The rain held off last Saturday for the seventh-annual 30A St. Patrick's Day Parade and all its festivities at Gulf Place. Some locals who enjoyed the fun were Barbara Pierce-Smith, Rob Wood and Tonia Shatzel, Les Porterfield, Angela Ragsdale, Ashley Johnson, Chase Johnson, and Paul Vizard.
Later that night, the opportunity to party continued for those so inclined, at the annual Cattle Barons’ Ball held at Sandestin's Linkside Center. The tables and dance floor appeared full and fun was in the air. Amber Wiebe, Betty and Don Hefner, Calvin and Mary Pat Cedarleaf, Chris Poate, Cory and Hilary Fosdyck, David and Lori Seering, Demetrius and Malpa Fuller, Donna Johns, Gail and Jim Murray, Jackie Ward, James and Rhonda Murray, Joe and Lea Capers, John and Colleen Riddle, John Stasko, Keith Howard, Lauren Gall, Lauren Magli, Mary Kay Samouce, Meg Warrington, Myra Williams, Nina Jeffords, Ray and Martha Jones, Robert and Marinella Monk, Ron and Gena Bolton, Ron Green and Lisa Morris, Sandy and Greig Buckley, Stacey and Mike Brady, Steve Barber, Steve and Lynn Dugas, Tim Krueger, Tom Hopkins, Wanda Duke, and Zandra Wolfgram enjoyed the evening.
Sandy Semerad threw a surprise birthday party for her daughter, Rene Endres, last Saturday night. Fletcher Isacks, Eve Emelianova, Lisa Miller, Philippe and Oli Petit helped the birthday girl celebrate.
The next night, Rene and Oli continued celebrating by taking in the Elton John concert in Pensacola from front row seats! Kathy Fly Bridges, Betsy Johnson, and Joyce Sunday also saw Elton Sunday night in Pensacola.
However, Ray and Vickie Dollar were willing to travel to Birmingham to see him at the BJCC, as did Scott and Cindi Cobine.
Shaye and Lori Smith, Allison Craft and Scott Henderson attended the opening of First Note at Seascape.
Michelle Uhlfelder visited the St. George Island Lighthouse.
Les Porterfield went to Louisiana.
Malcolm and Linda Patterson went to Louisiana for Linda's high school reunion.
DuRee Stewart visited her new granddaughter in Atlanta.
Betsy Johnson is back from Atlanta.
Nancy Abood went to Biloxi.
Ginger Sinton went to San Francisco.
Carol Saucier celebrated St. Patty's Day in New Orleans.
Joan Vienot, Leslie Kolovich, and Susan Petro visited Apalachicola.
Sheila Wachsman went to Cape San Blas.
Kitty Taylor went skiing in Crested Butte.
Paul Hunter skied in Breckenridge.
Scott Jackson took a train to Virginia to help his brother celebrate another birthday.
Mike Ragsdale and Cosmos visited Mike's grandmother last week in Cullman.
Carrie Nelle Moye went to Georgia.
Lynn Wesson helped her son celebrate his birthday in Birmingham.
Steve and Sandy Weiner attended Acme Oyster House's soft opening last Thursday.
Did you see Emeril cooking on GMA last Friday morning?
I had my first sampling from Charlie's Donuts last Friday. I highly recommend the maple brown sugar and bacon donut. Oh, yes!
Vera Yip celebrated her 3rd birthday at Rosemary Beach with a beach-themed cake last weekend.
Happy 18th anniversary to Lea and Joe Capers.
Congratulations to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast for being named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for the third year in a row and the fourth time since opening in 2003 by Truven Health Analytics.
And, congratulations to Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the proud recipient of a 2014 Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) Gold Adrian Award in the Digital Campaign: Contest/Sweepstakes category.
Wish a "happy birthday" Saturday to Alys Beach's Kelli Siler.
Monday to John Stasko, Karen Bennett, Christi Ferry and Grayton's David Bludworth.
Tuesday to Kate Kelly and Stephanie Carter.
Wednesday to Richard Stein, Jim Sheperd and Cobb Sheriff.
Thursday to Michelle Smith, Marie Soloman, Mark Flynn and Patrick Ferry.
And Friday to Alan Baltazar and Donna Callahan.
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 encouraged.