April 2018

~Chamber Newsletter #2~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!
 

The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) presents the new paintings of Dave Fifield. 
This new collection of paintings titled Head In 
The Clouds" runs May 4 through June 26.  

The public is invited to the opening reception Friday, May 4 from 5-7 PM.
Dave grew up in Vermont and graduated from UVM, where he studied audio art and philosophy. I became interested in abstract art almost as soon as he started taking courses.  Dave said, "I am fascinated by the infinite possibilities of abstract art. I almost feel like it's more about discovery than creation. Not knowing how a particular painting is going to resolve is what is exciting about it. There is a freedom and wonder to the process that can be very satisfying. 
"Head in the clouds" felt like a good phrase to encapsulate the work. It describes the work in several ways. First of all, some of the paintings look cloudy, as if peering out of an airplane window, seeing through the mist to discover unknown landscapes. It also describes where I like to be mentally when I'm painting, in the clouds so to speak where imagination is least restricted. Also, I often find myself looking at cloud formations, which can be quite interesting, and they seem to just happen without obvious structure or planning, and for me that's a metaphor for how I like to work."
"The show is part of Vermont Arts 2018 - a year-long celebration highlighting arts events across the state, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council."
The Brandon Artists Guild is an artist-run gallery with approximately 40 exhibiting artists and additional supporting members. A 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs.
 
The BAG, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10AM to 5PM, Sundays from 10AM to 4PM. Information: 802 247-4956. www.BrandonArtistsGuild.org



Green Up Day is coming! 

Green Up Day is always the first Saturday in May and falls on  May 5th  this year!  

Every year a group of Brandon volunteers of all ages, sizes, and dispositions "celebrates" Green Up Day by picking up along the roadsides in our community and cleaning away the accumulated debris from the past year. Those efforts greatly improve the appearance of our town and neighborhoods and contribute to the overall beauty of the state.  
 
 For those not familiar with this annual event, Green Up Day is organized by a state coordinator and local volunteers. Green Up Day is not funded by the State of Vermont but, rather, through private donations and contributions by individual towns. This truly is a local effort, supported by local people. Volunteers walk the routes (usually about an hour or two) and collect roadside debris into plastic bags that are provided. There is no charge for the disposal of the debris, and arrangements for pickup and delivery to the town dump are made when needed.
 
 If you would like to help clean up our community, we have
two locations where you may pick up your Green Up Day route assignments and garbage bags. We will have a volunteer stationed at
Neshobe School from 8:30 - 9:30; and a volunteer stationed at the gazebo in the
Green Block (the park overlooking the falls across the street from the town offices) from
8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Trash bags, route assignments, and lite refreshments will be provided at both locations. Volunteers with pick-up trucks are a great benefit, as we always seem to need help getting the trash delivered from the roadsides to the transfer station -- please call me if you'd like to volunteer for "truck" duty. Also please call me in advance of Green Up Day if you are aware of an illegal dump site or an especially hard hit area that could use some special attention and resources.  
 
Green Up Day bags and/or route assignments are available for those who would like to get an early start or who otherwise will not be available on Green Up Day.
 
 We recommend that volunteers wear sturdy work gloves as some items along our roadsides can be harmful and unhealthy (i.e., broken bottles, dirty diapers, etc.). We also recommend that you keep an eye on our younger Green Up Day volunteers to ensure that they don't pick up any items that may pose a hazard to them or others. Let's have a fun, safe and productive Green Up Day! We hope to see you on
Saturday, May 5!              
 
                                                                                   
Thank you,                                                                                                
Jim Leary          Brandon Green Up Day Coordinator            247-9595



Mile Twelve performs original and traditional bluegrass at Brandon Music
Saturday May 5th

See the remarkable Boston-based band, Mile Twelve, at Brandon Music on May 5. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."  
The band was awarded the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for newcomer band for their significant contribution to bluegrass music. They are not just accomplished musicians (they have all had impressive educations and careers already); as Tim O'Brien said, Mile Twelve are "serious players who have serious fun" and they are "a group to watch in the coming decade".  
Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise ever since their formation in 2014. They released their debut 6-track self titled EP, and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Ireland and Canada, including several major festivals: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Tracks from the EP were featured on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction's "Hand Picked with Del McCoury" and Spotify's "Fresh Bluegrass" playlist.  
The group was also selected as formal showcase artists at the North East Folk Alliance, have opened for Tim O'Brien at the Station Inn in Nashville, and won the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Contest. Their debut full-length album, recorded in Nashville with producer Stephen Mougin at the helm, was just released last fall.
 
