March #2- 2017

Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Guitarist- Bow Thayer
Saturday, March 18th 7PM @ the Brandon Town Hall

Come the beautifully restored Brandon Town Hall for an evening of music with Vermont's own Bow Thayer
Bow Thayer has been singing and writing songs for as long as he can remember. Making music is who he is. He has lived up to his "reputation as a sublimely gifted artist" by pursuing a creative vision that seeks to lead Americana music into the future. Finally gaining national recognition, American Songwriter says this "onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years."
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
Liquid concessions provided by Foley Brothers Brewery and Neshobe River Winery
Tickets available at the Brandon Town Offices and Carr's Florist and Gifts

The event below at the Book & Leaf has been

rescheduled to Thursday, March 16th at 6:30pm

Brandon Library gala- Music, Dancing, Food, Fun, Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle!!

At the Brandon Inn in downtown Brandon!

Friday, March 17 from 7-10 pm ̶ $10 admission

"The bookclubs of Brandon are at it again!!  We are starting a fundraiser to help the library raise funds and show public participation (for grant applications) for an elevator.  This will allow the library to expand into all it's usable space, give the children's area more space and provide access to all floors for all patrons."

Click here for a flier with more detail!

Saturday, March 18 from 9 am-5 pm
Brandon Inn- free admission
_ Story hour and puppetry 10-11am with Laura King
_ Story hour 12-1pm with Stacy and Allison
_ Children's music hour with the Nelsons 1-2pm
_ Silent Auction continues! Bidding ends at 3pm
_ Giant used book sale ongoing, prices plummet at 3pm

The Board of the Brandon Free Public Library would love it if you could take a moment and fill out the attached questionaire. You can print the PDF and drop it in the mail to:

4 Franklin St
Brandon, VT 05733 

Or even easier, click on this link to do it online!!

          Creative Fiber Designs announces 2017
          VERMONT SHOP HOP- Details below!!


Boston Bus Trip (Flower how/Aquarium/Faneuil Hall)
Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Dreaming of warmer weather and beautiful spring blooms?
Don't just dream...Hop on the Bus! Spend the day in Boston, MA
Leaving Otter Valley at 7:30 AM, departing Boston at 6:00 PM
You can attend the Boston Flower Show
Visit the New England Aquarium or go shopping at the Faneuil Hall Marketplac
or whatever other adventure you can dream up!

Just bus transportation (provided by Premier Bus with WIFI, 110v charging, DVD you ride in style!)- $50.00
Flower Show Admission $15.00
Aquarium Admission: Children (3-11) $14.00/ Adults $21.00
or stop in the Brandon Town Office, 49 Center Street, Brandon, VT  05733
Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday Night is Back at Neshobe Golf Club
Food, Folks & Fun! 
All are welcome!!

We want to let everyone know that Friday Night is Back at Neshobe Golf Club. Every Friday until further notice. We'll be fixing up a scrumptious dinner menu along with lighter fare that will vary from week to week. Grab your friends and neighbors and come in out of the cold for good times at the Nesh!

C'mon down!                              
 Rodney Bicknell
PGA Professional and 
Neshobe General Manager  

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 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 !!
  Foley Brothers Brewing
Neshobe River Winery
Inn At Neshobe River
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.   247-8002

Do you need more
space to create your art? Do you need a reasonably priced office to start your small business?
Consider The GRANARY at 29 Union Street in Brandon, Vermont!

This beautifully renovated, historic building contains 14  artist  studios. The spacious studios have lots of natural light, great lighting, handicapped ramp, and parking. The creative community includes milliners, jeweler, graphic designer, painters, sculptors, photographer, medium and briar tobacco pipe maker . The GRANARY is located in the village of Brandon, walking distance to shops, restaurants and galleries. 

Available studios include:
Extra-Large Downstairs Studio
Upstairs Corner Studio with two rooms 
Upstairs Corner Studio with northern exposure

Rents range from $325 - $600 per month ( all utilities included, except A/C).

Please forward to anyone who may be looking for space in Brandon. I look forward to discussing the available options and showing you the spaces. 
Please contact me at or 247-3214 or 683-8209.

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
802-779-4278 cell     802-465-8013 restaurant                           click here for our menu

43 Center Street- Highly visible on route 7, prime downtown Brandon retail space. 1,500 sq. ft. restored historical storefront with maple floors, high tin ceiling and windows over the Neshobe River. A couple of storage spaces and plenty of parking. Located next to Gourmet Provence Bakery.
Available immediately. Call Jim Leary @ 802-247-9595 or Nancy Leary @ 802-558-1444.

