Housing help made a big difference for DjangoFest artists

Editor,

I wish to express my gratitude to the many who offered to house DjangoFest artists after reading the article in The Record about the vacation rental impact in our community. From the incredible home in Coupeville to the “dragon room” at Sunlight beach, we are thankful to all for their generous offers.

Almost all of our DjangoFest artists arrive via our sponsor Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle, which makes it difficult to house them beyond walking distance to Langley. Some years we have been able to secure a volunteer who is willing to transport artists to and from their lodging, which greatly increases the housing potential. By far, though, the majority of the housing hosts reside within the Langley area.

We are indebted to our hosts who have opened their homes and lodging spaces faithfully through the years, making our artists feel welcomed and cared for. DjangoFest Northwest has gained a reputation throughout the gypsy-jazz world as the place to perform at, due in a large part from the warmth and hospitality they receive from this community.

We simply could not do this festival without the support of housing hosts, the restaurants that donate artist meals, Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle for providing artist transportation, the annual DjangoFest Northwest sponsors, and the patrons who love gypsy-jazz music!

In appreciation,

STACIE BURGUA

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts executive director

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