A celebration at the Brick Church in Bangor next month will honor the memory of Paul 'June Bug' Francis and raise money for his family.

June Bug passed away sometime after leaving a party in early December. His body was pulled from the Penobscot River in Bucksport in late January, bringing a sad ending to the search for him, but also giving his family closure.

I never met June Bug, but family members who did have told me what a very special guy he was, always ready with a smile. And obviously he affected many others the same way because they're banding together for a celebration of his life and his spirit, and to help raise money for his young son, Hunter.

The Celebration for June Bug will be held at the Brick Church, on the corner of Main and Union Streets in Bangor, on Saturday. Beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until midnight, the event will feature a pot luck dinner, silent auction, and concert. Music will be provided by The Walking Life, Damien Zygote, Tattooine, Smooth Moves, The Crack-head Mikes, Barbara Bear, Paul Francis Sr, and Allen Sockabasin. There will also be Sacred Drumming by members of the Penobscot Nation.

Folks are encouraged to bring a dish for the potluck. Admission is by donation, with the proceeds to benefit June's family and, especially, his young son Hunter. For more information, including the performance schedule, or to donate an auction item, log onto the Celebration for June Bug Facebook page.