There were plenty of party choices all around South Walton last weekend, beginning last Wednesday night when the local chapter of Florida Public Relations Association held its annual holiday fundraiser Toast on the Coast at Tommy Bahama's.
The fun continued Thursday night when Lydia Smith's former co-workers from Sandestin Fitness Center and Spa gathered at Carrabba's for a going away dinner for her. Jim and Ann Blount, Jim and Gail Lockwood, Carol Annino, Doreen and Jerry Baca, Miranda Adams, Wally Weisenborn, Sam Gibbens, John and Michelle Russell, Jim Reagan, and Betsy Bobo were some who attended.
I also saw Beverly and Greg Schmitt while at Carrabba's.
That same night, the Coastal Conservation Association held its annual fundraiser dinner and auction at Fish Out of Water. Lots of people there bidding and enjoying the good food and drink, including Billy and Kelly Buzzett, Clayton and Katie Bonjean, Sister O'Connell, Andy and Jennifer McAlexander, George Barnes, Jimbo Holloway, Garner and Farmer Chandler, Oli and Kyle Petit, Philippe Petit, Payson and Steve Howard.
I enjoyed dinner at Café Laredo Friday night with Robert and Marinella Monk and their friends from Corsica. Prior to dinner, Marinella played Christmas music on the harp for guests at her home, including Steve and Cindy Abbott, Kay Crawford, Cindy Launch, and Gerry and Laurie Graves.
I saw Jon and Teri Vice at Wine World that same night.
Saturday night was Children's Volunteer Health Network's annual Christmas party, held this year at Café Thirty-A. Kim and Keen Polakoff, Bob and Susan Dobes, Lorre and Bob James, Tom and Dana Saffel, Donna and Ed Macdonald, Coop and Peggy Jones, Tricia and Mark Northcutt, Jane and Greg Bahr, Patti Johnson, Sheree Williams, Linda Bruner, Linda Miller, Tom Rymer, Vickie and Ray Dollar, Lori and Shaye Smith, Fred and Linda Buehler, Dave and Barbara Lovell, Lisa Hinds, Sandy and Steve Weiner, and Dale Trice were some who attended the black-tie-optional event and danced the night away.
Santa Rosa Beach Club held its annual Christmas open house party at The Vue Sunday night. RoseAnn and Keith Knight, Peggy and Kent Lillie, Karen and Rick Schoonover, Jimbo Holloway, Lorene Gruzdis, Sharon Thompson, Greg and Beverly Schmitt, Claudia and Brad Droy, Betty Krika, Carol and Mike Stovsky, Nan and Rick Sroufe, Jim and Kathy Shepherd, Mary and Arno Lutz, Nan Ream, Donna and Ed Macdonald, Et and Jimmy Clark were some who enjoyed Chef Gio's lamb.
Tom and Dana Saffel held their annual "pink party" that same night. Brandon Saffel, Carol and Mike Stovsky, Donna and Ed Macdonald, Joe Serrato, Ladie Bea and Wayne Carlisle, Keen and Kim Polakoff, Georgeen Newell and Ken Golden were some who went and enjoyed all things pink.
Sergio's Little Italy at Uptown Grayton held a grand-opening reception and ribbon cutting Monday night and served some fab food and wine.
Lane Rees attended Gov. Rick Scott's Christmas party at the Governor's mansion in Tallahassee.
Redd and Paul Vizard enjoyed a trip to New York City with Chuck and Barbie Goins. They saw "Wicked," attended a comedy club, did open mic night at Birdland's Jazz Club and general touristy stuff. This was Redd's first trip. She saw Anne Hunter in SoHo.
Mike and Angela Ragsdale also visited New York City.
Green Thumb Garden Club took a bus trip to Tallahassee to shop at Market Days, where there were more than 300 arts and crafts venders in seven buildings at the Fairgrounds. Members also visited Tallahassee Nursery, which is the oldest and largest nursery in Tallahassee.
Congratulations to Hamilton (Hamp) and Georgia Kerns who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Dec. 6. Hamp is a resident of Point of View apartments and Georgia is a resident of Grand Boulevard Healthcare, where Hamp comes to sit with her every day. The couple met at school in Greenville, S.C. Their daughters are Cyndi Conley and Susan Jackson.
Congratulations to Santa Rosa Beach's Regina Jaquess who has been selected USA Water Ski’s 2012 Female Athlete of the Year for the sixth time.
Sorry to lose Carol Lench to The Villages and Meg Nelson (partially) to North Carolina. But, I hear that Ronnie and Cindy McBrayer have moved back to South Walton from north Georgia, and Lorre and Bob James have also moved over here from Destin.
Wish a "happy birthday" today to artist Kris Meigs.
Sunday to Seaside's Charlie Renfroe.
Wednesday to Sandestin's Debbie Speigner.
Thursday to Maestro Demetrius Fuller, Kitchenique's Vicki McCain, Louis Petit, and Dr. Marinella Monk.
And Friday to violinist Carol Wolowsky.
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 weekly in The Sun.