PARTY LINE: Hello dog-days of summer!

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Walton Chamber's Business After Hours at Gulf Place last week was fun! Just ask Rob Wood, Tonia Shatzel, and daughter Turner.

Some people enjoy the heat and warmth of summers in Florida. I am not one of those. I am afraid I have been yearning for a return trip to upstate New York. But, just one more month of this and it will be over, right?

As I was out and about last week, I enjoyed meeting a delightful lady by the name of Julie Kovach. She is so charming!

GATHERINGS

I saw Ann Kief, John and Colleen Riddle at a talk on functional medicine by Dr. Kyle Chavers last Thursday.

That afternoon, I saw Bobby Stuart at the sea turtle release at Inlet Beach.

And, that night was Walton County Chamber's Business After Hours at Gulf Place. I saw Ann Kief, Tonia Shatzel, Rob Wood, John Hollan, Dwight Ward, Ann Melancon, John and Colleen Riddle, Julie Brown, and Billie Gaffrey there.

Monday night, an appreciation party was held at The Beach House at Sandestin for past supporters of The Cattle Baron's Ball. Mark Pollaski, Myra Williams, Sandy and Greig Buckley, Lynn Wesson, Steve Barber, Zandra Wolfgram, Megan Harrison, and Shawn Langan attended and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks. On departure, all were given a bag of salt-water taffy with a save-the-date reminder attached. If anyone doesn't want their taffy, I will gladly take it off your hands.

TRAVELS

Mark Pollaski is back home after an excursion to Universal Studios in Orlando with his sisters and niece, as well as Joanna Krupa and Romain Zago, owners of Mynt Lounge in South Beach. He saw Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner there with their children on the Wizardly World of Harry Potter train. How does he do this?

Shaye Smith, Jamie McIntosh, and Karah Lee went to the FloraBama, and attended an Alabama Shakes concert in Orange Beach.

Jessica Proffitt Bracken went to Port St. Joe's beach.

Paul Hunter went to New Orleans for the Saints versus Pats game.

Heidi and Jeff Ellis went to Tampa.

Stephen Marlette and Harriet visited Asheville, N.C.

Blake Svoboda went to Louisiana.

Diane Pickett went to North Carolina.

Lisa Burwell spent her birthday in Ireland.

Melanie Jordan visited Indian Pass.

Bryan Kennedy went to Brazil.

Lynn Nesmith visited her dad at Sunset Beach, N.C., where she is helping renovate his house.

Steve and Joyce Sunday went to Apalach.

And a big "welcome home" to John Stasko, who is back from New York.

CONGRATS!

Happy 16th anniversary to Andy and Lori Saczynski.

Peggy Jones's artwork is now at Design 30Avenue.

To Walton County Sheriff's Office Deputy April Hantzis who was a top 10 finisher in her age group at last weekend's Sandestin Triathlon, which included a half-mile swim in the Gulf, a 20-mile bike along the coastline, and a four-mile run beachside and bayside through Sandestin. And, to Carol Stovsky, who also finished.

To 30AEats for being selected as an Idaho Potato Commission blogger.

Visit South Walton's segment with Golf Channel's Matt Ginella, host of the Morning Drive segment Ginella's Journey aired Aug. 26 showcasing the array of opportunities and luxury available to travelers in South Walton's quieter months. The segment highlighted the destination's unique activities beyond the beach, which can attract a more affluent traveler. Did you watch and catch some of your favorite businesses that were featured?

Tommy Bowden did a segment on Fox & Friends about football chaplains.

GET WELL

Get well quick wishes go out to Michelle Uhlfelder, and to Tim Krueger.

BIRTHDAYS

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Colleen Coffield, and Nancy Cottle.

On Saturday to Jennifer Howard, Jan Schott, Shari Roberts, and Cassie Cox.

Sunday to Gap Haynes, Andy McAlexander, and Alicia Betts.

Monday to Linda Boswell, Frank Sandro, and Jake Jacobs.

Tuesday to Connie Yarbro, Betsy Evett, Carla Ravarino, and Betty Anderson.

Wednesday to Paul Hunter.

And, Thursday to Rick Talbert, and Judy Zito.

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