Salkehatchie Stew: Celebrating Our Stories

Outside the Palmetto Theater in Hampton

One of the strengths of the Allendale area is its strong sense of interdependent community. Another inspiring characteristic for this region is the desire and ability to tell captivating stories.

Remembering stories about this region is the purpose of Salkehatchie Stew. This annual production tells stories of real people in this community, with a different theme, script, and songs each year. Last year, we loved seeing the play that was set in the World War II era, where I learned a lot about this area — like that children were trained to spot German planes, and German POW’s worked in the fields of the Lowcountry.

The main story line was that of a young boy who grew up in Allendale. The best part? This man had a son named Ned, who still lives in Allendale and who was in last year’s play.

My wife and two older children will be in this year’s production, called “Life Lessons Learned.” Seeing the play last year gave Joanna the idea, as a way to meet new people, engage the culture, and (of course) just to have fun.

I hope some of you will be able to make one of these performances. (Note: all the parts are cast with two people, so my family won’t be in each show.) I think tickets are about $10-12 each, and even our 4-year-old enjoyed the musical last year. You can bookmark the Salkehatchie Stew website for more information. Here are the locations of the shows [note that some dates and times have been corrected from when I first posted]:

  • Allendale:  Friday March 2 (7 PM), Saturday March 3 (3 PM), Sunday March 4 (3 PM)
  • Denmark:  Saturday March 10 (2:30 PM)
  • Barnwell:  Saturday March 31 (2:30 PM)
  • Hampton: Saturday April 21 (2:30 PM), Sunday April 22 (2:30 PM)

If you are interested in making one of these shows, please let us know, especially if you think you’ll need a place to stay overnight.

Hope to see you there, so that you can hear some of the stories of Allendale and the Lowcountry.

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