PARTYLINE: Locals search for ways to amuse themselves during rain

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM.

I heard the 4th of July occurred last week. The holiday passed without a lot of fanfare for locals as much of the coast was experiencing a monsoon and public festivities were cancelled.

Not to be left out of a chance to celebrate, though, many came up their own ways to celebrate a rained-out holiday. Dana Saffel was one of those as she invited neighbors to her artsy Gulf Place home for a toga party when she heard the parades were a washout. Togas were required and the neighbors got creative. Ed and Donna Macdonald, Carol and Mike Stovsky, Brad and Claudia Droy, Tom Fillingim, and John Stasko enjoyed Tom Saffel's legendary ribs prepared with Bad Byron's Butt Rub, and a variety of hors d'oeuvres and drink as everyone sat around in their togas and watched — what else? — "Animal House." A fun way to spend a rained out holiday!

Even in the rain, old-time Grayton Beach residents went ahead with their 4th of July plans and had an impromptu parade of cars, bikes, and walkers and a few others jumped in along the way. "These Grayton diehards were not about to officially cancel the parade," said Grant Blackwell. Billy and Kelly Buzzett, Kitty Taylor and Alan Riehl, Catherine Frappier, and the Ricky Rookis family participated in it and their first annual "Float the Pass."

RoseAnn Knight celebrated the 4th by walking her second Atlanta Peachtree 10K in 1 hour and 29 minutes. She was pleased to report that was five minutes better than last year.

The night of the 4th, Lorre James's bird feeder in her yard off 393S was raided by a large black bear that ate all the bird feed and shuffled through stuff on her deck.

Carla Ravarino and Tracy Welker hosted a party last Wednesday night at their lovely Gulf Place home to celebrate Tracy being home from St. Louis and her birthday. Neighbors who attended included Ed and Donna Macdonald, Carol and Mike Stovsky, Brad and Claudia Droy, John Stasko, Tom and Michelle Fillingim, Tommy and Ann Melancom, Sharon Thompson, Greg and Beverly Schmitt, Charlie and Elizabeth Montgomery.   

Mary Elsberry has made it back to her old stomping grounds in Minnesota where she is enjoying seeing old friends. This is the first leg of her six-month travel adventure.

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