It is Levee Time !

Come out to the Levee at Victoria Hall, January 1/2013 1pm to 3pm. There will be Hors d'Oeuvres & Refreshments. Meet our Councilors as Council and the Mayor always attend.

As can be seen here the Goodies table is the center of activity at the Levee.  A small portion of the 200 people that attended the 2010 Levee.

The 2013 Levee poster. Click on the pic for larger view so you can print it and post everywhere.

  What is a LEVEE
(dictionary  definition)
1 : a reception held by a person of distinction on rising from bed
2 : an afternoon assembly at which the British sovereign or his or her representative receives only men
3 : a reception usually in honor of a particular person

The Levee in Petrolia has become a decade long tradition. The Mayor and council are on hand to greet the public.  Please come to the Levee and  meet our Council and Mayor.

The New Year’s Levee: An Evolving Tradition in Petrolia

The first recorded levee in what is now Canada was hosted by the Governor of New France,
Charles Huault de Montmagny, in 1646. This custom originated in Europe, where formal
morning assemblies were held by princes or persons of distinction. The word levée derives from
French and means rising (as from bed).
In Canada, levees are traditionally hosted by representatives of the Crown. During the French
regime, governors greeted citizens at their residence, the Château Saint-Louis in Quebec City,
to wish them a happy new year. This custom of hosting levees at vice-regal residences was
continued by British governors, and later by Canada’s Governor General and provincial
lieutenant governors. In recent years, many mayors and military commanders have hosted
levees, on or after January 1st.
The first vice-regal levee to be held outside a capital was hosted by then Governor General
Roland Michener in Charlottetown in 1973. Subsequent governors general have hosted levees
at Quebec City and in cities such as St John’s and Winnipeg. The past Governor General (the
Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson) hosted levees across the country on various occasions. Several
lieutenant governors are now moving their levees outside their provincial capitals as well.
In keeping with this trend, the Hon. James K. Bartleman holds his New Year’s Levee in regional
centres outside of Toronto in alternating years. In 2003 he held the levee in Barrie and in 2005
in Thunder Bay. His predecessor, the Hon. Hilary M. Weston, held the 2001 levee in London,
and the 1999 levee in Kingston.
For many years levees were only for invited gentlemen and members of the military and
uniformed services. In Ontario, the Hon. John Keiller MacKay (Lieutenant Governor 1957-63)
invited the public for the first time. The Hon. Pauline McGibbon (Lieutenant Governor 1974-80),
the first female representative of The Queen in the Commonwealth, began the practice of
inviting women in 1976, at the same time as then Governor General Jules Léger.
Over the years the traditional levee has evolved into a popular public event, attended by men,
women and children from many backgrounds and locales. Yet its essence has remained
unchanged. For over 350 years, the New Year’s Levee has offered people a unique opportunity
to meet Canada’s vice-regal representatives in a festive setting to welcome in the new year.

Governor General’s Levee to take place Sunday, December 14
December 8, 2003
OTTAWA – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, and His Excellency John Ralston Saul invite everyone to come to Rideau Hall and join them for a special afternoon of holiday cheer with family and friends at the annual Governor General's Levee, on Sunday, December 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The whole family will enjoy seasonal activities and entertainment. Guests will be able to visit the historic residence to the sound of holiday music and learn how to care for poinsettias and other seasonal plants. Children can decorate gingerbread cookies and everyone can enjoy light refreshments.
Visitors will be invited to send their holiday greetings to the men and women of the Canadian Forces serving abroad. Guests can write or video-record their messages, while children can create Christmas cards for our troops at arts and crafts tables.
"The holiday season is a particularly difficult time for the women and men of the Canadian Forces who are deployed overseas to be away from their families," said the Governor General. "I hope everyone will come and help us send a message of support to our troops."




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