July 2016
Chamber Newsletter
Info and happenings in our Chamber and town!

Check out Brandon featured
in the July/August issue of
"Vermont Magazine"
Available at Book and Leaf

Be sure to pick up a copy and enjoy a nice article about our town with lots of great pictures!
As Bill Moore so nicely stated in the piece, "Brandon has a high quality of life, and I guess we all are its cheerleaders!"

It's Back!!!  Mark your calendar for the big event of the year!!

Tuesday, July 19th-4pm the gavel falls!
- Preview at 2pm- under the tent in Central Park!

Bring your family and friends to Brandon on Tuesday, July 19th for the
28th Annual Great Brandon Auction sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Community Projects of the Chamber.
The Auction offers antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, services,
original art, and more; surprises and treasures from attics and barns.
Also lots of gift certificates to dozens of state and local businesses incl. restaurants, museums, fuel oil, massages, dinner for eight at a beautiful Inn and more and more.
New merchandise from many local businesses. Other donations include dressers, beds, tools, art, chairs, bookshelves, gardening items. Great items for dorms and apartments. Original art work from many of Brandon's famed artists. Household goods and furnishings including collectibles, books, kitchen gadgets, childrens items, box lots, and much more. And of course our usual selection of interesting and eclectic items.
Food Available by Brandon Lions Club
Bring your chair, family, friends. Rain or Shine. Under the Tent.
Vermont State Sales Tax of 6% will apply to all
purchases excluding gift certificates.
Resellers - You will be required to sign an exemption form -Bring Your Number!
Terms: cash or good check
For more info call 247-6401 or log onto www.brandon.org 

Great Brandon Auction 2009                       

Beer, Wine and Music festival in Central Park

 Adding one more event making Brandon one of the most enjoyable places to spend a summer evening, MainStreet is proud to launch our first Beer, Wine and Music festival in Central Park from 7PM until 9PM on the evening of July 20th.
 Organized by the Foleys - father and sons - the event will offer samples from The Foley Brothers Brewery, Champlain Orchards Cidery, Neshobe River Winery, and Upper Pass Beer Company. Tastings will be $2.00 and poured beer and products will be available for sale as well.
Coinciding with the new successful Summer Concert format, the evening will also feature the music of Red Hot Juba- Blisterin' Hot Countrified Jazz and Green Mountain Swing courtesy of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.
 Food will be available from Brandon's American Legion Post 55. There will be a tent in case of inclement weather so rain or shine this promises to be a very pleasant evening.
 This is MainStreet's first attempt at such a festival and it is hoped it will be successful enough for it to become an annual event.

Yard Sale Day is Saturday, August 6th!!
Sign up now and start getting your goodies and treasures together to tempt the thousands of people who'll travel our streets!

Every year, thousands of people descend upon Brandon for its Annual Yard Sale Day. This year the event will be held on August 6 and lots of folks have already registered. After last year's sale day, one seller had this to say, "I had a very successful day. I had people who came looking for me based on the enhanced listing on the map and several who mentioned the website. I think the fee to participate is very reasonable and I'm happy to pay it and let you take care of the advertising."
For a fee of $7, sellers get their name and address on the official map. $15 will buy an enhanced listing, which gets the seller an extra 25 words to describe specialty items that will grab buyers attention, and increase your traffic flow! Another seller had this to say last year, "We had a great day! A steady stream of shoppers from the time we set up till we decided it was over late afternoon."
A registration form can be found in this week's Reporter or on-line at www.Brandon.org        Registration deadline is July 31.
Sponsored by your Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce.
Contact at info@brandon.org  or call 802-247-6401 for more info.
click here for registration form 2016

Brandon Chamber Summer Concert Series
Music in the Park- new and improved!!
Nine Concerts- every Wednesday in July & August 2016 at 7:00pm

