Swamp Yankee Days offer fire truck show, demosRICHMOND — Swamp Yankee Days this weekend offer family-friendly activities at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond.The two-day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, at the fairgrounds, rain or shine. Admission is $5 for adults but free for children 10 and younger.Activities include a fire truck show, an antique tractor parade, a karate demonstration and cow chip bingo sponsored by the Charlestown Rotary Club. There will also be live music all weekend long. Noank Grammar School holding reunionNOANK — Old Noank Grammar School, which closed in 1949, will host a reunion for former students in the Noank Church vestry on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 to 4 p.m. All former students are invited and encouraged to bring photographs. Call 860-536-3792 for more information. VFW monthly meeting will be SaturdayMYSTIC — The Hugo A. Simonelli Post 3263, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 60 Stonington Road, will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. All eligible members are encouraged to attend.The monthly breakfast will be back on Oct. 20, 8 to 11 a.m. The selection of items will include juice, coffee or tea, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, omelets, and toast. The public is invited.The Ladies’ Auxiliary meets the second Monday of the each month. The Men’s Auxiliary meets the first Thursday of each month. Seaport holding annual Chowder DaysMYSTIC — Mystic Seaport celebrates fall and the harvest season with its annual Chowder Days on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12 to 14. The public is invited to participate in a range of family-friendly activities and partake in an à la carte menu featuring a variety of chowders, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage, clam and apple fritters, and other seasonal items prepared by Mystic’s Coastal Gourmet.New for 2013 are horse-drawn hayrides, scarecrow building, gourd decorating, face painting, and games on the village green, including bean bag and ring tossing, croquet, and tumbling towers, a supersized version of the popular table game Jenga.Live music will be provided all three days. The scheduled performers are Saturday, Oct. 12, Pierce & Taylor from 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, 100 Watt Suns from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 14, Andy & Bethany from 12-4 p.m.The Seaport will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The cost of food is not included in museum admission. Additional fees required for Sabino cruises and hayrides. For more information visit mysticseaport.org/chowderdays. Hera Gallery presents national juried exhibitionWAKEFIELD — The Hera Gallery will present “Paint,” a national juried exhibition from Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 at its gallery at 10 High St.An opening reception will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited.The exhibit has been juried by Neal Walsh of AS220’s Project Space. The exhibiting artists are Susan Boski, Robert Dupree, Graham Heffernan, Mandy Howe, June Levinson, Nick McKnight, Charles K. Morgan, Linda Peduzzi, Alicia Piccolo, Cody Rounds, Jason E. Smith, Simone Spruce-Torres, Ken Steinkamp, Kate Sterchi, Roger Sutro, Dan Talbot, and Jason Travers. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is available behind the building or across the street. Author to read at Mystic bookstoreMYSTIC — Bank Square Book in Mystic, will host a reading of “The Biology of Luck,” by author Jacob M. Appel on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Elephant Rock Books author Patricia Ann McNair, whose collection “The Temple of Air” was chosen as The Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year in fiction, will be joining Jacob for both of these readings.Appel recently won first place in the William Faulkner William Wisdom 2013 Creative Writing Competition and The Ledge Magazine Fiction Contest, as well as his work receiving notable selection in Best Essays 2013, Best Short Stories 2013, and Best Mystery Stories 2013. Local artists to be featured at libraryMYSTIC — The Mystic & Noank Library presents a collaborative exhibition of artwork by local artists during October in the Ames Room. Rita Dawley, Sadie Davidson Devore and Sean Kane will exhibit their artwork from now until Nov. 15 during regular library hours. Rita Dawley is a mixed-media artist whose primitive images of people, animals and the natural world are colorful and narrative. Sadie Davidson Devore is an arts educator, currently at Stonington High School and works in a variety of media. Her colorful abstracts and landscapes show her sense of playfulness. Sean Kane is a calligrapher, collage artist and potter. His motivating force is in expressing his thoughts and feelings through art.All three artists are members of numerous arts organizations throughout the area.The library offers monthly exhibits in the Ames Meeting Room of artwork by local artists. For more information call 860-536-7721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Renaissance Faire at Dodd StadiumNORWICH — The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will be held at Dodd Stadium at 14 Stott Ave., on Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, from now until Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.The faire is recreation of an old world harvest fair from the Middle Ages. Costumed performers wander the streets interacting with guests, craft shops line the streets selling wares and eight stages run continuous entertainment throughout the day.To purchase tickets and for more information visit ctfaire.com or call 860-478-5954.