June 2017 Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

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ART 2017- an exhibtion
July and August of 2017, the Brandon Artist Guild (The BAG)

In July and August of 2017, the Brandon Artist Guild (The BAG) will celebrate one of its own founders, Warren Kimble, with an exhibition featuring the universally appealing folk art that has made him famous beginning in 1987. The twist is that the folk art imagery he presents this summer is a new body of artwork.
Kimble's beloved version of Americana - art that tells stories of a simple, less complicated era - is the genre for which he is most known. In recent years, however, the prolific artist has delved into other subjects with timely content, such as the Widows of War installations, or with humor and satire (The House of Cards collection). And he has continued his insatiable exploration of abstract images, both in painting (such as the "Cosmos" series, relating to Earth and the Universe) and in sculpture - the masculine assemblages shown at Burlington's Frog Hollow venue, March of 2017.
Now, to the delight of his many fans, the summer 2017 BAG exhibition will show Warren Kimble in a current mood of nostalgia, once again painting his signature animal, barn, and homestead scenes on antique wooden boards and other found objects. The artist combines his love of New England painting, architecture, and artisan imagery and applies this considerable knowledge of antiques and artifacts to the creation of his visionary folk art. The delicate details, gentle humor, and whimsy speak to the child in all of us, offering a peaceful retreat into a serene fantasy world of olden times.
Warren Kimble - Folk Art 2017 is on view from June 30 to August 29, 2017, with a reception for the public on Friday, June 30, 5 - 7 PM. Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon, VT 05733. Information: 802 247 4956.

                                                                           Fundraiser 2017
Brandon Chamber Free Summer
Concert Series
"Music at the Riverbend"

Every Wednesday in July and August .

Wasn't last summer a blast? Let's do it all over again! Thanks to your support in 2016, we
enjoyed nine wonderful Wednesday summer evenings of locally-sourced music, popcorn,
balloons, food sales, and, most importantly, each other's company. (Perfect weather nine
Wednesday evenings in a row did not hurt.) At least 100 people attended each concert.

Now that you know what to expect, we're going to change it up a bit for 2017. Still every
Wednesday in July and August . Still 7 PM . Still a great free concert and free popcorn. Still a lot
of fun. So what's new?

With the Route 7 reconstruction through the downtown, we thought it might be prudent to get
out of the way. 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 thanks to the community spirit of Shawn Keith and his team at Celebration Rentals, the bands
will be performing on a custom stage built for our concert each week. All aspects of the venue
are being donated to our community.

The Brandon Town Band under the baton of another hometown hero, Julia Varian, will be playing
a pre-concert concert on select Wednesdays: 6 PM on July 12, August 2, and August 16.

Also new this year, we won't have regular food concessions onsite, but 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 on-site 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. 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.

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

Thank you for your consideration. By sponsoring live music for our community, you keep our community alive.

Stacey Doucette, Seth Hopkins, Bill Moore,
Alyssa Zollman
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
SummerConcert Series page of brandon.org

Great Brandon Auction
Tuesday, July 18th
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 and store them till the BIG day- July 18th!! 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 or appliances, mattresses, metal desks, encyclopedias, entertainment centers, exercise equipment (unless it is an elliptical or powered treadmill), 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

