It's the Springer Opera House, so the folks there have to do things differently.
Got the hard hats. Got the shovels. Got the dirt.
It's a groundbreaking ceremony.
But since it was close to 9:45 p.m., it was dark outside. And there were some elderly people, including actor Hal Holbrook and Springer trustee and theater supporter Dorothy "Dot" McClure, who are both more than 80 years old.
So the Springer staff brought out troughs holding dirt, which they shoveled into the orchestra pit.
Springer artistic director Paul Pierce told those wielding the shovels not to throw dirt into the well-dressed people in the front row!
The program actually started a little after 8 p.m. First on stage was Keni Thomas, who sang three songs.
Then Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson came on stage and talked a bit and introduced Holbrook, who then said she was the most beautiful mayor he's ever met. He said he could say that because he was married to a beautiful woman from the South (the late Dixie Carter).
Holbrook, who loves historic theaters, complimented the students of the Springer Theater Academy, its director Ron Anderson and Pierce. He also said Columbus needs to take credit for restoring and maintaining the theater.
It was a magical evening and Sam Wellborn, who was the chairman of the capital campaign, stopped to talk to me while I was writing the story for Sunday's paper.
He said, "Do you realize what this means to the Springer and Columbus?" Wellborn was just about as giddy as Sam Wellborn can be.
Dot was just as gracious as ever, saying she couldn't believe it. Of course, it was her $3 million donation that kickstarted the campaign that stalled after the economic bust that happened in 2008.
Anyway, I think in the next few weeks, we'll be seeing the new children's theater going up on First Avenue.
Congratulations to all!