As we move eastward along South Walton's beach communities this summer, I got a rare treat last week as I was escorted behind WaterSound's gates and given a personal tour. I must say it is truly breathtakingly beautiful there. I enjoyed a delightful visit with Micheline and Tony Riggio as they showed me around their beautiful home and its setting.
Last Saturday was a great day for cruising yard sales up and down 30A and I found two cool ones. I took a bunch of books off Mary Lutz's hands at hers. And at the second one I really came across a treasure in a 1971 edition of "Southern Living" magazine with an article on and interview with The Bear. For all of you still wet behind the ears, that would be Bear Bryant. Yes!
If you watched the Hall of Fame Game on TV last weekend, you might have seen Walton County native Walt Anderson, who was the head referee for the game. We're proud of our native son.
South Walton Turtle Watch volunteer Bobby Stuart, who lives in Seagrove Beach, made the news in Pensacola Sunday when the local TV station interviewed him about rescuing baby sea turtles that had gone towards house lights instead of the water after hatching on Grayton Beach. See the interview at http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/man-saves-baby-sea-turtles-at-grayton-beach-47736.shtml.
Lea Capers got to meet the face of Chico's women's clothing, Wilhelmina-model An Hayward, at the Mike Huckabee dinner held this week.
There has been a lot of celebrating going on recently.
Andrea Alfieri celebrated her big 50 by taking her sister Claudia, nephew Julian, and niece Evangeline, who are visiting from California, to Disney World. They wore tutus and tiaras to explore the Magic Kingdom, then safari attire for the Wild Kingdom. The crew stopped in to visit uncle Rob Alfieri to explore his stand-up paddleboard world in Sarasota before returning home. Andrea celebrates with her adult friends today. What fun!
Tiffanie Shelton and Darren Nelson, Joyce Hogue, Allison Wickey, Sandy and Paul Luchtefeld, and Dan Mueller attended a birthday party for Kim Polokoff at The Bowery last week.
Meg Nelson and Ken Vogle took the opportunity to renew their wedding vows on their anniversary July 31. Manny and Kris Chavez witnessed, just like the first time.
Mark and Paige Schnell celebrated 10 years of marriage in Nola last weekend.
Ed and Mae Bowman celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at Fat Clemenza's last week. Winston and Virginia Farrior, Eileen and Larry Jackson, Grace and John Moran, and Jim and Joan Fargo helped them celebrate.
Gerry and Gillian Lee celebrated their 36th this week.
Mark and Tricia Northcutt have a new granddaughter -- Charlotte Ann. Love the name.
Friends of Lenore Nixon held a memorial service and celebration of life in her memory Sunday at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. Her birthday would have been Aug. 2. The celebration was hosted by her children: Heidi and Hillary Holmes, Terry Harrison, and Jason Dean. David Seering and Redd Vizard provided music, friends gave tributes, and Ellen Saunders read poetry. Betty Krika, Nancy Pitchford, Mary Lutz, Nan Ream, Lorene Gruzdis, and Karen DesJardins attended.
There have also been a lot of folks traveling.
Shelly Swanger and Linda Gudnason visited San Diego, and while there took the opportunity to exchange vows. Congratulations to them!
Barbara Pierce-Smith and husband Jim went to Denver where they met up with Stephen Marlette and Harriet Crommelin who are traveling ... again!
Diane Page is in Boston for the summer.
Jenny Dargavell took a road trip through the Carolinas to Kentucky.
The Bawas are back from their Hawaiian adventure.
Buz Livingston took in the Redbirds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Greg and Beverly Schmitt are back from a mini vaca to Orange Beach.
Dana and Tom Saffel are back from their European adventure.
Tom and Michelle Fillingim have embarked on their own European adventure.
Jimbo and Pam Holloway went to Parrot, Ga., and Virginia Beach.
Sandy Weiner visited Chicago.
Jeff Ellis went to Maine.
John Stasko has returned from visiting his dad in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Joan Vienot took a road trip to Birmingham, painting along the way.
Holly Speight went to market in the Big Apple for Albert F's.
Janice and Carl Fedkenheuer have returned from the Jersey Shore.
Wish a "happy birthday" on Saturday to Nan Ream.
On Sunday to John Rester, and Rena Anderson.
Monday to David Biegler, Payson Howard, Steve Wagner, and Andrea Schnapp.
Tuesday to Deidra Stange, Whitney Rowan, Andy Saczynski, and Chef George Barnes.
Wednesday to Jason Comer, and Darren Nelson.
Thursday to Cinda Jones, Chris Scott, and Price Ranier.
And Friday to Darwin Davis, and Judy Heninger.
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are encouraged via email.