Hudson -- The community is invited to a March 16 celebratory party from 3 to 5 p.m. as the Learned Owl Book Shop turns the page on new ownership as the store is passed from Liz Murphy to Kate Schlademan.
Murphy, who had owned the shop since 1983, agreed Feb. 15 to sell it to Schlademan, who has been Murphy's events coordinator. The sale will be final March 15, a day before the party.
"Liz and I are doing it together," Schlademan said of the pary. "It is meant to be a party to celebrate not just the two of us, but also how much the Owl means to so many people."
Light appetizers will be served as well as wine and lemonade, Schlademan said.
To make room for the potential crowd, employees have been "moving some things around on the main floor to try and open up some more space," Schlademan said.
The shop has both an upper and lower level.
"If we still need more room after that, I guess we will just have to pray for a nice day," Schlademan said.
A live jazz trio will supply mood music for the event, Schlademan said.
"We have hired the Bill Kenney Jazz Trio to play from 3 to 5 p.m.," Schlademan added. "Their ever-popular swing era jazz will have everyone moving to the beat."
Various giveaways will ensure "plenty of fun for the whole family," Schlademan said.
"It will be a party that no one will want to miss," she added.
Murphy announced last year she was looking for someone to take over the shop, which has been at 204 North Main St. for 43 years.
"I am thrilled to have sold the Owl to Kate," Murphy said shortly after announcing the sale. "I talked to many wonderful people over the 10 months of my search, and I am convinced that Kate is the perfect successor to take the Owl forward into the coming decades."