The 2014 Levee Awards

Oliver turned 13 in 2013 (was there ever a more handy mnemonic!) and, given that he’s a teenager now, and a curious one at that, it seemed like the right year to elevate him to my official New Years Day levee-attending partner. He was game – enthusiastic even – and so we printed out the schedule, got warmly dressed for the -20ºC weather and called a cab for the hyperjump from Prince Street to Government House as a way of starting off gently.

Our timing was perfect: a gentle line and a roaring fire greeted us. And the rest of the day – 12 levees over 6 hours – went just as well. Oliver jumped into the levee cauldron with both feet, and by the end of the day when he shook Premier Ghiz’s hand, he was a master of the “Happy New Year.”

In the spirit of inspiring levee excellence, and after careful consulation with Oliver, here are the winners of the official 2014 Levee Awards:

Best New Levee: Queen Street Commons, with Trinity-Clifton United Church a close second. The Commons clinched this one with a nice mixture of people and food, and more well-turned-out-young-rockers than all the other levees combined.

Best Food, Catered: Premier Ghiz, no contest. From the “make your own mashed potato sundae” bar to the potato chips (the thick kind!) to the endless array of desserts and the well-constructed punch, we were able to skip both dinner and supper.

Best Food, Homemade: The Masonic Temple’s banana bread was top-flight.

Best Alcohol: The Caledonian Club – another new levee this year – served a nice scotch, which was an unexpected treat. Honourable mention to Engineers PEI for a very nicely engineered sangria.

Best Costumes: A tie between the Bishop of Charlottetown, well-turned-out in his purple Bishop uniform, and the chap at the Masonic Temple wearing a crown, cape and carrying a sort of walking-stick-cum-magic wand.

Best Music: PEI Regiment, hands down. Not only is the regimental band a crack outfit, but they defy stereotypes by playing rousing renditions of Cyndi Lauper and Queen hits.

Most Ubiquitous Attendee: Wes MacAleer has won this every year for the past decade, but actor and bon vivant Bill McFadden surpassed him this year, with honourable mention to Guardian scribe Doug Gallant, who came close. That all said, I did see Wes three times today.

Most Improved: City of Charlottetown. After some dry years with bad catering, they’re back in fine form at City Hall. The City Police choir was a nice addition.

Best Swag: Lieutenant Governor Lewis was handing out 2014 Fathers of Confederation calendars and PEI2014 pins.

Best Receiving Line: PEI Regiment. Those soldiers look your right in the eye when they shake your hand, and they mean it when they say “Happy New Year.”

Most Informal: The Haviland Club used to run a military-style levee, with a formal receiving line and an Officers’ Club vibe. They’ve transformed things into a much more informal “thanks for stopping by our rec room; have a bagel and a sit-down out of the cold” style. The transition is confusing – especially their switch to a counter-clockwise rotation through the building – but it’s not an unwelcome change.

Happy New Year!

Peter and Oliver at Government House

2014 Charlottetown Area Levee Schedule

Here’s is the 2014 levee schedule for January 1, 2014 for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and area. This is the 9th year I’ve been collating and confirming this information; who would have thought! If you’re new to all of this and want to give it a try, read How to Levee. If you have additional levees to add, or changes to the information below, please drop me a line. Confirmed times and locations in bold: everything else is tentative and awaiting confirmation.

If you’re looking for a handy printable schedule to carry around in your pocket, you can grab one here.

