September 2017 Chamber Newsletter

Info and happenings in our Chamber and Town!

Alpacas Open House!!
Maple View Farm Alpacas and Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio
Saturday, September 16th and Sunday September 17th   11:00-4:00

Join us and visit with the beautiful alpacas and observe the mill operations and fiber demonstrations. Come and learn about these gentle, intelligent creatures, then browse the farm store which features products made from luxurious alpaca fiber. Our shop features fine alpaca apparel, accessories, yarn, teddy bears, and fleece. See (and feel) our wonderfully soft sweaters, vests, scarves, socks, handmade mittens and more!
The Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio offers custom fiber processing  of fiber into high quality batts, roving, yarn and felt using modern equipment that allows us to process small batches and individual fleeces. We also host fiber related workshops.
185 Adams Road, Brandon

Blood Drive- Monday, September 18th, 1:00-5:00pm    American Legion-Franklin St.

Brandon Chamber Free Summer
Concert Series
"Music at the Riverbend"

A super summer of music and fun! Perfect weather graced us every Wednesday.

2017 Summer Concert Series Re-Cap
Another spectacular season is complete!  Brandon's 2017 "Music at the Riverbend" Free Summer Concert Series was a rousing success.  For the second year in a row, we had perfect weather for all nine concerts - 18 Wednesday night band concerts in a row without need for a rain location.  Some weeks it seemed like Wednesday night was the only night of the week it did not rain!

Our "Segment Six" location on the great green lawn behind the Brandon Inn proved popular with concertgoers, musicians, and the rollicking crowds of children enjoying unstructured safe playtime together behind the band.  A big Brandon thank-you to Sarah and Louis Pattis for sharing their beautiful space with us (and standing by with indoor space in case of rain).  

Shawn Keith and his team at Celebration Rentals came through in a big way, setting up and taking down a new stage each week, tailored to the needs of the band.  Thank you, Celebration Rentals!

We were joined by the Lions Club who cheerfully popped the free popcorn, and by St Mary's Church folks with their fundraiser table.  If your group would like to participate in our weekly all-town get-together next summer, give the concert committee a shout!

The concert committee will be placing a formal thank-you to all our generous sponsors in The Reporter but does want to highlight our major donors for this season:  Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce ~ Nifty Thrifty ~ Casella ~ Lake Sunapee Bank ~ Omya ~ Olya & Seth Hopkins ~ New England Woodcraft ~ Olivia's Croutons ~ Naylor & Breen Builders ~ Foley Brothers Brewing ~ National Bank of Middlebury ~ Brandon Inn (venue) ~ Celebration Rentals (stage) ~ Courtney Satz (graphic design).  We couldn't have done it without you ... and more than fifty other community-minded individuals and businesses who stepped up to the plate and helped us build community together through music.  You are all appreciated!

We're already thinking about 2018.  Make it a date:  Every Wednesday in July and August, 7PM.

Sincerely, your summer concert series committee:
Stacey Doucette, Seth Hopkins, Bill Moore, Alyssa Zollman



Join in the fun, support the Downtown Brandon Alliance and Chamber as they help the businesses prosper through the construction AND win some m oney and great prizes!!
Stop in the town office and pick up your bright orange hard hat for only $5.00 and be eligible for our monthly $50.00 drawing in Brandon Green!! The drawings will be done throughout the Even BETTER Brandon construction project. We're working on lots of other ideas and functions to make use of your stylish hard hat!
Watch for more info on the super End-of Project prizes!

 Our first winner was Sue Young-Walsh!!


Order today- deadline for this

segment is September 30th!  

