May 2017 #2 

Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!


Free hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. Many are bringing a dish to share- if you want to be a part of the pot luck feel free to bring a dish to join in the fun!

OK folks, here we go! The long awaited Segment 6- Route 7 project is finally here, and we want to kick it off with a big party! Sunday May 21st from 2-6pm there'll be free food, music, and lots of information available for you to find out the details of the road and streetscape renaissance! We'll have tables set up inside the town hall with information from the state of Vermont, the Town of Brandon, the engineering companies involved, the Chamber of Commerce and Casella. So stop in anytime from 2-6pm and ask questions, make suggestions, check out the pictures and drawings and be better prepared to help your friends and neighbors actually enjoy and have fun as we take this important step in improving our roads, streets, parks and infrastructure.
We've proven over and over in this town that we can take something like this and turn it into something that the rest of the state and all of New England will talk about and point to as we work together for a common goal!
See you there, and remember to stay or come back for Kevin Thornton's world premier of his moving civil war movie, "Death In The Wilderness- A Love Story" at 7:00pm. This edition is the updated and final edit.
It's so nice to be able to hold this in our beautifully renovated town hall, many, many thanks to the Friends of the Town Hall for their help with this party!!

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.

A note from filmmaker Kevin Thornton: " I want to thank the people in Brandon for all the help and support. Brandon people financially supported it, helped with the script, did the sound recording, sang and played music in it, lent their voice talents, lent equipment, posed for photographs, and put up with my filming them. People could not have been more generous and cooperative, which made making the film a wonderful experience for me. I consider it a town project and I'm forever grateful for the help."

Click here for more info
                                                                           Fundraiser 2017
Brandon Summer
Concert Series
"Music at the Riverbend"

Every Wednesday in July and August .

Wasn't last summer a blast? Let's do it all over again! Thanks to your support in 2016, we
enjoyed nine wonderful Wednesday summer evenings of locally-sourced music, popcorn,
balloons, food sales, and, most importantly, each other's company. (Perfect weather nine
Wednesday evenings in a row did not hurt.) At least 100 people attended each concert.

Now that you know what to expect, we're going to change it up a bit for 2017. Still every
Wednesday in July and August . Still 7 PM . Still a great free concert and free popcorn. Still a lot
of fun. So what's new?

With the Route 7 reconstruction through the downtown, we thought it might be prudent to get
out of the way. Thanks to the generosity of Sarah and Louis Pattis, we'll be out on the expansive
and traffic-free lawn behind the Brandon Inn . The Neshobe River will be lolling along behind us,
and thanks to the community spirit of Shawn Keith and his team at Celebration Rentals, the bands
will be performing on a custom stage built for our concert each week. All aspects of the venue
are being donated to our community.

The Brandon Town Band under the baton of another hometown hero, Julia Varian, will be playing
a pre-concert concert on select Wednesdays: 6 PM on July 12, August 2, and August 16.

Also new this year, we won't have regular food concessions onsite, but downtown eateries will be
open and several will be offering concert-night specials: a great chance to patronize our local
businesses during the construction season. The inn will have on-site beer and wine for sale at
each concert (no BYOB per state liquor regulations). Let the kids run around while you relax on
your lawn chair. A web page with more information, including the band line-up, is at under "Events".

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will again provide foundation funding, and our
headline sponsors have been approached to contribute as they have so generously in the past.

So what do you think? Can we count on you, too? Your support will be recognized on print advertising and at each concert. Suggested levels of support are:
            $25+ Friend         $50+ Patron         $100+ Sponsor

Thank you for your consideration. By sponsoring live music for our community, you keep our community alive.

