If you have not visited Grayton Bar & Grill yet, go! I enjoyed a night out there last Friday with John Stasko and Ron and Gena Bolton. Fun! Johnny and Debbie Earles were exquisite and attentive hosts. Their whole grilled red snapper a la Criolla is awesome, and their coffee/amaretto flan was to die for. We all enjoyed. Pat Carlyle and June and Greg Kohls were also there.

Demetrius Fuller and Michael Dobson were pleasantly surprised last Sunday when they went to brunch at Stinky's and discovered a New Orleans Jazz Band playing there in honor of Louis Armstrong's birthday. Happy birthday Satchmo!

Lenore Nixon celebrated her Aug. 2 birthday at 790 on the Gulf where she plays for brunch. She was joined by family and friends, including her daughter, Heidi Holmes, from Chattanooga.

Jeff Margaretten celebrated his birthday in Paris.

On Aug. 5, Gerry and Gillian Lee celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

Last weekend marked Byron Chism's 16th year in a row to be part of the Dillard Bluegrass & BBQ event in Dillard, Ga., where the mountains are beautiful and the music is as good as bluegrass gets. Byron said his favorite band this year was Shannon Slaughter & County Clare. Congratulations to Pig Whisperers, BBQ Grand Champs out of 61 teams. Byron thinks he likes judging.

Seagar's at the Hilton Sandestin was included in "Florida Trend's" recent article about the top five steakhouses in Florida.

The Pearl in Rosemary Beach topped Southern Living's Hot List.

Seaside was mentioned by Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor of Fortune Magazine and author of her new book "The End of the Suburbs", on the Morning Joe program Friday. See excerpt at http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3036789/ns/msnbc-morning_joe/vp/52651169/#52651169.

Sorry to see Kathy Kemp leave Rosemary Beach. She will be missed.

Stacey Brady, Tracy Louthain, and Jami Ray went to St. Pete this week for the Florida Public Relations Association awards.

Sharon Thompson has returned from visiting family in Orlando.

Bill and Cheryl Freeze are back from a long weekend in Highlands, N.C.

Steve and Sandy Weiner went to Chicago.

Mark and Paige Schnell visited California.

Stephanie and Peter Burke saw Rod Stewart in Vegas.

Joyce Sunday went to Clearwater Beach.

Carol and Bob Saucier enjoyed Mexican food in Richmond, Va.

Jeb and DuRee Stewart visited Serenbe, Ga.

Donna Vann traveled to Illinois, then Iowa, where she spent four days and nights attending her high school reunion, a wedding rehearsal and dinner, partied with friends from NOLA, a wedding, and finally, a family reunion. Wow!

Sheila Wachsman enjoyed a trip to Louisville, where she spent time with family and babysat for her two sweeties.

Andy Saczynski went to New Orleans for White Linen night.

I enjoyed seeing Mona and Kevin Howard, Joe and Kathy Perry, John Stasko, Lorene Gruzdis, and Tommy and Ann Melancom at the pool last Sunday.

So good to run into Brenda Radtke this week and have time to chat with her.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to John Rester, Rena Anderson, and Kraig McConnell.

On Sunday to Hurricane Oyster Bar's David Biegler, Payson Howard, artist Steve Wagner, and Andrea Schnapp.

Monday to George Barnes, Deidra Stange, Whitney Rowan, and Artist of the Year Andy Saczynski.

Tuesday to Alys Beach's Jason Comer.

Wednesday to Realtor Cinda Jones, Chris Scott, and Price Ranier.

Thursday to Darwin Davis, and Judy Heninger.

And Friday to Lori Karian, and CVHN's Zach Billingsley.


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. Contributions are accepted.