Last week was a busy one with some place to go every day.

Seaside Rep kicked off the fun Tuesday night with a "thank you" and membership party at Sea Sabella in Seaside. Kelly Buzzett, Maunsel and Karen White, Hank White and Didon Comer, Mike and Angela Ragsdale, Paige Schnell, Scott Bruns, Payson and Steve Howard, Melissa and Larry Davis, Buz and Susan Livingston, Dottie and Tom Hidell, Rod and Michelle Joly, Gail Judd, Jennifer Green and Nikki Nickerson, Linda Miller, Brook Stetler, Lisa Connell, and Lynn Nesmith were there and enjoyed yummy meatloaf, cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

The monthly Walton County Chamber luncheon was last Wednesday at Sandestin's Linkside Center with a candidate forum as the program. Kitty Whitney, Ken Little, Denny Wenrick, and Robert McCullar attended.

Walton Chamber's Business After Hours was last Thursday night at Tops'l's Clubhouse, upstairs overlooking the tennis courts. I must say that Tops'l pulled out all the stops and served quite a spread, plus some signature martinis and Christmas punch. Karen Kolenberg, Darwin Davis and Ginny Olson, Mike McIntosh, Ann Kief, and Peter Burke enjoyed. Nice job!

I enjoyed lunch at Vue on 30A last Friday with one of the sweetest ladies I know: Peggy Lillie. I saw Chef Gio, Brenda Radtke, Redd Vizard and her sister, and Ginny Jones there. We enjoyed Gio's Oriental salad.

I sampled Wine World at Grand Boulevard's Friday night wine tasting last week. John and Debbi Morris, Mo Powers, Bailey Howard, Burt and Eileen Wise enjoyed tasting 10 different wines. John Morris was pouring and he always makes it fun and informative. I also saw Judith Christman there.

Emerald Coast Magazine held its annual Best of the Emerald Coast event last Saturday night at Grand Boulevard. Lots of folks were there, including Peter Burke, RoseAnn and Keith Knight, Bob Doty, Ampy and Fred Cox, Zandra Wolfgram, Laurie Hobbs, James Murray, Donna Burgess, Ron Green and Lisa Morris, Ginny Olson and Darwin Davis. I sampled way too much food and fell in love with Another Broken Egg's bananas foster pancakes.

Walton County's Tourist Development Council held its annual luncheon at the Hilton Sandestin on Tuesday. Stacey Brady, Scott Brannon, Cecilia Jones, M.C. and Stella Davis, Harry Millsaps, Kitty Taylor, Bill Chapman, Jamie and Sean Dietrich, Malcolm and Linda Patterson, Suzanne Harris, Didon Comer, Payson and Steve Howard, Barbara Miller, Nancy McConnell, Kitty Whitney, Lori Smith, Jami Ray, Sharon Maxwell, Tracy Louthain, Laurie Hobbs, and Mark Hodgdon were some of the dignitaries and business people who attended.

Mary Zahner hosted 27 members of the Women's Art Network at her lovely Rosemary Beach home for its monthly get together last week.

Chef Emeril Lagasse has been shooting his new TV series which will air nationally on the Cooking Channel in 2013. Segments have been filmed at Sandestin, Bud & Alley's, Fish Out of Water, and Stinky's. Gov. Rick Scott was a guest for one of them.

Jim Radtke's son Jimmy and his girlfriend, Mandy, were visiting last week. While here, Jimmy proposed Mandy on the beach at sunset. Congratulations!

Dave and Carol Rauschkolb enjoyed an anniversary trip to Black's Island.

Susan and Donal Alfieri are back from a cruise aboard the Vantage Odyssey on the Danube. Susan said it was magical approaching Budapest at night with its magnificent buildings lit up like a fairyland.

Scott Russell left last week for Egypt today and a cruise down the Nile. He met a friend there and will return this weekend.

John Stasko visited his dad in New York.

Laura Cox attended a Seminole game in Tally.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Wine World's Michel Thibault, photographer Shelly Swanger, and football great Zeke Bratkowski.

Tomorrow to Deborah Orr.

Monday to Stephen LaDow, John Broussard, Gillian Lee, and Andrew McAlexander.

Wednesday to Charlotte Flynt.

Thursday to Hank White.

And Friday to Jamie Dietrich, and Carol Lench.


Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443, 687-1239, or email Follow her on Twitter @WaltonSunDeb. Party Line appears weekly in The Sun.