What a great time to be at the beach ... with very few folks out on the sand as far as you can see.



I saw Lorene Gruzdis, John Stasko, and the Jimbo Holloway family at the not-crowded pool last weekend, and I met a new couple there who told me they have read my Party Line column for years while living in New Jersey before moving down here. Wow!



I enjoyed happy hour at Tommy Bahama's last Friday night with Brenda and Jim Radtke. The fish tacos and pork sliders with wine hit the spot. We saw Mario Mardones, Russ Noblitt, and Mark Northcutt there.



Mike and Angela Ragsdale, Cynthia Archer, and Ashley Johnson enjoyed Grayotn Bar & Grill's first Sunday brunch and hearing the Glen David Andrews Band.



Mark Thompson dropped off one of his prize weekend catches at the Ragsdale's Sunday — a 5-pound lobster. Mark caught two of them not too far off Grayton Beach. Bring one to me next time, Mark! 



Real men paint their own coffee mugs. Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George and his wife Tamara visited Seaside recently and painted their own coffee mugs at Fired Up.



 Seaside seems to be a celebrity magnet recently and was also visited by actress/teenage witch Melissa Joan Hart, who stopped by Duckies.



Not to be outdone, Rosemary Beach and country star Kellie Pickler made HuffPo and the British tabloids after tweets of her “incredible bikini body.”



Lars and Tennia Dalen hosted a farewell reception blessing for Ray and Kassie Zukowski and her mom Sue Wells last Sunday prior to their moving to Utah to be close to family and their new business.



Ron Hart played the Walker Cup at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island with his "Alabama" hat on and had his picture taken with George W. Bush.



Happy 41st anniversary to Gayle and Dude Klutts.



Wendy Prentice and James Grantham celebrated one year of marriage last week and Dennis and Margie Dumler celebrated five.



Sandy Weiner ran 4.285 Charity Miles to help the Wounded Warrior Project last Wednesday. The next day she ran 4.114 Charity Miles for Habitat for Humanity. This week, she ran 4.003 Charity Miles to help Autism Speaks give autism a voice.



Check out what USA Today said about our very own Santa Rosa Beach as it profiled Florida’s “least known beaches.” “With a shoreline this hypnotic, you probably won't stray, but just in case, you might want to check out Santa Rosa's upscale artists' enclave of Gulf Place,” the travel story noted.



Sheryl Johnston has accepted a full-time position with prominent Destin attorney Robert E. “Bob” McGill (a former Sacred Heart Foundation Emerald Coast Development Board member) as a closing coordinator for the McGill Escrow & Title, LLC firm.



Margie Jordan escaped our heat for a few weeks with family time in Oregon and California, soaking up the love. She is back in paradise now though for the best time of the year!



Jim and June Milam have reclaimed their home at the beach.



Shane Carter went to Vail and hiked in the Rockies.



Anne Hunter was in Boulder.



Bonnie Pleggenkuhle is back from Beech Mountain.



Sharon Thompson has returned from a vacation in Carmel, Calif.



Claire Bannerman and John Czapleski visited family in Atlanta.



What do you do when the lights go out? Homes along 30A lost power for a while the evening of Sept. 3. No sweat, though. A friend and I dined on leftovers picnic style on the lanai and played Scrabble. Lights going out can be fun. 



Wish a "happy birthday" Saturday to Stephen Marlette, and Realtor Keen Polakoff.



On Sunday to Sandestin's John Yarbro, D.C.'s Joe Ausley, and Angie Druetta.



Monday to Susan Paladini.



And Thursday to Michelle Joly, Kay Raines, and local wanna-be Mark Caraway.



 



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.