Looking for our next “Spotlight” graduate!


We want to hear from!  What have you been up to for fifty years?  What personal experiences have you had that created wonderful memories?  What special friends did you have in high school still with you today?

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or have achieved fame to be in our spotlight.  We want to know anything about you that you’d like to share.  Were you a fabulous:

  • Mother
  • Father
  • Grandparent
  • Sister
  • Brother
  • Teacher
  • Minister
  • Mechanic
  • Realtor
  • Technician
  • Delivery Person
  • Medical Worker
  • Volunteer
  • You get the idea!

Tell us about your family, retirement, your favorite book, song, hobby, pastime, best vacation…

We want to hear from you.  We want to connect!  To submit your information please send to Nancy at nanisss@verizon.net.  In the subject line type “Spotlight.”  Thanks!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!  🙂

“Spotlight on Neverne Covington”


Okay – so we all needed a bit of downtime after our fabulous Class of 1969 50th Reunion.  I hope you’re all rested up because it’s time to get back on track with getting to know each other.  Obviously, not everyone got to visit with each other at the reunion so we’re devoting a new addition to our blog.  “Spotlight” will give us a chance to find out what you’ve been up to for the past 50 years.

Special thanks to Neverne Covington for being our first “Spotlight Class of 1969 Graduate!”  You’re going to love getting to know her and experiencing her special talents. Be sure to visit her website.  Her work is amazing!  Nancy


Spotlight on Neverne Covington…


Neverne Covington

     Neverne Covington’s drawings, prints, paintings, and sculpture explore childhood, language, landscape, memory, and the Gothic south. Her work has been exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Brevard Museum of Art, The Florida Museum for Women Artists the State Capital, and various venues throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
     She recently returned from an artist residency at the VCCA Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France. She has taught art at Ringling College of Art & Design, Eckerd College, and the International Academy of Design and Technology. She currently teaches at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
     She has illustrated the book, Helen Keller, Courage in the Dark for Random House, Soulmates for Penguin Putnam, two cookbooks for the Harvard Commons Press and 2 books of bible stories for Zondervan Publishing in addition to over 85 book covers for most of the major publishers. 
     Covington was born in Laurelton, New York, grew up in Florida, and attended City & Guilds College in London, England and graduated from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

     The work featured here is in an exhibit at the Morean Art Center 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida, opening July 11th 2019. The theme of the exhibit, This is me is self-portraiture and it is open to all members. Each artist was asked to title the work and to include one word which best describes themselves.
     My title is a riff on the cult movie “The Three Faces of Eve.”  My title is “The Many Faces of Neve.”  It is 37″ X 13″ charcoal on paper. The word I used to describe myself is “Instinctive.”
Neverne Covington
     Also, a funny thing I might add is that most viewers have my art in their refrigerators. 
     I did all of the painting on the Fresh Express salad packages and the fruit on Eddy’s Sherbet, and most of the botanicals on the Smith and Hawkin products at Target.
                                                                                                             Neverne

Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day to all the Dixie Dad’s with us and passed.   Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere!  Special thanks to Gary L. French for sharing his proudest moments!

“Here are photos of two of my happiest and proudest moments – older daughter (Maureen) graduating from medical school and younger daughter (Diane) receiving her promotion to Coast Guard Lieutenant JG, along with my ex-wife (Debbie), who deserves a lot of credit for both events.”              Gary
     

Look for more reunion pictures to follow soon!

Dixie Hollins Dads, Grandads, Great Grandads – Call for pictures…


 

 

 

A slideshow tribute to Dixie Hollins Dads, Grandads, and Great Grandads is planned.  Hope you’ll help us share your joy!  Please send one picture of you and your family or you and your children with your name and last initial only (last name if you want it listed) to nanisss@verizon.net with DHHS Dads in the subject line.  Pictures are needed by Saturday noon at the latest.  Looking forward to hearing from you!  Thanks!

