It was mid-afternoon as Carles Beckett and his wife, Georgia, drove down Avenue 18 1/2 toward Dixieland School. This was the big day; the country school, which had been like home to them for 14 years, had reached the century mark and was having a birthday party.
As they passed the ranches that made up the Dixieland district, the memories came rushing in; Beckett remembered them all. There was the Pistacchios then the Garcias. Next came the Gonzalez place, the Schroeders, Loveladys, Gills, Grecis and Janzens.
It was truly a drive down memory lane. All of these people had been part of the Dixieland School family and had been his neighbors. Now Carles and Georgia were returning for the big celebration on Friday.
When they stepped onto the campus, the aroma of tri-tip and chicken was already wafting from the barbecue grill. Before the party ended, more than 350 people would partake of the dinner, catered by Nick’s BBQ...