I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day last week. I did, and I am thankful and feel blessed that it was the best ever.

It was cold, but still, a great weekend to bundle up and get outside and enjoy some physical exercise, which just makes you appreciate a nice fire and bottle of red wine when you're done.

Jane Bahr spent Valentine's Day in Birmingham celebrating granddaughter Avery's first birthday. Jane celebrated her own birthday at Cafe Thirty-A on Ash Wednesday after services at Point Washington United Methodist Church.

Gulf Place hosted another yard sale last Saturday in its amphitheater. I saw Dwight Ward. Even though it was cold and not a lot of people or tables braving the chill, I found some real treasures.

Redd and Paul Vizard, Betty Krika, and John Stasko took in a fabulous sunset last Saturday night from The Vue on 30A's deck. Jimbo Holloway, Lahrye and Nancy Radford stayed warm inside. Betty, John, and Jimbo returned Sunday night. Jane and Doug Anderson, and the Anderson's children and grandchildren joined them.

I might have been one of the last people to see "Zero Dark Thirty" at the theater, but I finally took it in during last Sunday's cold snap. It was a much better movie than I had anticipated. 

It's always fun at the grocery store as I run into people I know or recognize. Last weekend, I saw Diane Grey Page at Publix, who told me about her travels. She is currently off to the Turks and Caicos. Take me!

And also in Publix, I recognized a man from Alaqua's photo who recently adopted Hoodwink and Tuptim at the shelter. He said Hoodwink is being renamed Reaper.

RoseAnn Knight hosted a "sip and see" get together for ladies at her lovely Gulf Place home last Sunday afternoon. Pam Sibley, Carole Bergstrom, Judy Zito, Kay Crawford, Robbie Carroll, Linda Banning, Lindsay Huurman, Margie Bach, Christy Burke, Carol Stovsky, Claudia Droy, Peggy Lillie, and Carol Saucier were among the host of women attending.

Thirty members of the Women's Art Network met at the Seagrove home of Donna Vann on Feb. 11. 

Ampy and Fred Cox just returned home from a month-long trip to Australia and New Zealand. Ampy said they had been there eight years ago and loved it so much they wanted to go back. She reports a great return visit. They stayed with friends in Lake Taupo, Auckland on the North Island for a few days. Ampy said if it weren't so far away, they would move there. "New Zealand is just gorgeous and the people very friendly, plus their accent is so cute!" she said.

But that wasn't the only exciting news Ampy had to share: When she was asked the question in December of what she wanted to find under her Christmas tree, she said a card from her youngest son and his wife announcing they were expecting. Well, when she got to Atlanta from New Zealand, she was told just that! They are due early September. Needless to say, Ampy is thrilled to be expecting her first grandbaby!

WaterColor Inn & Resort is excited to have been listed on Florida Travel + Leisure's top romantic resorts No. 3 out of 22.

Connie Yarbro and Ray and Martha Jones participated in the Mardi Gras parade at Baytowne.

Lorre James headed back to Jackson Hole.

Bonnie Pleggenkuhle is back from a trip to Aruba.

Marcia Rhinehart celebrated a red, white, and blue birthday last week with friends Bill and Mary Wysochansky, Tom and Diane Bradburn, and husband Robert at The Melting Pot and Louis Louis.

Get well wishes go out to Jim Blunt, Lyn Shumake, and Betty Hefner.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Sara Markey, Dread Clampitt's Balder Saunders, and Julie Modica.

Tomorrow to Sharon Hazelton, Laura Bailey, and Steve Howard.

Monday to Kelly Buzzett, historian Hardy Jackson, and columnist Ron Hart.

Tuesday to Jeb Stewart, Cooper Manning IV, and Catherine Frappier.

Wednesday to Sharon Jenkins, Miles Nieman, and Grand Boulevard's Stacey Brady.

Thursday to Hayden Modica, Mignon Percival, Bob Saucier, and artist Stefan Daiberl.

And Friday to Shellie Arriaga, Brian Kellenberger, and Dale Trice.

Lucky Valerie Lofton, Ann Morrell, and Alice Pauls don't have to celebrate another birthday this year!


Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email dwheeler@waltonsunonline.com. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun.