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Renewable-Energy Tree Lighting to be held Friday

BOONE – The 11th annual solar Christmas tree lighting sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Energy Society will be held Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at 7 p.m.

The evening starts with a reception at Boone Saloon featuring fiddle music by the Forget-Me-Nots. At 8 p.m., a procession will lead down King Street to the Jones House Community Center for the tree lighting. The tree’s lights will be powered entirely by solar power and will remain lit for the duration of the holiday season.

The lighting features newly elected Watauga County Commissioner John Cooper as guest speaker. Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson will press the switch to light the tree.

The purpose of the event is to bring together the university and local communities for a holiday celebration and to inform the public about the benefits and importance of clean, renewable sources of energy – such as solar, wind and hydro power.

The evening continues with a raffle giveaway at Boone Saloon at 9 p.m., with great prizes from local businesses and national companies.

Old time and bluegrass music with Southern Exposure begins at 10 p.m. with a $3 donation.