Emerald Coast Association of Realtors held a happy hour get together for its South Walton members last Tuesday night at La Playa in Gulf Place. McNeese Title, BB&T, and Beach to Bayou Home Inspections arranged for a complimentary buffet. Around 50 folks attended, including Keen and Kim Polakoff, Lorre and Bob James, Betty Krika, Nina Horn, Judi Rutland, and Kitty Taylor.
Jane Burns, Johndra Culp, and Kelly Klein attended Redd's Fueling Station's opening night last week.
On Thursday, it was a double whammy.
Walton County Chamber hosted its monthly Business After Hours at the newly constructed TerraMar apartments that afternoon. Joe Serrato, Wendy Radke, Kellie Jo Killenburg, Jessica Hathorn, Terri Duplantis, Cathy Augustine, James and Rhonda Murray, and Betty Krika, were seen there.
That night was Elephant Walk's Grand Opening party at Sandestin. Sandy and Greig Buckley, Chris Scott, Deidra and Mike Stange, Ron Green and Lisa Morris, Levin Bracken, Russ Noblitt, Meg Warrington, Lisa and Paul Reaves, Lanier Motes, Whitney Ladwig, James and Rhonda Murray attended.
Friday night, the Cultural Arts Alliance and Northwest Florida State College hosted the opening reception for Mara Viksnins' one-woman show. Cindy Meadows, Shelly Langshaw, Robin Wiesneth, Betty Cork, Anne Hornstein, Leslie Kolovich, Karen Boudreaux, Rebecca Hart, Pat Carlyle, Joan Vienot, Lori Drew, Melissa Brown, Carol Dickson, Joe Serrato, and Andrea Schnapp attended.
In celebrity spottings:
Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan enjoyed lunch at La Cocina last week. We are all "Drunk on You," Luke!
And, Honey Boo Boo and her family were spotted in Panama City last week.
Peggy Sue Mullen met Vince Gill at his golf tournament in Nashville.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa made Cvent's List of the 100 Most Popular Meeting Resorts in North America and the Caribbean.
The Alabama Press Association met there last week. Hardy Jackson attended.
Southern Foodways Alliance was in Freeport last week documenting Nick's.
Steve and Joyce Sunday celebrated 23 years together on June 23.
In travels, Mary Elsberry will be leaving us for about six months. She left early Sunday with her dog Goldie and a little U-haul of items. She will stop in Minnesota to visit her mother, family, and friends before taking off again a week later to the Seattle area for three months, where she will stay with her brother and his family 4.5 miles from the Pike Place Market she loves. In October, she will head down to Vegas for the rest of the year to rent a place off the strip and spend time with her daughter and son-in-law and a new grandbaby. Mary says she will return here to spend New Year's Eve with friends here in Florida. Happy trails to ya!
Nina Horn attended her high school reunion in Jackson.
DuRee Stewart visited Callaway Gardens, and Atlanta.
Bob and Susan Dobes marked Maine off their bucket list.
Demetrius Fuller and Michael Dobson went to New Orleans, as did Claire Bannerman.
Tracy Louthain visited Memphis.
Tricia Northcutt visited Santa Fe.
John Stasko welcomed daughter Katie and her boyfriend Dom from St. Louis to the beach for a visit this week. They enjoyed a boat ride along the coast Tuesday morning with 30A Angler Ted Missildine at the helm of his boat. Capt. Ted was quite entertaining and offered lots of informative and enjoyable jokes and trivia along the way.
I hear a 12-year-old girl caught a large Wahoo on Scott Provow's boat last weekend while snapper fishing.
On a different note, Robert Austin writes to tell me that there are two dedicated petanque courts in front of the Seaside Chapel that continue to be used by Seaside residents. These are in addition to the new ones next to Bud & Alley's Pizza Bar.
Wish a "happy birthday" on Sunday to Claire Bannerman, wine guy Kevin Moran, and Swantree's Jim Carter.
Monday to Erica Pierce, Jamie McIntosh, Alabama man Jon Vice, and John Burke.
Wednesday to Steve Brewer.
Happy star-spangled birthday wishes go out to Suzanne Boatright, and Joe Elmore.
And on Friday to dancing lady Linda Miller, dog lady Julie Brown, and John Russell.
Wishing everyone a fun and safe 4th of July.