Is beneficiary money being held for you?
At a recent chamber meeting, Dan Boyce, Insurance agent with Bankers Life, chamber member, and long time resident of Brandon, shared the following:

Industry wide there is over $7 Billion in life insurance or annuity beneficiary checks waiting for the beneficiary to claim the money left for them.
To find out if a deceased person (mom, dad, wife, husband, an ex-wife or husband, or a long lost relative, etc...) made you a beneficiary on a life insurance policy or an annuity, go to this web site created by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC):
To read the press release announcing the policy locator service, go to this link:
Here are some suggestion about how to avoid this problem for the beneficiaries of life and annuity policies that you own:
1) Call your insurance agent (soon) and ask to review the beneficiaries on your policy or policies. Be prepared to provide current and complete contact information for each of the people you wish to have identified as beneficiaries (name, physical address, mailing address, email addresses, phone numbers). Follow the instructions to update the contact information.
2) Make sure you are sent a written statement identifying your updated beneficiaries.
3) Make it a habit to conduct an annual review with your agent to ensure the coverage you own remains relevant to your goals; talk about how changes in your life make changes in your coverage a good idea, necessary, or provide you with a financial opportunity. At this review, make sure the contact information for your beneficiaries is complete and accurate.
If you have questions about this or would like to meet with me, please contact me:
Dan Boyce
Insurance agent
Bankers Life
271 North Main Street, Suite 204
Rutland, VT 05701
Direct: 802-392-4771
Office: 802-775-4950

Chelsea Berry live at
Brandon Music
Brandon Music March 25 at 7:30pm

See Chelsea Berry, a singer-songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends, live at Brandon Music March 25 at 7:30pm. Her vocals are smooth and lyrics reminiscent of the folk music of the sixties. Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, and brother of James Taylor, calls her vocals "world class" and her presence has been described by listeners as "compelling... she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame." As a vocalist and performer, she evokes the style of artists such as Cheryl Crow, Janis Joplin, and Paula Cole.

This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating arts in Vermont.
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 for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

Daymark performs Irish music at Brandon Music
Brandon Music on Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm

Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. The group performs at Brandon Music on Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, border pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals), the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.

Sharing a love for the music of generations past, the trio's sound echoes that of Irish-American dance halls from the 1920s and 30s, alongside the lonesome tones of Donegal country fiddlers and the rollicking smoky pubs of Northern England's immigrant neighborhoods. Taken together, these influences merge into a sound that's very much part of the present; a sound that's urgent and wild, held together by camaraderie that's quite audible. This is the foundation of their music. What emerges is intimate enough to feel at home down at the local pub, big enough to fill a festival stage or a concert hall.

This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating arts in Vermont.
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 for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

Davydov-Fanning Duo celebrate 40 years with a concert at Brandon Music
Brandon Music on April 1

Pianist Diana Fanning and cellist Dieuwke Davydov formed a strong musical connection 40 years ago which developed into an international duo that, as the Times-Argus' Jim Lowe says, is "one of Vermont's state treasures". The duo celebrates this milestone with an international tour, including a stop at Brandon Music on April 1.
Fanning and Davydov have been acclaimed for their virtuosic brilliance, musical insight, and remarkable rapport as a duo. The Haarlems Dagblad inHolland said "The Duo offered instrumental virtuosity, noble lyricism, and dancing rhythm. Both musicians played with flair, emotional power, and total understanding." Their program includes Beethoven's Cello Sonata in G Minor; Hindemith's Phantasiestück; Saint-Saëns' Allegro Appassionato; Vermont composer Kathy Wonson Eddy's Peace on Earth: A thrush singing; and Brahms' Cello Sonata in E Minor. Fanning will also perform solo pieces by Debussy and Chopin.

    This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating arts in Vermont.
The 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 for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733
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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
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Welcome !!
2017 New Members- go to for more info on our newest members

-New 2 You Consignment Shop & Boutique- 47 Center St- Stacey Coburn-  247-9255
- James Coburn & Sons Roofing & Carpentry- 251 Frasier Road- Jamie Coburn- 247-6908
-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
 March 20th, 2017 will be our next meeting!   

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.