May 2017

Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!
                                                                           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

Green Up Day
Saturday, May 6

Dear Brandonites (or is it Brandonians?) and Community Members, Green Up Day is coming! Green Up Day is always the first Saturday in May and falls on May 6 this year which, not coincidentally, happens to be a Saturday! Every year a group of Brandon volunteers of all ages, sizes, and dispositions "celebrates" Green Up Day by picking up along the roadsides in our community and cleaning away the accumulated debris from the past year. Those efforts greatly improve the appearance of our town and neighborhoods and contribute to the overall beauty of the state.  
   For those not familiar with this annual event, Green Up Day is organized by a state coordinator and local volunteers. Green Up Day is not funded by the State of Vermont but, rather, through private donations and contributions by individual towns. This truly is a local effort, supported by local people. Volunteers walk the routes (usually about an hour or two) and collect roadside debris into plastic bags that are provided. There is no charge for the disposal of the debris, and arrangements for pickup and delivery to the town dump are made when needed.
   If you would like to help clean up our community, we will meet at the bandstand in Central Park in downtown Brandon (across from the Brandon Inn) from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. Trash bags and route assignments (and coffee/hot chocolate and donuts) will be available for anyone who would like to help. Volunteers with pick-up trucks are a great benefit, as we always seem to need help getting the trash delivered from the roadsides to the transfer station -- please call me if you'd like to volunteer for "truck" duty. Also please call me in advance of Green Up Day if you are aware of an illegal dump site or an especially hard hit area that could use some special attention and resources.  
   Green Up Day bags and/or route assignments are available for those who would like to get an early start or who otherwise will not be available on Green Up Day.
    We recommend that volunteers wear sturdy work gloves as some items along our roadsides can be harmful, very gross, gnarly and/or downright yecchy (i.e., broken bottles, dirty diapers and deer carcasses)!   We also recommend that you keep an eye on our younger Green Up Day volunteers to ensure that they don't pick up any items that may pose a hazard to them or others. Let's have a fun, safe and productive Green Up Day!
We hope to see you on Saturday, May 6!       
 Thank you,
Jim Leary     Brandon Green Up Day Coordinator   247-9595                     

Culvert Completion Sales Event!
Saturday, May 20th!!!

 After seven months of hard work by Markowski Excavating, the "huge" culvert project is coming to a close. The businesses and townsfolk have had to deal with the disruption and inconvenience throughout the process, but with patience and persistence we've made it to the end. The businesses want to burst out and celebrate with big saving in appreciation for the community support.
Watch the papers and this newsletter for more details.

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, dancing in the street 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!!

Indoor Cabin Fever / Yard Sale
At The Granary basement, 29 Union St

Antiques By The Falls (which used to be with the Inside Scoop next to the Brandon Inn) continues its indoor yard sale at The Granary basement, 29 Union St (first building after the tracks opposite the old Blue Seal) Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 5,6,7 and 12,13,14 from 9 am - 1 pm. Also available by chance and by appointment.
The sale is in the BASEMENT -- there are stairs and uneven surfaces to walk on so please be careful. The entrance is on Railroad Ave.
New items are being added. The sale is chock-full of antiques, collectibles, household items, great decorator pieces, and much more. Loads of bookshelves, chairs, benches, beds, dressers, end tables, dining room tables, and side tables. Stools, stands, doors, tools, shovels, rakes, mirrors, fireplace sets, bikes, lamps and lighting. Tin cans, oil cans and milk cans. Architectural details including pairs of pillars. Primitives, metal, vinyl, glass, pottery, and wicker. Projects, parts & pieces, and items ready for prime time. Pieces are interesting, eclectic, shabby chic, unique and one-of-a-kind. All priced to sell.
Description of a couple of unique Brandon items: Howe Scale - Platform / Floor Model No. 8 made in Brandon c 1870s - This antique Howe Scale was made right in Brandon, Vermont, back in the day when Howe was the first piece of Brandon history. There are weights included. The sale also includes General Electric Mercury Arc Rectifier Panels in Original Packing Crate with shipping label showing it was delivered to Crotto & Tucker, Brandon Vermont from GE in Lynn, MA. This is c. 1915. The glass is enclosed in the wooden packing crate -- the crate has never been opened. Original paper labels are intact.
If you would like to make an appointment or have any questions, call or text Joel at 802-236-3737

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery
and Gardens Opens for the Season -May  6th
  Beautiful Mother's Day 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
  Starting Thursday, May 11th we'll be open seven days a week 10am-5pm with veggie sets, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and garden accessories!
"Seeing the hillside of daffodils in full bloom is worth a visit alone"
2127 RT 73 in SUDBURY -  802 623-7373
Check us out on Facebook

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.

Fish, Fowl & Flowers: Woodcarving and Photography
May 3rd through June 27th
Opening reception is May 5th  5-7pm

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.

