June 2019

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Go to  brandonbuilds.com  for construction info

Message from the Brandon Planning Commission

Event: Jun 3, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Come Join Us for a Conversation on Updating                           Brandon's  Flood Hazard Regulations.
The Brandon Planning Commission is updating the town's flood regulations and you're invited to an informational meeting on June 3, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Brandon Town Hall (upstairs). Come join your neighbors and the Planning Commission to discuss the new regulations, which are designed to protect Brandon from future, flood-related damages.
As we are all aware, flooding in Brandon has been costly. On July 1, 2017, for example, the town suffered $529,000 in flood-related damages. Because our flood regulations were up-to-date in 2017, what the town paid for in disaster relief was about half of what it would have paid with more outdated regulations.
The town's share of that one flood's damages was $39,675. Had we not kept our town regulations current, we would've paid much more: a total of $66,125. Keeping everything current saved Brandon $26,450 in disaster spending.
Now, two years later, it's time to update the town's flood regulation again. At this meeting on June 3, we'll talk about how Brandon can be helped by these updated flood hazard and river corridor regulations and what these new protections will mean for future development.
All residents are encouraged to join us since this is an opportunity to share thoughts and learn more about the new protections. If you have any questions, please contact me, Michael Shank, at michael.john.shank@gmail.com or 802.247.4844.
Thanks so much!   Michael Shank-Chair, Brandon Planning Commission           Town of Brandon

WINE TASTING- Café Provence
Wines from the Mediterranean Islands  of Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica
Join us Tuesday June 4th starting at 6PM 

Presented by Gerd Hirschmann of the Vermont Wine Merchants.

$30/person ~ Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Here are the wines:

Petroni Corse White 2016, Corsica
Vino Lauria Solerte Zibibbo 2015, Sicily
Vetriccie Rosé AOP Corse 2018, Corsica
Cottanera Etna Rosato 2017, Sicily
Cardedu 'Caladu' Cannonau di Sardegna 2013, Sardinia   
Cardedu 'Praja' Monica di Sardegna 2016, Sardinia
Caruso e Minini Nero d'Avola 2016, Sicily 
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2017, Sicily
COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG 2012, Sicily
There are a few spots left, please call 802-247-9997 for reservations 
or email info@cafeprovencevt.com

Cafe Provence 11 Center Street Brandon, Vermont ~ Tel: 802-247-9997 ~ cafeprovencevt.com

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

Sarah Blacker and New England Groove Association bring a full band sound to  Brandon Music
Thursday, June 8th at 7:30pm

Sarah Blacker is a regular guest at Brandon Music.  A classically trained singer Sarah has shown herself to be an exceptional singer songwriter.  She writes in an uninhibited, honest and fearless style, producing "a constant flow of material" that, according to South Shore Magazine "is a testament to the fact that she is such a prolific writer". Red Line Roots agrees by saying "Sarah weaves songs that tell personal, yet relatable tales."
Blacker has toured extensively initially as a solo performer and shared stages with dozens of internationally renowned artists including Mishka, Sara Bareilles, Leon Russell, Rusted Root, Carbon Leaf, America, Eddie Money, Richard Thompson, 10,000 Maniacs, Loudon Wainwright III, Livingston Taylor, Paula Cole and many others.

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 edna@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.

You 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!!

Monica Rizzio, Texas bred and Cape Cod  washashore, sings Country at Brandon Music 

Friday, June 14th at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is delighted to welcome back country singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio on Friday June 14 th at 7:30pm.  No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Cod washashore. Monica Rizzio is fast becoming one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home.  For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast.  Monica fondly regards Tripping Lily as her first musical family. 
In 2012, Monica Rizzio left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. She purchased a 1956 Martin O-18, named it Bo, after her childhood horse and plugged in. For the next few years she started playing with a bunch of salty, accomplished Cape Cod musicians who helped bring back the cowgirl attitude and inspired her to write about her sometimes humorous, sometimes tear-jerking journey from Texas, love, and heartache. This led her to release her highly rated debut album Washashore Cowgirl, an extremely autobiographical album in 2014.  Now Monica has just released a new album, Sunshine Is Free which has a clear Nashville sound, was written in Nashville, recorded in Nashville and produced there too.
Monica Rizzio is a most talented multi-instrumentalist - an accomplished guitarist, originally a flautist, she also plays violin, ukulele, mandolin and piano.  She has a compelling voice both rustic and refined that Mark Erelli, American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist  describes as,
Monica Rizzio is definitely on a journey to spread her music far and wide.
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.

