Charlie Robison will be our musical guest at the Forge Grist Mill (formerly the Pavillion) for a night of down home fun.
Charlie Robison at the Forge, Ben Wheeler, TX
Throughout his career, Charlie Robison has forged his own path within the country music world as well as the Lone Star music scene and popular music at large. He grew up in the small scenic town of Bandera in the Texas Hill country — known as “The Cowboy Capital of the World” — where his family has ranched the land for eight generations. Music wasn’t just a staple around the Robison household; from even before he could walk, Charlie would spend Saturday nights with his parents at The Cabaret, the local C&W dancehall in downtown Bandera. But the fare playing in the family home ran the gamut from rock’n’roll to singer-songwriters and much more. So it should come as no surprise that Charlie, his brother Bruce and sister Robyn Ludwyck all enjoy respected and critically acclaimed music careers as singers, songwriters and recording and performing artists.
Charlie is best known for his song “In my Hometown” and has just released a new album “Beautiful Day.”
The Hog Fest will be going on both Friday, Oct 24th and Saturday,Oct 25th. It will end with a bang on Saturday night as Wesley Pruitt opens with his amazing guitar skills and electric smile at 8:00 pm and then Charlie will light up the stage at 10:00. You don’t want to miss this HUGE hometown party, in the coolest town in East Texas!
Hog Fest is nearing…Only 3 weeks and the frenzied cooks will be buzzing like bees, huddled around their smokers into the wee hours of Saturday morning. They will be religiously checking their meats and trying to stay warm around campfires as the festivities start inside Moores and The Forge Friday night. Several will dash into the warmth of one of the local venues to be greeted by friends and strangers. All will have stories detailing their eventual win of the Feral Hog Cook-off. That night the Hog queen will be crowned and the fun ensues for yet another 24 hours, to include a comedic parade, an onslaught of free wild hogmeat, amazing music coming from every pore of the little town, vendors selling all sorts of East Texas pride, and the outpouring of visitors who are experiencing it all for the first time. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Ben Wheeler’s Hog Festival.
People ask me what it’s like. Some would giggle and scoff, but once you get there, you see what a feast it is. It is a feast for all the senses. Those who take part in the parade design floats that prove their devotion to the small town through unique pig inspired moving creations, the smell of the smoked meats and campfires, the taste of the homemade sweets from the local Scouting troop, the music resonating through your body and the feel of that cool October breeze bringing it all to you on a silver platter wake every sense that you have. You find yourself falling in love with a small town that would otherwise never have been on your radar.
That’s when you step inside a place like the Forge. It’s been dubbed “Our Cheers.” If your old enough to remember that show, then you know what I’m talking about. There is something about walking into a small bar and feeling like you immediately belong. When you get there, that’s when you know that this is a place you’ll come back to. The locals will tell you their tales and tell you about the great shoppes. You’ll probably even get to meet a few of the shop owners. It will then become clear to you, why we love this place. It has a heart and soul and when you walk in, you immediately become a part of it.
This little town was forgotten for a long time and now it’s thriving with life again. The Hog Fest is not only a “small town festival,” it’s a small town revival. There is no shortage of food, music or fun that weekend or any weekend for that matter. So if you want to see what it feels like to really be a part of a community, come down that for the festival. You might just end up loving it here.
Schedule for Hog Fest Weekend at the Forge
Friday Night, Oct 25
Saturday, Oct 26-
HOG FEST MUSIC at THE FORGE Hog Pen:
$7 advance tickets through outhousetickets.com or $10 Door
• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. CRAIG WALLACE
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. HEATHER LITTLE & MATT BRADSHAW
• 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CHASE & NEW SOUTH
• 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. JEFF ALLEN BAND
Cold Beer? Check!
Watermelon? Check! Coleslaw? Check!
A fantastic time? CHECK!
We have so many things planned for the Labor Day weekend you won’t know which day to come down, so just plan on being here for all of them!
Thursday, Aug 29th- The Scrips will help you get ready to enjoy a Labor Day weekend, with cold drinks and hot music.
Friday, Aug 30- Ben Lowry and Wes Hendrix will be setting your weekend off right with their bluesy guitars and incredible talent!
Saturday, Aug 31st- Matt Bradshaw & Heather Little will croon all night celebrating the extra long party weekend. BBQ will of course be on the menu! Volleyball, horseshoes and other outdoor fun will be set up out in the hog pen!
Sunday, Sept 1st- We will have our customary breakfast food specials enhanced by our lovely Mimosas and Bloody Marys. HAPPY HOUR will be in effect all day! Volleyball, horseshoes and other outdoor fun will be set up out in the hog pen, along with fun activities for the kids. Our famous FOOD WAR will rage on with the BATTLE OF THE BEST COLESLAW KID! 1:00pm, bring your best slaw…if you dare!
Monday, Sept 2nd- WE WILL BE OPEN! HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY! Volleyball, horseshoes and other outdoor fun will be set up out in the hog pen, along with fun activities for the kids.
Don’t Forget, today is Salsa War day at the Forge! Bring your Salsa down and see who will be this week’s Forge Food War Winner, complete with bragging rights. The contest is at 1:00 today. See you there!
We will be mixing it up a bit these next few weeks with a twist on entertainment on Sundays. It is all still in the works but will be incredibly cool. We will update you as the plans progress, but just keep an eye out. I promise, you won’t wanna miss it!
And the winner is…..
Travis Cormier, a full time cook and great person extraordinaire won the hearts and taste buds of the patrons at the Forge this Sunday with his very sweet and tangy potato salad. The competition was strong and all the salads were delicious. Many had a very hard time deciding which one is the best. Travis’ potato salad will now be the official side of the Forge Bar and Grill in Ben Wheeler with all the bragging rights that come with it.
In two weeks we will be hosting another food war of epic proportion, this time… SALSA! So grab your tomatoes and get going. You have two weeks to come up with an ridiculously yummy salsa that will make us all want to order the taco plate every single time.
So get after it and enjoy these pics while you plan your entry into the NEXT FORGE FOOD WAR!
Potato Salad Wars!
Sunday, July 28th at 1pm
we want your ‘tater salad!
That’s right! The Forge Bar and Grill in Ben Wheeler is having a Potato Salad throw down of epic proportion! We are asking everyone to bring down their home made potato salad or their Mamaw’s potato salad! We don’t care as long as it’s tasty and makes you wanna get up and hug someone! Who ever wins the war will be deemed Potato Salad champion. The losers will have to submit to the awesomeness of the winner. The winner’s salad recipe will be used as THE potato salad of The Forge Bar and Grill! How’s that for some bragging rights? eh!
So come on down, enjoy a full bar, cool folks and a fun afternoon of tater salad tasting! See you there!