What A Hoot! Coxsackie, NY. A cartoonish owl perched on a branch.

Auction & Gala

What a great success our first What a Hoot! Festival was! We raised and donated $12,000 to local charities. A big THANK YOU to the greater Coxsackie community and to all who supported the auction and took home an owl. We have mugs and pint glasses available this year, as well as wine glasses and wine charms, available at the Coxsackie Farmer's Market on the second Wednesday of each month this summer. Come see us! We are pleased to announce that 2018's What a Hoot! Festival is now underway! The owls can be found in groups all around Coxsackie. Brochures can be found at many of our sponsors' businesses, and at the Village Offices. Enjoy your owl hunt, and be sure to put October 13th on your calendar for our 2018 Owl Auction, where all proceeds from our owl auction will go to various charities to benefit the community.

People's Choice Voting Ballot

View a 2017 sample voting ballot. 2018 Ballots will be available soon.

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Bidding Form

View the 2017 Off Premises Bidding Form Below. Our 2018 Bidding Form will be available in August.

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Gala Details

The 2018 Gala & Auction is going to be held at the Coxsackie Yacht Club on October 13, 2018. Ticket information will be available as the time grows nearer.

What is What A Hoot!?

What a Hoot! is a public art installation, sponsored by the Village of Coxsackie, and organized by the Hoot of the Owl Committee. Our goal is to raise money for various local charities. After the tremendous reception to our inaugural year, which also coincided with the Village of Coxsackie's 150th anniversary, the Hoot of the Owl Committee has taken the owl by the horns and done it again! There are 52 owls on display all over town, created by 43 local artists. You will also find a bear from Cairo and a cat from Catskill in the mix this year. You can find our traded owls in their respective towns as well. A trip to visit Coxsackie, Catskill and Cairo would be a great way to spend a day/weekend. Enjoy!

Who created it?

The Hoot of the Owl Committee, chaired in 2017 by Joe Ellis, and sponsored by the Village of Coxsackie. Our 2018 chairperson is Ellen De Lucia.

Who are the sponsors?

See the list of 2018 sponsors.

Who are the artists?

See the list of 2018 artists or contact us to express interest in becoming one next year!

Why owls?

It is believed that the word Coxsackie is a Native American word that translates to "hoot of the owl," and therefore, the owl is the symbol of the Village of Coxsackie.



Artist and Sponsor Packets Available

See the downloads tab.


Sponsor Packet and Payment Deadline

All individuals and businesses interested in being an owl sponsor must return packets and payment by November 15.


Artist Sketch Deadline

The deadline for artists to submit an owl sketch with all accompanying paperwork.


Selection Reception date

Sponsors will choose their owl/artists at this reception.


Notification of Artists Selected Date TBA

Artists will be notified that they have been selected by a sponsor, and will pick up their owl to begin work.


Completed Owls Deadline

This is the firm deadline for artists to return their finished owls. They will then be sent for clear-coating.


Owls Out for Memorial Day

We hope to get all owls on their perches in time for the Memorial Day Weekend.


Gala and Auction Date TBA

The 2018 Owl Auction will be held at the Coxsackie Yacht Club at 1:30pm. More details to come!


Our 2018 artists will hail from right here in Coxsackie, to neighboring towns in the Capital Region. It is time for potential artists to submit their sketches!

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Our sponsors will 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! After the owls have been displayed all summer around town, they will be auctioned off to the highest bidders at our Gala Auction near the end of September/early October--dates TBA. **NEW DEADLINE NOVEMBER 25, 2017**

Download 2018 Sponsor Packet


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.

Download 2018 Supporter Packet

Village of Coxsackie
119 Mansion Street
Coxsackie, New York 12051
(518) 731-2718

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