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November 13, 1997|By Karin Remesch

Waterfowl Festival

For examining and buying wildlife paintings, carvings, sculpture and decoys, travel to the Colonial town of Easton on the Eastern Shore. For the 27th consecutive year, the Waterfowl Festival will showcase the finest in wildlife art tomorrow through Sunday.

The festival includes exhibits, seminars and demonstrations for collectors, nature and wildlife enthusiasts and people who simply enjoy the festive spirit that pervades the show. More than 450 artists from around country and overseas are expected to participate.

Special events include a Saturday afternoon auction of antique and contemporary decoys. The World Championship Goose Calling Contest and the Mason-Dixon Regional Duck Calling Contest are scheduled for Saturday evening. Retriever and fly fishing demonstrations will be held each day at a local pond. Sportsmen will participate in a shooting exhibition on Saturday and Sunday and a Sporting Clays Tournament on Saturday. Seminars and workshops conducted throughout the weekend cover a range of topics, including carving, photography and decoy restoration. And seafood and other delicacies are offered at area restaurants.

The art exhibit and events are spread throughout the town. A free shuttle service goes to each location. Proceeds benefit wildlife preservation. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Sunday. A festival ticket -- good for the entire weekend -- is $15 and children under 14 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Call 410-822-4567.

Gifts for the holiday season await you this weekend at the Hagley Museum and Library's "Festival of Museum Shopping" in Wilmington. Gift shops from 25 regional museums, including the Appalachia Cultural Museum of Boone, N.C., Wheaton Village of Millville, N.J., the American Christmas Museum of Chadds Ford, Pa., Elfreth's Alley Association of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Delaware Toy and Miniature Museum, temporarily relocate to Hagley's Library Building and Soda House.

Gifts of art, history, food, science, music and more will be offered. During tomorrow's evening shopping hours, holiday favorites sung by the Hagley Carolers will add to the ambience. Light lunch and snack items are available.

Shopping hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For the festival, use the Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Delaware. Daily admission is $4 and free for children under 6. Call 302-658-2400.

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