Brandon's Central Park will be the site of a free concert for our community. We have an eclectic line-up of bands on tap, and will be hosting food vendors. Come on out and relax with some quality music and comfort food with your friends and neighbors. So much fun for all! make this part of your summer routine.
-The Michele Fay Band
Original and Americana music - a comfortable groove of folk, swing, and bluegrass
Wednesday, July 6th   
-Brandon Town Band
Wednesday, July 13th
-Red Hot Juba
Blisterin' Hot Countrified Jazz and Green Mountain Swing
Wednesday, July 20th
-Snake Mountain Bluegrass
A Great Mix of Traditional and More Modern Bluegrass
Wednesday, July 27th
-Brandon Town Band
Wednesday, August 3rd
-Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen
Some of the Best Blues Vermont has to offer
Wednesday, August 10th
-Moose Crossing
Classy & Energetic mix of Classic and Contemporary Jazz
Wednesday, August 17th
-Phinaes Gage
Vermont's pherocious pholkgospel grassicana band
Wednesday, August 24 th
-Tintype Gypsies
A volatile combination of music makers offering up American folk punk
Wednesday, August 31st

We need your help! We're having trouble staffing the museum for just a couple shifts per week, and could use some fill-in subs to cover days when the regular volunteers have conflicts.

Please think about joining us for a one shift per week through October.

Volunteers needed- only a couple shifts still open, call if you can help.
The Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace

 The Brandon Museum has started another season. The museum is open from mid May and runs 7 days a week until mid October. The museum makes history and information available to locals and visitors alike.
If you have an interest in the town and its roots keep us in mind and why not donate a couple of hours per week. We have two daily shifts of 2.5 hours from 11:00am-4:00pm. If you don't like being alone and want company feel free to pair up and volunteer with a friend! Contact Museum Steward Dan Celik at 247-3888 to join the Brandon history team at the Brandon Museum for a fun summer season.
The museum keeps Brandon's history alive by sharing and promoting our town and surrounding areas with the many visitors. We have hundreds of visitors come through our door asking for directions, looking for a place to stay and eat and enjoying the museum! Our museum and community room is a special place and is a great local resource.

Town Hall- Brandon
  Your center for exciting entertainment and events in 2016! Take a peek at what's coming up this summer and fall and start to mark your calendar so you don't miss a thing!!
See the attached pdf listing and print it to refer to throughout the season. 

J uly 2016 
  Friday, July 15, Concert by Students of Camp Point Counterpoint...7:00 pm. Free Will Donation. A concert by the very talented students from the Advanced Chamber Music Program is a performance not to be missed. Located on the shores of Lake Dunmore, Point Counterpoint combines a serious chamber music program with a traditional camp experience. Students range in age from 11-18 and come to Point Counterpoint from all over the country. This is a benefit for the Brandon Town Hall. Sponsored by, Ben & Claudette Lawton, Warren & Lorraine Kimble, Judith & George Reilly
Saturday, July 16, Silent Movie...Harold Lloyd in "A Sailor Made Man" (1921)...7:00 pm. Free Will Donation. An evening of uproarious comedies with the feature film starring bespectacled Harold Lloyd, the silent era's most popular box office star. Join Harold as he mistakenly joins the U.S.Navy, then ships out to foreign lands just in time to rescue his vacationing girlfriend from the clutches of an evil potentate. Get ready for the whole family to have a great time. Sponsored by, Pam & Steve Douglass.
Wednesday, July 20, Rutland's Encore Theater Presents "Look Out Olympics, Here Comes Zeus"
6:30 pm. Tickets, Adults...$3, Seniors, Students, Military...$2. Students in grades 7-12 develop plays which involve the audience in assisting the characters in finding a happy ending. The story will revolve around the Olympics and Greek gods who become involved in the Olympics. The audience participation will include games the audience can play and receive Olympic style awards. Sponsored by, Chris Russ
Saturday, July 23, L.C. Jazz Dance Band....8:00 pm. Tickets, Adults...$8, Couples...$14, Seniors, Students, Military...$7. L.C.Jazz is a 17 piece volunteer Big Band with a mission, have a great time, play fantastic music and support continuing music education of area students through scholarships. Come dance or just listen as this classic big band brings on the "swing". This is a benefit performance for the Town Hall and the L.C. Jazz Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by, Nancy & Walter Salzman, Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engines, Inc., Jim & Lyn DesMarias, Fred & Louise Zimmer
Friday, July 29th & Saturday, July 30th...7:30 pm. Sunday, July 31st...2:00 pm.  Shakespeare On Main St. presents "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" By Tom Stoppard... Shakespeare on Main Street will present 3 performances of "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard, on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are Adults...$18, Youth (18 & Under)..$12, and can be purchased at Carr's Florist & Gifts or at the door. How do you combine Laurel & Hardy, "Who's on First," and Shakespeare? Tom Stoppard did it brilliantly with his 1966 play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." This is one of the themes of the play: if life were a play, most of us would be minor characters in it. While we may call ourselves "masters of our domains" when we think about how many things in our lives over which we actually have control, it is not a long list, especially when it comes to our imminent death. Join us for a frolicking romp where reality and illusion intermix, and word play abounds.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

 Brandon Artists Guild summer show, "Solids and Surfaces"
Opening reception for Solids and Surfaces is Friday, July 1, 5 to 7pm, and will be on exhibit through August 30th.

The Brandon Artists Guild summer show, "Solids and Surfaces", celebrates the natural environment with a presentation of handcrafted furniture by Richard Haver and painted landscapes by Grace Mellow. In two and three-dimensions, these artists combine dynamic form with rich surfaces, each in their own way.
Richard's furniture makes the most of beautiful woods, imaginative layouts, and curves and angles. A merger of Nigerian satinwood burl with yellow heart and a touch of sapele make for a one-of-a-kind table. The use of veneers and solid woods allow for spectacular layouts: book-matches, reverse diamonds, and sunbursts are possible with veneer but would warp and split with solid lumber. Tired of right angles? You'll be hard pressed to find many here. Legs that sweep, aprons that arch, and tabletop edges that put you ahead of the curve abound.
Furniture like you've not seen before!

One of the newest members of the Brandon Artist Guild, Grace Mellow paints landscape and still life from observation. Grace has rediscovered the love of painting after a career of graphic design, and puts her whole heart and energy into this fresh work. Her paintings combine lively brushstrokes and rich color to depict scenes from the garden and forest. The result is an active painterly surface that celebrates the tangle of the natural environment with verve and exuberance.

Brandon Music presents the Peter and Will Anderson Trio
Brandon Music on July 16 at 7:30pm

"Virtuosos on both clarinet and saxophone" (New York Times),   Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary set of brothers performing music today. They are known for their exciting arrangements of jazz classics and fresh original music. Since being recognized internationally as teenagers, the twins have attended New York's Julliard and have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, and Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, among others.Along with guitarist Alex Wintz, the trio performs at Brandon Music on July 16 at 7:30pm.
  The New York Post says the Andersons perform "toe-tapping, heart-lifting jazz" and e ven the renowned Quincy Jones has praise for the brothers: "You dudes are the future! You all have made my soul smile, and you made a 78 year-old ex-be-bopper smile like a fox eatin' sauerkraut."
  Peter and Will's 2012 release, ' Correspondence' features Kenny Barron and was listed in  Vanity Fair  magazine alongside Miles Davis in  "Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz."   Most recently, Peter and Will were featured on JAZZIZ Magazine's Winter 2014 CD Soundtrack. Their recent release, ' Reed Reflections' , was called by the  Washington Post,   "imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes." Their newest album, ' Déjà vu ',   features Albert "Tootie" Heath, and was called  "a burner that reveals the band's cohesiveness and spirit"   by Mike Joyce in JazzTimes .  
  The bothers have appeared with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Wycliffe Gordon Septet. Their ensemble has performed in over 35 U.S. States, toured Japan, and were featured four times in NYC's famed "Highlights in Jazz" series, alongside legends Lou Donaldson, Paquito D'Rivera, and the Heath Brothers.  As guest clinicians, Peter and Will have visited Temple University, Xavier University, University of Central Oklahoma, Florida State University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University and others.
  This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.  
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.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

Writers Read: Remembering Old Vermont: Kathleen McKinley Harris, Roma Mortensen, David Quesnel
  and Open MIC for poets and prose writers
Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM  
Book & Leaf Bookstore is presenting three authors, Kathleen McKinley Harris, Roma Mortensen and David Quesnel for its July 21st Writers Read series. All three are life-long residents of Vermont with great memories and stories to share in both poetry and prose. There will also be an Open MIC for poets and prose writers (five minute maximum). Come and enjoy great presentations and conversation, and of course, complimentary tea, coffee and sweets!
  Kathleen McKinley Harris is a poet and historian who is currently editor of the Chittenden County Historical Society Bulletin and copy editor for the Vermont Farm Bureau quarterly. Her love of Vermont infuses her life and interests. McKinley Harris' children's book, The Wonderful Hay Tumblewas published by William Morrow, Jr., reviewed by Publishers Weekly, and took her to presentations all over Vermont. Her poem, "Bear Fear," won the 1999 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Award. Her family hailed from Stowe and she has dedicated her life to teaching, writing, acting and directing and enriching the cultural life of Vermont in countless ways. She is one of the original members of Otter Creek Poets. Her writing has been widely published and she will be reading from her collection of Vermont poems.
  Roma Mortensen was raised on a farm in Cornwall, Vermont, and began keeping a diary in fifth grade, which over the years, developed into verse. In addition to a career in nursing and massage, she has raised three boys with her husband of fifty years. They started the Shader Croft Band seven years ago. Mortensen has published her poetry in Reflections, Touchstones, and Insight, among others. She is a member of Otter Creek Poets and is currently working on a manuscript of poetry exploring childhood adventures with parents and new perspectives gained as each parent ages and passes on. Her reading will be drawn from this collection of insightful poems entitled The Unclear Pool of Remember.
David Quesnel is a true Vermonter and storyteller who spent his early childhood living on a dirt road in Whiting, Vermont. He has hiked the length of Vermont, biked the length of Vermont and has visited every town in Vermont while doing the 251 Club with his grandsons. David has spent much of his life in the Vermont woods - hiking, hunting, fishing, trapping, snow shoeing and his attempts at golf had him in the woods more than the fairways. It was while growing up on a dirt road and spending his days in the nearby woods that he developed his appreciation for our Vermont Landscape and its people, and it is these experiences that inspired GrandPaw's Memoirs: Growing Up on a Dirt Road, a thoroughly entertaining collection which immortalizes "Old Vermont."
Please join us for a reading and tea at the Book & Leaf. Bring your prose or poems to the Open MIC. Support your local talent and keep expanding our community of lovers of the written word.
  Kathleen McKinley Harris is a graduate of Middlebury College and has a master's in English from Case Western Reserve University. She has attended the Breadloaf Writers' Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. William Morrow, Jr. published her children's book, The Wonderful Hay Tumble, in 1988. Her poem, "Bear Fear," won the 1999 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Award. Her poems have been published in Vermont Ink, Snowy Egret, Potato Eyes, Willard & Maple VIII, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Bulletin, Vermont Life, Blueline; she is the 1999 third place winner in The Comstock Review poetry contest and was a finalist in the 2001 Sow's Ear Poetry Review's Contest. She is the editor of Craig Burt's memoir, We Lived in Stowe (2003). She is presently the editor of the Chittenden County Historical Society Bulletin, a quarterly, and copy editor of the Vermont Farm Bureau quarterly, Fences.
  Roma Mortensen was born and raised on a farm in Cornwall, Vermont. Despite a busy life in nursing, massage therapy and parenting, she has always found time to write. She has collaborated and presented in the Vermont Poet Artist Collaboration of the Women's Caucus for Art, and has written poems inspired by watching the Ketch Dance Company of Main Street Dance Theatre  of Burlington, VT. She presented the poems to choreographers, dancers and Judith Dunn Lackowski, the artistic director of Summerdance. She has published in Reflections, Touchstones, A Sampling, and Firehouse 29, among others. She is currently a member of the Shader Croft Band, which she started with her husband, and is preparing to publish her first book of poetry, The Unclear Pool of Remember.
  David Quesnel was born at Porter Hospital in Middlebury and grew up in Whiting, VT. As typical of Vermonters he has made a living performing a variety of jobs. He has been a baker, a builder and a bartender, he has made maple syrup, milked cows and put up hay, plowed and shoveled snow, mowed lawns, caddied for golfers, delivered newspapers and delivered appliances. He has managed and maintained weather based advertising kiosks at ski areas throughout the USA, he has provided property management and maintenance for second home-owners, along with project management and construction consulting. As a natural storyteller, he has gathered many of his childhood memories in the book, GrandPAW'S Memoirs: Growing up on a Dirt Road, which he has been presenting at readings throughout the state.
Contact: B. Amore (amoreb@earthlink.net)    Joanne Errick (joanneerrick@optonline.net)

