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 four-point approach for commercial revitalization, which is organized into the following committees: Design, Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Green, Clean & Safe.

During its 9 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 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 soon to be 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.

Promotion

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

Promotion Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm (location available on Facebook).

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.

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 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

Feb
15
Sat
2020
Third Annual Cocoa Crawl @ Main Street Sykesville
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us Saturday, February 15th from 11 AM – 4 PM for the 3rd Annual Sykesville Main Street Cocoa Crawl!

Presented by the fabulous merchants of Main Street.

Join us Saturday, February 15th from 11 AM – 4 PM for the 3rd Annual Sykesville Main Street Cocoa Crawl!
 
Presented by the fabulous merchants of Main Street.
Purchase a collectible Sykesville Main St cocoa mug and visit all the participating stores to sample their version of Cocoa. Walk Main street and enjoy the festive music. Take advantage of store sales and community cheer.
All proceeds go toward merchant hosted events such as all our First Friday and cider stroll giveaways.
 
This year the Main Street merchants designed a large commemorative traveling mug with a lid that will be on sale for $10/mug or 5 mugs for $40.00.
 
Cocoa Crawl commemorative Sykesville mugs will be available for purchase (while supplies last) at the Patapsco Distilling Company, 7609 Main Street, Sykesville on the day of the event.

*Non-refundable, the 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 Square transaction system.

 

Mar
6
Fri
2020
Harry Potter Trivia Night by the Main Street Merchants @ Sykesville Main Street
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Harry Potter Trivia Night by the Main Street Merchants @ Sykesville Main Street

Come dressed in your Best Harry Potter get up and get ready for fun!
No Muggles, please!

2020 Harry Potter First Friday Special/location list:
 
– French Twist – Welcome Tent: Platform 9 ¾: photo Op with fog machine and props.
Learn about the rules, and pick up your scavenger hunt and trivia booklet,
BOOKLETS NEED TO BE RETURN THERE BY 9PM.
Special will be: Hagrid’s mulled wine (Adults only)
 
– Baldwin Station: Hogsmeade Station
Special Cocktails – Wizards Brew and House-made Butter Beer, $5 each
 
– The Vine on Main: The Apothecary
Special – Serving Felix Felicis – Good Luck Potion. Adult and kid-friendly versions.
Special Harry Potter jewelry for sale.
 
– Patapsco Distilling Co: The Hog’s Head
Specialty Cocktails – Bourbon Butterbeer, Polyjuice Potion, Goblet of Fire, Unicorn Blood & The Phoenix Feather – $6.50 each
– Sykesville Pottery & Art Center: Magical Menagerie
Make and Take Dragon Egg. It will cost $8 per person.
We will also have a kids night for mythical creatures: $45 includes pizza and drink.
 
– Hair by Samsara: Hairy Potter’s Wizarding World
 
– Firehouse Creamery: Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor
– Wind River: Madame Malkin’s Robes For All Occasions
 
– Gypsy Sister: Twilfitt and Tattings
 
– TriSport Junction: Quality Quidditch Supplies
 
– Dandelion Bakery: Sugar Plum Sweet Shop
 
– Design of Mind: Eeylops Owl Emporium
Make and Take Owl Craft
 
– Sweet Simplici-Tea: Madame Puddifoot’s Tea Shop
 
– Revive & Company: Olivander’s Wand Shop
– Beck’s: The Three Broomsticks
Specials includeKreacher’s French Onion Soup
Butterbeer Cupcake
Gryffindor Olde Fashioned
Slytherin Martini
Firewhisky Cocktail
 
– Cowboys and Angels: Gringot’s Wizarding Bank
 
– Norwood’s Ice Cream and Candy: Honeydukes Sweet Shop
 
– Unwined: Borgin and Burkes
 
– The Market Tavern: The Leaky Cauldron
 
– A Likely Story: Florish and Blotts
 
– Georgie Lu’s: Master Georges Robes and Children’s Wear
 
– Branches of Yoga: The Forbidden Forest
HP women’s tank top for sale
Have You Seen This Wizard? Photo booth
Learn new yoga poses, “Expecto Patronum” and “Aragog, King of Arachnids”
 
– Pin It Up Acupuncture: Snape’s Potions Class
 
– Dandelion Bakery: Sugar Plum Sweet Shop
May
30
Sat
2020
10th Annual Art & Wine Festival @ Sykesville main street
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We came together by staying apart.

Sykesville Art & Wine Festival, on Saturday May 30, 12 to 5pm

The Downtown Sykesville Connection (DSC) decided to add to the 8 weeks confinement period implemented by the CDC to reschedule its events as a celebration of the end of confinement and commemoration of the importance of togetherness. We hope that you join us in reclaiming our Main Street, our freedom to come and go, for a giant “cheers to community” with domestic and foreign reds, whites, rosés, sangrias, wines, cavas and other specialty wines that will be available for unlimited sampling with your collectible Sykesville glass.

Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase now for $35!

Tickets will be available at the door on the event day for $40.

Volunteer for the event

The 2020 wine sampling is as exciting and diverse as our live entertainment, local artists, and food trucks display! Three different music venues, street performers and tons of local artists will await you in downtown Sykesville.  The event also showcases the local business community, embodying an atmosphere of old-fashioned, historic, small-town charm.

Vendor registration info is available at:

Maryland Wines (to date):
Linganore Winecellars
Cove Point Winery

 

California, Washington State WinesInternational Wines
Details coming soon!

Music South Main Street:

Garrett Mabe’s Trio

Music North Main Street:

DJ Gregory Hilliard

This event was made possible thanks to our:
TITLE SPONSOR

 

OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS

 

OUR SUPPORTING SPONSORS

The Downtown Sykesville Connection and the Town of Sykesville look forward to seeing you on Main Street on May 3rd!

 

Non-refundable, event is rain or shine.

NO PETS ALLOWED (Town Ordinance 301, which modified the Town Code. The Town Code reference for the “no pets or animals allowed at Town events is: Chapter 51, Article 1, Sections 51-1 through 51-)

*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.

*By attending the 2020 Sykesville Art & Wine Festival I understand that I may be photographed or videotaped for promotional or educational purposes.

Jul
4
Sat
2020
2020 Let Freedom Ring Parade @ Sykesville Main Street
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The third edition of the “Let Freedom Ring Parade will start at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 4 at Sykesville Middle School and route the length of Historic Main Street. Marching bands, old cars, floats, and other patriotic elements are expected on Main Street for the enjoyment of the whole family.
We hope to see you there to cheer for the participants and enjoy a small town 4th of July celebration together.

Submit your float application to enter our float contest! The winner will take home a $500 cash prize!

Email us at DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for more details!

 

This event was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of our title sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

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