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November 04, 1999|By TOM LOBIANCO

OysterFest

Oysters, a supposed aphrodisiac and "poor man's food," will be celebrated Saturday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's 12th annual OysterFest. Visitors will enjoy learning how to grow, nipper and tong oysters from the Waterman's Wharf and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "Kids-town" will allow children to make oyster jewelry, hear stories and "tong" for prizes. Visitors may also explore the skipjack Rosie Parks and the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood or take a cruise on the museum's replica oyster buy-boat, Mister Jim. Food will be in abundance, too. Raw, fried and roasted oysters will be sold with beverages, accompanied by an Oyster Soup Cook-Off. There will be live music on the museum's bandstand.

OysterFest is Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Free. Call 410-745-2916.

Indie Film Fest

The second Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, Wednesday through Sunday, includes an appearance by John Waters along with films about the L.A. dating scene, holy intervention by the Virgin Mary, child labor and Tibetan struggle.

A screening of the 1926 silent movie, "Ben Hur" will be accompanied by an 11-piece orchestra conducted by Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files."

The opening night gala kicks off the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Rehoboth Convention Center. The festival ends Sunday, around 8:30 p.m. at the Rehoboth Mall Food Court. Screenings will be shown throughout Rehoboth. $25 opening night; $15 closing night; tickets to screenings will vary. Call 302-645-9095.

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