December 2016 Chamber Newsletter
Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!
 

BRANDON LIBRARY HOLIDAY AUCTION!!
Sunday, December 4th- at the library 2-5:30pm

 
The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library's Annual Holiday Auction will take place on Sunday, December 4th from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.  This is the most important fundraising event the Library holds in the course of the year.  The income from this auction and from the Used Book Sale provide the funds for the acquisition of new books, multi-media and other materials over the course of the year. Over 50 local patrons, artists and Brandon businesses donate wreaths, dinners, birdhouses, gift certificates and many more unique and collectable items. 
 Our auctioneers are also unique and worth the price of admission.  Preview the week before and from 2:00 -2:30 p.m. on the day of the auction.  There will be refreshments and door prizes.  Requested donation $1.  Call 247-8230 for more info and check us out on Facebook for pictures of many of the items up for auction. 
       
 ALSO, A SILENT AUCTION WILL BE GOING ON: Nov. 22 -Dec. 2.
 
Come sip a glass of wine and join the fun!  
For more info call 247-8230


Wonderful lighting of our Memory Tree!
Big crowd with nice voices helped issue
in the season! 
Brandon's Memory Tree
Brandon's Memory Tree was lit this past Sunday and gives us all a moment to remember as we walk and drive by on a regular basis. The annual lighting of the tree ushers in the holiday season. The tree is a beautiful reminder year-round of our loved ones. The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone who contributed to the Memory Tree, which helps keep our town lit during our shortest days. Names will be printed in an upcoming Reporter newspaper. Thanks to the many people who assisted with this activity:  
  • Dennis Marden and Paul Gurney for the graceful tree lights.
  • Charlene & Jim Bryant for their tallying of the Memory Tree names.
  • The lovely singing voices of the OVUHS Senior Chorale under the direction of Pat Roberts and a contingent from the Brandon Festival Singers under the direction of Gene Childers, along with all those who came to lend their voices to the effort. You sounded great!
  • Pastor Roger Foster of the LifeBridge Christian Church for the prayer.
Happy Holidays from the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce

 


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Brandon's Moonlight Madness Set for Wed. Dec. 7 and Thurs. Dec. 15
Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Feel Good!
Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local!

Brandon's Moonlight Madness event is for shoppers looking for unique gifts, one-of-a-kind items, and exceptional customer service. The event brings friends and neighbors together as people pour into town bringing holiday cheer and spirits. Moonlight Madness specials and discounts begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 7th and repeated on Thursday, December 15th. Many shops will stay open until 9:00 pm. Downtown Brandon has new shops and eateries. Come for a shopping and dining experience which can't be found at the mall or over the Internet! All throughout town, there will be bargains, sales, specials, drawings, exceptional refreshments and a terrific shopping experience.
Many shops offering 20% off storewide and a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks! Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local!
For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at info@brandon.org or 247-6401.
 
Watch your mailbox for the holiday green flier with events and business offers for the big sale nights!!


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Brandon Festival Singers Concert
Sunday December 11, at the Brandon Congregational Church at 3 p.m. 

The Brandon Festival Singers, under the direction of Gene Childers, present the 35th Annual Brandon Carol Festival featuring traditional, contemporary and original music for the Christmas Season on Sunday December 11, at the Brandon Congregational Church at 3 p.m. 

The 30 voice choir will be joined by piano and other instrumentalists. In the second section of the concert, the Festival Singers and the Onion River Jazz Band will join forces to celebrate Christmas in Dixieland style in a performance of 'The Christmas Story' an original work by Gene Childers for choir, jazz band and the spoken work. 

Don't miss this popular event. A free will offering will be taken.


The Spirit of the Season
My Favorite Things
  Member Show at the Brandon Artists Guild
Vermont is a special place in its seasonal transformations! As the golden leaves are falling to reveal the true form of trees and mountains, the Brandon Artists Guild members are preparing exciting new work in "The Spirit of the Season", with an emphasis on "My Favorite Things". This new collection will feature a variety of styles and media including framed original art, giclees, jewelry, wood, clay, mixed media and glass. A collection of handmade ornaments will be available as well.
 
