Spaghetti dinner raises money to support live music

The Tom Caswell Blues Band provided the entertainment for the dinner and concert to raise money to support Music at the Riverbend.


The Brandon Inn hosted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this past Friday that helped raise money for a pavilion to be built that will be the site for Music at the Riverbend, Brandon’s annual free summer concert series. Called the “Raise the Roof” fundraiser, the pavilion will be located at the performance space behind the Inn.

The new pavilion will allow bands to play rain or shine as the community gets together every Wednesday of the summer.

Over 100 guests showed up for the dinner and concert, according to Selectboard Chairman Seth Hopkins. “Our committee will meet very soon to decide what we can undertake immediately for the project, and what other funds and donations must be raised,” Hopkins said.

He noted that the summer concert series has become a regular part of many folks’ summertime plans.

“It is a chance to relax together, build community in a most pleasant way, and delight in the setting, the music, and the mild summer evenings. Bill Moore tells the story of a prominent new arrival to Brandon, Josh Collier, who credits Music at the Riverbend with tipping the scales toward making him choose to buy a home and relocate his family to our town.” 

The concert series is community-funded, community-organized, and community-produced.   “Getting together like this,” Hopkins said, “bridges generations and keeps our town vibrant.”

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