April- 2017

Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!
 

International pianist Murray McLachlan premières the Compass Center Steinway piano Easter weekend
Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon on April 15 at 7:30pm

Acclaimed and celebrated Scottish concert pianist Murray McLachlan will perform at the Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon on April 15 at 7:30pm, the first recital to be given on a classic 1915 Steinway piano recently donated to the Compass Music and Arts Foundation by the estate of late New York jazz musician John Fischer. This will be a very special occasion as artists of the caliber of McLachlan are in great demand.
 
McLachlan's program for the evening will include Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28, Ronald Stevenson's Pensees sur les Preludes de Chopin, Finzi-McLachlan's 2016 transcription of Three Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano, and Nikolai Myaskovsky's Sonata No. 1 in D minor.
 
This performance brings together many connections between the Compass Center, the concert venue Brandon Music and the classical recording company Divine Art Records. Divine Art has had the good fortune to work with Murray McLachlan on several recordings and the company which has bases in England and Germany is headquartered at the Compass Center. Meanwhile, the donation of the piano to the Compass Music and Arts Foundation now allows the Compass Center to hold more concerts in its 2,300 sq. ft. performance space. The organization also presents Saturday evening concerts almost every week in its Brandon Music location and is now able to host piano-based concerts at either venue, taking advantage of the larger auditorium at the Compass Center.
 
The concert will follow the traditional format of performances at Brandon Music, with a pre-concert dinner prepared by Vicky Regia, executive chef at Brandon Music and the SoundBite Café in the Compass Center. Tickets for the concert are $20. Dinner is $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Call 802-247-4295 or email info@cmacvt.org for reservations. Visit www.cmacvt.org for more information.
 
Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.).

 

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Town Hall 2017 schedule of events kicks off on Saturday April 22!
Another great season of entertainment in our little town- get out and enjoy and support all these performances!!

Saturday, April 22...7:30 pm
Ladies Night Out Concert Ladies' Night Out Women's Chorus, Rutland County's premiere women's chorus will be performing "Choir Favorites, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" in the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm. This is the Town Hall's opening event for 2017. Songs consist of Classic, Renaissance, Jazz and 50's Pop Classics, Traditional, Spirituals, 21 st Century selections plus their signature Hymn at the end of the performance, "How Can I Keep From Singing?", a Quaker Hymn arranged by Gwyneth Walker and all willing singers from the audience are welcome to come up on stage and sing with them. Lucy Allen Tenenbaum is the conductor and director of Ladies' Night Out Women's Chorus. She has led the group since 1999 and welcomes new singers at the beginning of each season, September and January. This is a Free Will Donation Event. Sponsored by, Sally Wood, Nifty Thrifty, Lucy & Dick Rouse, Marc & Arlyn Brierre, Lake Sunapee Bank.
Saturday, April 29...7:30 pm
Alex Smith and The Rough & Tumble Band... Alex Smith, a Leicester resident when not touring, moved to Vermont from the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York. He is a Nationally-touring songwriter playing songs from his latest release "Close To Home". His music strives first and foremost to echo the people and the culture of that area. The music moves between Alt-Country, Bluegrass and Folk but it's always seeking to support the feature Smith finds most important: the story.   Each of Smith's characters lives and breathes a balance between beauty and imperfection. His stories draw on the triumphs and hardships of friends, relatives and neighbors near and far.   Accompanying Alex is the Rough and Tumble Band, originally from Nashville, TN. They are an Americana-Folk duo with close harmonies, versatile instrumentation and deliberate songwriting with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn and spirited, the Rough and Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will. The duo have 3 EP's and one double album under their belts, a year long project aptly named "The Rough and Tumble's Holiday Awareness Campaign", in which the couple wrote, recorded and released 24 songs in correlation with 24 under-appreciated, uncelebrated, or misunderstood holidays. Tickets are...Adults, $10...Seniors (60 & over) Students (17 & under) and Military, $8. Children 5 and under are FREE.  Tickets can be purchased at the door. Sponsored by, George & Carol Fjeld, Visual Learning Systems, Lake Sunapee Bank, Heritage Family Credit Union, Fran Bull.
Here is the entire 2017 Town Hall schedule


Brandon Music presents Jeremiah McLane    and Timothy Cummings
 
April 22 at 7:30pm

Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings are an energetic Vermont-based duo who share music deeply rooted in the traditional dance repertoire of Northern Europe and North America. Wielding accordions and bagpipes-and often whistles and piano-they create a beguiling blend which utterly subverts the common stereotypes of their Old World instruments. Also known as "Wheezer & Squeezer", McLane and Cummings draw from a broad repertoire that includes bourrées from Central France, gavottes from Brittany in Northwestern France, dance tunes from the Scottish Lowland & Border region, and compelling original compositions reflecting North American influences.  They'll be wheezing and squeezing at Brandon Music on April 22 at 7:30pm.
 
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating public funding for the arts.
 
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25.  Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show.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

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Brandon Free Public Library (802) 247-8230   brandonpubliclibrary.org
  



Danika & the Jeb live at Brandon Music
 
April 29 at 7:30pm

 
She's a songwriter who was almost a doctor. He's a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart, a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents. Touring throughout the US, UK and Europe, the duo gets recognition for their captivating live performances. Eddie Owen of Eddie Owen Presents watched videos and listened to the duo online in preparation of welcoming them to his Red Clay Theater venue a while back. But he says he "wasn't prepared for what they gave... LIVE." He suggests "Y'all spread the word bout them, and catch 'em when you can."
Danika and Jeb are taking stages by storm, having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar and others, their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily. 
 
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating public funding for the arts.
 
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show.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 | www.danikaholmes.com                click here for more info

Brandon Music steps into Nature with pianist, Annemieke McLane's 'Garden Tour'
May 6 at 7:30pm

Annemieke McLane is "one of Vermont's finest pianists" (Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald/Times Argus). She will perform her new recital program, 'Garden Tour' at Brandon Music on May 6 at 7:30pm. 'Garden Tour' is an extension of her most recent album "Birds of Beethoven", released last August. The pianist is touched by how composers, like painters, capture Nature, and therefore has brought together a collection of works to tell stories of flowers, bugs, the moon, landscapes, and all that makes up Nature. The program will include works such as Rachmaninoff's Daisies, Chopin's Raindrop Prelude, the beloved Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy's Nocturne, and more.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating public funding for the arts.
 
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. 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 info click here



Splash of Color: Norma Montaigne
Opening reception Sunday, May 7 from 2:00-4:00pm 

  As Norma Montaigne enjoys working with different textures and mediums, she believes every idea can be executed in a number of ways. Color can be bold or soft; paint can be thick or washed out; surfaces can be wood, canvas, paper or of a three dimensional character. Each texture or medium is a calculated choice used to convey the concept, knowing that no one medium can solve every idea. She says searching for different mediums leads her to interesting places: "Experimenting challengesmy every day and thought."Montaigne presents a collection of her vibrant and varied work in 'Splash of Color' at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon, from May 5 through July 2 with a reception Sunday, May 7 from 2:00-4:00pm.
The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.). www.cmacvt.org
For more info on Norma click here
 

The Brandon Movie...
"Death In The Wilderness,
A Love Story"  Sunday, May 21st-  7:00 pm
World Premiere
Brandon Town Hall

"Death In The Wilderness: A Love Story" written, produced and directed by Brandon resident Kevin Thornton with the cooperation of half the town, will return to the Brandon Town Hall at 7:00 P.M. on Sun day, May 21.
This edition is the updated and final edit. This is the story of Brandonite Frankie Davenport, and her long search for the body of her husband George, who was fatally wounded in the Battle of The Wilderness on
May 5, 1864.
 But it is also the story of our town's recovery from war. This is a free will donation event, donations are accepted and appreciated. Q and A with the filmmaker to follow.


Friday Night is Back at Neshobe Golf Club
Food, Folks & Fun! 
All are welcome!!

We want to let everyone know that Friday Night is Back at Neshobe Golf Club. Every Friday until further notice. We'll be fixing up a scrumptious dinner menu along with lighter fare that will vary from week to week. Grab your friends and neighbors and come in out of the cold for good times at the Nesh!

 
C'mon down!                              
 Rodney Bicknell
PGA Professional and 
Neshobe General Manager  
802-247-3611 
 



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.

Celebrate the good life with Brandon's own award-winning beer and wine.
Brandon's home grown beers and wines!

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!

Others drive hundreds of miles to enjoy the beer that's right in your back yard! Come visit us today.
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  

Read a great little review from a Woodstock B&B blog here!


Mae's Place Restaurant
Simply Ahh-MAE-zing!!

