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

FUN FUN FUN!!
Swing for the Arts at the Compass Music and Arts Center, Friday, October 21 from 7:00pm
  
Friday, October 21 from 7:30-10:00pm.  

Love live music, a good cause, and swing dancing? Grab your dancing shoes and mark your calendar for Friday, October 21 from 7:30-10:00pm. The Compass Music and Arts Foundation (CMAF) is partnering with the 18-piece big band, EnerJazz, to create Swing for the Arts, a benefit to fund programs for the community and support the many projects set up by CMAF in cooperation with local schools.
  
Tickets are just $25 and there's a discount for students and Friends of the Foundation. Local star from Rutland's Dancing with the Stars, Dave Allen, will be on hand to give free swing dance instructions from 7:00-7:30. He'll also show off some of his faster moves with a demonstration later in the evening.
  
Prefer to just tap your toes? No problem, café style seating will be available. A cash bar will be serving Brandon's own Foley Brothers Brewing and Neshobe River Winery, and light hors d'oeuvres will also be available.
           
EnerJazz is a high energy big band dedicated to playing favorite tunes from the Swing Era in their original style, using the original arrangements whenever possible. In addition to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and others their repertoire includes contemporary jazz, popular tunes and improvisation. They are a popular draw at outdoor concert venues throughout the region all summer long.
  
From presenting a free performance of internationally acclaimed violinist Madeleine Mitchell in an intimate salon setting, to encouraging school students of all ages to find their voice and inspiration in the works of resident artists with Poem in Your Pocket, The Compass Music and Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to enriching life through a deeper experience of music, and the literary, performing and visual arts.
  
Swing for the Arts and join the fun on Friday, October 21 from 7:30-10:00 at Compass Music and Arts Center. For further information and reservations contact Edna Sutton at info@cmacvt.org or 802-247-4295.
  
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.). www.cmacvt.org


Bob MacKenzie's Band performs at Brandon Music
October 22 at 7:30pm

Bob Mackenzie's Band offers a solid selection of blues classics, jump, swing, and rhythm & blues. This combo brings it home with tunes that will get you dancing, or simply let you enjoy the night watching and listening while the band takes you back through decades of great music. They perform at Brandon Music October 22 at 7:30pm.
  Celebrating American Roots Music and many traditions from Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, and Kansas City, Bob Mackenzie's Band counts among major influences T-Bone Walker, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, William Clarke, Little Walter Jacobs, Louis Jordan, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, Roomful of Blues, Big Joe Turner, BB King, and on and on!
  This band consists of the following members: David Bain (keyboard, vocals), John Falk (guitar, vocals), Brad Sourdiffe (bass), and John Wallace (drums). These solid musicians each represent a lifetime of active musicality with many professional associations.
John Falk and David Bain also play with harmonica showman Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen. Johnny Falk has been a slave to the blues guitar for more than three decades. His influences span the distance from Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix; Robert Johnson to Johnny Winter. A lover of many musical styles including bluegrass, Celtic and straight-up rock and roll, Falk finds musical inspiration in all of it.
Bain co-founded Conqueror Root, a roots quartet with Dennis Willmott (of Left Eye Jump), Dwight Ritcher (Dwight & Nicole; the Dwight Ritcher Band), and "Kenny B" Bleckley (Luther Johnson Blues Band), and he co-founded a group behind belting songstress Mimi Bain, his daughter. His other musical associations go back to his college days in Boston when he played piano in the powerhouse James Montgomery Band, played with other teenaged aspirants like Bonnie Raitt, Bob Margolin, Tom Principato, Rosey Rosenblatt, and Sarah Brown, and the more established local legends Bill Colwell and Chicago Bob Nelson; he also backed John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker, among others, when they came to town, and did frequent studio session work.
Brad Sourdiffe brings a lifetime of playing every time he steps on the bandstand, and is a mainstay of the popular 60s-70s tribute band, Mellow Yellow, known for their renditions of the undying songs of the era, performed in clubs, theaters, and the famous Moody Blues' Nostalgic Rock Cruises.
  John Wallace is also the driving rhythm force behind The Horse Traders (featuring dynamic vocalist Deb Brisson). His solid gold musical associations go way back, also.
  Bob Mackenzie's Band, named for the harmonica/vocalist who is on hiatus, has rocked and socked clubs, wedding and community parties, and municipal celebrations all over Vermont, and anchored the gazebo stage at the last four Labor Day picnics on the Middlebury Town Green hosted by VT Sen. Bernie Sanders.
 
