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We are feeling a little emotional as we sit in the confines of our office cubicle and ponder the beauty and majesty of the final weekend weather forecast for the last month of summer.

We are feeling misty-eyed partly because this is the last long weekend of summer 2014. Now that we think about it, maybe we shouldn't call this the last long weekend of summer.

No, maybe we should stress the positive and call it the first long weekend of the rest of our lives.

There, doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? No? We didn't think so.

Anyway, the main reason we are feeling a bit sensitive is because Friday morning, before we drove to the office, our lovely wife hopped into a huge rented truck to move our daughter -- along with half our furniture -- to Thunder Bay, where she (we mean our daughter) will be getting a master's degree in something we do not understand well enough to explain.

Thanks to our lack of skill at highway driving and our insistence on playing Golden Oldies on the radio, we personally were left at home to supervise our two dogs, who are now deeply depressed, a fact they made clear by spending the morning with their wet little noses and moony faces pressed up against the living room window.

Sniff! Getting back to the weather, we are pleased to report we will get a brief respite from the rain that soaked our golf shirt Friday morning as we sprinted from the car into the Free Press building.

According to Environment Canada -- and they almost never make this stuff up -- today we can expect nothing but sunny skies and a pleasant high of 22 C, which is spot-on normal for this time of year.

On Sunday, however, the weather office wants you to be prepared for another rainy day, which apparently will be followed by more clouds and a 30 per cent chance of even more rain both Monday and Tuesday.

But if we have said it once, we have said it a million times, Winnipeg: YOU ARE NOT MADE OF SUGAR! Which means we will accept no excuses for why you cannot head outside to enjoy some awesome -- if slightly moist -- Labour Day weekend fun.

Speaking of workers' rights, you can celebrate the long weekend at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, taking in "a craft, critter dipping, canoe excursions, face painting, birding walks and more."

If you decide to go, we'd appreciate it if you could email us later and explain what the (bad word) "critter dipping" is. Thank you.

Or you and the family can enjoy a traditional Labour Day Picnic on Monday. The picnic party will meet at Memorial Park at 1 p.m., march to Portage Avenue, then head west to Vimy Ridge Park for the picnic, which runs from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and features free hotdogs and entertainment.

Looking for some old-school fun? Tonight is the final night this summer Cityplace's parking lot will be transformed into a drive-in movie theatre. Shows start at sundown and are free for walkers and cyclists, while spots for vehicles can be reserved for $10 at shedwinnipeg.com.

The parking lot is located at the corner of Carlton Street and Graham Avenue, in the heart of the city's Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED). The public will vote between The Matrix and Terminator 2: Judgment Day for tonight's final film.

If you are a hardy Winnipegger, head down to The Forks today and Sunday for the annual Prairie Barge Festival, three days (it kicked off Friday) of music, art and culture showcasing the diverse talent of the Prairies, everything from musicians to visual artists and craft producers.

Bomber fans are in for a treat, too, because the free family-friendly weekend includes a live projection of Sunday's Labour Day Classic football grudge match between our beloved Big Blue and those (very bad word) melon heads from Saskatchewan at 3 p.m.

You'll find the full schedule for the festival at theforks.com, but do yourself a favour and check out the Riel Gentlemen's Choir on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Before you do anything, however, I'd appreciate it if you could hand me a box of tissues. Because like I said earlier, I'm feeling a little emotional.

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 30, 2014 A2

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