The Mingle with DeeDee Davis: July, 16, 2014
The only thing that was as magical as the thunder in the skies last weekend was the musical sound of busy cash registers on Pensacola Beach. The 100,000-plus visitors at the air shows left far more than just footprints. Locals migrated across the bridges for the weekend and held gatherings on the beach and in hotels and condos as friends and families shared in viewing the spectacular performance. Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz Law Firm took over much of the second floor at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front while Lewis and Belle Bear and Collier and Cate Merrill entertained there for the weekend. Governor and Mrs. Rick Scott and Senate President Don Gaetz and his wife, Vicky, joined them for the show Friday.
Dick Cavett plans Pensacola visit
It may be more than seven months away, but Pensacola Symphony Guild members already are working on the annual March Magnolias and White Linen luncheon. Beverly Donahue and Sue Flanders are co-chairing the event this year, and Taris Savell was chosen, of course, as the program chair. Savell has secured an appearance by Dick Cavett, who will be the featured luncheon speaker. Cavett’s wife, Martha Rogers, is from Pensacola, and her mother, Ruby, still lives here.
Birthday party for Ian Doheny
A weeklong 50th birthday celebration took place over the Fourth of July for Dennis “Ian” Doheny. Guests were treated to a barbeque at his condo on Pensacola Beach and gathered on the balcony to watch the fireworks afterward.
The next day, about 50 friends gathered at The Rodizio Grill for lunch and a special program for the honoree. The party concluded at his home Sunday morning with a breakfast feast of his favorite Krispy Kreme donuts. Among the guests were Bob Christy, Carolyn Armstrong, Pandora Freestone, Jay and Kathy Bailey, and Ian’s eight siblings — John, Michael, Cathleen, David, Denise, Laura, Tim and Patrick, along with their families.
The North Hill Preservation Association held its annual meeting and Founder’s Day Celebration recently at the Pensacola Country Club. Several of the original founders were there, including Bill Turner, Margery Hargreaves, Frank and Mary Bozeman, Tessie Williams, Ray and Hilda Jones, and Dr. Jimmy Jones. Also attending were Melanie Nichols, president of the association, Scott Fisher, Nicole Endacott, Mary Beth Barrow, Deborah Hart, Kathleen McBride, Stephen Schutt, Bill Normand, Don Whitaker, Dr. Elise Gordon, Jonathan Draper, Ron Martin, Dr. John DeJong, Scott Field, Rachel Trahan, Ed Wonders, Wendy McCullar, Randall Broxton, Alan Gray and Kyle Owens.
Elly Fisher was honored as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. City Councilman Brian Spencer was guest speaker and shared his vision for a North Palafox Streetscape Project. Also at the meeting, awards were given for Historic Preservation and Restoration to Stephanie Kress and Jamie White, Robert and Natasha Williams, and Ed and Vicky Wonders. J.D. Hayward and Jean Russ sponsored the awards.
Humane Society benefit planned
The Pensacola Humane Society is organizing for a 2015 calendar that will feature rescue pets. Submit a photo of your rescue pet (only the four-legged type) and tell the story behind the adoption. The top 13 will be printed in the calendar. Visit www.360photocontest.com/256 for entry details.
Sarah Humlie, Shirley Brougham, Josh Carter, Eloise De Varona, Skip Vogelsang, Natalie Morse, Ceil Reese, Barbara Sawyer and Sandra Porras are coordinating the project.