Wow. That whole dark at 4:30 in the afternoon thing can be kind of a bummer. As I write this it is not yet 9 pm and yet I feel like it’s 1 am. The night feels so heavy and unending. I know I will wake up at six (thinking it’s seven) and I will be UP. I really can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I am traditionally a night person, but I always have a sneaking suspicion that morning people get more done. Or maybe they just act like they do. Anyway in this darkness, I find I don’t really want to do anything, just read the paper and go to bed.

Congratulations to Aretha and Keron Brown whose daughter Fiona, was born on Sunday at 12:20 pm. Aretha had a long labor and everyone is healthy. Congratulations as well to Grandmas Kate and Joanie, and Aunties Liz and Aquinnah. I can’t wait to meet her.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Lisa Vanderhoop’s new Seadogs calendar. It is the best one yet — so many great photos and the layout is very sharp. Nice job, Lisa.

The Wampanoag Planning Department will be presenting the results of a wind feasibility study that looks at the technical feasibility of erecting two wind turbines on Wampanoag lands. The public hearing (all Island residents are welcome) will be on Friday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 6 pm at the main tribal building in Aquinnah.

June Manning will be speaking at the Grill on Main in Edgartown this Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm, on the contributions and influences of the Wampanoag Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard. Tickets are $25, and proceeds go to the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living. Call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440 if you are interested.

On Tuesday, Jan Buhrman is teaching a class on holiday cooking from 9 am to 1 pm. The price is $55 and includes the class, recipes, and lunch.

The Helping Homeless Animal Shelter in Oak Bluffs is in need of volunteers. They have a lot of cats and dogs that need a good home if you are shopping for a pet. Call Kim Cyr at 508-221-6931.

Calling all knitters, bakers, and other crafty sorts: Handmade from the Heart for Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard will be on December 11 from 10 am to 3 pm in Edgartown. If you would like to donate items you have made, please call 508-693-0189.

Christmas is next month? Here on the Vineyard I think we should have Christmas right after Labor Day, when the tourists are gone but we all still have money. Who has money for gifts in December?