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:


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.


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.


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.

Volunteer role description

Garden map

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 $ 10,000. 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

Shop Small Passport week @ Participating shops on Main Street
Nov 30 – Dec 8 all-day

Shop Small & Win!

Get a SBS Shopping Passport at any participating business between 11/30/19 – 12/8/19.
Get signed proof of purchase at 8 businesses
(only 1 per business).
Turn in the completed passport (put your contact info on the back label) at any Carroll County Public library or town hall by December 6th.
WIN! 20 winners will be picked at random (on 12/11) for $50 gift certificates good at any Passport business!

Twelve Hours of Christmas @ Sykesville Main Street
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Twelve Hours of Christmas @ Sykesville Main Street

Twelve Hours of Christmas

Get into the holiday spirit on Main Street.

Twelve Hours of music, raffles, in-store specials, and loads of holiday spirit.

Check in at our Main Street Tent to get details on all the good stuff!

Stores open 10 am to 10 pm.

Merry Main Street @ Sykesville Main Street
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Merry Main Street @ Sykesville Main Street

Enjoy nature related, and food crafts with our Green Committee volunteers and our favorites Girl Scouts!

Write a letter to Santa and listen to a Christmas story by Miss Claus!

This is a free event sponsored by the Downtown Sykesville Connection.
Sweet Simplicitea has generously offered again to provide the yummy treats to be enjoyed on that merry day!

Santa Arrives & Christmas Tree Lighting @ Sykesville Main Street
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa Arrives & Christmas Tree Lighting @ Sykesville Main Street

Join us in welcoming Santa and the winter holiday season! Santa will ride down Main Street on a fire truck, make a stop at Centennial Fountain Park to help light our Christmas Tree, and then meet with children in the Caboose behind the Post Office!

Please leave your pets at home! Pets are not allowed at Town events per ordinance 301.

Full Event Calendar
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