About the Downtown Sykesville Connection

The Maryland Main Street Program

The Sykesville Main Street Association was created in 2011. It is a part of the Main Street Maryland Program. The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts through the Main Street five point approach for commercial revitalization, which is organized into the following committees: Design, Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Green, Clean & Safe.

During its 6 years of operations the Sykesville Main Street Association has accomplished so much for the residents of Sykesville, its visitors, and the merchant community. From the creation of the community garden, the development of the South branch skatepark, the restoration of the Main Street sign and the bike rack installation to the design of a 7 events yearly calendar; form the administration of state grants like the Downtown Lighting, Facade Improvement Program, the the Nonprofit Assistance fund that financed the Farmers Market, to the creation of the Shop Small Passports and Carroll Business Academy for local small businesses.

The Sykesville Main Street Association is thrilled to continue its journey as the Downtown Sykesville Connection, a stand-alone community non-profit striving to foster a vibrant downtown through economic development, promotion, design, and green initiatives.

The Downtown Sykesville Connection will keep showcasing our small town through a rich calendar of events crafted to cater to residents of all ages and visitors seeking unique experiences and new trends. The Downtown Sykesville Connection will remain focused on the beautification of our town and the preservation of its historical heritage.

Our Committees:

Design

The Design Committee takes charge of enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.

Design Chair: Dana Alonzi
Design Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.

Organization

The Organization Committee is charged with building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.

Organization Chair: Mary Ellen Will
Organization Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7pm at E.W. Beck’s Pub.

Promotion

The Promotion Committee works on marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.

Promotion Chair: Lisa Berman & Rich Austin
Promotion Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm at the DSC Office.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Committee works to strengthen the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development.

Economic Development Chair: Mary Vaccarino
Economic Development Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8pm at the DSC Office.

Green, Clean & Safe

The Green, Clean & Safe Committee seeks to make Sykesville a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work, and play, while promoting individual responsibility for the community environment.

Green, Clean & Safe Chair: Laura Donnel
Green, Clean & Safe Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the DSC Office or the Sykesville ‘Eileen M. Merkle’ Community Garden, weather permitting, 7:15 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.


Sykesville Facade Improvement 50/50 Matching Grant

The Façade Improvement Program offers matching funds for façade improvement. Building and/or business owners can apply for up to 50% percent of the cost of their improvement project. The maximum matching grant contribution by the Town is $ 5,000. The minimum grant contribution is $500. Work completed prior to a letter of commitment is not eligible for funding. The goal of the project is to encourage building renovation, historic preservation and improved economic vitality by providing funding to upgrade Downtown Sykesville building façades. Here is the application FacadeImprovementApplication

Additionally, with the exception of painting, all applications must be approved by our Historic District Commission (Application)and Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) MHT Application


Sykesville’s Affiliations and Honors:

Upcoming Events

Apr
5
Fri
Dog days of springtime @ Main Street Sykesville
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us on April 5th for Sykesville Main Street’s Dog Day First Friday from 6-9p.

Bring along your furry friend and spend the evening with us.

The Friends of the South Carroll Dog Park will join us to judge and choose the Best in Show in the following categories:

  1. “You look just like your human!”  Dog/Owner resemblance
  2. Best Trick- They will be recorded to provide viewing footage
  3. Best Costume

Prizes will be awarded. Some of the Merchants on Main will offer dog related products or invite a dog related organization/business to join in on the fun.

We will have a local Century HS photographer join us to take pictures of your dogs so you can encourage them to look their best! Details to follow.

The Friends of South Carroll Dog Park are a volunteer group of South Carroll residents committed to fundraising to build a 2.5 acre dog park on the property of the South Carroll Senior and Community Center. This will provide an area for safe pet play and community engagement for local residents.

Phase 1 of the project will cost $42,000 which will go towards fencing the 2.5 acre park area and paving a path to the park from the parking lot to allow for easy and safe access, Phase 2 will cost an additional $12,000 to section off a small dog play area within the larger park. The group meets monthly to plan effective fundraising efforts and uses Facebook page, Friends of South Carroll Dog Park, to communicate updates, events, photos and news about the project.

To participate,  purchase your ticket and bring your receipt to the registration table, by Patapsco Distilling company and the Vine on Main Street.

Your $20 tax deductible (EIN 52-6000910) donation will go directly to the Friends of South Carroll Dog Park to help with the development of the Park.. Preregistration is required. All preregistered participants should bring their receipt to the registration table.

*Non-refundable, event is rain or shine.

*Information provided to the Downtown Sykesville Connection will not be used for any purpose other than the distribution and/or confirmation of receipt of tickets.

*The Downtown Sykesville Connection is not responsible for any situations that arise due to the Paypal transaction system.

Apr
14
Sun
Mimosas on Main Street @ Main Street Sykesville
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mimosas on Main Street @ Main Street Sykesville
Please join the Sykesville Main Street Merchants as they celebrate Spring with specials in stores and restaurants.
Enjoy specialty Mimosa cocktails as you shop with your $10 commemorative glass.
Purchase your $10 wristband early and receive the commemorative glass.  Wristbands will be for sale the day of the event but the supply of commemorative glasses is limited.
Bring your receipt to the check-in tent on April 14 at 1pm with proper ID.  Glasses will be available for sale the day of the event.  See you there!

*Non-refundable, event is rain or shine.

*Information provided to the Downtown Sykesville Connection will not be used for any purpose other than the distribution and/or confirmation of receipt of tickets.

*The Downtown Sykesville Connection is not responsible for any situations that arise due to the Paypal transaction system.

May
5
Sun
9th Annual Art & Wine Festival @ Sykesville main street
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
9th Annual Art & Wine Festival @ Sykesville main street

Santa said you deserved a totally rebranded 2019 Sykesville Art & Wine Festival with wines from around the world…
How could we say no??

Details to follow.
Email us at DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com to participate.

Artist Application & Guidelines

Food Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

 

 

 

May
19
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

 

May
26
Sun
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sykesville Farmers Market @ Downtown Sykesville | Sykesville | Maryland | United States

The Sykesville Farmers Market runs every Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm from May 19th to Oct 27th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, wine, and more.

We have the Junior Market returning that is entirely operated by the kids! Every Sunday we will have a guest Non-Profit group joining us to connect with our community (Stay tuned as the guest non-profit will be announced on our Facebook page every week!).

The Little Sykes railway will be running from 9am-1pm.

Did we mention we have a moon bounce and kids games (hula hoops, chalk, and jump ropes…) always available for free at the market from 9am-1pm?!

Vendor Information 

2019 Vendor Application & Guidelines

Health Permit Application (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Health Permit Guidelines (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)
Ingredient Source (2 copies, with original “wet ink” signatures – no fax or email)

 

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