Last weekend was gloriously beautiful, and I was blessed to be able to enjoy a lot of outdoor time.



I saw Lorene Gruzdis at the pool on Friday.



The Vue was a busy place last weekend. I saw Chef Gio, Ladie Bea and Wayne Carlisle, Dan Mueller and Ginny Jones, Sam and Colleen Yarbrough, Jeff and Judi Sikora, Nan and Dave Ream, Betty Krika, John Stasko, Susie Jacobs, Martha Jones, and Ampy Cox there.



A lot of people turned out for the first South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, and it was a beautiful day for it. Early reports are that goals were exceeded. I saw Joe and Lea Capers, Kent and Peggy Lillie, Robert McCullar, Kathy Bridges, Chan Cox, Stacey Brady, Peter Mondavi, Donna Burgess, Gary Serafin, John Stasko, and Redd and Paul Vizard there. Gary's crab cakes were yum! And I found a yummy companion for it in Rincon chardonnay. Very nice.



I went fishing on Sunday and saw some good-sized fish being caught from the beach.



I hear that former presidential candidate, Arkansas governor and local transplant Mike Huckabee was seen directing parking at Destiny Worship Center last Sunday. Decked out in the Destiny Worship Center safety parking vest, he did a great job. He even joked to one church-goer that he finally found something he was good at it. He was even seen shuttling worshipers in for the second service. This isn't his first time volunteering with the church. He previously sat in with the worship band. Gotta love that guy.



Hank White shares that Magnolia Pictures acquired the North American rights to his son Ryan's "Good Ol' Freda" and they plan to release the film later this year.



Congratulations to Mary Zahner, whose "Metal Leaves" quilt won second place in its category at the St. Andrew Bay Quilt Guild show recently.



Mike and Angela Ragsdale's oldest daughter, Jayne, graduated from college last week. Congratulations!



Dennis Dumler's son, Paul, is marrying in suburban Atlanta this afternoon. Dennis and Margie went up last weekend to see Paul's fiancée, Cari, graduate from West Georgia University. Best wishes to them.



The U.K.'s The Guardian named The Red Bar as one of the Top 10 Bars in Florida. But we already knew that, right?



In travels, Roger Hall went to Italy, as did Jacque and Harroll Castle, and Bill and Heavenly Dawson, and Jon and Teri Vice are on their way. Too bad all of them couldn't carpool over.



Linda Miller attended the Luxury Real Estate convention in Carmel, Calif., along with agents from all over the country and world. She said it was a great networking opportunity to meet agents and tell them about our paradise.



Fred and Ampy Cox just returned from Atlanta and visiting Ampy's mom and their son and daughter in law, who just found out they are having a boy.



Sherri McCarty is back from Manchester, England.



If anyone is going to the Cayman Islands, specifically, Cayman Brac, check out the Brac Reef Beach Resort. The shop is now carrying Cara Roy prints in the shop and they are also displayed around the resort's public areas.



Get well wishes go out to Didon Comer and Russell Carter.



Condolences are expressed to the Rees family in the death of its matriarch, Elizabeth "Betty" Rees.



Wish a "happy birthday" today to fellow Taureans Melanie Barrett, Paula Carter, Eve Blair, Charles Modica, and Fred Cox.



Monday to The Art of Simple's Laura Granberry.



Wednesday to Jim Clark.



Thursday to sailing-man Charles Wiesneth.



And Friday to artistic Alison DeVaughn, Nancy James and Al Cook.



 



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