September 2016
Chamber Newsletter
Info and happenings in our Chamber and town!

Celebrate the end of
summer with Solar
at the Brandon Inn!  

Wednesday September 28th 6-8pm

 Join SunCommon at the beautiful Brandon Inn Wednesday, September 28th 6-8pm, for food and drink provided by SunCommon, and a door prize for a home LED retrofit!
  SunCommon solar makes it possible for homeowners to go solar at no upfront cost, eliminate their electric bill, and save as much as 20% on electricity costs in the first year.
  Own a Small Business? SunCommon has affordable solar solutions for small businesses. Come get your questions answered!
  Incentives for solar in Vermont are changing in 2017, learn how you can lock into the savings before they expire.
Come for good conversation, great food and to learn how solar can work for you!

Brandon's HarvestFest!
Make your own leaf person.
Sunday, October 2nd   1-4pm
Central Park

Visitors and townspeople, old and young, enjoy making "Harvest People" (a/k/a stick figures, scarecrows, leaf people...). At HarvestFest, we supply all materials, accessories, and instruction on how to make your very own "Harvest Person." This event is a great way for people to be creative and let imaginations run wild. Event-goers choose clothes, a hat, shoes, and embellishments to personalize their own "Person." Bring your own clothes or choose from our assortment. Volunteers help with the finishing touches. The first "Harvest Person" per family is free of charge. After that, they are only $5 each.
Besides Harvest People-making, the event includes hayrides and pumpkins, delicious grill, apple pies, donuts and all kinds of treats, all offered by area non-profit organizations.
Leaf People making is sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce, this event begins at 1pm in Central Park, Brandon.
Rain location- Methodist Church .
 For more info call 802-247-6401 or visit

Barn Raising 5 - "Harvesting Brandon's Future"- Join us at the Compass Center
October 6th, starting at 6:30pm

Brandon has lots of splendid organizations with important programs but all too often they duplicate efforts or step on each other's toes. In an effort to promote a more coordinated way of working toward Brandon's future, the Barn Raisings were started to bring as many as possible to the same table, listen to each other, and to work collectively. Much has been accomplished but we've only gotten started -- and now, with fall upon us and school getting under way, the next season of Barn Raisings will get going at Compass Center on October 6th, starting at 6:30 and running until 9 PM.
The evening will start with a look at the upcoming Segment Six, what we know at this very early date, and what plans are starting to take shape. It's not too soon to start the thinking about what will be both a very complex project and an exciting opportunity -- and Bernie Carr will lead the discussion. We'll also cover what's happening with the coordination of area schools and the challenges faced by Brandon's churches. 
Starting  to explore the evening's themes, there will be an introduction into the exciting things taking place in Park Village. Another area of interest not only to Forest Dale and the town of Brandon, but to the entire state is the historic iron works -- and this center of great potential will be thoroughly discussed. The Gateways project with their exciting brochures have been a very positive outcome of earlier Barn Raisings, and Bill Moore will follow up developments with the Trails portion of that program.
Breakout sessions will follow with groups focusing on these three areas -- Park Village, Forest Dale, and Trails/Pathways, followed by reports from each breakout group covering ideas that were generated and what to do next. We'll conclude with an attempt to develop a town calendar so that events are better coordinated and conflicts resolved... as well as an announcement of the Stone Bench Dedication to take place in Kennedy Park on Friday, October 7th.
These meetings are open to all and anyone who is interested in ideas for the future is encouraged to come, speak out, and take part in making our great town even better.

October 8th and 9th

The Vermont Crafts Council is again sponsoring statewide Open Studio Weekend (OSW). Fall foliage is the perfect season to enjoy visiting artist studios. The Brandon artists, Warren Kimble, Caleb Kenna, and Joan Curtis will open their spaces on October 8th and 9th. Don't miss this opportunity to see the artists in action on new creative efforts.
Brandon's famed octogenarian Warren Kimble is back in the swing after emergency surgery the day prior to spring OSW. He missed out seeing his fans due to an accident and is now raring to make up for it. Kimble, known for his appealing folk art of the past, has never stopped working and is still a kid at heart in his studio - continuing to branch out in many directions, sometimes with riotous humor, other times with deep seriousness. A former educator and antiques expert, Kimble still manages to be active in Brandon's community projects. His artwork has been profiled in a variety of publications over time, and he was awarded special honors from Green Mountain College, Syracuse University, and the Vermont Arts Council.
Caleb Kenna's photographs will be shown in a century-old observatory high on a hill overlooking Brandon. Eight-foot high windows provide sweeping views of Vermont's Green Mountains and colorful fall foliage. Inside large- and small-scale photographic prints from Vermont and beyond hang on the walls. Kenna's photographs have been published by the New York Times, Vermont Life, Outside Magazine, to mention only a few, and his dynamic work has been exhibited at the Shelburne Museum and Vermont Folklife Center. Follow yellow signs up the hill from Brandon to 40 Old Farm Road to enjoy great photography, unusual architecture, and fantastic Vermont views.

