Anyone who frequents social media platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter, has likely been flooded with photos of painted rocks and clues to hiding places.
There are pictures of people holding up rocks they’ve found and photos of rocks painted with a wild variety of creative designs.
It’s all part of a trend to encourage creativity and spread some joy within the community. It’s called #662RocksCorinth.
The rules are simple, as posted by participant Elizabeth Lee on the #662RocksCorinth Facebook page. Participants paint family friendly rocks and hide them throughout the Corinth area and post clues to the page and help others find the rocks. If someone finds a rock, they are encouraged to either re-hide it or, if they can’t part with it, then put a new painted rock in its place.
All posts and painted rocks need to be “family friendly.” She said she borrowed from another group she participated in — 901/662 Rocks.
As most people who participate in the painted rock game of hide and seek, Lee was happy to talk about this new movement sweeping the country.
“The more people who know, the more excitement around and joy spread through the community ... We realized the rock movement had not made its way to Corinth, yet. We are part of the main 662Rocks group and 901Rocks group back home. I created the FB page and started spreading our painted rocks around town in hopes it would catch on. We met Carly Koehler through the group and she has really helped it take off, spreading flyers and bags of unpainted rocks around for others to find and join in,” said Lee.
Carly Koehler is only too happy to talk about the rock painting/hiding movement.
“I am very pleased how this activity has really blossomed and taken off in our small town! We truly needed this for our community. We don’t have many rules, being respectful of others and the property you’re hiding rocks on is number one. When you take a rock, it’s always nice to leave a rock. This keeps the game going and if others go to the same location, they don’t come up empty-handed. Over the past few months I’ve seen amazing talent that I didn’t know could exist on rocks,” said Koehler.
A common thread among those who participate — the reason for the enthusiasm is the sense of connection to others and a real desire to share the happiness a little creative beauty can invoke with something as simple as a rock.
However, all participants have their own reasons for why they enjoy #662RocksCorinth.
“The best part for me is that it has also helped us learn areas of Corinth we weren’t familiar with,” said Lee. “My daughter has been wanting to do an escape room for her 11th birthday party, but the ones back home were geared more toward older groups. However, someone hid a rock in front of the Corinth Escape Room Window. We looked them up and found out all their rooms are family friendly. We signed up for her group and went last weekend. That had an absolute blast and we never would have known about it had someone not posted that rock photo!
“The rock movement is a joy for the painter, a joy for the finder, and a great way to showcase areas of Corinth with the community.”
Koehler said she has been impressed with the artwork. She said friend duo, Tabitha Bobo and Teresa Ashcraft, both of Corinth, are popular with the local rock hunters.
“I would like to highlight their artwork. People go nuts over their rocks,” said Koehler.
Bobo’s work has everything from turning a rock into something as simple and sweet as a strawberry to a complete beach or desert scenes — all on a rock.
“Honestly, I love all things art. My best friend and I enjoy any outlet that let’s us be creative. When I heard about the rocks and how the kids, and adults, are so excited when they find them, I wanted to be a part of 662 rocks. I get to be creative and share. And, put a little of my art out there. It’s a great way to bring a smile and little touch of happiness to others you may never cross paths with, and I love that aspect of it,” said Bobo.
Ashcraft said she heard about #662RocksCorinth through friends who were already having fun painting, hiding and hunting for rocks.
“My friend, Tabitha Bobo, and I love painting and drawing. We often get together at each other’s houses for an afternoon of Bible journaling. We thought this looked fun, and after our first night of hiding we were hooked.
“What I like most about it: one time a teacher friend of mine said her little girl wanted a crown so I painted one on a rock. I posted the clue to Facebook about where it was located. We hid so we could watch Marabella Hickman get the rock, but another little girl, Ava McClamroch, just beat her to it. The joy Ava showed upon finding the rock just had us tickled. We became addicted to seeing these children just light up when they find one.
“By the way, Ava rehid the rock so Marabella could get it since her heart was set on it. There are so many from the community who are gathering for paint parties and then hiding afterwards. And of course, it’s always good for the soul to hang out with my bestie,” said Ashcraft.
The #662RocksCorinth Facebook page now has grown to over 2,500 members since the first post in April.
It is not certain where the rock painting got started as such a sweeping trend.
However, one news story in the Jefferson City, Mo., News Tribune, published on July 21, 2016, offered a clue to the possible origin as the article spoke of how “an Oregon couple lost their two daughters in 2013, when they were hit by a car in front of their house. In April 2014, the couple launched the Love Rocks Facebook page to honor their memory with heart-decorated rocks, similar to how the couple had decorated their wedding.”
Regardless how the movement began, it seems the core of kindness keeps it going.