Sister Cities of Cary, North Carolina, USA


Sister Cities Activities

Planned Activities:

Activities in 2013
  • Beaujolais Wine Celebration – November 15, 2013
  • Visit to Cary by Le Touquet delegation - November 13-16, 2013
  • Elizabeth Raum Concert - September 29, 2013
  • Annual Lazy Daze Beer Garden - August 24, 2013
  • Markham Town Crier at Lazy Daze opening – August 24, 2013
  • Taiwan Heritage Week - May 25, 2013
  • Children's Day Festival (co-sponsored with ATA_NC) – April 20, 2013
  • Spring Daze – April 27, 2013
  • Culinary Student Exchange – April 18, 2013

Exchanges in 2013

  • Le Touquet Delegation visit to Cary – November 13-16, 2013
  • Student exchanges – Triangle Youth Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet exchange visit to Le Touquet in August

Social activities in 2013

  • “5th Thursday of the month” socials
  • Annual Meeting/Board Meetings

Download the SCAC Activities Plan (PDF File)

Ongoing Relationships:

  • French Culinary Student Exchange with Wake Technical Community College
  • Jane Filer's Friendly Folks mural is on display in the international bag claim area of the RDU Terminal 2. The 45-foot painting was commissioned by the Triangle Area Sister Cities to celebrate the Research Triangle Region's 13 international sister cities.

Past Events:

2013 the “Year of Le Touquet”

2012 the “Year of Sister Cities”

2011 the “Year of Markham”
  • French Kisses Art Exhibit, October 28 - December 31, 2011
  • Beaujolais Wine Celebration, Friday, November 18, 2011
  • September 11th Concert, Sunday, September 11, 2011
  • Spring Daze: Saturday, April 30, 2011. Information booth in Cultural Row.
  • Delegation visit from County Meath, Ireland, March 20 - March 22, 2011
  • Taiwan Sublime: Traveling Show, February 22 - March 22, 2011
  • Reception for Taiwan Sublime, Sunday, February 27
  • September 11th Concert, Sunday September 11, 2011, Sertoma Ampitheatre, Bond Park. IN 2011, September 11 marks a decade since the tragic events. The Sister Cities Association of Cary, Sister Cities International and our four Sister Cities joined in remembering this worldwide event with a local concert featuring musicians, dancers and singers in an effort to spread a message of hope. The event also reflected on the events of September 11, 1956, when the Sister Cities movement emerged from a White House Summit on citizen diplomacy.
  • Spring Daze: Saturday, April 30, 2011. Information booth in Cultural Row.
  • Delegation visit from County Meath, Ireland, March 20 - March 22, 2011
  • Taiwan Sublime: Traveling Show, February 22 - March 22, 2011. Taiwan Sublime is presented by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) and Cary's Sister Cities Association. This traveling exhibition of magnificent and engaging photographs that celebrate the rhythms of nature, Taiwan Culture and Folkways, and an elevated vision Taiwan's landscape. (Pictures)
  • Reception for Taiwan Sublime, Sunday, February 27

2010 the “Year of Exploration”

2009 the “Year of Hsinchu City”
  • November. 3rd Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration
  • November. 2nd Citizen Diplomacy Forum
  • November. Awareness Campaign Presentation at Cary Senior Center
  • October. Awareness Campaign at the International Festival
  • September. Awareness Campaign at Cary at Sunset
  • September 11th Concert Series: Sertoma Amphitheatre
  • August. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. - Hsinchu City Delegation including Mayor Lin and guests from TECO visit for Lazy Daze. 3rd Annual Lazy Daze Beer Garden
  • July. Five delegates from Le Touquet travel to Cary for annual youth exchange for 10 days.
  • March. Cary/County Meath Photographic Art Exhibit and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Page-Walker. Councillor Brian Fitzgerald visits from County Meath, SCA hosts welcoming party.
  • February. SCA receives Lazy Daze Cultural Arts Grant
  • January. Awareness Campaign at Chinese New Year Festival

