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Five things to do, Oct. 2-8

The Handel and Haydn Society, WGBH’s Food & Wine Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, and more.

Stu Rosner
H&H concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky.


Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8

The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival packs the weekend with appearances, demonstrations, and book signings by high-profile chefs at the station’s Brighton studios. Check the website for events, which include a chefs’ gala, a brunch bar, and “Food Fight: Global Street Food.” Times and prices vary.


Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8

On the Road turns 60 this year, and the author’s hometown honors him at the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival. The schedule includes visits to Kerouac’s old neighborhoods, hangouts, and his grave; a screening of the Beat classic Pull My Daisy; and live theater based on Kerouac texts. 6 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. Free (donations requested at some events).


Opening Friday, October 6

The Gloucester Stage Company wraps up its season with Christopher Sergel’s 1991 adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Sergel received special permission from Lee, who died last year, to adapt the tale of 10-year-old Scout Finch coming of age in Alabama in the 1930s. Through October 27.  From $38.


Friday and Sunday, October 6 and 8


The country’s oldest continuously performing arts organization, the Handel and Haydn Society, dusts off its period instruments and kicks off its 203d season. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 headlines opening weekend, with Masaaki Suzuki conducting in his H&H debut. It’s the orchestra’s first performance of the masterpiece at Symphony Hall in 14 years. Also on the program: Haydn’s final symphony, No. 104. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets from $29.


Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8

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After harvesting cranberries for 160 years, Wareham’s A.D. Makepeace knows the drill. The company’s 14th annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration features cooking and harvesting demonstrations, live music, helicopter rides, and plenty of vendors. Visitors can also borrow a pair of waders and venture into the bog. 10 a.m. both days. $10, seniors and military $5, children under 7 free.

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