Colorful, painted rocks continue to flow into Franklin and neighboring towns, in the form of Kindness Rocks. The initiative, which works to spread kindness and love through decorated rocks hidden in public places, got a boost last Saturday when Main Street merchants, NC Mountain Made, Macon County News, Mossy Rock, The Dusty Pallet, Stewarts Jewelry, the Attic, and the Taste of Scotland Museum hosted a free rock painting party for the community. Read2me was on hand to pass out free books to children while they waited for their rocks to dry.

Around 100 people met downtown and showed off their artistic talents by painting kindness rocks as unicorns, frogs, owls, mountain sunsets, or with special messages that were then hidden on Main Street and around Franklin. Kids, couples, tourists, and just people passing by stopped on the town square to paint the rocks. Main Street merchants plan to continue the activity once a month with the next free painting party schedule for Saturday, July 8, from 2-4 p.m. at the gazebo on Main Street.