Creating a DHHS Blog Community 50 Years Later


The reunion dust has settled and we’re off to experiences as yet unknown.  That’s where you – my dear classmates, come in.  We’ve had but a brief moment in time to reconnect, yet there is so much more to be discovered from the past fifty years and to connect to from this day on.

This blog is “YOUR” blog.  We want to know what you want to read about, what you want to share, what you think would be helpful to you.  There is much that can be gleaned from staying connected at this point in our lives – even if online.

Many of you have read Michael Taylor’s piece on our champion football team.  So many in fact that it’s our top post!  I wasn’t on the team (of course!) but reading about it brought back many fond memories of attending those exciting games.  It also led me to reflect on other memorable events that significantly impacted my my career choices in life.

Dixie was a trade school and as such gave us the opportunity to explore different vocations.  Perhaps you’d like to share how your Dixie years impacted your career choice or choices.   Maybe you’d just like to share your memories of the programs you participated in.  If so, leave a comment or connect with me at nanisss@verizon.net for writing guidelines.  Our community wants to hear from you!

Other topics we’ll explore in the future:

  • Next get togethers
  • Baby Boomer tips and treasures
  • Travel
  • Diet and health
  • Shared experiences
  • Caregiving
  • Exercise
  • Leisure
  • Networking
  • and more…

And, speaking of friends – more reunion pictures are coming!  If you have any to share please send them to me at the email listed above.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Reflections on a football team after our 50th high school reunion – Michael Taylor


Sincere thanks to Michael Taylor for his second written contribution to our DHHS 50th Reunion Blog.  His generously shared talent and the enthusiasm from others before and after our reunion has been testament to the continued success of our reunited classroom community.

Reflections on a football team after our 50th high school reunion  

by Michael Taylor

The DHHS football team, 10-0-1 in the fall of 1968, relied on a double split end/ double-wing halfback formation with a fullback directly behind the quarterback. The QB, Randy Shively (or Don Neel), would set the offensive line with his first sound, start one of the wingbacks (often Don Neel) in motion on the second sound, and have the ball hiked by the center (usually Michael Sykes) on the third or fourth sound. He would pivot with the ball as he read the defense and choose to toss the ball to the motion back, hand off to the fullback (usually Don Dixon or Mark Hobbs) up the middle, run the ball himself, or pass to either split end (typically Riley Erwin or Lyn Dreger) or a halfback. The offensive line, anchored by guards Dave Burns and Skip Culver and tackle Ray Horner, created lanes for the running backs or gave the QB a few seconds to find a receiver. The inventive offense created by Head Coach Frank Goddard with input from Larry Cameron averaged 316 yards a game, which set records locally for a 48-minute high school football game. The defense, fortified in the middle by linebacker Don Dixon, only gave up an average of 8 points and 159 yards a game. Larry Whiteside and Mark Hobbs moved in and out at linebacker while Randy MacGinnis and Mike Taylor played defensive ends. The middle of the defensive line, manned by Dale (Hall) Kersey and Ray Horner, was spelled by John Womer and Andy Charles at nose tackle. Jimmy Macfarlane and Tim Condron played at end and defensive back, while Don Neel, Randy Shively, and Lyn Dreger rarely left the field because they were playing defensive backs. Dixon, Dreger, Shively, and Neel spent the most time during the season playing both offense and defense, but Don Dixon put the most minutes on the field over the eleven games. Of course, there were strong efforts from the juniors and the sophomores on the team. This simple reflection is calling to mind the members of the class of 1969.

Our coaches, Elmer Vogelsang, Elmer Aldridge, Larry Cameron, Gus Stergeos, and Paul Wallace, made us work hard at becoming a team from the August two-a-day or even three-a-day practices in the Florida sun and sandspurs. Our trainer, James McCracken, tried to keep us patched together after we were injured.

Those of us attending the fiftieth reunion missed not being able to reconnect with Larry Whiteside and Ray Horner, who did not attend. We did reflect on the teammates who have passed away: Randy McGinnis, Skip Culver, and Mark Hobbs.

