Boy, was I excited when I opened the Carthage Press on Saturday and discovered that Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre had been voted the Best Theatre and Best Event Venue in the Press's “2017 Carthage Best of the Best” contest...

Boy, was I excited when I opened the Carthage Press on Saturday and discovered that Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre had been voted the Best Theatre and Best Event Venue in the Press's “2017 Carthage Best of the Best” contest. I thought, “what an honor.”  I ran and showed it to my wife and reminded myself to call all the kids later in the day and share my excitement with them.  In my mind I started writing the “acceptance speech” that I would include in this column for this week.
I was finally able to settle down some as the weekend rolled along.  By Sunday evening I was calm enough to settle in with my wife to watch the Academy Awards.  Each time they would announce a winner of one statuette then another I would think about the great honor bestowed upon Stone's Throw by our many great patrons.  Each “and the winner is” proclamation made me feel as if someone had just announced my name as an Oscar winner.  I couldn't have felt more elated.  I felt as if the world were my oyster.  What could possibly go wrong?
Then Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came onstage to announce the biggest award of the night ... Best Picture.  “And, the winner is “La La Land.”  Thunderous applause.  Producers, director, cast and crew all take the stage.  A producer begins thanking everyone but the nanny.  SCREEECH! Hold on a second folks, there's been a huge mistake! Someone from Pricewaterhouse-Cooper (you know the famous folks with the ballots hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar backstage) interrupts the proceedings to announce to the world that the Real winner for Best Picture is “Moonlight.”  WHAT?!
Now, my world is feeling a bit shattered.  What if...What if there has been some mistake in the announcement of Stone's Throw as The Best of the Best? How can I tell my kids? How can I ever face my wife again? What to do? I decide there is only one thing I can do.  So, I pick up the phone and immediately call the Pricewaterhouse-Cooper of the Carthage Press, Rebecca Haines.  “Rebecca, double check the mayonnaise jar.  Make sure there's been no mistake!”  Rebecca grumbles a few things that I can't repeat in print and assures me that, indeed, Stone's Throw did win for Best Theatre and Best Event Venue.  Whew.  So, everything is once again right with the free world.
But, now I don't have space this week for the thank you's.  Rebecca is “playing me out of room.”  Suffice it to say, thanks to everyone who voted for us, including the nanny.
Thanks for reading.