It's that time of year again. If you own a restaurant, store, or rental unit, I know you are doing a happy dance.
And the rest of us are happy for you, but a bit sad for ourselves, as we are having to share our paradise with a lot of people.
For that reason, we have quite a few locals who are traveling.
James and Rhonda Murray went to Telluride.
Jim Hicks went to
Cory and Hillary Fosdyck went to
Laurie Hood vacationed in Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abacos.
Coop and Peggy Jones have left on an
Tricia Northcutt went to
Miles and Chelsie Nieman and their crew took a break from their sojourn in
Last weekend was a not-so-good one for our endangered sea turtles. First, a rare Kemp's Ridley that had died entangled in fishing line washed up on our beaches. If you entangle a turtle in fishing line, help her get free, otherwise she will die. The second mishap was a loggerhead that came ashore to nest at
On a more upbeat note, I saw Heavenly and Bill Dawson eating lunch on the deck of The Bay last Tuesday.
Jack and Michele Silberman and John Stasko were trying to cool off in the Santa Rosa Beach Club's pool last weekend.
I saw Tom Saffel, Hank White, and Tom Hidell at the golf club Sunday morning.
I also ran into Peter Burke at an auction over the weekend.
Hank White has reason to crow again. His son Ryan's latest film "The Case Against 8" aired nationwide on HBO June 23. The film won the best co-director award for Ryan at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Ryan started working on the film five years ago and was given special access to the plaintiffs and the attorneys in the lawsuit against the state of
Congratulations to Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, which was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
New author Diane Pickett's first novel "Never Isn't Long Enough" has won top prize in the Regional Fiction category at the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Congratulations!
Three South Walton couples celebrated anniversaries last week.
Lorre and Bob James celebrated 11 years of marriage last weekend.
Ellen and David Miller celebrated 35 years together this week.
Scott and Leslie Provow celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise.
Wish a "happy birthday" Saturday to Realtor Linda Miller, Furry Fanatics' Julie Brown, and DCWAF's John Russell.
Sunday to Shirley Foster, Sheryl Johnston, and Ruskin Place's Brad Speight.
Monday to Shruti Bawa, and Linda DeLaun.
Tuesday to Deb Eberhart, Janet Taylor, artist Teresa Cline, and beer-man Brad Shankwiler.
Wednesday to Meg Nelson.
Thursday to Kathy Shepherd, Jackie Lynch, Maurissa Smith, and celebrity Chef Giovanni Filippone.
And Friday to Pat Potter.
I wish everyone a delightful and safe 4th of July.
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are welcomed via email.