November 2018

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

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                           keep your eyes open..................... 


Brandon Artist Guild
Opening Reception, Friday November 9 from 5-7 p.m. 

"ART SQUARED: Contemporary Artists interpret traditional quilt square designs." A new holiday exhibit at the 
Brandon Artist Guild.

View a delightful collection of "square art" by painters, glass and fiber artists, potters and more! And help us welcome the diverse and talented works by 5 new artists! Refreshments will be served. 

The exhibit will run from November 9th until Janury 28, 2019. The Gallery is also filled with a large selection of holiday gift ideas including jewelry, scarved, paintings, pottery, note cards and reproduciton prints. 

The Artists Guild is located at 7 Center Street, right next to Cafe Provence.

Silent Auction & turkey dinner- 
Saturday, November 10 in Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Brandon Congregational Church will be holding a Silent Auction on Saturday, November 10 in Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to benefit our Building Fund. Our lovely old buildings are showing their age. At 186 years of age, our Church building will require extensive work on the roof, steeple, and other areas. We will be applying for grants, but will need to provide matching funds. This will be a multi-year, multi-project process which we are just beginning.  Great thanks to all who supported our Carillon restoration project. It is so nice to hear lovely music, once again, throughout the day.
Any funds raised through the Auction will be dedicated to the building fund. Our buildings have been used by many groups throughout the years and we are delighted to be a center of community activity and would like to continue to be so for many generations to come. We are asking local businesses, friends and neighbors to help us by donating interesting, items. Gift cards, are always popular as are decorative home items and food treats. Any donation would be most appreciated and please, come and bid and bring your friends and neighbours. To arrange for a donation pick-up, please contact Mary Cliver (247-0180)
The Auction will take place during our Turkey Dinner, also being held that evening. We will be serving roast turkey with all the trimmings. These are always enjoyable evenings filled with good food, good friends and lovely items on which to bid.
VENDORS WANTED for Moonlight Madness
The Brandon Congregational Church is looking for craftspeople and vendors! We are renting tables for a sale to be held in Fellowship Hall during Brandon's Moonlight Madness on Wednesday December 5th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Moonlight Madness is a well-attended sales event and stores will be open late for holiday shoppers. Fellowship Hall is a large, heated building in town with a bathroom. Tables are provided, size is 6 by 2 ½ feet and cost $25.00. We are seeking arts and handcrafts, homemade food items, soaps, candles, etc. Also vendors such as Avon or Pampered Chef are welcome. No yard sale type things at this time. Parking is available in the Hannaford parking lot. Please email Kristen Varian at or call 802-779-7909 for more information and registration.

Events and activities at the Brandon Town Hall

Enjoy summer and fall entertainment at our little jewel in the middle of our town. 
Saturday, November 10, "Mile Twelve Bluegrass Band"...7:30 PM. Tickets, Adults...$12.   Seniors &
Students...$10. This five member band from Massachusetts is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fresh off a tour of Australia and Japan, they write captivating songs and daring instrumentals. "Mile Twelve" is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity. Sponsored by, Michael Shank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Harold & Jean Somerset, William & Christine Gahagan, Heritage Family Credit Union, Pat Hanson, Fran Bull.
Sunday, November 11, No Strings Marionettes present " The Treasurer Hunt"...1:30 PM.
Tickets, Adults...$8. Seniors & Students...$6. Children 5 & under, accompanied by an adult....FREE. All aboard this swashbuckling hunt for treasure, where Jim is lured out to sea in search of adventure and excitement. Little does he realize the unusual experience about to unfold as a massive storm throws him overboard. In no time he meets a young mermaid, a giant clam, a fish that swallows him whole, an electric eel and an angry octopus. Sponsored by, Ferne & Lou Faivre, Nifty Thrifty: Brandon's Favorite Thrift Shop
Saturday, November 17, First Annual Vermont Vocal Competition...7:00 PM. Tickets...Adults...$8
Seniors and Students...$6. Children 12 & under...FREE This will be a great opportunity to hear some of the best up-and-coming operatic artists in the country. Artists will compete for monetary prizes, an audience favorite prize and performance opportunities with BARN OPERA, The Opera Company of Middlebury and Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre.   Sponsored by, Harold & Jean Somerset, William & Christine Gahagan, Compass Music and Arts Foundation and The Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall.
Wednesday, December 5, Brandon's Moonlight Madness...4:00 - 8:00 PM. This well attended event caps off the season with over 20 vendors up and downstairs. This one night only event in the fully heated town hall will have a variety of vendors with lots of great bargains for your holiday shopping. Come in, relax, sit down and enjoy a cup of our famous homemade soup or chili, a hot drink, etc for sale upstairs at our concession area. Interested in renting an 8 x 10 space, e-mail Dennis at or call him at 247-5420.

