2018-06-09 / Community Life

Community will ‘rock on’ for another summer


Freshly painted rocks have been hidden around Em­porium as a second sum­mer of fun gets underway. Those creating rocks or lo­cating them are encour­aged to display pictures on a social media site. Above (clockwise) Brynn Al­lison, Chloe Farren, Lauryn Trumpie and Owen Scha­ger display their finds. Freshly painted rocks have been hidden around Em­porium as a second sum­mer of fun gets underway. Those creating rocks or lo­cating them are encour­aged to display pictures on a social media site. Above (clockwise) Brynn Al­lison, Chloe Farren, Lauryn Trumpie and Owen Scha­ger display their finds. A second fun-filled sum­mer of “Emporium Rocks On” kicked off last week.

It’s part of a national effort to get kids and families outside playing what amounts to a game of hide-and-seek.

Objective is to paint ordinary rocks with cartoon characters, creative quotes, or just a pop of color. The rocks then get hidden around town under a tree or in a flower planter, for ex­ample. The fun comes from finding rocks and either re­placing them, or re-hiding them for others to find.

Roots of the nationwide game trace to the “Kind­ness Rock Project” cre­ated by Megan Murphy of Cape Cod, Mass. She was inspired by heart-shaped rocks she would occasion­ally spot, and started writ­ing positive messages on them to inspire others.

Emporium’s rock pio­neers Mary Kay McLean and Cherie Miller last year launched an “Emporium Rocks On” page on the Facebook social media site where participants were encouraged to display pictures of the rocks they create, find, and re-hide.

A similar Facebook site was launched last summer in Coudersport. Businesses in both communities have gotten in on the act, hiding prize rocks that can be redeemed for discounts.



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