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Black & Wildin' Out Weekend

Black & Wildin' Out Weekend

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Join us for the inaugural Black to Idlewild Weekend, or what has affectionately been dubbed "Black & Wild, No Kids Allowed!". You DO NOT want to miss it! Nestled amidst the lush beauty of Michigan's forests and sparkling lakes, Idlewild has long been known as the "Black Eden" – a sanctuary where African-Americans sought solace during the era of segregation. 

From the 1920s to the 1960s, this vibrant resort town became a vibrant hub for entertainment and a cultural haven, attracting legendary artists such as Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, and Cass Tech's own Della Reese. Our expert-guided tours will bring to life the stories of the jazz clubs, theaters, and dance halls that echoed with the sweet sounds of the Harlem Renaissance.

Hurry and secure your spot on this captivating journey of history, leisure, entertainment, and unique live music experience. Spaces are limited for an intimate and immersive experience, so book now!

What's included:

  • Official Special Limited Edition Augmented Reality Black to Idlewild Tee (not on the website)
  • Official Black to Idlewild Juke Joint Drinking Jar
  • All Meals included (Thursday Box lunch on the bus, Dinner; Friday Breakfast, Box Lunch for the Beach, Dinner; Saturday Special Brunch)
  • Roundtrip Transportation in Luxury Motor Coach by First Love Tours Leaving 11am Thursday, August 22, Leaving Idlewild Saturday, August 24 @ 3pm for Detroit return by 7pm.
  • 3 day, 2 Nights Hotel Stay Based on double occupancy (Our hotels are in Big Rapids about 30 minutes outside Idlewild) Microwaves and refrigerators are located in the rooms and there is a Meijer next to the hotel for additional snacks. Everyone will be shuttled every morning after breakfast and evening to our activities.  **(Single ticket Idlewilders will be able to select the roommates. We WILL place you with someone if we do not get a special request email detailing the desired roommate's info.)
  • Ludington State Park Beach Day (Friday After breakfast) Enjoy the morning at beautiful Ludington State Park beach. Bring beach towel and beach gear. 
  • Pontoon Boat Ride @ Ludington State Park Beach Day
  • Jokers R'Wild Spades Tournament - (Thursday Night) Get your trash talk ready and get ready to slam some cards on the table! In this precursor to the Juke Joint Jumpoff, we will harken back to our ancestor's time with  this fried chicken and fish fry event that will end WITH A Traveling TROPHY & bragging rights!!
  • Flapper's & Fedoras: Juke Joint Jumpoff- (Friday Night) This event will start off "nice and easy" with a sit down dinner and mid tempo juke joint tunes from our resident impresario and band leader, Jeff Ponders and his band. As we finish dinner the foot stomping shall commence!  Get your vintage fly gear and get ready for a one of a kind musical experience you won't forget! 
  • "Suge Avery Sing Off" - Harpo who dis woman?! 🤣  SISTAAAAAAH, YOU'VE BEEN ON MY MIND! During the Juke Joint Jumpoff, we'll have a karaoke style Suge Avery sing off and crown the crowd's best Suge!
  • OPEN BAR 2 Nights  -  At the Juke Joint Jump Off AND Jokers R'Wild Spades Tournament AND Brunch
  • Augmented Reality Real Estate Tour - Take a one-of-a-kind guided bus tour to see the Idlewild of the past, present, and the future come to life with the aid of augmented reality through our sponsor Brand XR. Imagine what used to be on the sites of the now closed clubs Paradise Club and Flamingo Club, and where the likes of WEB Dubois and Madame CJ Walker, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Joe Louis, Della Reese, and many more vacationed, relaxed, strategized, created family legacies, and danced the night away. 

    Also, see areas where you too can be a part of the renaissance and own property in historic Idlewild to create memories and legacies for you and your family. 


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