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82. Insurance

82. Insurance

2022-12-0115:00

Ash trees are dying fast. Not just at our house, but across the Hudson Valley. This has made me learn a lot about taking care of trees (e.g., the PINE method for tree care: prune, inspect, nourish and extend), meet a shirtless tree caregiver, and find an expert to ask all my questions about insurance. Scot Hastie of Pardee’s Agency in Kingston, NY, thankfully came to rescue us cidiots, tackling a thorough Q&A across homeowners, auto and commercial insurance. We talk about what insurance covers (and doesn't) when it comes to trees falling, septic systems breaking, hitting animals, running a business out of your home, and more.  You’ll find the full Q&A on the Cidiot blog: https://www.cidiot.com/blog/insurance-qa-for-cidiots/ Here’s how to contact Scot Hastie directly; tell ‘em Cidiot sent ya: email: shastie@pardeesinsurance.net phone: 845-331-0025 x1940 web:  Pardee's Agency (A World Company) Thanks to Scot Hastie at Pardee's Agency in Kingston and to Sunflower Market, with stores in Woodstock and Rhinebeck, for supporting Cidiot this season. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
81. Reclaimed

81. Reclaimed

2022-11-2228:59

Meet a couple who makes a leap, not just in moving upstate, but by restoring a motel. Cidiot talks to Kendra Sinclair and Jared Vengrin who have just opened the Reclaimed Motel in Red Hook in Dutchess County, New York.  Jared grew up here, met Kendra in college and now they’ve together been lovingly updating this motel along the Albany Post Road with a view of the Catskills. With fantasies of being Moira from Schitt’s Creek and furnishing it with vintage items within a 20-mile radius, they’ve designed it with a nod to 1960s motor lodge experience, including fun, comfortable and groovy. Hear about their experience, why they made the choice, motel history featuring Robert Redford, and some advice about visiting the Hudson Valley in the winter months including maple tapping!  Thanks Kendra and Jared for the special offer.  Reclaimed Motel is offering Cidiot listeners 10% off on your first stay. Just enter CIDIOT in your reservation form.  Links mentioned:  Reclaimed motel: Site | Instagram (@reclaimedmotel)  New York State Small Business Development Center  From Wreck to Reno (The Daily Catch) Thank you Sunflower Market, with stores in Woodstock and Rhinebeck, for supporting Cidiot. Long.Live.Local. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
80. Little Critters

80. Little Critters

2022-11-1012:36

It seemed like a giant beehive was in our willow. Or was it? What should a cidiot do anyway? This episode is about the little critters that fill our lives—and our properties—in the Hudson Valley. Bees, wasps, bats, snakes, spiders, chipmunks, frogs, beavers—and more. Tune in for an education and a giggle. Links: Beaverland, Leila Philip (new book!) Beekeeping in the Hudson Valley and Catskills Episode 78 Brett Barry shares his snake (and bear) stories Pestmasters Blog Spotted Laternfly (Scenic Hudson)  Rethinking the Humble Beaver (Scenic Hudson) Sponsors: Sunflower Market (Woodstock, Rhinebeck) Photo: Brett Barry of Kaatscast podcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
79. Urban Exodus

79. Urban Exodus

2022-10-2733:02

Let's talk more broadly about this movement to the country and the experience for each of us. I speak to artist and photographer Alissa Hessler, founder of Urban Exodus, a project and podcast. She is also author of Ditch The City and Go Country: How to Master the Art of Rural Life From a Former City Dweller, which is how I first found out about her. You can already tell she's a role model for me. From her studio in Maine, Alissa talks about her move to the country, what she's learned, the impact on her life, the stories she's chronicled in others, advice for you, and of course about the Hudson Valley. We also start to get our heads around winter coming and what she does to get through and thrive in it. Spoiler: canning and a dance party! Links to what's mention in the episode: Urban Exodus (blog) Urban Exodus (podcast) Ditch The City and Go Country: How to Master the Art of Rural Life From a Former City Dweller (book) Cidiot Bookshelf (on bookshop.org) Related episodes: 72. Flatlanders 76. Hudson Valley Bookshelf Thanks to our sponsor Sunflower Market with stores in Woodstock and Rhinebeck. Sunflower is devoted to deepening symbiotic relationships through clean and sustainably sourced food. Visit their site and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
78. Pinkwater