Painter Gabrielle McDermit tells the story of her piece, "Chaffee Falls":
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A masterful painter friend recently told me that 'if you don't paint the hard stuff you don't grow as an artist'. I decided to paint Chaffee Falls partly because of the complexity of the scene but also because it is a place I love. The former river guide in me is still very much alive and present. Bodies of water in all their myriad forms have always attracted and fascinated me. The fluid shifting of light and color on water provides endless fascination and inspiration for my work. The challenge of conveying a unified light effect despite its transient and ephemeral nature is what energizes and excites me to paint a particular place."
 
 Christine Holschuh describes her inspiration: "I am always fascinated by that place where abstract becomes "real" and where reality becomes abstract.  For this holiday celebration painting I decided to choose ball ornaments as my symbol of seasonal holiday identity, with the illusion of colors of celebration.  Rather than representing one tradition, I tried to include colors that reflect the popular holidays in December.  Most of us think about the second half of that month as a time for parties, special food, time with family and friends and a time to celebrate the passing of another year. This is what this painting is about." - Christine H
 
Joan Drew, watercolorist: "One of 'my favorite things' about the holidays is decorating...inside & out" This painting depicts a spray she made last year. "I think the light shining down on it was cheerful and welcoming, and I tried to capture that feeling in this painting."
 
Glass artist Karen Deets is constantly involved in experimental work. For this show she will be showing a group of small layered glass table top landscape panels showing unusual depth and presented on Vermont marble bases.
 
Plan a visit to Brandon soon, "the art and soul of Vermont"!
 
7 Center St.
Brandon, VT 05733
Holiday Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 - 5, Sunday 10 - 4


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CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST
Judging will be Thursday, December 8th!

Sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce. Judges will be on the streets on Thursday, December 8th starting at 5 pm- be sure to have your lights on!.
There will be four categories judged: *Residential Traditional *Residential Whimsical (to include blow-ups) *Civic and *Commercial
Anyone can call in their own place or someone else's and
the Judges will be at liberty to nominate their favorite
picks also.      
 Contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or by email at: info@brandon.org .


Book and Leaf Bookstore
Holiday Raffle to benefit Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

Come by and enter for a chance to win one of our four beautiful gift baskets ($75-$90 value)
Raffle $1 per gift basket
Upon entering the raffle you will receive 10% off your purchase that day!
One basket will be raffled each week with drawings on Black Friday, November 25,
Friday December 2, Friday December 9 and Friday December 16
Winners do not need to be present.
 
10 Park Street, Brandon, VT 05733
802-465-8424
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Brandon Music presents the John LaRouche Trio
  
Saturday, December 3  7:30pm

Inspired by traditional jazz, the John LaRouche Trio has added their own unique voice to familiar tunes and their own compositions. Drawing from a wide range of jazz styles, they play jazz tinged with Latin, swing and tango beats. The trio's large repertoire includes jazz tunes from the 40's through the 60's written by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Johnny Mercer, and others. Special guest Cooie DeFrancesco will lend vocals to the concert at Brandon Music on December 3. 
  The trio features John LaRouche on the chromatic harp, Levent Unal on guitar, and Ellen Powell on bass. The group has played at various venues in Vermont, including The Inn at Essex, The Green mountain Inn, the Discover Jazz Festival and many others.
  John LaRouche has been playing harmonica for over 40 years. He studied jazz at Pasadena City College with noted cornet player Bobby Bradford. LaRouche also studied with the late Cham-Ber Huang, who was a world renowned classical harmonica virtuoso. His influences include Toots Thielemans, Larry Adler and Stevie Wonder. LaRouche has taught music at college level and continues to give private lessons. His performances of note are with the famous pianist John Coates Jr. and cornetist Bobby Bradford.
  Levent Unal has played lyrical and harmonically rich guitar for 20 years. He has mastered the style of such great jazz guitarists as Joe Pass and Jim Hall, adding his own voice and developing his own unique style. Unal has taught music and played in other countries, including Turkey and Switzerland.
  Ellen Powell has many years in the music business as a jazz bassist. As a musician, she could be described as one of Vermont's premier jazz icons. She is also a respected teacher of bass having tutored many area musicians over the years, some of whom have made professional careers in music.
Cooie DeFrancesco's clear and vibrant vocal stylings bring lyrics to life, whether she's singing traditional tunes, popular songs, or originals. Her soulful and full voice is a joy to the soul and her passion for a song's meaning and spirit evokes the same feelings in her listeners.
  This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
 
Concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. 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 St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble
Thursday, December 8 at 7:30pm

The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble, an a cappella group from Russia, presents 'Masterpieces of Russian Choral Music: From Baroque to Classical' at Brandon Music Thursday, December 8 at 7:30pm as part of their popular annual tour through the U.S. As usual, the first part of the program will be sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church with pieces from the early 17th to the 20th century from a range of composers, the best known of whom is Rachmaninov, part of whose 'All Night Vigil' will be presented.
 
The All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 is an a cappella choral composition and is made up of settings taken from the Russian Orthodox All-night vigilceremony. Hailed as Rachmaninoff's finest achievement and "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church", the piece was composed in less than two weeks in January and February 1915 and premiered in Moscow in March 1915.
  The second part of the concert concentrates on Russian art song, much of which displaying the characteristic wit of Russian writing and comes from many well known composers including Glinka, Arensky, Tchaikovsky and others. 
 
The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble formed as an independent group in 2003 in order to bring to its audiences compositions which, in normal circumstances, require a large number of performers. This talented quartet has developed an extensive repertoire encompassing a wide range of works from ancient Russian chants and chorals of Western Europe to modern music.  The Ensemble is comprised of Kirill Sokolov, Sergey Shapinskiy, Andrei Volikov, and Vadim Smantser.
  This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
 
Tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. 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 FARMER'S MARKET ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR at Neshobe School
Saturday, December 10th-  9 am - 3 pm.
 
Lots of vendors. Look for maple syrup, cheese, honey, baked goods, hand knit items in wool, mohair, and alpaca, goatmilk soap, canned goods, wooden toys, dried flowers, aprons, jams and jellies, jewelry, holiday decor and more. Contact Wendy Cijka at 273-2655 or cijka4@gmail.com


Brandon Music welcomes back Sarah Blacker
 
 December 10 at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is excited to bring back Sarah Blacker with Aaron Katz on December 10 at 7:30pm. The singer-songwriter is a Brandon Music favorite and is known as Boston's 'Sundress Rocker'. No Depression said she is "one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently" and the Huffington Post states: "Infectious, well-written songs, she's her own artist." The concert will include new songs by Blacker, in addition to originals by Katz.
  Blacker has a knack for songwriting. She writes in an uninhibited, honest and fearless style, producing "a constant flow of material" that, according to South Shore Magazine "is a testament to the fact that she is such a prolific writer". Red Line Roots agrees by saying "Sarah weaves songs that tell personal, yet relatable tales." Along with Katz, a percussionist with the national band Percy Hill, Blacker artfully spans rock, pop, indie-folk, and Americana. 
  Blacker's songwriting isn't the whole story though. South Shore says "when Sarah performs her music, she is equally steeped in technical proficiency as well as pure emotion, bringing a veteran's confidence to the whole package."
  In 2014, Blacker was nominated for song and songwriter of the year at the New England Music Awards, in addition to winning 'Female Performer of the Year' in 2013. She was also nominated for 'Songwriter of the Year' in the Boston Music Awards in 2013. Blacker has toured extensively and shared stages with dozens of internationally renowned artists including Mishka, Sara Bareilles, Leon Russell, Rusted Root, Carbon Leaf, America, Eddie Money, Richard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs, Loudon Wainwright III, Livingston Taylor, Paula Cole and many others.
  This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, 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 | http://www.sarahblacker.com


