Are you ready for a fresh new What a Hoot! Festival this year? We are! Sponsors have been chosen, artists have been selected, and work is underway in artists' studios across the county and multiple states! The owls will be perched around Coxsackie starting around Memorial Day weekend, and will stay on their perches until a few days before our owl auction at The Wire Event Center on Sunday, September 29 at a time yet to be determined. Keep your eyes out for news of the owls on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and of course here on the website. We look forward to having you post photos of yourselves with your favorite owls! Be sure to see them all!
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!
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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.