Starry, Starry Night X, 6 to 9 p.m., Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm, Felton Street, Peabody. The Trustees of the Peabody Institute Library and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation will host a cocktail party fundraiser with music, food and conversation under the stars. $20 ticket. Proceeds support programs, collections and services provided by the Peabody Institute Library. Purchase tickets at the Main, South or West Branch libraries, or at https://peabodylibrary.eventbrite.com.
America’s Music: Country and Bluegrass, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Explore the film “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music.” Event is part of a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. www.peabodylibrary.org.
Thursday, Oct. 10
Life in 17th-Century New England: An Archaeologist’s View, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Emerson “Tad” Baker, author and professor of history at Salem State University, will explore everyday living in 17th-century New England. Baker’s presentation will draw upon his excavations at many 17th-century archaeology sites and surviving buildings and historical records such as probate inventories. www.peabodylibrary.org.
Friday, Oct. 11
M is for Museum: Colonial Kids Help at Harvest, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Play with old-fashioned tools and experience children’s fall harvest chores in the Family Discovery Gallery. For children in preschool and older. Included with general admission. www.wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Peabody Downtown Scarecrow Decorating Contest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peabody Institute Library Courtyard, 82 Main St., Peabody. Drop off decorated scarecrows between 9 and 11 a.m. Games and refreshments from 9 to 11 a.m. Judging at 1 p.m. Prizes awarded at 1:30 p.m.; participants must be present to win. Free; open to the public. Entries by families, teams, schools, churches, clubs, organizations and businesses are welcome. To fill out an entry form, visit the Peabody Downtown Association at 71 Main St., Peabody. Forms are due by Thursday, Oct. 10 at noon. For more information or to submit an entry form, visit the PDA, or email email@example.com.