March 2018

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Town Meeting  Monday,
March 5th at 7:00pm
Upstairs in the town hall-handicapped accessible.
Come share your views and become an informed voter! Budget presentations, reports of various departments and special requests from organizations. Don't miss this "special" Vermont way of conducting business.
VOTING on Tuesday, March 6th from 7:00am to 7:00pm- downstairs in the town hall.
Be part of the process and make your vote count!



"QUILTERS THE MUSICAL" will be performed on Saturday, March 10, 2018 (4:00 PM matinee) at the historic Brandon Inn
20 Park Street,  Brandon, VT

Don't miss this tender, moving play about a pioneer woman and her daughters.  QUILTERS the MUSICAL skillfully blends a series of interrelated scenes into a memorable musical.  Each scene is introduced by a quilt square or "block" symbolic of life's passages. During each "block", the actresses skillfully transform into many different characters whose stories depict the lot of women on the prairie.  Combining music, dance and drama, QUILTERS captures both the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life with vivid dramatic intensity.
In addition, local quilters will have some of their quilts on display, providing a wonderful backdrop for this show.
QUILTERS   is being presented by a consortium of Rutland Area women who have been involved in all aspects of local school and/or community theater for decades. Director Jennifer Bagley and Music Director Rita Lane have assembled a cast of talented actresses with beautiful voices including: Marsha Cassel, Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Julia Doiron, Mikki Lane, Maureen Sullivan, and Tegan Waite. QUILTERS is a play that has long been a passion of theirs, not only because some are quilters themselves, but because it tells the universal and timeless story of the struggle of women. With  collaboration and mutual support, the characters deal with childbirth, raising families, building cabins in the wilderness, facing fires and drought. 
Their resilience and strength in the face of adversity then connects to the challenges women still face today.
Women may no longer be on the frontier but many still face different challenges such as economic hardship, abuse, and discrimination. Help us come together to create a quilt of compassion to warm today's needy families.  General admission will be by FREE WILL OFFERING. All profits will be donated to the Rutland County Women's Network & Shelter (now renamed the NewStory Center). 
The Brandon Inn
20 Park Street Brandon, VT 05733-1122
1-800-639-8685 toll-free (reservations only)
(802) 247-5766

Church Supper at Our Lady of Good Help (St. Marys)
Saturday, March 10th at 5:00pm- Parish Hall- 39 Carver St

Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, cole slaw, rolls & dessert
$8.00 per person, 6-12 yrs $5.00 under 5 free


   Julia Mark to perform at
   Brandon Music
      Saturday, March 10th

With the songwriting penchant of Carole King and the soft-easy vocals of Suzanne Vega, Mark is for the listener who likes to transcend into a musical and visual scene. And she is captivating to watch herself! When Red Line Roots' Brian Carroll watches Mark perform, he wishes his parents forced him to take piano lessons as a kid. He says "Her hands effortlessly dance across the ivories and her voice is equal parts pure power and delicate grace."
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
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, celebrating arts in Vermont.
Click here for more on Julia


Heliand Consort performs 'Old World/New World Legends' at Brandon Music
Sunday, March 11th
at 2:30 pm

Heliand Consort returns to Brandon with a performance at Brandon Music on Sunday, March 11th at 2:30 pm. Their new program, 'Old World/New World Legends,' features an eclectic mix of chamber music inspired by old world mythology and new world folk and dance music. Flutist Berta Frank, oboist Katie Oprea, clarinetist Elisabeth LeBlanc and bassoonist Rachael Elliott perform works ranging from virtuosic solos, to trios, woodwind quartets and songs.
Listeners will be treated to sensuous melodies and precocious harmonies of Claude Debussy, Jean Francaix and Benjamin Britten. Familiar folk dances include a Brazilian waltz by Francisco Mignone and a habañera by Cuban-American composer and saxophonist, Paquito D'Rivera.
A program highlight and one of several pieces inspired by Greek mythology is "What Pan Was Doing," written for Heliand Consort by Vermont composer Don Jamison. In it, he sets a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning which recounts the story of how Pan, the Greek god of shepherds and music, created his "pan pipe" or reed flute. Jamison's poignant setting takes the unusual step of alternating pairs of voices and instruments to sing and accompany.
Heliand Consort has appeared throughout Vermont over the past eleven years, with additional forays to New Hampshire and North Carolina. During that time, they've cultivated a devoted audience and crafted a variety of whimsical programs for winds and piano, along with their signature folk songs. More about the ensemble and upcoming programs may be found at
Tickets are $20 and may be reserved by calling 802-247-4295 or via email at . Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, celebrating arts in Vermont.

Call to Artists: 'Barn Art'
The Compass Music and Arts Center is accepting submissions for the juried exhibit 'Barn Art'.

The exhibit runs from April 6 through June 16 with a submission deadline of February 23.
Barns are of course a regular sight on the Vermont landscape, serving a very necessary and functional purpose to farmers, but they have also become an iconic image for the state and a valuable tourist attraction. One barn in particular is also a big part of the Compass Center. Brandon Music, Compass' concert venue, is a beautifully renovated 1820s New England barn which also happens to be the former studio of folk artist Warren Kimble. The Brandon Music barn will soon take on another purpose by hosting 'Barn Opera', operas performed by professional singers in an intimate and informal setting. With all of these connections, an exhibit which celebrates the barn as an icon seems most fitting.
Submissions will be considered by Vermont artists Denise Letendre, Susan Bull Riley, and Stephanie Stouffer, and judged based on the submitting artist's interpretation of the "Barn Art" theme. A cash prize will be awarded, along with future exhibiting opportunities at Compass.
The submission materials and fees must be received by February 23. The submission guidelines are available at or via

Ian Ethan Case brings his trio to Brandon Music
Saturday, March 17th at 7:30pm

Acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case is quickly becoming recognized as "one of the most creative and engaging fingerstyle guitarists in the world" (International Center for Creativity). He has wowed audiences and packed the barn at Brandon Music since 2014, with listeners quickly catching on to his truly unique style and astounding talent. Case performs at Brandon Music on March 17 with his trio, performing music from his latest album and new un-recorded works.
Joining Ian and Stephanie for the first time in Vermont will be two musicians featured on the new 'Earth Suite' album: Philadelphia-based multi-percussionist Jeff Willet, and master flute player Amir Milstein, an international touring veteran with groups such as Bustan Abraham, Tucan Trio, and Tito Puente. Presenting songs from 'Earth Suite' as well as new un-recorded material, the group will bring listeners on a cross-cultural journey connecting Arabic, Flamenco, Latin, Acoustic Fingerstyle, and forward-thinking Jazz elements in a performance that is certain to feed those hungry for something new.
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.   Click here for more info
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
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, celebrating arts in Vermont.

Art from Farm to Table:
Pastels by Judy Albright and Cristine Kossow
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) presents a feast for the eyes with a fresh exhibit of pastel works by Middlebury artists Judy Albright and Cristine Kossow. The show runs March 2 through April 30.

Vintage tools, stacks of produce, farm animals - these are the Vermont staples that Middlebury artists Cris Kossow and Judy Albright draw inspiration from. "I'm generally a still-life painter, says Kossow, "but when I came to Vermont I got so excited about cows, chickens, pigs. I love to paint cows." Relocating from the Hudson Valley, she finds no shortage of subjects in the Green Mountain State. A Parsons-trained graphic designer, Kossow rekindled her love of painting when she received a box of pastels as a birthday gift.
"I remembered my cousin, Judy, is a pastel artist," Kossow explains, "so we reconnected. Now we live across the street from each other and are having a joint show."
Judy Albright, who earned a master's in art and education at SUNY New Paltz, moved to Vermont from Connecticut about a year ago. In Middlebury she paints and teaches pastels. "The Vermont arts community and the public have been very welcoming to Cris and me," says Albright. "We never expected to have this kind of exposure. Then again, we're not shy."
"The theme, 'Art from Farm to Table' is our way of honoring the spirit of Vermont, adds Kossow. "We're very motivated to create art here."
Judy Albright serves on the board of the Vermont Pastel Society. Cristine Kossow is on the board of governors of the Pastel Society of America. Their joint show will include existing work and several new pieces. This show is part of Vermont Arts 2018 - a year-long celebration highlighting arts events across the state, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council.
The Brandon Artists Guild is an artist-run gallery with approximately 40 exhibiting artists and additional supporting members. A 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs.
The BAG, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10AM to 5PM, Sundays from 10AM to 4PM.
 Information: 802 247-4956.

