March #3- 2017

Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

A collaboration between all the schools in the Rutland Northeast School District and the Compass Music and Arts Foundation in Brandon, VT.

The concept is to create a large - very large - collaborative drawing by engaging the creative strength of the RNESU students, teachers, parents, and community members.
Beginning March 20th the walls of the main 2,300 sq. ft. gallery space at the Compass Music
and Arts Center will be covered with big sheets of blank paper, and over the course of the
following three weeks more than 900 students of all ages and their teachers will take field trips
(at least one and as many as four trips a day) to visit and draw on the walls using ink and a
Planning and execution of this event has been, and will continue to be, a very large undertaking.
The hope is that it will be an event that embodies the collaborative, positive, and creative nature
of our community. We also hope the experience of working on this drawing will promote
conversation and thinking about what it means to be part of a big project, and a community, like
the one we live in. Making thoughtful choices about what to draw while considering both what has been drawn before you and what might be drawn after you leave is a metaphor for living in community with others.
The space will also be open on Saturday afternoons (March 25 and April 1) from 1:00-5:00pm, as well as Thursday evenings (March 30 and April 6) from 3:30-7:30pm for families and community members to participate in the drawing.
Together we will transform the sheets of blank paper into a single complex and interconnected drawing.
On April 13 from 4-7 there will be a reception for everyone to visit and view the completed drawing.
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.).

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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

Swing Dancing Classes
in Brandon
Classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26. The beginner class runs from 6:30-7:30pm, with the intermediate class from 8:00-9:00pm.

Take swing dance lessons with instructor and 'Dancing with the Rutland Stars' instructor, David Allan. Allan will teach beginner and intermediate level courses at Brandon Music, in association with the Compass Music and Arts Center. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26. The beginner class runs from 6:30-7:30pm, with the intermediate class from 8:00-9:00pm.
  The beginner class is for those who have not taken a class before and for those who have taken the beginner class and wish to refresh or continue to master the basics before progressing to the intermediate class. Allan will review proper posturing and lead and follow connections and teach several six count moves.
  In the intermediate class, participants will progress to more advanced six-count moves, plus some Lindy Hop and other eight-count moves. Intermediate class participants will need to have taken the beginner class or have equivalent experience.
  David Allan learned to swing dance from the top dance instructors in the country while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. He runs Green Mountain Stomp Swing Dancing, teaching and organizing swing dances and has taught for nine years in communities and colleges throughout the Champlain Valley.
Bringing a partner is recommended. $45 for one 4-week series; $75 per couple per series. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Contact 802-247-4295 or to register or with questions.
Brandon Music is a sister venue to the Compass Music and Arts Center and is located across from the Neshobe Golf Course at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733.

World Heritage International is seeking a host family for 17 year old girl Mariam, from Georgia- Eastern Europe
Students arrive a week before school starts and depart in the spring at schools end.

I am David Rose, your local swing dance teacher but more importantly an area representative for the non-profit World Heritage International. We are seeking host families for incoming foreign students for the fall 2017 school year. 
Meet Mariam, 
Mariam is a 17 year old young lady from Georgia. Mariam is a recipient of the prestigious FLEX scholarship, it is her only dream to study in the US and she is excited to meet you as soon as she can! Mariam lives with her parents, younger brother, younger sister and cat & dog in a village near the Caucasus mountains. Mariam describes her family as musical, "All of us can sing and play different instruments well." They all enjoy spending their leisure time together. "If it's good weather outside, we go camping." Her family also likes to do performances and watch movies then talk about them. Her responsibilities include studying, helping her mom, feeding her pets and cleaning her room everyday. Mariam's hobbies include; playing the guitar, piano, (Georgian trophy), singing, dancing, cycling and swimming. With her friends, Mariam likes to hike and keep busy with after school projects. Mariam also likes DIY projects and up-cycling old things.  Mariam's goal is to become a doctor, "because of this I study biology and chemistry harder." "I want you to know that if I had the chance to live with you, it would be very interesting and amusing!"

Students arrive a week before school start and depart in the spring at schools end.   They come with full health insurance and spending monies.  We seek families who will welcome them into their home and treat them as family.
Presently we have a large group to select from.  You can choose age, 15, 16, 17... country of birth, religion and gender.  Many come via scholarships which require excellence in grades, english and social skills. 
America being the melting pot of all peoples I sincerely ask you to consider welcoming Miriam or a deserving young person like her into your home.  Yours and their life will be forever changed. 

David Allan Rose-  World Heritage Area Representative          802-343-1475

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

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

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!!


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
  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.).

International pianist Murray McLachlan premières the Compass Center Steinway piano Easter weekend
Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon on April 15 at 7:30pm

Acclaimed and celebrated Scottish concert pianist Murray McLachlan will perform at the Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon on April 15 at 7:30pm, the first recital to be given on a classic 1915 Steinway piano recently donated to the Compass Music and Arts Foundation by the estate of late New York jazz musician John Fischer. This will be a very special occasion as artists of the caliber of McLachlan are in great demand.
McLachlan's program for the evening will include Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28, Ronald Stevenson's Pensees sur les Preludes de Chopin, Finzi-McLachlan's 2016 transcription of Three Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano, and Nikolai Myaskovsky's Sonata No. 1 in D minor.
This performance brings together many connections between the Compass Center, the concert venue Brandon Music and the classical recording company Divine Art Records. Divine Art has had the good fortune to work with Murray McLachlan on several recordings and the company which has bases in England and Germany is headquartered at the Compass Center. Meanwhile, the donation of the piano to the Compass Music and Arts Foundation now allows the Compass Center to hold more concerts in its 2,300 sq. ft. performance space. The organization also presents Saturday evening concerts almost every week in its Brandon Music location and is now able to host piano-based concerts at either venue, taking advantage of the larger auditorium at the Compass Center.
The concert will follow the traditional format of performances at Brandon Music, with a pre-concert dinner prepared by Vicky Regia, executive chef at Brandon Music and the SoundBite Café in the Compass Center. Tickets for the concert are $20. Dinner is $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Call 802-247-4295 or email for reservations. Visit for more information.
Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Dr. Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Rd.).


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Brandon Music presents Jeremiah McLane    and Timothy Cummings
April 22 at 7:30pm

Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings are an energetic Vermont-based duo who share music deeply rooted in the traditional dance repertoire of Northern Europe and North America. Wielding accordions and bagpipes-and often whistles and piano-they create a beguiling blend which utterly subverts the common stereotypes of their Old World instruments. Also known as "Wheezer & Squeezer", McLane and Cummings draw from a broad repertoire that includes bourrées from Central France, gavottes from Brittany in Northwestern France, dance tunes from the Scottish Lowland & Border region, and compelling original compositions reflecting North American influences.  They'll be wheezing and squeezing at Brandon Music on April 22 at 7:30pm.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2017, celebrating public funding for the arts.
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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The Brandon Movie...
"Death In The Wilderness,
A Love Story"  Sunday, May 21st-  7:00 pm
World Premiere
Brandon Town Hall

"Death In The Wilderness: A Love Story" written, produced and directed by Brandon resident Kevin Thornton with the cooperation of half the town, will return to the Brandon Town Hall at 7:00 P.M. on Sun day, May 21.
This edition is the updated and final edit. This is the story of Brandonite Frankie Davenport, and her long search for the body of her husband George, who was fatally wounded in the Battle of The Wilderness on May 5, 1864.
 But it is also the story of our town's recovery from war. This is a free will donation event, donations are accepted and appreciated. Q and A with the filmmaker to follow.

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.

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
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-
-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
 April 17th, 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.