I'm writing this article 18 days before the festival. I look out the window at dirty patches of snow, wide expanses of grass, and muddy little dirt piles turned up by moles. The temperature is in the high 30s and the short-range forecast promises the clouds will move on and leave us with a sunny afternoon. It even smells like spring out there. Not the kind of weather we prefer for Audubon's longest running festival. There have been years when the weather was just like this on the day of the festival. Our volunteers greeted visitors by saying, "Welcome to the No-Flake Festival!" I'm hoping that the extended forecast for the end of January of snow and temperatures in the 20s holds so that this year our winter festival will look wintery!