I enjoyed dinner at the bar at the new Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar at Grand Boulevard last Friday night, and the place was hopping with a mostly local crowd. Anne and Dick Dickson, Gary Bowman, John and Ann Paulson, Lorre and Bob James, Scott Jackson, John Stasko, Peggy and Kent Lillie, and Tracy Clay were there. The spaghetti bolognese and wine selections were very good.

Walton County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly business after hours event July 18 at Another Broken Egg at Sandestin. Wanda Duke, Suzy Spence, and Joe Capers were there, as well as Kellie Jo Kilberg. Ron Green was the consummate host, mingling and greeting, as guests sampled his shrimp and grits and barbecued wings.  

Madra and Phil McDonald, Mindy Norris, Eve Emelianova, Mike and Sherri McCarty, Tiffanie Shelton, Didon Comer, Kate Kelly, Jack Gardner, Anne Hunter, Shelly Swanger, Mike and Angela Ragsdale, Cody Copeland, Tracy Louthain, and Zandra Wolfgram attended Allison Wickey's new gallery's grand opening last week at Seacrest.

It's good to see Kitchenique's store join Retail Therapy in South Walton.

Actress Reese Witherspoon and her family were spotted at Sandestin last week. In addition to enjoying a sunset cruise on a yacht and a bike ride, “the hands-on mom of three had a big smile on her face while going for a swim with her family on July 10. Witherspoon carried her adorable baby boy in the water, while Toth splashed around with Deacon,” according to a report in Us Magazine. “Little Tennessee, wearing a red swim shirt, navy trunks and an (appropriate) orange Tennessee cap, clung to the Oscar winner, who styled a low-cut red and blue striped swimsuit, blue cap and shades.”

Congratulations to South Walton artist Andy Saczynski, who is the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's 2013 Festival of the Arts poster winner.

Congratulations to Javier Velarde and Jill Van Otten on their recent wedding.

Congratulations to Nan and Richard Jacobs who celebrated 28 years of marriage last week.

Ellen Miller entertained two groups of old friends during the past couple of weeks at her Gulf Place home. First were childhood friends Karen Timmons, Louanne Butler and Peggy Sprouse from Corinth, Miss. and Cordova, Tenn. The group enjoyed some catching-up time, and as soon as they left, longtime friends from Tupelo, Kathy Reece, Debbie Cooksey, Elna Barber and Pearl Flamingo stayed to celebrate their 15th anniversary of coming to the beach together. 

Mark and Tricia Northcutt are taking the opportunity to travel this summer to locales such as Santa Fe; Taos; Belfast, Maine; Nashville; Oklahoma City; and Santa Claus, Ind., and places in between. They are wandering and enjoying the travels. Tricia sends a warning to all: "Lock your doors, we may end up on your porch."

Jane Burns is visiting Park City, Utah.

Laurie Hood visited Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., last week, and Boston.

Nan Jacobs is visiting Traverse City, Mich.

Jim and June Milam are back at the beach for a bit.

Condolences are expressed to Nan Ream in the death of her husband, Dave. A memorial service was to be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Massillon, Ohio, on July 24. Nan requests any memorial gifts be directed to the McAllister Family Scholarship Fund of Central Presbyterian Church. Nan is a past board president of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. 

Condolences are expressed to Billy and Nancy McConnell who have returned from Sanford, Fla., where Billy's brother, Frank G. McConnell, III, passed away early Sunday morning. A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park on Thursday.

And sympathy is expressed to Brian and Cinnamon Kellenberger in the loss of Honey.

Wish a "happy birthday" tomorrow to Rosario Petit, Lois Kennedy, and former Walton County Artist of the Year Susan Lucas.

Monday to Sacred Heart's Betsy Johnson.

Tuesday to Lenora Herr, and Realtor Russ Noblitt.

Wednesday to Realtor Kim Polakoff, and Cecil Vetter.

Thursday to Malayne DeMars, Christina Ruckel, Ken Vogel, and Realtor Miriam Dillon.

And Friday to jewelry designer Richard Arriaga, McNeese Title's Lorre James, Nitin Bawa, and Lenore Nixon.


Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email dwheeler@waltonsun.com. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun.