October 2017 Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!


This will be cool!!


Special presentation on the history of Newton & Thompson
Wednesday, October 25th at the Town Hall meeting room at 7PM.
Newton Thompson Wooden Toy Company History.
The Brandon Museum at Stephen Douglas Birthplace present a program by Chuck Hermann on the history and products, with examples, from Newton Thompson. Come hear the history and see the items produced by this long time Forest Dale business. It was just torn down after the recent flooding on Newton Road. Please don't bring any items produced by Newton Thompson, but bring any memories or stories you might have.
Please stop in and enjoy a look back at some of the history of our village.

Spooksville is back!
And Brandon is ready!

Friday, Oct 27th, from 5-7 pm, Estabrook Park will be filled with ghosts, goblins and ghouls of all kinds, as Brandon Rec and the Brandon Area Toy Project present another fun filled evening for everyone! And YOU can be part of the adventure!
Spooksville is an elaborate "Trick or Trunk", with awesome people bringing their decorated vehicles or tables to the field, and handing out candy to local kids. We'll have a haunted tent, food, music and movies for everyone's entertainment. How can this help your business?
STICKERS on Snickers! When you attach a sticker to a piece of candy that you give out to local kids, the parents see that sticker, and think positive thoughts about your business. The majority of parents go through their kids candy bags to 1. Make sure everything is ok to eat and 2. To choose a few pieces for themselves!
happy-halloween-eye.jpg Its an easy and inexpensive way to market your business, and to become an even bigger part of the community! Its free to set up, a few dollars for candy and decorations and 2 full hours of face to face contact with your potential customers!
Interested? Email Colleen Wright at opsarge@earthlink.net  as soon as possible- and get ready for a GREAT GHOULISH TIME!!!!

Brandon Music presents The John Funkhouser Quartet
October 28 at 7:30pm

The John Funkhouser Quartet gives the impression from their relaxed and informal demeanor, both on and off stage, that they've been friends for years - because they have. Together in various combinations and incarnations for over 15 years, this quartet of forward thinking jazz musicians exudes true confidence of the kind that can only come from long-term trust and friendship. "Each musician has technique to burn (and there are moments when they let it rip) but they're also extremely musical", says Middletown Eye. They are "often wildly inventive and great fun to watch and listen to" but "they can also play with grace and sweetness." 
Concert is October 28 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 info@brandon-music.net for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net

The Stellaria Trio bring 'Mirth and Mystery' to Brandon Music
Saturday, November 4th.

The classical Stellaria Trio will spotlight works by Finnish, Norwegian, and Danish composers in their Nordic piano trio program called "Mirth and Mystery" at Brandon Music on November 4. The trio, violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Claire Black, have been described by Times Argus' Jim Lowe as having both "rich sound and musical cohesion". Lowe felt "their playing intertwined and came together with power and intensity, leavened by interspersed lighter moments."
Having just completed an exciting run of their "Beginners' Luck" program, which featured Ernest Bloch's Three Nocturnes and the first trios of Beethoven and Brahms, Stellaria Trio embrace the beauty of fall and the music this calm, cool season brings their way. The program includes works by composers Lange-Müller, Grieg, and Sibelius. Think vast landscapes, deep winter, towering evergreens, ancient folklore, minimalist architecture, and rainbow towns, and you've got a glimpse of the stunning cultural backdrop that inspired the music you'll hear during this night of splendor.

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 info@brandon-music.net for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net

Coffee with SunCommon
 @ Gourmet Provence
Saturday, Nov 11th from 9-11:30am

Join SunCommon for free coffee and treats at one of our favorite spots. Meet Nora from SunCommon and learn about how you can go solar, without an upfront cost, on your roof, in your yard, or with SunCommon's Solar Canopy. We will also chat about saving on heating costs with heat pumps.
Let Nora know if you can make it, so we can give the bakers a heads up! :)


Church Supper
Saturday, November 11 from 5-7:00 p.m.

The Brandon Congregational Church is having a Chicken and Biscuits Supper on Saturday, November 11 from 5-7:00 p.m. We will be serving Chicken and biscuits with peas and carrots, Coleslaw and Apple Crisp for dessert. A free will donation will be taken.
Auction for BCC Building Fund
We are also having a Silent Auction on Saturday, November 11, which will end at 7:00 p.m. We will be featuring gift baskets -- like a basket of bulbs, doggie and kitty favorites, special treats for young folks; jewelry, and other art; services like a decorated wreath or bird walk and many other special treats. The proceeds from this portion of the evening will be put into our building fund. Our old, historic Church is in need of repairs. We are applying for grants, but will need to provide matching funds in order to qualify for a grant. We are reaching out to our larger community for donations of items to this auction as our buildings are used by many other groups in our community. We hope that Brandon businesses will consider donating an item or a gift certificate. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Mary Cliver (247-0180) mary_cliver@yahoo.com or Kristen Varian (799-7909) kristenvarian@gmail.com.

