Events range from opening of sesquicentennial time capsule and opening day of Hannibal Central Park Farmers' Market to Frankford's annual Choir Day and Spring Festival of Country Music

Arts and history will be highlighted through various weekend activities in the Hannibal area as the city's bicentennial celebration continues.

The first day of the Hannibal Central Park Farmers' Market will also feature a ceremony to open the time capsule buried during sesquicentennial celebrations. Arts of various types will be created and performed throughout the area during the River Bluffs Paint Out, Frankford's 73rd Choir Day, the Monroe City Singers Spring Concert and a jazz concert performed by Katie Wood and Friends: Jazz Trio.

Time capsule opening, Farmers' Market opening day

The Hannibal Central Park Farmers' Market's opening day will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4. The market features locally grown produce along with plants, baked goods, crafts and other items from areas vendors. At 10 a.m., the time capsule buried in Central Park during Hannibal's sesquicentennial will be opened. Tom and Becky will be handing out raffle tickets for people who wish to participate in opening the capsule.

A band called Sesquicentennial Survivors will perform in the bandstand after the time capsule is opened. The band consists of Dale Hayes, George Roberson, Rachel Bringer Shepherd, Wes Mitchell, Larry Taylor and Betty and Martin Miller. Other musicians may join the performance.

Items in the capsule include a dress worn by Tanya Sue King, Hannibal's sesquicentennial baby, a small bottle of tranquilizers from Scott's Drug Store, sesquicentennial editions of the Hannibal Courier-Post and the Quincy Herald-Whig, taped radio broadcasts from KHMO and KGRC, a letter to the citizens of 2019 from Mayor Fred Herrin, letters from Berkshire School students, an 1894 penny from Mrs. Ray Kuhn, and literature from the Hannibal Free Public Library, Levering Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the Ice House Theater.

Call 573-221-0154 for more information.

River Bluffs Paint Out

Hannibal and Canton residents will create works of art throughout the weekend “en plein air.” Artists will paint outside on Saturday, May 4 in Canton and on Sunday in Hannibal. The annual event also includes “Fresh Art” sales featuring artwork created earlier that day. The first sale will be from 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the 4th Street Warehouse, 12 N. 4th St. in Canton. The Sunday sale will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St. in Hannibal.

For more information, call 573-221-6545.

Spring Festival of Country Music

The Spring Festival of Country Music will feature a variety of country music songs from 6-9 p.m. at Greater Days Restaurant, 111 N. Main St. Performers will include Betty and Martin Miller, Harlon Lain, Wendell Glance, Greg Cornelius, Virgil Watts and special guests. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the band. Greater Days Restaurant will have food and drink available for purchase. The concert is sponsored by Hannibal Parks & Recreation. For more information, call 573-221-5682.

Frankford's 73rd Choir Day

On the first Sunday of May since 1946, Frankford residents and visitors have gathered for the annual Choir Day at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The organizers are welcoming choirs, soloists and representatives to perform A and B selections during the celebration. Dinner will begin at noon, and the service starts at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come for a day of praising the Lord, food and fellowship.

Katie Wood and Friends: Jazz Trio

Hannibal jazz artist Katie Wood and fellow musicians will return to perform jazz standards from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Rustic Oak Grill and Pub in the Huck Finn Shopping Center. Guest artists will be Brad Ellebrecht, keyboard, and Andy Hainz, bass. For more information, call 573-221-4900 or visitrusticoaksteakhouse.com.



trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com