Ahhh, the dog days of summer

Last Sunday was a glorious day to be out.

I moseyed down to the beach about noon and it could not have been more beautiful. Very few people out, and the gorgeous aqua-blue water was still and calm, almost like a lake.

I joined friends who had waded out into the cool Gulf to do some fishing and had a great time. Michele and Jack Silberman, John Stasko, Janice and Carl Fedkenheuer and their sons were there. Kevin and Mike Fedkenheuer were visiting from Virginia. It's always sweet when our babies come home. I also saw Diane Smith, Brad and Claudia Droy at the pool. Good, calm, and perfect day in paradise.

Last Tuesday night, St. Joe Company hosted a one-year anniversary party for the fabulous Pearl in Rosemary Beach and pulled out all the stops. From passed hors d'oeuvres, champagne, mojitos, music, Latin dancers, and give aways, it was a nice evening on the rooftop and below. Seen at The Pearl were Nancy Stanley, Michelle Uhlfelder, Shelby Schuler, Paul Vizard, Elaine Ashman, Mike and Angela Ragsdale, Jim Bagby, John Stasko, Bridgett Mitchell, Ed Reese, Denise Creehan, Diane Carvalho, Lanier Motes, Ivy and Chris Trovas, Scott Henderson, and former Walton County Artist of the Year Allison Craft.

Walton County Chamber's Business After Hours was held last Thursday night at Rum Runners at Baytowne. It was a hot one, but there was a big turnout. Kent and Peggy Lillie, Ann Kief, Lea and Joe Capers, Shaye Smith, Lauren Gall, Judy Harris, Pam McKinney, Nancy Stanley, Colleen Riddle, Meg Warrington, Michael McIntosh, Polli Youngbeck, Jim Bagby, Terry Jones, Kenna Cline Ledford, Lori Sweeney, Gary Bowman, Russ Noblitt, Bob Glaze, Joe Serrato, and Wanda Duke were there.

Max and Linda Banning hosted a going-away party for Ben and Pam Sibley last week at their Sandestin home. The Sibleys are moving back to Michigan, but will still vacation here in the winter. Bart and Peggy Darwin, Dwight and Judy Dudley, Nancy and Dave Edwards, Darrell Dabria, Harold and Barbara Wright, John and Lee Hensley, Lawrence and Cynthia Draper, Gayle and Jim Lockwood, Ruth Edmands, Darwin Davis, Terri Collins, Jackie Losapio, Kent and Peggy Lillie attended.

Becky Broderson hosted the monthly social for Women's Art Network members at her Freeport home last week. Twenty-two ladies attended.

Joan Fargo's husband, Jim, plus relatives and friends toasted her on her 90th birthday at Fat Clemenza's last week.

Duke Bardwell celebrated his birthday last weekend with friends at a shrimp boil in his honor at Grayton Bar & Grill, and, oh, yeah, he performed also.

Congratulations to Nancy Abood and Bobby Prince on their engagement!

Lori and Andy Saczynski celebrated 15 years together last week.

La Cocina celebrated its fifth anniversary last Thursday.

Former Walton County Artist of the Year Allison Wickey addressed the Cultural Arts Alliance and Women's Art Network Aug. 14 at Havana Beach Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach.   

The Hilton Sandestin has been awarded the Pinnacle Award from "Successful Meetings" magazine, an Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel, Best of the South from Meetings Focus magazine, and is a Gold Key winner from Meetings and Conventions. Wow!

Seaside is listed as one of America's happiest seaside towns on Pinterest.

The Hartley Restaurant Group welcomes new executive chef Darek Tidwell of Chaumont, N.Y.

Congratulations to Walton County TDC on winning six FPRA Image Awards at the state conference in Orlando.

The old-Seagrove bunch took their annual trip to Black Island last weekend. Kelly and Billy Buzzett, Payson and Steve Howard, Janet and Cole Taylor enjoyed a mighty fine time.

Marieanne Khoury-Vogt enjoyed a great meal at the Catbird Seat restaurant in Nashville.

Joyce Sunday visited Perdido Key.

Kevin Ogle, and Allison Wickey went to Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park.

Darwin Davis just returned from Omaha. He and Ginny Olsen enjoyed a trip to Alaska.

Jim Reagan also just returned from Alaska.

Ed and Donna Macdonald visited family in Jersey.

Dhiru Thadani spent two days at Morehouse College in Atlanta last week, then D.C., then left for China for a workshop on refining design for city center master plan.

Vickie and Ray Dollar loved their visit to Belfast, Maine, and Boston.

Susan Benton went to Baton Rouge.

Gerry and Gillian Lee visited Greenbier, W.V.

Cody Copeland visited Anne Hunter in New York City.

Stephen Marlette and Harriet Crommelin stopped in the ATL and dined at Pricci on their way to Highlands, N.C., where they dropped in on Carol and Marvin DeBolt.

Fred and Ampy Cox visited Christina Ruckel and Gary Cook in San Miguel de Allende.

Kim Duke-Layden, Christy Milliken, and Justin Gaffrey are back after joining Lisa Burwell in Ireland.

Wish a "happy birthday" on Saturday to Alicia Betts, Grayton's Gap Haynes, and Mac Farms' Andy McAlexander.

Sunday to Linda Boswell, Frank Sandro, and photographer Jake Jacobs.

Monday to Betsy Evett, Carla Ravarino, and Sandestin's Connie Yarbro.

Tuesday to Grayton Fitness's Paul Hunter, and Faith's Rena Arnett.

Wednesday to Judy Zito, and SWFD Chief Rick Talbert.

Thursday to Sarah Bailey, The Vue's Tim Cole, and Chef Jim Richard.

And Friday to sax-man Fly Dents.


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