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

What a Hoot! 2020 is coming!

It's that time again! Our What a Hoot! committee has had our first meeting, and the What a Hoot! Festival will be going forward in 2020.

Our first step is lining up owl Sponsors and Owl Artists. If you are interested in sponsoring an owl, please head to our Downloads page and download the Sponsor Packet for 2020. If you are an interested Owl Artist, please head to our Downloads page and download the Artist Packet for 2020.

Please keep in mind that we have one Raffle Owl this year to be raffled off at Coxsackie's Christmas by the River on Sunday, December 1, 2019. The Owl and the Chickadee is perched in front of the Coxsackie Village Offices at 119 Mansion Street. We are selling tickets for $5 each, or 5 for $20. Use our Contact Us page to send us a message to purchase your raffle tickets today, or stop right in at the Village Offices! You could own your own owl for as little as $5! You need not be present to win.

Please bear with us as we get this website updated for 2020 with all pertinent dates and info!

People's Choice Voting Ballot

View a 2017 sample voting ballot. 2020 Ballots will be available in May/June 2020.

Download Ballot

Bidding Form

View the 2017 Off Premises Bidding Form Below. Our 2020 Bidding Form will be available in August 2020.

Download Off Premises Bidding Form

Gala Details

The 2020 Gala & Auction will be held at a time and place to be determined.

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 took the owl by the horns and did it again in 2018. In 2019, the committee decided that a gap year would be a good thing, so one raffle owl was created to keep interest going for the following year's festival in 2020.

Who created it?

The Hoot of the Owl Committee, chaired in 2017 by Joe Ellis, and sponsored by the Village of Coxsackie. Our 2020 chairperson is Donna Gianola.

Who are the sponsors?

See the list of 2018 sponsors. We hope to have our list of 2020 Sponsors up by mid-November 2019.

Who are the artists?

See the list of 2018 artists or contact us to express interest in becoming one for 2020! (See downloads page for Artist Packet)

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 1st.


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. This date is approximate.


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. This date is approximate.


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 2020 Owl Auction will be held at a time and place to be determined. More details to come!


Our 2020 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! This year's deadline for sketches is December 31, 2019

Download 2020 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--dates TBA. **DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1, 2019**

Download 2020 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 2020 Supporter Packet

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

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