August 2019

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Go to  for construction info

The last of 9 great FREE summer  concerts is tonight- Wednesday August 28th! 7:00pm

If you haven't donated to the 2019 Concert/Pavilion fundraiser it's not too late! We could use your help. 

Head on over to the bucolic lawns behind the Brandon Inn, or ther beautiful Peer Mirror Ballroom inside the historic Inn for a summer bon voyage and relax and enjoy the music on a, hopefully,  perfect Vermont summer evening!

Remember to say thanks to our hard working concert committee, Stacey Doucette, Seth Hopkins, Alyssa Zollman, Wade Davis & Bill Moore.
And a big thank you to Sarah & Louis Pattis and the Inn staff for hosting us all season. 

Also check out our beautiful new concert pavilion constructed by Jeff Dardozzi and crew. Chuck and Cathy Smid generously donated the slate roof materials, many thanks to them both. 
It's wired for the latest electrical needs and we hope to be able to purchase lighting add-ons in the future.
It held the whole Enerjazz BIG Band (ok, the keyboard player may have been sticking out a wee bit)  We look forward to having it for a full season next summer. Thanks to all who have contributed so far to the  fundraising effort this year!

Netting of Fire - Lowell Klock -- Photograph
Art of Fire: Brandon Artists Guild's New Exhibit Sparks Creativity
The Art of Fire The show will run from August 30 through November 5.

The public is invited to the free opening reception Friday, August 30 from 5PM to 7PM.

As the weather starts to cool, the Brandon Artists Guild is getting all fired up. This fall, the gallery continues its Earth-themed 20th anniversary celebration with a new exhibit, The Art of Fire. 
The show will run from August 30 through November 5. 

The all-member, all-media show features pieces linked by the common theme of fire, and includes ceramics, collage, watercolor, oil, photography, glass and more.
Give Me S'More-Joan Drew-Watercolor

"Some of these pieces, in glass, ceramics, and metalwork, are born in fire," says watercolorist Joan Drew, "but regardless of our medium we're all excited about picking up the thematic torch and running with it."

The Art of Fire is the fourth and final exhibit in a series of themed shows honoring our planet. This 20th-anniversary year for the BAG is also the Chinese Year of the Pig, which recognizes nature's elements, Earth, Wood, Water, and Fire.
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 Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Information: 802 247-4956.

Friends of the Town Hall recognize
Segment 6 workers

Tuesday Morning Treat!! August 20th at 6:45 am

The Board Of Directors for The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall wanted to show their appreciation to all the workers, flaggers & sub-contractors that have braved the heat and wet weather to help make an even BETTER Brandon. They have been very professional, courteous and helpful during a sometimes stressful couple of years. We have all endured the bumpy roads, pot holes and traffic delays but it is all starting to come together.  
Thanks to Debbie Jennings and the entire FOTH Board Of Directors for coming up with a small thank you in the form of the infamous "Wyman Donuts" and a bottle of OJ to start their workday off.  A group of the workers met us at Estabrook field early Tuesday morning to pick up their bag of goodies.  
Thanks to Harriet Wyman who made over 190 of her incredible donuts, Debbie Jennings, Dennis Marden and Richard Baker who made sure everyone got a bag, and to Don Crowe for distributing close to 60 bags to the folks with those wonderful?? STOP/SLOW signs and the rest of the work crews that could not be there.  We have all been through the largest municipally managed project in the history of Vermont and Brandon can be proud of the result!  
Thanks again to Casella and everyone who had a hand in making this 20 year old dream come true.  

Leaf People and HarvestFest!!!
Time to weed through all 
your  closets and totes!
The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is thinking FALL!
While you're sorting through your clothes please keep us in mind, we have  some needs for this October's Harvest Days and Leaf People.
We need-
Hats- ladies fancy ones and childrens.
Shoes- all types- ladies fancy & childrens
Gloves and Mittens
Socks, tights and knee socks
Youth clothing- (no babies or toddlers)
Skirts and long sleeve dresses
Scarves, handbags and costume jewelry
Men's suits are always GREAT!

Sort out clean up and help us out!
You can drop them off at Carr's Gifts.
Thanks for your support!!

Gypsy Reel Live  at Brandon Music Saturday August 31st 7:30pm
Gypsy Reel   returns to play high energy stirring music rooted in Celtic traditions.