2008 the “Year of Le Touquet”
  • November. SCA receives Cary Community Foundation Grant.
  • November. 2nd Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration
  • October. Citizen Diplomacy Forum with Mary Jean Eisenhower.
  • October. Young Artists Showcase opens at Herb Young Community Center.
  • September. September 11th Concert Series: progressive concerts on 9/11 at four venues
  • August. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. - Le Touquet Delegation of Mayor Fasquelle and his family visited.
  • August. Five delegates from Cary travel to the Chantier Nature in Le Touquet for three weeks.
  • April. SCC initiates “Poetry for Peace: Our Youths’ Perspective on Global Diplomacy,” a poetry contest between middle school and high school students in Cary and our four sister cities.

2007 the “Year of County Meath”
  • November - SCA hosted the first Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration at the Page-Walker Art and History Museum to introduce the community to the upcoming “Year of Le Touquet”.
  • August. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. - Delegation of seven from County Meath visited for 5 days. Events included Lazy Daze, recognition and presentation of Meath flag at Town Council Meeting, tour of area businesses including RTP, SAS, and Centenial Campus, concert at the Amphitheatre, Reception with Town Staff, tour of TOC water treatment facility, a covered dish dinner with SCA and guests, “After Hours” with Chamber of Commerce, dinner with SCC at Biaggi’s, golfing and tour of NC History Museum, and breakfast at the Embassy Suites. SCA hosted a beer garden at Lazy Daze. Wake Tech culinary students provided the food.
  • July. SCC Teen Liaison Leslie Ann Willis attended the SCI youth summit at the National Convention.
  • April. Sunny ? Submitted a work of art to the Sister Cities International Young Artists Competition. His piece of work will be donated to SCI for a fundraising auction.
  • April. SCA 501(c)(3) renewal confirmed.
  • April. Chair of the Sister Cities Commission received the annual Town of Cary Cultural Diversity Award. Sister Cities Commission Teen Liaison Leslie Ann Willis received the high school teen volunteer award.
  • April. The Sister Cities Association held its annual meeting at the Hibernian Pub. Business included approval of revised bylaws and discussion of future events.
  • March. Two campaign awareness events were held at Hibernian Pub in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day and St. Baldrick’s Day.
  • February. A wine and hors d’oeuvres party at the Page-Walker served to stimulate interest in Sister Cities activities and as a kick off event for the revitalization of the Sister Cities Association.
  • January. SCC awarded a Lazy Daze grant to be used to foster an art exchange with the Solstice Art Gallery in County Meath.

2006 the “Year of Hsinchu City”
  • November. Story readings at the Cary Library begin. Children’s books donated by Hsinchu City will be read by Cary Chinese language students in a small group setting.
  • September. “Spirit of Cary” art exhibition at Varley Art Gallery in Markham. Twenty-five pieced of artwork were sent to the exhibition. Ian Henshaw attended the opening of the exhibit in Markham. He presented a flag to Markham at the reception.
  • August. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. - A delegation of three from Hsinchu City visited. Events surrounding Lazy Daze included a trip to the zoo, a reception with Town staff and Council, and dinner at Lucky 32’s.
  • July. Anna Nguyen visited with officials in Markham. She was presented with a Town of Markham flag to bring back to Cary’s Town Council.
  • July. Delegation of three, Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Smith, and commission members Ed Yerha and Ginny Lou Laughlin, attended the SCI 50th Anniversary Convention. The Town of Cary was honored with three prestigious awards: SCC received the 50th Anniversary Award to communities demonstrating a long term commitment to building sustainable sister city programs, Jack Smith received a medal as distinguished inner circle of government officials working in Sister Cities programs, and Joe Zaytoun an award for outstanding community volunteer.
  • July. SCC teen liaison, Ian Lee, attended the youth summit at the SCI 50th Anniversary Convention.
  • July. SCC past teen liaison, Selby Lo, visited Le Touquet and met with Mayor Deprez and Alain Herman (Le Touquet’s liaison to Cary). He attended the National Assembly in Paris as their guest.
  • July. SCC Teen liaison, Leslie Ann Willis, visited County Meath and met with An Cathaoirleach, Brian Fitzgerald.
  • June. “Spirit of Cary” Art exhibit reception in the Town Hall Atrium of submissions being sent to Markham, for the art exchange between Markham and Cary.
  • May/June. NC Bar Association Exchange to Taiwan (delegation of 12 attorneys). SCC sent gifts to Hsinchu City.
  • April. SCC/SCA joins with Sister Cities of Durham, Inc. and Sister Cities Association of Raleigh, Inc. to form a union of collective efforts formally named Triangle Area Sister Cities (TASC).
  • March. Delegation of four including Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Smith, Town Manager Bill Coleman, SCC Chair Ian Henshaw, and County Meath Liaison Ginny Lou Laughlin visited County Meath for their Economic Showcase hosted in Dublin. Jack Smith was the keynote speaker at this event. The remainder of the trip included a tour and meetings with County officials.