Brandon Music steps into Nature with pianist, Annemieke McLane's 'Garden Tour'
May 6 at 7:30pm

Annemieke McLane is "one of Vermont's finest pianists" (Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald/Times Argus). She will perform her new recital program, 'Garden Tour' at Brandon Music on May 6 at 7:30pm. 'Garden Tour' is an extension of her most recent album "Birds of Beethoven", released last August. The pianist is touched by how composers, like painters, capture Nature, and therefore has brought together a collection of works to tell stories of flowers, bugs, the moon, landscapes, and all that makes up Nature. The program will include works such as Rachmaninoff's Daisies, Chopin's Raindrop Prelude, the beloved Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy's Nocturne, and more.
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           for more info click here

Splash of Color: Norma Montaigne
Opening reception Sunday, May 7 from 2:00-4:00pm 

  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 challengesmy 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 with a reception Sunday, May 7 from 2:00-4:00pm.
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

Solar Open House in Pittsford!
Sunday May 7th from 2-4pm

Ever been curious about what is means to go solar? It's hard to believe that it has been 2 years since we (Byrom and Covey households) went solar with SunCommon. We have loved every minute of it! No electric bill, owning our own system, reducing our reliance on oil and gas, and working with a fantastic company!

We'd like to invite you to join us at our home for a Solar Open House on Sunday May 7th from 2-4pm. Nora from SunCommon will be with us and happy to answer questions about what it means to go solar with SunCommon (a mission-driven Vermont company), affordable options at no upfront cost, and an easy (soup-to-nuts) process. You'll have the opportunity to see our two homes that each have different solar systems - you can see a roof mounted system, ground mounted system, and a cold climate heat pump!

Sunday, May 7th from 2pm-4pm @ 1548 Sangamon Rd in Pittsford

Please RSVP at and let us know you'll make it!
Nora Woolf | Solar Community Organizer |   SunCommon
442 US Route 2 Waterbury, Vermont 05676
802-798-2657 (cell) | 802-882-8649 (office) |  save money.  go solar.

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  

Dissipated Eight a'cappella performance at Foley Brothers Brewery- May 13th!!
Foley Brothers Brewing and The Neshobe River Winery are excited to announce the first concert of the summer season at the Tasting Barn. Join us on Saturday, May 13, at 1 PM as the perfectly tuned tones of Middlebury College's a'cappella group, Dissipated Eight, fill the air.
It's Mother's Day weekend, so come on over and relax with some wine or beer on our beautiful grounds and vintage barn setting.
79 Stone Dam Rd, Brandon. Event is Free. Rain or shine, no dogs permitted on property.

Ian Ethan Case: 'Meet the Beast' tour comes to Brandon Music
May 13 at 7:30pm

Following a busy 2016 which included his first tour of Europe, two performances with a full symphony orchestra, and roughly 39,000 miles of concert travel within the US alone, acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case presents a new tour for 2017, previewing music from his upcoming album Earth Suite and featuring a never-before-seen custom instrument affectionately dubbed "The Beast". Case will play "The Beast" at Brandon Music on May 13 at 7:30pm.
  Joining Ian will be live looping and electronics specialist Stephanie Case, adding even more sonic and orchestrational variety to the mix.
  This new instrument incorporates newly developed "acoustic synthesis" technology from American inventor Paul Vo and was co-designed by Case and private luthier Wade Sylvester. It took over 7 years to build. With an array of tuning levers allowing for accessing hundreds of tunings on the fly, along with sophisticated electromagnetic technology that physically manipulates the vibration of the 12 strings, be prepared to hear other-worldly sounds you've never imagined coming from a guitar-double-neck or otherwise.
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

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

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.

Artists Spring Open
Studio 2017
Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28
Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.
The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.


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 6...7:30 pm Middlebury College Community Chorus...7:30 pm...
The Middlebury College Community Chorus returns to the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 pm. Jeff Rehbach continues in his sixteenth year as director of the College Community Chorus and Timothy Guiles returns as the choir's virtuoso accompanist. This presentation of uplifting music, by the 60+ member chorus, celebrates the wonder of star-filled nights and an awakening to new possibilities, from a rarely heard song by Beethoven to traditional African music and breathtaking new works by contemporary American composers.   Selections include classical works by Beethoven & Brahms, a traditional song from Zimbabwe, along with American composers Randall Thompson, Daniel Elder, and Samuel Barber. This is a Free Will Donation event. Sponsored by, Pat Hanson, Warren & Lorraine Kimble, Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engines, Inc.
Saturday, May 13...7:00 pm  Silent Movie, An "Our Gang" Festival...7:00 pm
Jeff Rapsis and his magic fingers return for our first silent movie of the season on Saturday, May 13, at 7:00 pm with an "Our Gang" Festival. Long before Alfalfa and Spanky starred in "The Little Rascals", audiences in the silent era enjoyed the "Our Gang" comedies that preceded them and launched the enduring phenomenon of just letting kids be kids on camera. Join us for a selection of some of the tribe's most celebrated silent film antics. This is a Free Will Donation Event. Sponsored by, Nancy & Gary Meffe
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.
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 19th!! 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

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

-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
 May 15th, 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.