---- — The fifth annual Winnekenni Chowderfest will be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Winnekenni Castle.
Visitors can sample chowders from the region’s finest restaurants and caterers and vote for their favorites. This year’s entertainment includes big band music by Itchy Feet, steel pan music by Toby Tobas, and headliner band the B St. Bombers. Children’s activities include a bouncy house, games and a live performance by the Roaring Duck Puppets. Shopping at Creative Haverhill’s mobile art shop will be available.
Sampling of chowder concludes at 3:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at the conclusion of the festival. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. More information is available at winnekenni.com.
Mad Hatter Day
at library Saturday
Mad Hatter Day will be celebrated at the public library on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cavalarro room.
Children will make their own Mad Hatter hats. The event is for ages 5 and older. More information is available at haverhillpl.org.
Star Wars Reads
Day is Saturday
The public library will celebrate Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Activities include a character guessing game, movie trivia, costume contest and LEGO Star Wars. More information is available at haverhillpl.org.
Church plans ham and bean supper
The First Church of Christ will hold a ham and bean supper Saturday at 5 p.m.
The meal includes baked ham, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, home-baked bread, dessert and beverages. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. There is a $20 family maximum. A mini penny sale takes place during the supper. The church is at 10 Church St. More information is available by calling 978-374-1114. Visit online at fccbradford.org.
Democrats open campaign headquarters
The Haverhill Democratic City Committee has opened a coordinated campaign headquarters in the Landmark Building, 76 Merrimack St.
The office is open most days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as some nights and weekends. Anyone interested in volunteering to help out in the fall campaign is encouraged to drop in. Lawn signs and bumper stickers are available for most of the Democratic candidates.
A grand opening of the new headquarters is scheduled for Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. All Democratic candidates have been invited to attend and refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public. More information is available from Roz McKeon, headquarters chair, at 978-373-4032 or email@example.com, or Bill Cox, city committee chair, at 978-374-6297.
Campbell to meet with city residents
State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell will host a coffee hour Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.
The public is invited and refreshments will be served. As a result of redistricting, Campbell will represent Methuen and Haverhill in 2013.
Free Civil War Walk Friday in Haverhill
Local historians Joe Bella and Thomas Spitalere will lead a free historical walk through Hilldale Cemetery on Friday.
The walk is from 3 to 4 p.m. and will commemorate Haverhill’s Civil War history, focusing on the Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery and their stories. Please wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring cameras if you wish. More information is available from Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
Ghost hunt is set for Saturday at cemetery
Members of the The Essex County Ghost Project will lead a ghost hunt through Hilldale Cemetery on Saturday.
Over the last few weeks, there has been an increase in paranormal activity in the cemetery, organizers said. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the hunt starts at 7 p.m. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring cameras and audio recorders if you wish. Admission of $10 per person supports the cemetery’s maintenance and restoration. More information is available from Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
Museum to host student art show
The annual Susan Kneeland student art show opens Oct. 16 at the Buttonwoods Museum and runs to Oct. 27.
The event is closed Mondays. The public is invited to a free reception Oct. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. The museum is at 240 Water St. Visit online at haverhillhistory.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.