst in the town's history.  This is a free will donation event, donations are accepted and appreciated with all monies going towards the ongoing restoration and repair of the Town Hall. Sponsored by, Tom & Carolyn Whittaker, Whittaker Real Estate.
Saturday, June 11, "Old Bones Band"...7:30 pm. Tickets, Adults...$6. Seniors, Students, Military...$4. Bill Casavant brings his down home Vermont Folk singing to the Town Hall. This group of 6 talented musicians have been together for more than 10 years and continue to enjoy every opportunity to come together in the name of good old down home country music with a bit of bluegrass and gospel mixed in. They are a family show, so kids, bring your parents and parents bring your kids. Sponsored by, Community Health Centers of The Rutland Region, Tim & Mary Shields, Upscale, Resale.
Saturday, June 18, "Melissa Durkee and Chill"...7:30 pm. Tickets, Adults...$8. Seniors, Students, Military...$6. Children 5 and under, FREE. Melissa Durkee, a classically trained vocalist, seasoned singer, songwriter from Brandon along with Mike Cressey and Steve Latanision, features covers and originals ranging from folk, pop and new grass selections. This local talent gives us vocals somewhat reminiscent of Karen Carpenter, crisp and upbeat! Sponsored by, Dr. & Mrs. George Fjeld
Wednesday, June 22, Backpack Theater..."Sleeping Beauty" and "Wild Things"...3:30 pm. Adults...$3, Seniors, Students, Military...$2. The Backpack Theater from Sheldon, VT., consists of 20 young actors ages 6-17. The group has been doing performances for over 20 years and plays to audiences of all ages. Sponsored by, The Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall
Saturday, June 25, Silent Movie..."The Iron Horse" (1924)...7:00 pm. Free Will Donation. This movie, directed by a young John Ford, follows the building of the Transcontinental Railroad following the Civil War. This epic story weaves together several narratives and includes parts for everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Buffalo Bill. Great western action sequences set new standards for cinema! Sponsored by, Nancy & Gary Meffe.

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

Brandon Chamber Summer Concert Series
Music in the Park- new and improved!!
Nine Concerts- every Wednesday in July & August 2016 at 7:00pm

Brandon's Central Park will be the site of a free concert for our community. We have an eclectic line-up of bands on tap, and will be hosting food vendors. Come on out and relax with some quality music and comfort food with your friends and neighbors. So much fun for all! make this part of your summer routine.
The Michele Fay Band
Original and Americana music - a comfortable groove of folk, swing, and bluegrass
Wednesday, July 6th   
Brandon Town Band
Wednesday, July 13th
Red Hot Juba
Blisterin' Hot Countrified Jazz and Green Mountain Swing
Wednesday, July 20th
Snake Mountain Bluegrass
A Great Mix of Traditional and More Modern Bluegrass
Wednesday, July 27th
Brandon Town Band
Wednesday, August 3rd
Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen
Some of the Best Blues Vermont has to Offer
Wednesday, August 10th
Moose Crossing
Classy & Energetic mix of Classic and Contemporary Jazz
Wednesday, August 17th
Phinaes Gage
Vermont's pherocious pholkgospel grassicana band
Wednesday, August 24th
Tintype Gypsies
A volatile combination of music makers offering up American folk punk
Wednesday, August 31st

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:
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

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 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

Maple Jam at Brandon Music
The group returns to Brandon Music on June 25 at 7:30pm.

Maple Jam is Vermont's own a cappella jazz octet specializing in close-harmony vocal arrangements of sweet love songs and swinging big band favorites. No one in New England does it the way Maple Jam does, drawing inspiration from The Swingle Singers, the Real Group, Singers Unlimited, and Pink Martini, among others. They are partial to the lush vocal arrangements of Gene Puerling and recent work with Robin Fawcett has brought even more sparkle to this dynamic group on stage.
 Vermont Public Radio host Walter Parker notes, Maple Jam's "clever, often amusing, arrangements, sweet close harmony, and jazzy swing make for an irresistible blend.  It's a cappella singing in the finest tradition."
 Repertoire will include standards, instrumentals, Bossa Novas, flights of fancy to other countries and times, including some arrangements by their own Maarten van Ryckevorsel and Jose Schmidt. The octet is known for their renditions of songs like Cole Porter's 'Night and Day', Irving Mills' 'Straighten Up and Fly Right', and of course the popular' Moonlight in Vermont'.
 Members of Maple Jam are sopranos, Alexandra Tursi and Karen Chickering; altos, Vikki Day and Clara Cavitt; tenors, Maarten van Ryckevorsel and Jeff Prescott; and basses, Andy Warner and Jose Schmidt.
 Maple Jam began in 2004 with thirteen or fourteen interested singers from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and a stack of music. The love of the genre was immediate and intense. Over the years, they have condensed their sound to produce the richest, purest Grade A Fancy harmonies possible. The group has delighted audiences at numerous venues around Vermont (and Quebec and Ontario!), as well as venturing across the river to St. Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire.
 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.  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.

Neshobe Golf Club-course in superb condition!
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

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


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.

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

 The Brandon Museum has started another season. The museum is open from mid May and runs 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.

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.

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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.