78. Pinkwater

2022-10-1327:58

When you think of art in the Hudson Valley, your head probably goes to the Hudson Valley School and the river, mountains and landscapes of Thomas Cole and Frederick Edwin Church. You know, dead old white men. Anne Sanger runs the Pinkwater Gallery in uptown Kingston. She’s an artist and her gallery focuses on women artists of the Hudson Valley. We talk about her journey to the Hudson Valley, taking a wrong turn—or was it a right turn—and becoming an artist. We also chat about the types of artists she represents and the etiquette and advice for newbies like me shopping for art. Yes, you can sometimes borrow it! Thanks to our sponsor Sunflower Market with locations in Woodstock and Rhinebeck. Sunflower is devoted to deepening symbiotic relationships through clean and sustainably sourced food. Visit their site and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Pinkwater Guide to Art in the Kingston Area: GALLERIES IN KINGSTON In Uptown / the Stockade: Pinkwater Gallery  Headstone Gallery  In Midtown: Monument  In the Rondout / the Strand: Artport Kingston  West Strand Gallery  On Route 28 (between Kingston and Woodstock): The Lockwood Gallery  FALL LEAF PEEPING + ART Art OMI in Ghent  Storm King in the lower Hudson Valley near Windsor  Opus 40 in Saugerties  Annual Art Events in Kingston Art Walk Kingston in September  O+ Festival in October  Art Instruction for Adults Woodstock School of Art  Kingston Ceramics Studio  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
In a special cross-over in honor of International Podcast Day, Cidiot talks to this year’s winner of the Chronogrammie for regional podcast (we got runner-up!) Brett of Kaatscast podcast. It’s no wonder he won. A pro in audio with a very handsome voice and a public radio style podcast, Brett has recording more than 60 episodes of Kaatscast as well as audiobooks and driving tours of the Catskills.  Recorded outside at Ole Savannah’s in Kingston on the water, we talk about how working in audio leads to producing driving tours of the Catskills and his award-winning podcast (!) and we also compare the Catskills and the Hudson Valley and talk about bears and snakes. Ick. Be sure to also tune into Brett’s interview of Mat on his new episode of Kaatscast. Links Kaatscast podcast  Brett’s scenic tours (free) of the Catskills at Drive28.com North South Lake (Tannersville) Dibbels Quarry  The Best Rural & Regional Podcasts (Cidot.com blog) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
If you love books, you’ll love this episode. Cidiot gets local, pro recommendations from Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, The Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, Rough Draft Bar & Books in Kingston, and several Cidiot listeners. Links here and on the episode page on Cidiot.com Books mentioned: One Hundred Miles From Manhattan, Guillermo Fesser (memoir) The Rural Life, Verlyn Klinkenborg (memoir) This Poison Heart, Kalynn Bayron (novel) Please Wait To Be Tasted: L’il Debs Oasis Cookbook (cookbook) The Blade Between, Sam J. Miller (novel) Elegy For An Appetite, Shaina Lowe-Banayan (memoir) Diamond Street, Bruce Edward Hall (history) The Story of Historic Kingston, Stephen Blauweiss and Karen Berelowitz Our Country Friends, Gary Shteyngart (novel) A Ship Made of Paper, Scott Spence (novel) Fifty Acres and a Poodle, Jeanne Marie Laska (memoir) Country Matters: The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving from a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse, Michael Kora (memoir) Typecast, Andrea J. Stein (novel)  Bookshops: Cidiot bookshop (Bookshop.org) Oblong Books (Rhinebeck and Millerton) Rough Draft Bar & Books (Kingston) The Chatham Bookstore (Chatham):  Golden Notebook (Woodstock) Inquiring Minds (Saugerties) Magpie Bookshop (Catskill) Spotty Dog (Hudson) Half Moon Books - used (Kingston) Merritt Bookstore (Millbrook) H.A.S. Beane Books - used (Red Hook) Hobart Book Village (Hobart) The Bookloft (Great Barrington, MA) Rodgers Book Barn (Hillsdale) Other: Murders in the Hudson Valley Podcast (Apple) Welcome new sponsor: Sunflower Market, with stores in Rhinebeck and Woodstock, is devoted to deepening symbiotic relationships through clean and sustainably sourced food. Visit their site, follow on Facebook & Instagram. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
75. Sanctuary

