SARANAC LAKE - At the base of the "All American City" signs that greet everyone who drives into Saranac Lake is a smaller sign that reads "Sister City Entrains sur Nohain."
A few dozen residents of the village have traveled to this tiny town between Burgundy and Loire Valley two hours south of Paris, France and have seen the corresponding sign at the entrance of Entrains that reads, "Ville jumellee-Saranac Lake USA."
Twenty three years ago, Kenneth Weissberg, a long time summer visitor to the Adirondacks and then Mayor Bill Madden created the official "twinning" of these two rural towns through "Sister Cities International," and since 1989, groups have been warmly welcomed on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2000, St Agathe, Quebec became Saranac Lake's Canadian Sister City.
Photos and memorabilia from these trips are now displayed at the Left Bank Cafe at 36 Broadway in preparation for a reception hosted by the newly-elected officers Anne Sterling, Franny Preston and John Alsina at 4 p.m. Sunday to welcome those who would like to join Sister Cities.
Sterling, professor of enology, food writing and culinary history at Paul Smith's College and manager of the Left Bank Cafe, is excited to share her love of all things French through this organization.
Sister Cities events will include informal French classes for fellow business owners, the celebration of French holidays, cooking classes, book discussions, concerts, regional French suppers and wine tastings, trips to Montreal, St Agathe and France, and programs with the French students of Saranac Lake High School and Paul Smith's College.
There will be appetizers, Kir, King's Cake for $10.
There will be prizes for the attendees who get the bean (fve) in the cake (galette).
Sister Cities annual membership is $10, but not necessary to attend the reception.
RSVP to 518-354 8166.