2005
  • August. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. - Councillor John Webster, Town Crier of Markham, and his wife, Mary, attended. A delegation of three from Hsinchu City attended the Lazy Daze Festival. Events surrounding the festival included a reception with the Town of Cary, a dinner sponsored by the Taiwanese Community on Friday evening and a dinner with SCC member on Saturday evening
  • July. SCC joined Sister Cities International

2004
  • November 2004. A delegation of two including Jack Smith and Amy Feistel attended the Art Glass Festival in Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • August 28, 2004. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. We will welcome delegations from our sister cities to this annual event. We will have a booth featuring representatives from our sister cities with information on their towns and countries. John Webster, the Official Town Crier of Markham, is expected to be on hand to announce the day's events!
  • July 31 - August 28, 2004. Images from Markham, Canada. Landscapes, Heritage and Abstraction. A selection of 20 paintings by 14 artists from the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Ontario in the Page Walker Arts & History Center. Hosted by the Sister Cities Commission.
  • July 2004. Le Touquet invited a delegation of students and adults to visit and tour Le Touquet for 2 weeks in July 2004. The itinerary was developed to give our citizens a first hand view of Le Touquet and a taste of the French culture. Unfortunately we were unable to find sufficient youth to conduct this tour.
  • April 24, 2004. Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival - The Commission staffed an information booth with lots of information about our sister cities.

2003
  • November 2003. Hsinchu City has invited representatives from the Town of Cary for the "2003 Hsinchu International Glass Art Festival", held from November 29, 2003 to January 31, 2004.
  • August 23, 2003. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. (News) We welcomed delegations from our sister cities to this annual event. Our booth featured representatives from our sister cities with information on their towns and countries.
  • July 27 - August 2, 2003. The Markham Cougars, a U-16 girls fast pitch softball team competed in the PONY 2003 National Fastpitch Championships held in Cary and Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • July 11 - 25, 2003. Summer Exchange students from France. (News) We hosted 11 students between the ages of 14 and 15 from Le Touquet, our sister city in France.
  • July 2003. Representatives of Markham attend the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Retreat.
  • July 2003. Developed a new Website.
  • May 2003. Delegation from Cary visits Meath to visit local chambers of commerce, tour local industry, visit the national aquatics center in Dublin, and establish framework for school exchanges.
  • April 26, 2003. Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival - The Commission staffed an information booth and the Sister Cities Association of Cary sold La Farm Bakery products as a fund-raiser.
  • April 2003. In recognition of Volunteer Appreciation Month of Cary, Town of Cary recognizes the Sister Cities Commission with a formal proclamation of thanks.
  • March 2003. The Town of Markham sends a delegation to Cary, hosted by the Cary Chamber.
  • January, 2003. Representatives from the Markham campus of York University visit Cary.
  • Received a Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival Grant from the Lazy Daze Commission to develop a Sister City Banner showcasing the alliance between Markham, Ontario and Cary, North Carolina.

