Friday, September 11, 2009

Have you Ben? To Ben Wheeler, Texas that is...

Pack your bags it's time for a road trip!  We're headed East to the town of Ben Wheeler, Texas.  What do you mean you've never heard of it?  Well, I'm not totally surprised because until  a year or two ago this sweet little town was just sleepin in the dust.  That is until my dad retired!  You'll soon see that the word retired does not apply at all.  He and his wife Rese moved to East Texas several years ago, and he quickly figured out that he needed a hobby.  Some people whittle, some people play golf...not my dad!  The town of Ben Wheeler became his hobby!  He started the Ben Wheeler Development Co., and quickly began to rejuvenate the town.  (Ben Wheeler is about an hour East of Dallas between Canton and Edom.)
Labor Day weekend the doors to Moore Store Restaurant opened!!!  Moore Store was the original Mercantile in Ben Wheeler dating back to 1933.  The place was packed, the band played, and a great time was had by all!!  The food was absolutely delicious!  Pot Roast Sandwich with Grilled Onions and Horseradish, Blue Cheese Burgers, Veggie Wrap w/ Red Pepper Hummus, and the menu goes on and on.  And of course whatever cold beverage you could think of.  Oh my gosh!  I tried everything and it was all to die for!!  The restaurant is open for lunch Tues.-Sun., and dinner Thurs.-Sun.  They will also have live music on the weekends!!
Stop by The Flying Fish and you are sure to find something for yourself and a gift for everyone on your list.  From altered art, metal sculptures, to beautifully scented candles you name it they've got it all.
Also, Renowned custom knife artist, Dan Harrison opened the doors to his new shop in downtown Ben Wheeler Memorial Day weekend. Visit Dan and see his beautiful works!
In the next six weeks The Forge restaurant will open.  It is going be totally cool!  If you are looking for me that's where I'll be.  It is inspired by an antique blacksmith's Forge.  It will have the atmosphere of a rustic bistro, which will serve oven-baked pizzas, sandwiches and fine Texas cheeses.  And, of course plenty of wine.
The weekend of October 23 and 24 Ben Wheeler will host the Feral Hog Festival.  If you have ever had a desire to get HOG WILD this is your chance!!!  On Friday night they will host the Feral Hog Follies, Pageant & Wild Hog Ball.  They will actually crown the 2009 Hog Queen!  What a hoot!!  On Saturday the Hog Parade will begin at 10:am followed by live music, games, contests, and concessions.  And, at noon they will have the World Championship and Texas State Wild Hog Cook-Off competition and judging.

Remember to leave a comment!  It's not nice to ring and run!!
One Crazy Mama
www.benwheelertx.com


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8 comments:

paperjunk-lc said...

Are y'all going for the hog fest? Sounds like a lot fun! I mean who wouldn't want to be the HOG queen!
Tell Brooks I'm sending your blog to my step-mom and she can pass it around Bullard. They'd love this kinda place!

One Crazy Mama said...

Sooweee!!! Oh Girl you better believe we will be ridin the Pig Bus through town for the Hog Fest! I can't wait!!

Apron of the Month Club said...

Hi there fellow Texan. I am spending my Sunday afternoon browsing around blogs. CUTE PIG BUS. I'm country girl in couture!

Best Wishes & Blessings!!
Yoli Kalkofen

Apron of the Month Club said...

Hellow fellow Texan! I am spending my Sunday afternoon browsing around and ran into you blog. I totally love the pink piggy bus.

Best Wishes & Blessing,
Yoli Kalkofen

Katy said...

Your dad started all of that? What a busy, knowledgeable man. Sounds like tons of fun. I wish it were where I could stop by and add to the festivities! Stopping in from SITS to say hello!

Debbie said...

How cool! Your dad must be an incredible man. More towns need people like him.

Anonymous said...

LOVE your blog, you are so right about the Moore Store menu. Wonderful food, great atmosphere and great music. You didn't mention that your Dad is pictured with the band. He sings too! Maybe I will see you at the Hawgfest.

Anonymous said...

The band Brooks is singing with is the East Texas Backroads Band and they are the "house
band" for the Moore Store. They play every thursday and again, the place is packed. Really a fun place and when Brooks and Rese arrive, the party starts.