  Always  a firm favorite  at Brandon Music this very popular group is known for creating  major 'electricity' when they perform live.
Gypsy Reel has been perfecting their eclectic blend of Celtic and original music for over 20 years.  A Celtic band that rocks, Gypsy Reel  plays high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. They have "bags of originality" (Andy Cheyne,  Folk Roots) and according to  The Message in Chester, Vermont, is "the hottest acoustic band around." Gypsy Reel are returning for their fifth show at Brandon Music which just highlights their popularity with Brandon Music audiences, who love the group's exuberance, banter, incredible musicianship, powerful vocals and entertainment value.  Gypsy Reel in turn value the venue and acoustics so much that they recorded one of their live shows at Brandon Music that culminated in a recent CD "Gypsy Reel Live 2017". 
Gypsy Reel's lineup includes hot banjoist, guitarist and vocalist Claudine Langille, formerly of 'Touchstone', the sensational Irish/American fusion band that won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic; Graham Parker, eclectic fiddler extraordinaire; Camille Parker who has captivated the hearts of audiences across the globe with her mandolin, bodhran and rich and remarkable vocals; Reagh Greenleaf, formerly with the famous Clancys, on bodhran and vocals; and the young prodigy Silas Hamilton on standup bass and guitar.
Higher Ground Music says "Gypsy Reel have been perfecting their eclectic blend of Celtic and original music for over 20 years all over the world." They say "Don't miss this chance to hear these great entertainers"!
Concerts begin 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 for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

American Red Cross
  Blood Drive

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Brandon Town Hall--- 1 Conant Square, Brandon, Vt 05733
Please call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit to schedule an appointment.

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

Experience the full sound and dynamic vocal range of singer songwriter Steve Hartmann at Brandon Music Sept 7th at 7:30pm

Welcome back the compelling  and enigmatic singer-songwriter, Steve Hartmann from Jericho Vermont.

   At the beginning of the year Hartmann stunned the Brandon Music audience with his highly accomplished and unique sound.  He is a polished guitarist with  amazing vocals and engaging stage presence so  much so that he was invited to return.  
 A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Hartmann majored in piano and double majored in stage performance and song writing,  Hartmann is known for his unique sound, pristine vocals and engaging stage presence that draws you in and leaves you stunned.  Born in Dalat, Vietnam towards the end of the Vietnam War Hartmann was adopted at the age of 5 months.  He struggled to find a sense of belonging until he found music at the age of 12.  He's a self taught guitar player and a classically trained pianist.  He started the journey of finding his "sound" when he met his best friend and bassist, Drew Breder, at age 18.  Using various vocal effects and looper pedals, his sound has grown to be readily identifiable as his own.  Having opened for major label acts like Jeffrey Gaines, Chris Carrabba and Reeve Carney, and won several singer-songwriter contests, Steve's dynamic vocal range, lyrically driven tunes and captivating stage presence sets him apart.  Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Twin Forks says, "Steve's vocals are pristine".  The incomparable Livingstone Taylor who taught Hartmann at Berklee College said, "I was blown away-speechless."   The powerful  American  singer songwriter and guitarist Jeffrey Gaines commented, " If you ever get a chance to see him live, take it.  You won't regret it."
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 for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

The remarkable contemporary folk singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch 

Brandon Music Saturday 
September 21 st at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is delighted to welcome Lara Herscovitch, a modern American songwriter-poet-performer, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain.
Sound Waves Magazine described her music as "expertly written prose... songwriting at its best... good for your ears AND your soul." Delivered with a voice Performer Magazine called "clear and smooth like expensive liquor," Acoustic Live in New York City added, "She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is."
Herscovitch is "a remarkable performer" (WSHU Public Radio), "sharp as a tack (and wickedly funny)... polished, confident, talented" (Scenic Root). She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and tours from Maine to Miami.

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 for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

Brandon Farmer's Market NEWS
Summer/fall  2019

Come support your local Market at Estabrook Park.  

You asked for it, you got it!  
Regular hours 8am-2pm, BUT,  every first Friday of July, August & September our hours will be 2 to 6pm.  We're testing the waters to see how the later hours work out for folks. 
Questions?  Contact Wendy Cijka at 273-2655 or

Town Hall 2019 events
Another exciting season of entertainment!!