Maple Jam sings songs of the seasons at Brandon Music
Saturday, December 17 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. On their first December visit to Brandon Music, they will bring some of their wintry mix along, with seasonal songs, snow, and Santa appearing in many of them. The repertoire will also include a standard or two, instrumentals, a Bossa Nova, or maybe a samba, including some arrangements by their own Maarten van Ryckevorsel and Jose Schmidt. The group performs December 17 at 7:30pm.
  Vermont Public Radio host Walter Parker notes that 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."
  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 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



Compass Music and Arts Center presents 'Peace on Earth'
  November 4th through January 7th


Everyone knows we could use more peace on this earth - more collaboration and acceptance, and less segregation and prejudice. With so many distressing events happening around the world, the Compass Music and Arts Center is choosing to focus on the good in people, the beauty of this world, and that as human beings, we are all in this together. The exhibit, 'Peace on Earth', which opens November 4, was an open call to artists for that which celebrates and strengthens the ideals of 'Peace on Earth'. The resulting compilation of work presents an eclectic view of the theme.
 
Stephanie Whitney-Payne, a botanical artist, plays with the title, depicting peas on earth. Working in relief with colored pencil and acrylic, Joan Curtis focuses on people and animals co-existing peacefully in pastoral landscapes. Mary Fran Lloyd's p ainting reflects how she feels about the struggles of the Syrian people and their families and now, their resettlement in Rutland, Vermont where she lives. She says "My hope for them in this new world is for peace, happiness and safe life once again."
 
Furthermore, 'The Peace Cabinet' by Ruth Hamilton asks visitors to write their peace message on paper and put it into a basket. After the show the messages will be gathered and burned ceremonially sending the smoke and the messages to the universe. Hamilton says "Since rituals have been done for millennia I think perhaps they help us feel a part of things beyond our control and give us moments of pause, endeavoring to connect in a healing and peaceful way with our human community."
 
Other participating artists include: B Amore, Robert Black, Fran Bull, Louise Kenney, Denise Letendre Bach, Sandy Mayo, Judith Reilly, Alice Sciore, Jessica Scriver, Lowell Snowdon Klock, Christopher Sommer and students from the Leicester Central School.
 
A complimentary exhibit of paintings by Stephanie Stouffer will also feature key works related to the theme of 'Peace on Earth'.
  The exhibit runs through January 7, 2017.
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.).


Reflect on World Peace at the 'Peace onEarth' reception;
an exhibit now on view at the Compass Music and Arts Center
Reception-Friday, December 9 from 3-7pm

A reception will be held for the 'Peace on Earth' exhibit at the Compass Music and Arts Center on Friday, December 9 from 3-7pm. The exhibit arose from an open call to artists to express their ideas and ideals of 'Peace on Earth'.
 
The resulting compilation is a plea for global peace at a time when there is so much anger and division. A prime example is that of B Amore's "Peace, Peace, Please Peace". It shows many faces from all over the world. Amore's hope is that viewers will feel more connected when they look at the faces, as if they are "part of a larger whole, one human family." "The piece is a plea for Peace", says Amore.
  Compass asks visitors to step out of the hustle and bustle of life and take time to reflect and find a sense of calmness. When walking the exhibit, guests will not only have their visual senses engaged, but also their auditory senses, as they listen to soothing, contemplative, and tranquil music by Divine Art Records.
  From young to old, the exhibit celebrates artists whom have a strong unified message calling for peace and visitors even get a chance to participate in that. With Ruth Hamilton's 'Peace Cabinet', visitors are asked to write their own message or prayer for peace, which will then be ceremoniously burned at the end of the exhibit. Hamilton says she's always loved ritual, no matter the tradition or the religion. "Rituals have been done for millennia", she explains. "I think perhaps they help us feel a part of things beyond our control and give us moments of pause, endeavoring to connect in a healing and peaceful way with our human community." 
  A quote by Bishop Desmond Tutu in another submission by B Amore states:
My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up in yours.  We belong in the same bundle of life.  We say a person is a person. It is not, 'I think therefore I am.'  It says, rather, I am a human being because I belong, I participate, I share.
  With this statement, Amore again makes a clear message that "reminding ourselves of this essential consciousness may offer a path to peace in our complex world."   
  When life is in a swirl, you need a sense of inner peace to rationalize what is happening around you in order to find calmness. For some, meditation is an avenue to achieve this, as it "clears one's mind, opens the heart and fills the inner being with love, compassion and a desire to live a non-threatening, peaceful existence"; this from Sandy Mayo's 'Three Meditations'.
  Participating artists include: B Amore, Robert Black, Fran Bull, Robin Callahan, Joan Curtis, Dan Gilman, Ruth Hamilton, Louise Kenney, Denise Letendre Bach, Mary Fran Lloyd, Sandy Mayo, Judith Reilly, Alice Sciore, Jessica Scriver, Lowell Snowdon Klock, Christopher Sommer, Stephanie Whitney-Payne, and students from the Leicester Central School and Neshobe Elementary School.
  A complementary exhibit of paintings by Stephanie Stouffer also features key works related to the theme of 'Peace on Earth'. The message within the designs of Compass's fall exhibit 'The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer' proved to be a catalyst for the message in the new main exhibit. Stouffer's 'Peace on Earth' illustrations demonstrate her unique whimsical style whilst making a strong statement. Visitors will also have a chance to enjoy her breadth of work and a unique opportunity to experience and purchase her holiday illustrations.
 
