PARTY LINE: Dinner with friends is always the best.

Deborah Wheeler
Paczki is divine. Can't wait 'til next Fat Tuesday.

I enjoyed a great time of dinner, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation at the beautiful home of Kent and Peggy Lillie last weekend. Peggy dubbed it Saturday soup for six at 6. But, there were seven of us, and we began at 5, but all that doesn't matter. We did enjoy her homemade soup and the best cornbread I have ever eaten, topped off by her white wine cake. The woman is mega talented, not only in the cooking department, but also in decorating. Lovely home. John Stasko, Walt Foegelle, Pam and George Hattaway also enjoyed. Lots of fun.

I saw that lots of folks took in the Mardi Gras parades, but I did not this year. However, I did my part for the cause in consuming paczki on Fat Tuesday, which affirmed the fact that I need to give up a lot of things for Lent. If you have never tasted paczki, oh, my. No wonder people up north stand in long lines for them.

TRAVELS

Even though I didn't do the parades, I sure do enjoy looking at the pictures of the people who did.

Claire Bannerman and John Czapleski, Patrick Ferry, Matt and Angela Triplett traveled to NOLA for Mardi Gras. Patrick rode in the parade with the Krewe of Zulu, getting to check one off his bucket list.

Stephanie, Peter, and Cam Burke enjoyed Pollman's king cake in Mobile.

Peggy Lillie and Pam Hattaway went to Orlando. Peggy visited her sister.

Kathy Fly Bridges went to Houston.

As did Colleen and John Riddle, who then caught a Carnival cruise out of Galveston.

Holly Speight flew into a sleety New York City this week.

Melanie Jordan visited the Big Apple last week.

Hillary and Cory Fosdyck also took a quick trip to New York City this week.

Mike Ragsdale, Jon Ervin, Kelsey Ragsdale, and Kelli Carter also visited the Big Apple.

Jane and Marie Solomon visited Scottsdale, Arizona.

Mark Thompson went to Tombstone, Ariz.

Angela Ragsdale helped her mom celebrate her birthday in Point Clear, Ala.

Shaye Smith visited Orange Beach.

Jane Solomon visited California.

Eden Cooper visited the Virgin Islands.

Dana and Tom Saffel are back from visiting Australia and New Zealand.

GATHERINGS

John Hollan took in Baytowne's pooch parade on Sunday.

RoseAnn Knight took Peaches, and Chris Scott took Maggie to the parade.

Cheryl Gray opened her home to members of the Women's Art Network this week for their monthly get together. Suzanne LeLoup-West, Victoria Hunt, and Bobbi Henson attended.

Beach Art Group hosted a reception last weekend for Joan Vienot at the Palms Conference Center on Front Beach Road in Panama City in honor of Joan's solo art show. The exhibit will be up until March 11.

RUMORS

Good People Brewing Co. of Birmingham is going to start distributing in the Panhandle.

The Travel Channel was here last week looking for ghosts and the paranormal to air on its "Dead Files."

CONGRATS!

Happy 17th anniversary to Bobby and Beverly Johnson.

To Joe Ledo-Massey, who signed a football scholarship with the Davidson Wildcats.

To Hilary and Alan Butler on their new family member: Cooper Walker Butler, formerly of Memphis.

GET WELL!

Get well quick wishes go out to Carl Fedkenheuer.

CONDOLENCES

Sympathy is expressed to Kitty Taylor in the loss of Toby.

And to Valerie, Wayne, and Tobias Lofton in the loss of Meisha.

BIRTHDAYS

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Terry Sue LaNasa, John Magee, Grace Marse, and Bailey Miller.

Saturday to Carol Bergstrom.

Wish a happy Valentine's Day birthday on Sunday to Tom Arnold.

Monday to Dot Long, and Gary Cooper.

Tuesday to Steve Bacon.

And, Thursday to Anna Comer, and Margie Jordan.

I wish a happy Valentine's Day to one and all.

Deborah Wheeler is a staff writer for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 267-4555 or email dwheeler@waltonsun.com. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are encouraged via email. Follow her on Twitter @WaltonSunDeb.