July 2019

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Go to  brandonbuilds.com  for construction info

The first of 9 great FREE summer concerts starts tonight

Special treat for  concert goers!  A FREE barbecue starts at 6:00pm. Compliments of the Youth Works team that has been coming to town the last few years and volunteering time and energy to help us all out! They will be providing the barbecue for the first 4 concerts, through July 24th!!

What a great way to kick off the exciting Brandon Independence Day weekend! 
Yummy barbecue, friends and neighbors and great music. 
Head on over to the bucolic lawns behind the Brandon Inn and relax on a perfect Vermont summer evening!

Brandon Independence Day Celebration-Celebrate the Fourth of July at Brandon's 43rd Annual Independence Day Celebration 

Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th, 2019.

Friday, July 5th
The fun begins Friday at the family friendly Street Dance from 5 PM-10 PM with music for all ages by DJ Jam Man Entertainment. There will be food & fun for all in Seminary Park (Just around the corner & up the hill from Town Offices & Town Hall). Off street parking available. FREE shuttles every ½ hr from Rite Aid, Post Office & American Legion.

Saturday, July 6th
The fun moves North to Park Village Complex (Route 7 North of Brandon) with activities and events ALL DAY LONG:

The best Independence Day PARADE likely to be found
anywhere in the State starts at 10:00 AM -
Arrive by 9:30 AM- roads will close for the parade.

*Annual Silent Auction - (Gym bldg) Wide variety of items for all ages including day passes to VT attractions, gift baskets, a host of local options for lodging, locally made artwork, gift certificates for restaurants, services and local events & more. Come bid from 9 - 10 AM and 11 AM - 3 PM

*Expanded Free Family Activities following the parade: includes tug of war, 3 legged race splat the rat, flamingo ring toss, pool noodle throw game, giant foot race, traditional ring toss, giant pong, skeeball, plinko, giant kerplunk, dunk tank, bounce house, mini pond fishing game! 11:30 AM - 3 PM

*   Variety of vendors and food 9 AM - 3 PM, 4:30 - 9:30 PM

*   Live music with concert by Moose Crossing following the parade

*   4th Annual L'il Debbie Swiss Roll eating contest - Open Youth and Adult Divisions! FREE 12:30 PM

*   Karaoke with Tenacious T after the live Music 1:30 PM - 3 PM

*   The Nifty Thrifty Community Supper - (Gym bldg) Buffet BBQ Tickets only $5 & limited to first 100! 5-7PM    

*   DJ Jam Man spinning family favorites 6PM - Fireworks!

* FIREWORKS display at Dusk. Join us for a spectacular display by NorthStar Fireworks!
Plenty of onsite parking (including handicap accessible) PLUS convenient FREE shuttles from downtown running ALL DAY LONG

-Want to be in the Parade? Walk or Ride, ALL groups are welcome Parade Applications available at the Brandon Free Public Library and Brandon Town Offices.
-Want to be a VENDOR? Contact Jean Lamarre 802-247-8179, or jlamarre@rmhsccn.org 
-Businesses with an item to donate to Silent Auction? Contact Bobbie Torstenson 
at b_torstenson@comcast.net
-General Questions? Contact Bill Moore bmoore@townofbrandon.com or 802-247-3635 OR Debbie Boyce bidcc@yahoo.com or 802-345-0056
-LOOKING for VOLUNTEERS! Come join the Team. We need people to help with 2-3 hour shifts from 9 AM-11PM Free T-Shirts for volunteers!
Go to the Facebook page for updates: Brandon Independence Day Parade or Brandon Chamber of Commerce website: brandon.org     

Brandon, Vermont
Help is needed to make the inaugural Cornhole Championship a success. 100+ teams are need to make this work and allow it to continue for years to come. 
You all know how to play the game, grab a buddy, a family member or a spouse and signup today!!
Great food, raffles, fun competition and maybe you'll win some dough!!  
We need your help to make this work as an annual event here in Brandon. 