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 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


NEXT JAM NIGHT THIS COMING MONDAY,  
October 24th!  
7 PM here at Hands-On Music. 

click here for more info!!

From the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, come to Otter Valley High School to experience Mongolian Music and Dance!
Wednesday, October 26th- 7:00pm   FREE!!
   Click here for a beautiful poster with more information

   


LEAF PEOPLE- HARVESTFEST THANKS!!   
 
Brandon's Leaf People Day was once again, a terrific & fun event!
 
The sun peaked out and the rain held off in Brandon's Central Park as hundreds of people assembled fantastic outfits for their very own Leaf People! The Harvest Program made everything more festive with pumpkins and hay rides, and various treats were offered by some of Brandon's other non-profit organizations. Our thanks go out to so many community members who cleaned closets and donated old clothes, hats, shoes, etc., and especially to our wonderful friends at Nifty Thrifty who send us clothes all year! The Chamber relies on the volunteer help of many people to make the event a success and for making and hanging so many of the wonderful scarecrows ensconced all over town.
And a very special thank you to a very special person for helping with this event: Sally Wood for her year-round dedication to this many decades-old project. She stores all of our leaf friends in her garage along with clothes donated throughout the year and the wood and frames we cut and piece together. She is very careful to be sure we only put out very handsome and beautiful fall folk to be representative of our community. If you see her say thanks !
 
I want to try and thank all the good folks who helped in the various aspects of our leaf people adventures this year. If I missed you, I'm sorry, but you are appreciated!
 
Perk up crew - Sally Wood, Maria Verduzco, Janet Mondlak, Donna Hutchison, Carol Fjeld, Tracy Holden, Sarah Pattis, Phyllis Torrey
 
The gang who placed them throughout the town and picked them all up - Aaron Kerins, Stacey Doucette and Taber & Pema, Joan Rowe, Kerrie Quinn, Maria Verduzco, Daniel Ortiz & Dick Kirby
 
HarvestFest Day helpers- Sally Wood, Dennis Marden, Nancy Leary, Jen Leary, Wendy Bizzarro, Caitlin Carr, Maria Verduzco, Ellen Knapp, Hillary Knapp, Janet Mondlak, Brian Thornton, Maureen O'reilly, Brian Coolidge, Bob Induni, Daniel Ortiz and Bob Bell.
Huge thanks to Karl Fjeld and the High Pond Woodworks gang for cutting ALL the pieces for our 200 leaf people frames! You guys are the best! Tom Whittaker cut all the burlap for their heads. It shows how many people it takes to make make these events happen!
 
 
 
 
  

BARN RAISING 5 - A GREAT SUCCESS
By Robert Black
Good ideas, communication and action!

After four successful events in 2015 and 2016, Barn Raising 5, held last Thursday, October 6th at the Compass Center in Park Village, again proved the value of people sitting down and talking together about what is most needed and important for our community. Billed as "Harvesting Brandon's Future", about 40 people gathered to discuss ideas and actions for three important aspects of our Town: Forest Dale, Park Village, and Trails & Pathways.
 
Jeff Stewart, President of Brandon's "Mainstreet" downtown program, welcomed the lively group and gave an overview of what we've learned from the Barn Raisings to date. He was followed by Judy Pulsifer, Neshobe School Principal and RNESU Superintendent, Jeanne Collins, who gave updates on State Act 46, that has created a more effectively organized Otter Valley Unified School District. They spoke of energy improvements to our schools and inspiring new initiatives, called "Brain-based learning" that promotes improved interactions between students and teachers. They also talked about other ways that our students might help to envision Brandon's future by collaborating with the Barn Raising process.
 
Next Bernie Carr, as Town liaison for the long-awaited Segment 6 project, gave an update on the current plan, prompting a variety of questions and comments from audience members. Gary Holloway, Downtown Development Coordinator at the State Agency of Commerce and Development offered suggestions on how Brandon could prepare for the coming construction disruptions by learning from other communities experiences. Select Board Chair, Doug Bailey, addressed the group, suggesting we keep the end in sight, knowing that Brandon will become one of the best downtowns in the State at the conclusion of this important project. Bernie offered another positive example of Brandon's continuing progress, noting that the flood-mitigating Overflow Culvert Project is now underway and is expected to be completed by April 2017.
 
Presentations were given on the evening's three key topic areas: Stephen Sutton from the Compass Center gave an overview of the new things happening in Park Village and how it is steadily being transformed from its former life as the Brandon Training School. Jeff Stewart gave a summary of the significant directions being considered for Forest Dale, including pursuing a "designated village" status and exploring reuse ideas for the historic Iron District and the Grace Episcopal Church. Bill Moore was inspired to show how the progress on Trails and Pathways planning is beginning to connect people and become an economic driver for Brandon.
 
We broke into subgroups to discuss ideas and actions for each of the three topics. Many exciting opportunities were put forth and people signed up to work on getting them going. More information on specific ideas and actions that came out of Barn Raising 5 will be posted on the Town and Chamber websites. Stay tuned for news of Barn Raising 6, to be held this year yet - with a focus on what we can do to prepare for the Segment 6 project, scheduled to begin work next year.
  

 




Stone Bench Dedication at Brandon's Kennedy Park
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center

 A dedication was held Sunday afternoon October 9th, for a new stone bench in Brandon's Kennedy Park.  The artistic and symbolic boat-shaped bench was carved by seven students, ages 12-18, under the guidance of master sculptor, Nora Valdez, at The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.  Special thanks to the bench sponsor, Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce and Town Manager, David Atherton, Public Works Director, Daryl Burlett and the Brandon town crew for their help with the installation. This unique bench is the eighth in a continuing series of functional public sculpture created by students, with one bench eventually being placed in each of Vermont's 251 towns.  If you know of teens who might like to participate in this great program next year, contact The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center at 802-438-2097 or visit www.carvingstudio.org .

 



Brandon Music presents Pete Sutherland and Tim Cummings
October 29 at 7:30pm

Pete Sutherland and Tim Cummings -colleagues, friends, and former neighbors-combine once again to share a rich mix of music sourced from the related traditions of Appalachia, the British Isles, and Brittany, as well as from their own imaginations. On October 29 at 7:30pm they will pair fiddle & banjo, banjo & smallpipes, voice & whistle, and any number of unexpected musical combinations at Brandon Music, providing the audience with fresh twists on traditional music-compelling, spirited morsels that delight the ear and nourish souls.
The two began their musical partnership in 2006, when Cummings began gleaning old-time fiddle tunes from Sutherland, for the purpose of playing them on Scottish-style bagpipes. Since then they have performed together at numerous concerts at Middlebury College (where they are both applied faculty), the Rokeby Museum, as well as for various other concerts and dances around the state. In 2012, Cummings enlisted Sutherland and Caleb Elder to combine for Cummings's groundbreaking first album, 'The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia'.  Their rendition of "Wayfaring Stranger" on that album now appears alongside tracks by Dolly Parton, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, and Dougie MacLean on Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr's publication, "Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia" (2014, UNC Press).
T im Cummings is a Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist (chiefly a piper) who enjoys an uncommonly diverse repertoire. His music spans from contemporary and sacred music to the traditional melodies of the British Isles, Appalachia, Cape Breton, Brittany, and beyond. He has lead workshops and performed at a variety of festivals and gatherings throughout eastern North America.
Recent projects have included composing the original score for the indie Scottish film 'To Kill a Kelpie' (recorded in 2013), publishing 'How Can I Keep from Singing?', a collection of songs arranged for voice and smallpipes (2014), and "The Wind Among the Reeds", a duo album with Jeremiah McLane (2016). In addition to teaching and performing, Cummings operates Birchen Music & Publishing, a cottage industry devoted to publishing a diverse array of new music for Scottish-style pipes. He also writes for the National Piping Centre's Piping Today magazine.
A warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete Sutherland "covers the map" and shines with a "...pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him." (American Festival of Fiddle Tunes) He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein's Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running 'contradance jamband' The Clayfoot Strutters. He is also a producer with over 80 projects under his belt, and a prolific songwriter covered by the likes of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nightingale and Altan.
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 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