Concert begins at 7:30pm. 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
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, celebrating arts in Vermont.


                                                                  
Fundraiser 2018
Brandon Chamber Free Summer
Concert Series
"Music at the Riverbend"

Every Wednesday in 
July and August .

Wasn't last summer a blast? Let's do it all over again! Thanks to your support in 2017, we
enjoyed nine wonderful Wednesday summer evenings of locally-sourced music, popcorn,
balloons, food sales, and, most importantly, each other's company, on the spacious lawn behind  the Brandon Inn. (Perfect weather nine Wednesday evenings in a row did not hurt - our two season  perfect record has extended for eighteen concerts!)

2018 brings another great line-up, of some new and some familiar bands. Still every Wednesday  in July and August. Still 7 PM. Still a great free concert and free popcorn. 
Still a lot of fun!

Thanks to the generosity of Sarah and Louis Pattis, we'll be out on the expansive and traffic-free  lawn behind the Brandon Inn. The Neshobe River will be lolling along behind us, and thanks to  the community spirit of Shawn Keith and his team at Celebration Rentals, the bands will be  performing on a custom stage built for our concert each week. All aspects of the venue are being  donated to our community.

The Brandon Town Band under the baton of another hometown hero, Ken Cifone, will be playing  a pre-concert concert on select Wednesdays: 6 PM on July 11, August 1, and 
August 22.

Downtown eateries will be open and several will be offering concert-night specials: a great
chance to patronize our local businesses during the construction season. The Inn will have onsite  beer and wine for sale at each concert, that you can enjoy on their comfy patio as you watch the band play and the Neshobe keep on rolling along. (no BYOB per state liquor regulations). Let the kids  run around while you relax on your lawn chair. A web page with more information, including  the band line-up, is at brandon.org under Events

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will again provide foundation funding, and our
headline sponsors have been approached to contribute as they have so generously in the past. 

So what do you think? Can we count on you, too? Your  support will be recognized on print advertising and at each  concert. Suggested levels of support are:

$25+ Friend $50+ Patron $100+ Sponsor

Thank you for your consideration. By sponsoring live music  for our community, you keep our community alive.

Sincerely,
Stacey Doucette, Seth Hopkins, Bill Moore, Alyssa Zollman
Brandon Summer Concert Series Committee

Please send your donation to:
BACC, P O Box 267  Brandon VT 05733
or make a secure online


DaddyLongLegs at 
Brandon Music 
Saturday May 12th

DaddyLongLegs is the confluence of three well known Vermont musicians whose talents merge to form a highly original acoustic trio. David Gusakov, Rick Ceballos, and Matt Witten play with "exceptional skill and taste", says Seven Days' music reviewer Dan Bolles. They are playful and dynamic, infusing catchy folk songs, Celtic and "oldtimey" melodies, and early minstrel and jazz pieces with passion and intricacy. The trio can be seen at Brandon Music on May 12.
  DaddyLongLegs "will take you on a musical journey around the world with their wonderful arrangements of traditional and original tunes" (The Ripton Community Coffee House). Between them, they p lay fiddle, viola, banjo, gourd banjo, piano, guitar, percussion, as well as sing, creating vibrant, sensitive and surprising 21st-century folk music.
  Rick Ceballos is a banjo and button accordion player who has been playing and promoting traditional folk music in the Champlain Valley for over twenty five years. He has performed solo and with various groups. Ceballos recorded a solo CD of his original works in 2002 called 'Spring is Near'. He has written music for film scores and often performs his History of the Banjo program for libraries and festivals
  David Gusakov arrived in Vermont in 1973 and has been playing music in the state fulltime ever since. A long-time member of the Vermont Symphony, he has explored a variety of other genres with any number of ensembles. Currently, in addition to DaddyLongLegs, he plays as a member of Last Train to Zinkov with his son Nate, and Swing Noire, an acoustic Parisian jazz ensemble.
  Matt Witten began his performing career on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater with Pete Seeger and a bunch of other sailors and enviros. Witten's main gig is with the Swing Peepers , who carry on the tradition of earth-friendly songs for families in Vermont and surrounding states. With DaddyLongLegs, Witten plays guitar, keyboard, and percussion.
  Concert begins at 7:30pm. 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
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, celebrating arts in Vermont.

