PARTY LINE: Derby parties and weddings

Lorre James

Lorre James got all creative for her Derby party last Saturday. She created the colorful hat and the imaginative horseshoe-shaped dip.

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

Last Saturday saw several Derby get-togethers up and down 30A, but unlike some other parties held during the year, the hosts seemed to want to keep these small and private.

One was held at a home in the Gulf Place community. At this gathering, the house was appropriately decorated with a variety of hats, horsy items, and red roses for the guests to watch the Run for the Roses on the big-screen TV. The ladies all wore hats and brought an hors d'oeuvre consisting of a food item that a horse eats or that someone at the Kentucky Derby would eat, which made it all the more fun. Kentucky Burgoo, dip formed into the shape of a horseshoe, and cheese arranged to look like a hat with a ribbon around it drew oohs and aahs. John Stasko, Lorre and Bob James, Kent and Peggy Lillie, Susie and Jake Jacobs, Tom and Michelle Fillingim, Keith and RoseAnn Knight, Mike and Carol Stovsky attended this one.

I hear another was held just down the road a bit and was attended by some of the 30A Posse, another in Seagrove, and another at a home on Sandestin.  

Patti Robar and Carrie Nelle Moye of Blue Mountain Beach attended Carrie Nelle's grandnephew's wedding in Paducah, Ky., last Saturday. The wedding reception started with cocktails and viewing the televised Kentucky Derby with guests wearing their fascinators and holding mint juleps. What fun!

Dennis and Margie Dumler returned from his son's wedding in Atlanta Sunday night just in time to head to Pepitos for Cinco de Mayo. While in Atlanta the Dumlers stayed with part-time 30A resident Judy Foster. Rain forced the wedding ceremony indoors, but the venue at Chene' Rouge in Hiram was still fantastic, said Dennis. The Dumlers' Sandestin buddies, Jerome and Sandy D'Eramo and Judy Foster, joined them for the celebration, as did Dennis's cousin and her husband who drove in from Colorado. "It was great to be with friends, family, and to see my son so happy with his new, beautiful bride," said Dennis. "One of the really touching moments was his dance with Margie who never has been referred to as a stepmom. My late wife, Patsy, would have been so proud!"

While there, Jerome and Sandy visited with both their sons Adam (and wife Logan) as well as Tony, Erica and grandbaby Taylor, who just moved to the Atlanta area full time.

Congratulations to Murray Balkcom and Rebecca Sullivan, who said "I do" last Saturday in a garden ceremony on 30A.

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