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Saturday, Oct. 19, is Pumpkin Day at historic Cogswell’s Grant. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children and adults can celebrate the arrival of fall with hay rides, pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie-eating contest, crafts, games, cider pressing, hot mulled cider sipping, and choosing the pick of the pumpkin patch’s jack-o-lanterns. Tour the historic house —a treasure trove of American antiques and folk art. Admission. $6 adults; $4 children; free to members of Historic New England. Cogswell’s Grant is located at 60 Spring St., Essex. For more information, call 978-768-3632
The Essex Cultural Council proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs are due Tuesday, Oct. 15: the postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, artist residencies, school performances, workshops and lectures. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which allocates funds to each community. This year, about $4,250 in grants will be awarded. Previous projects include library program, Honors Youth Concert (Chorus North Shore), and a Council on Aging musical revue. Contact Peggy Duff at 978-768-6706 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available at the library and Town Hall, or online at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp.