Furry Fanatics held its monthly Paint Your Pet Party last Thursday night, and it was again a sold-out event. Frith O'Brien, Karen White, Gillian Lee, Kay Brown, Linda Gudnason, Tonia Shatzel, and John Stasko were some who brought pictures of their beloved pets in to paint. Rob Wood and Dwight Ward dropped by to observe and critique. A little wine and a little music helped the inspiration and I think a good time was had by all.

Interior Designer Tammy Massey and the owners of the Stairway to Heaven townhouse in Seaside's Ruskin Place held a 20th anniversary celebration party at the townhome last Saturday night. The event was well attended by a diverse crowd wanting to see inside the iconic structure. Tammy Massey, Jim and Kathy Shepherd, Holly Speight, Bert Summerville and Jim Kain, Paige Schnell, Jackie Barker, Jim and Paula Carter, Pauline Sutcliffe, Michael and Laura Granberry, Rick and Karen Schoonover, Annette Trujillo, Lynn Nesmith, Melanie Barrett, and John Stasko were some who attended the invitation-only party and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and wine, as well as a special signature cocktail while a drone hovered overhead. Several brave souls climbed the rooftop Stairway to Heaven staircase that sways in the wind.

The Rotary Club of South Walton also hosted a great event Saturday night. Joe Serrato, Shaye Smith, Heather Tate, Michael McIntosh, and Jamie McIntosh were some who attended Death by Chocolate at Grand Boulevard.

Farther down the road a bit, Sinfonia's Patti LuPone concert took place in Fort Walton Saturday night. Demetrius Fuller, Denise Stegner, Linda Miller, Sandy and Greig Buckley attended.

Wasn't the weather beautiful last Saturday and Sunday following the big storm? It was pretty enough to lure a lot of us outdoors to enjoy the paradise where we live.

I saw Michele Silberman, John Stasko, and Janice and Carl Fedkenheur at the pool. The Fedkenheurs have just returned from Jersey.

Ray and Vickie Dollar are back from a jaunt to Costa Rica.

Jeff and Heidi Marse attended the Ultra Music Fest in Miami.

Coop and Peggy Jones went to market at High Point, N.C. with Peggy's new artwork in tow.

Ashley Johnson traveled to Minneapolis.

Laurie Hood visited Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.

Santa Rosa Beach, WaterColor, and Rosemary Beach got a writeup in Florida Travel + Life.

The 30A corridor is featured in US Air's new magazine. Seaside, The Shrimp Shack, Bud & Alley's, Stinky's Fish Camp, WaterColor, Fish Out of Water restaurant, YOLO Board, Point Washington State Forest, our coastal dune lakes, Allison Wickey Gallery, Rosemary and Alys Beach, as well as Sandestin got a mention in the article.

A visiting Louisiana man caught a stargazer fish last week off Grayton Beach last week. See http://www.louisianasportsman.com.

Mark Carter tells me that the upcoming Seabreeze Jazz Fest got some good press recently in the Chicago Tribune, listed alongside The Masters golf tournament, the Boston Marathon, and even the Easter Egg Hunt on the White House Lawn. Mark said it's great to see a smooth jazz event of any kind getting this type of attention.

Best wishes to Lesan Gouge on her upcoming marriage on May 3. This was her last week at Santa Rosa Beach Club. She is moving to Texas to join her fiance, and the couple will move to Seattle later on this year.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Kay Skibbe.

Sunday to Rick Schoonover, and Jacque Castle.

Monday to Jeanne Dailey, Lindsay Huurman, Pam Watkins, and my precious, talented and beautiful first-born Ashley Wheeler.

Tuesday to Donna Reynolds, and Garrett Miller.

Wednesday to Brian Stackable, and Lesley Isacks.

Thursday to Paige Schnell.

And Friday to RoseAnn Knight, and Ann Crutchfield.


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.