Writers Read: Vermont Adventures - Plays, Poems and Songs with Jerry Johnson and Margery G. Sharp
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Book & Leaf Bookstore is presenting two authors, Jerry Johnson and Margery G. Sharp, for its November 3rd Writers Read series, entitled Vermont Adventures. Both are Vermont writers whose keen observations about Vermont and Vermont characters inform their work. There will also be an OPEN MIC for poets and prose writers(5 minute maximum). Come and enjoy great presentations, conversation, book signings, and of course, complimentary tea, coffee and sweets!
 
Jerry Johnson is a retired Fitchburg State University professor who lives with his dog, Toby, in a restored century-old schoolhouse, that had been empty for thirty years before he began a loving restoration to make it his home. He has been a civil engineer, tennis pro, carpenter, artist, freelance writer and editor - all occupations that have influenced his most recent books, Up the Creek Without a Saddle and Noah's Song. Up the Creek Without a Saddle includes 99 poems of Vermont life, Jerry's artwork, and a free CD of 16 of the poems beautifully set into song by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland, two of Vermont's legendary master musicians. Howard Frank Mosher writes that the book and album "are a lyrical celebration of 'Vermont Tradition' at its best." In the words of Reeve Lindbergh, "Noah's Song is another wild and warmhearted rhyming tale from Jerry Johnson, full of happy mayhem, with an ark-full of creatures creating all kinds of adventures ... fun for children of all ages and all species!" Jerry will read poems and play poems set into song from Up the Creek Without a Saddle and from Noah's Song. Poet Geof Hewitt opines that "The result is a joyful blend of meditations and hoopla, with guitars, piano, banjo, fiddle, and melodies as original as the poems they celebrate."
 
Margery G. Sharp has been at what she calls, "this writing business," for almost forty years. She is a journalist, as well as a playwright, and has written magazine articles and done publicity for many organizations including three summers with summer theatre companies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. "Reporting for a local Vermont weekly put me in touch with folks from all walks of life," she says. "One minute you're covering a manure rodeo and next you rush back to join a ladies auxiliary's luncheon at the local country club." Theater was her first love. She played Prospero in Shakespeare's "The Tempest," in her all girls' high school, toured for one year as Maid Marian in "Robin Hood" with a traveling theatre group, and appeared as Laura in an off-Broadway production of Tennessee Williams "Glass Menagerie." For her program at the Book and Leaf Bookstore in Brandon, actors will read two of her ten minute plays: Pocket Change, which features a homeless man who takes a free coat off a rack and finds not only money but mysterious notes directing his actions, and Fish and Game, a light-hearted story about two longtime Vermont friends ice fishing on Lake Champlain, and the enigmatic creature they bring up. She is currently marketing a full-length play about Vermont's famous storm, Irene, entitled Floodplain.


