Elected officials from Lake Worth’s sister cities in Finland and Haiti are coming to town next week for a cultural exchange party set for April 13 in the casino ballroom.
Music and food from the Finland, Haiti and the United States will be featured during the Sister City Cultural Celebration, one of several events the city is hosting to commemorate its centennial.
“We want to bring back the relationships and cultural exchange to our city,” said Retha Lowe, a former city commissioner who chairs Lake Worth’s Sister City Board.
Officials from two of Lake Worth’s sister cities — Jean Rony Eugene, mayor of St. Marc, Haiti, and Kari Korkiakoski, deputy mayor of Lappeenranta, Finland — will join Mayor Pam Triolo for the day of cultural exchange.
It will begin 11 a.m. at city hall, where flags will be raised and officials from all the three sister cities will give short speeches.
The evening party at the casino ballroom, scheduled for 6-10 p.m., will feature food such as Karelian stew, a mixed-meat stew from Finland, as well as creole fare from Haiti.
Lowe said she is still pondering what to serve to represent American cuisine.
After dinner, singers such as Eino Gron, a winter resident of South Florida who is considered the Frank Sinatra of Finland, will perform. DJs will play music from all three countries for dancing.
Admission to the multi-cultural dinner costs $25. Those planning to attend are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. Lowe said proceeds from the event will benefit the city’s recreation programs.
Tickets are available at the insurance office of Peter Makila at 523 Lake Ave. Makila is the honorary consul of Finland. Tickets also can be bought by calling Lowe at (561) 307-3564.