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 and to those who purchased mugs and glasses. (These are still available at the Village Office for $10 each—come get yours while supplies last!) We are pleased to announce that we are now planning 2018's What a Hoot! Festival. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring an owl this year, see below for the 2018 Sponsor Packet. If you are interested in painting an owl this year, see below to download the 2018 Artist's Packet. We look forward to filling the town with another fabulous parliament of owls next spring!

People's Choice Voting Ballot

View a 2017 sample voting ballot

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Bidding Form

View the 2017 Off Premises Bidding Form Below.

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Gala Details

The 2018 Gala & Auction Location is TBA

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. 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 begun preparation for a 2018 festival. We are searching for owl sponsors and owl artists, and look forward to hearing from all interested parties! See links at the bottom of the page for our Sponsor and Artist packets, and be sure to find and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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 2017 sponsors.

Who are the artists?

See the list of 2017 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 TBA

Sponsors will choose their owl/artists at this reception. Once we have a date and place, we will update.


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. Exact date TBA


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 Parade.


Gala and Auction Date TBA

As we solidify our plans for the What a Hoot! Gala & Auction for 2018, we will keep you posted!


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!

Download 2018 Artist Packet


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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