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: Rachael Beck
Promotion Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm at E.W. Beck’s Pub.

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: Rich Austin
Economic Development Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8pm at E.W. Beck’s Pub

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: Whitney Thompson
Green, Clean & Safe Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Town House, 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

Jul
21
Sat
Summer Block Party – July Edition
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for another of our Coolest Parties- a summer celebration of community, friends and family.
Delicious food, live music and more.

This event is sponsored by M&T Bank

The June block party with feature Bottom of the Fifth.

We would love for you to join our volunteer team for this event!

We wanted you to be aware of the road closure times and traffic patterns for the upcoming Block Party. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are planning to make up for it with good times and fun!

Summer Block Party – July Edition
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for another of our Coolest Parties- a summer celebration of community, friends and family.
Delicious food, live music and more.

This event is sponsored by M&T Bank

The July block party with feature Bottom of the Fifth

Get involved by volunteering for this event!

We wanted you to be aware of the road closure times and traffic patterns for the upcoming Block Party. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are planning to make up for it with good times and fun!
Jul
22
Sun
Sykesville Farmers’ Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Jul 22 @ 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 20th to Oct 28th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, sangria, and more. The Farmers Market is located in the warehouse parking lot on Sandosky road. 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?!

Jul
29
Sun
Sykesville Farmers’ Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Jul 29 @ 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 20th to Oct 28th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, sangria, and more. The Farmers Market is located in the warehouse parking lot on Sandosky road. 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?!

Aug
5
Sun
Sykesville Farmers’ Market @ Downtown Sykesville
Aug 5 @ 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 20th to Oct 28th! You can find a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cakes, nuts, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, cheese, baked goods, dog treats, jewelry, pickles, sangria, and more. The Farmers Market is located in the warehouse parking lot on Sandosky road. 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?!

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