After the very successful auction of our 2020 owls in the fall of 2021 due to a Covid19 delay, What a Hoot! took a year off. This year, the Hoot of the Owl Committee got together and decided to do a smaller carry-over festival until more volunteers can be rounded up for a new committee for 2024. If you are interested in volunteering, please let Mayor Mark Evans know! We will need a robust team of dedicated volunteers to make another What a Hoot! Festival possible.
This year, we have five owls for your viewing pleasure, and the raffle winners will be notified at the end of September! You can purchase raffle tickets for your favorite owl(s) all summer long at the Coxsackie Village Offices, and every other week at the Coxsackie Farmer's Market starting May 31, 2023, and from some of the artists. Please use our Contact page or visit us on Facebook if you need further information. We would like to send a big shout-out to our five sponsors this year, and to the five talented artists for their time and talents. Thank you ALL for your support! (See the "Sponsors" and "Artists" tabs above) There will be brochures available in front of the Coxsackie Village Offices near the owls on their perches! Click on the "Photos" tab above to see individual photos of this year's raffle owls!
We also have miniature owls for you to order and decorate for yourselves! A part of the proceeds from the sale of these owls goes to the What a Hoot! committee to be used toward expenses for the festival. The miniature owls are approximately 7" tall, by about 4" wide at the base. We've shown a sample here with Ellen De Lucia's owl "Liberty" from 2018. They are $39 each plus shipping. Order mini owl here!
Our winner for 2019's raffle owl The Owl and the Chickadee by artist Sharon Lalor Askew was Joseph B. Ellis. He was awarded the owl at Coxsackie's Christmas by the River on Sunday, December 1, 2019, when his winning ticket was pulled. Sadly we lost our dear friend, committee member, and Village Trustee Joe (J.B.) Ellis in July of 2020. He is dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Please keep visiting this website and our Facebook page for updates for 2023, including all pertinent dates and info!
See the downloads tab.
All individuals and businesses interested in being an owl sponsor must return packets and payment by November 1st.
The deadline for artists to submit an owl sketch with all accompanying paperwork.
Sponsors will choose their owl/artists at this reception open to artists and sponsors only.
Artists will be notified that they have been selected by a sponsor, and will pick up their owl to begin work. This date is approximate.
This is the firm deadline for artists to return their finished owls. They will then be sent for clear-coating.
We hope to get all owls on their perches by Memorial Day Weekend.
Our auction will take place at a venue to be determined.
Our artists hail from right here in Coxsackie, to neighboring towns in the Capital Region. Keep an eye out in 2024 when we'll be looking for artists to submit their sketches!
Our sponsors donate $500 each for the honor of sponsoring one of our beautiful owls. With that tax-deductible donation comes credit on the owl's name plaque. The money covers the cost of a primed owl, its mounting brackets, shipping, weather protection, artists supply fee, and promotion of the festival. Our owls wouldn't be possible without our very generous sponsors!
The Hoot of the Owl Committee is inviting you to be part of the celebration, too. Won’t you please become a What a Hoot! Supporter? Your donation will help Coxsackie’s festival soar by providing much needed funding for promotion, thereby ensuring success. While promoting What a Hoot!, the committee will also give you and your business recognition through social media and extensive advertising. We do hope that you will join us.