On 26th September in Krzyżowa took place VI Intergenerational Cross-Country Reconciliation Runs "Family without Violence". This is another year in a row, when in the courtyard of the Krzyżowa Foundation several hundred runners, aged from preschoolers to senior, met.
This year's edition of the race referred to the Jubilee of the Foundation and the 30th anniversary of the Reconciliation Mass. On this occasion, the Foundation funded one of the prizes for the winners of particular races and age categories - a souvenir bottle with a sports towel.
On August 15th, in the courtyard of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe a FAMILY PICNIC took place. The organizers invited to the event residents of Krzyżowa and surrounding towns and villages. Many attractions awaited the participants, which allowed them to spend an interesting afternoon, and for the Foundation it was an opportunity to remind the local community about the 30th anniversary of this unique meeting place.
The PICNIC programme was addressed, among others, to the youngest residents - children took part in artistic and ecological workshops, during which they made ecological bags and decorated wooden medals. The youngest children could also make their own buttons, magnets and key rings. When the participants went through all the workshops and completed the tasks in the sports town, they received a special newspaper with their photo as a reward. After the tasks had been completed, the children could use the inflatable jumping castles, which were at their disposal all the time.
Before I present the origin of the Krzyżowa-Music Festival, I would like to draw a short historical introduction.
Freya and Helmuth James von Moltke met in 1929 among a group of people concentrated around Eugen and Hermann Schwarzwald in Vienna. Apart from many other relationships that left their mark on their lives, they also made a friendship with the pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1951, Rudolf Serkin, together with other European musicians who emigrated to the Vermont (state of the United States), established the Marlboro Music Chamber Music Festival. He led the festival for several decades, and the significance of the festival spread far beyond the borders of United States. It was in Vermont that he met again Freya von Moltke, who lived in the neighborhood, as well as her children and grandchildren. It was then that the representatives of three generations of the von Moltke family began to get involved in the Marlboro Festival. In this family context, me and my wife Dorothy also loved the Marlboro Music Festival.
Krzyżowa every July for 10 days turns into a musical and dance Andalusia, both for adepts of this art from all over Poland and some European countries, which participate in the Festival. Krzyżowa is also changing for all those who visit the beautiful thresholds of the International Conference Centre, sit in the audience and admire the performance of flamenco during the final concert.
My Festival wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't found wonderful, open and professional people from the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, whose ideas of dialogue, respect and kindness I've experienced at every stage of organization.