Last Sunday could not have been more beautiful and ideal from start to finish.

I kicked off the glorious weekend at The Pearl's A Latin Affair dinner benefitting Food For Thought. Wine dinners are always fun, but I didn't know but one person at this one. However, I must say this dinner was one of the better ones I have ever enjoyed. It turned out to be a great time! I met new people and made new friends, and the food, pairings, and entertainment were really good. If they ever do this again, go! And, it benefitted a good cause.

I saw Tiffanie and Darren Nelson, Mose Hayes, John Stasko, Joree and Jerry Hamm, Jimy and Marta Rose Thorpe there. Meeting Executive Chef Matt Moore, Sommelier Heath Porter, and visiting Chef Nelson Millan, and spending some time talking to them was a treat, especially when I mentioned the upcoming AU-JSU game and Chef Matt didn't miss a beat. I was amazed he knew JSU. He's from Rockmart, Ga. Wonderful evening.

The next day, I missed seeing my alma mater almost beat Auburn in that matchup as I took in a matinee showing of "A Walk in the Woods." I wish I had seen the JSU-AU matchup.

GATHERINGS

Ladie Bea — no last name needed — celebrated her birthday at The Bowery on 30A last weekend. Dan Mueller, Mark Pollaski, Kim and Keene Polakoff, and Dana Jusselin were some who attended.

Stacey Brady attended Bluegrass at the Beach at Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Saturday night, as did Melanie Moore, Franko Washboard Jackson and Eileen West, the Steenos, and Billy Garrett.

Cuvee 30A is now serving brunch on Sundays. I tried it last Sunday and, as anything Tim Creehan does, it was superb. Turtle soup, fried oysters, warm brie, and quail are a few of the delectables you can expect to find on the upscale menu with a Louisiana flair. I saw Bill and Heavenly Dawson, and John Stasko while there, and of course, Tim and Denise, Pam, and their new GM, Tom Arnold. Delightful time.

Afterwards, the beach was a lovely place to be with lower temps and only 28 percent humidity. A perfect day. I saw Scottie and Debbie Smith, Carl and Janice Fedkenheuer, Heather Wyper, Fred Betz, Joe Capers, and John Stasko out enjoying also.

And the perfect weekend was capped by my girls' — and my — family tradition of watching the annual airing of the Miss America pageant. Southern girls were well represented in the final selections.

DeLene Sholes hosted her class of '54 Woodlawn High School BFFs of Birmingham, Ala. to their ninth-annual beach get together at her home.

The local chapter of FPRA met Tuesday for lunch at Marie's Bistro in Blue Mountain where Jason Heddon, associate professor of theater and chair of the visual arts and performing arts center at Gulf Coast State College spoke on The Art of PR. Teresa Lischka, Lisa Comeau, Whitney Ladwig, Jessica Proffitt, Shaye and Lori Smith, Stacey Brady, Darren Nelson, Sarah Brazwell, Nancy Bown, Tracy Louthain, Erin Ingram, Megan Harrison, Kelli Carter, Katie Johnson, and Kellyanne Bartleson were some who attended. It's always good to see Hanie and Marie. Sweet people.

I saw lots of folks at the BCC meeting last Tuesday night, all there for varying causes. Meg Nelson, Frank Day, Bob Hudson, Steve Bacon, Debbie Smith, Claudia McKendrick, Suzanne Harris, Sherry Carter, Andy McAlexander, Jim Bagby, Jon Ervin, Nancy Gross, Garner Chandler, Joe Mustachio, Bonnie McQuiston, Eden Millsap, Carrie Nelle Moye, Murray Balkcom, Mary Lutz, Sharon Roberts, Jerry and Debbie Milner, Doug and Jeannie Gentile were there.

And, quite a few turned out last Wednesday evening to hear George Hartley talk about his plans for Seagrove Village Market Cafe. Tony and Suzanne Lagratta, Gerry and Gillian Lee, David and Sally Smith, Gerald Burwell, and Gary Vorbeck were some who were there.

TRAVELS

Byron Chism traveled to Prague for the KCBS Bohemian Bluegrass & BBQ Festival held along the Vitava River with six countries represented.

Nan and Richard Jacobs visited Nice, Monte Carlo, and Monaco.

Kelly Buzzett, Janet Taylor, and Payson Comer visited Little Gasparilla Island.

Meg Nelson is visiting Seattle and Ken is back in Oman.

Ed and Donna Macdonald are visiting Barcelona.

Nancy Veldman went to Michigan.

Joe Perry flew to Grand Rapids for the big game in East Lansing.

Linda Bowden visited Fort Myers with family.

Judi Rutland went to Tampa.

Lisa Egstad went to Cincinnati.

Debbie and Larry Taylor attended Clint Black's Concert for a Cause in Nashville and they had back-stage passes.

Stephen Marlette, Harriet Crommelin, and Kenneth Golden celebrated Stephen's birthday in Vegas.

Gina Shiflett went to Denver.

Nina Horn enjoyed a weekend in Perdido Key.

Ashley and Shannon Johnson, along with Edie Piper, have made it to Telluride.

CONGRATS!

Happy 21st anniversary to Sharon and Pete Foley.

To Adam Pickos, tricks winner at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

To our own Byron Chism and his Bad Byron's Butt Rub team for taking Grand Champion of Miss Piggy's RGC in Prague.

CONDOLENCES

Sympathy is expressed to Melanie Jordan in the loss of Jeff.

BIRTHDAYS

Wish a "happy birthday" on Saturday to Michelle Joly, Kay Raines, and South Walton wannabe Mark Caraway.

On Monday to Rose Rogers.

Wednesday to Tony Riggio, Laura Andrews, Dr. T Tonia Shatzel, and butt-rub-man Byron Chism.

And Thursday to Joe Serrato, Jackie Gibson, and Ashley Johnson.

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 are encouraged.