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery
and Gardens Open for the Season!
 Beautiful Baskets, Container Plants and Gifts-
Annuals - Organic Veggie Sets - Perennials
Berry Plants - Shrubs - Fruit Trees, Succulents
Trees - Ferns - Native Species
Farm Store & Antiques - Workshops & Events
  Come for the quality plants, enjoy the view and share the vision
  Open seven days a week 10am-5pm with veggie sets, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and garden accessories!  
2127 RT 73 in SUDBURY -  802 623-7373
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Town Hall 2017 schedule of events kicks off on Saturday April 22!
Another great season of entertainment in our little town- get out and enjoy and support all these performances!!
Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24....7:30 pm
Brandon Town Players, "A Night Of Comedy" The Brandon Town Players will present their Spring
production, "A Night Of Comedy" in a Cabaret style. The performance will include comedy skits, short comedy
radio shows and of course comedians. Tickets...Adults, $7. Seniors, Students, Military...$5. Tickets can be
purchased at the door. Sponsored by, Bill & Kathy Mathis, National Bank Of Middlebury.
Saturday, July 8...7:30 pm
"Carpenters Tribute Concert, starring Sally Olson" ...The Brandon Town Hall is proud to present Rutland
native Sally Olsen in concert on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 pm for her acclaimed "Carpenters Tribute Concert" This look alike and sound alike Vermont singer will include signature covers and hits by the Carpenters, such as "We've Only Just Begun", "(They Long To Be) Close To You", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar" and more. Sally offers commentary on the history behind the Carpenter's music, as well as Karen Carpenter's rise to fame and her sudden and tragic death at the age of thirty-two. The Carpenters Tribute Concert, debuted in January 2015 and was conceived by Bill Reed (musical director & piano) and Sally Olsen (artistic director & lead vocals). Dennis Delaney, Vermont Public Radio Commentator said "Her stunning vocals combined with state of the art video projection, vintage costumes, historical commentary and lovely arrangements, will take the audience on an incredible journey that is the world of the Carpenters." Tickets...Adults, $8...Seniors (60 & up),
Students (17 & under) Military..$6
Tickets can be purchased at the door. Sponsored by, New England Woodcraft, Inc.
Donald & Dolores Furnari, Dorothy Leysath & Edward Loedding, Maria Ammatuna-Creative Fiber Designs, St. Pauls Lodge #25, F.& A.M, Fran Bull.

Saturday, July 15...7:00 pm
Silent Movie...Aviation Dare Devil Features.."The Phantom Flyer" & "The Sky Rider" ...This dare-devil
aviation double feature from 1928 will be in the hall on Saturday, July 15 at 7:00 pm. In "The Phantom Flyer" the famous stunt pilot Al Wilson portrays a border patrol aviator who uses his flying skills to save girlfriend Mary
(Lillian Gilmore) from cattle rustlers. In "The Sky Rider", join Champion the Wonder Dog as he flies along with
his master Dick to foil the plot of a disinherited nephew to get even with - well its complicated!! Come see for
yourself as we recreated the silent film experience (biplanes included) that caused people to first fall in love with the movies!
This is a Free Will Donation Event. Sponsored by, Steve & Pam Douglass

Saturday, July, 22...7:00

L.C. Jazz Dance Band...The Brandon Town Hall welcomes back one of their old favorites for a night of music

and dancing in the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 pm. L.C. Jazz Swing Dance Band 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 listen and/or dance as this classic big band brings on the

"swing". This is a benefit performance for the Brandon Town Hall and the L.C. Jazz Scholarship Fund.

Tickets...Adults, $8....Seniors, Students, Military, $7, Couples...All ages, $14. Tickets can be purchased at the

door the night of the performance. Sponsored by, Walter & Nancy Salzman, Harold & Jean Somerset.

Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29...7:30 pm

Shakespeare On Main St..."Hamlet"...Shakespeare On Main Street proudly presents "Hamlet" 2017. The

classic play that all have had an inkling of what it is about but has not experienced the full physical, emotional and

intellectual roller coaster ride that SOMS will give. Shakespeare on Main Street will offer a unique presentation

of Hamlet in modern times, the language is Shakespeare's but the performance will give you a fresh experience for

2017. A fast pace, wit, humor, and drama all wrapped in a passionate package.

Tickets, Adults...$18, 11-18...$14, Children 10 and under...FREE. Sorry, complimentary tickets cannot be used,

this is not an FOTH sponsored event.

Many thanks to the Friends of the Town Hall for all their hard work and dedication to this wonderful building!

Heart & Soul Café
Summer hours and news!

  Exciting new summer hours!  
Tuesday- Friday 11-8pm
Saturday 8-8pm  Sunday's 11-8pm
Every Friday is burger day, always a different unique creation and you can create your own!
Like us on Facebook for daily specials!!
Come celebrate the Fourth of July at Brandon's Independence Day Celebration!!
Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st, 2017

For complete information print this great flier to carry with you!

Historic Brandon photos and documents exhibit. Stephen A Douglas Birthplace
Brandon Museum- Saturday, July 1st

On Saturday, July 1st while you're in Brandon enjoying our Parade related activities up at Park Village north of town, take some time to stop into the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace. Museum board of director Mike Wilson has put together an exhibit of photographs and other ephemera from the Stephen Douglas House collections concentrated on historic Brandon and surrounding area.
Hope to see you there! 

Bill Ramage's new installation "The Self" opens at the Compass Center
July 7 through August 19

Bill Ramage's 'The Self' is his latest stop in a long artistic voyage. The exhibit of installation drawings and sculpture will be presented at the Compass Music and Arts Center from July 7 through August 19. Come to the opening reception on Friday, July 7 from 5:00-7:30 to hear Ramage speak about the ideas that have propelled his 35-year journey.
  When some people observe an abstract work of art like a Mark Rothko color field or the splattered paintings of Jackson Pollock, they think "I could do that". A not-so-inventive comeback could be, "But you didn't". But that's really not the point. The point is that the artist had a concept in mind, a reason for making that work of art. For some it may be an experiment, for others it might be self-discovery, but it's always an artistic journey the artist is on for one reason or another. Bill Ramage has been on such a journey for 35 years. "Any one piece", he says "is not the art that it might appear to be; in fact, it is really nothing without the context of its purpose."

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   For more on Bill Ramage click here

Steven Kirby Quintet live at Brandon Music
  July 8 at 7:30pm

Guitarist, composer, educator Steven Kirby has built a reputation for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz music. Described as "richly textured, multi-layered, ebullient and lyrical jazz", he writes original compositions and arrangements, as well as creative arrangements of standard tunes, using a quintet of instrumentalists and a singer performing both wordless and lyrical vocals. The Boston Globe says "Kirby plays and writes from inside the music, putting melody and feeling first." The Boston-based quintet performs at Brandon Music on July 8 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   For more info click here

Join us at the Brandon Library for our ongoing book discussion series. We have copies available at the Library. Call or email questions: 247-8230   molly@brandonpubliclibrary.org

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

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

DuBois & King Consulting Engineers One-Year Anniversary in Brandon: A Thank You to the Community
by Jonathan Ashley, DuBois & King's
Brandon Office Manager

A little over a year ago, DuBois & King opened a new office in Brandon (on April 1, 2016). The 25 Union Street location serves as a base of operations for firm engineers living on the western side of the Green Mountains and is an ideal location for serving clients along the Route 7 corridor. The office was opened to provide a home base for three engineers living in the Brandon area and to eliminate the stress of long commutes to the firm's South Burlington and Randolph offices. We have settled in quite nicely here in Brandon and there have been some significant positive changes over the last year that we would like to share.
Since last fall we have had a full time construction inspector on the Overflow Culvert project located in the Union Street office and the project is scheduled for completion in May. We have also served new and long-time clients in Addison, Rutland, and Bennington County from the Union Street office on a variety of other projects. I have joined the Board of Directors of Brandon's Chamber of Commerce, and DuBois & King is a proud sponsor of the new "Even Better Brandon" initiative.
In May, DuBois & King is bringing on an additional full time engineer, Michael Mainer, and a full time administrative person, Mary Holman, to assist technical staff, growing our staff in the Brandon office now to seven. DuBois & King was recently selected to assist the Town with construction inspection services for the Segment 6 project and we will have additional construction staff working in Brandon over the next couple of years.
Special thanks to the Town for trusting in DuBois & King and selecting and supporting a local firm to assist with improving Brandon's infrastructure. Brandon's community spirit is everywhere and we have been inspired to become active participants in the community and do our part to improve and maintain Brandon as an unforgettable place.
We have enjoyed becoming part of the Brandon community. We are glad we are here, and thank you for your warm welcome.

Brandon Free Public Library Used Book Sale
Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m  on Friday and Saturday from now until mid-October
The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library have opened their used book sale in the basement of the Library. The sale will be open every week on Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m  on Friday and Saturday from now until mid-October. This is probably the best organized and longest running used book sale in Vermont.

This year we received many new (to us) books from the March Gala that the local book clubs put on to benefit the Library elevator project. As a result, a good 'spring cleaning' has taken place, some older materials have been culled and there are many newer and different books on our shelves.

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 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. For this season only; all VHS and Cassette tapes are free. Come and choose what you would like.

We can also use a few more good volunteers to help staff the sale. You may volunteer for as many or as few days as you'd like or you can 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 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!

