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

Forge Halloween Costume Ball

Shake your BOOOOOTY tonight at the Forge Halloween Costume Ball. We will be sporting costumes and Forge Fantastic prizes! Voting begins at ? Party ends at?  Show up in your most original, sexiest, and scariest costumes. Let your inner circus performer out tonight. We will be rocking the house with Jimmy Wallace & Jerry Don Branch. Come on out!

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What’s that Wild Hog Festival about?

Hog Fest, Ben Wheeler TXHog 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

Café Antarsia

Saturday, Oct 26-

$7 advance tickets through or $10 Door

• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. CRAIG WALLACE


• 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CHASE & NEW SOUTH

• 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. JEFF ALLEN BAND

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East Texas music icon, Lynn Groom, Wednesday, Oct 2

Get ready! Tyler native and Texas music icon, Lynn Groom, brings his nationally acclaimed, one-man show of keyboard wizardry to The Forge for a special one night only performance, Wednesday, October 2, at 7 PM.  Come on down for a special night of music!

Lynn Groom (3)To find out more about Lynn Groom check out his website

Labor Day Plans? We got ’em!

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!Picture 13

 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.