January 2017 Chamber Newsletter
Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

TUCEL sales event    
Inventory Blow-out Sale!!!         
January 11th & January 12th
from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm.

Thousands of brushes in dozens of different shapes and sizes!   Come and stock up for pennies on the dollar!

Click here for a complete list of these high quality brushes- TUCEL OVERSTOCK BRUSHES

 We also have file cabinets, misc. office desks and a conference table with 11 chairs.

Contact Tina for more info- 247-6824  or  tbilodeau@together.net

Happy New Year to all- best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2017! 
Lots of pretty lights in Brandon!

Thanks to everyone who called in nominations for the Christmas Decorating Contest.
We only had a few folks call in their own places, but the judges were also at liberty to select any display that caught their eye as they toured around town!
Next year, be sure to let us know if you want to be included. There were lots of pretty lights around town, so we hope you took a moment to take a moonlit drive and enjoy the beauty, time and effort that all our neighbors put into their displays.
   Happy 2017 from your Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce.
Our 2016 winners were:          
     Traditional: Lori & Larry Mohan- North Street
     Whimsical: Linda & Beans Russell- North Street
     Civic: Brandon Town Hall
     Business: Heart & Soul CafĂ© and NFP Insurance- Park Street

New art photography exhibit
by Denise Letendre Bach
 opens in Brandon:
'Vermont: Ideals & Ordeals'
'Vermont: Ideals & Ordeals' opens Friday, January 13 with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibit runs through February 11, 2017.

Brandon - Denise Letendre Bach is an artist, a mother, a native of Connecticut and now a Vermont resident - all aspects of what inspires her and the art that she creates. Her new photography exhibit at the Compass Music and Arts Center shows Vermont through her lens. Since moving here, s he has embraced Vermont, fallen in love with the landscape, been hypnotized by Vermont architecture, and even learned to appreciate Vermont's 'fifth season' - mud season.
    The change in pace from living in suburban Connecticut, surrounded by 24-hour stores, strip malls, and fast food joints, has inspired Bach to create work which draws people in and then inspires them to look around their own environment with a fresh eye, in a way a child might. She says, "From a child's perspective a stamp collection becomes an art gallery, a perfectly smooth pebble is a treasure, and a tidal pool contains a whole universe." Her kids have taught her to shift her point of view when photographing, to take a good look at where she is in the moment and focus on light, mood, movement and texture.
  For some, mud season is the ugliest season of the year. However, when Bach thinks of mud season, she knows its name is accurate and it does not disappoint, but she also sees that it has its own kind of aesthetic that can be found in the landscape's muted shades, bony texture, and revealed lines. "There is beauty in the depleted, bleak scenery that speaks of inner strength and stamina in overcoming the elements," she explains. She finds Vermonters' view of mud season endearing and explains this with a humorous analogy: "Vermonters' attitude towards mud-season is generally one of affectionate resignation, like the way you might feel when an old Auntie comes for her annual visit; she's slow, cantankerous, puts everyone out, even smells a bit, and pinches your cheek, but she's family."
  Like so many others, Bach is captured by the architecture of Vermont and how it reflects the ideals and ordeals of the lifestyle of those who live here. "The structures of Vermont give evident to an inner, fundamental strength to prevail," she says. "T he buildings are very much like the people who have built them; sturdy and made to stand the test of time - perhaps weathered on the facade but upheld by a tough New England frame." Bach has noticed a comparison between the people she has met and the buildings she photographs. She revels in the fact that just as the timbers support the weight of everything else that fleshes out a building, so do the individuals of the town give structure to the body of Vermont communities. To Bach, this is the real beauty of Vermont.
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.). www.cmacvt.org

Friday Night is Back at Neshobe Golf Club
Food, Folks & Fun! 
All are welcome!!

We want to let everyone know that Friday Night is Back at Neshobe Golf Club. Every Friday until further notice. We'll be fixing up a scrumptious dinner menu along with lighter fare that will vary from week to week. Grab your friends and neighbors and come in out of the cold for good times at the Nesh!

C'mon down!                              
 Rodney Bicknell
PGA Professional and 
Neshobe General Manager  

Brandon Music presents Zephyr
January 28, 7:30pm

The band features Susan Nop on keyboard, accordion, and lead vocals, Matthew Dickerson on guitar, bass, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals, Kathleen Smith on vocals and percussion, and Dutton Smith on violin, bass, percussion, and vocals. 
  The quartet knows how to tell a good story; they carry a strong narrative strain in their songs, reminiscent of songwriters like Pierce Pettis and Gillian Welch , and t hey focus on tight and interesting harmonies, and more than anything, a refreshing vulnerability, honesty, and passion. After a recent Zephyr performance, Chris MacIntosh of 88.1FM in New York said he was left with a feeling that "I just bathed in a cool mountain-fed spring." He says they are "refreshing and exhilarating at the same time, if you have a chance to see them, do not pass the opportunity by!!!"
 Matthew Dickerson and Susan Nop are the songwriting team behind Zephyr. Many of their songs have been recorded in Nashville with some of the top musicians of that music-rich city. Prior to his work with Zephyr, Dickerson received national radio airplay as a songwriter, bassist, and one of the original members of the blues band Deep Freyed. He is also the author of numerous books including a recent fantasy novel titled 'The Gifted' and a number of books about fly-fishing and ecology. 
  Susan Nop, who's soul-full and passionate vocals help give Zephyr its distinctive sound, has also performed as a classical pianist, though she has also fallen in love with the accordion. 
  Kathleen Smith, in addition to active work in local musical theatre, has performed with the acclaimed women's choral group Maiden Vermont. She adds her rich and tight harmonies and interesting rhythms to Zephyr, while her husband Dutton Smith, also a long-time well-known figure in the local musical theatre scene, brings additional harmonies while providing both lead violin solos and subtle background string textures, and trades off on the bass.
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