2002
  • December 2002. (News) The Sister Cities of Cary and Le Touquet recognize the 10-year anniversary of the sister city relationship between the two cities. A representative from the Town of Cary Sister Cities Commission attended the Web and Film festival in Le Touquet.
  • November 2002. A member of the Sister Cities Association of Cary travels to Le Touquet to explore the development of a closer working relationship between Le Touquet and the Town of Cary.
  • September 2002. The Town of Cary Sister Cities Commission staffed an information booth at the Celtic Festval in Cary.
  • August 2002. Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival - The Commission staffed an information booth and the Sister Cities Association of Cary sold La Farm Bakery products as a fund-raiser.
  • July 2002. Hosted a student from Le Touquet, France for three weeks in conjunction with a local Cary host family.
  • April 24, 2002. The Town of Cary officially formalizes its relationship with the Town of Markham.
  • April 2002. Official Town of Cary visit to the Town of Markham. (picture)
  • April 2002. Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival - The Commission staffed an information booth to engage public awareness of the Sister Cities of Cary.
  • March 12, 2002. “Magical, Mystical Ireland” - The Association cosponsored with the Town of Cary Sister Cities Commission and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources an evening of Irish entertainment. Held at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, it featured bagpiper Sam O’Kane, followed with the slide presentation of Jack Crosson, the guest speaker.
  • The Town of Cary provides a Council Liaison to the Sister Cities of Cary.

2001
  • November 14, 2001. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day. Town staff demonstrated how Cary and its sister city, County Meath, Ireland exchange digital files containing geographic information on each community using MapInfo, a GIS software. Information on the Sister Cities program, history of Cary, history of County Meath, maps of the data received from Meath were included in the presentations.
  • August 2001. Official Town of Cary vist to County Meath, Ireland.
  • August 2001. Summer Exchange students from France. The Town of Cary hosted 3 students from Le Touquet.
  • July 12, 2001. The Town of Cary officially formalizes its relationship with County Meath, Ireland. (View the Resolution)

2000
  • April 2000. Cary High School Band tour to Le Touquet, France and participation in parades in Bruges, Belgium and EuroDisney, Paris, France.

1999
  • November 1999. Ken George traveled to Le Touquet to discuss the Spring 2000 trip with Sister Cities Liaison in Le Touqet.
  • Summer 1999. Two students from Le Touquet visited Cary.
  • June 1999. Martine Lefebvre, Sister Cities Liaison, traveled to Cary to meet with Cary Band Boosters to discuss a trip next Easter to Le Touquet.
  • May 1999. French Culinary Student Exchange. 10 Lycée students working in area hotels and restaurants.

1998
  • November 1998. Ken & Karen George traveled to Le Touquet on their way to Belgium and Germany. Our host family informed us that they were moving to Southern France. Yvette served as chair of their Sister Cities Group.
  • August 1998. French Culinary Student Exchange. 13 students and 2 instructors came to the area for 3 weeks to work in area hotels and restaurants.
  • July 1998. Summer Exchange students from France. 9 students with ties to Le Touquet came to Cary for home stays of from 20 - 40 days.

1997
  • December 1997. Cary High School Band traveled to Le Touquet, Sunday a.m. parade in the streets of Le Touquet, Orchestra performed for Mass, concert outside Cathedral, evening Concert with over 2,000 guests, Evening dinner with entertainment catered in the Town Hall for all students, Monday parade in the streets of Boulogna, visit to WW2 cemetery and war museum, depicting the freeing of Northern France, Shopping at the Cité Europe Mall near the tunnel. Concert at the London New Year's Day Parade.
  • August 1997. French Culinary Student Exchange. 14 students and 2 instructors ended their 3 weeks working in America by staying the weekend with Cary families, most of whom were band members.
  • January 1997. Ken & Karen George travel to Le Touquet to make specific arrangements for the CHS Band.

