Second November 2019

~Chamber Newsletter~

Info and happenings in our 
Chamber and Town!

Go to  for construction info
Brandon Library happenings!   

Sunday, November 24th, 1:30 preview, gavel at 2:00pm

It's early this year because of the late Thanksgiving, 
so PLEASE come on out and help us make this a 
successful event for our great little library!! 

  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.

Doors open for  Preview at 1:30 pm. Auction at 2:00 pm.  
  Wine, cheese & door prizes. Lots of fun! 
Come sip a glass of wine and join the fun! For more info call 247-8230

BARN OPERA , Compass Music and Arts Foundation, and the Friends of the  Town Hall Theatre  



November 23rd, 2019     7:30pm

Brandon Town Hall Theatre    1 Conant Square - Brandon, VT

Admission at the door: 
Adults $20        Children 17 & under FREE.

40 of the region's best classical singers will sing for a panel of 
industry-recognized judges, for the possibility to win cash prizes, 
and the opportunity to perform with BARN OPERA and other 
regional organizations. 
Panel of Judges Include:
Douglas Anderson, Opera Company of Middlebury
Joshua Collier, BARN OPERA
Lynne Craver, Opera Ithaca
Christina Wright-Ivanova, (AIMS Graz/Keene State)

Prizes range from First prize of $500, Second prize (The Elizabeth Karnes Keefe Award) of $300, and a Third prize given by audience participation of $100, plus role *consideration* with BARN OPERA, and others regional companies in subsequent seasons. 

The morning round will hear 40 singers, who will be narrowed to 12-14 singers to present an adjudicated concert for the public, who will decide the audience favorite to receive the popular award of $100!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Brandon Town Hall Theatre November 23rd, for the Second Annual Vermont Vocal Competition!

Small Business Saturday!!
Saturday, November 30th
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 30th have some fun, support your friends and neighbors and keep your dollars local!

Sunday, December 1st- 3:30 singing, 4:00 tree lighting
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. 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. Sunday, December 1st, 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 Many thanks to FOTH 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.
Donations are still being accepted for Memory Tree bulbs in the memory of loved ones.
The cost for a bulb is $1.00 each.
Send checks and list of names to:
Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) PO Box 267, Brandon VT 05733.
Names with cash or check may also be dropped off at Carr's Gifts.

holiday-party-invite.jpg Brandon's Moonlight Madness 
Set for Wed.  Dec. 4th and 
Thurs.  Dec. 19th. 
Exceptional Deals, Warm Drinks, Sweet Treats, Good Food and 
Feel Good!
Bring your wish list or start one in Brandon! Shop local! 
Construction is done and we're ready 
to enjoy our beautiful new town and sidewalks!!
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 4th and repeated on Thursday, December 19th.
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.

Multiple vendors will be set up in the Town Hall and the Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church(next to Walgreens), and for the first time our neighbors 
to the south, the New England Maple Museum on Rte 7 in Pittsford, will have 
their gift shop open to join in the fun!!

Make your plans to eat, drink and shop till you drop!
Many shops offering 20% off storewide and a  chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks! 
   Shop local! For more information, contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at or 247-6401


Vendors wanted for Fellowship Hall!
Moonlight Madness- December 4th
The Brandon Congregational Church is looking for craftspeople and vendors! We are renting tables for a craft sale to be held in Fellowship Hall during Brandon's Moonlight Madness on Wednesday December 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Moonlight Madness is a well-attended town wide sales event and stores will be open late for holiday shoppers. 
Fellowship Hall is a large, heated building next to the church 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.

Brandon Festival Singers Concert christmas.jpg
Sunday, December 8th- 3:00pm
The Brandon Festival Singers, under the direction of Gene Childers, will present the 39th Annual Brandon Carol Festival featuring a wide variety of Christmas choral arrangements of traditional, contemporary and original music for the Season on Sunday December 8th, 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.

Town Hall 2019 events
Another exciting season of entertainment!!

Wednesday, December 4  "Brandon's Famous Moonlight Madness"...4:00-8:00 pm
This well attended event entices shoppers with over 20 vendors upstairs and downstairs in the Brandon Town Hall. The Friends are only doing the first night of Moonlight Madness from 4:00-8:00 pm. The town of Brandon will be running the 2 nd night on 12/18. Vendors should contact Bill Moore or Colleen Wright for info on the second night. FOTH will be selling soups, chili, coffee, tea, etc. in the upstairs concession area. If you are interested in participating at Moonlight Madness, please contact Dennis Marden at or by calling 247-5420. or Debbie Jennings at or 345-3033 to reserve your 8 x 10 space. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Don't forget the upstairs and downstairs are heated!!!
Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7 Brandon Town Players Holiday Radio Readings from the 1940's....7:00 pm    The Brandon Town Players present a Holiday Cabaret evening with readings of 4 Holiday programs from the 1940's. Holiday Programs include: Mysterious Traveler, Fibber McGee & Molly, Father Knows Best & My Friend Irma. As a special treat, the cast will entertain you with some Christmas Caroling during intermission and you are invited to join in. Tickets are only $6 and can be purchased at the door. We will provide you with snacks at each table, a cash bar and the FOTH concession area will be open selling water, soda and Snapple plus extra snacks. Tables will be set up around the hall with seating for 4 - 6 or even more!!! 
This is a great way to start the Holiday Season with Moonlight Madness on December 4, the Cabaret on December 6 & 7 and the famous Festival Singers on December 8 at the Congregational Church.
If you want to reserve a table ahead of time, contact Dennis at (803-247-5420) or Debbie at (802-345-3033) This way you will be guaranteed a seat. Just need your name, e-mail address, phone #, number of people and which night you want to attend. Every patron that attends an event and is in the hall prior to or up to the announced starting time of the event will be entered into a drawing for $20 in BRANDON BUCKS. For more information you can contact Kathy Mathis at 
Sponsored by: Peter & Louise Kelley, The Friends Of the Brandon Town Hall and The Brandon Town Players.