After looking through online copies of the Evening Independent, I came away with a few details from moments during the season.

9/21/68 Seminole 7-7

Don Neel pass to Lyn Dreger for TD (Dreger kicked extra point)

9/28/68 Clearwater 27-20

Shively runs for 2 and passes for one/Dixon runs one

10/5/68 Bishop Barry 46-7 Everyone got to play.

10/12/68 Boca Ciega 32-0

Shively was 16 of 22 for 271 yards and 3TDs and ran for a TD. Dreger catches TD and intercepts pass to stop scoring drive.

10/20/69 Manatee 26-14

Hurricane delay, so the game is played on Saturday

11/1/68 Largo 13-7

Don Neel complete 9 of 14 passes to set up Don Dixon’s winning score in the 4th quarter after Randy leaves the game injured

11/8/68 Dunedin 47-7

Shively is 17 of 36 for 291 yards and 6 TDs and at this point in the season is 84 for 150 for 1326 yards and 10 TDs. Randy MacGinnis kicks an extra point.

11/15/68 St. Petersburg 21-12

Don Neel runs 7 times for 40 yards, catches 4 passes for 101 yards and scores 3 TDs. Dixon carries 11 times for 55 yards and makes 5 unassisted tackles.

11/23/68 Gibbs 21-6

Dixon makes 10 unassisted tackles and Shively runs for two scores.

11/27/68 Northeast 34-7

Mark Hobbs scores on a draw play. Randy throws for 234 yards and two TDs. The defense stops two strong running backs and plays a superior game to finish the season undefeated.

Randy Shively passed for 1,861 yards completing 113 of 206 passes for 14 touchdowns and scored 9 TDs running the ball.

Erwin caught 27 passes for 309 yards (1 TD and kicked 1 extra point)

Neel caught 32 passes for 607 yards, ran 72 times for 353 yards and a 4.9 yard per carry average. He passed 42 times, completing 24for 306 yards. He scored 8 TDs.

Dreger caught 38 passes for 473 yards to lead the conference. He scored 6 TDs and kicked 14 extra points.

Dixon scored 4 TDs.

MacGinnis kicked 3 extra points.

Taylor recorded a 2 point safety.

12/7/68 Bishop Moore (Orlando Bowl) 34-20

Riley Erwin scored twice. Mark Hobbs scored on a one-yard run. Don Neel scored on a flea-flicker from Erwin. Lyn Dreger scored on an 18-yard pass.

 

You Can Always Come Home…


What a weekend!  The 50th Reunion happened!  It was great to rekindle friendships from our Dixie Hollins Class of 1969 and make new friends meeting family members and significant others.  Though it took months to plan the reunion, the weekend seemed to fly!  With so many traveling from around the nation to join us, Jason Mraz’s “93 Million Miles” lyrics are a “must” to share – even for those choosing to remain close to their St. Petersburg roots.  Be sure to click  “full screen” when viewing – you just might see yourself!

Know we were thrilled to have you all back home!

Special thanks to the Reunion Committee and all who worked so hard to make this a successful event.  Also, special thanks to fellow graduate Mike Giles for donating his time and talent to provide music for us on Friday evening!

Keep checking in.  There’s lots more to come!

My photos are limited so please be sure to submit any reunion photos you can to me at nanisss@verizon.net so I can get them posted.

Thanks!  Nancy

Fifty Years Later…


Two nights of gathering and one more to go!  There’s still lots to catch up on!  Not enough time to share much now before tonight’s event, but will share one of the highlights of our Friday night event!!  Look for more to come!

 

Please send your pictures and videos to nanisss@verizon.net to add to our blog.  Be sure to add “Dixie Pics” in the subject line.  Thanks so much!

Special thanks to Theresa Paterson for sharing this video on facebook!

