May 2019

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Go to  for construction info
Come to Café Provence for Cinco de Mayo
in true Mexican fashion!!
Sunday, May 5th   10am-9pm
comida sabrosa   comida sabrosa  comida sabrosa

Art of Wood: Brandon Artist Guild 
Opens New Exhibit

The series will run from May 3 
through June 25. 

The Brandon Artists Guild (The BAG) continues its 20 th anniversary celebration with a  new exhibit, "The Art of Wood." 
The public is invited to the free opening reception Friday, May 3 from 5PM to 7PM.

The show features pieces from the BAG's exhibiting members, who work in diverse media including paint, fiber, glass, ceramics, collage - and wood.  "Though the theme is wood, the exhibit will feature works and interpretations across all media," explains Stacey Stanhope, a potter and BAG board member. "Wood is just the sliver of an idea; each artist will branch off depending on how inspiration strikes. Wooden it be great to see what they come up with?"
The exhibit is the second in a series of four themed shows honoring our planet. This 20th-anniversary year for the BAG is also the Chinese Year of the Pig, which recognizes nature's elements, Earth, Wood, Water, and Fire. 
The BAG is devoting four exhibits to these elements.
In addition to Art of Wood in May and June, the remaining exhibits are:
Art of Water - June 28 through August 27
Art of Fire - August 30 through October 29
The BAG, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Open seven days a week starting May 1. Information: 802 247-4956.      Brandon Artist Guild  

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery 
& Gardens  
2127 Rte 73 E.  Sudbury 623-7373

Opens- Saturday ~
May 4 th  ~ 10 -5

A Showcase on Spring !!

"Nurture your imagination in alluring surroundings"

Come for vibrant plants~expert advice~prices you'll love!  Veggie starts-annuals-perennials-shrubs-trees-native species-house plants!

Green Up Day info
Saturday, May 4th!!

 Meet in Kennedy Park on Saturday morning, May 4, from 8AM - 10AM for Green Up Day bags and route assignments. 

Folks who want to get an early start or who won't be around on May 4 are encouraged to call me in advance of GU Day for bags and assignments (247-9595).   Many thanks for your help- Jim Leary, Green Up Day coordinator  

"Lost Edges" 
Watercolors by 
Amanda Amend
Exhibit- May 10 - June 30
Opening: Friday,  May 10, 5-8pm

Artist Amanda Amend wowed judges at the Compass Music and Arts Center when she was recognized as one of three artists to receive awards for their work in the BARN ART exhibit early last year.  Amend, with a tangible passion for watercolors, presented 5 originals for consideration and all were accepted for the show. The judges commented fulsomely on Amends' skill with composition, reverence for beauty and extraordinary use of color.  As an award winner she was invited to exhibit at the Compass Center, and her new show, entitled 'Lost Edges'  and featuring over 30  of her works, opens at the Compass Center on May 10 th.    Not only did Amend impress the judges, but Joshua Collier, Artistic Director for BARN OPERA and acclaimed opera singer, was visibly enchanted by her work and asked Amend to help identify some of her works to publicize the 2019 Program for Barn Opera, the theme of which is Love.  This proved to be an easy and rewarding collaboration and the next performance by Barn Opera, Carmen, opens on May 17 th at Brandon Music and features Amend's work on all publicity.
   Many appreciators of Amends' work describe it as "ethereal".  There is no doubt that when Amend is creating her art works she is capturing the mystery behind and within the everyday through her use of luminous watercolor.
Amends' art exhibit, "Lost Edges" will be on display in the Compass Music and Arts Center Exhibition Hall from May 10 th to the end of June 2019 with an opening reception on May 10 th starting at 5pm.  The Compass Center is located at 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon, VT.  Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.  Call 802 247 4295 or visit
Media Contact: Edna Sutton, Managing Partner, Compass Music and Arts Center.  Call: 802-247-4295.


70+: GeroTranscendence   
exhibition at the 77 Gallery 
in Rutland

An exhibition of sixty-seven artists who are seventy years or older, what should be called 
The Incredible Generation.   
Collectively these artists represent about five thousand years of being part of, experiencing, and observing the Lebenswelt and it should be noted that between 1950 to 1975 this generation had an incredible impact on the life-world.
There are well over three hundred works of art exhibited in a 7,000 square foot gallery at 77 Grove Street in Rutland. 

We have built it, you should come.      click here for lots more info!

Brandon's Energy Committee-
Quick recommendation if you're looking to 
save some money!