Stacey Doucette, Seth Hopkins, Bill Moore,
Alyssa Zollman
Brandon Summer Concert Series Committee

Please send your donation to:
BACC, P O Box 267
Brandon VT 05733
or make a secure online
donation at the
SummerConcert Series page of

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery
and Gardens Opens for the Season!
 Beautiful Baskets, Container Plants and Gifts-
Annuals - Organic Veggie Sets - Perennials
Berry Plants - Shrubs - Fruit Trees, Succulents
Trees - Ferns - Native Species
Farm Store & Antiques - Workshops & Events
  Come for the quality plants, enjoy the view and share the vision
  Open seven days a week 10am-5pm with veggie sets, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and garden accessories!  
2127 RT 73 in SUDBURY -  802 623-7373
Check us out on Facebook

Fish, Fowl & Flowers: Woodcarving and Photography
May 3rd through June 27th

The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) welcomes spring with a new exhibit of floral photographs by Richard Conrad and wildlife woodcarving by William Barnard.
Vermont artists William Barnard and Richard Conrad both find inspiration from observing nature, sometimes with scientific precision. "I'm a vertebrate ecologist," explains Barnard. "The beginnings of my interest in art are reflected in the pages of my field notes." Like nature itself, Barnard's carved wooden fish, birds and other animals have evolved as he experiments with new techniques and media. "My early carvings were intended to be as realistic as my skills permitted, lately I've done a few more abstract pieces."
Photographer Richard Conrad started taking pictures in New York City in the 1960s. A move to Vermont in 1995 changed his focus. "I enjoy photographing Vermont's varied countryside throughout the year as well as its small towns and villages," says Conrad. "I also enjoy garden photography. My wife is an avid gardener and landscape designer. We get to see and share our visited gardens from two entirely different perspectives."
The gallery, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open daily from 10AM to 5PM.
Information: 802 247-4956.
The Brandon Artists Guild is a nonprofit cooperative with approximately 50 artist-members. A 501(c)3 non-profit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs, particularly in local schools and after-school programs.

Splash of Color: Norma Montaigne

  As Norma Montaigne enjoys working with different textures and mediums, she believes every idea can be executed in a number of ways. Color can be bold or soft; paint can be thick or washed out; surfaces can be wood, canvas, paper or of a three dimensional character. Each texture or medium is a calculated choice used to convey the concept, knowing that no one medium can solve every idea. She says searching for different mediums leads her to interesting places: "Experimenting challenges my every day and thought. "Montaigne presents a collection of her vibrant and varied work in 'Splash of Color' at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon, from May 5 through July 2.
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.).
For more info on Norma click here

Caroline Cotter & Emily Mure, together at 
 Brandon Music
May 20 at 7:30pm

Two nationally known singer-songwriters come together to perform in Brandon, Vermont on May 20 at 7:30pm. With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline Cotter's songs take you from an intimate Parisian salon to the mountains of Colorado and into the depths of the human heart. A classically trained oboist, Emily Mure's willingness to be vulnerable and honest will pull you in and allow you the same. Her lyrical melodies and voice take on a similar dark and reedy quality to that of her first instrument.
The musicians will be crossing paths in Brandon after months of touring solo; Cotter coming from the west after a three month national tour, and Mure from the east after a tour throughout Ireland. The two singer-songwriters will share the stage performing original material from their most recently released albums as well as new material from albums to be released this fall. Click here for more info.
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

