Battle for the Baton.

Quincy is a small town, very eclectic and neat. It has an extremely good Arts program, catering to music, arts such as paintings and other arts and crafts. Quincy Symphony is know in wide areas. The Quincy public Schools have catered to music programs always, and their bands have been chosen to play at various National venues.

ENCORE is a volunteer council for the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association. Every alternate year money is raised through a contest, and this money is funded for scholarships, the youth symphony and various school music departments. Quincy public is tuned to the youth of this town, and they have always been generous with their donations. The money raised through this effort, stays here and helps the youth.

This year, five candidates were chosen for this competition. The one who raises the most monies, is the winner. The people chosen were, the local  president of Merrill Lynch, an artist form the local theater group, a funeral director, a lady who heads the finance department of a big company, and my daughter Saadia. There was a kick off party on the 30th of September, to introduce the candidates. After two months of working towards it, the winner was announced this past Thursday.

Saadia won it big time!

I am so proud of the way she did it all. She didn’t go on the waves, or talk too much about it to various organizations. With humility and sweetness, she simply talked about the program and how it benefits the community, to groups of people. Word of mouth travels. She was not auctioning anything in favor of votes for her. I was so amazed at the maturity and dignity with which she handled herself. The total amount that was raised this year, was $21K. The largest since the beginning of this program 60 years ago.

Last night there was a Holiday concert, The Snowman, at the local school. The auditorium was packed with over two thousand Quincy people. The program was wonderful with Quincy Symphony playing, and the short animated movie on the screen with background music by the symphony. It was so well done.  The conductor was Bruce Briney. He introduced Saadia after three numbers, and she conducted one number, “Sleigh Ride”. It was so cool, and she was such a professional through all this, with a smile that never quit!

The entire family was there, except her son Noah who was at college. My son Sayeed was bursting with pride at this honor that was given her.

So proud of her. So proud! This is what we saw this morning… Front Page with her picture, conducting the number.
So good, no??






About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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9 Responses to Battle for the Baton.

  1. slmret says:

    How talented your family is! I didn’t know Saadia has this musical bent (and conducting, no less) as well as her other talents! Congratulations to Saadia — deserved of the pride of your family!

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Congrats to your daughter. To me Quincy is a big town. But granted I grew up and still live in a town with a population under 300.

  3. whyzat says:

    Well, that’s awesome! Congrats to her and to you!

  4. That is awesome. Congrats to her and you. Love and hugs

  5. murisopsis says:

    Wow!! She is a truly class act! I didn’t know she could conduct… Speaks volumes that her brother was so proud of her too!

  6. Good?! ‘Tis GREAT! 🙂 OH! so wonderful, SweetZ! Congrats to Saadia! And congrats go to you and her Dad, too! 🙂 You have raised, with love, two amazing human beings and now they are raising wonderful human beings! 🙂
    That money will do so much good for the youth of your town! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  7. Oh this is such wonderful news. It brought a smile to my face today.

  8. I am not surprised by Saadia success. She is your family with a lot of talents.
    This makes me remember your son who succeeded to be the head of a group and whom you were proud, Zakiah..
    beautiful family
    Love ❤

  9. r_hsw says:

    that’s awesome! so happy for you and your family. congrats to Saadia.

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