Stellaria Trio presents Pale Yellow - a program of piano trios at Brandon Music 
Saturday, June 15 th

Only a short time ago Jim Lowe music critic and arts editor of The Times Argus and Rutland Herald wrote:  
The Stellaria Trio has all the ingredients to become a fine ensemble of depth and musical refinement. It's already exciting - even stellar.
Since their inception, and now in their sixth season, the Stellaria Trio has enthralled Brandon Music audiences with their fine recitals of classical music.  The Stellaria Trio returns once again to Brandon Music on Saturday June 15th to present a compelling pairing of standard and contemporary repertoire.
The ensemble comprising violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Claire Black will perform a captivating program titled Pale Yellow featuring Haydn's Piano Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major; Johannes Brahms' Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major; and a movement from Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio, composed in 2003. 

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

 For more about the program and performers please click here 

Cooie's Jazz Ensemble performs  jazz standards at Brandon Music 

Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30pm

Brandon Music welcomes back the very popular Vermont singer, songwriter and guitarist Cooie DeFrancesco.   Frequently enjoyed as a solo performer, this time Cooie will be accompanied by her Jazz Ensemble,  made up of veteran musicians Robert Gagnon (guitar), Andy Smith (bass), and Rob Zollman (drums),
Cooie DeFrancesco has that special ability to reach the heart of a lyric and brings to it her own special blend of pathos and humor. Each song she performs showcases a true and melodic voice as well as her unique interpretive skills, using expressive vocal arrangements to take a lyric back to its foundation. Her beautiful and full voice is a joy to the soul and her passion for a song's meaning and spirit will evoke the same feelings in the listener. On June 22nd,  Cooie performs some of the very best of 20th century jazz classicsincluding  the unforgettable, 'All of Me', 'Cry Me A River', 'I'll Be Seeing You', 'As Time Goes By', 'All the Things You Are', 'Dream A Little Dream Of Me', and a special 'Route 66'   So for those who  love the jazz standards and enjoy listening to a beautiful, soulful voice reminiscent of Mama Cass or Mary Carpenter then this is the perfect concert.
For more detailed info on the band click here 

This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2019 celebrating public funding for the arts.
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

Great Brandon Auction-Tuesday July 16th
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 16th!! 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 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!

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

A Showcase on Spring !!

"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!

Town Hall 2019 events
Another exciting season of entertainment!!

Saturday, June 8...7:00 pm...Bill Powers Presentation. Local historian and author presents a unique evening of facts with vintage photos about "The Old Brandon Myth and Environs", Discussion on "The First Settlers On Hawk Hill", "The Prime Richmond Quarry" and "The 19 th Century Murder On The Syndicate Road". This is a Free Will Donation Event. Sponsored by An Anonymous Donor, Vermont Country Store.
Saturday, June 15...Silent Movie... "Chicago" (1927)...7:00 PM. The original big screen adaptation of the notorious Jazz Age tabloid scandal, based on real events. Later made into the popular Broadway musical. This is a Free Will Donation event. Sponsored by Nancy & Gary Meffe.
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.

News from the Brandon Congregational Church!

Brandon Congregational Church in Action!  

Chicken Barbecue --   Saturday, June 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 bar becued chicken with baked beans, assorted salads, strawberry shortcake and beverages. A free will offering will be taken.

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.

Art of Wood: Brandon Artist Guild 
Opens New Exhibit

The series will run from May 3 
through June 25. 

The Brandon Artists Guild (The BAG) continues its 20 th anniversary celebration with a  new exhibit, "The Art of Wood." 

The show features pieces from the BAG's exhibiting members, who work in diverse media including paint, fiber, glass, ceramics, collage - and wood.  "Though the theme is wood, the exhibit will feature works and interpretations across all media," explains Stacey Stanhope, a potter and BAG board member. "Wood is just the sliver of an idea; each artist will branch off depending on how inspiration strikes. Wooden it be great to see what they come up with?"
The exhibit is the second 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.
In addition to Art of Wood in May and June, the remaining exhibits are:
Art of Water - June 28 through August 27
Art of Fire - August 30 through October 29
The BAG, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Open seven days a week starting May 1. Information: 802 247-4956.      Brandon Artist Guild  

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:

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

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 

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

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. This is probably the best organized and longest running used book sale in Vermont.
For the month of May; buy one book and get another one free - the free book must be of the same value as the one you buy or less. There are new books that came in over the winter which are now part of our collections. 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. 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'. 

"Brandon Chamber Members receive 10% off"

Get it- 

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.

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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for only $200.00  
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Chamber "dollars"- a refresher course!

Every now and then I think it's important to
remind those of us who have been taking Brandon Green for years, and new businesses that have joined the Chamber, about the process for handling the certificates.
The $5.00, $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.
VACE health insurance program is back! 

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, June 17th, 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.