LaBelle Rocks!

As you travel around town, running errands, on your way to work or for lunch, or even taking an evening still with the family, you might want to keep an eye out for brightly painted rocks and shells. These little trinkets are painted with themes and messages, just for fun, and then they’re hidden for people to find. It’s a viral trend that has finally found its way to LaBelle, painting, hiding, and finding rocks. There are many groups of people doing this throughout the nation, and the world, with the simple hope of passing on some kindness, generating a bit of fun, and making a stranger smile.

“I do it for fun and adventure. I love to see other people’s creations,” the round of the group called LaBelle Rocks, Kimberly Harn, said. It all came about when she discovered the trend in another group called River Ranch Rocks. The 44 year old mother of three, who loves to do crafts said, “I started the group last week because of this quarantine. We were bored and looking for something fun to do that others could get involved in,” she went on, “It was my sister in law Teri Williams idea for me to start my own group.”

She has lived in LaBelle her entire life, “Labelle has always had that small town family feel. I guess I like the simplicity of our town and all of the oaks. Not to mention that if anyone ever needs anything most people will jump in & do what they can to help.”

When asked who might be interested in joining LaBelle Rocks and what the future may hold for the group? Harn said, “All are welcome to join. Just search Facebook groups for LaBelle Rocks!” she added, “As far as the future of the group, I would like to see more people finding the rocks and painting their own and hiding them. I really want the kids to get involved.”

Sonia Freeland, an active member of the group said, “We became friends in middle school here in Labelle. I asked Kim recently to join me in opening my sign shop here in town. I want to branch out into craft projects with the community. So when she started this I kind of tagged along.” She explained, “I’m hoping we can get this LaBelle Rocks! to take off. I think it’s something we need here. She and I are getting together tomorrow to come up with some starter kits for people, fix up the Facebook group, and brainstorm on themes and ideas to get people excited and more involved.”

To find a rock, individuals post photos of their pained rocks in the Facebook group, with cute rhymes or other clues for rock hunters to decipher. When you find a rock, you are encouraged to either keep it and paint a new one of your own- or re-hide it for someone else to find. The details and rules can be found in the Facebook group.

LaBelle Rocks can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1116502585398429/?ref=share

Submitted photo: The tie dye shell was happily found by a participant.

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