Hide and seek just became “rock solid” as the Oneonta City Rock Hide and Seek Group on Facebook was organized in early June by citizens who wanted to participate in a fun and creative activity.
Shannon McCray, who spearheaded the Oneonta group said, “This is a community building group meant to inspire creativity in all ages and energize people to explore the beautiful area.”
The group is patterned after similar ones that have been formed across the country. The concept of the activity is straightforward – paint the rocks, hide them locally, and provide clues for others via the Facebook page.McCray wrote on the group’s Facebook page, “We are painting rocks to ‘hide’ all over our city to spread joy and brighten people’s day.”
Alicia Glenn and her children, Camden, 9, and Coleman, 3, are enjoying being a part of this group. She said, “They’re having a wonderful time. We’re headed to hide more rocks today. It’s such a great activity.”
McCray said that her children are really enjoying painting the rocks, hiding them throughout town, and searching for the rocks hidden by others. She said, “It is a good activity. So far, it has been a success.”
Once painted, McCray adds a message on the back of their rocks, and then seals them with an acrylic or polyurethane to help protect them. This is a preference her family chooses to do but is not required.
As group members find the hidden gems, they may keep them or re-hide them. They can also create other rocks for hiding. According to McCray, the purpose of the group is simple, “Spread joy and fun.”
To become a member this group or find out more information, visit the Facebook page (Oneonta City Rock Hide and Seek) or call McCray at 965-7525.