Last week was a busy one.

Lots of folks turned out for the Walton County Chamber's monthly Power of Business luncheon held at Baytowne's Azalea Ballroom last Wednesday to hear John Heiser, Jay Odom, and Tom Becnel speak. Stacey Brady, Scott Russell, John Russell, Kitty Whitney, Jim Bagby, Sheryl Johnston, and Kellie Jo Kilberg were some who attended.  

Mitchell's Fish Market held a special four-course dinner last Thursday night that was paired with four handcrafted cocktails.

Chi Chi Miguel's Sip 'N' Shop was held last Friday at Le Ciel. Laurie Hood, Lauren Gall, Jessica Proffitt, Demetrius Fuller, Rhonda Murray, Valerie Thompson, Heather Tate, and Jill Tanner were some who enjoyed.

Afterwards, Michael and Valerie Thompson hosted their annual Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown at their Sandestin home. Brenda and Phil Nunnery, and Tiffanie Shelton attended.

Friday evening, the Cultural Arts Alliance held its opening reception for its A+ Art Top of the Class exhibit at Northwest Florida State College's South Walton annex. Buz Livingston, Mary Zahner, Betty Cork, Robin Wiesneth, Melissa Brown, Beckie Perrott, Nancy James, Judy Dewar, Joan Vienot, Suzanne West, Kristina Perry, Lori Drew, Ann Welch, Melody Bogle, Heather Clements, Charlotte Arnold, Carol Wenrick, Susan Lucas, and Donnelle Clark were some in the standing-room-only crowd.

Congratulations to Barbara May whose artwork is featured in the new Beaches of South Walton Visitor's Guide.

I enjoyed a fabulous lunch on Saturday at Grayton Bar & Grill. They are now open for lunch Thursdays through Sundays. Johnny's specialty pimento cheese dip, burgers, fried green tomatoes with goat cheese, and his Not-so-Po Shrimp Boy on New Orleans bread are fabulous. And don't leave without trying Nana's Buttermilk Pie or the toasted coconut chocolate pecan pie. To die for. The food, service, and ambiance there is always a class act.

For many of us, a rainy day calls for shopping. While out in Destin last Sunday I ran into Kathy Fly Bridges, and Sarah Modica. It's always good to see them. 

Gary Mattison attended the Elberta German Sausage festival where his daughter, Kris, debuted her new company, Southern Wrapsody Monogramming.

Shaye Smith, Jamie McIntosh, Lori Smith, and Jessica Proffitt attended the Young Professionals at the Beach luncheon at Elephant Walk on Tuesday.

Jim and Brenda Radtke went fishing with their fam last week and caught 91 fish.

Jenny Dargavell, Lynn Nesmith, and Mark Schnell went to Port Arkansas, Texas.

Donna Callahan went to High Point, N.C.

Catherine Dickson visited Chicago.

Welcome back to the beach, Denise Earles Walsh!

The upcoming Sandestin Wine Fest got a mention in the Huntsville Times last week.

Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club welcomes Sarah Brazwell as its new membership, sales, and marketing director.

Ron and Gena Bolton celebrated 29 years together this week.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Lee Eyer.

On Palm Sunday to golfer Tony Chandler, and artist Joan Vienot.

Wednesday to Carol Wenrick, Sue Parsonnet, and Bonnie Soroka.

Thursday to Pam Holloway, and Cowgirl Kitchen's Nikki Nickerson.

And wish a happy Good Friday birthday to Tresha Brown, and The Bay's Mario McNally.

Condolences are expressed to Kat Krumel in the death of her father.

Sympathy goes out to Kent and Peggy Lillie in the loss of their Sophia.


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 encouraged.