Junebug Summer Fair is coming soon!

4th annual
JUNEBUG SUMMER FAIR 

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SATURDAY JUNE 18th
11AM – 11PM

The Forge in Historic downtown Ben Wheeler TX
1610 FM 279, Ben Wheeler TX
(903) 833-5970
JunebugSummerFair@gmail.com

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 18th when the 4th annual Junebug Festival kicks into high gear. The family-friendly festival, which is located in the tiny art enclave of Ben Wheeler,TX, highlights the work of artists, musicians, artisans from the Lone Star state.

Headquartered on the three-acre park-like property surrounding the FORGE (a local restaurant, bar, and music venue), the festival will give festival goers an opportunity to witness the creative process through “live art” displays as well as the chance to actively join in the process.

Here are just a few of the fun events planned for the day:

15F087FF-F719-4BD2-B847-028F54752D4D– Artisan Joe Pirog will host a live clay corner, with demonstrations on the wheel and a “dirty hands station” for kids (and for the kid in all of us). Participants will learn how to create their own clay pots or sculpt an animal out of clay.
Learn more about the artists here

 

-If clay is not your medium, stroll on over to the “future artist’s station” where the littles ones can color their own Junebug and have a chance to view the tiny critters up close.

 

 

-Take part in a community project with Lisa Rush, a local artisan 052316 Henna by Kerian adsp
ecializing in weaving and leather works, and try your hands at the loom.-Get your face painted or get some henna done by Kerian Massey and her band of gypsys.

-Featured Artists:  Lisa Rush, Joe Pirog, Carolyn Ellis, Kerian Massey, Jessica Lisby, Melissa Loyd, Deb Wood,  Denise Cooper, Sam Fontenot, Cheryl Hicks, Cindy Fuqua, Gale Mase, Sylvia Morse , Kelley Broadaway of KjDesigns, Julie Howard, Bethany Boyd

 

-Featured Handmade goods: – Come Together Trading Company, Hand Stands & Hula Hoops, Henna by Kerian

 

-Featured musicians include Jeff Gallagher – outlaw country; Jacob Ball – singer songwriter; Pink Velvet- interpretations for rebellion; Meredith Crawford & the backhand band; Craig Wallace – blues; Scatterproof – new talent, Whiskey Prophets – Americana

 

-Featured Farms/Farmers: Gopher Knoll Farms – Barbara Gosnell, Earthstead Farms – Rebecca Visconti, & Brandon Newbourne, Bob Williams Peach Tree Farmbigstock-Organic-vegetables-on-a-stand-52118527-848x500

If you simply want to wander around the beautifully-manicured herb gardens and grounds of the Forge, grab a cone of homemade ice cream or sorbet by Debs Double Barrel (or an adult beverage from the Forge’s bar) and settle in to one of the many park benches and tables to listen to local musicians as they play their original songs.

This year’s festivities jumpstart the upcoming Gristmill Mercardo. The Gristmill Mercardo will be open first Monday Sundays thru the summer and early fall as a farmers market specializing in fresh “farm-to-table” organic produce, and will continue to feature area artists, artisans & musicians.

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If you want info or have questions please feel free to email junebugsummerfair@gmail.com

For more info on the artists, click here
For more info in the farmers and Handmade Goods, click here

 

We have a great week planned, not to mention some really great parties! Come out and see why we are one of the coolest Town’s in Texas!

WED 12/17 Craig Wallace hosting
Open Mic Night 6:30pm
Thurs 12/18 Wesley Pruitt 7pm
Friday 12/19 Travis Bolt 7pm

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  Saturday 12/20 at 7pm
Chase McClanahan Duo
is hosting an
  UGLY SWEATER PARTY!!!!
Raid grandma’s closet, tell Aunt Betty  you’re cold     or just make your own!!! 

 

We have a limited amount of seating and an amazing night planned!

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CALL to make your reservations for New Years Eve!
903-833-5970

Charlie Robison at the Forge Pavillion/ Grist Mill

Charlie Robison will be our musical guest at the Forge Grist Mill (formerly the Pavillion) for a night of down home fun.

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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!

