I enjoyed judging the Mardi Gras parade at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Tuesday. Loads of fun. I saw Charles and Robin Wiesneth, Tresha Brown, Donna Burgess, Connie Yarbro, Bob and Carol Saucier, and Alden Lagasse there. The king cake from KaraBoo Bakery was delectable.

Last Sunday was full of activity in South Walton.

The day kicked off with the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run at 7 a.m. Jimbo Holloway, Kelly Buzzett, Shaye Smith, Stephanie Burke, Wendy Morgan, Carol Stovski, Michelle Fillingim, and Sharon Thompson were some locals who completed the race. It was Jimbo's first.

That afternoon, The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosted its Mardi Gras Parade for dogs, which got a mention in the Birmingham News. David and Judi Bludworth, Carol and Bob Saucier, Joyce Hoye, Kris Johnson, Connie Yarbro, and James Murray were some who attended.

While Jon and Teri Vice went to Mardi Gras in Mobile, Andrew and Jennifer McAlexander, Malayne and Robert DeMars, and Patrick and Christi Ferry let the good times roll at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Before the race and the dogs, John Stasko celebrated the one-year anniversary of having a new knee with a small cocktail party at his Gulf Place home. Bob Johnson, Gena and Ron Bolton, Ron Green and Lisa Morris, Bev and Greg Schmitt, Keith and RoseAnn Knight, Earl and Carol Foster, Wally and Shirley Weisenborn enjoyed last Friday night.

I hear that last weekend's Emerald Coast Children Advocacy Center's Kieran May Memorial Golf & Gala Weekend was a huge success. Geoff McBride was presented with the Kieran May Award for his work for child abuse victims. Amy Rogers, Michael Thompson, Cory Fosdyck, Jim and Tammy Pierce, Tom and Dana Saffel, and Hank White were some who attended.  

Kent and Peggy Lillie dined at Fat Clemenza's last Saturday night and saw several people they knew. "It was the place to be," said Peggy. Beverly and Greg Schmitt, Pam and George Hattaway, Lorre and Jack McDonald, and Mary and Richard Byrd were there. Dom stayed busy greeting all his guests.

Lauren Magli, Jamie McIntosh, and Shaye Smith attended YP@The Beach Networking After Hours last week at Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe.

Stephen Marlette and Harriet Crommelin are back from the Big Apple.

Nan Jacobs is back from Birmingham.

Robin Wiesneth, Didon Comer, and Susan Lucas are going to attend Springmaid art workshops at Myrtle Beach in April.

The Trailways Annual Conference will be held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort March 9-11. More than 250 Trailways company owners, their families and industry leaders are expected.

Special Forces soldiers and their families gathered to learn the “5 Love Languages” during a three-day retreat held at Sandestin Resort that began Feb. 14. This Strong Bonds program helped soldiers and spouses of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), many whom experienced multiple combat deployments in recent years, understand how to thrive in their marriages and resolve problems using Dr. Gary Chapman’s “5 Love Languages” book. 

Congratulations to Aaron Jackson, who was interviewed by National Geographic.

Charlie's Donuts at Alys Beach got a writeup in the Auburn Plainsman.

Condolences are expressed to the family of Mary Papciak in her passing.

Get well quick wishes go out to Bobby Beene.

If you're out and about Saturday and see Kerrie Thompson, Suzanne Preston-Blakeman, The Donut Hole's Laurie Tate, and artist Ari Zalace, wish them a "happy birthday."

On Sunday, send greetings to yoga-lady Bridgette Lowe and artist Laura Holthoff.

Monday to Sylvia Kocour, Michelle Tommey, Joyce Russell and artist Debbie Weant.

Tuesday to Shari Trejo and Dr. Phil Benton.

Thursday to Susan Snider, Chip Peay, and Jerome De'Eramo.

And Friday to Nancy McCullen.


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 encouraged.