Snake Mountain Bluegrass at Brandon Music
  July 23 at 7:30pm

Brandon Music welcomes back Snake Mountain Bluegrass on July 23 at 7:30pm. This fun and energetic group is extremely popular and always sells out in Brandon. Snake Mountain's "toe-tapping tunes combine the best of modern and traditional bluegrass", according to Seven Days, with harmonies and songs that vary in tempo from "breakdown" to ballad. They are known for their vocal, instrumental, and original songwriting talents , plus a great sense of humor and onstage banter.
Retired Middlebury College Professor, Gregg Humphrey, and Middlebury construction company owner, Mike Connor, formed Snake Mountain Bluegrass about thirty years ago. At the time, both Humphrey (guitar and vocals) and Connor (banjo and vocals) were living near Snake Mountain and someone asked them what style of bluegrass they played. "Snake Mountain Bluegrass," was their immediate response and the name has been theirs ever since. They are joined by Earle Provin (mandolin and resophonic guitar) and Mike Boise (bass). Boise is a house painter and owns and operates Union Street Audio Studio in Brandon, while Provin is a graphic artist living in Poultney.
Mike Connor will be playing guitar on several songs with Mike Boise singing lead vocals for songs such as "Green, Green Grass of Home" and "Mr. Spaceman." Gregg Humphrey leads on some of the more traditional tunes such as "Fox on the Run."
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.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

'Angels and Archangels' Class at the Compass Music and Arts Center
Saturday, July 30 from 1-4pm.

Connect and communicate with Angels at the 'Angels and Archangels' class with Joanne Trucker of 'Inspired', the new Angel Shop in the Compass Music and Arts Center. Meet your Guardian Angel, the Archangels and other members of your spiritual "team". Gain a clearer understanding of the presence and role of Angels in your life. The class will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 1-4pm.
  Participants will:
  • Learn how to work with their Guardian Angel
  • Lean about the twelve main Archangels; their specialties, associated colors and crystals
  • Learn how to communicate with Angels and recognize Angelic messages
  • Create an Angel Box, where you can turn all of your cares and worries over to the Angels!
  After the unexpected, devastating loss of her beloved mother in June 2013, Joanne sought a deeper understanding of all things related to the spiritual and angelic realms. She has since taken numerous classes, participated in many workshops and read a multitude of books! Joanne has been a Certified Angel Card reader for three years. She has completed the Level I course on Angelology at the PSYCHE Institute for Higher Learning in Connecticut and will be attending the Level II class in August. She is also a member of the International Society of Angels.
  Class fee is $50. This includes all materials (handouts, Angel box supplies), a free gift and a 20% off coupon for an Angel Card reading. Light refreshments will also be served.
Note: Please do not wear perfume but do wear comfortable clothing. Come with an open heart and mind!
  Limit: 8 participants. Registration deadline: Thursday, July 28. Register before July 25 and save $5 ($45). Call 802-747-7135 to register or with questions. Please send a check to Joanne Trucker c/o Compass Music and Arts Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, VT 05733.
  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.). www.cmacvt.org  

Brandon Music welcomes back Britt Connors and Bourbon Renewal
July 30 at 7:30pm.

"Y'all-Ternative music" is what Britt Connors and Bourbon Renewal have dubbed their subset of Americana music, crossing over genres from blues to folk to jazz to rock. The Boston-based artists have received high praise with the Boston Herald saying, Connors "evokes a young Patty Larkin in her vocal quality and is blessed with a similar eclectic style. Her pitch perfect voice and smartly written songs show amazing versatility in a broad range of styles." Connors performs at Brandon Music on July 30 at 7:30pm.
The singer/songwriter's talented band, Bourbon Renewal was put together for her latest album
'Warmer Season'. The tight ensemble, well-steeped in a wide range of American music, is made up of some of Boston's most in-demand musicians: John Funkhouser on keys and backup vocals, Greg Loughman on bass and backup vocals, and Mike Connors on drums.
'Warmer Season' includes clapping, foot-stomping, a horn section, and even some whistling, leading the group to identify their style of music as "Y'all-Ternative". Connors' acclaimed debut album 'The Bad Side of Good' (recorded under her maiden name "Britt Sawdon") presents insightful lyrics and captivating melodic tunes, many of which she now performs with refreshed Bourbon Renewal arrangements. Working towards their next album, Connors and the band will premiere a collection of new songs at the Brandon Music concert.
DJ Joltin' Joe Pszonek of Radio Nowhere 90.3 in New Jersey describes Connors as someone who "draws you in with folky charm and then sucker punches you with her amazing pipes!"

