I hope everyone enjoyed a warm and thankful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Mine was all of the above, spent with friends enjoying turkey and all the trimmings. The diet now begins as the countdown to Christmas is on.

Jackie Lynch hosted 31 members of the Women’s Art Network at her lovely Emerald Bay home Monday night. Peggy Jones, Robin Wiesneth, Susan Alfieri and Susie Munz were some who festively enjoyed their favorite dishes and “dirty Santa.” 

Ladie Bea and Wayne Carlisle hosted their annual Turkey Day get together again at their new home, which was attended by many, including Tom and Dana Saffel, and Debbie Weant.

Leslie Provow enjoyed a fun early Thanksgiving in Sydney, Australia, last week as she fixed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for her friends “down under.” Leslie said her friends couldn’t figure out why pumpkin pie is eaten as dessert and candied sweet potato casserole is eaten as a side dish. “It is difficult to find a whole turkey there unless it’s Christmas,” said Leslie. “Frying a turkey is unheard of, but once they found out about it, they wanted me to fry a turkey, inside, on their stove. I told them they needed to dress as pilgrims for the feast, but I think they saw through that one! Funny Aussies!”

Susan Alfieri just returned from a two-week whirlwind bucket list adventure of visiting family and friends in her native Australia, celebrating her 76th birthday, her sister’s 80th, and attending numerous small reunions of high school and art teacher friends ... 50 years of memories rekindled from Sydney to Newcastle to Wollongong and back again! 

Tiffanie Shelton spent Thanksgiving in Birmingham.

Demetrius Fuller took his mom, Malpa, to Vegas for Thanksgiving, and a great time was had by all.

Susan Snider spent Thanksgiving in Iowa.

Carl and Janice Fedkeneur and their sons spent a warm Thanksgiving in Naples with family.

Coop and Peggy Jones opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day to friends and clients.

Betty Krika, Cindy McConnell, and John Stasko enjoyed some sunsets on the deck of The Vue over Thanksgiving weekend.

Ann and Tommy Melancom and daughter Natalie spent Thanksgiving with Tommy’s family in Louisiana.

James and Rhonda Murray are enjoying their honeymoon in Belize.

Mike and Valerie Thompson went to Sonoma.

Stephen Marlette and Harriet Crommelin are back from their South American Adventure.

Tracy Louthain visited the Windy City.

Tricia and Mark Northcutt are taking in the sites of Oklahoma.

Donna Crawford is back from Michigan. She and a friend saw what they think was a panther on 395 North last week.

Shellie Arriaga is back from Los Angeles where she secured a place in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Center, which caters to elite celebrities. The store will carry 18 karat and one-of-a-kind jewelry. The Arriagas will kick off their Beverly Hills location with a trunk show.

Carol Saucier enjoyed her birthday in Napa with her husband, Bob, and dined at The French Laundry, which met all her expectations and more, she said.

Speaking of The French Laundry, Open Table named Tim Creehan’s Cuvee Bistro as one of the top 100 restaurants in America, right up there with French Laundry!

Shaye Smith and Geoff McBride enjoyed a great evening at the VINO Wine Tasting at Crush in Seaside benefiting FWBHS’s Christmas Connection project, which is a student-led fundraiser helping local families in need. 

Sandy Weiner ran 6.382 CharityMiles in the Giving Tuesday Turkey Trot for Wounded Warrior Project last week. This week she ran 5.445 CharityMiles for Wounded Warrior Project. She was sponsored by TimexSports.

Sam Bush sat in with Hubba Hubba at Pandora’s last weekend.

Congratulations to our Regina Jaquess — the new overall and slalom world champion in water ski!

Boukou Groove’s song “Stay Broke” moved up from No. 5 to No. 3 this week on the U.S. Blues charts.

Vern Yip is honored to be decorating the UNICEF USA Snowflake Ball in New York City for the fifth consecutive year. He will be there celebrating the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake and drawing attention to an organization near and dear to his heart.

I was thrilled and honored to be asked to serve as one of nine judges of Grand Boulevard’s Festival of Trees event this year. It was my first time and I enjoyed it immensely. Opening night, I saw Myra Williams, Stacey Brady, John Russell, Lauren Magli, Scott Russell, Hilary Butler and Mario Mardones there. It was great fun. Go by and see the wonderful job the 12 organizations did.

Mary Elsberry proudly announces that her daughter Janelle and husband Dan welcomed the sweetest little girl — Juliette Cezanne McBride — into the world Nov. 26 at 12:05 p.m. Juliette Cezanne weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces and was 21-inches long. Mommy and daddy are doing fabulous! “What a great Thanksgiving!” said Mary.

Sending Pauline Sutcliffe get well quick wishes, and to Bobby Johnson and Keith Knight.

Wish a “happy birthday” Saturday to Shaye Smith.

Sunday to Colleen Riddle and Seaside’s Marsha Dowler.

Tuesday to Deborah Orr, Joseph Cook and Dottie Hidell.

Wednesday to Mary Bruns.

Thursday to radio-man Mark Carter.

And Friday to Vickie Miller.


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.