John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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ASGT opens 50th season with romantic, rocking, musical comedy

ASGT opens 50th season with romantic, rocking, musical comedy

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, an outdoor community theatre in downtown Annapolis, opens its 50th anniversary season on May 26 with The Wedding Singer—a romantic, rocking musical comedy based on the hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays and select Wednesdays at 8:30pm from May 26-June 18. Tickets are $22 and […]

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Save the date, get your tickets….5th Annual Kegs and Corks Festival is August 20th

Save the date, get your tickets….5th Annual Kegs and Corks Festival is August 20th

| May 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual Kegs and Corks Craft Beer and Maryland Wine Festival on August 20, 2016. This event draws large crowds to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for a unique festival that features craft beer and Maryland wine together. In the Maryland Wine Pavilion, guests can sample over 60 exceptional wines […]

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Soggy Sunday does not keep flowers away for May Day competition

Soggy Sunday does not keep flowers away for May Day competition

| May 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

May 1. May Day in Annapolis. May 1, 2016 saw the cancellation of many events in town including the first First Sunday Arts Festival of the season, the Maryland Avenue and State Circle May Day Festival, and the Walk for the Animals. But, it did not stop people from decorating their doors, stoops, and porches […]

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Ravens pick Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in draft

Ravens pick Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in draft

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday afternoon by the Baltimore Ravens. It is the second-consecutive year that Navy has had a player drafted. Last year, long snapper Joe Cardona was drafted in the fifth round by the New England Patriots. Reynolds is just the […]

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Paperwork errors, understaffed police department may kill Crystal Spring development?

Paperwork errors, understaffed police department may kill Crystal Spring development?

| April 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Opponents of the controversial Crystal Spring community have largely been focused on creating emotional arguments to stop the development which have largely fallen on deaf ears.  Save the trees. Save the animals. Think of the kids. Think of the traffic. Any time an accident occurs in the City, one of the opponents will chime in with […]

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Annapolis Police encourage residents to join Nextdoor; but hold on a second…..

Annapolis Police encourage residents to join Nextdoor; but hold on a second…..

| April 27, 2016 | 4 Comments

The Annapolis Police Department has announced that they have partnered with Nexdoor, a social networking platform, to improve communications between neighbors. While the concept seems sound, when I joined, I noticed several glaring issues that made me very uncomfortable. According to Nextdoor: Nextdoor is the private social network for your neighborhood. Nextdoor is the best way to stay in […]

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Sevin 7 Studios– a new look and new name for Glow Salon

Sevin 7 Studios– a new look and new name for Glow Salon

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

You may have noticed some dust around Glow Salon & Day Spa lately. There is change afoot and it’s a good thing and while much will be changing on the surface, everything you love about Glow will remain the same! On April 18th Glow changed names to “Sevin 7 Studios” which has become a large part […]

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Candlebox to perform at Rams Head On Stage

Candlebox to perform at Rams Head On Stage

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Candlebox, the influential, multi-platinum rock band from the powerful ‘90s Seattle music movement, has kicked off its headlining U.S. tour and are headed to Annapolis’ Rams Head On Stage in May. The initial leg of the “Disappearing in Airports Tour 2016” will continue through the first week of May, including festival stops at Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion. […]

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Visit Annapolis presents a June to keep you busy

Visit Annapolis presents a June to keep you busy

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) wants to make it easy for individuals to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland in June 2016. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, VAAAC has put together a […]

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Eastport residents fired up over security; City, HACA have few answers

Eastport residents fired up over security; City, HACA have few answers

| April 18, 2016 | 4 Comments

After 31 shots rang out early on Sunday morning, residents of Eastport were alarmed and looking for answers.  The City and the Annapolis Police Department hastily called a meeting which was held at the Eastport Community Center which is located two blocks from the incident on Sunday. Alderman Ross Arnett and Police Chief Michael Pristoop […]

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Latimore blast paces Baysox in 5-1 win

Latimore blast paces Baysox in 5-1 win

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Quincy Latimore hit a three-run home run and threw a runner out at the plate as the Baysox grabbed their third overall win in a row with a 5-1 victory in Erie. The Baysox have scored 28 runs during the three-game stretch. The Baysox grabbed the lead in the third inning as Mike Yastrzemski ripped […]

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More gunshots ring out in Eastport

