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December 2017 Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Brandon's Moonlight Madness Set for Wed. Dec. 6 and Thurs. Dec. 21
Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Feel Good!
Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local!

Brandon's Moonlight Madness event is for shoppers looking for unique gifts, one-of-a-kind items, and exceptional customer service. The event brings friends and neighbors together as people pour into town bringing holiday cheer and spirits. Moonlight Madness specials and discounts begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6th and repeated on Thursday, December 21st. Many shops will stay open until 9:00 pm.
Downtown Brandon has new shops and eateries. Come for a shopping and dining experience which can't be found at the mall or over the Internet!
All throughout town, there will be bargains, sales, specials, drawings, exceptional refreshments and a terrific shopping experience.
Many shops offering 20% off storewide and a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks!      
   Shop local!
For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at or 247-6401.
Watch your mailbox for the holiday green flier with the business offerings for the big sale nights!! Or click here for a printable PDF
A little glitch in the flier- the December 6th date incorrectly lists the second night as Dec 15th(that was last year) the correct date is listed further down the flier on December 21st! Sorry for the confusion.

Compass Holiday Events-
December 6th

The Compass Center's Holiday Event on December 6 from 2:00-8:00pm, planned to coincide with and participate in Brandon's Moonlight Madness event, is another convenient and fun opportunity to do some holiday shopping locally. Browse the many gift shops with books, classical music, collectibles, and artwork by regional artists, taking advantage of special discounts, and visit the farmers' market and consignment shop. 
 Doubling as a reception for their holiday show, visitors can chat with Stephanie Stouffer about her whimsical and charming illustrations in the Center's main exhibit 'Holiday Legacy'.   Click here for more info on Stephanie's exhibit
Food will be available too! Get a light dinner and festive snack provided by SoundBite's chef Vicky Regia. Vicky will have a special menu for the evening, including:
Moroccan chili with couscous, cupcakes and coffee $8.50
Winter squash and wild mushroom curry over rice, cupcakes and coffee $8.50
Loaded potato soup $3 sm / $6 lg
Christmas cupcakes $1.25
Lavender milk tea $2.50
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.).

Judging will be Thursday, December 7th!

So drag out the lights, set up the manger, inflate Frosty, light the menorah, brush out the reindeer and perk up Ol' St. Nick 'cause the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring a HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST! We want to invite you all to join in the holiday fun. There will be four categories judged again this year:
* Residential Traditional
* Residential Whimsical (to include blow-ups)
* Civic           
* Commercial
Judges will be on the streets on Thursday, December7th starting at 5 pm so be sure to have your lights turned on! Anyone can call in their own place or someone else's and the Judges will be at liberty to nominate their favorite picks also. So come on and have some fun and express your holiday cheer!
Don't be a Scrooge, do be a Clark Griswold!! (google him)
Contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or by email at:

Brandon Festival Singers Concert
Sunday December 10th- 3:00pm

The Brandon Festival Singers, under the direction of Gene Childers, will present the 37th Annual Brandon Carol Festival featuring a wide variety of Christmas choral arrangements of traditional, contemporary and original music for the Season on Sunday December 10th,
at the Brandon Congregational Church at 3 p.m.
The 25 voice choir will be joined by piano, flute and percussion. The second section of the concert will feature, Harpist Rev. Matthew Wollam-Berens, the Curbtone Quartet and tenor Joshua Collier. 
Don't miss this popular event. A free will offering will be received, a portion of which will benefit charity.

The Judith Reilly Gallery is finishing its season with extended hours -
10 am to 6 pm - on the next three Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16.

 Come visit us! Or call if you'd like to visit other times; if we're home we're happy to open.

Although scheduled hours don't resume until May's Open Studio Weekend, the Gallery is open by appointment throughout the winter.
Find distinctive Holiday gifts in my gallery!

I sell my original framed and unframed artworks, archival quality print reproductions in several sizes, note cards and art accessories. And some unusual Christmas ornaments and accessories.

Visit my website for more info and pictures

Town Hall schedule of upcoming events.
The season's winding down!
It's been a great 2017 season- many thanks for your support!
Wednesday, December 6,....4:00-8:00   Moonlight Madness...
-Brandon/Forestdale Lions club- Selling raffle tickets for a wreath with $200.00 in
scratch off tickets on it, wreaths and baked goods
-Wanda Murray- Raffle tickets for a kayak with proceeds going to a special charity
-Heather Laporte- Personalized baby items, children and adults shirts and bags,
-Gary Meffe- "Frowning Fish Woodworking" Lathe turned wooden items, bowls, rolling pins
-Anne Bandy- "Stained Glass by Anne" Stained glass items and gifts
-Wendy Cijka- "High Pond Goat Farm" Goat cheese, yogurt and chocolate truffles
-Marie Bradbury- "Love and Care Crafts" Quilting, wall hangings, fabric crafts
-Marianne Buswell- "One of a Kind Jewelry" Wire wrapped jewelry and wall hangings
-Kacie O'Connell- Xmas stockings, crocheted items, lavender rice heating pads
 "Cornwall Doll Company"  Dolls
-Penny Eastman- "VT. Made Creations" Wooden toys, plaques, birdhouses, zucchini relish
-Jayden Devino- Baked cookies and breads
-Friends Of the Brandon Town Hall- Homemade Chili and Soup, Hot drinks,
eat at the hall or take home
Many thanks to the Friends of the Town Hall for all their hard work
and dedication to this wonderful building!

Sunny cold day greeted the annual lighting of the tree, with glowing memories of our loved ones.

One of Brandon's long-standing traditions is the presence of a lit Memory Tree in Central Park to remind us of our loved ones who are no longer with us. This year with the Segment 6 construction ongoing, the Friends if the Town Hall allowed us to share their gorgeous tree ensconced on the portico. The tree helps brighten our darkest days. Bulbs in memory of loved ones help keep the tree lit all season. On Sunday, November 26th, holiday singing started at 3:30 pm by the OVUHS Chorale followed by the Festival Singers. Rev Bob Bove led us in prayer and the lighting of the tree was followed by singing Silent Night. The Friends of the Town Hall served coffee and cocoa to over 50 folks in the meeting room downstairs. Many thanks for their generosity and help with this special project.
Thanks also to Rev Bove, the Festival Singers and OV Chorale, the Reporter for running the pages with all our loved ones names, Charlene & Jim Bryant for organizing and creating the list of names and Terrie Patch of Carr's Florist & Gifts for collecting so many of the names & monies.
And of course, many, many warm thanks to all who support the tree lighting by buying bulbs in memory of their loved ones.

The DuPont Brothers at Brandon Music
Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm

Sam and Zack DuPont form the sibling indie-folk-rock duo, The DuPont Brothers. They're based out of Burlington but they're not there very much. The duo has been living on the indie circuit, driving around sharing their stories through songwriting since 2013. On December 9 they perform at Brandon Music in what will be one of their last performances as 'The DuPont Brothers'.
Back from a mid-west tour, the brothers will perform new original songs from their much anticipated upcoming release. The new album is the start of a rebranding for 2018 with a sound that will have more of a rhythmic pulse. Check them out at Brandon Music to catch a glimpse of where the brothers' music is headed and be a part of their new chapter.  click for more info
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

  DEC. 16- at Neshobe School. 9 am - 3 pm

Lots of vendors. Look for maple syrup, cheese, honey, baked goods, hand knit items in wool mohair, goat milk soap, canned goods, wooden toys, dried flowers, aprons, jams and jellies, jewelry, holiday décor and more. Contact Wendy Cijka at 273-2655 or

  The BCC Knitting Group will once again be sponsoring a mitten tree, located in the Brandon Library. Mittens will be available for kids of all ages who need a pair of mittens or a hat to be warm this winter.
The tree will go up on Tuesday, December 5th and will remain until we run out of mittens (or snow!).
Stop by and have a look!

Brandon Music presents The Promise is Hope
Saturday, December 16 at 7:30pm

The Promise is Hope has earned their place among New England's finest emerging indie-folk duos. Their live performances are often described as beautifully moving, inspired, and connected. With great songwriting, the duo's music explores the mysteries of love, spirituality, and the joys and struggles of life's journey. These "hometown heroes" won two 2017 Worcester Music Awards and a nomination for 2017 Best of Central Massachusetts "Best Entertainer." They were invited to perform at the 2017 Connecticut Folk Festival, and have shared the stage with national performers such as Gaelynn Lea. They have captured the hearts of listeners in hundreds of crowds all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic, and are currently writing material for a sophomore album set for release in early 2018.  click here for more info
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 -- Vermont -- and Beyond:
Windows into the World of Michael Sullivan Photographer and Graphic Artist   1952 - 1978
The exhibit will be in place from Dec 2 until Dec 31
at Compass Music Center

 The Brandon Museum at Steven Douglas Birthplace presents  "The Photography and Art of Michael Sullivan". Brandon resident in the 1960's and 70's.

Michael had a Studio in Brandon at the current Carr's Florist & Gifts. He left a wonderful archive of his work, and this is being organized and prepared for display by his sister and brother Mary Ann and Peter Sullivan and will be exhibited at the Compass Music & Arts Center in Park Village, 333 Jones Drive, one mile north of Brandon, phone- 247-4295. 
The exhibit will be in place from Dec 2 until Dec 31.
There will be an opening reception on Saturday the 2nd from 2-5 pm at the Compass Center. Please join us and share any thoughts and memories you may have of Mike and his work.