THE LEVEE OF HELD AT STARTS ENDS
Campbell Webster Timothy’s World Coffee 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Lieutenant Governor Fanningbank (Government House) 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
City of Charlottetown Charlottetown City Hall 10:30 a.m. 12:00 Noon
Polar Bear Swim Foot of Pownal Street 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Women’s Institute / Farm Centre Farm Centre, 420 University Ave. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 Noon
The Caledonian Club of PEI Rodd Charlottetown Hotel 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Canoe Cove Old Canoe Cove Schoolhouse 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
University of PEI McDougall Hall (at UPEI) 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Haviland Club 2 Haviland Street 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
HMCS Queen Charlotte 10 Water Street Parkway 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Trinity-Clifton United Church 78 Prince Street 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Town of Stratford Stratford Town Centre 12:00 Noon 1:30 p.m.
Prince Edward Island Regiment Queen Charlotte Armoury 12:00 Noon 1:00 p.m.
PEI Brewing Company 96 Kensington Road 12:00 Noon 2:00 p.m.
Seniors Active Living Centre CARI Complex, UPEI Campus 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Engineers PEI 135 Water Street 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Water St. Fish & Chips 73 Water Street 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Masonic Temple 204 Hillsborough St. 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Reverend Richard Grecco SDU Place (Bishop’s Palace) 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Town of Cornwall Cornwall Civic Centre 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Queen Street Commons 224 Queen Street 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Garden Home 310 North River Road 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion 99 Pownal Street (Clover Club) 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Benevolent Irish Society 582 North River Road 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Premier Robert Ghiz Confederation Centre of the Arts 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Charlottetown Curling Club 241 Euston Street 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sport Page Club 236 Kent Street 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Updates since original posting:

  • University of Prince Edward Island time and location confirmed.
  • New levee at Queen Street Commons added.
  • Women’s Institute levee expanded to include Farm Centre co-sponsor.
  • Added PEI Brewing Company levee.
  • Confirmed time for HMCS Queen Charlotte.
  • Changed location of Cornwall levee to Cornwall Civic Centre.
  • Added levee for The Caledonian Club of PEI.
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2013 Charlottetown Area Levee Schedule

Maybe you’re looking for the 2014 Levee Schedule?

Here’s is the 2013 levee schedule for January 1, 2013 for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and area. This is the 8th year I’ve been collating and confirming this information; who would have thought! If you’re new to all of this and want to give it a try, read How to Levee. If you have additional levees to add, or changes to the information below, please drop me a line.

THE LEVEE OF HELD AT STARTS ENDS
Campbell Webster Timothy’s World Coffee 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Lieutenant Governor Fanningbank (Government House) 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
City of Charlottetown Charlottetown City Hall 10:30 a.m. 12:00 Noon
Polar Bear Swim Foot of Pownal Street 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
PEI Women’s Institute Farm Centre, 420 University Ave. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 Noon
Canoe Cove Old Canoe Cove Schoolhouse 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
University of PEI McDougall Hall (at UPEI) 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Haviland Club 2 Haviland Street 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
HMCS Queen Charlotte 10 Water Street Parkway 11:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Town of Stratford Stratford Town Centre 12:00 Noon 1:30 p.m.
Seniors Active Living Centre CARI Complex, UPEI Campus 12:00 Noon 2:00 p.m.
Prince Edward Island Regiment Queen Charlotte Armoury, Haviland St. 12:00 Noon 1:00 p.m.
Engineers PEI 135 Water Street 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Water St. Fish & Chips 73 Water Street 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Masonic Temple 204 Hillsborough St. 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Reverend Richard Grecco SDU Place (Bishop’s Palace) 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Town of Cornwall Cornwall Town Hall 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Garden Home 310 North River Road 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion 99 Pownal Street (Clover Club) 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Benevolent Irish Society 582 North River Road 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Premier Robert Ghiz Confederation Centre of the Arts 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Charlottetown Curling Club 241 Euston Street 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sport Page Club 236 Kent Street 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Notes:

  • All levee times and locations have been confirmed by telephone or email as of Dec. 14, 2012.
  • Updates since first publication:
    • Changed time of PEI Regiment to 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. (was 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) after receiving an update from the Regiment directly.
    • Added new PEI Women’s Institute levee (first ever!) at the Farm Centre.
    • Added new Water-Prince Corner Shop levee.
  • This list will be updated if new information becomes available, so be sure to check back before January 1, 2013 for the latest.
  • You can always get this calendar (or that for any future year) at ruk.ca/levee

2012 Charlottetown Area Levee Schedule

Thumbnail of Levee ScheduleHere’s is the 2012 levee schedule for January 1, 2012 for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and area. If you’re new to all of this and want to give it a try, read How to Levee.