1996
  • December 1996, Mayor Booth faxed a request for Le Touquet to host the CHS Band New Years 1998.
  • August 1996. French Culinary Student Exchange. 20+ students from the Lycée Hotelier du Touquet came with two instructors. Plans for a get together were canceled due to Hurricane Fran.
  • July 1996. Brief visit by the mayor of Le Touquet.

1995
  • September 1995. The newly elected mayor of Le Touquet came to Cary for 2 day visit. He met with some of the students who journeyed here. He returned in July 1996 for a brief visit.
  • August 1995. French Culinary Student Exchange. 20+ students from the Lycee Hotelier du Touquet came with two instructors.
  • July 1995. 16 member delegation from Hsinchu City took a 3 day tour around the 4th of July holiday.

1994
  • September 1994. The Mayor of Le Touquet brought a delegation for a 3 day whirlwind tour of Cary.
  • August 1994. French Culinary Student Exchange. A second group of college students came for a 3 week work/study 23 students and 2 faculty.
  • June 1994. Several students came and stayed with individuals for some time in the summer.
  • May 1994. Mayor Booth, Bob Godbold, Jerry Miller and others went to Le Touquet on an official visit after taking the American Airlines inaugural flight to London.
  • April 1994. 20 adults and 2 youth went to Le Touquet for home stay. Most stayed about 10 days, others extended their trip. Barbara Pinna led the group.

1993
  • September 1993. 18 youth and 4 adults came from Le Touquet for home stays
  • August 1993. French Culinary Student Exchange. A college group from the Hotel and Restaurant Management school in Le Touquet came to work for 3 weeks. 22 students and 2 adults.
  • May 1993. French Culinary Student Exchange. Instructors from Le Touquet's Hotel and Restaurant Management school came to plan a trip for their students.
  • Spring Break 1993. A youth delegation went to Le Touquet. 17 youth, 4 adults.
  • March 1993. Hsinchu City, Taiwan was adopted as second Sister City following trip by Councilman Jack Smith, Howard Johnson and John Wei.

1992
  • September 1992. A delegation from Le Touquet came to Cary (Their Mayor was unable to attend due to pressing matters concerning the French Port Authority. Being discussed was a new port being possibly located in Le Touquet.)

1991
  • December 1991. Recommendation was made at the Town Council meeting to adopt Le Touquet as Cary's first Sister City.
  • November 6, 1991. 6 members of the commission traveled to Le Touquet to survey the town, they were honored on Armistice Day by the mayor of Fourmies.
  • Summer of 1991. The commission received a request from Le Touquet to come for a visit.
  • The American Airlines Hub at RDU helped the commission lean toward a French Selection.
  • Received 2 positive responses from French cities.
  • Letters were sent out to 20 cities in England, Germany, France and the Bahamas.
  • By May of 1991, efforts to identify a new Sister City had begun.
  • February 1991 first new members began serving on the commission.

1990
  • February 20, 1990. Sister Cities Association of Cary, Inc. founded.
  • Designed and undertook selection process in 1990, accepting applications from citizens.

1989
  • First meetings held in 1989 with Bill Garmon as Council Liaison.

1988
  • Founded in 1988 by Cary Town Council acting on recommendations from then Town Manager Jim Westbrook and Councilman Bill Garmon.

Acknowledgements
  • The Sister Cities of Cary thanks Mr. Ken George, former Chairperson of the Commission, for providing history of our Sister City activities during the timefame 1988 - 2000.

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Le Touquet, France
Le Touquet, France

Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Hsinchu, Taiwan

County Meath, Ireland
County Meath, Ireland

Markham, Ontario, Canada
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