Stirring the pot when it comes to storytelling

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Salkehatchie Stew

Stirring the pot when it comes to storytelling: The University of South Carolina celebrates USC Salkehatchie’s 50th anniversary

A heritage hotspot, Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina, calls home those in search of arts, culture and a love for the untold story. Situated along I-20, between Atlanta and Charleston – just east of Augusta, Georgia, this undiscovered area of rolling countryside, parks, antique shops, Civil War sites, plantation homes of yesteryear and more encompasses the counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell, and hosts the annual event Salkehatchie Stew, a storytelling presentation that brings together regional true tales through story, dance and song, based on the people of the area. This October 23-25, with public matinee performances on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Carolina Theatre on Main St. in Allendale, Salkehatchie Stew presents “Salk Lives,” demonstrating how the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie has become a living institution in the lives and hearts of the communities.

“People have had to fight to save Salkehatchie from the first years when funding and students were sparse to the recent attempts to close it,” said Frances Chavous, producer of the event. “Salk Stew captures the essence of the stories of the theme we choose each year and presents a show full of history, humor, tenderness and beautiful, memorable original music.”

Each year, volunteers go out into the Salkehatchie Region, comprised of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton Counties, to collect stories from the lives of the people, turning them into a play and preserving the culture and heritage of the region in a way a historical landmark cannot.

Salkehatchie Stew is a division of Salkehatchie Arts, which encompasses the Arts Center where the works of over seventy artists, authors and craftspeople from the region are available for display and purchase. Works include a variety of items from the realms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, jewelry, knives, stationery, books, kitchen items, holiday decorations, woodworking and more.

Honoring alumni and friends, the University of South Carolina will celebrate USC Salkehatchie’s 50th anniversary with an East Coast Band Party from 7-11 p.m., October 24 at the USC Allendale Campus Conference Center.

The Arts Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 939 Main Street (US Hwy 301) North, Allendale, South Carolina.

To get here, venture off the beaten path and take US 301 or I-95, driving through new opportunities for cultural explorations in the towns of Thoroughbred Country located along these pathways.

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