Saturday 30 May 2015: Cnossen Knossen reunion. This time the beautiful restored sightseeing boat “Frisian Queen” owned by the Meeter family ( a well known Frisian “skutsje” skipper family) was hosting us. The boat was ordered from 09.30 but the first Cnossens arrived already at 09.00. The crew was still preparing everything for the day so we walked in their way. But C(K)nossens are flexible and started immediately their greatest hobby: talking. There were a total of 65 Family members from all over the Netherlands, a number that the Board had counted for. There was enough space on the boat to hose more but with this number we could all sit cozy on the upper deck.From there we had a beautiful view on the nature of the Natioanl park Alde Feanen, the Piker, the Sitebuorster Eee, Eernewoude and adjacent waters.
After the President of the Board had welcomed everyone the spotlight was directed at Johan Johans Cnossen from Lemmer, the doyen of the Board. Johan turned 80 in March this year and he is a board member already since 1970 and so has given his best talents to the Family Foundation for already 45 years. Reason to appoint him as a Honorary member of the Foundation.
After that the President disclosed a number of new facts on the interesting history of our Family. Our Familybond origins from Sierc Johans Cnossen, who lived around 1700. And he was already the 10th generation. The first Knossen lived end of 14th century: Johan thoe Knossens, who lived at the cottage Knossens near Bolsward. Speciaal for the reunion the Board had prepared an overview of the first 10 generation K(C)nossens.
In he mean time it was time for coffee and traditional Frisian Orange cake. The coffee was served in an original Cnossen Knossen cup. The cup could be taken home for a reduced price. More cups could be bought agains castprice and many bought a few extra.
At lunchtime it was time for the lottery results. Te President was assisted by Jurek, Maria, Inez and Merit. The forst price: a big Cnossen Knossen flag was won by Lieuwe Cnossen.
At 2 o’clock the “Frisian Queen” moored at Grou where the was a possibility to go ashore and visite the old St Piter church. Fir the occasion the referent Dijkstra told the Cnossence about its history in a very humanistic and interesting way.
At half past 3 everyone was aboard again for the final track: pack to Akkrum. While a nice cup of coffee with some bread was served Alie Knegt Cnossen recited the poem “Twa Kikkers” (two frogs) from the ancient book of Tamminga; a fitting end of a beautiful day.
The Board is very glad about the attention and especially with the many youngsters who were present. The is a hopeful sign for the future. Everyone thanks for attending and the support to make this to such a succesful event.
The pictures shown next give a good impression of the day (pictures taken by Adrie Cnossen):