December 2019

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our 
Chamber and Town!

Go to  for construction info


holiday-party-invite.jpg Brandon's 2nd Moonlight Madness  is  Thurs.  December 19th.  Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Good Food and  Feel Good!
Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local! 
Construction is done and we're ready 
to enjoy our beautiful new town and sidewalks!!


Brandon's Moonlight Madness event is for shoppers looking for unique gifts, one-of-a-kind items, and exceptional customer service. The event brings friends and neighbors together as people pour into town bringing holiday cheer and spirits. 
Moonlight Madness specials and discounts begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday,
December 4th and repeated on Thursday, December 19th.
Many shops will stay open until 9:00 pm.
Downtown Brandon has new shops and eateries. Come for a shopping and dining experience which can't be found at the mall or over the Internet!
All throughout town, there will be bargains, sales, specials, drawings, exceptional refreshments and a terrific shopping experience.

Multiple vendors will be set up in the Town Hall, and for the first time our neighbors 
to the south, the New England Maple Museum on Rte 7 in Pittsford, will have 
their gift shop open to join in the fun!!

Make your plans to eat, drink and shop till you drop!
Many shops offering 20% off storewide and a  chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks! 
   Shop local! For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at or 247-6401


Brandon Farmers Market 
Holiday Fair

Neshobe School Saturday 
Dec 21st  9am to 3pm

40 vendors selling a wide variety of items from soap to 
nut breads, aprons to doll cloths, wool mittens to fleece 
slippers, dog treats to yeast breads and pies.  Dried flowers, watercolors, knit and crocheted items,  jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, goat cheese, and lamb.  Plus lots of jewelry and crafts.

Always a fun filled day! Bring home something extra special for the ones you love!!

Come visit with neighbors and pick up some last minute gifts and goodies.

Brandon Congregational Church
A Traditional Service of Carols, Lessons and Candlelight-    7:00 pm Christmas Eve

Special music by the church choir, Gene Childers, Director, 
Jean Childers, Organist and Josh Collier, operatic tenor.

christmas.jpg 1 Carver Street, 
Brandon Vermont
Reverend William Bartholomew, Pastor
Worship every Sunday at 10:00 am      (802)-247-6121


Town Hall 2019 events
Another exciting season of entertainment!!

Friday & Saturday, January 3-4-10-11, 2020
Brandon Town Players present "Mornings At Seven"
The Brandon Town Players present a 3 act comedy, "Mornings At Seven" on January 3-4-10-11 beginning at 7:00 pm. An elaborate set, costumes and incredible cast compliment this 1950's comedy set in two backyards in an American Town. Cora Swanson and her sister Ida Bolton, along with husbands Thor and Carl, have lived next to each other for their entire married lives. In addition, an old-maid sister, Arry, lives with Cora and Thor. A fourth sister, Ester and her husband David, live outside the immediate neighborhood. As the play opens, all four families are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Homer Bolton and his fiancee', Myrtle Brown. Homer has been engaged to Myrtle for seven years and dated her for five years before that and, oddly enough, this will be the first time anyone in his family will have met her. Things take off from their entrance and a variety of surprises pop up during the rest of the production. Don't miss this very funny production directed by Tim Rice. Tickets, Adults...$10, Seniors & Students...$8 Every patron that attends an event and is in the hall prior to or up to the announced starting time of the event will be entered into a drawing for $20 in BRANDON BUCKS. Sponsored by Peter & Louise Kelley, Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall and Brandon Town Players.

Red Clover Ale Co.
Beautiful downtown Brandon

Red Clover Ale Company is a small 3 BBL brewery and taproom in Brandon, VT.  We believe that beer is the most complex and wonderful beverage in the world and we want to highlight that complexity.  Our goal is to brew an array of delicious beers and to have an ever changing tap list to allow for new beer drinking experiences.  Our work is inspired by our backgrounds in farming, the changing seasons, and the natural beauty of Vermont. Also, our tastebuds.
We are a "bring your own food" taproom and there are several options within walking distance. We strive to be very kid and family friendly. Come hang out, play some games, and have some beer!

(La Catrina night is on hold until the second week in January, 
Mari is visiting family on the Baja Peninsula and we'll give your taste buds a chance to cool down)
Everyone loves Mexican food & Red Clover's beers!!
Every Thursday you can find authentic Baja style Mexican food served up fresh  by Mari Luisa Verduzco  Murguia, of La Catrina fame! Delicious with all of Red Clover's great beers. 
 Check her out on Facebook to see each week's scrumptious offerings and tasty desserts.

Serving from 4:00-9:00 pm

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

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 winter hours are:
Monday - Saturday 10am - 2pm.

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!

Brandon Dog Park at 
Estabrook Park
Fundraising effort

Location: Estabrook Park, Route 7 South, Brandon
Goal: Half to one Acre 6' chain-link fenced dog park with double entry gate and mowing entrance, small and large dog area, rule sign, dog waste trash bin with bag dispenser, large donor name listing.
Estimated cost for fence, installation, signs: $15,000-$20,000

Project Organized and Supported By Volunteers, Brandon Recreation and Town of Brandon- Questions:

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

"Nurture your imagination in alluring surroundings"


Check out our seasonal decorations! 

"Brandon Chamber Members receive 10% off" Click here and check us out!

The Brandon Museum & Visitor Center  at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace 
Another benefit for Chamber members-

The Janet Mondlak visitor center has advertising space for chamber members. The visitor center is open every day of the year. Visitors to the a rea 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.

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:

  For more info click here-

BARN OPERA Transitions to prepare for the first production of 2020 at the NEW BARN!

Announces a change in location and programming affecting the following productions:
TOSCA by G. Puccini (Sung in Italian with English Supertitles)
(Brandon, VT)- With the exciting news of the purchase of the new barn and renovations to prepare for the first production of 2020 in the new space,
BARN OPERA has decided to make some adjustments to the completion of the 2019 season.
Please click here for complete information on these exciting happenings with Barn Opera

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 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

Apartment to sub-let
New Smith block apartments!!

Apartment #26, a beautiful second floor corner apartment with a marble fireplace, in the newly renovated Smith Block, right in the heart of Brandon. 
Contact Jeff at 570-337-8910 for more info

CoWork @ The GRANARY
29 Union Street, Brandon

CoWork @ The GRANARY is a newly developed coworking space in Brandon, just steps away
from the village center. It is the perfect contemporary environment to work, collaborate and
be productive. This space provides high speed internet, a comfortable professional work
environment and client meeting space. This is the answer to the problem of slow internet
speeds and social isolation that freelancers, creatives and remote workers often experience.

$150/month includes 24/7 access,150 Mbps high speed internet, all utilities

CoWork @ The GRANARY provides 24/7 access to an attractive, fully furnished, shared
nomadic work environment. The extra-large space includes: high speed internet, office desks
and chairs, conference table, comfortable couch and seating, privacy screens, lighting, kitchen
area, private conversation space, cubbies and miscellaneous office supplies.

The beautifully renovated, historic building houses thirteen artist studios, small business offices
and a coworking space. The building offers lots of windows and natural fluorescent light,
handicapped ramp, and parking. The creative and business community includes milliners,
jeweler, graphic designer, writers, painters, sculptors, insurance office, railroad company,
medium and hair salon. The GRANARY is located in the vibrant village of Brandon, walking
distance to shops, restaurants and galleries.

Stephanie 802-683-8209,
Brian 802-683-4126,

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
  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.
Products offered through VACE include, Dental and Vision packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact the Richards Group (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting-
Monday, January 20th, 2020 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.