You also can join in and be one of the founding sponsors of this fun new event in Brandon!!
Check out the sponsor options by clicking here!!

Brandon Summer Concert Series
"Music at the Riverbend"

2019 Fundraiser reminder!

Wasn't last summer a blast? Let's do it all over again! Thanks to your support in 2018, we
enjoyed nine wonderful Wednesday summer evenings of locally-sourced music, popcorn, and,
most importantly, each other's company, on the lawn behind the Brandon Inn. (We did move
into the spacious ballroom for a few rainy-forecast nights, at the request of the musicians.)

2019 brings another great line-up, of some new and some familiar bands. Still every Wednesday
in July and August at 7 PM. The community musicians of the Brandon Town Band will offer a
pre-concert concert at 6 PM on July 10, July 24, and August 7. Such a lot of fun.

Thanks to the generosity of Sarah and Louis Pattis, we'll be out on the expansive and traffic-free
lawn behind the Brandon Inn. The Neshobe River will be lolling along behind us, and the
children will be playing within sight but not earshot. All aspects of the venue are being donated
to our community as they have been since our 2016 relaunch.

Downtown eateries will be open and several will be offering concert-night specials: a great
chance to patronize our local businesses during the construction season. The inn will have onsite
beer and wine for sale at each concert (no BYOB per state liquor regulations). Let the kids
run around while you relax on your lawn chair or picnic blanket. A web page with more
information, including the band line-up, is at brandon.org under "Events".

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will again provide foundation funding, and our
headline sponsors have been approached to contribute as they have so generously in the past.

We are also excited to be raising funds to build a permanent band shell/pavilion to shelter the
bands on those evenings when the forecast is iffy but we concertgoers still want to be outside!
So what do you think? Can we count on you, too? Your
support will be recognized on print advertising and at each
concert. Suggested levels of support are:
$25+ Friend $50+ Patron $100+ Sponsor

If you've already donated, many, many thanks!
If not please think about a little something, it all adds up!
By sponsoring live music  for our community, you keep our community alive.

Sincerely,  Stacey Doucette, Seth Hopkins, Bill Moore, Alyssa Zollman, Wade Davis
Brandon Summer Concert Series Committee

Please send your donation to:
BACC, P O Box 267 Brandon VT 05733
or make a secure online donation at the EVENTS/Summer Concert Series page of brandon.org

Brandon Farmer's Market NEWS
Summer/fall  2019

Friday July 5 the Brandon Farmers Market will have different hours: 2 to 6pm.  You asked for it, you got it!  

Come support your local Market at Estabrook Park.  
We return to normal hours next week but every first Friday of the next 3 months will be 2 to 6pm.  Questions?  Contact Wendy Cijka at 273-2655 or cijka4@gmail.com

Mark your calendar and make 
your plans!!
The 31st Great Brandon Chamber Auction is Tuesday, July 16th!

4 pm Estabrook Park, 1 mile north of town on 
Rte 7; preview at 2 pm  Look for the tents.
Bring your family and friends to Brandon on Tuesday, July 17th for the 31st  Annual Great Brandon Auction sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce to support our great local businesses and 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 and much 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, children's items and box lots. And of course our usual selection of interesting and eclectic items, including items from the Brandon Museum at the Stephen Douglas Birthplace.
Food Available by Brandon Lions Club
Bring your chair, family & friends. Rain or Shine. Under the Tent at Estabrook Park!!
Vermont State Sales Tax of 7% 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

Donations needed- contact  us today!

 Please think of us as you clean out, perk up and sort out. We'll pick up good quality items. You'll feel great and we'll continue to promote our great little village and help all our friends and neighbors!! 
We appreciate all the support that our community has provided with their donations over the years. 

Call and let us know what you have for us to pick up. It is respectfully requested that donations NOT be: clothes, electronics/appliances, mattresses, metal desks, books/encyclopedias, entertainment centers, exercise equipment, or items that are not in good condition (these items haven't sold over the years and it increases costs of the fundraiser for trash removal)

* Pick ups can be arranged by contacting Brian Coolidge at 345-8961 Bernie at 247-3744 or email  info@brandon.org

 If you don't have any items to donate, think about purchasing a gift certificate from one of Brandon's great businesses! You'll help out a neighbor and the Chamber!
We already have some very interesting and exciting items for this year's big event.  Watch this newsletter for more info!

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

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

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

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

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

MNFF Presents The Testament at Brandon Town Hall 
Saturday, July 20 in Brandon's Town Hall

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is pleased to  present the riveting drama The Testament. As a prelude to its upcoming 5th Annual Festival,  August 22-25 in Middlebury, MNFF returns to Brandon with a film that was widely  praised at last summer's event.

The Testament , directed by first time Israeli filmmaker Amichai Greenberg, is a  powerful contemporary thriller that brings audiences into the world of Holocaust  deniers and those who seek the truth at any cost. 
The main character, Yoel, a  senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a widely covered legal  battle with  powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place  toward the end of WWII in the village of Lensdorf. An influential family of  industrialists, on whose land the murder took place, is planning to build a real estate  project on the very same land. Yoel suspects that their aim is to bury what transpired  for good, but has trouble finding the conclusive evidence that would stop the project.  While investigating the incident, Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust  survivors, and to his shock and surprise, he finds testimony given by his mother, a  testimony he didn't know existed. In it, she confesses to a substantial secret from  her past.
Conducting a double investigation, both personal and scientific, Yoel is trapped  between walls of silence. As an historian with an unshakeable commitment to the  truth, he decides to continue his investigations even at the cost of ruining his  personal and professional life.
" The Testament is a brilliant film with many emotional touchpoints," noted Lloyd  Komesar, MNFF Producer. "We are drawn into the vortex of history through a  current lens, experiencing the tension, conflict and upheaval that the Holocaust  continues to generate down through the decades."
Tickets for The Testament are $12 and available at the Brandon Town Hall door the  evening of the show. Cash or checks only. The event is produced with the  cooperation and help of the Friends of Town Hall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another benefit for Chamber members-

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

Art of Water: Brandon Artists Guild's New Exhibit Opens the Creative Floodgates
The Art of Water will run from June 28 
through August 27

There's something in the water at the Brandon Artists Guild as the gallery continues its Earth-themed 20 th anniversary celebration with a new exhibit. 
The all-member, all-media show features pieces linked by the common theme of water, and includes ceramics, collage, watercolor, oil, photography, glass and more.
"We're drawing from a deep well of creativity for this exhibit," says photographer and BAG member Lowell Klock. "The water theme lets our imaginations flow. Like the previous shows in the series, there's a lot of  diversity and energy."
The Art of Water is the third in a series of four themed shows honoring our planet. This 20th-anniversary year for the BAG is also the Chinese Year of the Pig, which recognizes nature's elements, Earth, Wood, Water, and Fire. The BAG is devoting four exhibits to these elements.
The Art of Water exhibit closes in late August and will be followed by The Art of Fire, the final exhibit in the series.
The Brandon Artists Guild is an artist-run gallery with approximately 40 exhibiting artists and additional supporting members. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs.

The BAG, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Information: 802 247-4956. www.BrandonArtistsGuild.org


Town Hall 2019 events
Another exciting season of entertainment!!

