Get Naked in the 'Wood

Ever think you'd get naked in the 'Wood? What if it were for a really terrific cause?

Well, you're not actually getting naked in Maplewood... but the Oysterfest on September 17th will offer free Melanoma skin screenings from 1-5pm, provided by SOMA Skin. The festival, now in its second year, will honor the life of Bob Miller, a Maplewood resident, architect and father of four girls who passed away in 2014 after a two-year battle with Melanoma. He was 45 years old.

A Melanoma screening is a visual inspection of your skin... so you 'll need to lift a sleeve or pull up a pant leg, for example, but it does not involve anything invasive. While Melanoma is growing at faster rate than any other cancer it can be cured, if caught early.

This year's event takes place on Saturday, September 17th from 1-9 pm at the Woodland in Maplewood. The day-long event will feature live music, a magic show, beer gardens, and tons of food -- particularly lots and lots of oysters.

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $10 for children ages 12 and under, and $125 for VIP (which also includes an all-inclusive open bar,  Lunch: full oyster bar,  sliders, lobster rolls.  Dinner: pig roast, full oyster bar, crab cakes, sliders, desserts).

Proceeds benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation.

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