There’s a new book in town. A book that is taking the Berkshires by storm, called‘The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires.‘ Local author, Gina Hyams has recently culled a collection of stories and recipes from Tanglewood picnic goers, and brought them together in this great little literary creation, bringing readers a touch of summertime nostalgia. This unique hardcover book offers readers a peek into one of the Berkshire’s most enduring past times … the Tanglewood lawn picnic. Anyone who has seen one of Tanglewood’s shows has inevitably either seen or been part of the Tanglewood picnic. For some, it’s as simple as grabbing a few sandwiches and a bag of chips from the local deli, and for some it’s an elaborate feast with at least as much importance placed on the picnic as the show itself. Whether paper napkins and a picnic blanket or table bedecked with candles and fine china, Tanglewood picnics are almost as iconic as the music venue they hail from. I myself have enjoyed many picnics at Tanglewood, and though most of them have been simple, throw together type foods put together last minute, I have also been privy to the splendor of elegant, well thought out spreads of deliciousness. Both are equally memorable, and the weather and the music are also big time characters in the picnics, always adding to the memories. Recently, a book launch was held for Gina and her fabulous new book, at host MacKimmie Co., in Lenox. There was book signing available, along with cocktails and sandwiches (both recipes from the book). I have never been a whiskey drinker, but that punch was one of the best mixed drinks that I have ever enjoyed. The crowds seemed to be thinking similarly about the ‘Lesley B’ sandwiches, and everyone seemed to be relishing the sunshine, happy conversations, and fun shop as they perused their new books.
The Tanglewood Picnic is the perfect book for anyone who loves the Berkshires, for those who love music, and for anyone who loves a picnic. It makes for a wonderful gift, especially when paired with either local Berkshire products or picnic items. I have added it to my ever growing collection of books based on the Berkshires, and I have also given one as a gift so far, and I am betting that it will be one of my favorite gifts to give this year. The book has proven so popular that the first printing has already run out within a month of publishing, and the author has already ordered a second printing for the book. Now that I have been flipping through its pages non-stop, all I want to do is gather a blanket, some wine and appetizers from Nejaime’s Wine Cellar, a rain poncho, a hat for the sun, and my Tanglewood Picnic book, and find the perfect spot on the Tanglewood lawn to enjoy a lazy day of music, eating and conversation. Do you have a favorite memory of a Tanglewood picnic? Do you prefer your picnics to be casual or fancy? Let me know in the comments below!
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