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

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

Town Hall 2017 schedule of events- join us for a night of fun and entertainment!
Another great season of entertainment in our little town- get out and enjoy and support all these performances!!
Saturday, September 16...7:00 pm Silent Movie...Harry Houdini in "Terror Island" & "The Man From Beyond"... 
Saturday, September 16, at 7:00 pm brings an unlikely silent film star to the town hall. Don't miss these rare surviving films from the great illusionist's brief movie career. In "Terror Island" (1920), Houdini stars as a swashbuckling inventor who steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the woman he loves. In "The Man From Beyond" (1922) Houdini plays a man frozen 100 years I the Arctic who returns to civilization to reclaim his reincarnated love.
Friday, September 22...7:30 "The Grift" Dance Party
.."The Grift" is a popular club, wedding, and event band based in the Champlain Valley. Their sound defies easy categorization, blending booty-shaking grooves and improvisation with radio-friendly hooks, witty lyrics and tight vocal harmonies. "The Grift"shows are energetic and original, with and members swapping instruments and occasionally playing two at a time.   Their deep catalog of original music blends roots-rock and pop and jam. "The Grift"was formed by two Middlebury College grads Clint Bierman ad Jeff Vallone in 1999. They are joined by Peter Day and Andrew Moroz and since then have performed 2,300+ shows in 25 states and four countries. The band plays, on average, over 125 gigs and weddings in Vermont every year with both original tunes and covers. Tickets...Adults, $12....Seniors (60 & up) Students (17 & under) Military, $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the performance. Sponsored by, Wayne & Kathy Rausenberger, Harold & Jean Somerset, Nifty Thrifty, Hayes Recycled Pallet, Inc. Holden Insurance, a division of the Richards Group, Fyle Brothers, Inc. Kevin & Deb Jennings.
Saturday, September, 30...7:00 pm Dissipated 8 ...
Don't miss this incredible performance by Middlebury College's premier a Capella group on Saturday, September 30, at 7:00 pm in your Brandon Town Hall. The group was founded as a combination of two male quartets in 1952, singing traditional barbershop music. They are currently the fourth oldest a Capella 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 certainly entertain you in addition to the wonderful harmonies, solos and group numbers. The group prides itself in its history and aims to preserve it while adding anew material from the modern age to its repertoire.  Tickets...Adults, $7...Seniors (60 & up) Students (17 & under) Military, $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the performance. Sponsored by, Fred & Terry Zimmer, Pat Hanson, Andrew & Bethany Menkart, Marine Engines, Inc.
Many thanks to the Friends of the Town Hall for all their hard work
and dedication to this wonderful building!

Portraits of the Vermont Landscape: Paintings by Norma Jean Rollet
September 1 through October 31.

The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) celebrates Vermont's colorful scenery with a new exhibit of paintings and pastels by Middlebury artist Norma Jean Rollet. For more on Norma Jean click here
The gallery, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10AM to 5PM, Sundays from 10AM to 4PM. Information: 802 247-4956.
  The Brandon Artists Guild is a cooperative with approximately 50 artist-members. A 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs, particularly in local schools and after-school programs.

Join us at the Brandon Library for our ongoing book discussion series. We have copies available at the Library. Call or email questions: 247-8230

The Dave Keller Band returns to Brandon Music
September 23 at 7:30pm

Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. He's a first-class singer, guitarist and songwriter who has produced three acclaimed albums, turning his personal experiences into universal ones. His latest CD, 'Right Back Atcha', showcases his powerful voice, dynamic guitar playing, and his meaningful, memorable songs. Elmore Magazine says Keller's "soul can send chills through you." Bring your sweater to Brandon Music on September 23 at 7:30pm and experience the Dave Keller Band.  
   Keller has been described as "a superb songwriter and storyteller" by Bill Wilson of Billtown Blues. Wilson goes on to say "He is, without question, the real deal, pouring it out with heart, soul and a power that emanates from the deepest regions of the heart. This is the finest soul I've heard since the early days."   click here for more info
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

Adam Karch at Brandon Music
September 30 at 7:30pm

Brandon Music welcomes the accomplished guitarist, Adam Karch, on September 30 at 7:30pm. Although Karch is from Montreal, his music embodies the spirit of Americana like a scenic ride across the country. He plays a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking that recalls players such as Chet Atkins and Kelly Joe Phelps, along with an innovative percussive technique that is thoroughly modern, while somehow primal and anchored in tradition.
Karch has a raw talent that was evident from the first time he picked up the guitar at an early age. By age 14, he was fronting bands, headlining clubs, and dazzling audiences with both his spirited guitar playing and soulful singing.
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

Durham County Poets live at Brandon Music
October 7 at 7:30pm

The Durham County Poets are a lively group from Quebec playing soulful folk/roots with hints of blues and jazz. They return to perform in Brandon at the charming Brandon Music venue on October 7 at 7:30pm. The five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, work together individually and collaboratively in composing their music. Delving into a variety of styles and genres, their musical influences include a broad range of artists. From The Band to Dire Straits, Leon Redbone to James Taylor and Neil Young, they have managed to put it all together to create their own musical style.
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

Massage and More!
Complimentary consultations to get you started on your path to well-being.