Grant Stinnett, a one-man band, performs at Brandon Music
Saturday, November 11th

Grant Stinnett shares the deepest dreams, fears, pains, and joys in his life through his music, but that's only the start for this powerful songsmith-on-the-rise. The contemporary singer-songwriter, who will perform at Brandon Music on November 11, has a passion for creating a powerful full-band sound with a single acoustic guitar. Through the use of a customized guitar, and looper pedal, Stinnett blows the stage away with bass-lines, guitar, drums, lead vocals and backup vocals all at the same time. Phish's Mike Gordon described Grant as "Brilliantly energetic and mournfully soulful at the same time. A real one-two punch of a performance."
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 info@brandon-music.net for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net

Town Hall schedule of upcoming events.
The season's winding down so pop in and
have some fun!!
It's been a great 2017 season- many thanks for your support!
Sunday, November 12....1:30 pm
No Strings Marionettes, "Scrooge, A Christmas Carol"...The No Strings Marionettes presents this Holiday Classic, "Scrooge, A Christmas Carol" in the Brandon Town Hall, Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 pm. Your entire family will enjoy this timeless story, told through the magical artistry of puppets. Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson bring 18 large-scale marionettes that whisk you through the Good Ole Streets of Charles Dickens' London. If the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future can awaken the forgotten love and joy within stingy Scrooge's heart, just think what the story can do to encourage the everlasting Spirit of Christmas in us all. Puppeteers Dan and Barbara have toured America for over twelve years, dazzling children and adults with their marionette magic. Most of the time, the marionettes perform on the puppet stage, but part of each show is geared toward extending the stage into the audience's realm. These incredible puppeteers' perform in full view of the audience so they can see the mechanics of a lavish puppet show. After the performance, the audience is invited to come up on stage to inspect the marionettes and the other tools of the Puppeteers' trade. Come early and join us at 1:00 as Dan and Barbara lead us in a carol sing with all your favorite Holiday tunes. Tickets...Adults, $7....Seniors (60 & up) Students (17 & under) Military, $5. Children 5 and under...FREE.   Sponsored by, Pat Hanson, Kathy & Bob Clark
Wednesday, December 6,....4:00-8:00
Moonlight Madness...The Brandon Town Hall is taking reservations for vendors to set up in the Town Hall for Moonlight Madness which takes place on Wednesday, December 6 from 4-8 pm. Anyone who would like to rent an 8×10 space downstairs or upstairs (both are heated) can do so by calling this year's Moonlight Madness co-coordinator Debbie Jennings at 802-345-3033 or sending an e-mail to debrajennings@aol.com Vendor fee is $30 per space and includes the cost of set up, specific costs related to Moonlight Madness and most importantly all the publicity we send out with ads in all local papers. When you call/e-mail, please make sure you give your name, the companies name for publicity purposes, phone number, e-mail address, what you will be selling, if you need an electrical outlet and if you want to be upstairs or downstairs. Space is available on a first come, first served basis so don't wait until the last minute. We have 10 spaces upstairs and 10 spaces downstairs. Hope you will join us for a fun filled night at the hall.
Many thanks to the Friends of the Town Hall for all their hard work
and dedication to this wonderful building!

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!

  Winner #2 was Terrie Patch!!




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

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

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  brandonvillagespa.com

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 compasstreasurechestconsign@gmail.com 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 www.ssvt.net/bacc. 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!!

Brandon's Leaf People Day was once again, a terrific & fun event!

   A bright and warm sun shone down on Estabrook Park as hundreds of folks assembled fantastic outfits for their very own Leaf People!
The Chamber teamed up with the Neshobe PTO and the Brandon Rec Dept, so besides Harvest People-making, the event include a bouncy house, hayrides and pumpkins, apple pies, donuts and all kinds of treats, offered by many area non-profit organizations and lots of fun games for the kids! Face painting, pumpkin painting and more! It was truly a great day!
All because we live in a great little town!!