Reserve your space now for the Compass Arts & Crafts Sale
Are you an artist or crafter? The Compass Music and Arts Center, located in Brandon, will hold an Arts & Crafts Sale on January 28 from 10-2pm. Sell your supplies and handmade artwork or crafts and de-clutter your studio!
Supplies such as surplus yarn and fabric, used equipment, unopened kits, how-to books, unused art supplies and more are welcome. Finished 'seconds' or older artwork and crafts can also be sold at reduced prices.
$20 per space ($5 additional charge per table, if renting) for each 6'x6' selling space with a maximum of 3 spaces per seller. Spaces are limited. No commission is taken so price your items to sell. Send completed registration form and payment by check by Thursday, January 26th. Registration form is available online at www.cmacvt.org or by contacting 802-247-4295 or info@cmacvt.org.


Arts & Crafts Annual Sale at Compass
January 28 from 10-2pm

Once again the Compass Music and Arts Center is holding its popular winter season Arts & Crafts Sale. Artists and crafters, like anyone, tend to accumulate too much stuff. However, when their studios fill up, others benefit! The sale, to be held January 28 from 10-2pm, will offer supplies and handmade artwork or crafts at reduced prices.
At past events, shoppers could find anything from artist paper, frames, and paint kits, to fabric, used equipment, tools, and how-to books on various topics. Throw in finished artwork and crafts being sold at reduced prices, and you have a great opportunity to find a good deal on original art and handcrafted products, stock up on supplies, or discover a new hobby.
Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 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.).

Compass Treasure Chest
Open every day!!

We're delighted to announce the Compass Treasure Chest! Run by a group of local residents, the store is a unique co-op consignment shop. They sell and consign collectables, antiques, dishes, tools, furniture, jewelry, stamps, puzzles, books, toys, art items and much more! They will always be looking for more items and of course, always receiving new items, so stop in frequently to see what is new.

For more information or to inquire about consigning with them, contact Annie at 802-558-2663 or email compasstreasurechestconsign@gmail.com and follow them on Facebook.

Celebrate the good life with Brandon's own award-winning beer and wine.
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!

Enjoy the beer that others drive hundreds of miles for.
And don't forget, you can rent our tasting barn for private parties and special events.
 Follow us on Facebook and don't miss our latest release.
 Now open Sundays 11-4:00 !!
  Foley Brothers Brewing
Neshobe River Winery
Inn At Neshobe River
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.   247-8002  

The GRANARY at 29 Union Street, Brandon VT

This beautifully renovated, historic building contains 14 artist studios. The spacious studios have lots of natural light, great lighting, handicapped ramp, and parking. The community includes milliners, jeweler, graphic designer, painters, sculptors, photographer and Brandon Artist Guild. The GRANARY is located in the village of Brandon, walking distance to shops, restaurants and galleries. 

Available studios include:
Downstairs Studio
Upstairs Corner Studio with two rooms 
Upstairs Studio

Rents range from $325 - $350 per month ( all utilities included, except A/C).

Please forward to anyone who may be looking for space in Brandon. I look forward to discussing the available options and showing you the spaces. 
Please contact me at sjerome@visuallearningsys.com or 247-3214 or 683-8209.

43 Center Street- Highly visible on route 7, prime downtown Brandon retail space. 1,500 sq. ft. restored historical storefront with maple floors, high tin ceiling and windows over the Neshobe River. A couple of storage spaces and plenty of parking. Located next to Gourmet Provence Bakery.
Available immediately. Call Jim Leary @ 802-247-9595 or Nancy Leary @ 802-558-1444.

Get on board the successful Gateways
to Adventure promotion!
You can sponsor a page at any time,
for one full year, for only $25.00
Sponsor ALL eleven pages
for only $200.00  
Gateways to Adventure        Click here for a printable PDF   Sponsorship form

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 fo 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 www.vaceinsurance.com
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Welcome !!
2016 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

-Soaring Through Light- Tory Heatherly- 349-3543
-NFP Insurance- Liz Alvarado- 247-3176
-A Little Twisted Gallery- John Ruggerio & Lisa Fennimore- 289-4315
-Dubois & King-Jon Ashley-802-431-1422
- New 2 You Consignment Shop- Heather McDonough-247-9255
-Awesome Graphics-Michael & Tami Napolitano-773-6143
- Tom Ransom Plumbing & Heating-483-2934
-Margaret Donahue Fine Needlework- Peg Donahue-247-5953
-Good Earth Farm- Hannah Davidson- 310-8534
-Simple Systems of Vermont- Greg Smela- 458-0620
-Common Ground Restaurant & Pub-Erynn & Andy Doaner- 464-8010
-Upscale Resale-Leo and Penny Larocque, Jill and Tim Comes, Mary & Tim Shields- 324-0613
-The Little House-A Vacation Home- Kerrie Quinn & Russ McColman- 247-2770

Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area and gain great exposure for you business!
Just click here for an application and rates.  
We also have many Individual Members -- what a great way to support a local non-profit and all the great things we do in our town. (Individual/couples memberships are only $50/year)

Nancy & Larry Rowe- Sudbury

Next Chamber Meeting
 January 16th, 2017 will be our next meeting!   

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.