|February 15, 2002
RE: Article, Sunday February 3, 2002, Black History: Remembering Idlewild Good-time ghost haunt 'Black Eden'
Dear Mr. Donnelly:
First let's start out with my name, I am Mrs. Mildred A. Kyles. I live and work in the City of Detroit. My family has owned property in Idlewild for more than 40 years. I have owned property since 1979. Idlewild is not a big community but rather a small community with more than four churches and they are not chasing a ghost. Some have returned there because of the small town atmosphere, lots of space and good air.
Sure the night clubs are long gone and the after hour places are long gone, but the beauty of Idlewild Lake, Paradise Lake, The Twin Lake, Little Idlewild Lake, Water Mill Lake and other lakes are most enjoyed by us year round. In the summer water skiing, boating, fishing, sunning or just relaxing on the beach, watching the sun rise in the morning and set in the evening is very relaxing.
In the winter there is snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing. This is all part of living in idlewild. We start opening our cottages in April and we are there until Labor Day and others are there until after deer hunting season.
I am President of the Detroit Idlewilders Club, Inc. Chapter. Most of the members have been going to Idlewild for more than 50 years. Our National Idlewilders is made up of Chapters from Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Mid-Michigan and St. Louis. Members also live in Las Vegas, Kansas City, California, Minnesota, Florida and New Jersey.
The Detroit Idlewilders has invested in the community by adding an addition to the original structure of the Detroit Idlewilders' Clubhouse on Lake Drive, where many gather for entertainment & fellowship.
This is just to give you an overview of what happens in our Great Idlewild Resort Community; also known as the Black Eden.
We do enjoy going to Baldwin, MI. There is Jones' Ice Cream, Kat's Meow, Pandora's Box, Ben Franklin, Sporties and our newly renovated Lake Oceola State Bank. Sometime just drive to Traverse City or Ludington for a day.
I invite you to come up to Idlewild when the season opens and spend a weekend. From that visit, perhaps you can write another article on Idlewild with the another point of view.
If you'd like to discuss this in more detail, I can be reached at (313) 368-1917.
Mrs. Mildred A. Kyles, President Detroit Idlewilders, Inc.