1) lighting, 2) heating, cooling and ventilation, 3) insulation, windows and doors, 4) refrigeration and commercial kitchens, 5) renewable energy, 6) appliances, 7) electronics, 8) transportation, 9) agricultural equipment, and 10) industrial and special equipment costs.
Efficiency Vermont has all of the products available here:
And all of the rebates available here:
(Background on Efficiency Vermont: Founded in 2000 as the nation's first energy efficiency utility, they are Vermont's objective adviser on saving energy through efficiency, which is the most affordable, local fuel source. In every county, they provide Vermonters with technical services and financial support to improve their homes, businesses, and communities. They also train and partner with local providers of efficient goods and services so all Vermonters can easily find the efficiency resources they need.)
Here's a quick list of all that's covered on their site:

Line Barral receives her
$2019.07 check 

      Shop and SAVE!
Shop and WIN!

The Downtown Brandon Alliance, Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Brandon are excited to announce our 2018 Grand Prize winner!
Congratulations to Line Barral of Brandon! Line won $2019.07, the 2018 grand prize for our newly launched Buzz Card shopping incentive program! We had over 75 completed cards turned in, which translated to about 500 tickets entered into the drawing. But don't stop making use of your Buzz Card, another $2019.07 will be won by some lucky person at the end of 2019! There will also be many gift certificates from the participating businesses to be won.
This "get out to shop" program helped to bring all our friends and neighbors into our local businesses. Join in the fun, after your purchase of $10.00 or more the clerk will punch your card! After you get 10 punches you get $20 in Brandon Green and entry tickets for the 2019 grand prize!   It's that EASY! 
We hope this incentive will help you make the extra effort to come into town and do your shopping all through the upcoming construction season.

So grab your card, run into your local businesses and get punched!!

KEEP USING YOUR CARDS!!     List of businesses and their punch design

Gypsy Reel  
return to 
play high energy Celtic and original music 
at Brandon Music 

Saturday, May 4th

Gypsy Reel has been perfecting their eclectic blend of Celtic and original music for over 20 years.  A Celtic band that rocks, Gypsy Reel  plays high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. They have "bags of originality" (Andy Cheyne,  Folk Roots) and according to  The Message in Chester, Vermont, are "the hottest acoustic band around." Gypsy Reel are returning for their fifth show at Brandon Music which just highlights their popularity with Brandon Music audiences, who love the group's exuberance, banter, incredible musicianship, powerful vocals and entertainment value.  Gypsy Reel in turn love the venue and acoustics so much that they recorded one of their live shows at Brandon Music that culminated in a recent CD "Gypsy Reel Live 2017". 
Gypsy Reel's lineup includes hot banjoist, guitarist and vocalist Claudine Langille, formerly of 'Touchstone', the sensational Irish/American fusion band that won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic; Graham Parker, eclectic fiddler extraordinaire; Camille Parker who has captivated the hearts of audiences across the globe with her mandolin, bodhran and rich and remarkable vocals; Reagh Greenleaf, formerly with the famous Clancys, on bodhran and vocals; and the young prodigy Silas Hamilton on standup bass and guitar.
Higher Ground Music says "Gypsy Reel have been perfecting their eclectic blend of Celtic and original music for over 20 years all over the world." They say "Don't miss this chance to hear these great entertainers"!
Concerts begin 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.  

Hilton Park perform their unique style 
of Americana/ Folk 
Brandon Music, Mother's Day weekend,
Saturday  May 11 th   at 7:30pm

Hilton Park is an Americana / Folk trio with a unique sound from southern Maine made up of father, Bruce Hilton, youngest son Connor and close musical partner, friend and neighbor Gregg Pannier, a classically trained organist and piano virtuoso.  The trio is making the return trip to Brandon this coming Mother's Day weekend to perform once again at Brandon Music on May 11 th

Although the trio started out writing and playing music together for their own enjoyment, within a very short time (eight months) they found themselves  recognized by the New England Music Awards (NEMA) as one of the best roots acts in New England and by the Boston Examiner as the band that has " reinvented acoustic".  Today Hilton Park is renowned for being virtuoso musicians, styling traditional folk/country instruments with fresh and original tunes.  Their stage show  includes up to 10 acoustic instruments , (six and twelve string guitars, dobro, mandolin, bouzokki, Weissenborn and dulcimer ) played skillfully by the father and son duo with musical partner playing virtuoso piano.
Hilton Park has a beautifully crafted melodic voice. Their harmonic finesse, likened to Crosby, Stills and Nash, authentic lyrics and good song craft continues to enthrall audiences, putting many listeners on the edge of their seats. 

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 2019, celebrating arts in Vermont.

