April 2018

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Antique Appraisal Day
April 14
th from 1PM to 4 PM

Mark your calendars! Saturday, April 14 1-4pm

"Antiques Road Show" style Collectible and Antique Appraisal Day at the Brandon Museum. The Brandon Museum at the Stephen Douglas A Douglas Birthplace is sponsoring an afternoon of discussion and evaluation of your heirlooms from  1 PM to 4 PM. Experienced antique dealers and appraisers will tell you about the history and value in today's market of your objects.

The Museum will also be open highlighting some of our recent finds and acquisitions. 

Cost is $6 per item, 3 for $15. Benefit of the Brandon Museum acquisition fund. 

Stop in for info and some fun. Maybe that weird painting that Mom says Uncle Albert did is actually a Picasso !!

4 Grove Street- across from Brandon Lumber

Talking up Brandon at Rutland Chamber's annual business show.
Snazzy display makes Brandon shine at the Holiday Inn!

Many thanks to Chamber directors Sarah Pattis, Charles Foster, Jim Leary, Marty Feldman and Brian Coolidge for staffing the booth and assisting in setting up and taking down the beautiful display. 
It definitely shows off Brandon in a great light.

Except for these nuts!

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.

Wood's Market Garden Greenhouse Preview Tour!
Saturday, April 28th- 1-3 pm

Join us in our greenhouses to soak in the warmth & beauty of spring! Have fun with a little "preview" of what the season will bring at Wood's the weekend before we open the farm stand to the public. Farmer Jon will include a tomato greenhouse tour (time TBD). 
Family friendly with a fun garden activity for the kids. No dogs please. Cameras welcome! Enter to win a Wood's gift basket too!  Can't wait to start the season with you at this beautiful greenhouse preview. Anyone who has visited our greenhouses at this time of year knows it's a site to see! Free and open to the public.
Wood ' s Market Garden  Greenhouses are at 93 Wood Lane, Brandon, VT

Questions: 802-247-6630 or woodsmarketgarden@me.com

Art from Farm to Table:
Pastels by Judy Albright and Cristine Kossow
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) presents a feast for the eyes with a fresh exhibit of pastel works by Middlebury artists Judy Albright and Cristine Kossow. The show runs March 2 through April 30.

Vintage tools, stacks of produce, farm animals - these are the Vermont staples that Middlebury artists Cris Kossow and Judy Albright draw inspiration from. "I'm generally a still-life painter, says Kossow, "but when I came to Vermont I got so excited about cows, chickens, pigs. I love to paint cows." Relocating from the Hudson Valley, she finds no shortage of subjects in the Green Mountain State. A Parsons-trained graphic designer, Kossow rekindled her love of painting when she received a box of pastels as a birthday gift.
"I remembered my cousin, Judy, is a pastel artist," Kossow explains, "so we reconnected. Now we live across the street from each other and are having a joint show."
Judy Albright, who earned a master's in art and education at SUNY New Paltz, moved to Vermont from Connecticut about a year ago. In Middlebury she paints and teaches pastels. "The Vermont arts community and the public have been very welcoming to Cris and me," says Albright. "We never expected to have this kind of exposure. Then again, we're not shy."
"The theme, 'Art from Farm to Table' is our way of honoring the spirit of Vermont, adds Kossow. "We're very motivated to create art here."
Judy Albright serves on the board of the Vermont Pastel Society. Cristine Kossow is on the board of governors of the Pastel Society of America. Their joint show will include existing work and several new pieces. This 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.

'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

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

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Brandon American Legion-Monday, April 23rd from 12:00pm-5:00pm

Walk-in or for an appointment please visit redcrossblood.org
or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Rapid Pass-
Save lives in less time with Rapid Pass. Start the donation process before leaving home by completing an on-line pre-donation and health history questionnaire at your convenience on the day of your appointment. * You can save up to 15 minutes at your next appointment. Learn more at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
* Any rapid pass completed before 12am on the day of donation will be invalid and the donor will be asked to complete the health history again on site

Live at Brandon Music: Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
Saturday, April 14- 7:30pm

Sarah Blacker brings her full band sound to Brandon Music on April 14 with New England Groove Association. With roots in the folk, rock, jam-band and funk scenes, the group fuses their vibrant musical worlds together to create an original, soulful sound.
The collaboration, which often features special guests, is comprised of award-winning, internationally touring singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Sarah Blacker, Aaron Z. Katz, and Phil Selesnick on keyboards.
Sarah Blacker was named 'Female Performer of the Year' in the 2013 New England Music Awards, and has built a devoted following both nationally and internationally via extensive touring, passionate singing and songwriting, and belief in the power of music. Her motto, #SongsSaveLives speaks to her work as a Music Therapist, and her rise on the jam-band concerts and festival scene. She feels enthusiastic about re-connecting/moving with this fun-loving group of people, now as an accomplished musician and performer.
Aaron Katz, with over 20 years of national and international touring experience, is the singer/songwriter/producer/drummer from the successful jam-band, Percy Hill. Percy Hill won the Jammy Award for 'Album of the Year' in 2000 and continues sell-out rooms on the jam club and festival scene. The band recently reunited after an 8-year hiatus, to sold-out shows at Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME and The Paradise, Boston. 

