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A riverboat and an amusement park team up to keep an old radio tradition going -- with a drive-in show

DAVID F. ASHTON - Its a fun time, when the Cocklebur Cowboys are joined by the Cinnamon Bear and Santa Claus - during the live drive-in family show at nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park, through New Years Eve. The "Cinnamon Bear" has been a beloved Holiday tradition in Portland for decades, starting out in 1937 in a 15-minute daily radio serial, broadcast as late as the 1970s on KEX radio. These episodes, which ran in December, were sponsored by the now-defunct Lipman's Company department store. The radio serial counted down the days until Christmas.

More recently, The Portland Spirit has offered cruises with the Cinnamon Bear and Friends; but, due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, those river trips were cancelled.

However, starting on November 27th, The Portland Spirit and Oaks Park teamed up with "WebracaDabra Events" to present a new drive-in Holiday experience featuring live music by the Cocklebur Cowboys band, and a fanciful story featuring Paddy O'Cinnamon himself, as well as Chipper the Squirrel, and the Big Red Elf in person.

"The challenges in putting this show together have been, well, pretty much everything!" remarked co-producer and band member Justin Sheehy, at a dress rehearsal of the show.

"But we've built the stage, installed professional lighting and sound, and have a trailer for our 'backstage' area, so we're set to go," Sheehy told THE BEE.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Spoiler alert! The Cinnamon Bear finds the Silver Star - just in time to save Christmas!"What people will enjoy is a live musical show that features the traditional storyline of the Cinnamon Bear – recovering the Silver Star to top the Christmas Tree in time for Christmas! We tried to stay as true as we could to the original radio play," Sheehy said. "And, you should expect Santa Claus to make a magical appearance as well!"

Guests will watch the show from their vehicles, parked near the stage – and the sound is broadcast to the FM stereo radio inside your car. Holiday treats, beverages, and merchandise are available for purchase during the show, which runs about 90 minutes, including intermissions.

The show runs Thursday through Sunday in the early evenings, through December 31. Tickets must be purchased online in advance; no on-site tickets are available.

For all the information you need about this unique Holiday event – including dates, showtimes, and other important information – visit the Oaks Amusement Park website –

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