For tickets: ($15 advance @ outhousetickets.com or $20 Door)
 

 

Burning Ben… a tribute to Burning Man

 

Come on out and play as we burn the old to make way for the new!

We will have a large bonfire (weather permitting) and great music!

Drum circles welcome! Only a $10 cover to hear some really amazing music and have a great time!

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Bike Wash, Sock Hop and Kid Icarus all in one day!

If you want something incredibly fun to do check out this Saturday’s activities in Ben Wheeler (Sept 6th). You will not be disappointed! We have a bike wash with some lovely ladies, live band and plenty of ice cream in the parking lot to Scoots N’ Scoops Ice Cream Parlor from 11-4. Then the incredibly talented Craig Wallace will be playing from 3-5 inside the Forge. That evening Kid Icarus will be ripping it up with every song in their playbook (which is quite awesome!) from 7 to 10 pm. At the same time in the back we will be hosting a Jump and Jivin’ good time at our first ever Sock Hop!  The cost is $10 and we will have the infamous Hoss Huggins there to put his Rock-a-billy guitar to work!

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September is hoppin’ with some awesome stuff!

Hope you all had a great Labor day weekend! We are gonna have a busy month with a Sock hop, some amazing Band Line-ups and our very own “Burning Ben!” (Our version of Burning man right here in Ben Wheeler!) We will also have some great culinary experiences coming to the Forge as well, including a farm to table dinner. We are currently serving grass-fed all beef hamburgers fresh from the Fort Worth Stockyards, so come on down, have a bite and stay a while!

September Music line-up

WED 9/3 Craig Wallace hosting
Open Mic night 3-6 pm
Thurs 9/4 Bobby Duncan 7 pm
Friday 9/5 Eric Moseley  7 pm
Sat 9/6 Kid Icarus Project 7 pm
PAVILLION- Sock Hop with the Hoss Huggins Band 7pm ($10 cover)
(Don’t forget your poodle skirts and dance shoes!)

WED 9/10 Craig Wallace hosting
Open Mic night 3-6 pm
Thurs 9/11 Wesley Pruitt 7 pm
Friday 9/12 Heather Little & Matt Bradshaw 7 pm
Sat 9/13 Stefan Cotter 7 pm

WED 9/17 Craig Wallace hosting
Open Mic night 3-6 pm
Thurs 9/18 Father/Brother (Jerry Don and Son) 7 pm
Friday 9/19 John Thomas Cleveland 7 pm
Sat 9/20 Raymoth Gilead 7 pm
PAVILLION- Wayland Hicks Band and Captaiin Legendary Band 7pm ($10 cover) 

WED 9/24 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 3-6 pm
Thurs 9/25 blacktopGypsy  7 pm
Friday 9/26 Lacie Carpenter  7 pm
Sat 9/27 Ben Lowery and Wes Hendrix  7 pm

 

Here’s our July Music Lineup!

JULY

WED 7/2 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 3-6 pm
THURS 7/3 Heather Little 7pm
FRI 7/4 Jimmy Wallace and Jerry Don Branch 8pm
Fireworks and Live music from 5:30-8:30 at the Pickin Porch 
SAT 7/5 Tyler Joiner 7pm

WED 7/9 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 3-6 pm
THURS 7/10 Steve Carpenter 7pm
FRI
7/11 Jaden Farnsworth 7pm
SAT 7/12 Heather Little&Matt Bradshaw 7pm

WED 7/16 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 3-6 pm
THURS 7/17  BLACKTOP GYPSY 7pm
FRI 7/18 John Thomas Cleveland 7pm
SAT 7/19 Matt Dunn 7pm

WED 7/23 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 3-6 pm
THURS 7/24 Stephen Blackwell 7pm
FRI 7/25 Kid Icharus 7pm
SAT 7/26 TWO FOR THE ROAD (Forge Pavillion)
Jeff Allen Band with Clay Thrash and Taylor Heard opening 7pm
(Pre-sale tickets $10 on OutHouseTickets.com, or $15 at the door)

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WED 7/30 Craig Wallace hosting Open Mic night 3-6 pm
THURS 7/31 Heather Little 7pm