Cugini - 2007
Over the weekend from June 15 through June 17, the first (in what will now have to become an annual event) Cugini (Italian for "Cousins") weekend was held at Zach's house. All WITE LITE members were in attendance (the first time since Aunt Millie's 90th birthday party) and also included Bob McNamara, Bob Greene, John Greene, and Zach's boys (John, Matt and Michael).
In the inaugural event, Zach has clearly set the bar high. Friday began with golf, an Orioles baseball game and an evening back at the house with with good spirits and cigars. Guest appearances included Fred McMurray and the "Cardinal" making Saturday morning a bit more difficult for a few of the attendees.
Saturday included Zach's famous breakfast and dinner (his crab cakes and beans being standouts). The main golf event of the weekend was a 12 man scramble which saw the team of Zach, Mike, young John Manchisi and Tom Greene win with a 2 under par performance over teams of Bill, Tim, Matt, and Bob Greene as well as the team of John, Bob McNamara, Kevin and young Mike Manchisi. Highlights included Tim Doyle's negative yardage shot and Kevin Finnegan's excitement over sinking a long putt in his Best Buy attire.
An afternoon at the pool and sand volleyball in Zach's beautiful yard followed and after dinner, the group reminisced of old times, listened to early WITE LITE recordings and watched Quadrophenia in the home theater at volumes that would have made the Who proud.
Though most enjoyed the Who performance, Kevin Finnegan's comments about Roger Daltrey combined with listing Ozzy Osbourne as the greatest rock and roll vocalist of all time, made a future CUGINI invite questionable though he redeemed himself with an acapella duet of Thunder Road in the early Sunday morning hours that also included versions of American Pie, Thick as a Brick and New York, New York.
Plans are in early stages for 2008 CUGINI at Bob Greene's place with the theme "There's no place like Zach's...except Bobby's!"
First batch of pictures below and letters from attendees welcome. It was a great time that reinforced how fortunate we are to have such a great family. Thanks Zach!