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.). |

Jazz classics with Cooie's Jazz Ensemble at Brandon Music
Saturday, March 24- 7:30pm

Drawing from the vast catalog of jazz classics of the 20th century, Cooie's Jazz Ensemble lures you deep into the music. Cooie DeFrancesco reaches the heart of a lyric and brings her own special blend of pathos and humor. Cooie brings to each song a true and melodic voice as well as unique interpretive skills, using expressive vocal arrangements to take a lyric back to its foundation. Experience her beautiful and full voice and her passion for a song's meaning and spirit at Brandon Music on March 24.
Accompanied by veteran musicians Robert Gagnon (guitar), Andy Smith (bass), and Rob Zollman (drums), Cooie will take you on a musical journey. You'll hear songs like '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'.   click here for lots more info

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
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2018, celebrating arts in Vermont.

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!

 Month #6 winner was Nancy Meffe!!


Put a BRICK in your Hunny-Bunny's

Easter Basket!!  


DBA Bricks for Cental Park
Bricks for Central Park will raise funds for the Downtown Brandon Alliance, which will allow the DBA to continue to promote the Brandon downtown core.

Brick price $35.00 per brick or 3 for $100.00
Bricks can have 3 text lines 20 character per line (including blank spaces)
Bricks must be paid for in full before order can be placed
No guarantee on placement of bricks
This order of Bricks is for Central park. We plan on continuing the program throughout the town.
Drop off your forms & check at the Town Clerk's office

***change is inevitable.  progress is optional -Tony Robinson*** 
Village Spa is
making change
AND progress.  

We ARE Brandon's day spa and our staff has been educating themselves with workshops and trainings over the past few months in an effort to support our local community and it's desire for holistic services throughout our spa.   
Village Spa is dedicated to guiding our customers in their optimal wellness and self care rituals while providing a variety of healing and feel-good treatments.  Our service providers can  even provide you with a recommended treatment plan to follow your first visit.  
 Everyone can benefit from something at our full services spa.
Our offerings include:      
AromaTouch     Therapeutic Massage     
Reiki     Lash Extensions 
Foot Health-Pedicures for Men and Women        Customized Facials     
Hair Services with non-toxic color, aftercare and shampoo/conditioners     
Make-Up free of oils, dyes  (Lessons and applications available too!)
 *all of our products are free of dyes, parabens, phthalates, gluten, irritants and all known carcinogens*  
Coming Soon:   
Workshops on Essential Oils
Infant Massage
Tincture/Herbs--Urban Moonshine
Mindfulness exercises
Events to encourage self-care
Package Discounts
Feel free to contact us with questions at 465-8255 or visit our website

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.

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

Neshobe Golf Club
A great season of golf in 2017!

 Now for the dark wintery nights coming up, stop in and enjoy the blazing fireplace at Neshobe's own Long Iron Restaurant & Pub, 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, All are welcome! We hope to see you soon. 
Rodney Bicknell, PGA Professional and NGC General Manager                     

What's New at the  Little Pressroom
March 2018

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.).

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.

Get on board the successful Gateways
to Adventure promotion!
You can sponsor a page at any time,
for one full year, for only $25.00
Sponsor ALL eleven pages
for only $200.00  
Gateways to Adventure        Click here for a printable PDF   Sponsorship form


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.
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 a division of the Richards Group (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting-
Monday, March 19th, 2018 will be our next meeting!  
The third Monday of the month.

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.