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Lift someone’s spirits by painting a rock and leaving it to be found; party set for Saturday

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 10/9/19

Scattered around Middletown are painted rocks with inspirational messages such as “Live long and prosper” — the Vulcan phrase from Star Trek.

Some of the rocks were hidden by …

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Lift someone’s spirits by painting a rock and leaving it to be found; party set for Saturday

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Scattered around Middletown are painted rocks with inspirational messages such as “Live long and prosper” — the Vulcan phrase from Star Trek.

Some of the rocks were hidden by Steve Wilson, who is a member of the Facebook group “Set in Stones — Hidden Rocks.” Now, Wilson is inviting people to a rock painting party in the community room of Interfaith Apartments from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12.

Wilson has been painting rocks for the past couple of years after he found a couple of rocks in Hoffer Park in Middletown.

“It’s an international thing about painting rocks and hiding them somewhere for someone to find and to hopefully inspire someone or give them a boost when they’re down,” Wilson said.

What you paint on a rock is an individual preference. Wilson sticks with upbeat artwork.

“I’m a bit of an optimist. I like to think that someone who finds one of my rocks, they find one that makes them smile,” he said.

People are encouraged to bring rocks and whatever they want to use to decorate rocks like paint or markers. Cold drinks, paper towels, plates, cups and water for brushes will be provided. Attendees are also encouraged to bring snacks to share.

The party is open to the public, but Wilson asked attendees not to bring children younger than 10.

Don’t park in the Interfaith Apartment lot, Wilson said. There’s parking in the Amtrak lot or on Mill Street. Attendees are asked to come about an hour early to help set up or stay after to clean up.

Call Wilson at 717-944-3339 with questions.