75. Sanctuary

2022-09-0129:01

A big part of why we love the Hudson Valley and Catskills is because of the farms and the animals. In this awesome, moving, eye-opening, and hilarious episode, you’ll meet the fabulous Kathy Stevens and hear how Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties got started and its mission. You’ll learn about Noodles, a blind horse named Buddy, and a cow named Tucker, what Kathy calls 'random acts of callousness' and about the Underfoot Family.  “The tours change people,” Kathy explains.  You’ll also get advice on how to engage with animals on a tour (i.e., take your sunglasses off, sit down, don’t make a loud sound), CAS's unique programming, and why and how to volunteer. We find a job for Mat. And yes, yes, yes, Kathy and I will together make animal sounds. Catskill Animal Sanctuary website (donate, volunteer, programming) Herd Around The Barn podcast (Kathy's award-winning show) Welcome new sponsor: Sunflower Market, with stores in Rhinebeck and Woodstock, is devoted to deepening symbiotic relationships through clean and sustainably sourced food. Visit their site and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Past episodes on animals: 46. Pets 44. Chicken Run 41. Meet A Farmer 35. Animals --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
74. Summer Break

74. Summer Break

2022-08-1805:21

Super-short episode today while Cidiot prepares for a big, big, big fall sprint of shows starting September. Very excited and a new sponsor coming too.  Get on the free Cidiot newsletter to not miss a thing!  Cidiot Anthem (Audio only): Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud  Cidiot Anthem (Video): YouTube Plan ahead for fall with the Cidiot Guide to 2022 Fall Festivals on the Cidiot.com blog. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
Four years since the show debuted! What a good time for a State of the Cidiot. In this special episode, Mat reflects on what Cidiot has accomplished so far along with birthday messages from several listeners, including Mark, Katie, Allison, Irwin, Adam—and of course superfan Leslie, Mat's mom.  Thanks for supporting and enjoying Cidiot, the award-winning podcast about life in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Berkshires.  A few things you can do to make this birthday special: Rate and review Cidiot on Apple podcasts or via Cidiot.com. Sign up for the free Cidiot newsletter. Shop for merch and books through Cidiot.com. Other links: Talk to Allison, Radio Free Rhinecliff (Apple link) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
72. Flatlanders

72. Flatlanders

2022-07-2116:39

Is there an equivalent for cidiots in Maine? Yes there is! In fact, Mainers have their own dictionary of phrases I was excited to learn on our two-week vacation. It got me thinking about doing nothing and doing everything. I'll share my update on our to-do list and Robinson Greig sends in an update from Greig Farm.   Sign up for the Cidiot newsletter for free. Subscribe at Cidiot.com with your email address.  Other links: Discover Upstate Art Weekend July 22-24, 2022. Info here. Thanks to our sponsor Hudson Valley Kitchen and Design Center. Mention Cidiot for $500 off your project $5,000 or more. Info here. Send in a quick birthday message to Cidiot with the microphone at Cidiot.com My favorite Mainer phrases: "From Away" - from somewhere elsewhere than Maine "Flatlander" - someone raised at low altitude "Happier than a clam at high tide" - happy "Tighter than a bark on a tree" - tight "All stove to hell" - in bad shape --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
71. Mayors of the Mall

