Hudson -- There were so many people walking in and out of The Learned Owl Book Shop during a March 16 celebratory party that neither the previous or present owner could keep count.
"There were so many people that I could not believe it," said Kate Schlademan, whose purchased the book store from Liz Murphy.
Schlademan and Murphy estimated that more than 300 people attended the 2.5 hour party, Schlademan said.
"It was a great party and didn't slow down the whole time," Schlademan recalled.
Even though it was a joyous occasion, Schlademan and Murphy both "teared up at certain points," Schlademan said.
"I was ecstatic and just a little overwhelmed by the whole party situation thing," Schlademan said March 18. "The music was great and people loved it."
A book was also on display for visitors to sign, leaving their favorite memories of the Owl, Schlademan said. The book will remain on display, in case people were not able to sign it March 16. The book will remain at the shop.
Murphy, who had been the owner since 1983, announced last year she was looking for someone to take over the shop, which has been at 204 North Main St. for 43 years. On Feb. 15, Murphy agreed to sell the Owl to Schlademan, who had been Murphy's events coordinator.
The party was in celebration of the sale, which was finalized March 15.
Both Schlademan and Murphy were honored by the number of people joined them for the celebration, Schlademan said.
"I've just been overwhelmed by the whole experience and how many people came out, and showed me even more, how important the Owl is and always will be."