Print out this handy PDF file and carry it in your pocket to guide you through the day, and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

THE LEVEE OF HELD AT STARTS ENDS
Campbell Webster Timothy’s World Coffee 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Lieutenant Governor Fanningbank (Government House) 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
City of Charlottetown Charlottetown City Hall 10:30 a.m. 12:00 Noon
Polar Bear Swim Foot of Pownal Street 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Canoe Cove Old Canoe Cove Schoolhouse 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
University of PEI McDougall Hall (at UPEI) 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
HMCS Queen Charlotte 10 Water Street Parkway 11:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Haviland Club 2 Haviland Street 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Town of Stratford Stratford Town Centre 12:00 Noon 1:30 p.m.
Prince Edward Island Regiment Queen Charlotte Armoury, Haviland St. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
Seniors Active Living Centre CARI Complex, UPEI Campus 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Engineers PEI 135 Water Street 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Masonic Temple 204 Hillsborough St. 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Reverend Richard Grecco SDU Place (Bishop’s Palace) 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Town of Cornwall Cornwall Town Hall 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Garden Home 310 North River Road 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion 99 Pownal Street 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Benevolent Irish Society 582 North River Road 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Premier Robert Ghiz Confederation Centre of the Arts 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Charlottetown Curling Club 241 Euston Street 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sport Page Club 236 Kent Street 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Charlottetown Fireman’s Club Firemen’s Club (dance not a levee) 6:30 p.m.  

All levee times have been confirmed by telephone or email contact with organizers, or with information from published sources.

Other Formats

  • PDF (print and carry in your pocket!)
  • iCal (load into your iCal on a Mac to sync with your iPod Touch or iPhone)
  • XML (load into any RSS feed reader)
  • Google Calendar
  • CSV (import into a spreadsheet or roll-your-own app)

Updates

  • Removed Handibear Hills, which is not having a levee this year. But they are having “open barn week” between Boxing Day and New Years Eve.
  • Added Engineers PEI, a new levee this year.
  • Changed start time of UPEI levee to 11:30 a.m.
  • Changed time for Charlottetown Fireman’s Club to 6:30 p.m. and noted that it’s a dance and not a levee; in their words, “everyone comes here after the levees.”
  • Changed time of Masonic Temple levee to 1:00 p.m.
  • Confirmed times for HMCS Queen Charlotte and Haviland Club.
  • Added time for Polar Bear Swim (not technically a levee, but…).
  • Confirmed times for Benevolent Irish Society and Prince Edward Regiment (all times now confirmed).
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The Premier and Me (and Oliver)

Regular readers may recall the annual photo-with-the-Premier that’s been taken since 2004 at the Premier’s Levee at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on New Year’s Day. Well, the 2011 photo arrived last week, and I’m happy to say the it’s my least-dorky-looking yet:

Me and Hon. Robert Ghiz

I think you’ll agree that I got my colour coordination perfect this year (in last year’s photo I was wearing way, way too much red)  I’m even wearing and Island Tartan tie.

For the first time this year we took Oliver to the levee – just the Premier’s, for a start; he’s too young to be exposed to the Masons and the Bishop – and so here’s the first in his own series of photos-with-the-Premier:

Oliver and Hon. Robert Ghiz

It’s a pretty good start – compared to my high level of dorkitude on my first go especially – and I think you could make the case that his colour coordination hit an even higher level than mine. Just got to work on the “when you shake hands with someone, look them in the eye” technique and he’ll be set. But he’s got the stance down.

It was a nice touch that the Premier’s Office sent Oliver his photo in his own envelope (the office amazes me every year in its ability to figure out where to mail these photos; I don’t believe I’ve ever given them our address).