The evening was quite elegant at Seagar's Oct. 4 when most locals attending the New Orleans-style cabaret performance by Jeremy Davenport for Sinfonia dressed to the nines for the concert, champagne reception and dinner of surf and turf. Joe Bonanno, Chuck and Shirley Simpson, Lynn and Steve Dugas, Georgeen Newell and Ken Golden, Kay and Steve Crawford, John Stasko, Demetrius Fuller and Michael Dobson, Tim Krueger, Amber Wiebe, Ron Adams, Lorre and Bob James, Steve Barber, Nancy and John Cottle, Jennifer Howard, Lynn Wesson, Carol Rankin, Lydia Smith, John and Michelle Russell, Scott Russell, and Brian and Kathy Haugen were some who turned out, and some even got up and danced.

John Russell, Scott Russell, and Demetrius Fuller hosted a meet-the-artist reception for Jeremy Davenport at the Burnt Pine home of Scott Russell the night prior. Michelle Russell, John Stasko, Peggy Brown, Demetrius Fuller, Michael Dobson, Nancy and John Cottle, Kate Kelly, Lydia Smith, Tim Krueger, Amber Wiebe, Cory and Hillary Fosdyck, Joe Bonanno, Ron Adams, Lynn and Steve Dugas, Chuck and Shirley Simpson attended.

The Cultural Arts Alliance held a "thank you party" for its volunteers and supporters at Hibiscus House Oct. 2. David and Judi Bludworth, Sarah and Bill Sullivan, Keen and Kim Polakoff, Laura Granberry, Susan and Buz Livingston, Carol Dickson, Dorothy Starbuck, Nina and Garrett Horn, Denny and Carol Wenrick were some who attended.

Last weekend was another gorgeous one at this place we know as paradise. I saw Jim and Brenda Radtke on the beach. Jim's son, Jimmy, and his girlfriend are visiting.

The Seaside yard sale last Saturday was a hot one. I saw Michelle Fillingim, Adam Shiland, Sharon Thompson, Barbara Rowan, Dorothy Starbuck, Brandon Babineaux, and Lynn Nesmith there.

The Pastel Society has accepted a painting of Women's Art Network member Marie Jackson into its juried art show. Congratulations to her.

Bett Appell now has two paintings in a furniture/design gallery in Chicago, right across from The Mart.

John Cork's story on James Bond was picked up by CNN.

A segment for the show "Emeril's Florida" coming out in January on The Cooking Channel was filmed on Bud & Alley’s roof deck this week with the restaurant’s Chef David Bishop cooking with Lagasse.

Shirley Simpson just returned from Jackson, Miss.’s New Stage Theatre where she did a new two-act version of "Gracie" that was a sell out.

Garrett and Jeanette Miller took their annual golf vacation this week.

Meg Nelson and Ken Vogel went to Charlotte.

Suzette DeJarnette went to Atlanta.

Laura Cox visited New Orleans.

Tracy and Kevin Louthain are back from their trip to Jamaica.

"Welcome home" to Keith and RoseAnn Knight, and Jim and Kathy Shepherd.

Lynn Nesmith spent some time working in Atlanta this week.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Realtor/chef Johnny Earles, yoga-lady Heidi Ellis, Zumba lady Pam Flow, and Lisa Reaves.

Tomorrow to coffee-lady Cheri Peebles, photographer Manny Chavez, and Pastor Toy Arnett.

Monday to florist Russ Barley, and celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse.

Tuesday to David Smith, fireman David Swift, and Ali Barrett.

Wednesday to Joann Saucier.

Thursday to Annie Lockamy.

And Friday to Magnolia House's Nancy Veldman, photographer Michael Granberry, turtle lady Beth Coppedge, and Realtor Karen Wagner.


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