Win a Party Platter for your Business!!
We are currently running a promotion for local businesses that may interest you. If you order two or more breakfasts/lunches from us Monday-Friday, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a party platter for up to 10 people at your office! Each time you order, the business name is entered and there is no maximum on entries!
Please note that our hours have changed:
Monday- Wednesday 7am-2pm (serving breakfast all day and lunch beginning at 11am)
Thurs-Sun 7am-8pm (serving breakfast until 2pm and lunch and dinner beginning 11am-8pm)
               (The bar will stay open later on these nights and will offer appetizers all night)
     Friday & Saturday- Unbeatable prime rib dinner- $19.99
"LIKE" us on Facebook to stay up to date with our exciting information, specials and new goings-on!!
We are committed to "staying local", so if there's anything we can do to work together with your business to promote a vibrant downtown Brandon, please let us know.
Also keep us in mind for hosting your events and/or meetings and catering those events as well.
I am available most days at the restaurant and anytime by text or email, or meeting by appointment!
Thank you for your continued patronage!
Erynn (and Andrew) Doaner       maesplace2015@gmail.com
802-779-4278 cell     802-465-8013 restaurant                           click here for our menu


The Board of the Brandon Free Public Library would love it if you could take a moment and fill out the attached questionaire. You can print the PDF and drop it in the mail to:

BFPL                       
4 Franklin St
Brandon, VT 05733 

Or even easier, click on this link to do it online!!


 

Call for Exhibit Proposals at the Compass Music and Arts Center
Compass is seeking innovative work for solo and/or group exhibits from artists working in a variety of media.

Curators and both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Site-specific work/installations will also be considered. This is a rolling open call for exhibits to begin in Fall 2017.
  A variety of exhibit spaces are available, giving flexibility to artists for the scope of their vision and needs.
  Further information, including a sample exhibit contract and submission guidelines, can be found at www.cmacvt.org.
  Compass is a multi-faceted arts center with many components drawing visitors through its doors, including artist studios, gift shops, a consignment shop, music, a café, and a variety of events. Located in Brandon, Vermont it is also in the heart of a pulsing arts community.
  The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.).



Studio and Gallery Spaces available to rent now at the Compass Center

WORK   *ART * PASSION
  

 
Calling all artists in all disciplines! Have you ever dreamed of creating and working in a supportive environment with other artists? A place where there is space for artists to create, display and sell their work, provide classes, meet with colleagues and have access to a café and other amenities.  Compass Music and Arts Center is such a place. For more information and to schedule a visit, call Edna Sutton at 802-247-4295.  Very reasonable rates starting from $170 per month inclusive of all utilities.  Short leases available.
Compass Music and Arts Center 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon, VT.
Get on board the successful Gateways
to Adventure promotion!
You can sponsor a page at any time,
for one full year, for only $25.00
Sponsor ALL eleven pages
for only $200.00  
 
Gateways to Adventure        Click here for a printable PDF   Sponsorship form



BRANDON GREEN
Chamber "dollars"- a refresher course!

Every now and then I think it's important to
remind those of us who have been taking Brandon Green for years, and new businesses that have joined the Chamber, about the process for handling the certificates.
The $5.00 and $25.00 certificates are legal tender and handled just like a check. You take the Brandon Green and give your customer change back, just like cash or a check. Then you deposit the Brandon Green into your account, just like a check. Simple and supportive of all our members.
 
Click here for more info on our popular Brandon Green



Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
 
We are happy to share that for the fifth year in a row, VACE was able to negotiate a rate hold on all of our product offerings fo 2017!! 
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 and Vision packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at www.vaceinsurance.com
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Welcome !!
2017 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

NEW BUSINESS MEMBERS 2017
-New 2 You Consignment Shop & Boutique- 47 Center St- Stacey Coburn-  247-9255
- James Coburn & Sons Roofing & Carpentry- 251 Frasier Road- Jamie Coburn-
247-6908
-G.S. Painting & Maintenance Services 900 Pearl St- Gordon Stearns- 247-8300
gordonstearns@gspaint.com
-Shields Construction- 8 Walnut St- Tim & Mary Shields- 247-5778
Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area and gain great exposure for your business!
Just click here for an application and rates.  
  
We also have many Individual Members who participate in many Chamber activities and projects- 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 2017
-Margaret "Peg" Donahue- Brandon
-Kim Faber- Brandon




Next Chamber Meeting
 April 17th, 2017 will be our next meeting!   

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.