Please read this letter from Alison Walter, a friend and neighbor and daughter of Ellen Walter, part of our Chamber family.
"Hi Everyone, I am forwarding this along for my daughter. Please share! Thanks, Ellen"-Blue Moon

In 2014 I was diagnosed with a relatively rare kidney disease called IgA Nephropathy. This disease causes inflammation in the kidneys and over time decreases their ability to filter wastes out of the blood. IgA is a slowly progressing disease and is undetectable until it has reached an advanced stage. When I was diagnosed 4 years ago, I had 35% total kidney function. Even with aggressive treatment by my doctors at UVM Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, my kidney function is now only at 16%. 
I have to find a kidney donor ASAP! It takes 5 years to get a kidney through the deceased donor program, and most people start dialysis at around 12%. That does not give me enough time to wait for a deceased donor kidney. 
Dialysis greatly limits life expectancy (most people don't live on dialysis for more than 3-5 years).  It greatly limits your life because you have to be in hospital receiving dialysis for 4 hours a day about three times a week, and it worsens your outcome once you get a transplant. Right now I am getting twice weekly steroid injections to try to delay dialysis as long as possible. I really need your help so I can find a kidney and continue my life with renewed energy!
You are qualified to donate if you are physically and mentally healthy and between the ages of 18 and 60. Studies show that kidney donation does not negatively affect your health. But the quality of the recipient's life is dramatically improved!  I am registered for transplant at both Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mn. My insurance covers all medical costs. There are grants to cover travel expenses, and we can set up a Go Fund Me to cover loss of income (many employers offer up to 30 days paid leave for organ donation) and hotel costs. 
If you are interested in giving me the gift of life, you can fill out a health questionnaire for whichever hospital is most convenient for you.  Please fill in Alison Walter as the recipient. Once you fill out the interesting questionnaire, a nurse from the hospital will contact you to go over your health screening. 
If you are approved, they will send you a blood typing kit in the mail. Once they determine that you would be the best potential donor, you will be called to schedule a time to do a complete medical screening at the hospital. 
The entire process is completely confidential, you can change your mind at any time, and I will have no idea if you have applied or what your status is unless you choose to tell me. Thank you. I am so grateful for your help. Please share!
More info available at: 
My contact info:

More Library News!!

The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library are selling books by the bagful beginning October 3. For $10.00, you may fill a Hannaford's grocery bag -- which we will provide -- with all the books that are priced for $5.00 or less that it can hold. We will be open in the Library Basement on Wednesday, October 3 and 10 from 4-7:00 p.m., Friday, October 5 and 10 and Saturday, October 6 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We will also be open for Moonlight Madness on Wednesday, December 5 and our fabulous, one of a kind Holiday Auction will take place on Sunday, December 2 with preview at 1:30 and the Auction beginning promptly at 2:00 p.m.
These are all important fundraisers for the Brandon Free Public Library. Funds raised by the Friends support programming throughout the year, especially the Summer programs for children; and purchases of all book, DVD and other materials that are circulated by the Library. Because of the construction, our spring and summer sales were down, so do what you can now to help the Friends meet our goals.

Small Business Saturday!!
Saturday, November 24th
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has grown into a national craze in which bargain-hunters awaken well before dawn to hit the malls and big-box stores, but for small, independent retailers, the following day, Small Business Saturday, has turned into their chance to attract customers as the holiday season starts. The annual event has become one of the busiest days of the year for many independent retailers
While some shoppers may want to avoid crowded malls and shopping plazas, other shoppers get behind Small Business Saturday because they feel good about supporting small business owners. Since 2010, customers and small businesses alike have been able to kick start their holiday shopping season on a day celebrating the uniqueness, charm and economic impact that small businesses bring to communities nationwide.
Gaining more and more recognition as "Small Business Saturday", taking place the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year - this celebratory day was founded to encourage consumers across the country to support local, small businesses within their hometowns and beyond. Small Business Saturday has quickly become widely recognized as  the  day to kick start the holiday shopping season. Anchored between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, small businesses stand out thanks in part to the national media attention Small Business Saturday generates, but also in part to the individual efforts of small business owners nationwide.
So come on out November 24th have some fun, support your friends and neighbors and keep your dollars local!

Sunday, November 25th- 3:30-4:30
One of Brandon's long-standing traditions is the presence of a lit Memory Tree in Central Park to remind us of our loved ones who are no longer with us. Again this year with the Segment 6 construction ongoing, the Friends of the Town Hall have allowed us to share their gorgeous trees ensconced on the portico. The Tree helps brighten our darkest days. Bulbs in memory of loved ones help keep the tree lit all season. This Sunday, November 26th, holiday singing starts at 3:30 pm by the OVUHS Chorale followed by the Festival Singers. Lighting of the tree will be at 4:00 and the Friends of the Town Hall have graciously offered to serve coffee and cocoa for free in the meeting room downstairs. Many thanks for their generosity and help with this special project. Join us and kick off the season in this special way.
For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-247-6401.

