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

            Leaf People Time Is Here Again!!
                                           Dates of interest 
This Wednesday, Sept 7th, We'll be sorting donated clothes at Sally Wood's garage on Wood Lane. If you can help please call Sarah Pattis at the Brandon Inn- 247-5766
Every year our faithful friends need a little TLC and fixing up. This year we'll be working on them at Sally's garage on two days-
Tuesday, September 13th from 4-6pm
Thursday, September 15th from 8-10am
Please try to fit a little time in and lend a hand!  
If you have clothes and accessories to donate, bring them with you or drop to Carr's Florist & Gifts.  

Thanks from all your Leaf People buddies!

Omya's Middlebury Quarry Open House is Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
rain or shine.

Geology rocks! Come see what Omya does and learn more about Vermont's geology and mining!  Take a bus into the open-pit marble quarry, disembark and explore.  View the large trucks and equipment on display and learn about rocks and minerals from experts.  Collect a souvenir and enjoy a light lunch! Meet Omya employees and contractors from Shelburne Limestone Corporation (SLC) and Casella Construction Inc.  This event is free and suitable for all ages.
Omya's Middlebury Quarry access road (1975 Private Road) is located on the east side of Rt. 7, 2 miles south of Middlebury, VT or 1 mile north of the Rt. 125 & Rt. 7 intersection to East Middlebury.  The turn (between Connor Homes & Foster Motors) will be prominently marked on the day of the event.
For more information, call the Omya Community Feedback Line at 802-770-7644 or Visit


July and August, a busy few weeks!!
Auction and Yard Sale Day!!

28th Annual Great Brandon Auction
From sun-up to sun-down on Tuesday, July 19, Brandon was a-glow with donors, volunteers, bidders and buyers at the 28th Great Brandon Auction. After unloading our spiffy "Auction Storage Trailer" and organizing the donations that poured out from storage areas, barns, cars, and trucks, auctioneer Barb Watters sold just about everything we had from a beautiful set of Adirondack furniture built by our own Foxcroft Farms Harvest Program (which was our top seller) to an Elvis Presley guitar clock and sooo much more!!! With almost 200 bidders and hundreds of items to be sold, Barb wasted no time working the crowd and selling off almost all our goodies. Thanks so much to the team of volunteers, donors, bidders and buyers who made the auction a huge success. The grand total was over $14,000. Proceeds from the auction support the many activities and programs of the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce including the Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace. We thank all the Chamber members who donated, the private citizens who have supported us with donations for so long and everyone who helped with the success including volunteers from Camp Betsey Cox and Camp Sangamon in Pittsford. There are way too many people who helped to name everyone but you know who you are-Chamber Action Team! Special thanks to Calvin Loven, Naylor & Breen, Lions Club for providing great food, Roger Paquette, Rodney & Karla and Corey Thompson. We had help from some newbies and some oldies this year and used their expertise with the antique side of the auction. The gang from Upscale Resale were a huge help, Mike Wilson & Charlotte Bishop were great as always! But most importantly, we couldn't do it without the team behind the scenes and on the mike- Brian Coolidge and Auctioneer Barb Watters!
See you next year!
Special note- our 50/50 raffle always sends a lucky winner home with over $500! This year's winner, 12 year old Anna Kerr, won $617 and then donated back to the scholarship fund $250! So with that money along with another donation from Rutland Vietnam Veteran Bill Elwood, the Chamber has decided to award two OV scholarships in 2017!

Yard Sale Day!!
Another shout out to Mother Nature who graced us with one more perfect day, this time to go "Yard Sailing". The town was jam-packed with shoppers looking for bargains and treasures. Thanks to all who signed up to be on the official listing sheet and hope you did well with your sales, or if you were buying, that the elusive treasure of your dreams was found!

Brandon Chamber Summer Concert Series
Music in the Park- a rousing success!!
Nine Concerts were held in  July & August!!