 Mixed-media and papier-mâché sculptures by Joan Curtis are built on strong metal and wood armatures, with refreshing and colorful forms. She will demonstrate the working process. Curtis is also known for her relief color-pencil drawings, presented in shadow box frames, and vivid acrylic paintings. She has exhibited throughout New England and in invitationals elsewhere. The artwork is in the collections of Middlebury College Museum of Art; the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington; the Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA; SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, NY; and in numerous private collections.

As is customary, the Brandon Artists Guild, a cooperative of about 50 artists, serves as the OSW hub, supplying statewide maps and information to all who come to town. The maps are available now at the Guild gallery, 7 Center Street. On view, the current feature exhibit is "Colors of Fall," an all-member show in all media.

Open Studio Weekend in Brandon is presented by the Vermont Arts Council, October 8 and 9, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. For further information call the Brandon Artists Guild, 802 247 4956.

Otter Valley Football Club-
OVFC is proud to announce the kick off the 2016 football season at Otter Valley Union High School.

For the past two years the OVFC has rented lights to allow our players and fans to have the experience of football under the lights during a once a year night game as we light Markowski Field.
This year our "Night Under the Lights" game is scheduled for 10/14/2016 at 7pm and we would like to invite you to sponsor a light. We invite both businesses and individuals/families to sponsor.
The cost of light sponsorship is $100. Funding a light will mean your name proudly displayed at the field on game night and your name announced at halftime as we thank you for your support during the halftime announcements.
Your sponsorship helps the OVFC keep football funded at Otter Valley. Our team counts on sponsors like you!
Thank you for your consideration!
Donation Pledge
____   Yes! I would like to support local football!   Checks made payable to OVFC
Name as you would like it to appear on the sign (please print clearly)
If interested please return by 9/26/2016

Town Hall- Brandon
  Your center for exciting entertainment and events in 2016! Take a peek at what's coming up this fall and mark your calendar so you don't miss a thing!!
See the attached pdf listing and print it to refer to throughout the season. 
September 2016
Friday, Sept. 30th and Saturday, Oct. 1st...Brandon Town Players...A Murder Mystery Comedy..7:30 pm. Seating cabaret style with hors d'oeuvres and dessert served. Cash bar and FOTH concession area open for sales. Audience guessing whodunit with prizes given. Limited seating, call 247-6720 or 247-5420 for reservations. Tickets, Adults...$8, Seniors, Students, Military...$6.  Sponsored by, Jim & Lyn DesMarias, Joseph & Lois Acinapura.
October 2016
Sunday, October 2, "The Dissipated Eight"..7:00 pm. Tickets, Adults.$8. Seniors, Students, Military,$6 Don't miss this incredible performance by Middlebury College's premier a cappella group. A big favorite with the large audience last year, they are the 4 th oldest a cappella group in the nation and sing a range of songs, from modern day pop to traditional barbershop songs. Their stage presence and comedic routines will only enhance their wonderful harmonies, solos and group numbers. Sponsored by, Harold & Jean Somerset.
Saturday, October 15, Silent Movie, "Chiller Theater" 7:00 pm. "The Man Who Laughs", Free Will Donation. Our last silent movie of the season this creepy thriller stars Conrad Veidt. It is the silent film adaptation of Victor Hugo's historical novel about a man cursed with a permanent carnival-freak-like grin on his face. The make-up job on actor Veidy inspired the look of Batman's "Joker". There will also be spooky comedy short subjects. Sponsored by, Omya, Inc.
Sunday, October 16th, " Dinoman Dinosaurs"...4:00 pm Dinosaurs are coming to the Brandon Town Hall! A LIFE SIZE T-Rex in Brandon? Have no fear "Dinoman" is here! Accompanied by his raccoon Reflex, all aspects of the world of Paleontology are discussed. When were the dinosaurs here? What's a fossil? How are they created? And ultimately three LIFE SIZE dinosaurs are discovered. A magical journey through the Mesozoic era. The show's use of merry mayhem and magnificent props, sprinkled with just the right amount of magic entertains audiences from four to a hundred and one. It is presented by its creator, Vermont resident Bob Lisaius. Check them out on their Website under "Dinoman" Tickets are: Adults...$7. Seniors, Students, Military...$5 and are available at Carr's Florist and Gifts or at the door. Sponsored by FOTH, Friends of the Brandon Library, Jan Coolidge, Brandon Recreation Dept., Joe & Stephanie Choma

