In what could be seen as emblematic of this season's unusual weather, Sunday brought precious little "winter" to Oak Brook's annual Winterfest event.
Higher-than-normal temperatures and a persistent rain put a literal damper on the event, which in the past has included such favorite wintertime activities as ice skating and sledding. Still, dozens of people turned out at Central Park West for the indoor side of the day, which included craft-making and face-painting.
"The weather hasn't been ideal," said Karen Spandikow, assistant director of recreation for the Oak Brook Park District, which organized the event with the Oak Brook Civic Association. "But more people are starting to arrive, so we may be OK."
Children who attended got the chance to make birdfeeders out of pine cones, have their faces painted and dance to the energetic live music provided by Scribble Monster & His Pals. And there were those who tried some of the more wintry activities, despite the weather's lack of cooperation.
Seven-year-old Alexandra Woodruff took a turn walking in the snow with snowshoes provided by the park district.
"It felt weird," the smiling and shy Alexandra said.
Her mother, Monina Woodruff, said they planned to make the best of the event. "I'm glad they went ahead with it," she said.