Seagar's Prime Steak House held a grand re-opening soiree last Tuesday night with wine and passed hors d'oeuvres to show off the restaurant's $1 million worth of upgrades. Tom Becnel, Kitty Whitney, Karen Cooksey, Johnny Earles, Kent and Peggy Lillie, Gary Brielmayer, Stacey and Mike Brady, Chuck and Shirley Simpson and their daughter, Kay Phelan, Lance Greenwald, Dawn Moliterno, and Rhonda Chaloupka attended.

The Pauls family hosted the Walton County Chamber's Business After Hours last Thursday night at their Celebration Hall, where attendees enjoyed wine and food catered by Emerald Coast Catering. 

St. Rita held another fish fry last Friday night. Even though the rain was coming down, they fed almost 500. Nancy McConnell, John Stasko, Jamie Conley, Kathy Houlihan, Paula Michalak, Chick and Cathy Huettel, Joe Colello, and Tom O'Hare served and/or enjoyed.

Meg Warrington, Pam Flow, Chris Scott, and Wanda Duke helped Diane Parsonnet celebrate her birthday at Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe last Friday night.

Frank Day watched son Jason exchange wedding vows with his fiancée Amber Archer last Saturday at Camp Helen.

I took in the book sale at Coastal Branch Library on Saturday. Carol and Bob Saucier, Mary Lutz, and John Stasko were there.

I enjoyed a great Sunday morning brunch at Marie's Bistro this week. The seafood omelet with grits and cinnamon biscuits was yummy. I saw Tom and Dana Saffel there.

That afternoon, Cathy Toole, Nancy Holmes, Brook Stetler, and Cara Roy attended An Evening With Escape to Create where artist Heidi Pietre discussed her artwork.

That night, it was Oscar time. Linda and Fred Buehler, Jan, Richard and Alice Butela held an Oscar party.

Lynn Wesson hosted a "Bling" Oscar party at her house, with pizza, popcorn, and drinks, and crowned a "Bling Queen." Gale Culling won "Bling Queen" and Barbara Miller got the Oscar for most winners chosen. Others attending were Jane Krimbill, Pat Bourgault (Jane's sister), Kay Phelan and her sister Robin, Jeanne Backe, and Mary Damroth.

Director Ryan White's documentary "Good Ol' Freda" is slated for a SXSW debut March 9 at South by Southwest. "Good Ol' Freda" tells the story of the Beatles’ secretary, Freda Kelly. Ryan got rights to use four original Beatles songs in his documentary. The secretary worked for the Fab Four for 11 years and ran the Beatles’ fan club. It’s the first time Kelly, now in her late 60s, has told her story. Ryan is the son of Santa Rosa Beach's Hank White.

South Walton's Byron Chism's Butt Rub is a finalist in the 2013 Best Barbecue Rub category. This is a "Peoples Choice" award.

Fire has been chosen to have a short segment aired on The Destination Guide. Filming will be during dinner March 9 and during brunch March 10. Brenda and Mario wants everyone to come out and help fill the dining room and bar. Testimonials will be taken.

Chef Phil McDonald is in New York City for a consulting gig and his first restaurant stop  — DespanaNY — included dining next to celebrity chef Jose Andres, credited for bringing the “small plates” dining concept to the United States.

Barbara Rowan visited her cousin in Guntersville and took a side trip to Huntsville.

Kim Pitchford is back from a couple of weeks visiting a friend in Texas.

Mike and Stacey Brady went to St. Augustine with their daughters, Samantha and Caroline.

Claire Bannerman welcomes new granddaughter Darcy Reese, born at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital Feb. 7.

Sorry to lose Elizabeth Orr to North Carolina. Be happy!

Sympathy is expressed to Debra Cannon in the loss of her dad.

Get well wishes go out to P.J. Johnson.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Willee Skibbe.

Tomorrow to Chase Johnson, Ann Bruni, and music man Bob Dipiero.

Thursday to Brandon Babineaux.

And Friday to Laurie Tate, Kerrie Thompson, Ari Zalace, and Suzanne Preston-Blakeman.

Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun.