Here’s hoping the words written by David Clayton-Thomas in 1968 hold meaning for the times we are living in 2020…
Here’s hoping the words written by David Clayton-Thomas in 1968 hold meaning for the times we are living in 2020…
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:
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 email@example.com. In the subject line type “Spotlight.” Thanks!
Looking forward to hearing from you soon! 🙂
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for writing guidelines. Our community wants to hear from you!
Other topics we’ll explore in the future:
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!
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 email@example.com so I can get them posted.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!!
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…
Sunday, Jun. 09, from 11am–2pm
Click on the link below for more information on what should be a relaxing brunch by the bay…
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.
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!
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!
Saturday Off-site Events:
The Vinoy Golf Club – www.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 email@example.com. 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.
James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art – www.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The price is $10 for this 45 minute tour of Native American art.
Museum of Fine Art – www.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 email@example.com. The price is $15 and we can hop on the free Looper Trolley for transportation.
Dali Museum – www.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. Pete – www.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 Trolley – www.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.
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.
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!
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 […]
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Rite of Passage as a ritual, event, or experience that marks or constitutes a major milestone or change in a person’s life.
Our graduation in 1969 was a major rite of passage. We were leaving a community we finally and hopefully had found a sense of belonging to and venturing to new communities as yet unknown – the workforce, military, vocational school, college…
We were the fortunate ones – attending high school when memories were less fleeting, longer lasting, and more enjoyable to make. With no limitless technology to distract us, we focused on each other, what we sought to accomplish, and making memories.
We gather soon to once again reminisce and relive the memories we made in high school. We’ll remember those no longer with us and those unable to attend.
It’s been fifty years.
New memories remain to be made.
Here’s to seeing you soon.
Over the years there are things we remember and things we forget. An experience so common to one may be easily forgotten while the same “new” experience to another is remembered well.
I reached out to Janet Pollard Shaffer, a friend and neighbor in the 60’s after discovering she was on our Missing Alumni list. I was lucky to find her on Facebook. She sent me her phone number and I called her. We talked about our lives, families, and the reunion. We had a wonderful time sharing stories of growing up in the old neighborhood. She said she remembered coming to my house one day and seeing eggplant slices all over the place on kitchen towels and thinking – What is this? My mother (a fabulous cook!) used to soak eggplant slices in salted water to get the bitterness out, and then dry them on clean kitchen towels before making her delicious Eggplant Parmesan. Janet said she’d never seen anything like that! We laughed so hard at the thought of it.
After we said our goodnight’s I realized Janet had rekindled a sweet memory in me that I had all but forgotten. I spent the evening recalling other memories from that time and wondering what the other neighborhood kids had been up to over the years.
Our brief visit brought back memories that I know I’ll never forget. It made me realize how special this 50th reunion is. Back then…
We all made memories in high school. Maybe there is someone you’d like to reconnect with.
Join us at this very special time in our lives – our 50th Class Reunion. Revive the memories. Share in the fun. Hope to see you there!
Nancy Pimpinelli Ellington
Do you remember reading our school newspaper – The Rebel Rouser? The May 23rd, 1969 issue was well read by all! Most couldn’t wait to see if they were bequeathed anything by a graduating senior!
Do you remember what your graduation will bequeathed and who you bequeathed to?
In case you missed it, here is a brief synopsis of the 50th Class Reunion. For more detailed information, along with the registration form, click on the green links below the synopsis to download the files…
Date: June 7 – 8, 2019
Hilton – St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 1st Street, South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Friday, June 7th – Evening
Registration: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Cash Bar – Snacks
Saturday, June 8th– Morning/Afternoon
Bridge or Games
Wander the “New Downtown”
Relax by the Pool
Saturday, June 8th – Evening
Cocktails: 6:00 pm
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Hearty Hors d’oeuvres
Remember what an exciting time this was for the class of ’69? Did you go to the game? What were your memories of it? Do you remember who won the game? We’d love to hear from you!
“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” Izaak Walton
Thanks in advance for checking this blog daily for updated reunion information and a journey down memory lane to review and relive all the special moments we shared as the Dixie Hollins graduating class of 1969!
If you have any information to share on this site please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! Hope to see you soon!