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South Cape rocks the painting party

By Staff | Aug 10, 2017

At a time where people seem to be constantly bickering back and forth, there’s an event happening in the South Cape that shows we can still love and understand each other.

Businesses throughout the South Cape are taking part in an event that quite literally rocks. They are inviting people to come paint rocks as part of the “South Cape Rocks” movement.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Zak’s Jewelers and Miloff Aubuchon, at 1314 Cape Coral Pkwy. E. will invite people to come paint rocks that will be placed all over the South Cape for people to find, then hide again so another person can find it.

The event is being hosted by the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association, which represents the downtown businesses in the CRA district. It is open to all ages. Rocks, brushes and paint will be provided, with the finished rocks to be posted on the South Cape Rocks Facebook page.

“It’s to bring people to the area. We believed in a local type event to give back to the community. When we saw this rocks movement, we decided to ask local businesses to put on these rock painting parties,” said SCHEA executive director Donna Meola. “It’s about spreading a little cheer and having fun while bringing people into the district.”

Alison Polo, vice president at Zak’s, said people have been painting rocks and hiding them both in the Cape and nationwide.

“It’s a way to spread cheer and positive intent. I first heard about this months ago and I noticed it was coming here,” Polo said. “Donna Meola came to us and said they were going to start a South Cape Rocks group. I thought it would be a good idea, being in the South Cape.”

SCHEA has already held several of these events and more are planned through September, not only for family audiences but for adults as well. Bars and other adult establishments are taking part along with family businesses, bringing a good mix of daytime and nighttime events.

It’s even taken the place of board meetings, said Helen Ramey, economic development manager at the Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency, who attended what turned out to be an inaugural event.

“Rock painting has taken the country by storm. It’s fun and therapeutic for everyone. SCHEA had its monthly board meeting on July 25 and instead of going over the agenda, we had a rock painting party and I really enjoyed it,” Ramey said. “It’s fun to create it, hide it and wait for someone to find it and post it, then rehide it.

Meola said it’s bringing people out, with the rocks winding up in some of the strangest places, once found and posted.

“We had one of the rocks from the original meeting show up on Facebook in England. They’ve already traveled. It was the coolest thing I’ve seen,” Meola said.

Cape Coral Brewing will hold an event on Aug. 18, and Karma & Coconuts, at 112 S.E. 47th Terrace, will hold the free event for all ages on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit the SCHEA Facebook page.