Ben Wheeler’s Hometown Christmas Celebration

There is so much going on this weekend in the little town with big heart! Ben Wheeler is buzzing with excitement as it get’s ready for it’s Hometown Christmas Celebration!


Willie Peden Syrup Mill:
The Willie Peden syrup mill will be in operation all day Saturday making old fashioned sugar cane syrup. Mill is located next to the Library.  Milling the cane will start around 9am with the first batch of syrup ready by early afternoon.
Ben Wheeler Children’s Library:
Ben Wheeler 2nd Annual Book Fair- 10 AM to 4 PM  With 28 authors’ whose works span genres including children’s books, Christian humor, fantasy, literary fiction, historical fiction, horror, mystery, poetry, romance, and young adult fiction. Nonfiction authors include biography, children’s advocacy, memoir, music and culture, photography, and self help. A representative of Black Beauty Ranch will also be present to talk about and, as a fundraiser, sell books about the nation’s largest animal sanctuary.
WalkingHorse Gallery:
Charlie Bullock Open House Reception – introducing Charlie to the gallery – 4 PM to 6 PM – light refreshments and music
Ben Wheeler’s Hometown Christmas Celebration:
5 PM – 7 PM Santa’s parade through town, Christmas program, tree lighting, and Santa & Mrs. Claus greeting the kids- Pickin’ Porch park (make sure to bring a camera for pictures with Santa!)
279 Artisan’s Trail:
Following Rte 279, shoppes along the way will be open and filled with activities and special events. Ben Wheeler, Edom, Blue Moon Gardens  – all day

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Don’t Forget!
Celebrate Small Business Saturday,
an American shopping holiday!

This Saturday, Help support Cancer Fighter Kenneth Allen

The Forge Hosts “Taming the Purple Zebra”
Saturday, November 9th, 5-9 p.m.

Helping to raise funds for
pancreatic neuroendecrine cancer fighter
Kenneth Allen of Canton.

 Allen, 55, is an artist and owns Rtistx, a company that produces art boards for the creation of artwork. Prior to that, he was a partner in A&A Sheet Metal and Roofing in Dallas for more than 30 years. He and his wife have two grown children in the Tyler area and a six-year-old grandson.

 The purple and zebra pattern chosen for the event are symbols for this rare form of cancer that according to the Pancreatic Cancer Health Center only about 2,500 cases are reported in the U.S. each year. Pancreatic neuroendecrine tumors make up only about two percent of all pancreatic tumors. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away with this type of pancreatic cancer.

 The multi-music genre event features two stages representing Americana, blues, rock, and country music. The line up includes:


5-6 P.M. Craig Wallace

7-11 P.M. Jimmy Wallace and Jerry Branch


5-6 P.M. Heather Little

6-7 P.M. Dazed

7:30-9 P.M. blacktopGYPSY

Donations are requested in the bar & grill. Entry fee for the backyard concert is $15. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds benefit the Kenneth Allen Cancer Fund. Kids under 12 get in free.

For those that cannot attend the event but wish to contribute
there are a variety of ways to donate:

* To help sponsor the concert send your donation or contact Sherry Ives, P.O. Box 493, Crandall, TX 75114, 972.947.5069,

* To assist the family with medical-based travel and other expenses donations are accepted at Allen

* To assist in medical costs, send donations or contact Cure Cancer Foundation, Attn: Kenneth Allen, P.O. Box 54150, Lubbock, TX 79453, 806.445.0555

For more information about the concert call 972.974.5069 and visit