In it’s heyday, the Idlewild Resort area was the place to perform
for musicians and other entertainers who had already "arrived" and for
those that were hoping to get noticed. The Idlewild Music Fest
celebrates these musical roots. Coordinated and supported by business
leaders, the nonprofit community and faith community of Lake County,
the Idlewild Music Fest brings an unmistakable beat back to echo
across Idlewild Lake and Williams Island, if just for awhile.
Although the Paradise Club and other nightclubs are now gone,
Idlewild holds many fond memories for those who once visited there.
Idlewild surrounds the lake it was named for. The headwaters of the
Pere Marquette River run through here, with a couple of public
access points adjacent to Broadway Road, where it crosses. About
half of the township is contained in the Manistee National Forest.
Idlewild is a vacation and retirement community in Yates Township
located in a small rural northwestern part of the U.S. state of
Michigan near the southeastern border of Lake County. It was one of
only a few resorts in the country where African-Americans were
allowed to vacation and purchase property before this discrimination
became illegal in 1964.
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