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 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 her 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.



Nejaime’s Wine Cellars Summer Wine Tasting Extravaganza 

Saturday, June 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Nejaime’s Stockbridge Wine Cellar
3 Elm Street in Stockbridge, MA
Gina will sign books at this free tasting, which will feature more than 75 wines, craft beers, and picnic provisions, plus there will be door prizes and raffles, and discounts of up to 30% off wines. It will be in full swing until 5:00pm at both the Stockbridge and Lenox shop locations.


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

Gina will talk about the process of creating The Tanglewood Picnic and sign books. This will be the inaugural event of the memorial lecture series called “From The Lively World of Milton Bass.” Gina is deeply honored by this invitation as  Milton was one of her favorite people and this book is dedicated to his memory. There will be excellent picnic refreshments — reason enough to attend.


Guest Author at Berkshire Festival of Women Writers/Berkshire Magazine Lean In Session
Sunday, June 28 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Shaker Dam Coffeehouse & Stanmeyer Gallery
2 Main Street in West Stockbridge, MA
Co-hosted by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and Berkshire Magazine, the theme at this month’s 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.

Book Signing at Lee Premium Outlets
Sunday, July 5 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
17 Premium Outlets Boulevard in Lee, MA
Gina will sign books in the food court, or the food court patio if it’s a nice day. 

Book Signing at Stonover Farm’s Slideluck Berkshires
Thursday, July 16 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
169 Under Mountain Rd, Lenox, MA

The event begins with a potluck picnic dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by a multimedia slideshow at 8:30pm that incorporates work that will be presented in a curated exhibition by Stonover Farm Barn Gallery. Several of the photographer contributors to The Tanglewood Picnic, including Edward AckerErika Stone and John Stanmeyer, are participating in the event, and Gina will be there to sell and sign picnic books. 20% percent of each sale will be donated to IS183, Art School of the Berkshires.The event is free and open to the public and the slideshow will feature artists on a local, national, and international scale. Slideluck is an opportunity for artists and arts-appreciators to come together and share their work in a congenial, non-competitive atmosphere. Presenters range from the very accomplished to the up-and-coming, but regardless of status, none is allotted more than five faminutes for their slideshow.

Book Signings and Picnic Food Samples at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Saturday, July 18 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Pittsfield store (1020 South Street)
Saturday, July 25 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Great Barrington store (760 South Main Street)
Stock up on your picnic provisions and say hello!

Gina Hyams at The Tanglewood Picnic book launch party at MacKimmie Co. on June 20, 2015. Photo by Jacque Schiller.

Recent Press









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.

“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.

Gina was named one of “31 Top American Authors to Follow on Twitter” by  e-Books India

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

Radio interview with Gina about her Tanglewood picnic book call for submissions 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.


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