Saturday, September 7  "Pete's Posse"...7:00 pm.
Vermont's own trad-roots power trio! Composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protege Oliver Scanlon and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, "Pete's Posse" never fails to surprise and excite! Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, claw hammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse's sonic landscape. Tickets, Adults...$10. Seniors & Students....$8. Sponsored by Melly & Joe Flynn, Ben & Claudette Lawton, Pat Hanson, Bob & Kathy Clark.
Sunday, September 8...4:00-7:00 pm Monday, September 9- 6:00-8:00 pm
Auditions for "Brandon Has Talent Show"   Auditions for the 6 th Annual "Brandon Has Talent Show". If you like to sing, dance, play an instrument or have a special talent, don't miss this opportunity to perform on our new Town Hall stage. You must schedule a day & time to audition by e-mailing or calling 802-247-5420.

Saturday, September 14  Silent Movie... "The Beloved Rogue" (1926)...7:00 pm
"The Beloved Rogue" starring John Barrymore. An Epic costume adventure based on the life of the 15 th century French poet, Francois Villon. Wrongly banished from the Royal Court and sentenced to death, can the patriotic poet save Frande from an evil plot and while he is at it, win the hand of his noble beloved? This is a Free Will Donation Event. Sponsored by Donald & Dolores Furnari, Sally Wood, Edward Loedding & Dorothy Leysath, Connie Kenna.
Sunday, October 6  Bill Powers Presentation...6:30 pm
"The Fisk Family Of Stephen Douglas". Another incredible presentation by local author and historian Bill Powers. Edward Fisk of Brandon was the uncle of Stephen Douglas and helped raise him after his father died in 1813. Douglas left Vermont for Illinois about 1833. Fisk and his immediate family remained in Brandon's Arnold District. One of Fisk's sons was Stephen Douglas' private secretary and another was murdered in Michigan. This is the Fisk Family story. This is a Free Will Donation Event.
Sponsored by Amy Menard and Steve Dombrowski.
Saturday, October 12    6th Annual "Brandon Has Talent Show"...7:00 pm
Our 6 th Annual Talent Show has everything you love and continues to showcase the multi-talented community members from Brandon and the surrounding area. This is a fun event for participants as well as the audience. Come see your neighbors, friends and family as they sing, dance and entertain you. Tickets, Adults...$8. Seniors & Students...$6. Children 5 & under accompanied by an adult...Free
Sponsored by Rowe Real Estate, Inc., Virgil & Constance"...Tim & Mary Shields, Hayes Recycled Pallets, Inc., Phyllis & Ken Torrey, Warren & Lorraine Kimble, National Bank Of Middlebury. Marc & Arlyn Brierre.

Brandon's own NIFTY THRIFTY 
has found a new home!
Next to the Episcopal Church-nice new digs, 
same nice folks, same nice prices!!

Their new address is: 19 Conant Square, Brandon VT. That is the
painted-brick, Federal style house, the rectory for the Episcopal Church, 
at the corner of Rt 7 and Prospect  Street. Great parking in the back.

  Our hours are: 
Monday - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Tuesday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Thursday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Friday - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am to 2:00pm
In short, we stay open late two evenings a week.

Our Mission- Nifty Thrifty's Mission is to help our community as it cultivates its image as a cultural, spiritual, commercial, recreational and educational center. 
We do this by giving to local programs, projects, events,  activities, organizations and  ideas.

We have a Facebook page too.  NIFTY Thrifty Thrift SHOP   
Come visit us and check out our neat new location!

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery 
& Gardens  
2127 Rte 73 E.  Sudbury 623-7373

A Showcase on Summer !!
"Nurture your imagination in alluring surroundings"

Come for vibrant plants~expert advice~prices you'll love!  Veggie starts-annuals-perennials-shrubs-trees-native species-house plants!

Brandon Library happenings!    
Join in for an enjoyable evening  discussing each of these books. 

The Brandon Museum 
at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace 
We are looking for volunteers.

Hosts needed on Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 and also on Thursday afternoon for the same time period. Subs are available for times that you cannot make your scheduled shift. No specific knowledge of history is required, just an interest in Brandon and in welcoming people to our town. Please call John Dilts at 802-345-7040 for more information.

Another benefit for Chamber members-

The Brandon museum offers advertising space for chamber members in the visitor center which is open every day of the year. Visitors to the area stop in regularly to get information about things to do. If you have a rack card which advertises your business, drop some off at the museum between 11:00 and 4:00 weekdays or at Carr's Gift Shop downtown.

Brandon Dog Park at 
Estabrook Park
Fundraising effort

Location: Estabrook Park, Route 7 South, Brandon
Goal: Half to one Acre 6' chain-link fenced dog park with double entry gate and mowing entrance, small and large dog area, rule sign, dog waste trash bin with bag dispenser, large donor name listing.
Estimated cost for fence, installation, signs: $15,000-$20,000

Project Organized and Supported By Volunteers, Brandon Recreation and Town of Brandon- Questions:

Twilight Golf- Weekdays and Weekends after 3pm 18 Holes With Cart For Only $40
Weekends: Noon - 3pm    $55 with cart

Military, Veterans, Police, Fire and EMT
Every Monday $40 with cart. Must show service ID.
Two Greens Fees $67 with Cart.

Every Wednesday $42 with Cart.
Every Friday $49 with cart.
Must be a VT resident and show valid ID.
  Tee Times Required

Stop in and enjoy the Neshobe's own Long Iron Restaurant & Pub
Serving Lunch Daily 11am - 4pm   All Summer Long~~Rain or Shine
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, All are welcome! We hope to see you soon.   
224 Town Farm Road. Brandon, VT 05733 * 802-247-3611 *

We have multiple promotions to help celebrate summer! Tuesdays are BYOBanana, bring in a banana and get a Banana Split for $4.95. 
Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm are now Yappy Hour, so come treat your pup to a Puppy Sundae for just $1! 
Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to close are Buy One Get One Half Off on all ice cream of equal or lesser value. 
Summer is meant for ice cream, so come by and treat yourself to a scoop or two! Our hours are Sunday through Thursday 12-9 and Friday-Saturday 12-10.

Line Barral receives her
$2019.07 check 

      Shop and SAVE!
Shop and WIN!

The Downtown Brandon Alliance, Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Brandon are excited to announce our 2018 Grand Prize winner!
Congratulations to Line Barral of Brandon! Line won $2019.07, the 2018 grand prize for our newly launched Buzz Card shopping incentive program! We had over 75 completed cards turned in, which translated to about 500 tickets entered into the drawing. But don't stop making use of your Buzz Card, another $2019.07 will be won by some lucky person at the end of 2019! There will also be many gift certificates from the participating businesses to be won.
This "get out to shop" program helped to bring all our friends and neighbors into our local businesses. Join in the fun, after your purchase of $10.00 or more the clerk will punch your card! After you get 10 punches you get $20 in Brandon Green and entry tickets for the 2019 grand prize!   It's that EASY! 
We hope this incentive will help you make the extra effort to come into town and do your shopping all through the upcoming construction season.

So grab your card, run into your local businesses and get punched!!

We've poured back over $7500.00 into the community with Buzz card redemption and the 2018 grand prize. 

KEEP USING YOUR CARDS!!     List of businesses and their punch design

Five Meadows Farm
Open for the season from May 18 to 
mid November

Horseback riding lessons, English & Western! Fun, supportive programs ages 4 and up.

Lessons and time with horses can be tailored to your needs.  Experienced and kind youth horses.  Lessons typically are 1.5 hours including riding and grooming time.  
Lessons are given on Saturdays and several weekday evenings.  
We look forward to sharing our horses and farm with you!  

900 Pearl St, Brandon, VT 05733- 802-247-8300 

Brandon's Energy Committee-
Quick recommendation if you're looking to 
save some money!