The exhibits run through January 7, 2017.
 
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.).

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COOKING CLASSES With Chef Robert Barral of Café Provence
$50/class ~ Buy 3 Classes & get 1 free!
Space is limited ~ Call (802)247-9997
for reservations
 
  Wednesday December 14th
2:30PM-5PM - Goat Cheese:
Tomato pie with pesto and creamy goat cheese
Goat cheese cakes
Red beet salad & goat cheese
 
Wednesday December 21st
2:30PM-5PM
Butternut squash, pear & ginger soup
Lamb curry stew with mango & raisin chutney   
Chocolate bread pudding

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WINE TASTINGS- Café Provence
Wine Tasting: Spanish Wines
Thursday December 15 - 5:30PM-7PM
 
$15/person - Hors d'oeuvres will be served
Codorniu, Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut
Martin Codax, Rias Baixas Albarino
Bodegas Ladera Sagrada, Valdeorras Godello Papa
Vina Zaco, Tempranillo
CUNE, Rioja Tempranillo Reserva
Bodegas Faustino, Rioja Tempranillo 1 Gran Reserva
Castillo Perelada, Priorat Cruor
 
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"IN DEPTH SWIRL" - WINE WORKSHOPS
with Gerd Hirschmann

Each workshop will focus on discovering the varietal character of one grape, exploring the origin of that grape, the effect of various terroirs (characteristics it takes on depending on where it is growing), and results of various winemaking techniques, vintage and climate variations, while discussing the wines we taste.
Join us for an informal and informative course, and taste some great wines in the process!
Each workshop is $30/person (Sessions each first Wednesday of the next 3 months):
-Wednesday December 7 ( 6PM-7:30PM) - Cabernet Sauvignon
-Wednesday January 4 ( 6PM-7:30PM) - Pinot Noir
Gerd Hirschmann has been in the wine business for decades, as sommelier he is certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators, for a living he represents the VT Wine Merchant Co, one of the best wine jobs ever.


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Brandon Food Shelf
Holiday Help!

As the holidays approach, just a reminder to reach out to those in need of a helping hand. Our local food shelf is a marvelous resource. If you'd like to donate food or money contact Kathy Mathis at 247-6720.
Thank you Kathy for all your great work with this organization!
 
A note from Kathy-
"The Food Shelf is gearing up for our holiday baskets.  The volunteers put together 200 dinner baskets for those who need assistance. We are asking for your help, as we do not have the funds to do this many baskets. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, please send c/o the Brandon Area Food Shelf, PO Box 345, Brandon, VT 05733.  Other non-perishable items needed are tomato or chicken noodle soup and canned pineapple. Thank you for your help and happy holidays."


