May 20, 2018
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Events mark anniversary of Charlie Howard’s death

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The 25th anniversary of Charlie Howard’s death will be observed with a series of events in July.

Howard was an openly gay man who was attacked on July 7, 1984, by three teenagers and thrown into Kenduskeag Stream from the State Street bridge during Bangor’s sesquicentennial celebration. He drowned at the age of 23.

Events planned for next month include the dedication of the Charlie Howard Memorial on the bridge. Concerts, lectures, workshops, films and a dance also are scheduled to be held around the city.

“We want to remember Charlie and what his death means to our community,” Sue McKay, chairwoman of the Charlie Howard Memorial Committee, said in a press release issued last week. “We also want to honor Charlie’s exuberance and humor, and that means our program should be fun. There will be singing, dancing and, we trust, laughter.”

The committee, which includes members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, Hammond Street Congregational Church, the Bridge Alliance, the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Bangor Theological Seminary and the Charlie Howard Foundation, has been planning the program for two years.

Events will begin on Tuesday, July 7, and continue through Sunday, July 12.

The schedule is:

ä Vespers service, 6:30 p.m. July 7, UU Church, 120 Park St., followed by dedication of the memorial.

ä Concert, 7 p.m. July 8, UU Church, 120 Park St., with Women with Wings, Voices for Peace and the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus.

ä Art exhibit reception, 5:30 p.m. July 9, Bangor Public Library.

ä Pizza and film, “Inlaws and Outlaws,” 6 p.m. July 10, Hammond Street Congregational Church.

ä Workshops, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. July 11, Hammond Street Congregational Church.

ä Bridge Alliance Dance, 7–11 p.m. July 11, Wellman Commons, 300 Union St.

ä 25th annual Memorial Service, 9 a.m. July 12, UU Church, 120 Park St.

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