May I begin this week by saying I am so proud. My daughter returned to our alma mater last week to address PR students 10 years after she graduated with a degree in public relations from JSU. She has worked hard and done well, and I am proud.

Now, moving along, if you've never joined another couple in the endeavor of making pizzas together, let me tell you it is lots of fun. I joined John Stasko, Kent and Peggy Lillie in a couples pizza-making endeavor last Wednesday night and it was loads of fun. Try it! The accompanying wine was good too that just happened to have the same name as the Lillie's street.

Walton County Chamber of Commerce's monthly Business After Hours was held last Thursday at Highland Park on 30A. Kellie Jo Kilberg, Jim Bagby, and Joe Serrato enjoyed.

Jared and Wendy Morton welcomed Connor Joel Morton into the world on April 14. Connor weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 20.5 inches long.

Bett Appel hosted 30 members of the Women's Art Network to her home last Monday night for their monthly show and tell.

A farewell party for Carla Ravarino and Tracy Welker was hosted by Sharon Thompson, Tom and Michelle Fillingim, and Keith and Rose Ann Knight at the Knight home in Gulf Place last Saturday evening. Jim and Emily Springer, Ann and Tommy Melancom, Joe and Kathy Perry, Lorene Gruzdis, Kelly Klein, Mike and Carol Stovsky, Brad and Claudia Droy, Betty Krika, Jeannie and Doug Gentile, Donna and Ed Macdonald, Dianne Smith and Steve Bacon, Mark and Allison Larson, June and Jimmy Milam, Elizabeth and Charlie Montgomery, Gayle and Bill Vortriede, Greg and Beverly Schmitt, Jens and Margie Bach, Judi and Jeff Sikora, and Charles Crossley attended. Carla and Tracy are moving to Illinois. Best wishes to them.

Easter Sunday was a bit cool and overcast, but still a good day for celebrating with family for many. But, if you didn't have family nearby, I hope you made it special for yourself. I did not have family or children near, so, there weren't any egg hunts for me, but I did enjoy eating a couple while enjoying a special Polish-style brunch with ham and egg bread. After a walk on the beach and a competitive game of Scrabble, I enjoyed the most delectable Dutch-oven baked leg of lamb in wine sauce I have ever tasted. So, it was a very good day.  

Actor Vince Vaughn and his family reportedly spent Easter in South Walton and were seen at Publix at WaterColor and at Seaside. So, it was a thrill for me to come upon his film crew shooting scenes on our beach on Tuesday.

Joe Perry took a picture of a blimp flying over the beach that same day. Related?

I enjoyed seeing Tony and Micheline Riggio, Lorre James, Joan Luchese, and Scott Provow Tuesday at a Realtor open house in Gulf Place. The open house featured yummy McNeese wines and hors d'oeuvres by Nikhil Abuvala of Roux.

Joe and Jan Stanko spent Easter in Prague.

Bill and Cheryl Freeze entertained family with a bonfire at the beach party last Saturday evening.

Fred and Ampy Cox visited their son in Miami and enjoyed their grandson's first Easter egg hunt.

Mike and Sherri McCarty welcomed daughter Kelly home for Easter.

Keith and RoseAnn Knight hosted their son Kenny, daughter-in-law Amy, and their children from Atlanta during spring break.

Stephen Marlette went to Atlanta.

Shellie Arriaga went to Huntsville.

Ann Kief traveled to Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.

Laurie Beck visited Fort Lauderdale.

Shaye Smith went to Birmingham.

Jane Burns visited Utah.

Dudley and Al Cook spent last Wednesday thru Friday at the Grand Hotel at Point Clear where Al attended the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority's annual Power Supply Conference. This Friday they traveled to Pinehurst North Carolina to attend the International Asset Management Council's spring conference. 

Bob and Beth Coppedge are leaving for a Venice to Barcelona trip Monday to celebrate Bob's 61st birthday.

Susie and Jake Jacobs have left for a month-long excursion in Europe.

Holly, Ken, Tanner and Logan Viola went to Lancaster, Penn. for the wedding of Ken's sister, Sierra Swift, to Rob Maricle on April 19. 

Sorry to lose John and Debbi Morris to Naples. They will be missed.

Martha and Frank Cooper are moving to Tampa.

Steve Bacon wrote to note the recent passing of music legend Arthur Smith. He said Arthur was an old friend from his past in the booking business who had a television show every morning on WBT TV in Charlotte for years and later was syndicated in the evening on some 40 channels throughout the Southeast. His biggest record was Guitar Boogie, and his nickname. "Though I think Les Paul invented the electric guitar, Arthur is really the one who popularized it," said Steve. He was 93. 

So sorry to hear of the passing of Andra Matthews.

Wish a "happy birthday" on Sunday to fellow Taureans Alice Forrester, Tony Riggio, and Jim Lockwood.

Monday to Jane Krimbell, and Patti Johnson.

And, wish happy May Day birthdays on Thursday to John Rosenberg, Sherri McCall, Richard Sexton, Kassie Zukowski, and Bonnie McQuiston.


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.