by Lisa Tome
Art, nature, exploration, and a touch of social media.
A Cecil Parks and Recreation initiative - Cecil Rocks - has been designed to combine all of these and more.
According to Cindy Cantor, Superintendent of Recreation, the concept is a simple one.
Participants will be on the hunt for painted rocks. If you find one, you're free to keep it. But you are asked to replace it with a rock you painted.
It's all about building community, explained Cantor, who found the idea elsewhere and modified it for Cecil County.
She has adopted the buzz words - paint, hide, explore, find, post, smile - to sum up the experience. "It's for all ages and all abilities," Cantor said. It also encourages those who live in Cecil to roam to parts of the county they may not normally visit.
The Cecil County Parks and Recreation Department will also supply the materials. The Vannoy family donated rocks to paint.
The rocks and paint are available, along with a painting table, at the parks and rec. building, Wilson Road, Rising Sun. People may stop by and paint any weekday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Those who paint a rock are also asked to mark it with the official logo @cecil county rocks. You may also use paint and rocks that you have but are asked to use the county @ cecil county rocks to participate.
If you find or hide a rock, you are asked to post it on facebook at the Cecil County Parks and Recreation page. There will also be clues to where rocks can be found on the page.
"These encourages the artists and the explorers. We have businesses on board. This started March 1 and I'm amazed at how it's taken off," said Cantor.