Bon Jovi – Reunion


Searching for just the right song to share on the eve of our 50th Reunion, I ran across “Reunion” by Bon Jovi.  I’d never heard it but fell in love with the heartfelt meaning behind it…


 

Oh!  Sorry!  You’d rather see Bon Jovi perform it?  Here you go!  Enjoy!

 

 

See you at the Reunion!!

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at The Dali Sunday, Jun. 09, 11am–2pm


The weekend is almost here and with it – our long awaited 50th Class Reunion.  As indicated, the Dali Museum, a few blocks from the Hilton has docent tours every half hour on Saturday, June 8th.  I just received the June Dali Newsletter offering some interesting events.

In case the Dali is not on your list for Saturday, you might want to consider it as a nice way to round out your weekend by making a few more memories before heading home with…

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at The Dali

Sunday, Jun. 09, from 11am–2pm

Click on the link below for more information on what should be a relaxing brunch by the bay…

https://thedali.org/event/mimosas-masterpieces-brunch-th-edali-2017-11-26/2019-06-09/

Please note – The above is not a committee planned event but one you may be interested in doing on your own or with a few “reacquainted” old friends.

 

Baby Boomers, Crashing the 50th Reunion? What to expect…


So – we should all know the Golden Girls – not that I’m putting anyone in this category!  Here is a humorous look at what to expect when well intentioned non-schoolmates crash a Baby Boomer class reunion party!  Enjoy!

 

DHHS Class of 1969 50th Reunion Good News!


 

YES!  Florida is a very hot place in June!

YES!  Your reunion committee has taken that into consideration for our Friday night event.

YES!  The GOOD NEWS is that we are being moved inside instead of staying outside by the pool.  (Of course you can visit poolside if you wish!)

YES!  Cooler heads have prevailed!

Dixie Hollins High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion Times and Parking Details


 

Can you believe it?  Our reunion is less than 1 week away.  Here are the final details and information on parking for the event.  For those of you who are not staying at the hotel, the parking Saturday may be at a premium as there is a Rowdies soccer game that night and they play across the street from the hotel at Al Lang field.

Friday – June 7, 2019
Registration: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Poolside Reception: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Friday Nightat the pool, will include a complimentary drink (soft drink, beer, wine or cocktail) followed by a cash bar.  There will be passed appetizers.  Also there will be assorted snacks.
Entertainment: Mike Giles (1969 Classmate) on guitar.  Special guest singer (1969 Classmate) – Nancy Pimpinelli Ellington
Dress:  Casual
Saturday – June 8, 2019
10:00 AM – James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art docent led tour (advance sign up or at Reunion Registration desk – Friday)
11:00 AM – Golf at the Vinoy Golf Club on Snell Isle (Advance sign up ONLY)
2:00 PM – Museum of Fine Art docent led tour (Advance sign up or at Reunion Registration desk – Friday)
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Saturday Evening – June 8, 2019
Ballroom Reception:  6:00 – 10:00 PM
Cocktails – 6:00 PM
Food Service and Stations Available from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Food will include several food and bar stations around the room with a cash bar.  There will be a fajita food station with chicken, beef and all the fixings; a pasta bar of assorted pastas and sauces. Fruit and dessert stations will also be available for your pleasure.
Entertainment:  DJ Phil Nathanson playing the tunes of the 60’s
Dress:  Business Casual (not ties or sports coats necessary)
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Downtown Looper:
The looper goes by the Hilton every 15 minutes and goes to the Sundial Parking Garage, which is open 24 hours per day for $5.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 7am-10pm
Friday: 7am-Midnight
Saturday: 8am-Midnight
Sunday: 8am-10pm
Service is scheduled every 15 minutes
All vehicles are equipped with a wheelchair lift
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Public Parking in Downtown St. Petersburg
Sundial Parking Garage 117 2nd Street North – St. Petersburg  (727) 895-3800 
  • Monday-Friday   $1 per hour ($7 maximum) 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  •  Monday-Friday after 5 p.m.   and all day weekends: Up to 4 hours: $1, $1 each additional hour 
SouthCore Parking Garage 101 1st Avenue South – St. Petersburg, FL (727) 896-2256
  • Open 6:00 AM ⋅ Closes 12:00 AM 
  • Floors 7 and 8 – Monday-Sunday from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m: First hour free, Each additional Hour: $1/hr, $7 maximum 
Camden Parking Garage (Behind the Hilton Hotel)
155 Charles Ct S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 
  • $5.00 per entry 
Al Lang/Progress Energy Park Surface Lot: 
1st Avenue South between 1st Street and BayShore Boulevard
  • Monday-Sunday: $5/Daily The special event rate is usually $5 and occasionally $10 for larger events
800 1st Avenue South Lot:
Entrances: 
  • On 1st Avenue South between 8th Street and MLK Jr. Blvd.
  • On 2nd Avenue South between 8th Street and MLK Jr. Blvd.  On MLK Jr. Blvd. between 1st and 2nd Avenue South 
Monday – Sunday: $3 / Day The special event rate is between $5 and $20 depending on the event 
Thank you,
The 50 Year Reunion Committee

