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Kinley Scott and her aunt Suzanne Scott look at the dried oranges on the Christmas tree at Fanningbank. Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis and his wife Dorothy are preparing to host their annual New Year’s Day levee.
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Islanders planning to welcome the arrival of 2016 Friday by shaking hands and toasting the good health of their compatriots at New Year's Day levees will have no shortage of opportunities to do so.
Thousands of Islanders are expected to attend those levees, upholding a tradition that dates back literally hundreds of years.
In Prince Edward Island levees are hosted by virtually all levels of government, as well as by military personnel, service clubs and organizations, fraternal organizations, the church, academic bodies and a variety of other groups.
Levees traditionally begin at mid-morning and continue into the latter part of the afternoon.
Some stretch into the early part of the evening.
And those are just the public ones.
Businessman Campbell Webster will host the first levee of the day at 154 Great George Street from 9 to 10 a.m.
Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis will host his levee at Fanningbank from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and members of city council will host a levee at City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The P.E.I. Women's Institute will host a levee at the Farm Centre from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Upstreet Craft Brewing will host a levee at 41 Allen Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Canoe Cove Community Association will host a levee at 1066 Canoe Cove Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The mayor of Borden-Carleton, Dean Sexton, will host a levee at 167 Industrial Drive, Borden-Carleton, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Guild and Discover Charlottetown will host a levee at The Guild from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Haviland Club will host a levee from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The University of P.E.I. and the UPEI Alumni Association will hold a levee from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Schurman Market Square, Don and Marion McDougall Hall. Lunch and cash bar provided.
The P.E.I. Regiment will host a levee at the Queen Charlotte Armouries from noon to 1 p.m.
Trinity United Church on Prince Street will host a levee from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The town of Stratford will host a levee at Stratford Town Centre from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The P.E.I. Brewing Company will host a levee from noon to 2 p.m.
The mayor of Kensington and members of town council will host a levee at the Kensington Lions Club from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Seniors Active Living Centre at the CARI Complex, UPEI campus, will host a levee from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The city of Summerside will host a levee from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The masters and brethren of St. John's Lodge #1 and Victoria Lodge #2 will hold a levee at the Masonic Temple at 204 Hillsborough St., Charlottetown, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Andrews of Stratford will hold a levee from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown will host a levee from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The town of Cornwall will host a levee from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Cornwall Town Hall.
The Garden Home, 310 North River Rd., Charlottetown, will host a levee from 2 to 3 p.m.
Branch No. 1 of the Royal Canadian Legion, 99 Pownal St., Charlottetown, will host a levee from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Kitchen Witch, 949 Long River Road, will host a levee from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Benevolent Irish Society will host a levee at 582 North River Rd., Charlottetown, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan will host a levee at Confederation Centre of the Arts from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Charlottetown Curling Club, 241 Euston St., will host a levee from 4 to 6 p.m.
Murphy's Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, will host a levee from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Sport Page Club will host a levee from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Charlottetown Firemen's Club will host a New Year's Day event to cap off the day starting at 6:30 p.m.
Blogger Peter Rukavina, who compiles a comprehensive list of P.E.I. levees each year and posts them on his website at www.ruk.ca, also offers a useful how-to guide for those who have not attended a levee before.
That guide may be found at http://ruk.ca/content/how-levee.