For the past decade, Connors has been honing her craft as a songwriter while building a loyal following and performing at some of the top venues in the Boston area, including Club Passim, Johnny D's, Toad Cambridge, plus venues throughout New England and as far as Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.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

The Effects of Birdsong on Shifting Strata:
Paintings and Poems by Tom Merwin and the Artists of the Forty-Seven Main Street Group
The group will present their thought-provoking paintings and poems at the Compass Music and Arts Center from August 5-27.

Well known Castleton artist Tom Merwin has a passion: supporting people who have mental health issues. Merwin recognizes the therapeutic, as well as the creative power, of art as an expressive tool and knows that the creative arts can open ourselves to inner depths of expression and imagery. The finished work can then often act as a strong communication tool for the rest of the world.
  Tom Merwin established the group known as the 'Artists of the Forty-Seven Main Street Group", comprised of individuals with various challenges, offering them the use of his own studio to paint in an environment described by Vincent Van Gogh as a "universal and healing communion of art". The group will present their thought-provoking paintings and poems at the Compass Music and Arts Center from August 5-27.
 An opening reception will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 1:00-3:00pm.
  The exhibit, which is titled 'The Effects of Birdsong on Shifting Strata', combines visual arts with poetry and showcases the outcomes of this distinctive collaboration between Merwin and the Forty-Seven Main Street Group. When discussing some of the difficulties faced by those diagnosed with mental health issues, Merwin states that "we hope to mirror your reflection with ours on the surface of poetry and painting".
  As many know, the Compass Music and Arts Center resides in what used to be the Brandon Training School, a facility which housed and cared for people with mental and physical disabilities for almost 80 years. The former exhibit 'Remembering the Brandon Training School' opened many visitors' eyes to the daily experiences of those with significant physical and mental health issues. The Compass Music and Arts Center, as an inclusive community resource, welcomes this new exhibit as a way of continuing to support the ongoing movement to integrate in our community and give value to those with mental and physical challenges.
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.).      www.cmacvt.org

Village Spa would like you to take a look at the gift certificate "Chocolate Spa Sampler"
Heather and the Village Spa Gang are trying something a little new!

Click on this link to see what it's all about!!  Chocolate Spa Sampler

My 2016 Woodstock Rug Collection 
 is Now Available at the
Judith Reilly Gallery
24 Conant Square (Rte. 7), Brandon

My latest designs for the Woodstock Rug Collection, hooked rugs
I design for Chandler 4 Corners, are now available at my Gallery
and in retail outlets nationwide.
Chandler 4 Corners is a family-owned home accessories company in Manchester, Vermont. The entire Woodstock Collection can be seen at chandler4corners.com . On the home page choose the "Shop Collections" Category, then select "Woodstock".
Here are three of over a dozen new rugs I designed this year...
In addition to the rugs my fiber artwork originals, prints, cards, and accessories can be purchased in my gallery. My artwork is also available at the Brandon Artists Guild in the center of town.
The July/August issue of Victoria Magazine , a women's lifestyle publication, is on the newsstand now and available in my Gallery. I'm featured in an article and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. It's an honor to be in this beautiful magazine.
The Judith Reilly Gallery is now open for the season which continues until Christmas.
Our normally scheduledhoursare12-5 pm Fridays and Saturdays, but please call or email to visit other times. We're happy to welcome you whenever we can.
                                    802) 247-8421      Judith@JudithReilly.com      www.Judithreilly.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.

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

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  

An Artful Journey continues as members of the Brandon Artists Guild and the community offer opportunities for you to create. This year instead of creating works of art for our art education fundraiser, we are offering art classes so others can experience the joy of creating. 

Donations will be made to 9 area schools. Sponsors are welcome.

Acrylic & Collage Class   Mary Fran Lloyd, Instructor
July 17, 2016 (Sunday), 1 - 3:30pm   $45
Enjoy a fun class! Wear your "painting clothes", a smile, and a heart full of creative excitement. Become a child with a new toy & enjoy! Everything else will be there for you to relax, create and just have fun.   
Mary Fran loves designing & brilliant colors! By "abstracting" realism, she focuses more on the design process. The colors just seem to come about! By adding collage, a whole new world opens up! With the tearing of paper, rough edges represent the imperfections of life that contribute to "normalcy", creating an element of surprise and freedom of expression. What is particularly important & of most interest to her is sharing the simple everyday life experiences and feelings about such things, through art. For questions contact Mary Fran at maryfranart@aol.com      Adults age 18 and over. Class size: 14 Maximum. Register at the BAG or phone in with a credit card.
More workshops are listed on the BAG web site!
All classes will be held at the Granary, 29 Union St., Brandon, VT   
Call the BAG at 802-247-4956
Visit the BAG at 7 Center St. Brandon, VT

Neshobe Golf Club-course in superb condition!
Rated the #1 value in Vermont by the New England Golf Guide

Neshobe Golf Club has also been included in the Top 100 of the Best Public Golf Values in New England. Neshobe provides an enjoyable experience for both expert golfers and those with higher handicaps. Our par-72 Championship course affords beautiful mountain views in all directions. Come and see why players rave about the conditions and our 18 distinctive holes providing a variety of challenges to all facets of the game.

Neshobe Golf Club also features a full-service restaurant and bar. Guests may enjoy chef-prepared food and beverages on our covered porch overlooking six of our holes.
The large dining room can accommodate parties, meetings, weddings and golf outings for large groups.

The full service pro shop features the latest in apparel and equipment. Our PGA Professional and 2011 Vermont PGA Player of the Year, Rodney Bicknell, offers lessons either on-course or on our full-size range-all open to the public. Our staff truly goes "the extra mile" to make your Neshobe experience a memorable one Call for a tee time now. 
     http://neshobe.com/               802-247-3611      neshobegolf@comcast.net

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 milliner, 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. Rents range from $325 - $485 per month ( all utilities included).

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.

New small business solar plan from SunCommon
Zero down - 2.99% financing

The sun is out and I've got good news to share...
 We are rolling out a new small business solar program that we are really excited about. Since SunCommon launched we've struggled with being able to help small business owners who are interested in solar. In large part that was driven by the need for good solar finance solutions. We've solved that, and now we can help businesses contribute to a healthy environment and safer world through solar. 
If you want to help your business or place of work go solar and save money you can get started here.
 As you know, SunCommon has thousands of small solar installations across Vermont, more than any other Vermont company. Now we want to use that expertise to help more small businesses, the heart of the Vermont economy, go solar. Our new, zero down - 2.99% financing will help do just that, saving businesses 10-30% on their electric bill and helping our environment. 
We will only be able to complete a limited number of these projects before the incentives drop next year. Please help your business or your friend's business sign up this year while we have this great new financing and incentives are strong!

Cheers!   James Moore-Co Founder     jmoore@suncommon.com

  The Board of Civil Authority of the Town of Brandon has moved the polling place from Neshobe School to the Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square.
Elections (Australian ballot) will take place in the basement of the Brandon Town Hall, entered on the north (left facing) side of the building.
The Vermont Primary Election on August 9, 2016 and the General Election on November 8, 2016 will take place at the new location Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square
Future Town Meetings (March) will occur upstairs in the Brandon Town Hall on Monday evenings, with Australian balloting in the basement on Tuesdays.

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.

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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

Please Practice Polite Parking :)
Be aware of your fellow businesses and their needs.

We all have to be aware of parking by our employees in the downtown. Try to park off the main streets when possible, and if you park out front before other businesses open, try to move your vehicle after regular hours kick in.
 There's lots of off-street parking so take advantage of it when you can.
Remember we're here for hours working, but our customers are only popping in for a short time, so let's make it easy and convenient for them to shop and support all of our businesses.

Thanks for making it easier for all of our customers.

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, Vision & Life packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at www.vaceinsurance.com
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Meet our newest  Chamber businesses!
Our latest addition to the Chamber family.

NFP Insurance
Lizbeth Alvarado
22B Park St.
Brandon, VT 05733
A Little Twisted Gallery
Jamie Ruggerio & Lisa Fennimore
7 Carver St.
Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-2731  cell- 802-289-4315
New 2 You Consignment Shop
Heather McDonough
47 Center St.
Brandon, VT 05733


DuBois & King Inc.  (Engineering Services)
Jon Ashley, PE
25 Union St.
Brandon, VT 05733

Welcome !!
2016 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

-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)

NEW INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS 2016- who will be our first in 2016?   Maybe you ??

Next Chamber Meeting
Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 6:30
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.