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.

Danika & The Jeb return to Brandon Music
Friday, April 20th- 7:30pm

If when you hear the term 'acoustic duo' you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars, singing about how life has treated them poorly, think again. Danika & the Jeb are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing. The duo performs at Brandon Music on April 20.
  When asked about why she has never applied to American Idol, Danika said "I never looked at the music industry like a lottery. I don't need to buy a ticket. I simply need to be an artist." Danika's belief is that a well written song can embody all emotions of the human existence, and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet warm voice and truthful lyrics.
  Grand-nephew to the great country guitarist Clyde Moody, Jeb Hart can craft a story with six strings. Despite a car accident that left him unable to play for several years, Jeb's determination to overcome prevailed. After listening to Jeb perform, the two most common responses from fans are "The best guitar player I've ever heard" and "It sounds like there's two of him."
  Danika and Jeb are taking stages of all sizes by storm - having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar, Tracy Lawrence, and others, to being named 2016 Artists of the Year from Concerts in your Home, their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.
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.

Brandon Music presents the Michele Fay Band
Saturday, April 21- 7:30pm

Catch the Michele Fay Band, featuring original and Americana music, at Brandon Music on April 21. This energetic and unpretentious group brings forth a comfortable groove of folk, swing, and bluegrass-influenced songs, woven seamlessly together. Fay's heartfelt lyrics are central to the ensemble, as she sings with a crystal clear, authentic voice. The Rutland Herald called her voice "smooth and entrancing" and says "While the band's playing is top-notch, there's a reason it's called the Michele Fay Band, and that's
Michele's voice."
  Fay's three band musicians are a perfect match for her talent as a singer-songwriter, and they add to the charm and sincerity of these songs without detracting from their earnest messages.  Kalev Freeman, on fiddle, brings forth a light-hearted, lilting sound. Michael Santosusso, on upright bass, (Smokin' Grass, Big Spike, Hot Pickin' Party) adds dynamic beat and perfectly matched harmonies and Fay's husband, Tim Price, contributes accomplished, melodic instrumentals on mandolin and guitar.
  " There is something so reassuring about this kind of music... these tunes are Grand Ole Opry worthy. They make me think of the kind of songs country folks would love to dance to on a saw-dusted wooden floor," says Kimmy Sophia Brown of The Noise-Boston.com.
  The band's growing musicianship is increasingly being well received throughout the region as it continues to gather its well-deserved recognition. "Michele is now recognized as a performer who knows how to write strong songs and deliver them entertainingly." (Art Edelstein, Rutland Herald) 
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.

Hilton Park at Brandon Music
Saturday, April 28- 7:30pm

Hilton Park, a three-piece folk/Americana group from southern Maine has "reinvented acoustic", according to the Boston Examiner. The Hilton Park sound is authentic and endearingly classic, with enough modern grit to captivate today's audience. Their three-part vocal harmonies (often compared to Crosby, Stills & Nash) and their careful choice of sparse instrumentation create a soundscape so full that they have been referred to as a "three piece quintet."
  Hilton Park is made up of father/son team Bruce and Conor Hilton, and neighbor Gregg Pannier. Their stage show includes up to 10 acoustic instruments between Bruce and Conor, plus Gregg's piano. Six and 12 string guitars, dobro, mandolin, bouzouki, Weissenborn, dulcimer and others make the stage look like an exotic guitar boutique. But it's the band's soaring three part harmonies that capture the audience's breath, telling timeless stories that touch people's souls. " Every song tells a story, and there's a story behind every song" is their mantra.
  The group's third album, "Moments..." earned them a fourth New England Music Award nomination for "Album of the Year" and the song "Stupid Game" won an Academia Music Award for 'Best Song', Folk Singer/Songwriter category.
Every story has a song; and Hilton Park continues to weave stories into instantly classic melodies and lyrics.
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.

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 #7 winner was Lisa Hope!!

Month #8 Winner was Sue Markowski !!


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


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
A great season of golf in 2017, join now for 2018!

Stop in and enjoy the blazing fireplace at 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


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.

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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, April 16th, 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.