Rocks make new game in town

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Rem­i­nis­cent of “pet rocks,” these rocks ready to be hid­den fea­ture a cater­pil­lar, owls, a yel­low dog and ninja tur­tle.

PHOTO BY SARAH QUILES

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.

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