With South Walton full of fans who bleed orange and blue and others who bleed garnet and gold, many set out last weekend with their sights set on Pasadena's Rose Bowl Stadium. Among those making it to California were Nancy Abood and her son Brandon Ward, Judi Sikora, Shaye Smith, Greg and Beverly Schmitt, Jane and Marie Soloman, Mark and Paige Schnell, and Laura, Chan, and Caitie Cox. Wasn't that a great victory! This is an outstanding time to be a Seminole, or to just live in the state.

Before the bowl games began, however, we bid adieu to 2013.

New Year's Eve was a quiet one for me this year as I enjoyed a surf and turf dinner in, then a glass of wine at The Vue, and topped it off with a card game before watching the ball drop.

I saw Rick and Karen Schoonover, Jimmy and Et Clark, Bobby and Jane Beene, John Stasko, Summer Wheeler, Tim Cole, and Chef Gio at The Vue. Chef Gio's new caprese salad is divine.

Keith and RoseAnn Knight hosted an intimate dinner party with traditional German foods on New Year's Day at their beautiful Gulf-view home in Gulf Place. Sue and Bob Gurske were among those who enjoyed.  

Singer Tyson Ritter and actress Elena Satine chose Seaside as the site for their country chic New Year's Eve beach wedding.

Jon, Teri, and Jay Vice celebrated New Year's in New Orleans, and attended the Sugar Bowl.

Actress and Comedian Mindy Cohn, best known for “Facts of Life” fame, visited Vern Yip in Rosemary Beach over New Year's.

Lesan Gouge brought in the new year in Seattle.

Valerie Lofton completed the Biggest Loser marathon on Dec. 29.

Holly Speight paid a visit to New York City.

Jane and Greg Bahr went to Key West.

Bob Medina took his mother to Orlando. She had never been.

Lauren Magli attended her best friend's wedding shower in Nashville.

Carrie Nelle Moye has just returned from a three-week trip to the UK and Sweden. In England she spent Christmas with her younger daughter and her husband (both professors) and her two youngest grandangels. From there she went to Sweden and stayed a week with a young woman who had been an exchange student with her family for a year in the 1970s. She became like a member of their family and taught her children to speak Swedish. This was Carrie Nelle's first visit to Stockholm.

Sharon Maxwell added another new member to her family last week — Jilley.

The Snowbirds are here. I saw Carol and Bob Saucier and Joe Colello at the Walton County Snowbird sign up at Faith Assembly Monday morning.

Congratulations to South Walton's Stephanie Carter who is debuting a line of clothing with Missy Robertson of Duck Dynasty.

Get well quick wishes go out to Ashley Johnson, and Gary Cooper.

So sad to hear of the passing of Dot Adams.

Brenda Nunnery will celebrate her 60th birthday at a soiree Jan. 18 at the Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans, hosted by her husband. About 40 friends are joining them.

Wish a "happy birthday" Sunday to PR-lady Madra McDonald, Chef Shawn Sherman, and Insurance Zone's Joe Capers.

Monday to DeLene Sholes, Hugh Marse, and glass-man Russ Gilbert.

Tuesday to Johnnie Riley-White, Jim Smith, and Albert F's Holly Speight.

Wednesday to Margaret Aderholt, Winky Dowdle, Kim Kelley, and Realtor Christina Meinen.

Thursday to Annie Mangrum, Michael Belk, artist Didon Comer, and Realtor Gena Bolton.

And, Friday to Judy Doherty.


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.