Melaine Sweeney

woman posing with a lion mascot in a park

How did you get to be Chairperson of the 2019 League City Music Festival and BBQ Cook-off? 

Honestly, I volunteered.  Our previous chairman had done an amazing job the past two years and I had the opportunity to co-chair the cook-off last year.  The Lions Club was looking to pass the reigns and I stepped up with the promise the co-chairs would assist me when I needed it. 

Why do you think the League City Music Festival is important to the Bay Area/Houston region?

The League City Music Festival and BBQ Cook-Off—previously known as “The Village Fair”—has a rich history in this community.  This is our 65th year hosting this event, and although it is presented by the Lions, this is really an opportunity for the community to come together and show the best of League City. 

What kind of a musical lineup do you have for us in 2019?

Friday night is shaping up to be a “Throwback Night” with 80’s classic rock cover bands featuring local musicians Nick and the Groove followed by recent Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductees, Bag of Donuts. On Saturday, we are highlighting the country music scene with local favorite Southern Shanks Band and Texas-native Doug Supernaw followed by our headliner, national recording artist Jerrod Niemann.

What’s new for festival attendees in 2019?

On Sunday, we have spiced up our community festival by adding a little international flair to our entertainment, food options, and vendors.  Some of the great entertainment scheduled includes Bhangra Bollywood, Egyptian, Folklorica, and Greek dancers; local musicians, including a local high school mariachi band; and new and a more diverse offering of vendors to populate our midway. Food options have also been expanded to include included Vietnamese, Greek, and other international options.

Where do the proceeds of the League City Music Festival go?

The League City Lions club seeks to fund four large projects including a partnership with Clear Creek ISD and a local ophthalmologist to provide screening and glasses for students in need, a monthly senior breakfast, the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, and my personal favorite , the hosting of more than 1,000 special needs children on “Kid’s Day” at the League City Music Festival. We also make several donations each year to other League City non-profits and offer assistance in the community when the need arises.

What one Lions Club outreach program do you have a passion for?

I think for me, it has to be the Leos program we started in 2018. Clear Creek ISD and League City have an amazing group of youth, that to me have been under-appreciated.  Through my work as the Leo advisor, I have seen how the youth just want someone to listen to them and opportunities where they can be of service.  Every day, one of the Leos I oversee finds some way to amaze me. 

Does your family have a history of service through the Lions Club or are you the first generation in your family to join the service organization? 

I am a first-generation Lion.  My family has a history of being in other service organizations, but not as a Lion.  My grandfather instilled in me the heart to serve your community and my grandmother, after retiring as a nurse, continued to volunteer at hospitals. 

What is a favorite League City or League City Music Festival trivia or historical fact that you like to share with people?

Lynn Gripon, a League City resident, community, activist, and founder of the oldest family-owned business in League City, used to host Lynn’s Biergarten in a pair of lederhosen. This year his son, Councilman Greg Gripon, and his grandson Justin Gripon plan to carry on the family tradition by hosting the Biergarten and wearing lederhosen.

Are you originally from League City? 

I’m not originally from League City but have lived in the community off and on for about five years, having recently returned after a short time in Seabrook. I wanted to live in League City to be better connected to the community I chose to serve when I became a League City Lion.

Outside of service with the Lions Club, what do you like to do in your down time?   

I am a bookkeeper and a full-time student.  When I have the time, I travel and take landscape photograp hy.

What is it that you think makes League City special? 

The heart of the people and the way the community comes together is remarkable.  I have lived in two countries, seven states, and more than thirty cities, and I have never seen anything quite like it.

What is your favorite type of music? 

I am an old soul. I prefer folk and classic rock.

Who is your favorite LOCAL musician or band? 

Right now, it is Below Skies.

What is your favorite entertainment venue in League City?

Outside of the first week in May, I like to go to Chuck’s to watch karaoke. 

What is your favorite restaurant in League City? 

Malay Malay Malaysian Restaurant.