Saturday, July 13...Silent Movie... "Woman In The Moon" (1929)...7:00 PM. A special presentation in honor of the 50 th anniversary of the lunar landing. A grand sci-fi adventure epic about the first rocket ship to the moon. This film laid the groundwork for all of the great outer space movie tales to come. This is a Free Will Donation event. Sponsored by Pam & Steve Douglass.
Saturday, July 27..."L.C. Jazz Swing Dance Band"...7:00 PM. The Town Hall welcomes back this 17 piece volunteer Swing Dance Band. They play to have a good time, play fantastic music and support music education through scholarships. Come dance the night away or just sit back, relax and tap your toes.   Tickets, Adults...$8.   Seniors/Students...$7.   Couples...$14. Sponsored by Nancy & Walter Salzman, "Virgil & Constance", Tim & Mary Shields,
Saturday, August 3...Town Wide Yard Sale Days...8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Vendors will be upstairs in the town hall, stop in for some great bargains, a cool drink & snack or just sit down and relax. 8 x 10 spaces are available for $25 per space. If interested in reserving a space call Dennis at 247-5420 or e-mail him at denniswmarden@gmail.com
Saturday, August 10, Silent Movie... Buster Keaton in "Our Hospitality" (1923)...7:00 PM. Classic comedy/drama about a long running family feud starring Buster Keaton, his real life wife, Natalie Talmadge and with roles for Buster's father and infant son. Filled with great gas and a story that culminates in a dramatic river rescue where Buster almost lost his life for real! This is a Free Will Donation event. Sponsored by Bill & Kathy Mathis In Memory Of Maxine Thurston.

  For more info click here-  https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/rutland

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

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

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

Stop in and enjoy the Neshobe's own Long Iron Restaurant & Pub
Serving Lunch Daily 11am - 4pm   All Summer Long~~Rain or Shine
Continuing its Friday Night sit-down dining affair offering a varying menu to the delight of appetites both big and small. Check our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoons to see the Friday menu or subscribe to our email notifications on our homepage,  neshobe.com. All are welcome! We hope to see you soon.   
224 Town Farm Road. Brandon, VT 05733 * 802-247-3611 * www.neshobe.com

Line Barral receives her
$2019.07 check 

      Shop and SAVE!
Shop and WIN!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

900 Pearl St, Brandon, VT 05733- 802-247-8300 fivemeadowsfarmsllc.com 

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

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

Twangtown Paramours bring "Sophisticated Americana" to Brandon Music

Saturday, July 13th- 7:30pm

The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called "Sophisticated Americana", and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This husband and wife acoustic duo, made up of MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis, is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies.  Twangtown Paramours are firm favorites with Brandon Music audiences and return to perform on July 13 th at 7:30 pm.
During their summer Northeast tour, the duo performed at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe and was featured on WCAX-TV in Burlington.  Nationally, they have performed at recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin's in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have opened for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Carrie Newcomer, and Kim & Reggie Harris, among others.
MaryBeth has sung professionally since the age of 18. Before moving to Nashville, she  was a fixture of the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area, where she fronted a  popular bar band for several years. MaryBeth sang background vocals for the band Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy and after relocating to Nashville, continued her musical career working as a demo singer for local songwriters, as a background vocalist for several new country artists, and worked on her own projects, including serving as lead vocalist for the band Blue Martini.
Mike T. Lewis has played guitar for a million and a half years, and bass for about half that time. He sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass. In 1997, Mike had a #1 pop hit in South Korea on the big pop icon, Yangpa's first album called "A Heartbeat Away". It sold over 800,000 units. In April, 2014, Mike signed an administrative publishing deal with Universal for all their Asian territories. Yangpa will release a few more of Mike's songs on her upcoming autumn release. He has also had songs recorded by independent artists in the U.K., Japan, and the U.S. Mike runs a studio in Nashville, producing albums and demos for up-and-coming artists. And if you look very, very, very closely, sometimes you can see him playing a background acting role of songwriter, studio engineer, or roadie on ABC's "Nashville".
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 2019 celebrating arts in Vermont.

Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to co-headline at Brandon Music 
Friday July 19 th at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is delighted to welcome Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to Brandon Music.  Fox and Kramer are both highly regarded singer songwriters from North Carolina who frequently perform individually and with other artists but for this American tour have come together to co-headline a special night of  Americana Folk with a North Carolina overlay.  They will be playing together and separately.
Nathan Evans Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, NC. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass, and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound all his own. He has been writing music, playing fiddle and guitar, and collaborating with other musicians for over ten years. Fox's lyrics confront the difficulties of his cultural and religious heritage with quiet grief, incisive anger, and an unexpected wit. Above all, he is a storyteller whose narrative landscapes are at once familiar and strange. He has written, produced, and performed two full-length albums: Home (2017) and most recently Texas Dust, which was released in April 2018. Fox is based in Atlanta, where he lives with his best friend/wife Elizabeth and their dog Maisie.
Asheville-based Jane Kramer was described by a UK music reviewer in Three Chords and the Truth as sounding like she was "...born to gypsy poets and raised by Emmylou Harris." With deep roots in Appalachian musical traditions, culture, and lore, Kramer's songs are introspective and gracefully gritty. Her performances are poignant and engaging, accessible, warm, and often hilarious. Her third album, Valley of The Bones, was released this March 2019.
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 2019 celebrating arts in Vermont.

The Steven Kirby Quintet plays exciting, melodic and lyrical jazz 
at Brandon Music 
Saturday July 20 th at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is delighted to announce the return of the Steven Kirby Jazz Quintet.  The Boston based quintet will be performing contemporary and mainstream jazz on Saturday July 20 th at 7:30pm.   When reviewing the music of the Steve Kirby Jazz Quintet, 
All About Jazz , states, "Kirby's music manifests the truth that jazz is an art built on growth and renewal". 
The Quintet includes Kirby's arrangements and compositions with Kirby on guitar, Carl Clements on flute and sax, John Funkhouser on piano, Mike Connors on drums and a special guest on bass. 
Guitarist, composer and educator Steven Kirby is known for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz.   Described as "richly textured, multi-layered, ebullient and lyrical jazz", he writes original compositions and arrangements, as well as creative arrangements of standard tunes.  The Boston Globe says "Kirby plays and writes from inside the music, putting melody and feeling first."
Jazz Times says Kirby's "creative music - frequently beautiful and always well played - results from personal expression that transcends mere imitation". His most recent album," Illuminations" was an Editor's Pick earlier last year in the prestigious jazz publication Downbeat: "Steven Kirby, a guitarist of rippling technique and a poetic mind, has developed a modern jazz guitar style that bridges the angular lyricism of Pat Metheny and the painterly asceticism of Jim Hall."
His music has been played on over 100 radio stations in the US and internationally including features on NPR's 'Here and Now', 'Jazz with Bob Parlocha' and 'Eric in the Evening'. An Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Kirby's jazz compositions have won awards in the International Songwriting Competition, the Billboard Song Contest and Downbeat.

For lovers of jazz music this is a performance that should not be missed.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information. 
Brandon Free Public Library Used Book Sale Season Begins
Opening for the season!!
The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library used book sale opens for the season on Wednesday, May 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. until mid-October. This is probably the best organized and longest running used book sale in Vermont. In the basement of the Library you will find an amazing selection of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages at very low prices. 
Books are arranged by type and subject. There is both hard-cover and paperback fiction, non-fiction of every description, and books for children, toddlers, and young adults. There are special sections devoted to gardening, cooking, how-to and do-it-yourself projects. 

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

Compass opens new exhibit:
Carolyn Shattuck: Into My Space

The exhibit runs July 12 thru September 7 with opening reception July 12 5pm-8pm.
Carolyn Shattuck is in every sense a lifelong artist.  Living now in Rutland and for part of the year in Florida's Key West, Shattuck has devoted almost 40 years to creating art.  Using diverse media, her work is expansive, yet constantly transforming, remaining both current and vibrant and revealing her deep rooted inventive and creative energy. 
To appreciate Shattuck's work is to enter INTO MY SPACE - the title for her new exhibit at the Compass Musicand Arts Center from July 12th.  In this exhibit Shattuck presents a selection of her still life paintings, several of her skillfully colored, patterned and layered prints and textured collages, and her ingenious, meticulous and sculptural Book Art. 
Shattuck's work is synonymous with experimentation, technique, mastery of the medium and messaging.  Her artistry reveals an acute awareness and sensitivity to the complexities and fragility of life and her passion as an avid environmentalist. Over several years Shattuck has blended living and experiencing life and loss and her concern for the environment with her art and allowed her cumulative experiences to shape her work. 
  Book Art became another milestone in Shattuck's art explorations and a further testament to her inventive  process.  When referring to Book Art the book, or a book-like object is the work of art and the content and sculptural presentation are at the discretion of the artist.  Shattuck's Book Art is imaginative, reflective and  intricate.  As an avid environmentalist and at least for the past six years much of Shattuck's artwork has focused on her concern for endangered species. Her latest Book Art work is an origami book called, Save the Elephants .

Shattuck exhibits her work nationally in numerous juried exhibitions including Delta National Small Prints, Parkside National Small Prints and Printwork '98, 2K at Barrett Art Gallery in Poughkeepsie. She has received numerous awards including the University of Texas, Purchase award, National Works on Paper and her books can be seen in numerous university Special Book Collections. She teaches Book Art workshops in New England and Florida.

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

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Sprinkler System installations 
Significant tax savings available!

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

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

OPERA at-a-glance: the latest exhibit at the Compass Music and Arts Center
  Did you know that opera singers are basically Olympic athletes?
An opera singer has to be able to sustain high notes over a long period of time while using their body to amplify a sound so that it can be heard over a full orchestra and do so without any microphones. Opera singers show us the loudest sounds and the highest pitches the human body can produce. It takes many years before someone can audition to be cast in a professional company. This is one of the facts you can discover by visiting the 'Opera at-a-glance' exhibit in the Compass Music and Arts Center.
The Center is also providing a listening room where visitors can relax and sample different operas and hear the astounding voices of such great opera singers as Luciano Pavarotti and Renée Fleming.
The history of recorded sound is a further strength of the Compass Center as it hosts the Phonograph Rooms. Part of the exhibit will be devoted to how recording helped to popularize opera for all to enjoy.  

The Compass Center is celebrating the world of opera with this exhibit to launch the  collaboration between the Compass Music and Arts Foundation and BARN OPERA and its founder and artistic director Josh Collier who is an internationally acclaimed opera singer. 
The Foundation, through the new BARN OPERA venture, is organizing performances of loved operas through 2018 and beyond.

The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of   downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.). 

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!


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

Call for Exhibit Proposals at the Compass Music and Arts Center
Compass is seeking innovative work for solo and/or group exhibits from artists working in a variety of media.

Curators and both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Site-specific work/installations will also be considered. This is a rolling open call for exhibits.
  A variety of exhibit spaces are available, giving flexibility to artists for the scope of their vision and needs.
  Further information, including a sample exhibit contract and submission guidelines, can be found at 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.).

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

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

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

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

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

Studio and Gallery Spaces available to rent now at the Compass Center


Calling all artists in all disciplines! Have you ever dreamed of creating and working in a supportive environment with other artists? A place where there is space for artists to create, display and sell their work, provide classes, meet with colleagues and have access to a café and other amenities.  Compass Music and Arts Center is such a place. For more information and to schedule a visit, call Edna Sutton at 802-247-4295.  Very reasonable rates starting from $170 per month inclusive of all utilities.  Short leases available.
Compass Music and Arts Center 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon, VT.

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Chamber "dollars"- a refresher course!

Every now and then I think it's important to
remind those of us who have been taking Brandon Green for years, and new businesses that have joined the Chamber, about the process for handling the certificates.
The $5.00, $20.00 and $25.00 certificates are legal tender and handled just like a check. You take the Brandon Green and give your customer change back, just like cash or a check. Then you deposit the Brandon Green into your account, just like a check. Simple and supportive of all our members.
Click here for more info on our popular Brandon Green

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
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 the Richards Group (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting-
Monday, August 19th, 2019 will be our next meeting!  6:30pm

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 6:30pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership
and the general public are invited to attend.