The Ricochet Duo presents "Wired" at Brandon Music
 
November 5 at 7:30pm

Ricochet Duo, the collaboration between pianist Rose Chancler and percussionist Jane Boxall, perform at Brandon Music November 5 at 7:30pm. Their program, called "Wired!", is a new electroacoustic and minimalist concert program that explores the crossover between classical and popular styles, emphasizing rhythm and the interlocking of piano and marimba sounds. The duo will perform works by Joshua Clausen, Paul Elwood, Marc Mellits, Steve Reich, John Psathas, Teresa Procaccini, Hilary Tann, among others.
  Chancler and Boxall joined forces to form Ricochet Duo in 2008 after Chancler advertised on Craigslist: "Seeking classical musicians for collaboration."Since their debut on the Piano by Nature series in upstate New York, they have been actively performing throughout the United States. Ricochet Duo has performed at Indiana University Pennsylvania, Vermont's Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institution, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Eastman School of Music, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Proctor's Theater in Schenectady (NY), Plattsburgh State University of New York, the historic Hand House in Elizabethtown (NY) and for the Summer Events at Salisbury Congregational UCC in Vermont.
  Ricochet Duo is dedicated to celebrating the music of the 21st century and actively promotes and commission works by living composers. In 2009, Ricochet was awarded a New York Women Composer's grant for three new works by composers Rain Worthington, Joelle Wallach, and Faye-Ellen Silverman. They have crafted multiple programs over the course of their collaboration, ranging from a program of music by women composers to a broad-ranging selection of ragtime and tango music, as well as a tribute to the late Adirondack conservationist, self-proclaimed Woodswoman, author, and friend Anne LaBastille.
  Award-winning percussionist Jane Boxall is "in a genre of one," according to Seven Days magazine. Boxall keeps a busy performance schedule as a solo marimbist and drumset artist, working across diverse musical genres. She has appeared with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. Boxall's compositions for percussion ensemble are widely performed from Texas to Hong Kong; her studio recordings have received radio airplay across the United States, on the BBC and on Dutch radio stations. Her recordings of Nancy Van de Vate's marimba compositions are released on the Naxos label. Boxall has shared stages and bills with Bradford Reed, Sheesham & Lotus, Vernon Reid, Myra Flynn, Gregory Douglass, The Life and Times, Brzowski, Cage, The Slackers, Les de Merle and Danny Seraphine. The News-Gazette says she is "a quintessentially natural performer... Incredible presence. Her body sings with movement and pure joy." Finally, she is one of a very limited number of marimba artists worldwide to have developed an eight-mallet technique.
  Rose Chancler is an active and wide-ranging pianist who, in addition to performing internationally, has given hundreds of concerts in over twenty-five American states. Rose frequently performs and records as a soloist and collaborative artist, while maintaining a lively teaching practice. Chancler's recent focus has been performing chamber music and presenting concerts in New York's Adirondack State Park as the Artistic Director and founder of the acclaimed music series Piano by Nature presented at the historic Hand House in Elizabethtown. In addition to a notable collaboration with top bassist Volkan Orhon, her additional chamber-music work has included performances with internationally-known artists Linda Rosenthal, Jeffrey Solow, Harvey Pittel, Carol Wincenc, and Broadway's George Hearn. Chancler was a faculty accompanist and coach at the Chautauqua Institution for many years as well as the acclaimed Meadowmount School of Music, and she has held teaching positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Baylor University School of Music, the University of Iowa School of Music, and Plattsburgh State University.
  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 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 | https://ricochetduo.com


DaddyLongLegs live at Brandon Music
November 12 at 7:30pm

 
DaddyLongLegs is the confluence of three well known Vermont musicians - Rick Ceballos, David Gusakov and Matt Witten - whose talents merge to form a dynamic and highly original trad folk trio. Hear them live at Brandon Music November 12 at 7:30pm. Along with interesting settings of Celtic and old-time tunes, the band also explores genres not common to the fiddle-banjo repertoire, including 1930's jazz standards, Galician airs, 16th-century dance tunes and 19th-century Americana. Playing fiddle, viola, banjo, gourd banjo, piano, guitar, percussion and vocals, DaddyLongLegs creates vibrant, sensitive and surprising 21st century folk music.
  Seven Days calls DaddyLongLegs a "local supergroup" and believes their debut album 'DaddyLongLegs', is an "exquisitely performed", "stirring album" " that belongs at the top of the rotation for any acoustic music fan in Vermont".
 
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. About DaddyLongLegs he writes: "I'm having such a good time with this very inventive group - we keep surprising ourselves at unexpected moments!"
 
