February 2018

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

                 Vermont Grape Wine Council's
          Wine & Chocolate Weekend Feb 10&11

Neshobe River Winery - 79 Stone Mill Dam Rd

Nothing says romance more than wine and chocolate.
 Join Neshobe River Winery for our yearly celebration of Valentine's Day.
We will be featuring our Red and  White port wines paired with selected small plates that include artisanal cheeses, dried fruits, chocolate ganache truffles and other chocolate specialties.

For the beer drinker we will be releasing our barrel aged Porter, Blackheart.
The tasting room will be open 11 to 5 on Saturday the 10th
and 11 to 4 on Sunday the 11th.

Brandon Chamber, Brandon Economic Development & SunCommon bring you-

Solarize Brandon- Commercial Solar
When: Tuesday, February 13th 6:30-8:00pm

Brandon Town Hall-lower meeting room,  1 Conant Square, Brandon, VT 05733

Brandon is leading the state in residential solar, but what about commercial solar? With a double digit return on your investment, going solar for your commercial real estate will not only save your business money, but will support Vermont in achieving it's renewable energy goals. Come and meet with members of SunCommon's commercial and residential teams. SunCommon is Vermont's most experience solar installer in both commercial and residential systems. Come and learn how they have helped make it easy and affordable for Vermonters to go solar.
Beer, wine and snacks will be provided.  

" This made the most financial sense, a combination of pricing from SunCommon and net metering from Green Mountain Power. We were able to take advantage of both federal and state tax credits." -  Sam Adams
Pump and Pantry  

Pop-Up Dinners at Brandon Music   Brandon Music
Chef Vicky Regia is preparing two amazing meals at Brandon Music, one for Valentine's Day and one for the Chinese New Year. Each dinner costs $45 per person. Call 802-247-4295 or email at
info@brandon-music.net us for reservations or more information. 

Call to Artists: 'Barn Art'
The Compass Music and Arts Center is accepting submissions for the juried exhibit 'Barn Art'.

The exhibit runs from April 6 through June 16 with a submission deadline of February 23.
Barns are of course a regular sight on the Vermont landscape, serving a very necessary and functional purpose to farmers, but they have also become an iconic image for the state and a valuable tourist attraction. One barn in particular is also a big part of the Compass Center. Brandon Music, Compass' concert venue, is a beautifully renovated 1820s New England barn which also happens to be the former studio of folk artist Warren Kimble. The Brandon Music barn will soon take on another purpose by hosting 'Barn Opera', operas performed by professional singers in an intimate and informal setting. With all of these connections, an exhibit which celebrates the barn as an icon seems most fitting.
Submissions will be considered by Vermont artists Denise Letendre, Susan Bull Riley, and Stephanie Stouffer, and judged based on the submitting artist's interpretation of the "Barn Art" theme. A cash prize will be awarded, along with future exhibiting opportunities at Compass.
The submission materials and fees must be received by February 23. The submission guidelines are available at www.cmacvt.org or via info@cmacvt.org.

Paul Asbell at Brandon Music 
Saturday, February 10th

From his early years, playing blues on Chicago's South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul Asbell has earned an underground reputation as a true "musician's musician". Guitar Player Magazine acknowledges that most solo acoustic guitarists usually specialize in one genre, but "with steady hands and a relaxed sense of swing, [Asbell] tackles bouncy ragtime fingerpicking, crisp flatpicking, and lush, jazzy chording with equal aplomb...."; evidence that he is not your average solo acoustic guitarist.
Asbell will perform music from his three solo albums at Brandon Music on February 10. 'Steel String Americana', 'Roots and Branches', and 'From Adamant To Atchafalaya' received numerous rave reviews for their highly individualized twists on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country-based themes and original pieces from the "American roots" tradition. The Flynn Theater called them "A genre-blurring, virtuosic waltz through the deep heritage of American folklore, where styles of Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and Dr. John rub elbows with those of Joe Pass and Bill Frisell." Others have said "It is quite the best CD of acoustic guitar that I have heard in years!"
In his 45 year career Asbell has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others. He formed the award-winning jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro in the 1970s, was a founding member of the Unknown Blues Band, featuring Big Joe Burrell, and more recently has partnered with Brooks Williams, Mike Dowling, Chuck D'Aloia and Elisabeth Von Trapp.
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.

The Christine Malcolm Band performs at Brandon Music
Saturday, February 24

The Christine Malcolm Band plays a Vermont blend of rich original country, folk and blues with a high note of rock. Catch them at Brandon Music for a night of "heartwarming music" (Seven Days) on February 24.
Malcolm is a Northern Vermont songwriter transplanted from balmy Southern Vermont. Her writing is influenced by artists like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Joni Mitchell. Her 2015 album, entitled 'Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon', won the Times Argus Tammy Award for Best Country Recording of the Year and Seven Days said "Malcolm proves to be a genuine talent".  
Malcolm is joined by Rudy Dauth, strings player extraordinaire and Peter Riley, holding it down on bass. Also playing with The Chad Hollister Band and Woedoggies, Dauth's guitar and mandolin style ranges from melodic, sweet riffs to ripping, tight leads. Riley is an accomplished, lifetime musician, who has played with more Vermont bands than can be listed here. His bass playing lends groove, depth and musical intelligence.
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's Moonlight Madness nights were a big success.
Thanks to all for your generous support of our merchants!!

After a very successful and fun night with beautiful weather for our first shopping gala, Brandon's second Moonlight Madness event for shoppers was also a great night for shoppers and merchants. The events brought friends and neighbors together, as people poured into town bringing holiday cheer and spirit. 
All throughout town, there were bargains, sales, specials, drawings, exceptional refreshments and a terrific shopping experience.
The $100 in Brandon Green was one by Franci Farnsworth!!
Thanks again for a very merry holiday season!!

A nice note from a happy shopper at the first Moonlight Madness sale-
 "I thought the Moonlight Madness last night was great.

I've been horribly in the dumps lately and the mood of everyone downtown
was infectiously upbeat. Sounds corny I know but if a town can be happy,
last night was it.

The stores all looked crowded. Very, very friendly event." 


  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!

The show runs through February 27.

The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) proudly announces its annual show of new artwork by local students from grades K to 12.
This celebration of creativity from our schools gives students an exciting opportunity to have their work displayed in a professional gallery setting. The exhibit provides the public a rare chance to see talented student work in a wide variety of styles and media, including sculpture, collage, and paint.
The show includes work from students at Barstow Memorial, Leicester Central, Lothrop Elementary, Neshobe Elementary, Otter Valley Union, Sudbury Country, and Whiting Elementary schools.
The Brandon Artists Guild is a cooperative with approximately 50 artist-members. A 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs, particularly in local schools and after-school programs. The BAG is a participant in Vermont Arts 2018. A project of the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Arts 2018 is a year-long celebration highlighting arts events across the state.
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.  

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 #6 winner was Nancy Meffe!!


Buy a brick for your Valentine, with a message that will last forever in one of our beautiful parks!!   



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  brandonvillagespa.com

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!

 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, neshobe.com. All are welcome! We hope to see you soon. 
Rodney Bicknell, PGA Professional and NGC General Manager                     

What's New at the  Little Pressroom
February 2018

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.

Winter Parking Restrictions
November 1, to April 1, inclusive

No person shall park a motor vehicle on any street, or in any public parking area, or town highway right-of-way within the Town of Brandon, or in any manner which may interfere with the removal of snow from such streets or parking areas between the hours of 12:01 am to 06:00 am
Get on board the successful Gateways
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for one full year, for only $25.00
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for only $200.00  
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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, February 19th, 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.