BOWIE – City residents gathered at the annual Bowiefest at Allen Pond Park Saturday as the city’s nonprofit organizations, businesses, and bands encouraged visitors to become more involved in community activities. Main nonprofit organizations call Bowie home, said Matt Corley, special events coordinator for Bowiefest, and the city wants to encourage people to become more […]
BOWIE – City residents gathered at the annual Bowiefest at Allen Pond Park Saturday as the city’s nonprofit organizations, businesses, and bands encouraged visitors to become more involved in community activities.
Main nonprofit organizations call Bowie home, said Matt Corley, special events coordinator for Bowiefest, and the city wants to encourage people to become more involved.
“There are so many things in Bowie to do that are family oriented,” Corley said. “Bowiefest celebrates the citizens of Bowie and what we are doing. We are celebrating the best of Bowie.”
Corley said Bowiefest’s mission is to provide quality entertainment for residents, and this year the organizers upped the ante by making sure all of the performing groups have some sort of connection to the city.
“Each band or group must have one member that is currently living in Bowie. The dance groups have our Bowie children and the Reptile Man has his headquarters in Bowie,” Corley said. “All except Anne Arundel Medical Center are located in Bowie. They are here because they made a very generous donation to the event. Their donations helped us afford LCB, formerly of the group The Temptations, The Drifters, and The Platters, so they have the main stage concert.”
Bowiefest provided entertainment for people of all ages. The Go-Go Symphony performed for Bowie’s youngest attendees while R&B, bluegrass, and rock bands performed for the more seasoned crowd.
“We have something for everybody because we changed up the music this year,” Corley said.
Lorvette Hall, who attended Bowiefest representing the Prince George’s County Board of Elections, encouraged people to register to vote.
“Voting is power. We are always trying to increase votes and get others to understand that knowing they have the power to change things is vitally important. Every vote counts,” Hall said.
Mayor G. Frederick Robinson attended the event and said he enjoyed observing how Bowiefest brings the city together.
“I’m always glad to be here, I love this city,” Robinson said. “I raised my family here. I love that it’s a multigenerational city.”
David and Doris Dasenbrock, who have lived in Bowie for 46 years, attended Bowiefest to campaign for Councilmember Dennis Brady, who has decided to challenge Robinson in the next city election. When the couple moved to Bowie, they said they had originally planned to live here for five years, but loved it so much that they ended up staying.
As time has gone by, the couple said they have seen the city change over the years.
“Bowie has definitely gotten bigger, more traffic, more restaurants, and the city isn’t struggling for money,” Doris said. “It’s convenient and close to Baltimore so we can visit family.”
The couple also said they think the city provides a good balance of activities for both youth and seniors.
“The city does a great job of mashing people together into the community,” David said.