2018 Town Hall Events Schedule
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., “Middlebury College Community Chorus.” Free Will Donation Event. A returning favorite! Uplifting music by the 60+ member chorus celebrating Mother's Day. This year the chorus will portray moonlit nights and sun-filled days, from classical works to spirituals and arrangements of twentieth century popular songs for an enjoyable and entertaining program. Sponsored by Shirley Markland, Joan Curtis, Warren & Lorraine Kimble, and Donald & Dolores Furnari.
Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m., Silent Movie “Wizard of Oz” (1925). Free Will Donation Event. Our first Silent Movie of the season with the incomparable Jeff Rapsis back for his 8th season. This is the early version of the L. Frank Baum's immortal tale. Oz as you have never seen it before, different from the beloved MGM classic. Plus, an even earlier and shorter version of the Oz story. Sponsored by Pat Hanson.
Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. Silent Movie “Steamboat Bill” (1928). Free Will Donation Event. Starring Buster Keaton who returns home from college and joins his father, a tough riverboat captain. Crammed with classic Keaton gags and sequences. Sponsored by Nancy and Gary Meffe.
Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m., “Point Counter Point” Concert. This is a Free Will Donation Event with Limited Seating. The Internationally renowned and award-winning JACK quartet and soprano Tony Arnold will perform cutting-edge works by Vermont composer Eve Beglarian, George Lewis, Juraj Kojs and Amy Williams. All the composers will be in attendance and will discuss their works with the audience. Presented by The New Music on The Point Festival, Lake Dunmore, and The Friends of The Brandon Town Hall.
Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., “O'hAnleigh Irish American Band.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors & Students $6. This Middlebury quartet brings the traditions of Irish immigrant culture, history, literature and music to life based on Irish myths and legends. Sponsored by Melly & Joe Flynn, Kathy & Bob Clark, and Phyllis & Ken Torrey.
Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m., “Onion River Jazz Band.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors & Students $6. This seven-piece traditional Dixieland Jazz Band, with local musician Gene Childers, presents traditional New Orleans Dixieland Jazz which represents the roots and origin of Jazz in America. Sponsored by Debbie & John Perry, Beth & Bernie Carr, Sharon & Samuel Glaser, Pat Hanson, Visual Learning Systems and Gene & Jean Childers.
Wednesday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m. Backpack Theater “Country Mouse, City Mouse” & “The Princess & The Pea”. Tickets, Adults $4. Seniors & Students $3. Children 5 & under, accompanied by an adult FREE. This traveling troupe from Sheldon, VT returns with 20 students of all ages to present these two-half hour classic children's plays. Sponsored by Olivia's Croutons.
Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m., Silent Movie “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (1926). Free Will Donation Event. Taken from “The Arabian Nights”, the first full-length animated feature tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who traps Prince Achmed into a series of wondrous & romantic adventures. Sponsored by Pam & Steve Douglass.
Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m., “Two Forrests & Three Sues.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors &Students $6. Two former OV students and three unique singers with incredible musical backgrounds, combine to entertain you with an eclectic mix of pop, jazz, Americana, Broadway and a hint of the Andrew Sisters updated for the 21st Century. Sponsored by Kathy & Wayne Rausenberger, Sally Wood, Bud & Jane Coolidge, Hayes Recycled Pallets, Inc., and Heritage Family Credit Union.
Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m., “L. C. Jazz Swing Dance Band.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors &Students $7. Couples $14. A great night for dancing or just enjoying this 17-piece Swing Dance Big Band. This is a benefit performance for FOTH & the L.C. Jazz Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by Nancy & Walter Salzman, Judith Reilly Gallery, Patty Wood, Stacey Doucette & Adam Kerins – Brandon Motor Lodge, New England Woodcraft, and Bill Cruikshank.
Wednesday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m., “Rockin' Ron, the Friendly Pirate.” Free Will Donation Event. This is the annual End of Year Celebration for the Summer Reading Program from our very own Brandon Free Public Library. Lots of great interactive songs with a boat load of wordplay and nautical references. Sponsored by Whittaker Real Estate, Inc.
Saturday, August 4 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., “Town Wide Yard Sales Day” Vendors will be set up in the main hall upstairs and downstairs if needed. Stop in for some great bargains, a cool drink, snacks or just sit down and relax. Sponsored by The Friends of The Brandon Town Hall.
Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m., Silent Movie “Laurel & Hardy Festival. Free Will Donation Event. Get ready to laugh as Stan and Ollie make fine messes out of everything from a day in the country to a night on the town. Four very funny sketches from this famous duo! Sponsored by Brandon/Forestdale Lions Club.
Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m., “Melissa D. & Friends.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors & Students $6. This singer-songwriter from East Middlebury returns to the Brandon Town Hall after her debut in our first Brandon Has Talent show and a solo concert in 2016. Sit back, relax and experience the coffeehouse vibe with the warm ambient music of Americana Folk/Rock. Sponsored by Debbie & John Perry, an Anonymous Donor, and Pat Hanson.
Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m., Silent Movie “Sherlock Holmes” (1916). Free Will Donation Event. This original 1916 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes stories was recently discovered in France. It combines elements of four classic short stories into a memorable battle with arch-nemesis Prof. Moriarty. Sponsored by Kathy & Bill Mathis, in memory of Maxine Thurston, and an Anonymous Donor.
