© TC Media photo by Nancy MacPhee
Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis is greeted by Summerside Mayor Basil and Gail Stewart during the levee in 2012
Islanders planning to welcome the arrival of 2014 Wednesday by shaking hands and toasting the good health of their compatriots at New Year’s Day levees will have plenty of opportunity 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 mid-morning and continue into late afternoon. Some stretch into the early evening.
A list of many of the Prince Edward Island levees follows, and is also found in an interactive map and timeline graphic. This is not a complete list; those with notices to add may do so in the article's comment section.
Businessman Campbell Webster will host the first levee of the day at Timothy’s World Coffee on University Avenue from 9-10 a.m.
Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis will host his levee at Fanningbank from 10-11:30.
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and members of city council will host a levee at City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
The P.E.I. Women’s Institute will host a levee at the Farm Centre from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
There will be a levee at the Old Canoe Cove Schoolhouse from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.
The president of the University of P.E.I., Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and UPEI alumni president Bruce Davison, will host a levee at McDougall Hall at UPEI from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Haviland Club at 2 Haviland Street, Charlottetown, will host a levee from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
HMCS Queen Charlotte, 10 Water Street Parkway, Charlottetown, will host a levee from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Trinity United Church on Prince Street will host a levee from 11:30 to 1:30.
Stratford Mayor David Dunphy and members of council will host a levee at Stratford Town Centre from 12 o’clock noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Caledonia Club of P.E.I. will host a levee at the Rodd Charlottetown from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kensington Mayor Gordon Coffin and members of town council will host a levee at Kensington Town Hall from 12 o’clock noon to 1:30 p.m.
The P.E.I. Regiment will host a levee at the Queen Charlotte Armouries in Charlottetown from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
The Seniors Active Living Centre at the CARI Complex, UPEI Campus, will host a levee from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside will host a levee from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Engineers P.E.I. will host a levee at 135 Water Street in Charlottetown from 1 to 2 p.m.
Water Street Fish & Chips will host a levee from 1 to 2 p.m.
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 Street. Charlottetown from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Bishop Richard Grecco, Diocese of Charlottetown, will host a levee at SDU Place, 45 Great George Street, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart and members of city council will host a levee in council chambers at city hall from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Cornwall Mayor Glen ‘Barney’ Fullerton and members of town council will host a levee at Cornwall Civic Centre from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Souris Mayor David MacDonald and council will host their annual Welcome the New Year party at the Eastern Kings Sportsplex from 1:30 to 3 p.m. There will be a free skate, pop and hot dogs and lots of fun.
The Garden Home, 310 North River Road, Charlottetown will host a levee from 2-3 p.m.
Branch No. 1 of the Royal Canadian Legion, 99 Pownal Street, Charlottetown, will host a levee from 2-3 p.m.
Montague Mayor Richard Collins and members of town council will hold a levee at Montague town hall from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico Museum levee is 2-4 p.m. at 2188 Church Rd., Rustico, Route 243 North, off Route 6, next to St. Augustine’s Church. Organizers invite everyone to help kick off a year of celebrations in honour of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Farmers’ Bank in 2014 with a brand new exhibition to view. Refreshments will be served.
The town of Alberton will host a levee at the Alberton Fire Hall from 2-4 p.m. Miss Alberton, Shania Ellsworth, is home on Christmas break from Dalhousie University to promote the levee. Guests will have the opportunity to write their dreams and wishes for the upcoming year for the town on bristle board.
The Benevolent Irish Society will host a levee at 582 North River Road, Charlottetown, from 3-5 p.m.
Premier Robert Ghiz will host a levee at Confederation Centre of the Arts from 3-5 p.m.
The Charlottetown Curling Club, 241 Euston Street, will host a levee from 4-6 p.m.
The Sport Page Club, 236 Kent Street, Charlottetown will host a levee from 4-6 p.m.
The Charlottetown Fireman’s Club will host a New Year’s Day event to cap off the day starting at 6:30 p.m.
The P.E.I. Brewing Company at 96 Kensington Road in Charlottetown will host its levee from noon to 2 p.m. with live entertainment from Ryan Merry. There will be free local snacks.