Call to Artists: Peace on Earth
Celebrate and strengthen the ideals of 'Peace on Earth'

The Compass Music and Arts Center is looking for 2D and 3D artwork which celebrates and strengthens the ideals of 'Peace on Earth', to be exhibited November 4, 2016 through January 7, 2017. All work must be for sale.
Everyone knows we could use more peace on this earth - more collaboration and acceptance, and less segregation and prejudice. With so many distressing events happening around the world, the Compass Center would like to bring a little light to the holiday season and focus on the good in people, the happiness and joys we all share, and that we're all in this together.
The submission deadline is October 7 and can be completed online at or through  Artwork is to be delivered by October 29.
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 of Arnold District Rd.).

Live at Brandon Music: The Durham County Poets
October 1 at 7:30pm.
The Durham County Poets are five guys from Canada's Chateauguay Valley who have played, and do play, in b lues bands, gospel groups, Cajun, folk, rock and c ountry bands. In listening to their own material you get a mix of sounds and stories, influences and genres that is uniquely their own. Some of their songs had been lying dormant for over a decade, others are newborn. A collective blend of styles from Dan Hicks to James Taylor, the Band to Leon Redbone, theirs is a melting pot full of inspired tunes to enjoy. They perform live at Brandon Music on October 1 at 7:30pm.
The eclectic group is made up of lead singer Kevin Harvey, electric and acoustic guitarist David Whyte, acoustic guitarist Neil Elsmore, double bassist Carl Rufh and percussionist James Preimel.
"Kevin Harvey's rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life ... with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte's guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues." - Spirit of Rasputin, Ottawa, Canada
Their first album, ' Where the River Flows', was a collection of songs that much like the river in its title, seemed to flow effortlessly, one into the other. Harvey states that the feel of the album is very organic: "We recorded it live off the floor for the most part, wanting to capture the room sound and the groove you get only from playing in close contact with each other. You can hear it in the sound of the record: it's airy and not overly processed, very organic for sure."
The front cover of their second album, ' Chikkaboodah Stew' , shows a pot filled with instruments that are simmering away in a steaming hot broth. The idea behind it, according to the band, was to bring together a musical blend of influences, styles and genres all in one album. And they are right about that; Chikkaboodah Stew covers the gamut from folk to blues, jazz to crooner, swing to ballad and even a little rock, prog and gospel influence. Peppered with Hammond B3 organ, horns, stellar violin and clarinet and some over the top backup singing, this is a stew meant to be savored and preferably jarred so one can try it at their leisure.
"Durham County Poets is not just about folk or any other style for that matter", says Whyte. "It's just about good honest music, whether plugged in or acoustic" That about sums up the vision of Durham County Poets: To write, record and perform good honest music.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733

The Dave Keller Blues Band to play at Brandon Music
October 8 at 7:30pm.

Dave Keller is one of the finest blues and soul men of his generation. A first-class singer, guitarist, and songwriter, he has earned the respect of the torchbearers of blues and soul music. Legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl featured Keller's singing and songwriting on his 2010 CD Living In The Light , which received a coveted BMA nomination for Blues Album of the Year. Mississippi soul blues master Johnny Rawls calls Keller his protégé, and frequently features Keller as part of his touring band. Mighty Sam McClain, one of the deepest of the classic soul singers, has mentored Keller for years, and says, "He's the real deal. Y'all check him out!" You can check him and his band out at Brandon Music on October 8 at 7:30pm.
Leading The Dave Keller Band since 1996, Keller is a warm and confident presence on stage, firing off gritty guitar licks while singing from his heart. "I try to break down the barriers between audience and performer," Keller explains, "so we can have fun together and inspire each other." It's not uncommon to find Keller wandering through the crowd with his guitar, audience singing along with him, while his band keeps a killer groove percolating.
Jacques Perin from Soul Bag in Paris, France says "Keller reveals an authentic soul man nature. His singing possesses the conviction of the African-Americans who have influenced him, but he doesn't look to imitate them. It's going to be necessary to put Vermont on the map of blues and soul."
Keller's newest CD, Where I'm Coming From , is a deep soul gem. Produced by Bob Perry (Wu-Tang Clan, Brian McKnight, Foxy Brown), with backing from Brooklyn's soul hotshots The Revelations, the music sounds alive and full and super funky - like Hi Records around 1969, but with the clarity of modern recordings.
Keller's previous CD, Play for Love , reached #8 on Roots Music Report's blues chart, and received airplay on over 200 stations in the U.S. and abroad. He earned glowing reviews in Blues Revue , Vintage Guitar , Big City Rhythm & Blues , and many other print and online publications. recently said that "Dave Keller is gonna be huge!" and it's starting to seem that way.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner.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

Live at Brandon Music: The Twangtown Paramours
Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm

The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called "Sophisticated Americana", and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This acoustic duo, made up of MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis, is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies. WDVX-FM in Knoxville, TN says they "bring a blend of thought provoking lyrics with angelic vocals". Hear them live at Brandon Music on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm.
  The Twangtown Paramours have two successful albums under their belt, with a third album on the way. Their sophomore album reached #2 on the Folk DJ Chart, and radio stations in NYC and Chicago listed the album among their very top albums of the year.
  The Twangtown Paramours have been chosen three times (2011, 2013 and 2016) to be finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest and in 2012 the 'Twangers' won the Michael Terry People's Choice Award in the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival Songwriter Contest.
  Because of their song, "Chains", the duo has been invited to perform at the March 2017 commemoration in New York City of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and a new song of theirs called "Stars Without a Heaven", though not yet released to the public, is being played at several holocaust museums, including Yadvashem in Israel. The music of the Twangtown Paramours can be heard on over 70 Americana, Folk, and independent Country radio stations world-wide.
  During recent Northeast tours, the duo performed at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, the Franklin Opera House in NH, and the Leura Eastman PAC in Maine.  Nationally, they have performed at recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin's in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have opened for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Carrie Newcomer, and Kim & Reggie Harris, among others.
  MaryBeth Zamer has sung professionally since the age of 18. Before moving to Nashville, she
was a fixture of the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area, where she fronted a
popular bar band for several years. Zamer sang background vocals for the band Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy, and after relocating to Nashville, continued her musical career working as a demo singer for local songwriters, as a background vocalist for several new country artists, and worked on her own projects, including serving as lead vocalist for the band Blue Martini.
  Mike T. Lewis has played guitar for a million and a half years, and bass for about half that
time. He sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass. In 1997, Lewis had
a #1 pop hit in South Korea on the big pop icon Yangpa's first album called 'A Heartbeat Away'. It sold over 800,000 units. In 2014 he signed an administrative publishing deal with Universal for all their Asian territories. Yangpa will release a few more of his songs on her upcoming autumn release. Lewis has also had songs recorded by independent artists in the U.K., Japan, and the U.S. He runs a studio in Nashville, producing albums and demos for up-and-coming artists. And if you look very, very, very closely, sometimes you can see him playing a background acting role of songwriter, studio engineer, or roadie on ABC's "Nashville".
  This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25.  Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. 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

'Colors of Fall'
Brandon Artists Guild
Exhibit dates: Sept 1 - Oct 31.

In celebration of the highest season in Vermont, an all member show will feature a collection of work done in many different media. Work will include paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylics, and pastel. Also mixed media, mobiles, ceramics, stoneware, wood carvings, assemblages, fused glass, stained glass, jewelry, and photography will be included.
The Brandon Artists Guild represents artists from within the state of Vermont that go through a jury process for acceptance, and are always seeking new members.
 Judith Reilly, an internationally known fiber artist, will be showing "Rainbow Leaves", a new style of work using bold and bright colors and patterns. Layered translucent leaves in watercolor will be featured in Joan Drew's "Colors of Autumn".
New member Christine Holzschuh is known for her small size canvas figure oil paintings. "Campfire Spot", 8' X 8", was painted "plein air" at the Landgrove Inn. States Christine, " Although I mostly paint figures, I love going out and attempting to capture the beauty of Vermont on site with the challenges of temperature, wind and weather. When I look back at them I remember the sensory impression as much as the place and hope some of that is communicated to the viewer.  What is better than a campfire in the cool fall air with the reflection of the trees on a pond?"
 The town of Brandon is rich in the arts. Not only can you see the show, "Colors of Fall", but art enthusiasts can also enjoy an exhibit at the Compass Music and Center. " The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer", from Sept 2 - Oct 29, with the Opening Reception also on
Friday, Sept 2 from 4:00-7:30pm. Stephanie is an illustrative and decorative artist, whose licensed work can be seen in internationally manufactured greeting cards, tapestries, mugs, pillows, wrapping paper and more. This is her first show beyond her Belmont, Vermont home-based gallery. The CMAC is located at Park Village off Rt. 7 north of town.    802-247-4956     7 Center St,  Brandon

