Recent Media Coverage

The Tanglewood Picnic has been 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 links to the articles that are posted online, along with excerpts from the rave reviews.

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

“…a little gem of a book.” –Fresh American by Annie Selke

Tanglewood: The ultimate picnic-in-the-park destination…The audience, while they have listened to world-renowned music and musicians, also have over the years raised picnicking to an art form. From candelabras flickering in the night to custom cocktails made with artisanal local liquor, the picnic scene at a concert in Lenox is something to behold.” –Boston Globe

“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

“If you’ve ever hung out on the lawn to enjoy a concert at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., the new book by Gina Hyams, The Tanglewood Picnic, will stir your memory. It’s a photo book that juxtaposes images from the 1940s with those of today, creating a portrait of a place that seems to almost exist out of time….The clothes and manners change, but the sense of summer fun in a special place runs through the images.” –Metroland

“A delightful little book…full of nostalgia, vintage photos, classic recipes and quotes from visitors.” –

The Tanglewood Picnic…captures the magic of breaking bread with friends and family as music and gentle breezes waft through the crowd on warm summer days and star-filled evenings.” TasteBerkshires

“This gorgeous, small-sized, full-color celebration of the Tanglewood lawn experience in photos, text, and even recipes would make a great gift or souvenir.” –Albany Times Union

“A smash hit…” –Berkshire Record

“This is a great gift book–great fun!” –Rural Intelligence Radio, WHDD

“…grab your blanket and a copy of [this] book and enjoy the beauty of Tanglewood this summer.” –BerkshireStyle

“Whether you’re bold in the kitchen, or better at buying prepared foods, savor the Tanglewood picnic tradition in Hyams’ easy-to-read celebration…” Westfield News Arts Beat

“The Tanglewood Picnic is such a fantastic book, and I can’t wait to make some of the recipes that are inside of it! This book makes a fabulous gift, and is perfect for anyone who loves the Berkshires.” –Berkshire Girl Online

The Tanglewood Picnic includes a list of everything you will need for a picnic and the expected picnic mayhem that is part of the fun–mosquitoes, ants, rain, wind…a terrific summer gift. It [also] includes recipes and wonderful photographs. Each one sparks stories.” –Berkshire Family Focus

“The Tanglewood picnic has a long and notorious tradition. It can be sumptuous, with silver candelabra and linen place settings, or take simpler forms, but it always represents the height of taste and elegance. A new book, The Tanglewood Picnic, documents that tradition using a profusion of illustrations, a sprinkling of recipes, and a lively and well-informed narrative.” — Norfolk Now

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

“The Tanglewood Picnic: Hand-Crafted Quilts, Sandwiches, Candelabra, Champagne, Potato Salad, Beethoven” in Berkshire HomeStyle

“A look at The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires” on Berkshire Girl Online

“The Power of the Picnic” on Cottage B at Home

“Life on the Lawn: Decades of Tanglewood picnics” on Take Magazine 

“Berkshire Memories: A new book captures the Tanglewood experience in photos, words and recipes” in Metroland

“These picnic books are real winners” on The Picnic Site

Tanglewood Picnic Book Seeing ‘Amazing’ Success” on iBerkshires

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Tanglewood Picnic,’ a guide to a grand Berkshire tradition” on The Berkshire Edge.

“Magic Feasts: Local author captures tradition of picnicking on the lawn at Tanglewood” in the Berkshire Eagle

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

“Visit to Tanglewood | A Weekend of Music and Picnics in the Berkshires of Massachusetts” in Yankee Magazine

“Five Great Picnic Tips to Try This Weekend” on Fresh American by Annie Selke

“‘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

“Lawns, Liszt, and Lunch” in Boston Magazine.

The Tanglewood Picnic foreword by Alana Chernila and six photos excerpted in Berkshire Magazine

WQRX, New York City’s venerable classical music radio station, is sponsoring an “Escape to Tanglewood” series of giveaways this summer, with concert tickets, accomodations at the brand new Hotel on North in Pittsfield, and a copy of The Tanglewood Picnic for each winner. Click here for details.

“Cookbooks that Bring Home the Taste of the Berkshires” on TasteBerkshires

Gina Hyams to be inaugural author presented by the Milton Bass memorial Lively World Series at the Richmond Free Public Library announced in the Berkshire Eagle

Suzi Banks Baum tells the story behind The Tanglewood Picnic photo of her son taking his first steps on the Tanglewood lawn on Berkshire Family Focus.

Berkshire Style shared Jane Worthington-Roth’s Summer Celestial Spectacle and excerpted the Country Curtains Whiskey Sour Punch recipe from The Tanglewood Picnic.

Video with Gina about shopping for Tanglewood picnic fare produced by Guido’s Fresh Marketplace.

 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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