The rains have just kept coming lately, but they don't stop South Waltoners from getting out and getting together



Doug and Jane Anderson opened their beautiful Gulf Place home for an intimate wine and cheese soiree to neighbors Tom and Michelle Fillingim, Jim and June Milam, and John Stasko last Tuesday evening. The wine, hors d'oeuvres, and lots of lively conversation enjoyed on the Anderson's balcony while taking with the gorgeous view was lots of fun.



On Thursday night the Milams returned the favor and hosted the Andersons, Fillingims, Diane Smith and Steve Bacon, and John Stasko at their lovely home to try one of Jim's latest culinary creations.



Fun times!



Tuesday afternoon, locals gathered at the Marriott Courtyard to hear a panel of entrepreneurs discuss their keys to success. Among those who came to hear were Joan Carter, Cynthia Kennedy, Barbara Rowan, Cory and Hillary Fosdyck, Max Banning, Todd Vucovich, Denny Wenrick, Ken Hair, Kellie Jo Kilberg, and Jim Bagby. The Marriott put out an excellent spread for the event.



Later that day, friends of Gale Culling gathered at Elephant Walk's upstairs Governor's Attic to raise a toast to the elegant lady before she leaves for St. Louis. It was so good to see old friends such as Lynn Wesson, Mary Damroth, Carol Rankin, Barbara Miller, Jerry and Doreen Baca there. Fair winds to ya, Gale! 



Ron and Gena Bolton attended Sinfonia's Beaches, Boats, & Blues event last Friday night.



Dudley and Al Cook are traveling over the next few weeks. Last weekend they visited the Grand Hotel at Point Clear, where Al attended the Economic Development Association of Alabama's Summer Conference. This Thursday they began the second phase of Al's "bucket list" traveling Route 66 spending a week driving from St. Louis to Oklahoma City. During the week they will spend a few days in Tulsa attending the Southern Economic Development Council's annual meeting.



Tom and Dana Saffel had fun with friends in Costa Rica.



Nancy Abood enjoyed the weather in Michigan last week.



Tricia and Mark Northcutt visited her sister in Indiana.



Nan Jacobs visited Mackinac Island.



Oliver Petit visited New York City.



Jami, Hunter, and Emery Ray visited Apalach.



Michael Dobson went to Austin.



Kenny Oliverio went to Chicago.



Sandy Weiner finished her first triathlon in Maryland with her sister.



I saw Judi Sikora, Lorene Gruzdis, and the Kevin Howard family enjoying the sun and pool last weekend.



I ran into Paul Hunter and Rick Thomason at Home Depot last weekend.



I bid a fond farewell to Jim and Ann Blunt, who have left Sandestin behind to move to a new home in San Antonio.



And to Kelsey Johnson who is moving to Nashville.



Architect and Town Planner Andres Duany wrote an article for "View" magazine about Seaside's early beginnings.



Congratulations to George and Ann Hartley on five years of George's Restaurant!



Big news from Dennis Dumler is he is joining "The Ticket" Sports Talk radio network to do a new show that debuts Aug. 12 and airs from 9-11 a.m. on 100.3 FM in the Destin market. He will also do high school football play by play. He is excited to get back to his roots in broadcasting with a Southern regional network with coverage from Baton Rouge to Tallahassee. Congrats to ya!



Congratulations to Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, which was awarded the 2013 Gold Tee Award from "Meetings & Conventions" magazine. This award is given to outstanding golf and meeting properties worldwide. Winners of the Gold Tee Award were nominated and selected by readers of "Meetings & Conventions" based on their overall excellence.



Paige and Mark Schnell celebrated nine years of marriage this week.



My thanks to all who have written and sought me out to comment on the column I wrote about my son's wedding. You never know when you're writing a piece like that whether anyone will care. I have been amazed at the number of people with whom it resonated and took the time to seek me out to comment. I was on such a high from the excitement of it all at the time that I didn't notice that my son and daughter in law chose to forgo having a big wedding cake. He doesn't care for sweets and she is gluten free, so, they just cut a small cake topper and served cupcakes and cookies. Another unique thing they did was instead of spending money on take-home goodie bags for guests, they chose to write a check to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Kudos to them for doing that. CFF is very special to them as one of my son's best friends from college has CF and has undergone a double lung transplant. The brave and lovely Katie flew up for the wedding from Birmingham.



And, oh, yes, another thing I forgot to mention is that there, in the lovely New York burg of Skaneateles Falls, we Southerners showed them how we roll when we bribed the DJ to play "Sweet Home Alabama." Yes, we did. All of us from the South, and all who love the South were on the floor showing the New Yorkers how it is done here. They will probably never forget us. 



Speaking of Alabama, wish a "happy birthday" today to Alabama Charlie, and artist Lori Drew.



Sunday to wine man Lance Greenwald, Susan Von Hoene, Ann Quinn, Jeff Margaretten, Barbara Rowan, and Bonnie Pleggenkuhle.



Monday to The Hidden Lantern's Lauren Carvalho.



Tuesday to Karen Saunders, and artist Aaron Sutton.



Thursday to artist Joanna Ellington, Polli Youngbeck, Lorene Gruzdis, Lori Seering, Barb Reda, and Susie Munz.



And Friday to Nan Ream.



 



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. Contributions are accepted.