Sunday, September 9 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Auditions for the 5th Annual “Brandon Has Talent Show” and Monday, September 10 6:00 – 8:00 PM. If you like to sing, dance, play an instrument or have a special talent don't miss this opportunity to perform on our new town hall stage. You must schedule a day and time to audition by calling 247-5420.
Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m., “Aikido Demo and Open Class.” Free Will Donation Event with proceeds going to FOTH and Aikido Yoshokai Vermont towards sponsorships of Aikido students. Join 3rd degree black belt Wade Davis-sensei and his students for a demonstration and stay for a half hour open class afterward. Participation in the open class for all ages is completely voluntary; spectators are welcome to watch or participate in the class portion. Sponsored by Friends of The Brandon Town Hall.
Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m., “Brandon Has Talent Show.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors & Students $6. Children 5 & under, accompanied by an adult FREE. Our 5th Annual Talent Show promises to be our best yet! This fund raiser for the Town Hall will showcase the multi-talented community members of Brandon and the surrounding area. A fun event for participants as well as the audience. Sponsored by Virginia Wolf, Rowe Real Estate, Hayes Recycled Pallets, Inc., Pat Hanson, and Omya, Inc.
Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., “The Doughboys Dance Band.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors & Students $6. Couples $14. The Doughboys are back! Their upbeat original pop-rock tunes remain the foundation of their repertoire. They cover the waterfront in terms of styles and influences. Dance the night away, or just sit back and enjoy this toe-tapping group. Sponsored by Debbie & Kevin Jennings, an Anonymous Donor, Fyles Bro., Inc., Jan Coolidge, Vermont Country Store, and Del & Sally Cook.
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m., “Dissipated Eight.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors & Students $6. This Middlebury College famous a Capella group uses great singing, harmony and a touch of comedy to present a fun filled night with a range of songs from modern day pop to traditional barbershop songs. Their stage presence and comedic routines will entertain you in addition to some solos and group numbers. Sponsored by Mary, Stacy & Tim Shields, Stephen Zorn & Charles Powell, and Bud & Jane Coolidge.
Saturday, October 13 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., “The First Masquerade Ball.” Tickets, Adults, Seniors & Students $12. If in costume $10. Couples $20. If in costume $18. Students 16 & under, in costume FREE. This fund raiser is co-sponsored by FOTH and the Brandon Free Public Library with all proceeds going to these great organization to support ongoing projects. We hope everyone will come in costume because there will be prizes for best costumes, one free drink, along with a cash bar (1 free drink ticket included with admission), Punch & snacks and some great DJ music for your dancing pleasure by our very own Bill Moore. Sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, National Bank of Middlebury, Omya, Inc., and NFP Insurance.
Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m., Silent Movie “Der Golum” (1920). Free Will Donation Event. Get ready for Halloween with a very weird flick! It takes place in Poland with a clay creature, called a Golum, created by a rabbi to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life but complications ensue. “Der Golum” is basically the Frankenstein story but with a different monster. Sponsored by Jan Coolidge, Lucy & Dick Rouse, Marc & Aryln Briere, and Dorothy Leyseth & Edward Loedding.
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m., “Mile Twelve Bluegrass Band.” Tickets, Adults $12. Seniors & Students $10. This five-member band from Massachusetts is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fresh off a tour of Australia and Japan, they write captivating songs and daring instrumentals. “Mile Twelve” is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity. Sponsored by Michael Shank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Harold & Jean Somerset, William & Christine Gahagan, Heritage Family Credit Union, Pat Hanson, and Fran Bull.
Sunday, November 11 at 1:30 p.m., No Strings Marionettes present “The Treasurer Hunt.” Tickets, Adults $8. Seniors & Students $6. Children 5 & under, accompanied by an adult FREE. All aboard this swashbuckling hunt for treasure, where Jim is lured out to sea in search of adventure and excitement. Little does he realize the unusual experience about to unfold as a massive storm throws him overboard. In no time he meets a young mermaid, a giant clam, a fish that swallows him whole, an electric eel and an angry octopus. Sponsored by Ferne & Lou Faivre and Nifty Thrifty: Brandon's Favorite Thrift Shop.
Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m., First Vermont Vocal Competition. Tickets Adults $8 Seniors and Students $6. Children 12 & under FREE. This will be a great opportunity to hear some of the best up-and-coming operatic artists in the country. Artists will compete for monetary prizes, an audience favorite prize and performance opportunities with BARN OPERA, The Opera Company of Middlebury and Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre. Sponsored by Harold & Jean Somerset, William & Christine Gahagan, Compass Music and Arts Foundation and The Friends of The Brandon Town Hall.
Wednesday, December 5 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Brandon's Moonlight Madness. This well attended event caps off the season with over 20 vendors up and downstairs. This one night only event in the fully heated town hall will have a variety of vendors with lots of great bargains for your holiday shopping. Come in, relax, sit down and enjoy a cup of our famous homemade soup or chili, a hot drink, etc. for sale upstairs at our concession area. Interested in renting an 8 x 10 space, e-mail Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 247-5420.