SPRING OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND, in Brandon and Nearby Communities
Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28
May 27th & 28th are the dates to get to know Vermont's visual artists and artisans during Open Studio Weekend, an event sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council since 1992. This month Vermont artists open their workspaces to the public -- hosting studio tours and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend from 10am- 5pm each day. Official statewide maps are already available at the Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) at 7 Center Street. In the map booklet, visitors can find directions to 220 craftspeople, artists, and galleries statewide, all open for the popular two-day event. You'll find a separate Brandon map of local artists too. The gallery will be showing the work of approximately fifty skilled craftspeople and fine artists along with a featured 2 person show "Fish, Fowl and Flowers" showing wood carvings of fish and fowl by Bill Barnard and flower photography by Richard Conrad.
Three studio venues are within walking distance of the BAG: Using colorful handpainted papers, plastic, metal, and other decorative materials, Patty Sgrecci creates art in motion -- moving sculptures and mobiles. She will demonstrate how she achieves the art
of balance in The Granary at 29 Union St. Warren Kimble's home studio will be open at 40 Park St. where he is hard at work preparing for a featured show at The Guild, opening June 30th. Kimble is known for his signature folk art of animal, barn, and homestead scenes on antique wooden boards and other found objects. Judith Reilly will be at her
sewing machine in her studio at 24 Conant Square. Be sure to stop in to see her freestyle stitching techniques as she creates new whimsical fabric art. Her latest hooked rug designs will also be on display.
Just up the hill Laura Rideout will be demonstrating stained glass techniques at 8 East Prospect St. You'll want to see her collection of stained glass panels and sun catchers. Drive to 519 Lover's Lane to find Jill Listzwan's studio where she'll be creating one of a kind jewelry from mixed media. Color and whimsy unite in her fun collection.
Other BAG members showing work outside of Brandon are Karen Deets stained glass in Fairhaven, Stacey Stanhope ceramics in Orwell, Mike Mayone paintings in East Middlebury and Norma Jean Rollet's pastels and paintings in Middlebury. There's so much to see, start planning your weekend now!
The visiting times for Open Studio Weekend, are 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, May 27 & 28. For maps and more art, the Brandon Artists Guild is at 7 Center Street, Brandon. Look for yellow signs.


Neshobe Golf Club
Open and the course is in
great shape!!

Neshobe Golf Club is now open for the season! We are fortunate in that Mother Nature has shone upon us once again and kept the harshness of New England winters from wreaking any havoc to our greens and fairways. All greens are the real deal-no temporaries or winter burn. The fairways are fast approaching their high-season lush green color and fluff, tempting anyone with a touch of golf fever to dust off the clubs and get on over for a round or two (more?). If you need something, remember that we have a fully-stocked ProShop for any gear you may need and a PGA professional who can help you tweak that swing for better play. In addition to the course, Neshobe's own Long Iron Restaurant & Pub is 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 
 Rodney Bicknell
PGA Professional and 
Neshobe General Manager  

Town Hall 2017 schedule of events kicks off on Saturday April 22!
Another great season of entertainment in our little town- get out and enjoy and support all these performances!!
Saturday, May 20,.....7:00 pm Bill Powers..."Fred Bacon & The Forest Dale Banjo Factory"...
Historian Bill Powers will present a pictorial and narrative presentation on Saturday, May 20 in the Brandon Town Hall at 7:00 pm featuring Fred J. Bacon and the Forest Dale Banjo Factory. Fred J. Bacon (1871-1948) was a world renowned banjoist who lived in Forest Dale Vermont from 1906-1915 and operated a banjo factory there. He and his wife, Cassie, were accomplished musicians. The detailed account of their Forest Dale years including a significant world-wide "musical first" and a number of anecdotes that provides "local color" to Brandon Area personages. Connections to Lake Dunmore, Brandon, Rutland, Middlebury and environs will be explored. More than 50 photographs and illustrations of that era will be displayed. This is a Free Will Donation event. Sponsored by,George and Judith Reilly, Tom & Carolyn Whittaker
Sunday, May 21...7:00 pm  Kevin Thorton's Movie..."Death In The Wilderness - A Love Story" World Premier
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 Sunday, 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,  Q & A with Kevin to follow.  Sponsored by, Lake Sunapee Bank.
Saturday, June 3....7:30 pm "Beatles For Sale" Tribute Concert...
The Brandon Town Hall welcomes "Beatles For Sale" to the Hall on Saturday, June 3, at 7:30 pm. "Beatles For Sale" is a Beatles tribute band from Massachusetts that is committed to recreating the sounds of the Beatles live in concert. They are past recipients of regional awards such as Best Tribute Band in New England and Best Live Act. And have received several other nominations from Limelight Magazine and the Pulse Music Awards in central Massachusetts. This band delivers a fun and energetic performance complete with original instrumentation and vocal harmonies that are as accurate as possible to the original Beatles recordings. The Band was formed in 2007 and is currently embarking on their northeast "10-year Anniversary tour. They are known to cover many of the "later-era" numbers that most bands don't even try. Tickets are....Adults, $12...Seniors (60 & up), Seniors (17 & under) and Military...$10. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the performance. Sponsored by, Gayle Pilat & Laura Abel, Tom & Carolyn Whittaker, Linda & Jeff Stewart, Joe Ammatuna, Jon & Courtney Satz, John & Deb Perry, Lake Sunapee Bank.
Saturday, June 10...7:30 pm Drum Journeys of Earth..."Voyage Of The Log People"...
This all new show from Drum Journeys Of Earth will take place in the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 pm. The show called "Voyage Of The Log People" is being put together by Limbo Lounge, a world beat group- made up of violin, key board, guitars, drums, drums, drums and newly added brass instruments, in combination with the West African Djembe Ensemble. They have performed for the past two years and are now introducing another new show. The log drum is the central instrument that will be showcased with Maoiri sticks and chants. Drums small and large, perhaps even described as huge!! You might have seen Drum Journeys Of Earth in Rutlands Halloween parade as the "Skellies" or matching in the Brandon Independence Day parade. Come and enjoy the fun, laughter and good times. Tickets...Adults, $7....Seniors (60 & up), Students (17 & under) and Military, $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the door. Sponsored by, Pat Hanson, Ben Lawton, Anonymous Donor.
Many thanks to the Friends of the Town Hall for all their hard work and dedication to this wonderful building!