Brandon Music welcomes the highly talented composer, percussionist and producer Julian Loida 
to Brandon Music
Saturday November 30 th  at 7:30pm

Brandon Music is delighted to welcome for the first time the talented percussionist, composer and producer Julian Loida, who is now based in Boston.  This promises to be a unique sound experience comprising all original music on vibraphone written and performed by Loida himself. 
Loida first revealed his high skill level as a percussionist  when performing at Brandon Music as drummer with the Burlington based band Ameranouche.  
Loida's  music is beautifully haunting, immersive  and calming whilst taking the listener on a musical pathway of exploration and discovery.  
Loida, whose music has been described as "shimmering" and "radiant," has performed and written for many bands and ensembles of varying styles (the Cuban/Brazilian band INÃ, jazz quintet Mojubá, chamber-folk band Night Tree), and his music has been featured in film. His interdisciplinary projects aim at breaking down artistic barriers. Loida has toured internationally as a featured artist at Korrö, Sweden's largest folk music festival, and played some of the most prestigious music festivals in the U.S. such as Spoleto, New World Festival, the Exit Zero jazz festival, Caramoor American Roots Festival, and Round Top Music Festival. He has performed with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, the Callithumpian Consort, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
As an educator,  Loida shares his scores and deep rhythmic knowledge with students of all ages. In 2017, he received his Master's Degree in Classical Percussion from New England Conservatory. 
This performance promises to be a truly distinctive and enriching  experience.

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

 New hours: 
 Closed-Monday and Tuesday
 Wednesday & Thursday 12-6
  Friday & Saturday 12-7
 Sunday- 12-6
22 Park Street next to the Brandon Inn

Stop in for coffee, ice cream, candies and conversation!

Red Clover Ale Co.
Beautiful downtown Brandon

Red Clover Ale Company is a small 3 BBL brewery and taproom in Brandon, VT.  We believe that beer is the most complex and wonderful beverage in the world and we want to highlight that complexity.  Our goal is to brew an array of delicious beers and to have an ever changing tap list to allow for new beer drinking experiences.  Our work is inspired by our backgrounds in farming, the changing seasons, and the natural beauty of Vermont. Also, our tastebuds.
We are a "bring your own food" taproom and there are several options within walking distance. We strive to be very kid and family friendly. Come hang out, play some games, and have some beer!

(La Catrina night is on hold until the second week in January, 
Mari is visiting family on the Baja Peninsula and we'll give your taste buds a chance to cool down)
Everyone loves Mexican food & Red Clover's beers!!
Every Thursday you can find authentic Baja style Mexican food served up fresh  by Mari Luisa Verduzco  Murguia, of La Catrina fame! Delicious with all of Red Clover's great beers. 
 Check her out on Facebook to see each week's scrumptious offerings and tasty desserts.

Serving from 4:00-9:00 pm

Shuman and Black
Brothers in Art : An Exhibition in Diversity, Unity, Love.
November 8th to December 7th  2019
This exhibition's title, Brothers In Art , draws an association to the historic warfare term, Brothers In Arms , where men from diverse backgrounds bond together in combat.  Here, however, "Art" becomes the "armament" used by these two "brothers" whose works, while wholly different in form and content are unified in time, space and spirit.  The art emerges from the love they share on their peaceful mission to inspire a more creative, loving world.
Tecari Shuman and Robert Black each in his own way came to discover a unique path to self expression:  Shuman , through the medium of painting and Robert through photography and collage.  Each had known at an early age that something lay hidden within.  Only later in their lives, through the love and encouragement of another person, did they courageously transcend learned fears and judgments and begin sharing outwardly the inner spirit that animated their lives.
In Shuman's story, while he had been the director of a health center in California, a man named Rutherford, an Arapahoe Road Chief, an itinerant spiritual teacher, appeared in Tecari's life.  Rutherford fanned the latent embers of Tecari's creativity.  "If not for Rutherford, I don't know if the paintings would have happened.   In my art I've always kept quiet, kept my art hidden.  But because of him, I'm willing to come out to take more chances.   My connection with him - that I don't think I even quite understand nor perhaps ever will - has made me more able to acknowledge who I am".
Robert Black found inspiration as a young fourth grader through the loving atmosphere of Miss Drumm's grade school art class.  He began to paste together a colored paper assemblage of an automobile, simple and
organized, as his later-to-become architect's mind had envisioned.  But it was Miss Drumm's thoughtful, stimulating encouragement that freed Black's imagination.  She suggested adding star shapes to the car'swheels, jagged line cutouts and modernist geometric shapes to the piece's border.  Suddenly, the whole composition came alive for Robert in a new and vibrant way that continues to inspire his work to this day. 
Shuman and Black first encountered each other in a chance meeting about four years ago that has led to a firm and continuing friendship. At this time Shuman was combating post-polio syndrome and the beginnings of Parkinson's.  Recognizing a kindred  soul Black felt impelled to suggest to Shuman that art was the way to rekindle his creative passions.  As Shuman ventured tentatively into painting Black became motivated to renew his own artistic exploration of collage.  From this sharing each became a student and tutor for the other and the rest is history.
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

Brandon's own NIFTY THRIFTY !
Next to the Episcopal Church-nice new digs, 
same nice folks, same nice prices!!

New address is: 19 Conant Square, Brandon VT. That is the
painted-brick, Federal style house, the rectory for the Episcopal Church, 
at the corner of Rt 7 and Prospect  Street. Great parking in the back.

  Our winter hours are:
Monday - Saturday 10am - 2pm.

Our Mission- Nifty Thrifty's Mission is to help our community as it cultivates its image as a cultural, spiritual, commercial, recreational and educational center. 
We do this by giving to local programs, projects, events,  activities, organizations and  ideas.

We have a Facebook page too.  NIFTY Thrifty Thrift SHOP   
Come visit us and check out our neat new location!

Apartment to sub-let
New Smith block apartments!!

Apartment #26, a beautiful second floor corner apartment with a marble fireplace, in the newly renovated Smith Block, right in the heart of Brandon. 
Contact Jeff at 570-337-8910 for more info

Brandon Dog Park at 
Estabrook Park
Fundraising effort

Location: Estabrook Park, Route 7 South, Brandon
Goal: Half to one Acre 6' chain-link fenced dog park with double entry gate and mowing entrance, small and large dog area, rule sign, dog waste trash bin with bag dispenser, large donor name listing.
Estimated cost for fence, installation, signs: $15,000-$20,000

Project Organized and Supported By Volunteers, Brandon Recreation and Town of Brandon- Questions:

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

"Nurture your imagination in alluring surroundings"

                 Watch for our seasonal decorations coming soon! 

The Brandon Museum & Visitor Center  at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace 
Another benefit for Chamber members-

The Janet Mondlak visitor center has advertising space for chamber members. The visitor center is open every day of the year. Visitors to the a rea stop in regularly to get information about things to do. If you have a rack card which  advertises your business, drop some off at the museum between 11:00 and 4:00 weekdays or at Carr's Gift Shop downtown.

"Brandon Chamber Members receive 10% off" Click here and check us out!

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:

  For more info click here-

BARN OPERA Transitions to prepare for the first production of 2020 at the NEW BARN!

Announces a change in location and programming affecting the following productions:
TOSCA by G. Puccini (Sung in Italian with English Supertitles)
(Brandon, VT)- With the exciting news of the purchase of the new barn and renovations to prepare for the first production of 2020 in the new space,
BARN OPERA has decided to make some adjustments to the completion of the 2019 season.
Please click here for complete information on these exciting happenings with Barn Opera

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

CoWork @ The GRANARY
29 Union Street, Brandon

CoWork @ The GRANARY is a newly developed coworking space in Brandon, just steps away
from the village center. It is the perfect contemporary environment to work, collaborate and
be productive. This space provides high speed internet, a comfortable professional work
environment and client meeting space. This is the answer to the problem of slow internet
speeds and social isolation that freelancers, creatives and remote workers often experience.

$150/month includes 24/7 access,150 Mbps high speed internet, all utilities

CoWork @ The GRANARY provides 24/7 access to an attractive, fully furnished, shared
nomadic work environment. The extra-large space includes: high speed internet, office desks
and chairs, conference table, comfortable couch and seating, privacy screens, lighting, kitchen
area, private conversation space, cubbies and miscellaneous office supplies.

The beautifully renovated, historic building houses thirteen artist studios, small business offices
and a coworking space. The building offers lots of windows and natural fluorescent light,
handicapped ramp, and parking. The creative and business community includes milliners,
jeweler, graphic designer, writers, painters, sculptors, insurance office, railroad company,
medium and hair salon. The GRANARY is located in the vibrant village of Brandon, walking
distance to shops, restaurants and galleries.

Stephanie 802-683-8209,
Brian 802-683-4126,

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.

Retail/Office Space for Rent.
Call 802-345-5100 for further details.

 Approximately 600 sq.ft. within the Downtown Commercial District of Brandon at 22 park Street (formerly NFP Insurance), next to the Brandon Inn. 
Be part of Brandon's new streetscape right across from the newly configured Central Park and Monument Park.

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, $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.
Products 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, January 20th, 2020 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.