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Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. Oct 11, 2012. 4 Replies

This is my first "go" at starting a discussion, so here it is----Since this is a bicycle style group, I was wondering if anyone wishes to comment on the following:1. How many of you have bikes and…Continue

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Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. (Order of Chiron Cyclists) spends much of his time cycling the rural paths and lanes of his small town. This is his passion, as is the never-ending search for the rare and curious (and sometimes forbidden knowledge) contained in antiquarian volumes which he endeavors to preserve. In a fortutious accident some time ago, Phineas stumbled onto a method of time travel which though, not perfectly under his control has, nonetheless, allowed a fruitful addition to his quest for adventure.
Who would have thought that the quiet, neatly dressed cyclist on the leafy paths of Ruralia, collector of rare books and keen grower of winter flowers and vegetables is in actuality a Traveler and Adventurer through the Net Of Time?

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Cycling the Third Creek Greenway

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 12:12pm 0 Comments

A summer of cool breezes continues with many-a-day let drift by without riding down the path.    Today I rode the greenway from the park to the end and back with a brief stop to rest at the coffee house.   Apparel:   Tan knickers with black knicker  socks, gray and green checked vest, white shirt with blue stripes and tan cloth cap (when not riding) and black helmet (when riding).   The path was deserted.    Where was everyone?    I only elicited smiles from a family walking on the trail.  …


Zephyrs and Wheels

Posted on March 9, 2013 at 7:59pm 0 Comments

A Solo Tweed Ride Today.

Route:  Greenway from Riverbank to End of Third Creek.  There and Back.

Temp: 65 F.

Attire:  Harris Tweed coat, gray vest w. silver watchchain, banded collar shirt, tan knickers , black bicycle socks, brogues.

   A springlike day of warm zephyrs and frog chorus with antiphons.   The path crowded.   Coffee on the terrace at the half way point.…


Cycling the Greenway on a Blustery Day

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 11:28am 0 Comments

    The afternoon breeze pushed relentlessly against me as I rode along the river.   There were white caps on the waves near the center of the stream.   My Harris Tweed was obviously not enough so I halted momentarily and added my scarf and gloves.   How deceptive the winter sun and billowly white clouds on the horizon!  

     On rounding the first curve of the Greenway at Third Creek, I head again the spring peepers singing out in full voice into the wintery breeze.   They, at any…


Thanksgiving at Cigno-Pozza

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:51pm 0 Comments

   Apprehension turned to despair as I topped Jellico Mountain to discern the Heavens in a swirling mass of slate clouds tumbling madly from the West.   "It will be a dismal day at Cigno-Pozza and the Countessa's guests will most likely have to huddle inside close to the roaring fire", I predicted.

    My predictions proved correct, partly.   I rounded the gravel drive with the lake to my left pebbled with tiny raindrops and the house to my right tucked, as always, against the wooded…


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At 8:35pm on January 24, 2016, Captain said…

You might like this nearby SP event:

At 7:11am on May 22, 2014, Ryan Grimm said…

Good Morning, Good Evening, or Good Afternoon, it's so hard to tell when you will get this...
Just went over old (2012!) messages and happened to find your link to the Costumer's Manifesto and detachable collars.

Just in time...I'm redoing some shirts for them.

Thanks again!

At 10:59pm on April 6, 2014, Loveden Hill esquire said…

I thank you Sir for your newly found friendship.

At 7:53pm on May 21, 2013, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Dear Phineas , Profoundly moved to hear of your struggles with the garden . Good luck with your exertions and I look forward to your resumption of Empire observations . Yours , S

At 7:08pm on May 20, 2013, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Dear Phineas , Our paths have not crossed for some time . Are you well ? Yours , S

At 10:41am on March 29, 2013, Garrett Chrononaut Collins said…

Greetings Kind Sir,

Thanks for your wonderful comments.  The photos were of patrons who dressed up for a specific Steampunk event we held in connection with our production of The Flying Dutchman.  The production (sets and costumes) drew a bit of inspiration from the Steampunk movement.  We held a private pre-performance reception for guests who dressed up and they got to take a special backstage tour of the sets.  After the performance, we held an After-Party, hosted by a local radio station (KCRW).


I'm thrilled to hear that Knoxville Opera is encouraging patrons to dress up for the opera.  I will have to do a bit of research to see what else Knoxville is doing!  We've started a fashion blog discussing different ways to get dressed up for the opera. 


Thank you so much for letting me know that there are other opera fans out there who are dressing for the occasion!



At 5:02pm on February 12, 2013, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Honored to accept your friendship .

At 11:29am on November 12, 2012, Miss Cherries Jubilee gave Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. a gift
Just a little something to let you know i appreciate your participation in the Union.
At 8:50am on November 4, 2012, Ryan Grimm said…

The expedition to Cider Day was a success, to say the least.  Tasted 6 or 7 home-made ciders and ice wines at the morning Workshop, and on the way into the Workshop was 'ambushed' by no less than three sets of folks giving away samples....walking was not a problem, as I paced myself.
On the way out of the Workshop, the usual 'Here, taste this' ambushes on the way to the parking areas...another 4 or 5 tastings, including one award winner.
Then went to a 2-1/2 hour long Salon with 40+ cideries/wineries represented, each with 2-7 different ciders, scrumpies, common ciders, ice ciders, fortified ciders....EGAD!
Let's see....42 cideries, times 4 ciders each = Good Lord protect us all.
Thank the Gods that they had dump pails, and I only went after the sweeter types, a mere 30 or so.
Cideries from England, New Zealand, Spain, France, Washington State, VA, MI, CT, MA, Indiana, VT, NH, Oregon, Wisconsin, Minnesota...and so on.
This is the LARGEST collection of ciders on display in the world as far as I know...and started because two different people walked out of a Washington State spiel on 'eating' apples (nothing on cider when they went for this) 19 years ago; they met in the parking lot and thus....

My personal favorite was meeting the couple that show heirloom apples, they have over 100 varieties on the farm.
My personal favorite of these is 'DECIO', know to have been cultivated from Roman times...yes, the earliest known cultivated apple, still grown after 2000+ years.

R. Grimm.

At 5:15am on November 3, 2012, Ryan Grimm said…

Many thanks for the lead to Costumer's Manifesto...I shall peruse it at a later present I am packing the tea kit and heading out the door to a Hard Cider tasting and Salon in western Massachusetts:

Yours, etc. etc.
R. Grimm


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