I have a question for Mother Nature.
Technically, it's not my question. It's a question that was posed to me Friday afternoon by a colleague when I arrived at the Free Press News Caf© to chat with a couple of talented Fringe Festival performers for our website.
When a colleague saw I was writing yet another entertaining and educational weather column, here's what she wanted to know: "Hey, Mother Nature, why you playin' us like it's autumn? It even smells like autumn out there."
I have to say, Mother Nature, that is an excellent journalistic question. One week we are enjoying a sweltering July heat wave and then -- BLAMMO!!! -- suddenly we are reaching for our long underwear and fuzzy sweaters.
It was so cold and damp on Thursday night that -- Grab a box of Kleenex before you read this next sad bit -- we were forced to cancel our bocce game at Mona Lisa Ristorante.
Fortunately, I have moderately good weather-related news for everyone who is weary of dodging raindrops and wants to eke out a little more enjoyment from a Prairie summer that can't make up its mind about what kind of summer it wants to be.
According to Environment Canada, we will see nothing but sunny skies this weekend. Today's outlook calls for sun and a pleasant high of 22 C, which is still a full four degrees below the normal high of 26 C at this time of year.
On Sunday, look for more sun and a toastier high of 24 C. On Monday, however, grab your rubber ducks and put the slipcovers on your barbecues, because it's going to be moist. We're talking rain followed by scattered periods of more rain and a high of 23 C.
The point the Weather Column is trying to make is you should put down this newspaper right now and run outside to soak up as much summer sun as you can before autumn arrives for real.
I strongly suggest you take in the final weekend of the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, featuring 169 shows at 32 venues. You should definitely check out New Zealander Penny Ashton's one-woman show, Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton, and Emma Zabloski's show, Keeper, because I just interviewed both of them (Go look at the videos right now at www.winnipegfreepress.com) and they are wicked-talented and super-nice. Tickets are $10 and available at the door, the box office at 174 Market Ave., or online at www.winnipegfringe.com.
If you feel like a drive, hop in the car and head out to the annual Gimli Film Festival with its sand-filled free beach screenings. Tonight we're talking Grease and Sunday it's The Deep. Full fest schedule at www.gimlifilm.com.
Being worldly, culture-loving Winnipeggers, you are going to want to be down at The Forks today from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Folklorama Kickoff featuring some awesome national and international performers moving to rhythms from around the world. Fireworks start around 10:45 p.m., weather permitting. Folklorama runs Aug. 4 to 17.
So, yes, it's going to be a tiny bit colder than normal, but do not let that deter you. Slap a smile and some sunscreen on your goofy faces and get outside, because we do not want to make Mother Nature any (bad word) angrier than she is already.