Christmas season kicks off in Roan Mountain with annual tree lighting

Published 3:34 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2023

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By Buzz Trexler
Star Correspondent
ROAN MOUNTAIN – About 150 people braved a chilly Monday night at Erik Anderson Community Park for hot chocolate, cookies, the sounds of the season, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

The annual event, sponsored by the Roan Mountain Citizens Club and Carter County Bank, included performances by the Cloudland High School Band, Urban Grace Dance Ministry, and First Baptist Church’s children’s choir.

Roan Mountain Citizens Club President Brian Tipton presented Mike Dyer with special recognition from the club and community and was given the honor of lighting the tree. Dyer was nominated by members of the community and selected by a committee to throw the switch this year. In announcing the recognition, emcee and club member Tom Niziol said Dyer was one of the founders of the park (along with Erik Anderson), is a member of the Roan Mountain Recreation Foundation board of directors, and is very active with Magill Memorial Presbyterian Church.

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The club served up free hot chocolate and cookies, and Cindy Rehmar and Sheena Jenkins decorated the stage.

The Roan Mountain Citizens Club was formed in 1946. In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, the club sponsors the Rhododendron Festival and the Fall-O-Dendron Festival. “The money we raise from the festivals is put right back into the community,” Tipton said, through donations to the Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and the schools, and through beautification projects and other endeavors.