Americana group Cradle Switch returns to Brandon Music
May 25 th  at 7:30pm

Brandon Music welcomes back firm favorites Cradle Switch to Brandon Music on Saturday May 25th.  A five-piece acoustic Americana group, based in Cambridge, NY, Cradle Switch's repertoire promises something for everyone.  With ballads as well as up-tempo rhythms, the group's lyrics cover the emotional spectrum moving easily from spirited and gritty to some mellow love songs too.  With each performance Cradle Switch balances contemporary songs and classic tunes drawing from bluegrass, country, folk, and a little blues with their own authentic compositions.
Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin, while group member Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies to add to Ferrilyn and Dave's robust vocals.  Bruce Weatherby adds some bounce on the upright bass and David Norman keeps the beat on percussion (and has been known to wear his special washboard tie to gigs). Since 2010 Cradle Switch has played regularly at various concert series, music festivals, cafes and other venues in the northeast and released their debut album Cradleswitch in September 2017.
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 2019, celebrating arts in Vermont.

Brandon Music welcomes the acclaimed world musician Ross Daly with Kelly Thoma to perform Cretan and Mediterranean Music
Friday May 31
st at 7:30pm
For all lovers of world, roots and acoustic music, Brandon Music is delighted to welcome Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma. They will be performing Cretan and Mediterranean music and contemporary modal music as part of a quartet with Tev Stevig, a Boston based guitarist and multi -instrumentalist, who specializes in a variety of plucked string instruments from the Balkans, Greece and Turkey and Michael K Harrist, musician, educator and producer who is also from Boston. This is Daly and Thoma's fourth annual tour of the US.   It comes on the back of their new and top - rated double album "Lunar" which was voted No1 by Global Music Network  on the  Best of 2018 World Music Charts.  click here for 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 2019, celebrating arts in Vermont.

And now for something completely different: Brandon Music welcomes The Rough and Tumble
June1st at 7:30pm

In 2018 Brandon Music welcomed for the first time the American duo, The Rough and Tumble, two young and very talented singer songwriters and musicians complete with a menagerie of instruments ranging from acoustic guitars to mailbox snares to a banjolele.  The Rough and Tumble delighted the audience with their seamless harmonies, professional musicianship, their orchestra of unusual instruments and their great personalities, exuberance and engaging jokes and stories, "worthy of an HBO special" according to Linda Bolton of Cozy Cabin House Concerts.   They return June 1 to weave their magic  and delight the audience once again at Brandon Music.
Formerly from Nashville, The Rough & Tumble, Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, now find themselves living full time on the road, in a 16ft camper with an 85 lb puppy named Puddle and performing almost 150 shows a year.  If you ask either of the duo how their lives ended up this way they'll likely respond, "with careful planning, spreadsheets and shoddy cell phone service."
Since forming in 2011 The Rough and Tumble have released 5 EPs and two albums. Their albums are largely biographical rehearsing the trials and tribulations as well as the fun times of being on the road full time.  Their album We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn't Know (February 2018), retraces their mileage back to their footsteps and explores the struggle between going home and being home already when there's no other home and everywhere is home, an album "as cozy, comfortable and inviting as a well-worn couch." explains Bill Kopp of Mountain Xpress.   Their upcoming album, written during a time of doggedly trying despite the odds and a self-proclaimed "year of honesty", titled, Howling Back at the Wounded Dog will be released on September 6, 2019. 
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 2019, celebrating arts in Vermont.

"Brandon Chamber Members receive 10% off"

Get it- 

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.). 

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!


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

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.
  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.).

The Divine Art Recordings Group at Compass
Many people still don't realize that Brandon is home to one of the busiest and critically praised classical music record companies. 

 We moved our headquarters from England in 2009 and  now have our offices and a dedicated CD store at the Compass Music & Arts Center, in Park Village.  We specialize in contemporary music and rediscovered  masterpieces - not the same old pieces that everyone else records..... we have just completed a massive ten -CD  series for  Russia's greatest living composer  Artyomov, a similar series for Cambridge MA organ composer Carson Cooman and are signing superb artists from around the world Including (this year already) USA, UK, France, Australia, Malta and Iran.  Our recordings are available at all CD and digital /streaming sites but you can come to our store, discuss and sample over 500 titles of music from the 15 th to 21 st century.  

We are open Monday-Saturday 10-5 at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. 247-4295. 
Please note we do NOT have a local recording studio.

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, $20.00 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.
VACE health insurance program is back! 

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 the Richards Group (802) 775-2503 

Next Chamber Meeting-
Monday, May 20th, 2019 will be our next meeting!  6:30pm

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.