This year was eventful for Salkehatchie Stew, the Salkehatchie Leadership Institute’s project that focuses on gathering and retelling the region’s stories. The folklife play “Dig Deeper” premiered in April at the Palmetto Theater in Hampton, and a remount of “Dig Deeper” ran from August 20 – 30, presenting a revised version with new scenes, new actors, and new music. Using stories from the Salkehatchie Region and original music linked to the stories, “Dig Deeper” gives audiences a novel way of seeing how Salkehatchie folk deal with good times, hard times, setbacks, and unusual relatives and friends. Salkehatchie Stew also sponsored storytelling “tellabrations” in Bamberg, Barnwell, and Colleton counties in March and June. Bamberg County’s Brew, the Colleton Collection, and Barnwell County’s Bash featured nationally known storytellers Sheila Kay Adams and Carmen Deedy and gave audiences a taste of storytelling, mixed with a dash of music, art, quilts, trains, and bold-faced lies. USC Salkehatchie professors coordinated with the Colleton Collection, even planning a downtown murder mystery stroll and literary events.