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Walterboro Rocks

By Amye Stivender

During an average day, you have probably walked past a dozen types of rocks or different shapes and sizes and never really paid much attention to them. If you visited a local park, nature trail, restaurant, library, or store this week in Walterboro there is a distinct possibility you passed by a rock or two that may have caught your attention. If you happened to notice any painted rocks hidden around town this week and began to wonder if there was a connection, the answer is WalterboroRocks! Walterboro is one of many cities and towns that have a started the age old scavenger hunt game, with an interesting twist of using painted rocks. Nearby municipalities like Summerville, James Island, and Moncks Corner have all incorporated town leaders to also get involved.
The idea of the “game” is to have adults and children have taken time and great thought to hand paint rocks and hide them in places throughout the town. If you find one of these painted rocks, pick it up, and hide it somewhere new. A recent Facebook group called WalterboroRocks has been painting and hiding rocks all week for others to find and enjoy. Cottageville resident and WalterboroRocks member Ginni Mitchell has joined in on the hunt along with her children. “We started July 4th,” Mitchell said, of searching for rocks hidden in Walterboro. “We saw it all over Facebook and the kids heard it and were dying to start,” she said.
Mitchell and her children originally began hunting the rocks and then they decided they will also paint their own to share. When asked why she and her children joined in on the rock hunting Mitchell said, “We hunt for fun! The kids get so very excited and run and laugh when they spot one.”
The rocks are traveling all over Walterboro and have also moved to other locations. “We have hunted in various places such as Azalea Park in Summerville, Pinckney Park, Main Street Cottageville, local businesses, the Waterfall in Walterboro, and Hutchinson Square in Summerville. These are our favorite places,” she said.
With only a few days of hunting and hiding Mitchell has already made a significant deposit of rocks.
“We have hidden over 60 painted rocks with different themes from tennis shoes, Minions, M&M’s, American Pride and Cancer Ribbons,” Mitchell said. “We have found over 40 rocks from Edisto, Summerville, and Walterboro.”
Rock painting sessions have been held by participants at Pinckney Park for newcomers who may be interested in getting involved and local business Baskets and Bows hosted a rock painting party Friday, July 7th to interested participants to make their rock pop. “I hope more people get involved in the Walterboro area as pickings are slim there,” Mitchell said, “but we are saving our favorite rocks to rehide in Orlando in the end of July during our family vacation.” So the life of a traveling Walterboro rock is anything but ordinary these days. If you see a painted rock while you are out this week, pick it up, and hide it somewhere new and keep Walterboro rocking!!

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