Isn't Valentine's Day fun? It's a cute day that falls in the cold of winter just to brighten it up, I think. And when it falls on the weekend, it's extra sweet because you can make it into an all-weekend celebration.
Preferring a small celebration, I enjoyed a cozy dinner of surf and turf, some fine wine, then visited The Vue and ran into some friends enjoying their Valentine's Day there. Scott Henderson and Allison Craft, Michele and Jack Silberman and friends, Chick and Cathy Huettel, Bett and Paul Appel, Didon Comer and Hank White, and John Stasko were there.
Zandra Wolfgram, Mary Kay Samouce, Cara Roy, Tracy Louthain, and Mike and Stacey Brady enjoyed Valentine's out at Bud & Alley's for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's BEach My Valentine party to support art education.
By Sunday, the sun had come out and warmed us up enough that many celebrated by heading to the beach. I saw Mose Hayes and his daughters, Michele Silberman, and Carl and Janice Fedkenheur at the pool Sunday, and many more people out enjoying a walk on the sand.
Speaking of the Fedkenheurs, the couple reported seeing Sheryl Crow dining at Crust three weeks ago. Vickie and Ray Dollar were also there.
It was a fun experience last Saturday morning to be at the gym and see everyone gather around the TV to watch the Olympics ice hockey game. There was a lot of cheering going on, including a group of young men who made their way through the gym carrying a large U.S. flag and cheering "U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A."
Betty Cork opened her beautiful WaterSound home to 31 members of the Women's Art Network last week for their monthly social. I hear the ladies loved the main chicken dish. Jackie Lynch, Lori Drew, Susan Lucas, Donnelle Clark, Donna Vann, Dorothy Starbuck, Melody Bogle, and Peggy Jones were some who enjoyed.
Angela Ragsdale ran the 50-mile beach relay run last weekend to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Larry and Melissa Davis went skiing in Park City, Utah, along with Chandler, Micah, Hunter, and Jodie Davis. Melissa has a run named for her!
Bubba and Kathy Bridges celebrated 18 years together last week.
Coop and Peggy Jones celebrated Coop's birthday in Nola.
For the past three years Ryia Bechtold has requested no gifts for her birthday. Instead, she requests gifts for the animals at Alaqua. She continued this tradition last week, even though it was her sweet 16th. My hat is off to you, Ryia.
Brittany Blair added a new member to the family — Prince, from Alaqua. So did Martin, Casey, and Norah Trejo, who adopted Sochi.
Tricia Northcutt has a new ride — a Lexus.
I hear that the long completed but empty gas station near Walmart will finally open in mid-March.
Demetrius Fuller is traveling again — this time to New Zealand, and seeing lots of sheep. I want to go to New Zealand!
Kitty Taylor is headed to San Miguel de Allende.
Jim and Emily Springer, along with son Lucas and daughter Maren, have returned from a visit to Disney World.
Mark and Tricia Northcutt are headed to Los Angeles for a couple of weeks.
Lynn Nesmith and Paige Schnell went to Oklahoma.
Robin and Charles Wiesneth had fun in the snow of the north Georgia mountains.
As Lorre and Bob James made their annual trek to Jackson Hole.
Get well wishes go out to Claire Bannerman.
Sympathy is expressed to artist Lori Drew in the passing of her dad.
Condolences go out to Paul Wolfe and his family in the death of his father.
To Kaycee Barrington and Kristi Hanna in the loss of their father, Jack Hanna.
Sympathy is expressed to the Butler family in the passing of Van Ness Jr.
And to Mike and Stephen LaDow in Linda's passing.
Wish a "happy birthday" Saturyda to Susan Tolbert, Garrett Horn, Jim Radford, and eagle-lady Diane Parsonnet.
Sunday to Sara Markey, Julie Modica, and Dread Clampitt's Balder Saunders.
Monday to Sharon Hazelton, Laura Bailey, and Steve Howard.
Tuesday to Kelly Buzzett, history-man Hardy Jackson, and money-man/columnist Ron Hart.
Wednesday to Catherine Frappier-Ryland, Jeb Stewart, Lesan Gouge, and Cooper Manning.
Thursday to Sharon Jenkins, Grand Boulevard's Stacey Brady, and Italy's Miles Neiman.
And Friday to Hayden Modica, Mignon Percival, Stefan Daiberl, and Bob Saucier.
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are accepted.