This has been a fantastic summer of music, food & friendship. Crowds of well over 100 have been in attendance at each of these beautiful summer Wednesday evenings.
Let's do it all again next year!!
This would not have happened without the hard work and perseverance of three special people. Stacey Doucette, Bill Moore and Seth Hopkins organized the fund raiser, booked the bands, bought the popcorn, handled the food vendors, bought publicity supplies and touted the evenings throughout the summer. They had a vision and I think that vision was fulfilled. Kudos to them for a great effort! If you see them say thanks. Now let's continue to build on this summer's success and make it bigger and better next year!
Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the evenings, see you next July!  
Our great line-up this year consisted of-
-The Michele Fay Band  
-Brandon Town Band  
-Red Hot Juba
-Snake Mountain Bluegrass  
-Bob Stannard and Those    Dangerous Bluesmen  
-Moose Crossing  
  -Phinaes Gage
-Tintype Gypsies
Thanks also to all who supported our Concert Fund Raiser- you made this happen!

Stacey and her crack crew manning the popcorn machine!

Seth, Bill and dedicated concert-attendee Town manager Dave Atherton

Each concert was attended by well over 100 people and one evening hosted over 200 folks!


Brandon's own Town Band!!


Intrepid "Reporter" reporter Lee Kahrs covers the excitement in Central Park.

Watch for details on our next "Barn Raising"- Community interaction to help us all make a Brandon a better place to live, work and play!
Info to follow in future newsletters!!

Town Hall- Brandon
  Your center for exciting entertainment and events in 2016! Take a peek at what's coming up this summer and fall and start to 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
Saturday, September 10, "Town Hall Talent Showcase"...7:00 pm. FREE WILL donations. This fund raiser for the Town Hall will showcase the multi-talented community members from Brandon and the surrounding area. Due to the low auditions turnout, this year's "Talent Show" will be replaced by this "Talent Showcase." No judges, no awards just a night of FUN! Sponsored by, Gayle Pilat & Laura Abel, The Friends Of The Brandon Town Hall, Anonymous Donor, Creative Fiber Designs, Found Objects, Jim & Lyn DesMarias, Sally Wood, Marc & Arlyn Brierre, Susan Hayden, Otterside Animal Hospital.
Saturday, September 17, Silent Movie, Charlie Chaplin in "The Kid" (1921) plus two of Chaplin's earlier slapstick comedy shorts...7:00 pm, Free Will Donation. Along with Chaplin is a young Jackie Coogan. Chaplin's breakthrough comedy/drama finds the Tramp raising an infant against all odds. Highlighted by amazing work of 5 year old Coogan, who delivers one of the most remarkable child performances in all of cinema. Sponsored by, Bill & Kathy Mathis, in memory of Maxine Thurston.
  Saturday, September 24, Concert/Dance by "The Doughboys"...7:30 pm. Tickets, Adults...$10, Seniors, Students, Military...$8. Meet Middlebury's premier faculty rock band! Their upbeat original pop-rock tunes remain the foundation of their repertoire, but they also cover everything from Paul Simon to Chuck Berry to the Grateful Dead. They also feature soul and R & B classics from Aretha to Otis to Sam and Dave. Plenty of room to sit and enjoy the music or get up and boogy on the dance floor! Sponsored by, Kevin & Debra Jennings, an Anonymous Donor, Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engines, Inc, John & Deb Perry.
  Sunday, September 25, The No Strings Marionette Co. present "Nick Of Time"....4:00 pm. Tickets, Adults...$7, Seniors, Students, Military...$5. This sci-fi time travel thriller will take you on a special mission to explore a mysterious dark object nearing planet Earth. Astronaut Nick Eastman and his hover-bot Glitch is attacked by a deep space alien. Don't miss this incredible performance by Master Puppeteers Dan and Barbara. This show features the biggest marionette they have ever made. Sponsored by, Lake Sunapee Bank.
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.).