The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer
The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer

The paintings of Stephanie Stouffer have not, until now, been exhibited beyond her Belmont, Vermont home-based gallery, though visitors frequently recognize the work as internationally known. The artist has been licensing her work to companies like Caspari, Certified International, and Peking Handicrafts for 35 years, with her images appearing on mugs, tapestries, greeting cards, pillows and rugs. However, the more than 1,500 original paintings she has produced during her career have never been exhibited or offered for sale.
  The Compass Music and Arts Center exhibit ' The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer' offers a rare opportunity to see and purchase the unique original work of one of the few artists to earn a living as an illustrative and decorative artist. Stouffer is known for her vivid imagination, precision, and exceptional use of color which creates work sometimes described as 'folk art with a contemporaryflair'. Viewers can see her masterful use of whimsy and the patience and love she puts into each piece.
  The exhibit showcases many of Stouffer's original paintings, along with selected licensed products, and represents a significant chapter of her life's work. After a time-intensive career of creating work non-stop for the demands of licensing companies and the fickle, ever-changing market trends, Stouffer would be the first to say that she has moved on from that life. But she does continue to paint, and is enjoying the freedom and time to pursue new creative endeavors. Visitors to the exhibit will also see examples of these new works.
  Stouffer's designs often depicted traditional scenes, including iconic, recognizable symbols, as required bythe commercial graphic design world. But she had a knack for turning these 'traditional symbols' into something fresh with her vibrant colors, decorative style and rich imagination.
  When Stouffer opened her gallery in Belmont in 2008 she finally understood that she was actually known by her art, if not by her name, and that she says "was a very special feeling". "The main goal of my work", she explains, "was to keep it fun and whimsical and to bring delight to people." She hopes that is what this exhibit will do for all who see it.
Stouffer will give a Gallery Talk on Sunday, October 2 at 2pm. The exhibit runs through October 29.
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 of Arnold District Rd.).

Gallery Talk by Stephanie Stouffer
With a personal, first-hand experience of truly earning a living as a freelance artist, Stouffer will give a Gallery Talk at the Compass Music and Arts Center, as part of her current exhibit 'The Creative World of Stephanie Stouffer', on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm. The artist will share both the creative compromises and rewards of a freelance career in licensing, acknowledging the role her time with Hallmark took in preparing her for her chosen path. She will discuss the demands and frustrations of staying 'on top' of the market, of staying creatively fresh and innovative while meeting the commercial interests and time demands of manufacturers, but also why she feels her work proved to be so appealing and successful.   
Now retired, Stouffer has continued to paint, expanding her creative efforts into a larger format and using a different medium. She will share her efforts in trying to step away from 35 years of focusing her creative imagination on what might appeal to the commercial needs of manufacturers, rather than herself.
For Stouffer, she hopes visitors "will gain a better understanding of what it can take for an artist to earn a 'real living' and a greater appreciation for what went into the card they bought or received , or the product that caught their eye in the market place." This talk will be of particular interest to anyone with a career or interest in the world of graphic design and illustration.  

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.

Celebrate the good life with Brandon's own award-winning beer and wine.

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!

Enjoy the beer that others drive hundreds of miles for.
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 !!
  Foley Brothers Brewing
Neshobe River Winery
Inn At Neshobe River
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd.   247-8002

Neshobe Golf Club-course in superb condition!
Rated the #1 value in Vermont by the New England Golf Guide

Neshobe Golf Club has also been included in the Top 100 of the Best Public Golf Values in New England. Neshobe provides an enjoyable experience for both expert golfers and those with higher handicaps. Our par-72 Championship course affords beautiful mountain views in all directions. Come and see why players rave about the conditions and our 18 distinctive holes providing a variety of challenges to all facets of the game.