Great Brandon Auction
Tuesday, July 18th
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 18th!! 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 or appliances, mattresses, metal desks, encyclopedias, entertainment centers, exercise equipment (unless it is an elliptical or powered treadmill), 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

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

DuBois & King Consulting Engineers One-Year Anniversary in Brandon: A Thank You to the Community
by Jonathan Ashley, DuBois & King's
Brandon Office Manager

A little over a year ago, DuBois & King opened a new office in Brandon (on April 1, 2016). The 25 Union Street location serves as a base of operations for firm engineers living on the western side of the Green Mountains and is an ideal location for serving clients along the Route 7 corridor. The office was opened to provide a home base for three engineers living in the Brandon area and to eliminate the stress of long commutes to the firm's South Burlington and Randolph offices. We have settled in quite nicely here in Brandon and there have been some significant positive changes over the last year that we would like to share.
Since last fall we have had a full time construction inspector on the Overflow Culvert project located in the Union Street office and the project is scheduled for completion in May. We have also served new and long-time clients in Addison, Rutland, and Bennington County from the Union Street office on a variety of other projects. I have joined the Board of Directors of Brandon's Chamber of Commerce, and DuBois & King is a proud sponsor of the new "Even Better Brandon" initiative.
In May, DuBois & King is bringing on an additional full time engineer, Michael Mainer, and a full time administrative person, Mary Holman, to assist technical staff, growing our staff in the Brandon office now to seven. DuBois & King was recently selected to assist the Town with construction inspection services for the Segment 6 project and we will have additional construction staff working in Brandon over the next couple of years.
Special thanks to the Town for trusting in DuBois & King and selecting and supporting a local firm to assist with improving Brandon's infrastructure. Brandon's community spirit is everywhere and we have been inspired to become active participants in the community and do our part to improve and maintain Brandon as an unforgettable place.
We have enjoyed becoming part of the Brandon community. We are glad we are here, and thank you for your warm welcome.