Call to Artists for Juried Exhibit: 'It's the Little Things'
Accepting submissions for the juried photography exhibit

 The Compass Music and Arts Center is accepting submissions for the juried photography exhibit "It's the Little Things". The exhibit runs from January 13 through February 25 with a submission deadline of December 2.
  We often hear "It's the little things in life that matter the most". Yet we allow ourselves to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of work, responsibilities, reaching that next goal, and the general speed in which we live our lives. This exhibit is a chance to reflect on the little things in life, the details, that when accumulated, equal a more joyful, fulfilling life. We all need to remember, as author Kurt Vonnegut stated, "Enjoy the little things in life because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things."
  Submissions will be considered by Vermont photographers Denise Letendre Bach, Norma Montaigne and Lowell Snowdon Klock, and judged based on the submitting artist's interpretation of the "It's the Little Things" theme. A cash prize will be awarded, along with future exhibiting opportunities at Compass.
  The submission materials and fees must be received by December 2. The submission guidelines are available at www.cmacvt.org or via info@cmacvt.org.
 
Jurors:
Denise Letendre Bach likes to work on projects that draw people in and then inspire them to look around their own environment in a fresh way, in a way that children often do. She was awarded 'Juror's Choice' in the Compass Center's 'Winter as Prism or Prison' exhibit this past winter.
 
Norma Montaigne, local artist, photographer, graphic designer and illustrator went to school in Connecticut at the University of Hartford Art School and Paier School of Art in New Haven. She illustrated the adult coloring book "Color the Open Road", has exhibited locally, and is involved in Rutland art community events.
 
In her photography, Lowell Snowdon Klock transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. She has an Associate of Science Degree in Photography from Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia and has studied with photographers Elizabeth Opalenik, Frank Lavelle, and Jonathan Bailey, among others.
 
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.).



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.
They'll love you if you give the gift of 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!

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  
oldmillbnb@yahoo.com


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 milliners, 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. 

Available studios include:
Downstairs Studio
Upstairs Corner Studio with two rooms 
Upstairs Studio

Rents range from $325 - $350 per month ( all utilities included, except A/C).

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.


New small business solar plan from SunCommon
Zero down - 2.99% financing

The sun is out and I've got good news to share...
 We are rolling out a new small business solar program that we are really excited about. Since SunCommon launched we've struggled with being able to help small business owners who are interested in solar. In large part that was driven by the need for good solar finance solutions. We've solved that, and now we can help businesses contribute to a healthy environment and safer world through solar. 
If you want to help your business or place of work go solar and save money you can get started here.
 As you know, SunCommon has thousands of small solar installations across Vermont, more than any other Vermont company. Now we want to use that expertise to help more small businesses, the heart of the Vermont economy, go solar. Our new, zero down - 2.99% financing will help do just that, saving businesses 10-30% on their electric bill and helping our environment. 
We will only be able to complete a limited number of these projects before the incentives drop next year. Please help your business or your friend's business sign up this year while we have this great new financing and incentives are strong!

Cheers!   James Moore-Co Founder     jmoore@suncommon.com


  
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.

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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.
 
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 
 
Meet our newest  Chamber businesses!
Our latest addition to the Chamber family.

Soaring Through Light
Tory Heatherly
107 Seymour St. B
Middlebury, Vt 05753
802-349-3543
 
NFP Insurance
Lizbeth Alvarado
22B Park St.
Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-3176
 
A Little Twisted Gallery
Jamie Ruggerio & Lisa Fennimore
7 Carver St.
Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-2731  cell- 802-289-4315
 
New 2 You Consignment Shop
Heather McDonough
47 Center St.
Brandon, VT 05733

802-247-9255

DuBois & King Inc.  (Engineering Services)
Jon Ashley, PE
25 Union St.
Brandon, VT 05733
802-431-1422

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

NEW BUSINESS MEMBERS 2016
 
-Soaring Through Light- Tory Heatherly- 349-3543
-NFP Insurance- Liz Alvarado- 247-3176
-A Little Twisted Gallery- John Ruggerio & Lisa Fennimore- 289-4315
-Dubois & King-Jon Ashley-802-431-1422
- New 2 You Consignment Shop- Heather McDonough-247-9255
-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-
Nancy & Larry Rowe- Sudbury



Next Chamber Meeting
 No meeting in December
 January 16th, 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.