The tourists are gone, but the calendars are full with a full slate of events for locals.

Last Thursday night was Proffitt PR's Girls Night Out Arabian style at Elephant Walk to benefit Shelter House, and The Art of Giving benefiting Food For Thought at Justin Gaffrey gallery. Amber Wiebe, Sara Becnel, Annie Lockamy, Claudia Caswell, Rhonda Murray, Jeanette Miller, Lynn Wesson, Honey Harris, Hilary Butler, Lesan Gouge, Whitney Ladwig, and Jami Ray were some of the many ladies who enjoyed Arabian Nights.

Ray and Vickie Dollar, Linda Miller, Madra and Phil McDonald, Mike Ragsdale, Cynthia Kennedy, Gillian Lee, Allison Wickey, Tiffanie Shelton, Mindy Norris, Keen Polakoff, Paige Schnell, Susan Benton, Christy Milliken, Demetrius Fuller, Joyce Hogue, Deidra and Mike Stange, Lisa Burwell, Mary Kay Samouce, Laura and Michael Granberry, Claire Bannerman, Jenny Etheredge, and Jackie Ward were some who attended The Art of Giving, which raised $90,000 for the Food for Thought charity.

Friday night was the annual Hurricane Party to benefit Children's Volunteer Health Network, which was held at Bud & Alley's. Vickie and Ray Dollar attended that one also.

Hilary and Allen Butler, Kent and Peggy Lillie, John and Debbi Morris, and Regina and Frank Hall enjoyed dinner at Crust last Friday night.

I finally made it to Seaside by bike last Sunday! My companion and I set out on the 6-mile trek (one way) after church Sunday morning and made it within an hour, which we didn't think was bad for first timers. Breakfast at Modica's of a chicken biscuit really hit the spot. I enjoyed seeing Rebecca Sullivan, Scott Bruns, John Stasko, and Charlie Modica there.

Nina Horn, Lauren Rees, and Paul and Sandy Luchtefeld attended Brenda Rees's Toast to San Miguel gathering Sunday evening.

I enjoyed a great time at The Vue last Wednesday night, dining on their terrace and chatting at the bar. I saw Bob and Carol Saucier, Jimbo Holloway, Betty Krika, Jimmy Clark, Dave Linny, and John Stasko there. Chef Gio's mashed potatoes are to die for.

Bill and Cheryl Freeze welcomed their granddaughter Jennifer and husband Kevin Drake from Tallahassee last weekend.

Sorry to hear that Teresa Cline is moving back to South Dakota.

Cody Copeland is kicking off a tour in St. Louis. Go Cody!

Tricia Northcutt visited the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jane Burns went to France.

Mark and Tricia Northcutt visited California, as did Linda Bruner.

Stephen Marlette and Harriet Crommelin are touring New England.

Meg Warrington is home from Pennsylvania.

Jane Beene saw Kathy Lee while in New York City last week.

Sandy Buckley saw Reba McIntire while having dinner in Nashville last week.

Demetrius Fuller also visited Music City.

Dale Smith Stackable ran into Emeril filming a segment for his show. Alden and Emeril Lagasse have added a new member to their family: Buddy Balboa, a totally adorable dog!

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has been chosen by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine as a 2013 Gold Key award winner, marking the 15th year the resort has earned the honor.  

Emily Ellis has three photographs hanging in the current 25th annual Faces & Facets Photography Competition and Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Panama City. She won First Place in the "Nature" category. This is her second year to compete in this exhibition. She also has one painting hanging in the current "One Size Fits All" show at Northwest Florida State College and she has submitted two paintings and one photograph for consideration in the upcoming "Back to Nature" show at Hidden Lantern Gallery. Wow!

Congratulations to my daughter and her crew who raised more than $125,000 during this year's annual Signature Chefs Auction of Birmingham.

Congratulations to Allison Craft and Scott Henderson on their engagement.

Happy 17th anniversary to Lisa and Gerald Burwell. Happy 13th to Mike and Deidra Stange.

Condolences go out to Greig Buckley in the death of his father in Nashville.

Wish a "happy birthday" SAturday to Nancy McConnell, Anne Hunter, Lauren Magli, and Cookie Siskin.

Monday to Catherine Dickson, and artist Billie Gaffrey.

Tuesday to TV man Paul Vizard.

Wednesday to historian Brenda Rees, and real estate lady Linda Quinlan.

And Friday to cookie man Grady Allen.


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.