Come celebrate the Fourth of July at Brandon's Independence Day Celebration
Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st, 2017


Come celebrate the Fourth of July at Brandon's Independence Day Celebration on Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st, 2017.
This year all the fun & events will be at one central location in Park Village on Rte. 7 north of town, as Route 7 improvements are taking place downtown.
The fun begins Friday at 5PM in Park Village with the opening of the Silent Auction, plenty of food choices including burgers & dogs, cotton candy, popcorn & more! Bid on a great item, grab a bite to eat then come bust a move at the Street Dance from 6PM-10PM with DJ Jam Man Entertainment. Bring the kids to dance, dance, dance..... at the Neshobe Family Medicine Parking lot with plenty of parking nearby, or take the convenient shuttle from Central Park near Hannaford's.
Saturday, July 1st the fun continues at Park Village with:
*   Annual Silent Auction -Bid on beautiful locally made furniture, artwork, gift certificates & more in the North Campus Gymnasium at Park Village Open Fri 5-9PM, Sat 10-1 (closed for parade) Last bids in by 3PM, Pickup 3:30-5PM
*   Family Games of all sorts in the Center Green of Park Village 10AM-12:45 PM, 2:30-5PM
*   Karaoke for all ages 10AM-12:45PM
*   Magic Show to delight and amaze
*  Two 50/50 Raffles. Tickets on sale beginning at the Route 7 Segment Six Party near Town Hall on 5/21
*   The best Independence Day PARADE likely to be found anywhere in the Country, headed by the Vermont National Guard 40th Army Band! 1PM
*   Enjoy great music at the Keating Five Concert following the parade on the center Green of Park Village
*   Delicious BBQ with a variety of delicious foods available - come picnic! 5-7PM
*   DJ Jam Man will be spinning family favorites on Saturday night from 6 pm- 9 pm
* FIREWORKS at Dusk. Join us for a spectacular display by Northstar Fireworks
* Plenty of onsite parking (including handicap accessible) PLUS a convenient FREE shuttle from downtown
Want to be in the Parade? Walk or Ride, ALL groups are welcome
Parade Applications available at the Brandon Free Public Library, Carr's Florist and Brandon Town Offices.
Want to be a VENDOR? Contact  
Businesses with an item to donate to Silent Auction? Contact Bobbie Torstenson
General Questions? Contact Debbie Boyce or 802-345-0056
LOOKING for Parking VOLUNTEERS! Come join the Parking Team. We need people to help with rotating shifts. Contact Jake Bertrand 802-989-8576
Go to the Facebook page for updates: Brandon Independence Day Parade
Or Brandon Chamber of Commerce website:
For press info contact: Suzanne Bennett
1866 Country Club Road, Brandon VT 05733
(802) 247-4258 or (802) 558-3729

Deb Brisson and the Hay Burners at Brandon Music
 Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Deb Brisson and the Hay Burners are a group of veteran Addison County performers, led by Brisson's powerful, expressive vocals, who make their Brandon Music debut on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. Their songs are real and heartfelt, ranging from soulful and bluesy to rocking alt-country. With an album of original music, "Heart-Shaped Stone," to its credit, the band plays a mix of its own work and favorite covers by artists such as Natalie Merchant, Alabama Shakes, Coldplay, the Talking Heads and more.
Brisson brought the band together several years ago, to work on songs that she, original bassist Pete Ryan, and guitarist Mark Pelletier were writing. "Pete and I started playing around with a few tunes," she recalls, "and then we met Mark, who was extremely prolific in songwriting, and we decided to see what kind of sound and interest we could create. Our drummer John Wallace, who's also very creative, had access to Lion Tone Recording Studio in Middlebury, and from there came the 'Heart-Shaped Stone' album and our first gigs." 
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  click here for more info

Massage and More!
Complimentary consultations to get you started on your path to well-being.

Many of our clients and followers know Village Spa offers massages and body treatments, but did you know we can help with a range of services from head to toe?
Once you've experienced the therapeutic benefits of our various types of massage, we can help with skincare, hair services, full body waxing, and other beauty treatments. (As a reminder, all of our products are chosen because they are healthy alternatives to common beauty products that contain harsh c hemicals.) We also offer brow and lash tints and manicures and pedicures.
If you have questions about our services or scheduling, please contact us at: 802-465-8255 or go online

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.

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

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.
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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

-Heart & Soul Café- 22 park St(next to the Brandon Inn)-Tiffany Quesnel- 247-5986
-Gold Star Feed & Grain- 38 Union St-Andy Dugan Mgr.- 247-3331
-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
 June 19th, 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.