Upcoming Events

Photo by Jacque Schiller

Saturday, December 5 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Barnes & Noble
555 Hubbard Street in Pittsfield, MA
Gina will sign books at the Herbert Middle School Book Fair and a portion of all sales at the bookstore on this day will benefit the school.

Friday, December 4 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
MacKimmie Co.
67 Church Street in Lenox, MA
Gina will sign books at this beautiful home goods store, which specializes in exquisite blankets, as part of Lenox’s “Making Spirits Bright” holiday shopping event.





The Tanglewood Picnic was named a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards “Cookbooks: Regional” category and Christopher Hixson won the Graphic Design USA 2015 Book Design Award for his work on the book.

 Recent Media Coverage

The Tanglewood Picnic was featured in the Albany Times UnionBerkshire EagleBerkshire EdgeBerkshire Family FocusBerkshire Food + TravelBerkshire HomeStyle, Berkshire MagazineBerkshire RecordBerkshire Style, Boston GlobeBoston MagazineFresh American by Annie SelkeiBerkshiresMassLiveMetroland, Norfolk Now, The Picnic SiteRural IntelligenceSpringfield RepublicanRogovoy ReportTake Magazine, Taste Berkshires, WAMC, Westfield News Arts Beat, WHDD, WQRX, WVOX, and Yankee Magazine. Below are some excerpts from the rave reviews, along with a few links to articles.

For all of The Tanglewood Picnic media coverage, please see

Wonderful…a delightful read for both newbies and seasoned Tanglewood pros, the book details 80 years of picnicking tradition with vintage photos, personal stories, and tasty recipes.”–Yankee Magazine

“It’s one of those books that years from now will still be circulating, waiting to be pulled off the shelf in a Berkshire cottage or New York City apartment, sniffed for that good book smell, and opened to remember summer. The book hails not just a picnicking tradition, but the way in which the world stops for music. All that love and beauty makes for a civilized time, and that makes life an art. —The Berkshire Edge

“We encounter the famous, along with the followers over more than 80 years, couples celebrating summer and music then and now, children, perhaps too early to settle in for Mozart, frolicking, church groups and old college chums gathering for annual reunions, allowed by Hyams, a fine writer, to tell their stories in their own words. Photographs – ranging from the expansive panoramic spreads one would expect, to intimate glimpses of precious family moments arrived from official sources at Tanglewood, The Berkshire Eagle and other publications, and from individuals who came forward to Hyams’ many invitations and exhortations for illustrations, representing both the early camera era and modern times when the iPhone is Photo king. The Tanglewood Picnic decidedly is not a coffee-table book. At six inches high and eight inches wide, hardbound, it is at once elegant and solid, much like the Tanglewood Picnic.” –Berkshire HomeStyle

“Tanglewood: The ultimate picnic-in-the-park destination” in the Boston Globe

Radio interview with Gina by Sarah LaDuke about The Tanglewood Picnic on WAMC’s The Roundtable.

“‘The Tanglewood Picnic’ Launches As Tanglewood’s Season Starts” (party photos) on Rural Intelligence

Berkshire author Gina Hyams packs nostalgia, classic recipes in ‘The Tanglewood Picnic'” on

 Casa Duende and Casita Art Studio

Mi casa es su casa. Gina is now renting her family’s home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For details, please click here.

Casa Duende kitchen

 The New York Times

Gina’s tribute to her mother was published in The New York Times Magazine’s “The Lives They Loved” series.

Leigh Hyams (née Martha Mae Nickerson), 1926 – 2013. Photo by Peter Olwyler.


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