Our owl raffle of five owls was a great success this year, and we are ready to move forward with a full festival and auction for 2024. If you are interested in sponsoring an owl, we'd love to have you! Please visit our downloads page and download the Sponsor Packet for 2024. All of the necessary information is in there. The deadline of November 1, 2023 is fast approaching! If you are an artist interested in submitting a sketch for consideration, please visit the Downloads tab and download the Artists Packet for 2024. All information is included. Due date for artist sketches is December 31, 2023. A selection reception will be planned in early January, where the sponsors will look at all artist sketches and choose the artist that they would like to represent them next year. 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)
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.