Others drive hundreds of miles to enjoy the beer that's right in your back yard! Come visit us today.
And don't forget, you can rent our tasting barn for private parties and special events.
 Follow us on Facebook and don't miss our latest release.
 Now open Sundays 11-4:00 !!
Read a great little review from a Woodstock B&B blog here!
  Foley Brothers Brewing
Neshobe River Winery
Inn At Neshobe River
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.   247-8002   oldmillbnb@yahoo.com

Neshobe Golf Club
Open and the course is in
great shape!!

Neshobe Golf Club is now open for the season! We are fortunate in that Mother Nature has shone upon us once again and kept the harshness of New England winters from wreaking any havoc to our greens and fairways. All greens are the real deal-no temporaries or winter burn. The fairways are fast approaching their high-season lush green color and fluff, tempting anyone with a touch of golf fever to dust off the clubs and get on over for a round or two (more?). If you need something, remember that we have a fully-stocked ProShop for any gear you may need and a PGA professional who can help you tweak that swing for better play. In addition to the course, Neshobe's own Long Iron Restaurant & Pub is continuing its Friday Night sit-down dining affair offering a varying menu to the delight of appetites both big and small. Check our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoons to see the Friday menu or subscribe to our email notifications on our homepage, neshobe.com. All are welcome! We hope to see you soon. 
Rodney Bicknell, PGA Professional and NGC General Manager 
 Rodney Bicknell
PGA Professional and 
Neshobe General Manager  

Mae's Place Restaurant
Simply Ahh-MAE-zing!!

Win a Party Platter for your Business!!
We are currently running a promotion for local businesses that may interest you. If you order two or more breakfasts/lunches from us Monday-Friday, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a party platter for up to 10 people at your office! Each time you order, the business name is entered and there is no maximum on entries!
Please note that our hours have changed: Monday- Wednesday 7am-2pm (serving breakfast all day and lunch beginning at 11am) Thurs-Sun 7am-8pm (serving breakfast until 2pm and lunch and dinner beginning 11am-8pm) (The bar will stay open later on these nights and will offer appetizers all night)
     Friday & Saturday- Unbeatable prime rib dinner- $19.99
"LIKE" us on Facebook to stay up to date with our exciting information, specials and new goings-on!!  We are committed to "staying local", so if there's anything we can do to work together with your business to promote a vibrant downtown Brandon, please let us know.  Also keep us in mind for hosting your events and/or meetings and catering those events as well.
I am available most days at the restaurant and anytime by text or email, or meeting by appointment!  Thank you for your continued patronage!
Erynn (and Andrew) Doaner       maesplace2015@gmail.com
802-779-4278 cell     802-465-8013 restaurant                           click here for our menu

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

Curators and both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Site-specific work/installations will also be considered. This is a rolling open call for exhibits to begin in Fall 2017.
  A variety of exhibit spaces are available, giving flexibility to artists for the scope of their vision and needs.
  Further information, including a sample exhibit contract and submission guidelines, can be found at www.cmacvt.org.
  Compass is a multi-faceted arts center with many components drawing visitors through its doors, including artist studios, gift shops, a consignment shop, music, a café, and a variety of events. Located in Brandon, Vermont it is also in the heart of a pulsing arts community.
  The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.).

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


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

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

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
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 !!
2017 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

-Heart & Soul Café- 22 park St(next to the Brandon Inn)-Tiffany Quesnel- 247-5986 quickdishcatering@yahoo.com
-Gold Star Feed & Grain- 38 Union St-Andy Dugan Mgr.- 247-3331
-New 2 You Consignment Shop & Boutique- 47 Center St- Stacey Coburn-  247-9255
-James Coburn & Sons Roofing & Carpentry- 251 Frasier Road- Jamie Coburn-
-G.S. Painting & Maintenance Services 900 Pearl St- Gordon Stearns- 247-8300
-Shields Construction- 8 Walnut St- Tim & Mary Shields- 247-5778
Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area and gain great exposure for your business!
Just click here for an application and rates.  
We also have many Individual Members who participate in many Chamber activities and projects- what a great way to support a local non-profit and all the great things we do in our town. (Individual/couples memberships are only $50/year)

-Margaret "Peg" Donahue- Brandon
-Kim Faber- Brandon

Next Chamber Meeting-
 Monday, August 7th, 2017 will be our next meeting!   NO meeting in July- come on down to our 29th annual Great Brandon Auction!
The monthly meetings will now be held on the first Monday of the month, instead of the third Monday.

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.