Saturday, December 29, 2018

Episode 453 (12-31-18): Water and the New Year of 2019

Click to listen to episode (3:57).

Sections below are the following:
Transcript of Audio
Audio Notes and Acknowledgments
Related Water Radio Episodes
For Virginia Teachers (Relevant SOLs, etc.).

Except as otherwise noted, all Web addresses mentioned were functional as of 12-28-18.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for New Year’s week 2019.

MUSIC – ~15 sec

This week, music by Virginia high school students introduces a second annual year-opening look at how water is part of ringing in the New Year.  Have a listen for about 35 more seconds.

MUSIC - ~37 sec

You’ve been listening to part of “Renewal,” written and performed in spring 2017 by students at World Community Education Center in Bedford, Va., who were accompanied by members of the Blacksburg, Va.-based group Sweet Chalybeate.  In January 2017, Virginia Water Radio first explored how water is used as part of New Year renewals and celebrations.  As 2019 dawns, let’s count some more ways.

Shoreline restaurants and resorts from Florida to New England offer water-enhanced dining, dancing, fireworks, and games.  City-based business organizations, like Norfolk, Va.’s, Waterside District, host community celebrations.  The Potomac Riverboat Company embarks from the Alexandria, Va., city marina for cruises to view fireworks and Washington, D.C., monuments.  In a water-related alternative to dropping a ball to mark midnight, the Lake Eire town of Port Clinton, Ohio, marks the countdown by dropping a giant Walleye model.  Brazilians traditionally offer flowers to a goddess of the sea, or jump over seven waves for good luck while making wishes for the New Year.  And in Germany, the shapes created by dropping molten lead into water are believed to give a hint of one’s future.

Here’s hoping that your 2019 shapes up to be full of realized hopes and possibilities, sustained by plenty of good water.

Thanks to the students at World Community Education Center and to Sweet Chalybeate for permission to use this week’s music, and we close with a few more seconds of “Renewal.”

MUSIC - ~15 sec


Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment.  For more Virginia water sounds, music, or information, visit us online at, or call the Water Center at (540) 231-5624.  Thanks to Stewart Scales for his banjo version of Cripple Creek to open and close this show.  In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


“Renewal,” copyright 2017, was written and performed [in spring 2017] by high school students at World Community Education Center, an independent K-12 school in Bedford, Va., with instrumentals by Anne Elise Thomas and Dan Dunlap; used with permission.  More information about the school is available online at  More information about the group Sweet Chalybeate, which includes Anne Elise and Dan, is available online at  This music was featured was also used in Episode 435, 8-27-18.

Click here if you’d like to hear the full version (1 min./11 sec.) of the “Cripple Creek” arrangement/performance by Stewart Scales that opens and closes this episode.   More information about Mr. Scales and the group New Standard, with which Mr. Scales plays, is available online at


It’s not a Walleye, and it’s not dropping to mark midnight on New Year’s Eve as happens in Port Clinton, Ohio, but “Big Mouth Billy Bass” was a winter holiday feature at the Swinging Bridge Restaurant in Paint Bank, Va. (Craig County) on December 22, 2018.


Used for Audio, “New Year Traditions Around the World,” online at

Bookers International, “New Year’s Traditions in Rio, Brazil,” online at

Circle’s Waterfront Restaurant, Apollo Beach, Fla., “New Year’s Eve Fireworks,” online at

City of Norfolk [Va.] Waterside District, “NYE Live! Norfolk,” online at

Crowne Plaza Hampton-Marina, Hampton, Va., “New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party,” online at

Cuban Christmas Web site, “Traditional Cuban New Year’s Guide,” online at

Downtown Long Beach [Calif.] Alliance, “New Year’s Eve at the Waterfront,” online at

Lake Eire Shores and Islands, “New Year’s Eve Walleye Drop,” online at

Deena Prichep, “As the Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape,” NPR, 12/27/13, online at

Potomac Riverboat Company, “New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise,” online at

Sea Mist Oceanfront, Myrtle Beach, S.C., “New Year’s Eve Celebration 2018,” online at

Water’s Edge Resort and Spa, Westbrook, Conn., “Water’s Edge Rockin’ Eve—The Shoreline’s Premier New Year’s Party,” online at

For More Information on New Year’s Traditions

City of Sydney, Australia, New Year's Eve Web site, “Boating,” online at

Den Haag Marketing, “New Year’s Dive,” online at

Hindu New Year, online at

San Diego CoastKeeper, “10 Clean Water Resolutions for the New Year,” online at

Sputnik International, “Water Gods and Mango Leaves: India Celebrates Hindu New Year,” 4/8/16, online at

Fred Tasker, “How do you ring in New Year’s? Perhaps it involves a door, a water bucket and grapes,” Miami Herald, 12/27/16, online at

Tourism of Cambodia, “Must-visit New Year Water Festivals in Asia,” online at

Maria G. Valdez, “New Year’s Traditions: 8 Latin Customs to Ring in 2018,” Latin Times, 12/24/17, online at

Virginia Tourism Corporation/Virginia is for Lovers, “New Years Eve—Pony Island [Chincoteague, Va.] Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade,” online at


All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (  See particularly the “Overall Importance of Water” subject category.

Following are links to previous New Year’s episodes.

For 2013Episode 142, 12/31/12 – Encore of John McCutcheon’s “Water from Another Time.”

For 2014Episode 195, 1/9/14 – Wading into the New Year, the New River, and Water Thermodynamics.

None for 2015

For 2016Episode 296, 12/28/15 – Setting a Course for 2016 with “On a Ship” by Kat Mills. 

For 2017Episode 349, 1/2/17 – Water for a World of New Years, Featuring “New Year’s Water” by Torrin Hallett. 

For 2018
Episode 401, 1/1/18 – Diving into 2018 with “Driving Rain” by Chamomile and Whiskey.


The episode—the audio, extra information, or sources—may help with the following Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).

2013 Music SOLs

SOLs at various grade levels that call for “examining the relationship of music to the other fine arts and other fields of knowledge.”

2010 English SOLs

Reading Theme
8.5, 9.4, 10.4, 11.4 – symbols, imagery, figurative language, and other literary devices.

2015 Social Studies SOLs

World Geography Course
WG.3 – how regional landscapes reflect the physical environment and the cultural characteristics of their inhabitants.

Virginia’s SOLs are available from the Virginia Department of Education, online at

Following are links to Water Radio episodes (various topics) designed especially for certain K-12 grade levels.
Episode 250, 1-26-15 – on boiling, for kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Episode 255, 3-2-15 – on density, for 5th and 6th grade.
Episode 282, 9-21-15 – on living vs. non-living, for kindergarten.
Episode 309, 3-28-16 – on temperature regulation in animals, for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Episode 333, 9-12-16 – on dissolved gases, especially dissolved oxygen in aquatic habitats, for 5th grade.
Episode 403, 1-15-18 – on freezing and ice, for kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Episode 404, 1-22-18 – on ice on ponds and lakes, for 4th through 8th grade.
Episode 406, 2-5-18 – on ice on rivers, for middle school.
Episode 407, 2-12-18 – on snow chemistry and physics, for high school.