Brandon Music presents Will Woodson and Eric McDonald
September 10 at 7:30pm

Brandon Music welcomes Will Woodson and Eric McDonald, two of today's finest young proponents of traditional Scottish music, on September 10 at 7:30pm. With an unusual blend of wind and plucked strings, they bring a welcome sensitivity to a tradition that is often known for its high velocity. Still, their music is full of drive and energy, thanks to shared impulses that permeate their simpatico sound. It's the sum product of two musicians well versed in their tradition, playing honest and at times risky music.
The organic chemistry of the duo is omnipresent on their new album, 'The Sunny Hills'. They recorded the album the way they play at concerts or at home: live and face to face, with no overdubs and as much raw energy as they can muster. Almost exclusively made up of old tunes and songs from the Scottish and Cape Breton repertoires, roaring reels and lilting jigs give way to haunting ballads and poignant eighteenth century waltzes. There is an exceptional variety of timbre for a duo, largely thanks to the multi-instrumental capabilities of both musicians.
Together, Woodson and McDonald weave their sounds into a textured and detailed fabric, fusing border pipes, wooden flute, guitar, mandolin, and voice to create a sound that is sweet but also wild, traveling from darkness to light.
Since a young age, Will Woodson has made traditional Scottish music on the border pipes his life's work. He spent years living in Glasgow, earning a master's degree in traditional Scottish music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and immersing himself in the rich musical culture of the city. Following these endeavors, he returned to the U.S. to study and work in New York City and Portland, Maine under pipe maker Nate Banton, through which he has vastly expanded his knowledge of the instrument.
Eric McDonald grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, a hub for traditional musicians of all kinds and attended Boston's Berklee College of Music. He's well versed in the Scottish idiom and is known for performing with the trio Cantrip, Scottish fiddler Katie McNally and national Scottish fiddle champions Ryan McKasson and Brendan Carey Block. 
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

Leading International Violinist to Play in Brandon, Vermont
Brandon Music- September 11 at 3:00pm.

Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only living violinist to have performed on the violins of Niccolò Paganini, Joseph Joachim and G B Viotti. He is the dedicatee of over 400 works for violin, by composers including Hans Werner Henze, Poul Ruders, David Matthews, Judith Weir and George Rochberg. In a rare not-to-be-missed appearance, the highly acclaimed violinist will be performing at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. The concert is to benefit the arts center and will be held on Sunday, September 11 at 3:00pm.
This concert will blend Sheppard Skærved's disparate interests of modern compositions with his love of historic violins and early music. He explains, "As an artist my work constantly celebrates the continuum between past and present. This concert celebrates the connections, flows, counterpoints, consonances and dissonances which vibrate, when an ancient violin is played, between the illusions of 'now' and 'then'."
Some of the works to be performed include Biagio Marini's 'Capriccio', which Sheppard Skærved says creates a dialogue with ' Nikosia Caprices', written by Evis Sammoutis. The philosopher/composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau's celebrated hymn to Nature, 'Air on Three Notes', Heinrich Biber's 'Mystery Sonata 16', which is an epochal walking piece, depicting fragile humanity strolling hand in hand with an angel, and 'Slivers', a piece made from the 'slivers' of a Mozart violin sonata by Paul Pellay, are also included, along with several others.
Sheppard Skærved is in the midst of creating a series of albums featuring baroque works played on many of the world's most valuable, historic and revered instruments. The series, which may reach as high as ten volumes, is being produced by the Divine Art Recordings Group, headquartered in the Compass Music and Arts Center. Sheppard Skærved is a prolific recording artist, having released over 60 other critically acclaimed recordings - both as soloist and with the Kreutzer Quartet and the ensemble Longbow - many of them for labels of the Divine Art Recordings Group. These include cycles of sonatas by Tartini, Telemann and Beethoven, and many of the works which have been written for him, resulting in a Grammy nomination and awards from BBC Music Magazine.
He is the only musician to have curated an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London and has made projects for the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and galleries worldwide. Later this year, he will be launching a new series of concerts and talks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is married to the Danish writer and poet, Malene Sk æ rved, and is the Viotti Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was elected Fellow in 2013.  For recordings, films, writing and more info, go to
Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling 802-247-4295 or emailing
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.).

Writers Read: Why Writers Write - Yvonne Daley and George Mathon
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Book & Leaf Bookstore is presenting two authors, Yvonne Daley and George Mathon, for its September 15th Writers Read series, entitled Why Writers Write.   Both writers are dedicated to their chosen crafts. Daley is a well-known non-fiction writer and Mathon writes about the human and natural world in lyrical poetry. There will also be an OPEN MIC for poets and prose writers(5 minute maximum). Come and enjoy great presentations and conversation, and of course, complimentary tea, coffee and sweets!
Yvonne Daley has been a longtime journalist for the Rutland Herald, Boston Globe and dozens of other publications. She balances investigative reporting with profiles of ordinary people whose lives provide lessons on generosity, determination and delight. Her books include: An Independent Man with Senator Jim Jeffords; Vermont Writers: A State of Mind; A Mighty Storm: How Vermonters rebuilt their state after Tropical Storm Irene, and Octavia Boulevard,among others.Daley is a compassionate listener and an extraordinary interpreter of people's stories. She is currently finishing her seventh book, Going Up the Country, which chronicles the "hippie invasion" of Vermont in the late 1960's and '70's. Howard Frank Mosher writes, "Yvonne Daley's Octavia Boulevard, for my money, ranks right up there with Angela's Ashes and Eat, Pray, Love. From Chinatown to Haight-Ashbury, Daley brings San Francisco to life in literature as no one has since the Beat Poets. In the end, Octavia Boulevard is a story about community, family, friendship, and, in all its wondrous forms, love."
George Mathon has had many careers in his lifetime, ranging from engineering to computer system administration, but poetry has been a consistent source of creative expression throughout. He now is a full-time writer, dividing his time between his beloved Joe's Pond in Vermont and South Carolina and Florida in winters. His extensive travels have taken him hiking to natural wonders and native ruins in America and Hawaii, as well as diving in the Caribbean. Mathon's poetry lives on the boundary between the human and natural world. He's always looking for relationships that enrich their connections. His language is spare yet lush with lyrical description balanced with the voice of cold reason. The poems are wide-ranging: about love, sex, uncertainty, nature, social and political subjects. When he writes about the natural world, he's likely making an observation about the human. His poems, inspired by place, offer unique visions of the people, habitat and the history of wherever he lives. He will be reading from his books, Chickadees and Killers, and from a manuscript in progress.
Yvonne Daley is the author of five nonfiction books, founder of the Green Mountain Writers Conference and Verdant Books, a small nonprofit publishing company, educator, gardener, wife, mother and grandmother. She is currently finishing her seventh book, Going Up the Country, for University Press of New England, which chronicles the "hippie invasion" of Vermont in the late-1960s and '70s, the impact this generation had on Vermont and the effect Vermont has had on them. She lives in Rutland with her husband, the writer Chuck Clarino, and two Maltese dogs. She'll read from her new book and talk about why she writes nonfiction.
George Mathon was born in Vermont, graduated from the University of Vermont, lives at Joe's Pond in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and is a frequent visitor to the Rutland area. Throughout all his years as engineer, economist, statistician, computer system administrator, Mathon has written poems. When he retired at the end of 2004 he began writing full time. His first book Entering The Forest appeared in 2005. His second Chickadees in 2010. His third Killers was published in 2014 by Yvonne Daley's Verdant Books press. He thinks there will likely be a new book in 2017.
Call 465-8423
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Brandon Music
Brandon Music presents a Concert for Recorder, Flute and Piano
7:30pm on September 17

