I have now read about manual mode, and thought that if I played with shutter priority and used a tripod, that I should get a usable picture. So since I felt strong and refreshed from a relaxing holiday weekend, I decided I would head to the top of hospital hill and tackle the darkness. With the lack of snow, one might not know that it was a brisk 25 degrees out, however I donned a winter hat and gloves this trek out, and barely even noticed the cold. (A far cry from how I felt during my photographing expedition on Friday when I went sans hat and gloves - brrrrr. Lesson learned. Hat = Heat = Patience during photographing.)
Photograph was a moderate success!
My tripod is my husband's old tripod, and I could not get it to stay locked in the tallest position. The camera would wobble a bit and the tripod slipped down as I pressed the shutter button. I also had trouble figuring out which of the knobs would tilt the camera to a slight upward angle. I ended up decreasing the length of the back legs on the tripod, which seemed to help, although there has to be a better way. It was pretty awkward, lots of messing around to get the view I wanted in my viewfinder.
But since I actually achieved a picture where you can tell it is nighttime, and I can pick out a few trees and the street below, I'm calling it a success.