More gunshots ring out in Eastport

| April 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

UPDATE: Annapolis Police Department released the following information: Police are investigating multiple reports of destruction of property after gunfire early this morning in Annapolis.  On April 17th at 4:11 a.m. officers responded to the area of President Street and Park Avenue for multiple callers reporting shots fired.  Upon arrival no suspects or victims were found, […]

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Annapolis Beer Week wrapping up today with Maryland Wing & Beer Festival

Annapolis Beer Week wrapping up today with Maryland Wing & Beer Festival

| April 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today marks the end of Annapolis Beer Week and they are going out with a bang. Hurry to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for the Annual Maryland Wing & Beer Festival featuring more than 100 flavors of wings, 70 different (and rare) brews and more!  This is a family friendly event with children’s games and […]

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BAROAK adds live music, check out the lineup

BAROAK adds live music, check out the lineup

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, BAROAK added live music to their awesome menu and stellar beer list!  They started it on April 1st when they opened their patio (complete with fire pit and an outstanding location to watch the Fourth of July Parade). Live music will be on Fridays and Saturdays and here is the lineup!   April […]

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Register <em> and</em> vote during Maryland’s Early Voting Period

Register and vote during Maryland’s Early Voting Period

| April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

While the deadline to change parties and register has passed; there is still another chance for first time registrations (not changes). For the first time ever, Maryland is offering same-day registration during early voting (from April 14th – April 21st). The decision to make this available was part of a voting expansion bill passed in […]

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Schuh participates in national opioid taskforce

Schuh participates in national opioid taskforce

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Continuing with his commitment to address the heroin and opioid epidemic in Anne Arundel County, County Executive Steve Schuh today participated in the first meeting of the National City-County Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic sponsored by the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities. “The heroin epidemic is a national problem, […]

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Want to see an awesome, powerful show at Rams Head On Stage? Tower of Power!

Want to see an awesome, powerful show at Rams Head On Stage? Tower of Power!

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

I first saw Tower of Power in 1987 in a small club outside of Philly. No one had ever heard of them, including me, but after seeing them–they have never been forgotten! Hot..smoking hot horns. Great personality, and one of the best bands with the tightest musicians you will likely encounter!  They are playing at the […]

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New art exhibit to open at City Hall on April 1

New art exhibit to open at City Hall on April 1

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

A new art exhibit will open at the Annapolis City Hall on April 1. This exhibit features expressionist paintings in acrylic and mixed media by Patrice Drago.  Known for her marine-themed lyrical abstracts, Drago has spent the last year of her Maryland Hall Artist Residency developing a body of large works inspired by the original American Abstract Expressionists, including Frank Stella whose works were recently exhibited at NYC’s Whitney Museum. “Forward Motion” […]

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Arnold drug kingpin sentenced to 25 years

Arnold drug kingpin sentenced to 25 years

| March 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Andres Fernandez, 40, of Arnold, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and illegal possession of a regulated firearm late yesterday in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Fernandez was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with all but 25 years of that […]

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Why the Annapolis Film Festival is just as exciting as The Oscars

Why the Annapolis Film Festival is just as exciting as The Oscars

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Oscars might be over but people are still raving over the events. Whether it be the Girl Scout cookie scandal or the fact Leonardo DiCaprio now has a host of new memes, the Oscars are the most talked about film event of the year. Yet there is an event just as exciting about to […]

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Tiki Barbarians and Impressionism in one place–Mitchell Gallery

Tiki Barbarians and Impressionism in one place–Mitchell Gallery

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Join the Mitchell Gallery for a lively evening of Art, Food, Drink and the Rockin’ Music of The Tiki Barbarians in support of the Mitchell Gallery and to view the exhibition American Impressionism:The Lure of the Artists’ Colony. The evening begins at 7pm on April 2nd and continues until 10pm. Tickets available here. For more […]

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Fair Farms and Annapolis Green bringing screening of “In Defense of Food” to Maryland Hall

Fair Farms and Annapolis Green bringing screening of “In Defense of Food” to Maryland Hall

| March 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fair Farms and Annapolis Green are pairing up to bring Michael Pollan’s Documentary “In Defense of Food” to Maryland Hall in Annapolis on March 22. A panel discussion and audience Q&A on the local food scene will follow the film. Film Screening: “In Defense of Food”: March 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at Maryland Hall […]

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