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Allendale is one of the best spots in the country for seeing the magnificent Swollow-Tale and Missippi Kite. Kites are in the same family as Eagles and Hawks. From the Audubon web site: "Our most beautiful bird of prey, striking in its shape, its pattern, and its extraordinarily graceful flight. Hanging motionless in the air, swooping and gliding, rolling upside down and then zooming high in the air with scarcely a motion of its wings, the Swallow-tailed Kite is a joy to watch."
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Bird watchers from across the southeast come to Allendale to see the Swallow-Tail and Miississippi Kites in mid July And early August. The fields near the intersection of Barton Road and Revolutionary Trail are known to attract large these beautiful birds of prey related to the American Eagle. Birdwatchers are advised to watch from the road as the fields are private property.
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Allendale will host the 2nd Annual Kite Outing on July 25, 2015. " Every summer from mid-July to mid August, the kite show begins over the cow pastures of Allendale, South Carolina. Hundreds of Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites converge on this area of our state to feed on a horde of dragonflies and other flying insects. It is a spectacle to behold -- a birder's delight -- to watch these flocks feed over the fields." (Puff Mud Perspectives)
For questions about the Kite Outing, please call 803-584-4207.
Above: a Swallow-tailed Kite. Photo Credit: Andy Morffew, Flicker/Creative Commons
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Carolina Theatre

News item April 20, 1930: Two Allendale men, FH Moody and E.A. Crocker take over the management of the Pastime Movie House in Allendale with plans to remodel the theatre and bring the best and latest movies to town. The theatre would do exactly that for many decades as the Carolina Theatre until finally falling into disuse and disrepair.

In more recent years, the theatre was acquired by the USC Salkehatchie and renamed the Salkehatchie Civic Arts Center. On September 27, 2013, the theatre officially reopened as the Carolina Theatre following extensive renovation. Structural and interior work were supported by USDA Rural Development funding along with additional funding from area businesses.

Dr. Ann Carmichael, Dean of USC Salkehatchie, believed that a beautifully remodeled theatre could provide a cultural and entertainment center for the town of Allendale as well as for USC students.

Associate Professor of Art at USC Columbia, Karen Heid, working with USC art and architecture students did the creative work in Art Deco style including unique paintings in the lobby.
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The two interior shots above are captured from a video produced by USC Salkehatchie that is really worth watching on Youtube:
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Lower Savannah River
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A few miles north of the river on Route 301 is a building (photo at right) that was the South Carolina Welcome Center for people traveling north from Georgia. Now it is the headquarters for the Savannah River Alliance, an organization that looks after walking nature trails and recreational access to the river.
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About 20 minutes south of Allendale township, Route 301 crosses the Savannah River into Georgia. On the South Carolina side, there is access to the river right next to the road. An aluminum dock has been built for sightseeing and fishing. In the distance you can see the old bridge, which is now part of a walking trail. The trail runs parallel to Route 301 and can be accessed from several points starting about a mile north of the river.
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Savanah River Classic Fishing Tournament
May 22 - 23, 2015

This annual fishing event and tournament is held on the Savannah River as a fundraiser for the organization and, more importantly, as a way to increase awareness of the unique beauty of the Savannah River, as well as to promote recreational fishing. Funds from the event support the activities that are sponsored by the Alliance. The River Classic is a two-day family-oriented event that promotes youth and adult fishing. Firday night is the captain's event and donor's party that provides a fish dinner and entertainment. The tournament is on Saturday with fishing beginning at 6 am and weigh-in from 4 – 6 pm. Prizes are awarded at 6 pm. Food, entertainment, and educational events are held at the LSRA Education Center (above) beginning at noon Saturday. Prizes are awarded for six categories of fish: -- striped bass, catfish, largemouth bass, and pan fish -- with divisions for youth, ladies, and men.
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The photo above shows how tastefully the center has been decorated and arranged with the work of local artists.
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Salkahatchie Arts Center
and Retail Shop

Close to the University of South Carolina Salkahatchie campus in a lovely white house is the home of Allendale's Arts Council and Gift shop. The shop offers the works of a number of Allendale artists.
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Shown above, the creamic work of artist Sandra Wright is on display.
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Miss Arnold's School House

This tiny structure was built in 1875 for Miss Augusta Salena Arnold. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Miss Arnold was only about 14, and the war made it impossible for her to pursue her education in a formal way. So she educated herself by reading and emerged with a well-rounded education that was well suited for teaching the young pupils of her time. It was said the she could almost recite from memory any page from her well-worn encyclopedia. Her passion for knowledge and for teaching children inspired her to continue teaching for almost fifty years in the tiny school house, even after public schools had been established in Allendale. Miss Augusta Salena Arnold died in 1929 and is buried in Allendale's Swallow Savannah Cemetery in the Searson family lot. She is remembered with great fondness by the people of Allendale. Her school house was restored in recent years and moved to the property of the Salkahatchie Arts Council, where it can be appreciated by visitors.
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