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 @ or $20 Door)


Make plans with us this New Years Eve!

Get Your Shimmy On!

The Forge will be hosting an evening to remember! We will have some great appetizer and dinner specials, including delicious Mediterranean faire.  Our favorite import, Cafe Antarsia will be playing their eclectic mix of Gypsy inspired music and we will also be delighted by some bellydancing earlier in the evening. Music and performance starts at 7pm. Champagne Toast at midnight.

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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!

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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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

Salsa Wars today!

Homemade salsaDon’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!

Ten Fun Day Trips to take in East Texas

Ten Fun Day Trips to take in East Texas:

So I think it’s only fair to let you know, I don’t get to go out much, so when I do, it’s gotta be really fun and adventurous. So I am writing this from both experience and while others have been done by friends. So check these places out and let me know what you think! But remember, when the day is done, head over to The Forge for a nightcap and dinner with a bit of live music. It will be the perfect ending to an excellent day.

10. Go for a nature stroll, feed a mob of hungry catfish, or fish all day at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries. This is my family’s go-to place on a sunny day when we don’t have a ton of cash but want to get out of the house and play. The best thing is, you can pack a picnic lunch and really make a day of it and on certain weekends they have some really great special events planned.

9. Meet some new feline friends at Tiger Creek just North of Tyler. They have a variety of cats that have been rescued from private owners or zoos. It is also close to the Tyler state park, which makes it a great place to go for a day trip. They will give you a tour of the facilities and a chance to meet thier residents  including the two cubs that were featured on Animal Planet.

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8. If you enjoy antiquing, or even shopping in general, Canton, Texas hosts First Monday Trades days. It got it’s name in the 1850’s as the Circuit Judge came to the County Seat on the First Monday of every month. Swapping and trading just naturally sprang up around the Courthouse Square the weekend before Court on Monday. The tradition stayed and so each weekend before the first Monday of the month, vendors from far and wide sell everything from antiques to flip flops to homemade ice cream.

7. So you think East Texas might be a little too chill? Try Ziplining in New York with New York- Texas ZipLine Adventures. They bring people on guided adventure tours with 6 ziplines. Your zipline adventure will take you soaring through towering pines, hardwoods and high above the rocky hillside of one of the highest elevations in East Texas.

6. TJC’s  Center for Earth and Space Science Education Planetarium is a great place to go on a rainy day. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are a variety of shows playing on it’s 40’ Spitz NanoSeam domed theatre, including live missions. They also have an incredible state-of-the-art exhibit hall that changes throughout the year.


5. There are some great parks that are free or charge minimal fees to enter all throughout East Texas. Faulkner Park has an athletic complex, walking trails, fishing pond and a free splash park for the kids. Tyler State park has camping, Ranger-led Programs, swimming, kayaking, hiking, fishing and boat rentals. Bergfield Park is constantly having some kind of event throughout the year. Located just south of the center of town, it hosts art shows, has family movie nights in it’s ampitheater and boasts a large playground and tennis courts.  The Children’s Park is just North of Bergfield is just off of Broadway. It’s a small park, but a fun stop, none the less.

4. Splash Kingdom is East Texas’ largest water park beautifully set on ten tree shaded acres, this family-friendly environment is perfect for a day of “fun in the sun”. Come enjoy the wave pool, lazy river, huge slides and children’s castle. Indoor party facility open all year long. While this is definitely a fun trip, plan on spending some money for the entry fee and food. Oh, and don’t for get the sunscreen!

3. I absolutely love to bring my family to East Texas Gator Park in Grand Saline. As a matter of fact, we had my daughters fourth birthday party there and it was incredibly fun. They have a bunch of gators in every size, raccoons, deer and farm animals. There is so much to see and play on that the kids will be enthralled and the entry fee is really a bargain. Animal enthusiasts will love the gator feedings and the up close nature of this park.

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2. Porch Pick’n has become almost customary in these parts, and you will find an evenings worth almost everywhere you turn around. During the nicer weather Woodhaven Cabins hosts one in their beautiful pavilion every Thursday night at 6 pm. The Shed in Edom has theirs Tuesday nights, and you can even find one going on in Ben Wheeler from time to time.

1. If it’s good food and entertainment you are looking for, look no further than the 279 Artisan Trail.  It spans from outside of Edom to Ben Wheeler and encompasses many businesses in between. The trail holds and participates in regularly scheduled events throughout the year including Second Saturday Art Jams every month, Car Cruises every Second Saturday during the warmer months, the Edom Festival of the Arts in October and the Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation’s Fall Feral Hog Festival also in October.

So there ya go! I think you will find plenty to do in our eclectic little corner. We also have skydiving, horseback riding, mud bogging and wine tasting. Not to mention all the cool festivals that go on through out the year. If it’s not here in our little corner, it’s making it’s way here soon! So get out there and check out East Texas, it’s so much more than a bunch of small towns. It’s big dreams spread out over bigger areas.