It's the perfect, healthy scenario for holiday fun as the Christmas Ships Parade begins Friday, Dec. 4, on the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
Yes, you can be six feet apart from somebody else, standing or sitting on the shore. Yes, you should wear a mask. Yes, it is outdoors, where the air flows freely. Yes, you can wear gloves and not touch anybody with bare skin.
The Christmas Ships Parade is just solid holiday entertainment, a tradition for 66 years. There'll be 15 nights of parading. Nothing changes just because it's 2020, except for the absence of meet-and-greet events and open house activities.
"While we are excited to bring joy to our community each and every year, the crazy and unprecedented times in 2020 have dramatically increased that excitement," said Rob Steffeck, Christmas Ships Parade president and Willamette fleet leader.
More than 70 boats will be participating, from Camas, Washington, to St. Helens on the Columbia River and St. Johns to Lake Oswego on the Willamette.
See http://www.christmasships.org and social media for details.
Also, the Christmas Ships Parade has been designated as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission. It joins such events as the Oregon State Fair, Pear Blossom Festival in Medford, Pendleton Round-Up and Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.
• Triangle Productions returns with "Christmas With the Crawfords," about famous actress Joan Crawford and family and a Christmas Eve live radio broadcast with Hedda Hopper.
It's conceived by Richard Winchester, written by Mark Sargent, and directed by Angela McKennie.
It's not live theater, it's a videotaped play. The story, set in the Crawfords' Brentwood mansion in the late 1940s, features appearances by such major Tinsel Town icons as Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, Gloria Swanson and the Andrews sisters, along with magic, music and mayhem.
Jeremy Anderson-Sloan stars as Crawford and Dave Cole as Hedda Hopper.
The video ($10) will be available to view through Dec. 12 at fiveohm.tv/triangle-productions/christmas-with-the-crawfords.
• Upcoming: Michael Allen Harrison had to cancel his in-person Christmas at The Old Church shows, but it appears the concert will be shown Thursday, Dec. 10, on KGW (8).
It's Harrison's 30th anniversary concert and will feature Jennifer Batten, Tanner Johnson, Israel Annoh, Jack Mortensen, Haley Johnsen, Molly Parker, Olivia Klugman, Travis Johnson, Esther Harrison, Bill Schonely and Julianne Johnson.
For more: http://www.michaelallenharrison.com.
• Reminders: Safeway/Providence Festival of Trees will be different this year with an online gala, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, and "Christmas Special," 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, on KATU (2). There won't be any in-person events. Info: http://www.ProvidenceFoundations.org. …
Broadway Rose Theatre, a Tigard musical theater company, presents "Christmas My Way — A Sinatra Holiday Bash," a virtual show available to rent Dec. 4-31. Info: http://www.broadwayrose.org.
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