The Falcon: A Jazz Haven in a Hudson Valley Hamlet

One recent development should add some incentive for out-of-towners: last fall Mr. Falco moved the Falcon from his backyard to larger accommodations on Route 9W, the town’s main drag. The handsomely renovated room, in what was once a 19th-century button factory, more than doubled his seating capacity, while easing tensions with his neighbors.

Since opening the day after Thanksgiving, the Falcon has settled into a steadier rhythm than ever before, with shows every Friday and Saturday. A liquor license came through in late January, and the kitchen began turning out light dinner fare. In theory, a visit to the club could form the cultural centerpiece of a restorative Hudson Valley weekend.

I set out to test that theory along with my wife, Ashley Lederer, who has grown warily accustomed to my idea of a weekend getaway. (I review pop and jazz for The New York Times; she harbors the humane conviction that a weekend should feel different than the rest of the week, and that a getaway involves getting away.) The good news is that we enjoyed Mr. Hersch’s two sets, with the bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Richie Barshay, at least as much as we would have in the city. Even better news: The weekend really did feel like a mini-vacation.

It began with a roadside stop at the workshop of Bruce Bayard, also known by the name of his trademark creation, Chainsaw Bear. Since 1993 Mr. Bayard has been using chainsaws to carve three-foot-high wood sculptures, specializing in grizzlies but also producing made-to-order sea captains and cigar-store Indians. He warmly welcomed a pair of unexpected visitors, sharing some tips about the area, starting with the Falcon.

The Hudson Valley is known for its agriculture, and the town of Marlborough, which includes the farming hamlets of Marlboro and Milton, fits the bill. Most of the area’s orchards and farms have yet to reopen for the season; Meet Me in Marlborough, a cooperative of…

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