PARTY LINE: Art appreciation and star spotting abounds in the week that was

Janet Thomas

Janet Thomas shows off her work to admirers at her opening reception.

Brandan Babineaux
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 03:29 PM.

Openings of art exhibits were not in short supply last week, beginning Wednesday at The Hidden Lantern for the opening of Janet and Steve Thomas's photography exhibit. Richard and Anneke Heck and their dog, Mr. Darcy, Chris and Karen Phillips, Dave and Barb Sullivan, Leigh Moore, Mark and Cheryl Isham, Zuma Banks, Frank Greene, Lourdes Reynafarje, Robert and Malayne DeMars, and Robin Lowrey were some who attended.

Fire was the host site for the Chi Chi Miguel Sip & Shop luncheon to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge on Friday.

That night was the opening reception for A+ Top of the Class exhibit at the South Walton campus of the Northwest Florida State College and saw the largest attendance of any exhibit to date. Present at the event were Joan Vienot, Robin Wiesneth, Betty Cork, Melody Bogle, Melissa Brown, Lauren Carvalho, Lori Drew, Beckie Perrott, Julie Terrell, Suzanne LeLoup-West, Donnelle Clark, Lori Drew, Carol Dickson, Beckie Perrott, Buz Livingston, Katherine Duda, Judy Dewar, Sharon Long, Michael and Sherri McCarty, Emily Ellis, Ann Welch, Donna Vann, Jennifer Steele, Susan Lucas, Joanne Jones, Didon Comer, Cheryl English, Cindy Graham, Joey McKenna, Susan Alfieri, Linda Sasse, Melanie Moore, Nancy Williams, Arlene Newsome, Kristina Perry, Mary Zahner, and Sue Carol Woodley.

John Morris poured some tasty, specially-imported boutique wines Friday outside Wine World at Grand Boulevard . The one that was the hands-down favorite of the women was the Bodegas Megallum Crianza, which tasted like cherry pie.

Jim and Emily Springer hosted a third birthday celebration for their son Lucas last Saturday at their Gulf Place home. Approximately 35 friends and family gathered and enjoyed the buffet, including grandmother Nancy Canning.

Publix at Grand Boulevard was a hopping place Sunday afternoon as dinnertime neared. I saw Mike and Angela Ragsdale, Lorene Gruzdis, and Dr. Cheng there.

Cody Copeland held his CD release signing at Seaside Rep Theater on Sunday night, which he termed a great success with a big, wonderful, captive audience. "I couldn't ask for a better night. I've poured so much into this album, the production, and the show, it felt like a graduation I've been looking forward to for years!" he said.

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