Wasn't the 4th great this year? Wow! Gorgeous weather, clear blue water ... you just couldn't ask for more.
The perfect weekend kicked off Wednesday morning when I found my second sea turtle nest of the year. Woo hoo! That was Nest #29 of the season.
Saturday morning I finally made it to Grayton's annual 4th of July parade for the first time. It did not disappoint.
I got to witness a marriage proposal on the sidelines during the parade by a young couple from Pensacola, complete with dropping to one knee and popping open the ring box. Sweet!
It was a fun parade. I saw Kitty Taylor and Alan Riehl, Billy and Kelly Buzzett, David and Judi Bludworth there.
Breakfast on the porch at Mulligan's at Santa Rosa Golf Club followed, where I saw Richard Stein, Tom Fillingim, and Ed Macdonald.
Then, on to the beach and pool to soak in some of the perfect weather. I saw Michele and Jack Silberman, Mona and Keith Howard, Joe and Kathy Perry, Clarice Zelenak, Bonnie Perry, Judi and Jeff Sikora, Greg and Beverly Schmitt, Rachael Earley, Joe and Lea Capers doing the same.
Capped off by burgers on the grill, a cool movie on the tube, and back to the beach to watch the fireworks, which were visible from Seaside to Sandestin on The Vue's deck. Jimmy and Et Clark, Bonnie Perry, and Jane Beene also enjoyed.
What a perfect 4th! Could not have been better.
Except it did get better ... Isn't it wonderful when your children come home?
My son and daughter in law flew down from New York the next day. They, along with the groomsmen and their wives from their wedding have rented a place in Seacrest for the week. So happy to see them! Could it possibly have been one year ago this week that I flew to upstate New York and watched them become husband and wife? Happy, happy first anniversary, Brett and Elizabeth. You are a fabulous couple and I am so happy you found each other.
Jennifer McAlexander, Judi and Clarise Good, Michael and Sherri McCarty, attended the rags to riches regatta on Grayton Beach last weekend.
Jennifer McAlexander, Jami and Emery Ray went to the Seaside 4th of July parade.
Mike Ragsdale, Shelly Swanger and Linda Gudnason, Justin Lyons, attended the Junior Marvin concert at Gulf Place.
Nan Jacobs heard Hubba Hubba perform at Gulf Place Sunday evening.
Buz and Susan Livingston drove up to Mulberry, Tenn. to celebrate the 4th with Byron Chism at his old-fashioned whole-hog barbecue christening of his new place there.
Johnny Earles was thrilled to cook for football legends Bart Starr and Zeke Bratkowski last week.
Saints coach Sean Payton visited Cheveau.
Local Realtor Clayton Bonjean's episode on HGTV aired Sunday night, which I got to see. Cool.
Congratulations to Nancy Veldman who recorded her 10th CD this week.
Melanie Jordan visited the Jersey Shore for the 4th, then on to the Big Apple.
Emeril Lagasse went to Hawaii.
Todd and Pauline Sutcliffe enjoyed cooler temperatures in Myrtle Beach with son Graham and his family
Lisa Burwell is back in Ireland.
Shaye Smith is in Guatemala.
Valerie Thompson went to Colorado.
Shelly Swanger went to Nashville.
Robert Davis is in Sweden.
Rebecca Balkcom went to the Tennessee mountains.
Barbara Pierce-Smith went to Colorado.
Joan Rice went to San Francisco.
Leslie and Scott Provow went white-water rafting in Juneau.
Congratulations to Sally and Nelson Rice celebrated 42 years of marriage last week.
Condolences are expressed to Marinella Monk in the loss of her sister.
And, sympathy is expressed to Laura Cox in the passing of her faithful friend, Connor.
Wish a "happy birthday" on Saturday to Nan Sroufe.
Sunday to Jenifer Syed.
Monday to Helen Geberding, and Sandestin's Teri Vice.
Tuesday to Tony Lange, surfing Dave Rauschkolb, massage-lady Debra Adams, and jeweler Rock Hard.
Wednesday to Greg Bahr, and Sandestin's Robbie Carroll.
Thursday to Seagrove's Suzanne Lagratta.
Friday to Flo Perk, Doug Liles, and music-man Russell Carter.
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions via email are encouraged.