Bowie is known throughout the DC metro area as one of the best areas to raise a family. The abundance of beautiful parks and reasonable cost of living are some of the reasons that families flock to the Bowie area. But the main reason that families stay in Bowie is because of the great community organizations. Here we’ll rundown a few of the community groups that help Bowie to shine.
The Bowie Community Theatre was founded in 1967. The Arts Center later became known as the Theater in the Woods because of its bucolic setting. However, after years of answering the question “where do you perform in inclement weather?” the BCT Board of Directors in conjunction with the other companies sharing the venue petitioned the Bowie City Council to change the theatre’s name to “The Bowie Playhouse.”
Over the years Bowie Community Theatre, or BCT, has expanded its repertoire considerably, recently expanding offerings past the traditional dramas, comedies and murder mysteries to include more contemporary and thought-provoking work, which has been recognized by the WATCH awards and the British Embassy’s prestigious Ruby Griffith awards.
The Bowie Boys and Girls Club (BBGC) is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. The Club was established in 1963 and remains commited to its mission of character building, integrity and teamwork. BBGC offers numberous sports and activities for boys and girls including: soccer, lacross, football, flag football, basketball, baseball, softball, cheerleading, cricket, kickball, track, volleyball, and wrestling.
The Bowie Baysox stadium is like the old days of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. You can see the players and feel like you’re in the game. There isn’t a single seat here more than 100 feet from the field. There are no overpriced tickets here. $10 for general admission ($7 for kids); compare that to $30+ if you go to an Oriole’s game and sit in similar areas.
The Baysox makes you feel up close and personal to the game. On top of that, it’s a family friendly affair, with all sorts of silly presentations between innings, an area dedicated to the kids (including a carousel), and an awesome mascot (Go Louie!). The Baysox are an experience you cannot miss. If you’ve been to minor league games, you’ll know what I’m talking about.Take your family out to the ballpark, take them out to the game! Don’t forget to buy them some peanuts and crackerjacks; they probably won’t care if they never get back!
Founded in 1865, Bowie State is the oldest Historically Black College/University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country. It is also a diverse university whose 5,600 students, along with faculty and staff, represent many ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Bowie State University provides high-quality and affordable educational opportunities for students with ambitions to achieve and succeed. In addition to its 22 undergraduate majors, Bowie State offers 38 master’s, doctoral, and advanced certification programs with specific focus on science, technology, business, education and related disciplines. A supportive academic environment empowers students to think critically, make new discoveries, value differences and emerge as leaders in a highly technical, rapidly changing global society.
The City of Bowie operates Verizon Channel 10 / Comcast Channel 71. City Council meetings and other city government meetings are broadcast on this channel. In addition, resident information and announcements about upcoming city events and meetings are advertised on Channel 10/71. Videos about city-sponsored special events, such as the parade and Bowiefest also run on this channel.
The Bowie Community Media Corporation (BCMC) is a non-profit organization supported by a grant from the City of Bowie to produce community programs. Individuals interested in producing shows must be trained and pay a membership fee to join BCMC ($100 for City of Bowie residents). Producers must also complete a studio form and a BCMC form available on the BCMC website.