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.

This weekend, Dudley and Al Cook will host three of Dudley's college roommates and their spouses: Jane and Jimmy Walker from Byron, Ga; Sandra and Jim Smith from Union Springs, Ala.; and Joy Ray from Birmingham. Al said they intend to eat, drink, and play well for three days.

Debbi Morris, Charlie and Betty White, Gena and Ronnie Bolton, Shirley and Chuck Simpson, Wanda Duke, Jeanne Dailey, Demetrius Fuller and Michael Dobson, Dennis Lichorwic, Richard and Demetria McNeese, Heather Tate, and Shaye Smith are more folks who enjoyed the festive inaugural South Walton Beaches Wine Fest.

Joe and Lea Capers, Donna Burgess, and Myra Williams attended the Walton County Chamber's Celebrity Waiter Dinner last week.

I saw Donna at Home Depot last weekend buying plants to spruce up her new home.

Congratulations to Arlene Newsome, who won the People's Choice Award at last month's opening reception for the Cultural Arts Alliance's Top of the Class A+ Art Exhibit at Northwest Florida State College South Walton campus. Attendees chose her Tuscany painting as best in the exhibit.

Emerald Coast Middle School Golf team won their first (inaugural) golf tournament at Origins Golf Course against Seaside Middle School last week. Emerald Coast Middle School and Seaside are working hard to develop golf programs at each school and 2014 already looks promising for both. Congrats!

Sandestin resident, former F-15 pilot, and new skeet-shooting aficionado Mark Devlin broke 20 of 25 skeet last week his personal best.

Columnist Ron Hart was featured on CNN again last week.

Holly Speight saw Anthony Weiner in New York City this week.

Jake and Susie Jacobs are babysitting grandchildren in Atlanta.

Patrick and Christi Ferry went to JazzFest.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to fellow Taureans Philip Spann, yoga lady Laurie Beck, song bird Kelsey Johnson, and the illustrious Redd Vizard.

Tomorrow to photographer extraordinaire Allison Yii.

Monday to Jim Radtke, music-man Donnie Sundal, architect Cary McWhorter, running-man Jim Reagan, and me!

Wednesday to Lois Berberich, and art gallery-owner Geana Wilkerson.

Thursday to Beverly Schmitt.

And Friday to Kyle Petit, restaurant-owner George Hartley, and Father Tom Guido.

I wish all mothers a very blessed Mother's Day on Sunday.


Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443, or email Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are accepted.