Town Criers used to share the news of the day; these days they’re the ones making news.
Squire Frederick has been seen and/or heard in a variety of print, broadcast, and online outlets during his more than two decades of colonial work.
- Listeners have heard him ringing his bell on NPR following a Navy gridiron victory over Notre Dame.
- Online readers of the Baltimore Sun have seen him in videos from sober settings (the the Governor’s State of the State address) and those that were … less so (alongside Orioles legend Boog Powell for the Baltimore Beer Week kickoff ceremony).
- He has been featured in the Washington Post, has been quoted in USA Today, and has enjoyed local coverage in publications including the Carroll County Times, Catonsville Times, and Sykesville Online.
- And more!
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Media Coverage of Squire Frederick
1430 Connection – Squire Frederick was a guest on the WNAV program 1430 connection in December 2017.
AvenueNews.com – A photo of Squire Frederick appeared in the Jan. 27, 2009 article “Baltimore County Turns 3-5-0.”
“Fred Taylor — known as Squire Frederick when he cries — is one of the newer criers, getting the OK from the mayor’s office in Annapolis, Md., in 2006. The 66-year-old widower previously worked for the Department of Defense. Now in retirement, he spends his free time announcing just-married couples and welcoming legislators back to session. ‘It just kind of puts a smile on people’s faces,’ he said.”
Washington Post – The Washington Post profiled Squire Frederick in the April 15, 2010 article “Annapolis town crier grabs visitors’ attention”
“Fred Taylor’s the guy sometimes seen walking around downtown Annapolis in a caped coat, breeches and plumed tricorn hat.
To one passerby wearing sandals, he says, “Perhaps you could get a man to buy you a proper pair of shoes.”
To an out-of-towner requesting directions to Francis Street (naturally, while standing under a Francis Street sign), he says “if you were any closer it would bite you.”
Taylor describes himself as “historical eye candy” and, in June, will compete against 39 others from nine countries in the World Town Crier Tournament in Chester, England.”
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The Capital profiled Squire Frederick in the 2006 article “Town crier appointed to help ring Annapolis to life.”
“His appointment began June 1 and allows him access to the city’s official ringing bell – a gift from Annapolis‘ sister city, Annapolis Royale in Nova Scotia. He’s also become a member of the American Guild of Town Criers, making him eligible for crying competitions.
‘Fred’s presence is going to add a lot of flair,” said Karen Engelke, special events coordinator for the mayor’s office. “We are just really tickled he’s official now.'”
Southwest Spirit magazine detailed Annapolis’ 300th anniversary celebration in 2008, including the North American Town Crier Championship hosted by Squire Frederick.
“But for our money, the highlight comes on May 3, when the National Town Crier Championships get underway. Official criers dressed in period costumes will wax poetic about their hometowns and the tercentennial anniversary to win cash prizes. Annapolis’ official town crier, Squire Frederick – aka Fred Taylor, a former employee of the Department of Defense – will host the competition. Now that’s something worth shouting about.”
The Carroll County Times wrote about Squire Frederick in the article “Sykesville Fall Festival features town crier.”
The Carroll Eagle featured Squire Frederick in the Oct. 4, 2009 article “Hear Ye, Hear Ye.”
Community Media Center of Carroll County highlighted Squire Frederick in the April 7, 2011 video “Sykesville Town Crier.”
Eldersburg Patch included a story and video about Squire Frederick in the Jan. 11, 2011 article “Sykesville Gains New Voice, Welcomes Town Crier to Main Street.”
H2Oh!, a television program, included Squire Frederick in its “Annapolis” episode.
Newsday included Squire Frederick in an article about visiting Annapolis.
Sykesville Online featured “An Interview with Squire Frederick” on Jan. 18, 2011.
Annapolis, What’s Up? magazine included Squire Frederick in an article about Charterfest.