Bird Walk with Vermont's birding expert Sue Wetmore
at the Miller Hill Farm
May 19th - Saturday,  8-11 am

Happy spring !!
Miller Hill Farm, Nursery & Gardens' annual bird walk with the incredible Sue Wetmore is  
May 19 th from 8-11.  Last year, a cheerful group of birders observed 39 species including an Orchard Oriole.
Bring binoculars (Sue has a few loaners) scope, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, long sleeves/pants for ticks.           $5 Donation
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Please e-mail mhfarm@shoreham.net or call (802) 623-7373 to help us get a head count.

We have many wildlife & pollinator plants if you care to browse the Nursery afterwards - 10% off all plants. Visit us at Miller Hill Farm Nursery & Gardens

Thanks for sharing this event with friends!

'Barn Art' at the Compass Music and Arts Center

The exhibit runs from April 6 through June 16

Artists in Vermont clearly have an affinity with barns. The many b arns that dot the Vermont landscape provide inspiration to artists, are a treasured subject matter, and provide reminders of their purpose and history.
 
The Compass Music and Arts Center's new exhibit 'Barn Art' is a collection of works from 31 different artists in celebration of these functional, yet stunning, architectural gems. The exhibit runs from April 6 through June 16, with an opening reception on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-7:00pm.
 
The different ways in which these 31 artists see, portray, and feel about barns are inspirations in themselves. When the idea for this juried exhibit was first considered, there was no way of knowing the response, the quality, and the variety of work would be so great.
Edna Sutton, Managing Partner for the Compass Music and Arts Center, was pleased the 'Barn Art' exhibit attracted the interest of so many talented Vermont artists and acknowledges the generous support of the jurors. "We are so grateful to each of the jurors. We know and value each of them as talented artists and now, as jurors, we can appreciate further the unique perspective, skill, knowledge, insight and thoughtfulness they brought, as they considered each of the submissions."

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 Arnold District Rd.). www.cmacvt.org        Click here for more info


PLANT SALE, BAKE SALE AND LUNCHEON 
AT THE BRANDON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. 
to 1:00 p.m. 

The Brandon Congregational Church will officially welcome spring with our annual plant sale, hot dog and bean luncheon and bake sale on Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Despite the delayed spring and the construction in our front yard, the stalwart members of Brandon Congregational Church in Action are going to hold this event on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We will have Brandon grown small trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, veggie and herb starts for sale. Because of the Segment 6 work, we may be in front of the Cemetery instead of the Church building - or we may be in front of the Church - but we'll be the folks with the plants.
Inside Fellowship Hall we will have a nice variety of homemade goodies for sale and will be serving a luncheon of Hot Dogs, homemade baked beans and cole slaw. Take a break from visiting galleries and running errands and enjoy a quiet few minutes with neighbors and friends.
These events are all in support of projects of the Brandon Congregational Church. For more information, please contact Mary Cliver (247-0180) or Phyllis Torrey (247-7897).
 
SAVE THE DATE CHICKEN BARBECUE AT THE BRANDON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 5:00 TO 7:00 p.m. Free will offering


OPERA at-a-glance: the latest exhibit at the Compass Music and Arts Center
  Did you know that opera singers are basically Olympic athletes?

An opera singer has to be able to sustain high notes over a long period of time while using their body to amplify a sound so that it can be heard over a full orchestra and do so without any microphones. Opera singers show us the loudest sounds and the highest pitches the human body can produce. It takes many years before someone can audition to be cast in a professional company. This is one of the facts you can discover by visiting the 'Opera at-a-glance' exhibit in the Compass Music and Arts Center.
 
The Center is also providing a listening room where visitors can relax and sample different operas and hear the astounding voices of such great opera singers as Luciano Pavarotti and Renée Fleming.
 