Born in Western PA, musically raised in Maine and seasoned in Vermont, Rick Ceballos explores the many facets of traditional folk music on banjo and button accordion. He is an experienced performer and talented song writer who has been entertaining New England audiences for almost forty years. Credits include The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, The Dance Flurry, First Night Burlington, Ripton Community Coffeehouse and many more.
 
Matthew 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.
  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 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


'Colors of Fall'
Brandon Artists Guild
Exhibit dates: Sept 1 - Oct 31.

In celebration of the highest season in Vermont, an all member show will feature a collection of work done in many different media. Work will include paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylics, and pastel. Also mixed media, mobiles, ceramics, stoneware, wood carvings, assemblages, fused glass, stained glass, jewelry, and photography will be included.
The Brandon Artists Guild represents artists from within the state of Vermont that go through a jury process for acceptance, and are always seeking new members.
 Judith Reilly, an internationally known fiber artist, will be showing "Rainbow Leaves", a new style of work using bold and bright colors and patterns. Layered translucent leaves in watercolor will be featured in Joan Drew's "Colors of Autumn".
New member Christine Holzschuh is known for her small size canvas figure oil paintings. "Campfire Spot", 8' X 8", was painted "plein air" at the Landgrove Inn. States Christine, " Although I mostly paint figures, I love going out and attempting to capture the beauty of Vermont on site with the challenges of temperature, wind and weather. When I look back at them I remember the sensory impression as much as the place and hope some of that is communicated to the viewer.  What is better than a campfire in the cool fall air with the reflection of the trees on a pond?"
 
 The town of Brandon is rich in the arts. Not only can you see the show, "Colors of Fall", but art enthusiasts can also enjoy an exhibit at the Compass Music and Center. " The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer", from Sept 2 - Oct 29, with the Opening Reception also on
Friday, Sept 2 from 4:00-7:30pm. Stephanie is an illustrative and decorative artist, whose licensed work can be seen in internationally manufactured greeting cards, tapestries, mugs, pillows, wrapping paper and more. This is her first show beyond her Belmont, Vermont home-based gallery. The CMAC is located at Park Village off Rt. 7 north of town.

www.brandonartistsguild.org    802-247-4956     7 Center St,  Brandon


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.).

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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 October 26th
2:30PM-5PM
French onion soup
Baked fillet of haddock with smoked salmon mousse & crisp potato
Fried calamari with lemon pepper aioli
 
Wednesday November 2nd
2:30PM-5PM
Split pea soup with Vermont ham
Curried seafood stew with spicy sausage
Ricotta Cavatelli with tomato lemon butter sauce
 
Wednesday November 9th
2:30PM-5PM
Rustic tomato soup with crostini of Vermont goat cheese
Spinach salad in a cheese cup with bacon, balsamic and maple syrup dressing
Tuna tartare on crispy pita bread
 
Wednesday November 16th
2:30PM-5PM
Salmon wrapped scallops on sweet potato puree, lemon & caper butter sauce
Sauteed pork medaillons , savory caramel sauce
Thin apple tart & creme Anglaise
 
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
West Coast Reds
Thursday November 10 - 5:30PM-7PM

With Ted Lange of 802 Distributors
Oeno Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California 2014
Brutocao Merlot, Mendocino, California 2013
Fausse Piste 'Garde Manger' Syrah, Oregon 2013
Alder Ridge Six Prong Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
Flying Cloud Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Paso Robles, California
My Essential Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Santa Ynez, California
 
$15/person - Hors d'oeuvres will be served
Stay for Dinner and get 10% off your meal!
 
Wine Tasting: Spanish Wines
Thursday December 15 - 5:30PM-7PM
 
           With Farrell Distributing - details coming soon
 
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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 November 2 ( 6PM-7:30PM) - Chardonnay
-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.


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.

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.

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.
  
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.
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.

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
new2youconsignments88@gmail.com

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

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

NEW BUSINESS MEMBERS 2016
-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
Monday, November 21st 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.