Many of our clients and followers know Village Spa offers massages and body treatments, but did you know we can help with a range of services from head to toe?
Once you've experienced the therapeutic benefits of our various types of massage, we can help with skincare, hair services, full body waxing, and other beauty treatments. (As a reminder, all of our products are chosen because they are healthy alternatives to common beauty products that contain harsh c hemicals.) We also offer brow and lash tints and manicures and pedicures.
If you have questions about our services or scheduling, please contact us at: 802-465-8255 or go online

Brandon Free Public Library Used Book Sale
Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m  on Friday and Saturday from now until mid-October
The Friends of the Brandon Free Public Library have opened their used book sale in the basement of the Library. The sale will be open every week on Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m  on Friday and Saturday from now until mid-October. This is probably the best organized and longest running used book sale in Vermont.

This year we received many new (to us) books from the March Gala that the local book clubs put on to benefit the Library elevator project. As a result, a good 'spring cleaning' has taken place, some older materials have been culled and there are many newer and different books on our shelves.

Books are arranged by type and subject. There is both hard-cover and paperback fiction, non-fiction of every description, and books for children, toddlers, and young adults. There are special sections devoted to gardening, cooking, how-to and do-it-yourself projects. All of the income from this sale is given by the Friends for the  purchase of books and other materials and to help underwrite special projects for the Library like the Summer Children's Program in July. For this season only; all VHS and Cassette tapes are free. Come and choose what you would like.

We can also use a few more good volunteers to help staff the sale. You may volunteer for as many or as few days as you'd like or you can sign up as a substitute. Training will be provided. Volunteer and find out what the 'oldest, continuing, permanent, used book sale in Vermont' is all about. Call the Library at 247-8230 for more information or to volunteer. Bring a friend if you'd like to work with a 'buddy'.

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.
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

Whether you own a business, restaurant, professional office, garage, day care, school, apartment building, or a contractor business, we offer tailored packages to meet your needs.

Heart & Soul Café
Summer hours and news!

  Exciting new summer hours!  
Tuesday- Friday 11-8pm
Saturday 8-8pm  Sunday's 11-8pm
Every Friday is burger day, always a different unique creation and you can create your own!
Like us on Facebook for daily specials!!

Neshobe Golf Club
The course is in great shape!!

Neshobe Golf Club is now open for the season! We are fortunate in that Mother Nature has shone upon us once again and kept the harshness of New England winters from wreaking any havoc to our greens and fairways. All greens are the real deal-no temporaries or winter burn. The fairways are fast approaching their high-season lush green color and fluff, tempting anyone with a touch of golf fever to dust off the clubs and get on over for a round or two (more?). If you need something, remember that we have a fully-stocked ProShop for any gear you may need and a PGA professional who can help you tweak that swing for better play. In addition to the course, Neshobe's own Long Iron Restaurant & Pub is continuing its Friday Night sit-down dining affair offering a varying menu to the delight of appetites both big and small. Check our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoons to see the Friday menu or subscribe to our email notifications on our homepage, All are welcome! We hope to see you soon. 
Rodney Bicknell, PGA Professional and NGC General Manager 
 Rodney Bicknell
PGA Professional and 
Neshobe General Manager  

Mae's Place Restaurant
Simply Ahh-MAE-zing!!

Win a Party Platter for your Business!!
We are currently running a promotion for local businesses that may interest you. If you order two or more breakfasts/lunches from us Monday-Friday, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a party platter for up to 10 people at your office! Each time you order, the business name is entered and there is no maximum on entries!
Please note that our hours have changed: Monday- Wednesday 7am-2pm (serving breakfast all day and lunch beginning at 11am) Thurs-Sun 7am-8pm (serving breakfast until 2pm and lunch and dinner beginning 11am-8pm) (The bar will stay open later on these nights and will offer appetizers all night)
     Friday & Saturday- Unbeatable prime rib dinner- $19.99
"LIKE" us on Facebook to stay up to date with our exciting information, specials and new goings-on!!  We are committed to "staying local", so if there's anything we can do to work together with your business to promote a vibrant downtown Brandon, please let us know.  Also keep us in mind for hosting your events and/or meetings and catering those events as well.
I am available most days at the restaurant and anytime by text or email, or meeting by appointment!  Thank you for your continued patronage!
Erynn (and Andrew) Doaner
802-779-4278 cell     802-465-8013 restaurant                           click here for our menu

Miller Hill Farm, Nursery
and Gardens Open for the Season!
 Beautiful Baskets, Container Plants and Gifts-
Annuals - Organic Veggie Sets - Perennials
Berry Plants - Shrubs - Fruit Trees, Succulents
Trees - Ferns - Native Species
Farm Store & Antiques - Workshops & Events
  Come for the quality plants, enjoy the view and share the vision
  Open seven days a week 10am-5pm with veggie sets, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and garden accessories!  
2127 RT 73 in SUDBURY -  802 623-7373
Check us out on Facebook

Call for Exhibit Proposals at the Compass Music and Arts Center
Compass is seeking innovative work for solo and/or group exhibits from artists working in a variety of media.

Curators and both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Site-specific work/installations will also be considered. This is a rolling open call for exhibits to begin in Fall 2017.
  A variety of exhibit spaces are available, giving flexibility to artists for the scope of their vision and needs.
  Further information, including a sample exhibit contract and submission guidelines, can be found at
  Compass is a multi-faceted arts center with many components drawing visitors through its doors, including artist studios, gift shops, a consignment shop, music, a café, and a variety of events. Located in Brandon, Vermont it is also in the heart of a pulsing arts community.
  The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT, 05733 (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off Arnold District Rd.).

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


Calling all artists in all disciplines! Have you ever dreamed of creating and working in a supportive environment with other artists? A place where there is space for artists to create, display and sell their work, provide classes, meet with colleagues and have access to a café and other amenities.  Compass Music and Arts Center is such a place. For more information and to schedule a visit, call Edna Sutton at 802-247-4295.  Very reasonable rates starting from $170 per month inclusive of all utilities.  Short leases available.
Compass Music and Arts Center 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon, VT.
Get on board the successful Gateways
to Adventure promotion!
You can sponsor a page at any time,
for one full year, for only $25.00
Sponsor ALL eleven pages
for only $200.00  
Gateways to Adventure        Click here for a printable PDF   Sponsorship form

Chamber "dollars"- a refresher course!

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

Vermont Association of Chamber Executives
Insurance program offerings for Chamber members.
We are happy to share that, for the fifth year in a row, VACE was able to negotiate a rate hold on all of our product offerings for 2017!! 
Although the VACE health insurance program, that many of took advantage of for years, is no longer available, other products still offered through VACE include, Dental and Vision packages.
M ore information on all of these products can be found at
Or contact Holden Financial Services (802) 775-2503 
Welcome !!
2017 New Members- go to for more info on our newest members

-Cattails Restaurant- 2146 Grove St- Stephanie Kellogg & Lance Chicoine-
-Paddlers Pub- Lance Chicoine & Stephanie Kellogg-352-4382-
-Pale Horse Body Works- 43 Center St.-Anthony "Atrain" Hylton & Erin Laframboise- 377-5833
-Heart & Soul Café- 22 park St(next to the Brandon Inn)-Tiffany Quesnel- 247-5986
-Gold Star Feed & Grain- 38 Union St-Andy Dugan Mgr.- 247-3331
-New 2 You Consignment Shop & Boutique- 47 Center St- Stacey Coburn-  247-9255
-James Coburn & Sons Roofing & Carpentry- 251 Frasier Road- Jamie Coburn-
-G.S. Painting & Maintenance Services 900 Pearl St- Gordon Stearns- 247-8300
-Shields Construction- 8 Walnut St- Tim & Mary Shields- 247-5778
Own a business?? Join us and connect with other dynamic businesses in the Brandon area and gain great exposure for your business!
Just click here for an application and rates.  
We also have many Individual Members who participate in many Chamber activities and projects- what a great way to support a local non-profit and all the great things we do in our town. (Individual/couples memberships are only $50/year)

-Margaret "Peg" Donahue- Brandon
-Kim Faber- Brandon

Next Chamber Meeting-
 Monday, October 2nd, 2017 will be our next meeting!  
The monthly meetings will now be held on the first Monday of the month, instead of the third Monday.

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.