The history of recorded sound is a further strength of the Compass Center as it hosts the Phonograph Rooms. Part of the exhibit will be devoted to how recording helped to popularize opera for all to enjoy.
 
The Compass Center is celebrating the world of opera with this exhibit to launch the collaboration between the Compass Music and Arts Foundation and BARN OPERA and its founder and artistic director Josh Collier who is an internationally acclaimed opera singer. The Foundation, through the new BARN OPERA venture, is organizing performances of loved operas through 2018 and beyond.
  
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 Arnold District Rd.). www.cmacvt.org | www.barnopera.com



A new milestone for Brandon's 
classical record company

500
th rele
ase!










































Having quietly celebrated its 25
th anniversary in 2017, the Anglo-American Divine Art Recordings Group, which has its headquarters right here in Brandon at the Compass Center, reaches another milestone in May 2018 with its 500
th release, which by quirk of fate is one of its very few modern jazz titles, the piano suite 'Nina's Clock' by Greek classical/jazz pianist-composer Panos Demopoulos.
 
The company has become well known for its broad approach to repertoire and especially its work with musicians to bring to light lost and neglected masterpieces, which include many works by English baroque composers Charles Avison and John Garth; the original 'Four Seasons' - by Giovanni Guido - and many rare pieces from the 18th through 20th centuries. The company's dedication to discovery and adventure in classical music means that over 80% of its albums contain first recordings, which include music from the 15th century up to the present day.
 
Divine Art's story began simply, with the making of a recording to raise funds for a church organ restoration in the small north-English village of Simonburn where founders Stephen and Edna Sutton then lived. The label grew slowly as a hobby at first, but excellent press reviews saw more and more artists putting forward recording proposals, and eventually the label needed so much attention that Stephen Sutton gave up his 'day job' as a successful lawyer to run Divine Art full time - a step needed even more when the company acquired the Métier, Athene, Dunelm and Heritage Media catalogs in 2005-2007.
 
Having relocated to the small Vermont town of Brandon in 2009, the group began to attract the attention of American musicians such as Harvard organist Carson Cooman, New York pianist Marilyn Nonken, the Moores Symphony Orchestra  of Houston University (Texas), and top Baltimore trumpeter Chris Gekker among others; meanwhile the workload of projects arising from around Europe and from Australia burgeoned to the point where for the last ten years or so, the company has been releasing over 40 titles each year. DVDs include contemporary opera, modern percussion music, string quartets and music for silent film and now the music is sold worldwide not just on CD but in many digital formats.

Pick up your hard hat!!
Great gifts !!!
  
Join in the fun, support the Downtown Brandon Alliance and Chamber as they help the businesses prosper through the construction AND win some money and great prizes!!
Stop in the town office and pick up your bright orange hard hat for only $5.00 and be eligible for our monthly $50.00 drawing in Brandon Green!! The drawings will be done throughout the Even BETTER Brandon construction project. We're working on lots of other ideas and functions to make use of your stylish hard hat!
Watch for more info on the super End-of Project prizes!

 

Month #9 Winner 





 

Great gift for every occasion!!

 

DBA Bricks for Brandon Parks!!
Bricks for Brandon Parks will raise funds for the Downtown Brandon Alliance, which will allow the DBA to continue to promote the Brandon downtown core.

Brick price $35.00 per brick or 3 for $100.00
Bricks can have 3 text lines 20 character per line (including blank spaces)
Bricks must be paid for in full before order can be placed
No guarantee on placement of bricks
This order of Bricks is for Central park. We plan on continuing the program throughout the town.
 
