In and Around Hannibal

Can you believe it’s Columbus Day weekend?

We have had some great fall weather, haven’t we? Last weekend, I had the opportunity to drive down to the Southern Tier and into northern Pennsylvania. The colors were breathtaking, especially on the drive back.

We forget what a beautiful state New York is…we are sort of in the flats or rolling hills areas but as you drive south, you find more rolling to the hills as you head into the Appalachians and Endless Mountains.

What a glorious quilt of fields appears as you look across them there hills from 81. Take advantage of what is near you and head out and take in some of the countryside this weekend.

While I’m on the subject of travel — I was lucky to have my Texas family visit me for two-and-a-half days — a rare chance to be with my granddaughter. So we went to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester. What a delightful place to take your children or grands or even the neighbors.

We didn’t begin to cover it, spending most of our time on Sesame Street and at the Wegmans store. But that just means we’ll have to go back. Might make a good destination for this weekend. It was easy to find even if it is in downtown Rochester.

Upcoming events

Craft Fair at the American Legion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Oct. 12. Contact Sue Souva at for more information.

The Hannibal Homecoming Dance will be 7 to 10 p.m. this evening Oct. 12 at the High School.

School and the Senior Center are closed this Monday for the holiday so hit the road and take in the sites of New York.

Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle, play games or just engage in some idle chit-chat. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation at 564-5471.

The center will be closed this Monday in honor of Columbus Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, juice, fresh fruit

Friday, Oct. 18: Turkey sloppy Joe, rice pilaf, vegetable blend, fruit cocktail

Activities: Wednesday: bingo after lunch; Friday: Music with Deanna

The Hannibal United Methodist Church will be having its annual pie by order sale next week. Ordered pies are to be picked up at the (brick) church, corner of West and Church Street (state Route 3) by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. To place an order call 564-6690 by Tuesday Oct. 15.

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will be holding their Fall Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. It will take place in the Hannibal Community Center, next to the library.

There will be hundreds of books,  plus videos, and CD’s for all ages and interests. This year, there also will be many children and teen books. There will also be a wide variety of baked goods for sale. For more information please call Faith at 564-5192.

Remember, this column is about and for the people of Hannibal and the surrounding area. If you have an event that you would like the public to know about, send me an email or give me a quick call. Rita Hooper, 706-3564,


The Hannibal Town Board meets the third Wednesday of the month.

The Hannibal Village Board meets the second Monday of the month.

The Hannibal Planning Board meets the first Thursday of the month.

All meetings are held at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Help yourself and your community by attending.

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