1) lighting, 2) heating, cooling and ventilation, 3) insulation, windows and doors, 4) refrigeration and commercial kitchens, 5) renewable energy, 6) appliances, 7) electronics, 8) transportation, 9) agricultural equipment, and 10) industrial and special equipment costs.
Efficiency Vermont has all of the products available here:
And all of the rebates available here:
(Background on Efficiency Vermont: Founded in 2000 as the nation's first energy efficiency utility, they are Vermont's objective adviser on saving energy through efficiency, which is the most affordable, local fuel source. In every county, they provide Vermonters with technical services and financial support to improve their homes, businesses, and communities. They also train and partner with local providers of efficient goods and services so all Vermonters can easily find the efficiency resources they need.)
Here's a quick list of all that's covered on their site:

  For more info click here-

Brandon Free Public Library Used Book Sale Season still going STRONG!!!
Stock up for the cooler (and COLD) weather we all know will be here before we know it!
The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library used book sale opens for the season on Wednesday, May 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. until mid-October. This is probably the best organized and longest running used book sale in Vermont. In the basement of the Library you will find an amazing selection of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages at very low prices. 
Books are arranged by type and subject. There is both hard-cover and paperback fiction, non-fiction of every description, and books for children, toddlers, and young adults. There are special sections devoted to gardening, cooking, how-to and do-it-yourself projects. 

All of the income from this sale is given to the library by the Friends for the purchase of books and other materials and to help underwrite special projects for the Library, like the Summer Children's Program in July. The Book Sale and the Holiday Auction are the primary sources for funding for these programs. The construction has impacted our sales and we depend on our neighbors and friends for their support for all the wonderful things that happen at our Library.
We can use more volunteers to fully staff this important fundraising project. If you have time Wednesday evenings or on Friday or Saturday, sign up to work. No experience is necessary and you may volunteer for as many or as few days as you'd like or you may sign up as a substitute. Training will be provided. Volunteer and find out what the 'oldest, continuing, permanent, used book sale in Vermont' is all about. Call the Library at 247-8230 for more information or to volunteer. Bring a friend if you'd like to work with a 'buddy'.

"Brandon Chamber Members receive 10% off"

Get it- 

Sprinkler System installations 
Significant tax savings available!

Dunmore Hose Company safety officer Dennis Reisenweaver brings to our attention the following information on sprinkler system tax savings applicable to many of our businesses!

In August 2018 Congress passed federal tax reform legislation (P.L.115-97) that contains significant federal tax incentives for business owners to install fire sprinkler systems in existing buildings. This could save you a lot of money!
Qualified commercial buildings located in state designated downtowns or village centers may be eligible for additional state tax incentives for sprinklers and other code and building improvements. For more information contact: Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development:
For a more detailed explanation of this money saving offer click here

BARN OPERA Transitions to prepare for the first production of 2020 at the NEW BARN!

Announces a change in location and programming affecting the following productions:
THE MAGIC FLUTE by W.A. Mozart (Sung in English Translation)
TOSCA by G. Puccini (Sung in Italian with English Supertitles)
(Brandon, VT)- With the exciting news of the purchase of the new barn and renovations to prepare for the first production of 2020 in the new space,
BARN OPERA has decided to make some adjustments to the completion of the 2019 season.
Please click here for complete information on these exciting happenings with Barn Opera

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.). 

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 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

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.
  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
  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.).

The Divine Art Recordings Group at Compass
Many people still don't realize that Brandon is home to one of the busiest and critically praised classical music record companies. 

 We moved our headquarters from England in 2009 and  now have our offices and a dedicated CD store at the Compass Music & Arts Center, in Park Village.  We specialize in contemporary music and rediscovered  masterpieces - not the same old pieces that everyone else records..... we have just completed a massive ten -CD  series for  Russia's greatest living composer  Artyomov, a similar series for Cambridge MA organ composer Carson Cooman and are signing superb artists from around the world Including (this year already) USA, UK, France, Australia, Malta and Iran.  Our recordings are available at all CD and digital /streaming sites but you can come to our store, discuss and sample over 500 titles of music from the 15 th to 21 st century.  

We are open Monday-Saturday 10-5 at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. 247-4295. 
Please note we do NOT have a local recording studio.

Retail/Office Space for Rent.
Call 802-345-5100 for further details.

 Approximately 600 sq.ft. within the Downtown Commercial District of Brandon at 22 park Street (formerly NFP Insurance), next to the Brandon Inn. 
Be part of Brandon's new streetscape right across from the newly configured Central Park and Monument Park.

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, $20.00 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.
Products offered through VACE include, Dental and Vision packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact the Richards Group (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting-
Monday, September 16th, 2019 will be our next meeting!  6:30pm

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.