Music performances, art projects and a whole hog breakfast among events coming to area

America's Hometown is warming up with spring sunshine and pleasant temperatures, and weekend entertainment events and gatherings ranging from music and art to a whole hog breakfast evoke the change in seasons.

Interactive experiences like the Hannibal Arts Council's Arty Party and Arch United Methodist Church's whole hog and pancake breakfast join performances including a gospel jam at the Gospel Shed and a music and comedy performance featuring a well-known Branson artist and Philadelphia native.

The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the upper 40s throughout the weekend, and showers and thunderstorms expected to begin Friday should give way to partly cloudy skies by Saturday evening. Whether spring sunshine or rainfall prevails throughout the weekend, there's no shortage of activities planned.

Hannibal Arts Council Suncatcher Arty Party

The Hannibal Arts Council regularly holds Arty Parties, where participants create works of art with the guidance of a guest instructor. No prior art experience is required, and each project reflects the season or the holiday. Mary Ann Hoag will show participants in the Suncatcher Arty Party how to create their own spiral wire structure adorned with marbles, glass and found objects. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St. Registration is required by calling 573-221-6545 or emailing reservations@hannibalarts.com.

Arch United Methodist Church whole hog and pancake breakfast

Arch United Methodist Church will start early Saturday morning with a whole-hog sausage and pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., at the church building located on Highway 61 South across from The Fireworks Superstore. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 12 and free of charge for children six years of age and younger. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Rainbow Network, a ministry that serves more than 50,000 Nicaraguans living in the country's most impoverished communities. For more information, call the church at 573-221-3227.

Special Evening of Comedy and Music

2017 Branson Comedian of the Year James Sibley will join Philadelphia native and fellow Branson entertainer Travis Spratt and local performer Kathy Brink for a Special Evening of Comedy and Music, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Room, 434 S. 8th St. in Quincy. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 573-286-9570. Sponsors for the event are Craig Spratt, State Farm Insurance Agent in Hannibal and Palmyra, H & R Block’s Hannibal, Canton, Palmyra and Quincy offices, Haul-A-Way Inc. Trash Pick-up Services in Hannibal and Gosney Pharmacy in Monroe City.

Gospel jam

The Gospel Shed invites everyone to a gospel jam and carry-in meal beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31. The church is located at 10373 Highway O in Hannibal. Pastor Martin Miller and Betty Miller join area performers to play various gospel favorites, and everyone is encouraged to bring a dish for a carry-in meal during the performance. The event is free of charge, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 573-221-5682.

trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com