Seemingly as a prelude to the kickoff of the charitable giving season, Sinfonia opened its musical season Oct. 24 at Emerald Coast Conference Center. Steve Barber, Nancy Cottle, Michael Dobson, Lauren Gall, Kate Kelley, Jennifer Howard, Sun Editor William Hatfield and Cory Fosdyck were some who attended.



Brian and Kathy Haugen hosted their annual Savor the Season event at Caliza on Nov. 6 to benefit the Taylor Haugen Foundation. South Waltoners Kim and Keen Polakoff were two who attended.



The next night Children's Volunteer Health Network Executive Director Zach Billingsley presided over the unveiling of this year's Cottages 4 Kids, on display at Rosemary Beach. Hannah Billingsley, Jami and Emery Ray, Jennifer Steele, Elaine Ashman, Ted and Carol Missildine, Shaye Smith, Michelle Joly, and Nikki Nickerson were some South Waltoners who attended, as well as HGTV's Vern Yip.



Last weekend was so beautiful at the beach! On one of my walks, I found a perfect sand dollar.



Then, it was game day in the South.



Kelli Siler watched Bama take LSU in Tuscaloosa.



Greg and Beverly Schmitt went to Tally to watch FSU, and celebrated 15 years together last weekend.



I saw Ladie Bea and Wayne Carlisle, Dan Mueller, and William Schissler enjoying Sunday brunch at The Vue.



On Sunday night I enjoyed a lovely evening of conversation, tapas, and wine at the elegant home of Bill and Cheryl Freeze, along with John Stasko.



Sherry Londe and Stephen Phlaum enjoyed dinner at Marigny last week. And, Carl and Janice Fedkeneur made a return visit there also.



The newly opened Pearl's Havana Beach Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach garnered the No. 2 spot in USA Today's list of the 20 best hotel breakfasts in America  for its standout bananas Foster French toast. Congrats!



Sandy Weiner ran 4.108 Charity Miles last week to help Wounded Warrior Project support our veterans. This week, she ran 5.593 for The World Food Programme's relief fund and Wounded Warrior Project. 



Bill and Mary Florence Forsythe proudly announce the arrival of William Conrad Forsythe.



Demetrius Fuller and Scott Russell took in "Motown the Musical" in New York City. The maestro was in the Big Apple for the Young Concert Artists competition to award the Sinfonia prize to one lucky winner.



I hear that country singer Luke Bryan paid us a visit again.



Laurie Hood visited Austin.



Mark Schnell celebrated his birthday in Santa Fe last week.



The traveling Tricia Northcutt visited Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and Sedona. I wish she would adopt me.



Donna Crawford saw snow in Michigan.



Jane Beene visited grandchildren in Baton Rouge.



Nancy Abood went to Atlanta.



Sympathy is expressed to Tony Derck in the death of Mary.



Wish a "happy birthday" Saturday to artist Susan Alfieri, Carol Gagliardi, and interior designer Susan Lovelace.



Sunday to artist Cyndi Eastburn.



Monday to Realtor Bobby Johnson, hair-man Rolland Day, Cheryl Freeze, and my lovely daughter-in-law Elizabeth Wheeler.



Tuesday to Louise Poundstone, Robert Monk, Paul Maum, and Alden Lagasse.



Wednesday to former Walton County Artist of the Year Mike McCarty, and wine-man John Morris.



Thursday to Walton County's first Artist of the Year Dorothy Starbuck.



And Friday to Carol Saucier, Kim Pall, and the fearless leader of the 30A Posse, Wayne Carlisle.



 



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.