Neshobe Golf Club also features a full-service restaurant and bar. Guests may enjoy chef-prepared food and beverages on our covered porch overlooking six of our holes.
The large dining room can accommodate parties, meetings, weddings and golf outings for large groups.

The full service pro shop features the latest in apparel and equipment. Our PGA Professional and 2011 Vermont PGA Player of the Year, Rodney Bicknell, offers lessons either on-course or on our full-size range-all open to the public. Our staff truly goes "the extra mile" to make your Neshobe experience a memorable one Call for a tee time now.               802-247-3611

The GRANARY at 29 Union Street, Brandon VT

This beautifully renovated, historic building contains 14 artist studios. The spacious studios have lots of natural light, great lighting, handicapped ramp, and parking. The community includes milliners, jeweler, graphic designer, painters, sculptors, photographer and Brandon Artist Guild. The GRANARY is located in the village of Brandon, walking distance to shops, restaurants and galleries. 

Available studios include:
Downstairs Studio
Upstairs Corner Studio with two rooms 
Upstairs Studio

Rents range from $325 - $350 per month ( all utilities included, except A/C).

Please forward to anyone who may be looking for space in Brandon. I look forward to discussing the available options and showing you the spaces. 
Please contact me at or 247-3214 or 683-8209.

New small business solar plan from SunCommon
Zero down - 2.99% financing

The sun is out and I've got good news to share...
 We are rolling out a new small business solar program that we are really excited about. Since SunCommon launched we've struggled with being able to help small business owners who are interested in solar. In large part that was driven by the need for good solar finance solutions. We've solved that, and now we can help businesses contribute to a healthy environment and safer world through solar. 
If you want to help your business or place of work go solar and save money you can get started here.
 As you know, SunCommon has thousands of small solar installations across Vermont, more than any other Vermont company. Now we want to use that expertise to help more small businesses, the heart of the Vermont economy, go solar. Our new, zero down - 2.99% financing will help do just that, saving businesses 10-30% on their electric bill and helping our environment. 
We will only be able to complete a limited number of these projects before the incentives drop next year. Please help your business or your friend's business sign up this year while we have this great new financing and incentives are strong!

Cheers!   James Moore-Co Founder

43 Center Street- Highly visible on route 7, prime downtown Brandon retail space. 1,500 sq. ft. restored historical storefront with maple floors, high tin ceiling and windows over the Neshobe River. A couple of storage spaces and plenty of parking. Located next to Gourmet Provence Bakery.
Available immediately. Call Jim Leary @ 802-247-9595 or Nancy Leary @ 802-558-1444.

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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, Vision & Life packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Meet our newest  Chamber businesses!
Our latest addition to the Chamber family.

NFP Insurance
Lizbeth Alvarado
22B Park St.
Brandon, VT 05733
A Little Twisted Gallery
Jamie Ruggerio & Lisa Fennimore
7 Carver St.
Brandon, VT 05733
802-247-2731  cell- 802-289-4315
New 2 You Consignment Shop
Heather McDonough
47 Center St.
Brandon, VT 05733


DuBois & King Inc.  (Engineering Services)
Jon Ashley, PE
25 Union St.
Brandon, VT 05733

Welcome !!
2016 New Members- go to for more info on our newest members

-NFP Insurance- Liz Alvarado- 247-3176
-A Little Twisted Gallery- John Ruggerio & Lisa Fennimore- 289-4315
-Dubois & King-Jon Ashley-802-431-1422
- New 2 You Consignment Shop- Heather McDonough-247-9255
-Awesome Graphics-Michael & Tami Napolitano-773-6143
- Tom Ransom Plumbing & Heating-483-2934
-Margaret Donahue Fine Needlework- Peg Donahue-247-5953
-Good Earth Farm- Hannah Davidson- 310-8534
-Simple Systems of Vermont- Greg Smela- 458-0620
-Common Ground Restaurant & Pub-Erynn & Andy Doaner- 464-8010
-Upscale Resale-Leo and Penny Larocque, Jill and Tim Comes, Mary & Tim Shields- 324-0613
-The Little House-A Vacation Home- Kerrie Quinn & Russ McColman- 247-2770

Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area and gain great exposure for you business!
Just click here for an application and rates.  
We also have many Individual Members -- 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)

Nancy & Larry Rowe- Sudbury

Next Chamber Meeting
Monday, October 17th 2016 at 6:30
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.