Rocks make new game in town
CENTREVILLE — A fun, new — or rather old school — game is making its way around Centreville and throughout Queen Anne’s County. Part combination pet rock and part hide ‘n seek, the “rock game,” as it’s been dubbed, is a low tech way to keep kids busy and parents happy.
Sarah Quiles is a new resident of Queen Anne’s County; she moved to the area about five months ago. She started the Eastern Shore Rocks! group on Facebook and now has more than 340 followers. When Quiles and her family moved here from Georgia, where the game was just starting to catch on, she thought starting a game of her own here would be a great way to meet new people.
“Upon summer arriving, I wanted something fun for my children to do, and I knew this would be a great game for not only children, but everyone in the community,” said Quiles.
The general rules are decorate rocks and hide them, explained Quiles. If you find a rock, you are more than welcome to keep it, or hide it again for someone else to find. You can post hints or found rocks on the Facebook page, Eastern Shore Rocks! Another suggestion is for local businesses to use the rocks to advertise and offer discounts if their rocks are found, she said.
Quiles’ favorite rock she has found was a Superman rock hidden at Kennard Elementary School, dedicated to Centreville’s own Superman. Kennard student Eiann Connell, 10, died of leukemia this past spring. He was affectionately known as “Superman” for his strength and courage in his long fight with cancer. The rock has a lot of meaning to those remembering him, Quiles said.
Quiles said the sense of community in Centreville and the willingness of others to reach out in support and camaraderie is overwhelming.
A glance at the group’s Facebook page shows the enthusiasm behind the game. Finders are posting pictures of their finds and clues are being left on where to find newly placed rocks. And the themes are endless: fruits, landscapes, emojis and encouraging phrases are likely to be found.
Rocks have been hidden at Millstream Park, the 4-H Park, Tuckahoe State Park and around the courthouse in Centreville to name a few places. Others have reported finding and hiding again at Kennard Elementary and in Church Hill as well as the playground at the town wharf.
So many are getting involved in the game and having fun making memories, she said.
“I love this game for Centreville!” said resident Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin. Seeing moms, dads and kids out in town each evening has been fun to watch, she said. She agreed, it is kind of a nostalgic pastime, an excellent activity to keep little hands busy and a great way to join in the community.
An offshoot of the group, KI Rocks, has started in Stevensville. Bonnie Reamy, owner of Cattail Creations Studio, will host a rock painting event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 29, in the yard at her office, 711 Main St.
“Members paint rocks, include a little blurb on the back about the organization contact with a note that says Take Me or Leave Me. The person finding the rock should post that they found the rock with a picture and then hide the rock in another location. The locations can be any safe and legal location such as a garden at the school or library or a local business with permission,” Reamy said.
Reminiscent of “pet rocks,” these rocks ready to be hidden feature a caterpillar, owls, a yellow dog and ninja turtle.
The Eastern Shore Rocks group on Facebook is getting Centreville and neighboring communities involved in a game of hide and seek with painted rocks.
The Superman rock gets found and hid again. “There once was a tree ... and she loved a boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself,” a Shel Silverstein hint for the location of this rock originally made by Alison Stevens.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” was the Dr. Seuss hint for this rock.