Caroline Cotter performs at 
Brandon Music

Saturday, November 24th   7:30pm

"I've got roots that go deep and grow deeper the more I leave my home," Caroline Cotter sings in the title cut of the sparkling 'Home on the River,' her second full-length major release. The sweetly expressive Americana artist, who has found a true home on the road and on diverse musical stages throughout the world, is currently on tour and performs at Brandon Music on November 24.  
'Home on the River' has brought Cotter some well-deserved attention. Country Standard Time calls her the "new champion" of today's folk scene, and explains that she "encapsulates the sweetness, serenity and sophistication that has always made the genre so affecting in such a timeless manner."
Cotter grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and attended college in Maine before setting off on what has become a global quest for adventure and education set to music. 'Home on the River' emphasizes both that freedom of wanderlust and a sense of place. The album features nine original songs plus Cotter's hauntingly lovely a capella version of Woody Guthrie's "My Peace".  
No Depression calls the sophomore album "sweet and smooth, and downright refreshing... raising spirits with one song, calming them with another."  Icon Magazine said "her well-constructed songs bring to mind the early work of Mary Chapin Carpenter."  
'Home on the River' is the follow-up to Cotter's acclaimed 2015 debut, 'Dreaming as I Do', which reached No. 5 on the Folk DJ chart. Since that time, Cotter has played over 200 shows per year in such prestigious venues as Boston's Club Passim and the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon, Florida's 30A Songwriters Festival and New York's legendary Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Along the way, she has shared stages with musicians Loudon Wainwright III, David Wilcox and Dan Bern, and was selected for the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. Cotter was also a finalist for the 2018 No Depression Singer-Songwriter Award
Concert 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.

Brandon Music 
presents Va-et-vient
Saturday, December 1st- 7:30pm 

Vermont's own Va-et-vient is a trio performing French, Québecois, Cajun, and Créole music. Carol Reed, Suzanne Germain, and Lausanne Allen each have backgrounds rich in French cultures and language through lifelong experiences living and traveling in French-speaking lands. They create beautiful harmonies, teaching and engaging audiences on both sides of the Quebec border. Take a step out of Vermont without actually leaving, and hear Va-et-vient at Brandon Music on December 1.
Since 2001, the group has carved out its place in New England and particularly in Québec, where its ties to traditional musicians provide a fountain of resources in collections of songs, tunes, and dances. "Their joyous music is filled with deep history and an unrestrained, soulful rhythm - it's impossible not to smile, let alone keep your toes from tapping." (Addison Independent)
Concert 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.

Sunday, December 2nd, 1:30 preview,
gavel at 2:00pm
  Join the Brandon Free Public Library for an entertaining and philanthropic afternoon at their annual holiday auction.
Over 50 local patrons and artists donate holiday wreaths, décor, original artwork, gift certificates and treasures for the event.
  Wine, cheese & door prizes. Lots of fun! Preview at 1:30 pm. Auction at 2:00 pm.  
Come sip a glass of wine and join the fun! For more info call 247-8230

Brandon's Moonlight Madness Set for  Wed. Dec. 5th and Thurs. Dec. 20th
Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Feel Good!
Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local!
Brandon's Moonlight Madness event is for shoppers looking for unique gifts, one-of-a-kind items, and exceptional customer service. The event brings friends and neighbors together as people pour into town bringing holiday cheer and spirits. 
Moonlight Madness specials and discounts begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5th and repeated on Thursday, December 20th. Many shops will stay open until 9:00 pm.
Downtown Brandon has new shops and eateries. Come for a shopping and dining experience which can't be found at the mall or over the Internet!
All throughout town, there will be bargains, sales, specials, drawings, exceptional refreshments and a terrific shopping experience.

Many shops offering 20% off storewide a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks!      

   Shop local! For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at or 247-6401.
nd a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks!      

Thank You for your continued support!

As my business approaches the 4 year mark, I've taken a bit of time to step back and take a look at the growth and changes.  Being a small business owner has up, downs and can go round and round.  It takes a lot of hard work, perseverance and determination to make it work.

I've had struggles over the years and with each one, I keep moving ahead.  I keep thinking about how much I love what I do (the actual hands-on service to my clients).  I have gotten to know many of you personally and professionally and because of you, I come in each and every day and provide you with a place to relax, gain perspective and for a little bit of time, encourage you to be all about YOU!

To show my thankfulness and gratitude to you all this holiday season, I am offering you a some special pricing on select service packages. 


