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

What a Hoot! 2021 a Great Success!

Thank you one and all!

2020's owls were auctioned off on Saturday September 25, 2021 at the Coxsackie Yacht Club. The weather was perfect, with sunshine and warm temperatures, and that made for a great day for an auction! The 2020 owls had a long double season on the streets of Coxsackie, and we are happy to say that all of them have found new homes. It was our most successful auction yet, and we will be back with details soon. We would like to send a big shout-out to our sponsors for sticking with us, and to the many talented artists for their time and talents. Thank you ALL for your support! See the Photos tab above for a copy of the 2021 brochure.

Thanks for visiting us all summer at the Coxsackie Farmer's Market. We may see you again next year, but you can also look for us at Christmas by the River with mugs and totes for sale!

We now 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 and donations to charity at the end of 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. Click below to order your own! They are $39 each plus shipping. Order mini owl here!

Our winner for 2019's raffle owl The Owl and the Chickadee 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 2021, including all pertinent dates and info!

Vote for your favorite 2020/2021 owls in five categories!

Click for online People's Choice Voting

Bidding Form

If you can't make it to the auction, send in a sealed bid! View the 2021 Off Premises Bidding Form Below.

Download Off Premises Bidding Form

Gala Details

The 2021 Gala & Auction will be held on September 25 at the Coxsackie Yacht Club. Cocktails and Hors D'Oeuvres start at 1pm, auction begins at 2pm.

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 2020 sponsors. All 2020 Sponsors have been selected.

Who are the artists?

See the list of 2020 artists (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 open to artists and sponsors only.


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.


2020 Owls Out for 2021

We hope to get all owls back on their perches a couple of weeks before Memorial Day Weekend.


Gala and Auction Date

Our auction will take place at the Coxsackie Yacht Club. Details to follow.


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

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

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