As we wrap us the year 2012, and always assuming that we survive that Mayan apocalypse thing, we look to the beginning of the year 2013. And with the top of the year, comes the various traditions, like politicians and their New Year's Levees.
Mayor Karen Farbridge will be holding her second annual levee on Saturday January 12, 2013 at City Hall, according to a press release. The full text of which you can find below.
Guelph, ON, December 17, 2012 – Mayor Karen Farbridge will host her second annual New Year’s levee on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at City Hall.
This free public event, from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature children’s entertainment and activities, crafts, hot chocolate and cookies, as well as skating on the outdoor rink in Market Square.
“It is always nice to see families, neighbours, friends and colleagues come together to celebrate the new year in style,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “I welcome everyone to attend this wonderful event. Occasions like this keep our community connected and strengthen relationships.”
Levees originated in France and the concept of welcoming members of the public to meet and chat with public officials was adopted by government representatives across Europe. It was Canada that began the tradition of hosting a levee on New Year’s Day and elected officials from all levels of government continue the tradition.
In other levee news, MP Frank Valeriote and MPP Liz Sandals will be having their usual double-trouble New Year's levee the very next day on January 13th, 2013 from 2 to 4 pm at the Italian Canadian Club at 135 Ferguson Street. It's going to be a levee packed couple of days the second weekend in January. What a way to start the new year! (Politically speaking.)