Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the turkey population is safe for another year.
Trees are now up or going up in most South Walton neighborhoods. I had the fun of helping a friend decorate last weekend, and it appears lots of folks are well on their way into the holiday spirit.
Ladie Bea and Wayne Carlisle opened their fabulous newly built home on 30A for its christening as the site of 30A's annual "orphan's Thanksgiving." Ladie Bea and Wayne started opening their home about 10 years ago to anyone who didn't have family in the area and no place to go for Thanksgiving. The tradition had to be canceled over the past few years in the wake of a fire. Around 30 friends showed up this Thanksgiving to celebrate the occasion, including Dan Mueller, Sally and David Smith, Paul and Sandy Luchtefeld, Georgeen Newell and Ken Golden, William Schissler, Tom and Dana Saffel, Eric Saffel, Mary Elsberry, Paul and Bett Appel, Harriet Crommelin and Stephen Marlette, Kim and Keen Polakoff, Joe Serrato, Betty Ryals, Barbara Pierce-Smith, John Stasko and myself. After a scrumptious potluck dinner, all sang "happy birthday" to Wayne.
Down the road a bit, Ed and Donna Macdonald hosted a neighborhood "orphan's Thanksgiving" for those in their neighborhood with nowhere to go.
My son and his fiancé paid their holiday visit to me earlier in the week before heading back to New York, with a stop in Birmingham. I enjoyed cooking for them and playing our traditional game of Trivial Pursuit. The next time I see him, he will be getting married.
Although there are those of us who are "orphans" on Thanksgiving Day, many more traveled or welcomed family here for the holiday.
A.J. and Roy Kleindolph spent the holiday in Kansas.
Fred and Ampy Cox were in Miami with their son and Ampy's Cuban family.
Lane Rees spent turkey day in Dallas with his son and grandson.
Lori Smith spent it with her dad in Birmingham.
Donna Johns spent Thanksgiving with her kids in Atlanta.
Kitty Taylor welcomed son Taylor and his wife Marta from Houston.
Bev Gilmore spent the holidays in Tampa with her son, and then comes to 30A to stay until March.
Buz and Susan Livingston spent the holiday in Long Beach, Calif.
Mike and Sherri McCarty spent the holiday with family in Houston.
Denise Dobelek went to her sister's home in Palm Beach Gardens before leaving on a seven-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with Michael and Kathleen Hall.
Diane Parsonnet visited Boca Grande’s lighthouse.
Scott Jackson visited Cape Canaveral.
Beverly and Greg Schmitt went to Tallahassee to watch the Noles play.
Sean and Jamie Dietrich did a collaborative gig Nov. 23 in Brewton, Ala., at Thou Art. Sean showed his paintings and Jamie was onsite serving her gumbo and apple bread pudding.
Hollis Hart, daughter of Ron and Jackie Hart, was one of the debutantes who came out last week at Piedmont Driving Club.
Congratulations to Tommy Crow and Stephanie Morris on their marriage.
Redd and Paul Vizard celebrated six years of marriage last week.
Holly and Brad Speight welcomed a new member, Moses, to their family.
Sympathy is expressed to the Rees family in the passing of Munster and to Marti Schmidt in the passing of Maxwell of the Woodlands.
Myra Williams, Stacey Brady, John Russell, and Zandra Wolfgram were some who attended the lighting of the Festival of Trees at Grand Boulevard last Wednesday.
Barb Lovell hosted a girlfriends night out at her home in The Retreat for the Muskogee Nation of Florida's Wisdom Seekers’’ Program. Close to $5,000 was raised by the 65 women, who included Kitty Taylor, Ann Hartley, Lisa Hinds, Kim Ryals, Joanne Graham, Cindi Cobine, Rita Montgomery, Jan Stevens, Jamie Dietrich, Melanie Jordan, Dannica Lowery, Kathy Barry, Pam Burden, Payson Howard, Mary Rogers, Nancy Norris, Linda Boerma, Vicki Dollar, Brenda Flautt, Catherine Brannon, Michelle Smith, Teresa Dent, Melinda Pickren, Krystal Beauchamp, Kim Pall, Jill Arnsdorff, Becky Mehlos, Demetria McNeese, and Susan Estis.
Wally Weisenborn celebrated a big birthday last week. His buddies at his fitness center presented him with a birthday cake and sang to him.
Wish a "happy birthday" today to Christ the King's Adele Armitage, and Dude Klutts.
Tomorrow to Beverly Johnson, and Jill Daiberl.
Monday to Esther Kolko, Mo Moseley, Chef James Shirley, Sherry King, and Carole Ebejay.
Tuesday to Billy McConnell, Susan Benton, Mike Thompson, and Susan Dobes.
Wednesday to Ken Little, Gayle Klutts, and Demetria McNeese.
And Thursday to artist Marti Schmidt.
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443, 687-1239, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @WaltonSunDeb. Party Line appears in The Sun weekly.