Many locals are traveling to other places as they flee the crush of visitors who have come to enjoy our paradise this summer. Some are enjoying the getaways as pleasure trips and some are traveling for business.

Cassie and Caitie Cox are traveling to Santiago, Chile, where they will meet with the winemaker and marketer for Vinel Siegel Winery, before flying to Mendoza, Argentina. They are on a buying trip for Wine World.

Beverly Johnson and Candy Miller are visiting Napa.

Michael Dobson and Demetrius Fuller just returned from there.

Jacque Castle visited New York City.

Ray and Vickie Dollar visited Camden, Maine.

Stephen Marlette and Harriet Crommelin visited Highland Park, N.C.

Fred and Ampy Cox just returned from a health retreat led by radio show host Gary Null in Mineola, Texas.

I am back home after six days in central New York state where I attended my son Brett's wedding, along with his sisters Ashley and Summer.

Claire Bannerman and John Czapleski are back from New Orleans, where John beat out five others to win a Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest at Maison as part of El Pobre de Mi And Running of the Bulls New Orleans festival.

Others who have reason to celebrate:

Congratulations to Jami Ray, chief communicator for her public relations firm, Outright Social, who recently won the designation of Communicator of the Year in the For-Profit category.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin announced it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

Sandestin Wine Fest has been recognized on Yahoo Finance as an event that donates more than $50,000 to local charities.

The Academy of General Dentistry announced that Dr. Amber E. Wiebe, D.M.D., of Santa Rosa Beach Dental received the association’s Fellowship Award during the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits held from June 27 - 30 in Nashville. 

Sandy Weiner ran 5.189 charity miles to help Stand Up To Cancer fund collaborative groundbreaking cancer research.

Jeb and DuRee Stewart celebrated their 25th anniversary last week.

Ben and Cynthia Kennedy celebrated 13 years together last week.

DeLene Sholes is hosting friends from her Woodlawn High School class of '54 who have been meeting at her house every summer for six years.

Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet hosted 41 members of the Women's Art Network last week for its monthly meeting. Donnelle Clark, Joan Vienot, Donna Vann, Barbara May, Susan Alfieri, Carol Wenrick, Peggy Jones, Robin Wiesneth, Linda Buehler, Dorothy Starbuck, Carol Dickson, Mara Viksnins, Joy Fine, Betty Cork, Judi Bludworth are some who attended.

In celebration of the 4th of July, Sharon Thompson and Michelle Fillingim placed flags at every house in Gulf Place subdivision for the holiday.

Bill and Cheryl Freeze placed flags and bunting at Gulf Cemetery for the holiday.

Condolences are expressed to Karen Des Jardins and the Koerner family on the death of Jane Koerner, one of the earliest homeowners in Gulf Place subdivision.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Harry Millsaps, Jayne Ragsdale, and Judith Proctor.

Sunday to Louise Goodson.

Monday to Blue Mountain Liquors' Christy Haynes, and Kris Wheeler.

Tuesday to Ed Jenkins.

Wednesday to racing man Tom Fillingim.

Thursday to Vicki Gatliff, The Red Bar's Olivier Petit, Jane Soloman, photographer Colleen Duffley, Donna Johns, and Realtor Tom Rymer.

And Friday to event man Adam Shiland, Josh Foreman, Alison Porter, Bob Doty, and Frank Day.


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.