DBA will be selling Hard Hats and Bricks in the town clerk's office on both Moonlight Madness nights- Dec 6th & 21st!!
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 #4 winner was Ed Thomas!!




DBA Bricks for Cental Park
Bricks for Central Park 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

Massage and More!
Complimentary consultations to get you started on your path to well-being.

Many of our clients and followers know Village Spa offers massages and body treatments, but did you know we can help with a range of services from head to toe?
Once you've experienced the therapeutic benefits of our various types of massage, we can help with skincare, hair services, full body waxing, and other beauty treatments. (As a reminder, all of our products are chosen because they are healthy alternatives to common beauty products that contain harsh c hemicals.) We also offer brow and lash tints and manicures and pedicures.
If you have questions about our services or scheduling, please contact us at: 802-465-8255 or go online

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 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 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

Neshobe Golf Club
A great season of golf in 2017!

 Now for the dark wintery nights coming up, 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, All are welcome! We hope to see you soon. 
Rodney Bicknell, PGA Professional and NGC General Manager                     


"Bargain Hall" opens at Compass Center
open every day from 10-5pm (11-3pm on Sundays) until the end of November

Taking a break from large art exhibits, the main hall at the Compass Center is hosting an 'indoor yard sale'. Items on sale range from antique furniture, china and glass to 10 cent odds and ends, household, electrical, musical and garden items. The sale will be open every day from 10-5pm (11-3pm on Sundays) until the end of November. More items will be added as space allows.
The sale room adds to the exciting and varied range of 'goodies' available at the Compass Center, which is home to Bagatelles Collectibles, the Compass bookstore, Divine Art Records classical CDs, the Compass Farmers' Market and the Treasure Chest consignment store.
Compass Center is at 333 Jones Drive, in the former Brandon Training School complex north of downtown. Visitors can also browse and purchase original artwork, prints and cards from several local artists including Judith Reilly, Stephanie Stouffer and Robin Callahan and enjoy Chef Vicki's delightful menu in the SoundBite Café.

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
  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.

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


Pick up Brandon Green in $5.00 & $25.00 denominations at Lake Sunapee Bank. Great gifts and stocking stuffers!!


Chamber "dollars"- a refresher course!

Every now and then I think it's important to
remind those of us who have been taking Brandon Green for years, and new businesses that have joined the Chamber, about the process for handling the certificates.
The $5.00 and $25.00 certificates are legal tender and handled just like a check. You take the Brandon Green and give your customer change back, just like cash or a check. Then you deposit the Brandon Green into your account, just like a check. Simple and supportive of all our members.
Click here for more info on our popular Brandon Green

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
We are happy to share that, for the fifth year in a row, VACE was able to negotiate a rate hold on all of our product offerings for 2017!! 
Although the VACE health insurance program, that many of took advantage of for years, is no longer available, other products still offered through VACE include, Dental and Vision packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Welcome !!
2017 New Members- go to for more info on our newest members

-Country Homes Cleaning-880 Delorm Road, Leicester- Maureen Tierney-282-8410
-Brandon Yoga Center-1340 Grove St- Judit Schneider-631-603-9913-
-Cattails Restaurant- 2146 Grove St- Stephanie Kellogg & Lance Chicoine-
-Paddlers Pub- Lance Chicoine & Stephanie Kellogg-352-4382-  
-Pale Horse Body Works- 43 Center St.-Anthony "Atrain" Hylton & Erin Laframboise- 377-5833
-Heart & Soul Café- 22 park St(next to the Brandon Inn)-Tiffany Quesnel- 247-5986
-Gold Star Feed & Grain- 38 Union St-Andy Dugan Mgr.- 247-3331
-New 2 You Consignment Shop & Boutique- 47 Center St- Stacey Coburn-  247-9255
-James Coburn & Sons Roofing & Carpentry- 251 Frasier Road- Jamie Coburn-
-G.S. Painting & Maintenance Services 900 Pearl St- Gordon Stearns- 247-8300
-Shields Construction- 8 Walnut St- Tim & Mary Shields- 247-5778
Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area and gain great exposure for your business!
Just click here for an application and rates.  
We also have many Individual Members who participate in many Chamber activities and projects- 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)

-Patty Wood- Brandon
-Polly & Mike Goodspeed- Goshen
-Michael Shank-Brandon
-Margaret "Peg" Donahue- Brandon
-Kim Faber- Brandon

Save the Date!!
Chamber annual dinner is Friday, January 26th at the Brandon Inn

Watch for more info and details in January-               2018!!!!!!

Next Chamber Meeting-
NO meeting in December- Monday, January 15th, 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.