King alumni to host food, music festival _ tbo. com

TAMPA — King High graduate Jim Clarke well remembers the highly successful Hootenanny music festival held on the school’s football field in 1965, an event that coincided with the year he graduated.

Fast forward 50 years when Clarke — who’s since become a professional master planner and serves as president of the King High School Alumni Organization — came up with the idea and began preparing for LIONFEST, a modern-day music and food festival, to be held Feb. Simple chicken parmesan 27 in the same KHS stadium from 11 a.m. Parmesan crusted chicken outback to midnight.

He enlisted Montessori Academy of Temple Terrace as the event’s sponsor after receiving a thumbs-up for the extravaganza from school administrators and the support of students and fellow alumni board members alike.

In addition, Clarke has lined up a host of local and internationally known musical artists to participate in a festival he said promises to be filled with fun for folks of all ages.


LIONFEST’s opening acts include KHS student Dorian Williams, aka KiDD Eazzyy, a hip-hop artist; singer-songwriter Betsey Giammattei, a 2012 KHS graduate; and Ciao Bella!, an a cappella quartet from the internationally acclaimed Toast of Tampa Show Chorus.

Headliners consist of Patchouli, a duo of contemporary folk musicians with an extensive national and international fan base; Applebutter Express, a ukulele-based group said to be a favorite at major festivals throughout the country; southern rock band Come Back Alice, billed as a cross between Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd; and the four-time Grammy Award winning Trea Pierce and the T-Stone Band, known for its R&B and funk-style music.

The King High School Jazz Band, local composer, musician and teacher Chris Sgammato, and DJ Luna, who will provide dance music, also are among the event’s entertainment lineup.

Moreover, there will be numerous food vendors on site, plus the opportunity to enjoy a $25 per-person gourmet dinner of filet mignon and chicken parmesan from 6-8 p.m., catered by Gaspar’s Patio Bar & Grille and Legacies Cucina Italiana.

In addition, strawberry shortcake, prepared by KHS culinary arts students, will accompany the meal and also may be purchased separately by festivalgoers.

The alcohol-free event will take place rain or shine, and proceeds will go toward purchasing a digital marquee at the school’s entrance on 56th Street, estimated to cost about $40,000.

“The most fundamental goal is to make this so successful that we’ll want to make it an annual affair,” Clarke said. Chicken parmesan oven baked “I want it to define King and help it overcome whatever bad reputation they’ve had.”

Casper Johnson, owner of the Montessori Academy of Temple Terrace as well as five other Montessori schools, is a 1964 KHS graduate and board member of the school’s alumni board.

“We’ve done a lot of sponsorships for King High School over the years,” he said. Simple recipe for chicken parmesan “It’s important in that it supplies some the school’s needs that the county is not giving them.

KHS Alumni Organization board member David Long, also a 1965 graduate of the school and owner of Business Ink Printing in Temple Terrace, did his part by designing the poster, flyers and tickets for the event.

“The quality of the acts is just wonderful … and the all-day affair is going to be phenomenal,” Long said. How to make homemade chicken parmesan “We’re trying to put a more positive spin on the school.”

King High School Alumni Organization board member Jimmy Fisher, a 1973 graduate, said he also thinks the event is something that will be of great value to the entire Tampa-area community.

And Gwen Mora, a 1965 KHS graduate and alumni board member, applauds Clarke for the energy and effort he’s put into planning what she believes will be a safe, family-friendly festival.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30 by logging onto www.lionfest2016.event brite.com. Chicken parmesan images They are $35 if purchased onsite the day of the event.