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Church seeks 1,000 voices for September event

By Joni Averill

First Congregational Church of Brewer Minister of Music Bob Cottrell extends “greetings from the people” of his church who “need to get the word out” about an event they will hold that needs 1,000 voices.

“We want to see how many people we can get together to sing the hymn ‘O, For A Thousand Tongues to Sing,’” Cottrell wrote of the event for “people of all ages and stages in life,” planned for 2:55-3:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Brewer High School Gymnasium.

“The doors will open at 2:10 p.m. and a variety of musicians will perform” until the singing begins, Cottrell wrote.

Participants are asked to bring a can or box of food for the Brewer Christian Food Cupboard.

If you have “a Facebook account, you can RSVP by going to the 1000 Voices event where more information will be posted as it becomes available,” Cottrell wrote.

You also can e-mail

“It promises to be a fun-filled experience,” Cottrell wrote, hoping to hear from 1,000 voices.

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This week marks the 25th anniversary of the death of 23-year-old Charlie Howard, an openly gay man attacked July 7, 1984, by three teenagers and thrown into Kenduskeag Stream from the State Street bridge during Bangor’s Sesquicentennial celebration, according to Bangor Daily News reports.

Bill Carlin of the Charlie Howard Memorial Committee wrote that organizers have spent two years preparing for this observance and have a series of events planned beginning with a vesper service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St., led by the Rev. Dr. Susan E. Davies of Bangor Theological Seminary.

After the service, the Charlie Howard Memorial at the State Street Bridge will be dedicated.

Women with Wings, Voices for Peace and the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus appear in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at UUSB; and there will be a reception and exhibit 5:30-6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Bangor Public Library.

A pizza supper, for $5, followed by the free film, “Inlaws and Outlaws,” is at 6 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Hammond Street Congregational Church.

Workshops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. are planned for Saturday, July 11, at HSCC, and The Bridge Alliance will sponsor a dance 7-11 that evening at Wellman Commons on the former Bangor Theological Seminary campus. The suggested donation is $5. The site is handicapped-accessible with available parking.

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The second Mary Potterton Memorial Piano Concert is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Lubec Congregational Christian Church, wrote Ann Carter.

The concert features violinist Trond Saeverud and pianist Gregory Biss.

Donations benefit the church’s piano-tuning fund; intermission refreshments will be provided by Homeport Inn; and information about the Concert Boat from Eastport is available by calling 853-4574.

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Paula Kee reports that the Bucksport Garden Club welcomes guests to a townwide event beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, at The Alamo Theatre on Main Street, where author Lee Schneller Sligh of South Thomaston will share information from her recently published book, “The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color.”

The meeting features an auction, refreshments “and, perhaps, a few other surprises,” Kee wrote.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling Kee at 469-3507.

Kee added that Sligh will sign books and greet the public at 1 p.m. at BookStacks on Main Street, and that “downtown merchants and restaurants will offer special discounts throughout the day, including box lunches by MacLeod’s for sale on the waterfront.”

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Bill Robertson reports that the Franklin Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the museum on Route 200.

Steve Perrin of Friends of Taunton Bay will present a history and slide show of the bay.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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