71. Mayors of the Mall

2022-07-0719:40

Newburgh is one of the oldest towns in New York State and frequently talked about as a city coming around. Cidiot spoke to Diane Parisella, who with her business partner Lisa Morgan, own Designed Grind Cafe at the Newburgh Mall and started The Newburgh Market, held on Sundays from April through the end of October in the mall parking lot 10am-3pm. Hear about the market, their business, what's coming to the mall, her favorite places in the Hudson Valley, and more on Newburgh itself. Stop by Designed Grind Cafe and tell 'em Cidiot sent you and get 10% off a delicious coffee. Thanks for listening to Cidiot and our sponsors Hudson Valley Kitchen Design Center and Taconic Toastmasters Club. Follow Cidiot on Instagram (@cidot.hv) and subscribe to the free newsletter on the home page at Cidiot.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
70. Toastmasters Teach

70. Toastmasters Teach

2022-06-2312:59

I asked our new sponsors at Taconic Toastmasters Club to help me be a better presenter on air for you. They went through a few of my episodes and tell me what I'm doing right—and maybe could be better. I'm a believer in self-improvement and I'll take a few tips wherever I can get them. Including about owls. Want to develop and polish communication and leadership skills in a fun, friendly, supportive environment? Join Taconic Toastmasters Club at their next meeting at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front St, Hudson, NY (Use rear entrance). The club meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 PM. See their website.  Follow Cidiot on Instagram and please send a birthday message at Cidiot.com. Just click on the microphone in the corner and mention your name and a favorite episode. By July 1 if you can. You can also subscribe for free to the Cidiot newsletter. Thanks. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
69. Saratoga

69. Saratoga

2022-06-0934:37

Let's go further north. Health. History. Horses. And culture. Cidiot has a one-on-one conversation with Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). You’ll hear about Elizabeth’s journey to leading SPAC, her discovery and full on love of Saratoga, what’s on this season, from jazz to the ballet — plus a delicious innovation “Choreographer’s Feast “ — dancers do eat! And in part three, Elizabeth shares her recommended itinerary of where to go for a weekend in Saratoga. Thanks to Elizabeth and SPAC, Cidiot is giving away two tickets to "Voice and the Violin" with Joshua Bell & Larisa Martinez, performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Friday, July 29, 2022. What’s your cidiot story? Send it in for your chance to win. Details on how to enter on the episode 69 page at Cidiot.com. Deadline is Friday, June 24th at midnight EST. Thanks for listening to Cidiot and our sponsors Hudson Valley Kitchen Design Center and Taconic Toastmasters Club. Follow Cidiot on Instagram (@cidot.hv) and subscribe to the free newsletter at Cidiot.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
68. Strawberries

68. Strawberries

2022-06-0206:26

It's strawberry season! Yes, I can't eat them sadly, but you probably can happily. In this special episode breaking from our usual schedule, hear directly from Robinson Greig at Greig Farm on best practices of what to look for and how to pick them.  Thanks for listening to Cidiot, the award winning podcast about moving to the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Berkshires. Subscribe to the newsletter and follow us on Instagram.  Photo courtesy of Greig Farm. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
67. Pride Is Back

67. Pride Is Back

2022-05-2627:31

Pride starts early in June across the Hudson Valley, Catskills and Berkshires. This episode I talk to Osun Zotique, executive director of OutHudson and the co-grand marshal of Hudson Pride. If you’re following the news, you may have also seen that Osun just announced a historic run for congress to represent the new 19th district. To their knowledge, Osun is the first trans non-binary candidate to run for national office. Learn more at OsunforNY.com. Osun and I talk about pride in the Hudson Valley, about Hudson (“the P-town of the Hudson Valley”), about LGBTQ contribution to the upstate’s community, economy and culture. Osun also teaches me about “forest bathing” and how this year’s Pride is an opportunity to take that COVID Stickiness and well, dance it out… Find Pride events mentioned in this episode and many others on the Cidiot.com blog post and follow Cidiot on Instagram. Thank for listening. And special thank you as well to show sponsors Hudson Valley Kitchen Design Center and Taconic Toastmasters Club. Photo credit: JD Urban. Provided by OutHudson. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
66. Spring To Do List