 
Drop off your forms & check at the Town Clerk's office
or mail to DBA, PO Box 361, Brandon VT 05733


  







The Young Novelists perform in small-town Brandon 
Brandon Music on May 19

The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. They perform at Brandon Music on May 19 as part of a national tour for their latest album. With a sound that has been compared to everyone from The Band to 'pre-weirdness' Wilco, The Young Novelists' ability to tell familiar stories with a modern folk edge make them, and their songs, instant classics. Their last album 'Made Us Strangers' garnered them a Canadian Folk Music Award for Emerging Artist of the Year, and their third full-length album 'In City & Country' will be released May 4.
  The Young Novelists offer classic him-and-her vocals, with James playing acoustic guitar and Spink on percussion and vibraphone. PopMatters described them as "Reminiscent of Canadian heavyweights such as k.d. lang, Cowboy Junkies, the Sadies and, in a way, Bruce Cockburn " and Atwood Magazine called their music a "euphoric burst of folk rock."
  James and Spink will perform several songs from 'In City & Country', which examines the parallels and differences of city and small-town life. The songs on the album were inspired by their experiences living in both small towns and cities as well as a number of research trips to towns in their home province of Ontario, Canada. The songs on the album tell the universal stories of both while highlighting the differences, similarities, and everything in-between.
  No matter where you've lived, the dichotomy that exists on in 'In City & Country' is universal; it's not just a memoir of the duo's experiences or the histories of small towns, it's about   appreciating where you've been and where you're at - and finding the good and bad that lies within both.
 
Concert begins at 7:30pm. 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
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, celebrating arts in Vermont.



Great Brandon Auction-July 16th
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 16th!! 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
 
We already have some very interesting and exciting items for this year's big event. Watch this newsletter for more info!


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.


Free online tech support!

This is why we love the Brandon area, and the folks who make up our Chamber of Commerce!
Many thanks to Greg Smela of " Simple Systems of Vermont", a locally owned tech company. Greg will provide free online tech support for BACC members via an online support forum.
How does it work?

Easy! Current BACC members can sign up at www.ssvt.net/bacc. You'll be prompted to create an account by entering your name, email address, company/organization name and phone number. Your account will be activated within a few hours and you'll receive instructions at the email address you provide. 

What do you get? Simple... free support. That means, if you have a computer or other tech-related question you can post it in the forum and expect to receive an answer generally within 24 hours (but most likely much sooner). What kind of support is provided? We'll assist with hardware and software support and advice. Are you having a problem deciding on what hardware might work for your business or what software application will do the job? Post away and we'll help you.
What isn't covered: Telephone or email support. We can't answer your individual questions by email or phone as we are a business too and need to earn our keep! We also can't help your Aunt Ida or your friends, kids, pets, etc., but we hope this free service will help you deal with the small problems you may face from day to day.

We ask that you limit participation to one account per BACC membership. We are providing this for current BACC members as a way to help support our wonderful Brandon community.
                    Many thanks Greg!!
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 !!
 
Read a great little review from a Woodstock B&B blog here!
  Foley Brothers Brewing
Neshobe River Winery
Inn At Neshobe River
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.   247-8002   oldmillbnb@yahoo.com

Neshobe Golf Club
Join now for our 2018 season!

The course is open for the 2018 season and in very nice shape! Winter is over come on outside and PLAY!
Stop in and enjoy the Neshobe's own Long Iron Restaurant & Pub, continuing its Friday Night sit-down dining affair offering a varying menu to the delight of appetites both big and small. Check our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoons to see the Friday menu or subscribe to our email notifications on our homepage, neshobe.com. All are welcome! We hope to see you soon.                     



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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.

Casella Construction is Hiring- 
for many professional and craft positions for the 2018 and 2019 construction seasons.
Positions include a surveyor, construction foreman, heavy equipment mechanic, heavy equipment operators, pipe layers, skilled construction laborers, and general laborers. Casella Construction employees are hard-working, focused on safety, and driven to deliver excellent results. We are motivated by the strength and dedication of our team and by the intrinsic value of spending our days building for the next generation -  we get to see the results of what we do 
every day.
We reward the hard work of our employees with a benefits package that includes competitive pay, health insurance, dental insurance, access to four supplement insurance options, six paid holidays each year, sick pay, and a 401k retirement investment with company match.
To learn more about our open positions and apply, visit www.CasellaInc.com or call 802-773-0052. 
Casella Construction, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.





Volunteers needed-
shifts still open, call if  
you can help.
The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace
 
 The Brandon Museum has started another season. The museum is open in mid May and runs Monday- Saturday 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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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.
 
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 a division of the Richards Group (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting-
Monday, May 21st, 2018 will be our next meeting!  
The third Monday of the month.

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.