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Gina’s new book, The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts, will be published this summer! 

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

 Tanglewood Picnic Book Events

Book Launch Party and All-Around Celebration of the Start of Picnic Season
Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 MacKimmie Co. Home & Lifestyle Shop
67 Church Street in Lenox, MA

Gina will be on hand to sign copies of this new gift book that celebrates the eight-decade tradition of picnicking on the lawn at Tanglewood. MacKimmie Co. owner Doris Barsauskas is going to whip up a batch of Country Curtains Tanglewood Picnic Whiskey Sour Punch, one of a dozen classic recipes in the book, which also includes 150+ photos of Tanglewood picnickers from the 1940s through the present, the ultimate Tanglewood picnic checklist, and foreword by best-selling cookbook author Alana Chernila.

Partygoers will also have a chance to enter a fun Picnic Basket Raffle, featuring delectable and charming contributions from TanglewoodGuidos Fresh Marketplace,  Willowbrook HomeBerkshire Visitors BureauBerkshire EagleCharles Flint Fine Art & AntiquesNeJaime’s Wine & SpiritsLocal, and MacKimmie Co. This event is kindly sponsored by Berkshire Magazine.

Book Launch Talk
Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 11:00am
Richmond Free Public Library
2821 State Road in Richmond, MA

Gina will give a talk about the process of creating The Tanglewood Picnic. She is honored that this talk will be the inaugural event of the Milton Bass Lecture Series, as Milton was one of her favorite people and this book is dedicated to his memory.

Guest Author at Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Lean In Session
Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Shaker Dam Coffeehouse & Stanmeyer Gallery
2 Main Street in West Stockbridge, MA
The theme at this month’s Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Lean In Session is “picnics.” Women writers are invited to bring short pieces to share on this theme (500 words max) and then Gina will talk about her career in general — how writing has been her ticket to the world — and about  creating her new book about Tanglewood picnics, plus there will be a little potluck picnic book signing party. To RSVP on Facebook, please click here.

Recent Press

Berkshire Magazine excerpted Alana Chernila’s beautiful foreword and six photos from The Tanglewood Picnic book in the June issue.

Cookbooks that Bring Home the Taste of the Berkshires on TasteBerkshires

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

Interview with Gina about Tanglewood picnic book on WAMC’s The Roundtable

Interview with Gina about living in the Berkshires on Rural Intelligence

Interview with Gina about parenting on Renaissance Mom

Interview with Gina about pie on Preview Massachusetts

Interview with Gina about pie on WAMC’s The Roundtable

 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.

Photo of Gina with pie by Paul Shoul for Preview Massachusetts.

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