66. Spring To Do List

2022-05-1211:14

Is it a chore or a passion? This episode of Cidiot we go through seasonal to-do lists, from Mat, from listeners—and from a special guest Robinson Greig of Greig Farm. No one has a longer—or more daunting list—than a farmer.  If updating your kitchen, bathrooms and pantry is on your to-do list (it's on ours!), then you're in luck since a new sponsor of Cidiot is Hudson Valley Kitchen Design Center. For Cidiot listeners, just mention the podcast to save $500 off a project of $5,000 or more. See recent projects and fun on Instagram @hvkitchendesigncenter, visit their site at hvkitchendesign.com or call 845-615-9410 about a consultation.  Thanks for making Cidiot the best regional podcast in 2021 Chronogrammies. Voting is finishing up for 2022 and Cidiot is a finalist, so excited to see how the show does again. Get on the mailing list at Cidiot.com and follow Cidiot.hv on Instagram to stay current. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
65. The Daily Catch

65. The Daily Catch

2022-04-2841:49

Some of the most important news is local. Mat interviews Emily Sachar, publisher and editor of The Daily Catch. She shares her journey from a newspaper reporter (including an internship under Bob Woodward at The Washington Post), to an art historian and then starting The Daily Catch in Red Hook, NY. We hear about the stories of which she's proudest, behind the scenes of the Daily Catch's Ukraine coverage, what it takes to produce a daily paper, about just doing "the next right thing," and more. And when asked the signature question of her favorite place in the Hudson Valley or Berkshires, Emily brings Cidiot an exclusive! Cidiot is up for best regional podcast in the Arts & Entertainment category of the 2022 Chronogrammies. Please vote and get other ideas from Episode 64 "A Cidiot's Ballot," or via the blog post on Cidiot.com. Welcome new sponsors Taconic Toastmasters Club and Hudson Valley Kitchen Design Center. Lucky to have you. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
64. A Cidiot's Ballot

64. A Cidiot's Ballot

2022-04-1416:00

The Chronogrammies weren't always reader's choice, but luckily they are now. This episode, Mat reviews Chronogram magazine's 3rd Annual Chronogrammies finalists category by category with his picks for your vote—and why. From Arts & Entertainment and Retail to Nature & Outdoors, Shelter, Health & Wellness, and even People. You'll hear his top picks including Adams Fairacre Farms, Ashokan Resevoir, Bangallworks, Clermont, Citiot, Giobatta, Graham & Co., Greig Farm, Oblong Books, Olana Historic Site, Pause Dog Boutique, Rough Draft Bar & Books, WKZE and Woodstock Meats. See the blog post with the full ballot at Cidiot.com. Thanks for listening to Cidiot, 2021 Chronogrammie Winner of Best Regional Podcast. You can vote now and every day April 1-May 15 with just an email address at Chronogram.com under Chronogrammies. Excited for this vote and this season. Come visit.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
63. Comfort & Joy

63. Comfort & Joy

2022-03-3128:37

Whether you consider cottage core a movement or a stylish trend, it’s a connection to the past. I talk about what it means to me, including its form in Jello-molds. I also talk to Jeremy Franson and Sandra Franson, who run Comfort & Joy - Family Heritage for Today. We talk about their connection to the Hudson Valley, visiting Grammy Joy in Rhinebeck (they called it “Regular Town”), living on a farm, chamber pots, and about tradition—and why it’s important to keep it. We also get a primer in Women’s Suffrage Movement history for Jeremy’s twin sister Joelle, which is timely during Women’s History Month. Here are some helpful links to things mentioned in the episode: "Cottagecore: The Whimsical Trend That May Just Help Your Mental Health" (Healthline) Comfort & Joy - Family Heritage for Today: Send in recipes and stories to heritage@comfortandjoys.com or use the form at the website. Learn about Workshop Experience Weekend May 7-8 at workshopexperience.org and see my Podcasting 101 workshop on Saturday at 1-3:30 p.m. There’s also a blog post about it on Cidiot.com, as well as the beginning of a new guide to where to stay in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Berkshires. Would love additions, comments and suggested edits to make it more useful. Thanks for listening. Cidiot made the final round again for 2022 Chronogrammies Regional Podcast in the Arts & Entertainment category. Voting begins April 1 if you can please help out. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cidiot/support
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