Brandon Music welcomes recorderist and flutist Anna Laufenberg and pianist Stefan Simrock at 7:30pm on September 17. Organized chronologically, the concert will begin with works from the late Renaissance and Baroque eras, featuring a range of voices from the recorder family - popular instruments of the time. Laufenberg performs the soprano, alto and G-alto recorders on works by Robert Woodcock, Jacob van Eyck and Arcangelo Corelli. Moving to the classical, romantic and contemporary periods, the flute will appear as it did when the recorder lost popularity in the 19th century, with works by Jardany Pal, Emile Pessard, Eugene Bozza and Christopher Caliendo. Simrock will also perform solo piano works by Alessandro Scarlatti and Beethoven.
Anna Laufenberg started playing the recorder as a child, developing a passion for the particular sweet and soft sounding instrument. She studied music at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz, Germany where she received her BA for recorder, piano and early childhood music education. Her passion is playing music of the Renaissance and Baroque era in which the recorder flourished and was very popular all over Europe. For many years she performed with the early music group 'La Fontegara' in Mainz playing on period instrument reproductions. In order to explore the music of the classic and romantic period she learned to play the Western concert flute that evolved from the single keyed wooden flute of the 19th century. Besides playing and performing music, Laufenberg also taught music to children age 2 to 6 for more than twenty years and developed her own preschool curriculum based on ideas of Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly and Jaques Dalcroze.
Stefan Simrock is a German Scientist who is currently working on the solution to the world's energy problem at the international ITER project in southern France. Simrock grew up in Limburg, Germany where he learned to play the piano as a child, and later the organ. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics in Darmstadt, Germany in 1989 he joined the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia. During this time he continued his studies in piano and pipe organ with Kathy Combs in Williamsburg, Virginia. Moving back to Hamburg, Germany, Simrock studied with Andreas Maurer on the North German Baroque organ. He has also studied the pipe organ, focusing on French Romantic organ music, with Chantal de Zeeuw, the titular organist at the cathedral of Aix-en-Provence. Now, since joining the team at ITER in southern France, he has become a member of the amateur musicians of haute provence where he regularly performs in recitals with piano solo, chamber music and accompanying singers.
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 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

'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 opens at the Compass Center on Friday, September 2 with an opening reception from 4:00-7:30pm.
  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.
  Stouffer explains: "the simplicity of my layouts reflected the serenity and balance that I have sought in my life and that many others seek. I learned that my best work came from the heart, from the intuitive part of the process, and hopefully that is what others feel as well."
  Originally a student at Bennington College and then majoring in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Stouffer literally stumbled into her career as an illustrator when she began working for Hallmarkin Kansas City. Hallmark gave her the knowledge and skills to later develop a successful freelance career, but after 10 years with the company, she felt she had lost sight of her 'fine art identity'. However, with a move to Vermont she was gratefully able to discover another side of her creativity which she now recognizes "has brought pleasure to many as they continue to discover my art all over the marketplace and buy products which they bring into their homes or share with friends."
  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 town of Brandon is rich in the arts; not only can you see the exhibit of Stephanie Stouffer, but art enthusiasts can also enjoy an exhibit at the Brandon Artists Guild. The Brandon Artists Guild (or the 'BAG' as it's affectionately called), opens their exhibit 'Colors of Fall' on September 1 with an opening reception on Friday the 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibit runs through October 31 and is an all-member show celebrating the highest season in Vermont with a collection of work in many different media. The BAG is located in downtown Brandon at 7 Center Street.
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.  

My 2016 Woodstock Rug Collection 
 is Now Available at the
Judith Reilly Gallery
24 Conant Square (Rte. 7), Brandon
 My latest designs for the Woodstock Rug Collection, hooked rugs I design for Chandler 4 Corners, are now available at my Gallery and in retail outlets nationwide.
Chandler 4 Corners is a family-owned home accessories company in Manchester, Vermont. The entire Woodstock Collection can be seen at . On the home page choose the "Shop Collections" Category, then select "Woodstock".
Here are three of over a dozen new rugs I designed this year...
In addition to the rugs my fiber artwork originals, prints, cards, and accessories can be purchased in my gallery. My artwork is also available at the Brandon Artists Guild in the center of town.
The July/August issue of Victoria Magazine , a women's lifestyle publication, is on the newsstand now and available in my Gallery. I'm featured in an article and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. It's an honor to be in this beautiful magazine.
The Judith Reilly Gallery is now open for the season which continues until Christmas.
Our normally scheduled hours are12-5 pm Fridays and Saturdays, but please call or email to visit other times. We're happy to welcome you whenever we can.
                                    802) 247-8421

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.

Get on board the successful Gateways
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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.
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)

NEW INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS 2016- who will be our first in 2016?   Maybe you ??

Next Chamber Meeting
Monday, September 19th 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.