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FinnFest musicians need housing

November 29, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - FinnFest 2013 doesn't get started for another seven months, but the hunt for housing for the June 19 to 23 celebration of Finnish culture has begun, with many people still needing a place to stay.

David Bezotte, FinnFest music committee chair, said 150 to 200 musicians from around Michigan, the Midwest, other parts of the United States, Canada and Europe will be coming to play during the celebration.

Bezotte said the musicians coming to FinnFest aren't just coming as individuals.

"Some of them are large groups," he said.

The musicians will be playing at many locations during FinnFest, Bezotte said, including at the tori, or farmer's market, at the Michigan Technological University Student Development Complex in Houghton, at the tori located on the Finlandia University Quincy Green next to the Finnish American Heritage Center and at mini-concerts on the campuses of Tech and Finlandia University.

Bezotte said somewhere between 30 and 40 homeowners have volunteered to host some of the musicians, but many are still needed, and although some of the musicians will stay in hotels and motels, those spaces can't be counted on to be available.

"There are still some rooms available, but they're expected to go fast," she said.

It's hoped people will volunteer their homes for musicians to help FinnFest save money, Bezotte said.

Those who agree to host musicians in their homes won't be required to feed or provide transportation for them.

"We're saying the hosts don't have to worry about that," he said. "If people want to, that would be fine."

Bezotte said both Tech and Finlandia will be offering their dorm rooms for visitors to FinnFest, as well as the musicians, but organizers would like the musicians to be placed in private homes if possible.

"The more we can place in the homes, that releases the dorms for guests," he said.

To volunteer to house FinnFest musicians, contact David Bezotte at 370-4956 or email at



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