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Glen Ellyn to hold French market event in honor of Sister City partnership

Published: Thursday, April 9, 2015 6:58 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 10, 2015 9:59 a.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn residents wishing to brush up on their knowledge of French culture will have an opportunity to try it out at an upcoming event.

A delegation from Glen Ellyn's Sister City of Le Bouscat, France will arrive in the village April 14, with an itinerary planned leading up to the big event, Market Français.

The market will go from 4 to 8 p.m. April 15 at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St.

Last year, Glen Ellyn partnered with Le Bouscat to become Sister Cities. In honor of that partnership, the event will feature a variety of French-inspired food as well as beer and wine. Attendees can also purchase antiques, clothes and specialty items at the market.

“We take our Sister City relationship seriously,” said Sister City Committee Liaison Justin Keenan. “[This is] the best way to introduce our residents to Sister City and show them what Le Bouscat is like. We're just trying to introduce them to French culture.”

To further transform the civic center into a French market, an accordion player will serenade guests with French music. Attendees can play games and win prizes and participate in a drawing to help raise funds for future Sister City events. Market Français is free and open to the public.

Before the event, delegates from Le Bouscat will visit some of the important establishments in Glen Ellyn, including the fire station, Civic Center, College of DuPage and business district.

Glen Ellyn and Le Bouscat solidified their Sister City partnership in April 2014 with an agreement to share exchanges culturally and educationally, and give both communities a chance to learn about each other.

"It was a neat initiative to implement,” said Assistant Village Manager Al Stonitsch. “When you have two cultures, I think it's important to have these opportunities to exchange ideas and learn more about each other, and engage in the world.”

Stonitsch also pointed to the similarities between the towns in terms of size, demographics, unique architecture and progressive-minded mentalities that led to the partnership.

This will be the first event led by the village and committee to promote the Sister City relationship.

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If you go

What: Market Français

When: 4 to 8 p.m. April 15

Where: Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St.

Cost: Free

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