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Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring St., will host Pumpkin Day on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features hay wagon rides, pumpkin carving and decorating, pie-eating contests, cider pressing, crafts and games, hot mulled apple cider and pumpkin pie. Choose a jack-o-lantern from the patch. The historic house will also be open for tours. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, free for Historic New England members.
Annual wine tasting
Chebacco Market and the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum will host the 11th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Friday, Oct. 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the Waterline Center, 66 Main St. Features themed gift baskets, including items from 2012 London Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, gift certificates, homemade crafts, art from Eventide, and more. Tickets are $20 for museum members, $25 for nonmembers. For reservations, visit essexshipbuildingmuseum.org or call 978-768-7541.
The Essex Board of Public Works will hold an informational public meeting about various proposed changes to the town of Essex Sewer Use Regulations at the Selectmen’s meeting of Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the TOHP Burnham Library, 30 Martin St. Changes involve the fee charges and rules for the allotment of additional sewer flow and the payment of balances for vacant lots upon development. Changes will be subject to the passage of a related Town Meeting article at the Special Town Meeting of Nov. 19, 2012.