2011 year in the Maryino Manor was passing underneath the jubilee and 110 years of private owning: 107 years in 19th and 20th centuries and 3 years – in 21h century. The Manor was social ownership during 90 years: it was using as museum, sanatorium, orphan asylum, boarding house of munition-factory, - it was exploiting and gradually destroying; true sprit of many ages was erasing.
But here it comes “second beginning” – since 2008 new owner of the Maryino Manor Galina Stepanova preserves the monument of the 19th century like family value. It is she who had an occasion to celebrate such a venerable date not only in the family circle with friends who came to the Maryino on September, 30, but also with all the guests who assisting with the revival of the former patrimony of counts Stroganovs and princes Galitzins.
Three days before the main celebration long-expected guests arrived at the Manor: direct descendant of Russian Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna (nee princess Dagmar of Denmark) Paul Edward Kulikovsky
and his wife Lucy; professor, the chairman of the commission of preservation of the cultural heritage from the Public Chamber of Leningrad Region Anatoliy Kirpichnikov and his colleague Sergey Gorbatenko (both professors presented for the jubilee their research works about studying of the Russian statehood, - these books enriched newly creating library of the Manor.
So, on September, 30 there was warm and serene day. Guests (almost all the guests presented splendid bunch of flowers) arrived at 3 o’clock in the afternoon and gathered near the carriage house, from which they were going by restored carriages of the 19th century. The presentation ceremony against the background of the inscription that was made with maryino’s apples has passed successfully. Brass band conducted by Pavel Oporovsky was playing Mikhail Glinka’s marches and little marquises with whiten faces were inviting guests to get warm with grog. After getting warmed guests with guides continued their journey through the park to the sounds of bravura music.
At the White (Bride’s) Bridge two Angels with fishing rods had been waiting for guests. Angels were catching the golden fish and inviting guests to join them - those who caught one were photographed for history in a big golden frame which stood nearby at the Yellow Bridge decorated with yellow pumpkins.
On the right shore of Big (Karpiev) Pond, near pergola, guests were expecting by the piece of Italian life (symbol of abundance and fertility): wild orange trees, bowls with light golden citrus fruits and white Bordeaux. On the alleys of the park guests met with another memorable episode of Maryino’s life – first in Maryino creamery that was created by Swiss Frantis Shtaube, - his great granddaughter Mary brought on carts from the Andrianovo Village a lot of cheese cooked according to grandfather’s recipes.
In order not to get lost walkers on stilts had been showing right directions. Next ecstatic scene was the Red Bridge across the Tosna-river. Nearby to the Bridge “free trade” was situated – in 17th century here was a border between the Moscow State and the kingdom of Sweden. Old customs officers had been entertaining “strangers from the 21th century” with vodka, pickles and bread-rings (or baranka). The passageway across the Bridge to the Swedish land was unlimited.
All the guests who returned from the “Swedish trip” had been in time to the culmination of the park celebration - unveiling of the Column - monument in honour of 200th anniversary of the Manor. To the Glinka’s “Glory” (unofficial dynastic hymn) the owner of the Manor Galina Stepanova, the author of the Column Ilya Litvinov and members of Administration of Tosno untied ribbons on necks of bronze statue dogs at the pedestal of the Column. Guests were going around the new monument in the Maryino’s park for a long time, but walkers on stilts were inviting them to the palace of the Manor where celebration had been continued.
Full of rich impressions guests followed to the palace for the gala dinner in the Hunting (Okhotnichi) Hall where music played, speeches flowd, gifts presented.
The apogee of the evening was a concert of the soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre Maria Maksakova arrived to the Manor from the Vienna.
Maria started performance with the G. Bizet’s “Habanera” (“Carmen”, opera), then amazed the guests with the romantic and mysterious voice with folk intonation by performing several Russian songs from the repertoire of Russian by birth American singer Deanna Durbin. Guests for a long time couldn’t let Maria go with a great ovation and only greatest firework muffled their delight and was wildly flaming in the sky during 15 minutes.
That was the celebration of two hundred year anniversary of the Maryino Manor. As Voltaire once said: “Nothing better than life in the manor, mankind has not invented yet.”