DHHS 50th Class Reunion Saturday Off-Site Events and Additional Weekend Experiences


Saturday Off-site Events:

Golf

The Vinoy Golf Clubwww.vinoyclub.com/golf

600 Snell Isle Blvd. NE

Tee times for our group start at 11:08 AM on Saturday. Proper golf attire (collared shirt-no jeans) is required. You must sign up in advance if you want to play. Email me at fyacko@verizon.net.   The price will be between $40-50 for 18 holes. Driving range, putting green and chipping area are included. Club and shoe rentals are available.

 

Museum Tours

James Museum of Western & Wildlife Artwww.thejamesmuseum.org

150 Central Avenue

A 10:00 AM Saturday morning docent led tour is scheduled. You must sign up in advance if you want to join the group. Email me at fyacko@verizon.net. The price is $10 for this 45 minute tour of Native American art.

Museum of Fine Artwww.mfastpete.org

255 Beach Drive, NE

A 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon docent led tour is scheduled. You must sign up in advance if you want to join the group. Email me at fyacko@verizon.net. The price is $15 and we can hop on the free Looper Trolley for transportation.

Dali Museumwww.thedali.org

1 Dali Blvd

The Dali has docent led tours every 30 minutes. The price is $22 and the museum is less than 5 blocks away. We will have a sign up at registration if you want to join us for this magical tour.

 

Other Things to do while at the Reunion –

 

 

Friday night is First Friday St. Petewww.firstfridaystpete.com

It is a fun evening of live music, vendors and restaurants. It is held on Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Get a real taste of downtown St. Petersburg. Check it out before or after our poolside gathering, it runs from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

 

The Looper Trolleywww.LooperTrolley.com

Maybe you would like to ride around the downtown area and see all the changes and what you might want to do later. Ride the FREE Looper Trolley. The Hilton is a scheduled stop and the trolley stops there every 15 minutes.

Times:

Friday 7:00 AM – Midnight

Saturday 8:00 AM – Midnight

Sunday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

There are many other museums and things to do: Coast Bike sharing, Segway tours, Pub Pedal Trips, shopping at the many boutiques and unique stores, finding a seafood or Irish pub for lunch. Enjoy yourself.

 

 

DHHS 50th Reunion Updates, Information, and Requests…


Thank you for registering for what promises to be our best Dixie Hollins reunion.  We have more than 100 registrations already.  
 
SIGN UP – The next post will offer a list of reunion events that you may want to participate in.  Registration is required.
 
ENHANCEMENTS – If you (or your company) would like to help enhance the reunion, we could use the help financially or items for drawings and prizes.
 
REUNION SCHEDULE –  In an attempt to make socializing easier, we will have food stations and high-top tables for gathering and reminiscing.
   
Friday Nightat the pool, will include a complimentary drink (soft drink, beer, wine or cocktail) followed by a cash bar.  There will be passed wings, tenderloin skewers and onion poppers.  Also there will be dips – including hummus, black bean, pico de gallo, and crab served with chips or pita.
The Saturday Night event, in the Ballroom, will include several food and bar stations around the room with a cash bar.  There will be a fajita food station with chicken, beef and all the fixings; a slider food station of BBQ pork; crab cakes with blood orange ailoi; and a pasta bar of assorted pastas and sauces..  Delicious fruit and dessert stations will also be available for your pleasure.
Any questions, please feel free to contact Fran Yacko at fyacko@verizon.net.

Stand Tall for DHHS…


Only a few days remaining before the big event – our 50th Class Reunion!  There was a song we used to sing – I’m wondering who remembers the melody?  Also wondering if you remember who Mister HBL was?

Get those vocal chords in shape!  You may want to do some singing at the reunion!  See you soon!

“Be True to Your School”…


“Be True to your School” – the Beach Boys

Watching a Beach Boys cover band last week brought this almost forgotten song to mind and fond moments to remember from Dixie Hollins High School back in 1969.  We were definitely true to our school!  We’re still looking for memories to share from our high school days or memories from your high school days which brought you to who you are today.  Were you a great parent?  Top chef?  Successful writer?  Teacher, minister, business person?  How did you contribute to others in the last fifty years?  How did high school influence your thinking, actions, and goals achieved?  Whether simple or grand – every achievement is worth the share!  You are appreciated!

TEN THINGS I LEARNED ON THE WAY TO GROWING OLDER — DrJoyFinder


One of my favorite words is “perspective.”  Why?  Because it’s yieldable to the many different views we take on for the same subject over years on our journey to maturity.  My perspective – armed with research, knowledge of current trends (real news trends – not fake), and the opinion of others, has opened my mind to diverse points of view that I might not have found so easy to accept when I was younger.  In my morning reading, I ran across this little gem and thought you might enjoy it too.  Thank you Dr. Joy Finder!

As always, if you find anything you think might benefit the group feel free to send it in.  We want to hear from you!  Looking forward to seeing you soon!  Nancy


 

LIFE MOVES AT A FAST PACE It’s tempting to pursue life with such breathless haste that you risk missing all the good stuff there is to enjoy. And here’s the thing, most of the good stuff is free. It doesn’t cost you to enjoy it. So, as you journey through the years, take the time […]

via TEN THINGS I LEARNED ON THE WAY TO GROWING OLDER — DrJoyFinder

Memorial Day 2019 – Memories


 

Memories of lost lives, of service to country

Era’s past and present

Murder, mayhem, dictatorial reign

On foreign shores far from home

Readying for battle – recruits, drafted, enlisted, then

In the blink of an eye, lives forever changed

At war

Leaving souls, earthly presence behind

Dying so that

All

Yearning to be free, remain free…

 

On this Memorial Day, 2019, we honor those who lost their lives in the name of freedom.  We honor those who bravely served yesterday and serve today.  Thank you for your selfless commitment to country and citizenry throughout the world.

Military Review – Information Please…


The following is a request from Fran regarding military experience.  In addition to completing the questionnaire, feel free to add information in a reply to this post.  Thank you for your service to country!  You are appreciated!

Good Morning…thanks for registering for the reunion.  We look forward to seeing you in 2 short weeks.
The Reunion Committee would like to honor the veterans from our class who have served our country.
If you have served in the military, please take a moment and answer the questions below and return this email to me.
1.  Name:  __________________________________________________________________________________
2.  Military Branch:  ___________________________________________________________________________
3.  Years of Service:  __________________________________________________________________________
4.  Rank:  ___________________________________________________________________________________
5.  Service Awards, Medals, etc.:  ________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
6.  Most significant, memorable or unusual station:  __________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you,
Fran Yacko, Reunion Committee

Celebrating our 50th Class Reunion and beyond. A place to reunite, reminisce, and rekindle old friendships…

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