Many thanks to Karl Fjeld, Chris and Luke of High Pond Woodworks for cutting & bundling 200 pieces of strapping into the correct sizes that we needed to construct our wooden friends. That is a huge help and time saver!
Lots of volunteers helped makes this work- Our perk up crew- Sally Wood, Carol Fjeld, Tracy Holden, Sarah Pattis, Phyllis Torrey, Jean Childers
The gang who placed them throughout the town and picked them all up- Aaron Kerins, and Taber & Pema, Gene Childers, Lou Faivre, Dennis Marden & Dick Kirby

HarvestFest Day helpers- Sally Wood, Dennis Marden, Wendy Bizzarro, Caitlin Carr, Ellen Knapp, Hillary Knapp, Kelsey Knapp, Bob Induni, Bob Bell, Polly Goodspeed, Janie Carr, Brian Coolidge, Kevin Thornton, Catherine Wall
We would be remiss not to give special thanks to a very special person for helping with this event: Sally Wood for her year-round dedication to this many decades-old project. She stores all of our leaf friends in her garage along with clothes donated throughout the year and the wood and frames we cut and piece together. She is very careful to be sure we only put out very handsome and beautiful fall folk to be representatives of our community.
Our thanks also go out to so many community members who cleaned closets and donated old clothes, hats, shoes, etc., and especially to our wonderful friends at Nifty Thrifty who send us clothes all year! The Chamber relies on the volunteer help of many people (too many people to mention here) to make the event a success and for making and hanging so many of the wonderful scarecrows ensconced all over town.
For 2018 If you have - Shoes, scarves, bandanas, gloves-even holey work gloves!, Old jewelry, men's & lady's suits are GREAT, long sleeve dresses, long sleeve shirts and KIDS SIZES!!! HATS!!-hard hats, dressy hats, knit winter hats, straw hats, cowboy hats. We'll take 'em now if you have them. Drop off to the flower shop.



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   oldmillbnb@yahoo.com

Neshobe Golf Club
The course is in great shape

We are fortunate in that Mother Nature has shone upon us once again and kept our season rolling deep into the beautiful fall season here in Vermont! Call now and get on our gorgeous course before the cold weather sneaks in. 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, neshobe.com. 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  

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       maesplace2015@gmail.com
802-779-4278 cell     802-465-8013 restaurant                           click here for our menu


"Bargain Hall" opens at Compass Center
open every day from 10-5pm (11-3pm on Sundays) until the end of November

Taking a break from large art exhibits, the main hall at the Compass Center is hosting an 'indoor yard sale'. Items on sale range from antique furniture, china and glass to 10 cent odds and ends, household, electrical, musical and garden items. The sale will be open every day from 10-5pm (11-3pm on Sundays) until the end of November. More items will be added as space allows.
The sale room adds to the exciting and varied range of 'goodies' available at the Compass Center, which is home to Bagatelles Collectibles, the Compass bookstore, Divine Art Records classical CDs, the Compass Farmers' Market and the Treasure Chest consignment store.
Compass Center is at 333 Jones Drive, in the former Brandon Training School complex north of downtown. Visitors can also browse and purchase original artwork, prints and cards from several local artists including Judith Reilly, Stephanie Stouffer and Robin Callahan and enjoy Chef Vicki's delightful menu in the SoundBite Café.

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 www.cmacvt.org.
  Compass is a multi-faceted arts center with many components drawing visitors through its doors, including artist studios, gift shops, a consignment shop, music, a café, and a variety of events. Located in Brandon, Vermont it is also in the heart of a pulsing arts community.
  The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.).

Studio and Gallery Spaces available to rent now at the Compass Center


Calling all artists in all disciplines! Have you ever dreamed of creating and working in a supportive environment with other artists? A place where there is space for artists to create, display and sell their work, provide classes, meet with colleagues and have access to a café and other amenities.  Compass Music and Arts Center is such a place. For more information and to schedule a visit, call Edna Sutton at 802-247-4295.  Very reasonable rates starting from $170 per month inclusive of all utilities.  Short leases available.
Compass Music and Arts Center 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon, VT.

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

Chamber "dollars"- a refresher course!

Every now and then I think it's important to
remind those of us who have been taking Brandon Green for years, and new businesses that have joined the Chamber, about the process for handling the certificates.
The $5.00 and $25.00 certificates are legal tender and handled just like a check. You take the Brandon Green and give your customer change back, just like cash or a check. Then you deposit the Brandon Green into your account, just like a check. Simple and supportive of all our members.
Click here for more info on our popular Brandon Green

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
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 for 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 www.vaceinsurance.com
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Welcome !!
2017 New Members- go to Brandon.org for more info on our newest members

-Patty Wood- Individual member!
-Cattails Restaurant- 2146 Grove St- Stephanie Kellogg & Lance Chicoine-
247-9300  cattailsvt.com
-Paddlers Pub- Lance Chicoine & Stephanie Kellogg-352-4382- paddlerspubvt.com
-Pale Horse Body Works- 43 Center St.-Anthony "Atrain" Hylton & Erin Laframboise- 377-5833
-Heart & Soul Café- 22 park St(next to the Brandon Inn)-Tiffany Quesnel- 247-5986 quickdishcatering@yahoo.com
-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-
 Monday, November 20th, 2017 will be our next meeting!  
We at moving back to our old meeting day- the third Monday of the month.

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 6:30pm in the Cliver Room at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace. Chamber membership
and the general public are invited to attend.