Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Fred Brooks Garden Club members decorate county Christmas tree

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Fred Brooks Garden club president Patty McComas, at left, and Sandra McCutcheon pause to smile for a picture Thursday morning in the midst of decorating the county's Christmas tree.

BUCKHANNON — “Silver and gold, silver and gold means so much more when I see silver and gold decorations on every Christmas tree,” go the lyrics to the classic Christmas carol, “Silver and Gold” famously sung by Burl Ives and featured in the original “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” movie.

County residents can most certainly see silver and gold decorations — as well as red and green ornaments — adorning the Christmas tree in front of the Upshur County Courthouse now, thanks to the Fred Brooks Garden Club.

Upshur County maintenance department employees, Mike Campbell, at left, and Mike Halter, at right, lend a helping hand to Patty McComas, also pictured, and other members of the Fred Brooks Garden Club as they decorated the Christmas tree.

Per their annual tradition, on Thursday morning, the club decked out the tree, which they said was graciously donated by French Creek Christmas Trees.


Although club members decided to stick with the classics this Christmas — red, green, silver and gold ornaments — they may mix it up next year, Patty McComas, president of the club, said.

Garden club member Cindy Phillips didn’t let Thursday’s frigid temperatures stop her from dressing up the county tree; she made sure to wear her gloves, as temperatures hovered in the mid 20s.

“Next year, we’re thinking something along the lines of snowflakes of poinsettias,” she said. “We want to especially thank Ron and Tillie Fowler of French Creek Christmas Trees for donating the tree.”

Another shot of Mike Campbell dressing up the top of the county Christmas tree.