The night sky was brightened on Tuesday evening, November 29, as the Blue Ridge Christmas tree came to life with bright lights at the annual tree lighting. President and CEO Jim Lovinggood welcomed those who were there and spoke of the tradition this tree and its lights have had in the Pickens community for many years. Folks enjoyed Christmas selections by the choir from Liberty Primary School. Reminding us of the meaning of the Christmas season, Rev. Isaiah Scipio from O’Zion Baptist Church delivered a short devotional message and then the long-awaited moment arrived. 2019 SC Principal of the Year, Jessica Patterson of Liberty Primary School pressed the button to officially light the tree. It was a great start of the Christmas season for the Pickens community!