Click here for some special holiday thank you offerings!                                            

Judging will be Thursday,  December 6th!
TIS THE SEASON!!-  Have some fun!!
So drag out the lights, set up the manger, inflate Frosty, light the menorah, brush out the reindeer and perk up Ol' St. Nick 'cause the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring a HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST! We want to invite you all to join in the holiday fun. There will be four categories judged again this year:
* Residential Traditional
* Residential Whimsical (to include blow-ups)
* Civic           
* Commercial
Judges will be on the streets on Thursday, December7th starting at 5 pm so be sure to have your lights turned on! Anyone can call in their own place or someone else's and the Judges will be at liberty to nominate their favorite picks also. So come on and have some fun and express your holiday cheer!

Don't be a Scrooge, do be a Clark Griswold!!
Contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or by email at:

Brandon Festival Singers Concert  christmas.jpg
Sunday December 9th- 3:00pm
The Brandon Festival Singers, under the direction of Gene Childers, will present the 38th Annual Brandon Carol Festival featuring a wide variety of Christmas choral arrangements of traditional, contemporary and original music for the Season on Sunday December 10th, at the Brandon Congregational Church at 3 p.m.
Don't miss this popular event. A free will offering will be received, a portion of which will benefit charity.


Saturday, December 8th

 Join the fun at Neshobe School. 9 am - 3 pm. Lots of vendors. Look for maple syrup, cheese, honey, baked goods, hand knit items in wool mohair, goat milk soap, canned goods, wooden toys, dried flowers, aprons, jams and jellies, jewelry, holiday decor and more. Contact Wendy Cijka at 273-2655 or

 Construction free zone every weekend!!
Saturday & Sunday!
Come on down and poke 
around, enjoy our town!

Even though access is always available to all of Brandon's businesses throughout the week and through all of the construction, it's a little easier and a little calmer on Saturday and Sunday. Pop in and meet your friends and help support our businesses.

"That was So Easy"
A very cute  tale 
of a grandma and granddaughter 
on a little adventure through our 
Segment 6 construction zone!!
Many thanks to Carolyn Whittaker and Callie!

The Stephanie Stouffer Galleries open at Compass

The Compass Music and Arts Center has been showing the work of Stephanie Stouffer for over two years. The illustrations of the Vermont artist struck a chord with Edna Sutton, the co-managing partner of the arts center. After a chance meeting in 2016, Stouffer showed Sutton some of her original paintings and Sutton was in awe: "I couldn't get over the incredible sense of whimsy, the vivid imagination, and obvious love she puts into each piece." She then proclaimed "we have to exhibit this," and the rest, as they say, is history.
Compass is now the sole agent for Stouffer's original artwork, and also retails some of the commercial products which carry Stouffer's iconic designs. Visitors can browse galleries dedicated to Stouffer's 'everyday' collection and holiday and Christmas collections.
The original gouache paintings Stouffer created on illustration board is what is so special about what visitors will find in the Compass galleries. These small paintings - ranging from 6"x6" to approximately 11"x14" - are affordably priced and demonstrate the true talent of Stouffer. Her designs often depict traditional scenes, including iconic, recognizable symbols, as required by the commercial graphic design world, but it is her knack for turning these 'traditional symbols' into something fresh with her vibrant colors, decorative style and rich imagination that make them so special.
Stouffer is a rare bird in the art industry as a female artist. She is one of the few freelance artists to earn a living and also carve her place as an illustrative and decorative artist. For 35 years her designs were licensed to companies like Caspari, Certified International and Peking Handicrafts, appearing on mugs, tapestries, greeting cards, pillows, rugs, and much more. Viewers of her work often realize they have purchased a Christmas greeting card, trivet, or any particular item in the past, adorning one of her designs.
The Compass Center is open Monday - Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm and 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 of Arnold District Rd.).

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. Th
e 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!


Month #13- Lou Van Horn  

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

Check out Little Pressroom                           

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.).

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.

Casella Construction is Hiring- 
for many professional and craft positions for the 2018 and 2019 construction seasons.
Positions include a surveyor, construction foreman, heavy equipment mechanic, heavy equipment operators, pipe layers, skilled construction laborers, and general laborers. Casella Construction employees are hard-working, focused on safety, and driven to deliver excellent results. We are motivated by the strength and dedication of our team and by the intrinsic value of spending our days building for the next generation -  we get to see the results of what we do 
every day.
We reward the hard work of our employees with a benefits package that includes competitive pay, health insurance, dental insurance, access to four supplement insurance options, six paid holidays each year, sick pay, and a 401k retirement investment with company match.
To learn more about our open positions and apply, visit or call 802-773-0052. 
Casella Construction, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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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.
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, November 19th, 2018 will be our next meeting!  6:30pm
The third Monday of the month.

New directors will be nominated and voted on at this meeting. Nominations from the floor will also be entertained. Officers will also be elected.
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.