08 June . 2017
The country's latest craze has made its way to FishHawk Ranch. If you've taken a stroll around the community over the past few months, you may have caught on to the fun phenomenon of colorfully painted rocks strategically hidden near planters, under and on top of benches, and in a host of other places.
It's a movement called FishHawk Rocks, created by resident Kimberly Santucci in March. It works like this: people find or buy rocks, paint them however they’d like, and write the words "Fishhawk Rocks" on the back. Then they hide the rocks in public places to be found by strangers. Rock recipients take a photo of their find, and post it on the FishHawk Rocks Facebook Group. People who find the rocks can either keep it, or re-hide it for others to find.
The FishHawk Rocks Facebook Group has grown to more than 750 members who upload their finds, and show off the rocks they’re hiding, sometimes with hints about where to find them. Rockers – artists who create rock art - have even hosted local rock painting parties.
"It’s so fun to see how excited kids get when they find a rock," said Kimberly, the founder. “Most of them choose to keep them, but then they go home and paint their own to hide.”
Kimberly says her favorite thing about the FishHawk Rocks movement she’s created is watching families bond over a shared activity. Families are spending time together painting rocks, and enjoying the outdoors as they hide them.
"It really has been something that is making people happy," she said.
Kimberly was inspired to start FishHawk Rocks after a relative added her to a similar Facebook group for Palm Harbor. There are also groups for Oldsmar and Lakeland, which has more than 30,000 members and is believed to be the first community to start the trend in Central Florida.
So, the next time you’re walking through the community, be sure to be on the lookout for the FishHawk Rocks.
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