Letter: Second Fiddle Sale, what your generosity buys

Posted Online: March 06, 2014, 12:00 am
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Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, cold winds whistled down Davenport's Third Street. Workers faced full parking garages and lines of school buses dropping off excited children into the Adler Theater. They would think, "It must be Symphony Day again."

They were right! Last Tuesday over 7,000 10- and 11-year-olds and teachers heard the wonderful Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra in concert at the beautiful Adler Theatre. This has been going on these past 32 years, as dependable as the coming of spring.

Most amazing is that it costs absolutely nothing for school or student. The Volunteers for Symphony, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's support group, raise needed funds and organize tasks ranging from donating food to making bus signs. About 60 volunteers including Youth Orchestra parents and symphony board members implement this. The Adler Theatre and symphony staff assist. John Deere gives its backing. This broad base of support from volunteers, arts organizations and businesses is truly appreciated and admired.

What do 32 Symphony Days teach us? In these uncertain times, we can be reassured that music, an outward sign of our humanity, is still valued. In a culture that seems to applaud isolation and digital communication over personal interaction, music is still a means of sharing experiences and reaching out to each other.

If you believe that music makes a difference in our lives, join Volunteers for Symphony. Contribute to the Second Fiddle Sale. Buy a ticket and attend a concert. Tell a volunteer thanks for being there.

Mary Kae Waytenick,


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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